“The reason you suffer from your depression and your anxieties is that you identify with them. You say, “I’m depressed.” But that is false. You are not depressed. If you want to be accurate, you might say, “I am experiencing a depression right now.”
But you can hardly say, “I am depressed.” You are NOT your depression. That is but a strange trick of the mind, a strange kind of illusion. You have deluded yourself into thinking – though you are not aware of it – that you ARE your depression, that you ARE your anxiety, that you ARE your joy or the thrills that you have.
Clouds come and go some of them are black and some white, some of them are large, others small. If we want to follow the analogy, you would be the sky, observing the clouds. You are a passive, detached observer. You’re not interfering. Don’t “fix” anything. Watch! Observe! The trouble with people is that they’re busy fixing things they don’t even understand. We’re always fixing things aren’t we? It never strikes us that things don’t need to be fixed. They really don’t. This is a great illumination. They need to be UNDERSTOOD. If you understood them, they’d change.”
Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J., in “Awareness”
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