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(companion subjects 'Fear' and 'Trials and Sufferings')
"I'd lay in my bed after morning had come,
And wait for evening when life might be fun.
I'd say: soul, let's go. Let's get out with the stars,
And try our best to repair some of these scars.
The morning came and I'm back in bed,
Wondering if I wouldn't be better off dead.
Another night had passed of searching within,
Results again proved my life much too thin.
This time I'll change, I'm early to bed,
To rise with the Sun in the morning I said!
To discover its secrets, that'll be my quest,
To hell with the problems, I'll do my best.
Tomorrow will be different, I'll be bold at the dawn,
It's the best time to sing a brand new song!
I rose at dawn just as I planned,
This was going to be a new kind of man.
Started out for a walk in the morning light,
Talked to some others and experienced no fright.
A new me was rising, I could feel it inside,
People were friendly as soon as I tried.
Laughing playing children too had their part,
Of moving me from that mourning bed in the dark,
No longer life seemed down,
No longer need to carry a frown.
Greeted by birds and Sun shining bright,
This is so different from sadness at night,
With this morning of sky and no haze,
I began on the road to the Sun with haste."

One feeling sad and depressed.(and Job and ancient David {Psalms 38 chapter; 72:4 to 73:28} had as much reason as anyone; David's son Solomon also wrote his wisdom about sadness:.Ecclesiastes 7:1-5; Psalms 90:12).has allowed thoughts to take him or her from the light.(joy, peace, happiness).and into the darkness of despair, by the energy thief:.Ephesians 6:16. Depression supresses expression.

Depression comes from the feeling that nothing is really going to change to make things better, as Job commented on:.Job 7:3-16.

The feeling of being depressed is born from negative thinking about the self, that is not being able to, because of not wanting to, think only good. So, discipline is necessary. A depressed person is undisciplined.

People are sad when they get seriously ill and/or have severe negatives afflicting them. Never lose the fire of good that is in you. Keep the fire burning in you:.Proverbs 26:20 "Where no wood is, there the fire goes out...".How does one keeping adding wood so the fire won't go out?

"I awaken self-confidence in the human being and the belief in his goal. Never lose heart even if you have already been told, We cannot help anymore. That gives me the most pleasure, where help has already failed.(why?). Whoever has been granted help should thank the Lord God for it, not the little Gröning. I am nothing, our Lord God is everything!"....Bruno Gröning

Being sad is missing something, forgetting the glory and grandeur of life, that of simply being a human being. Get out amongst nature where what you are aware of all around you is the Infinite One in various forms, trees, water, birds, rocks, flowers. Absorb the reality of life. Absorb the positive energy of creation.

"What you can no longer do, I will do for you."....Bruno Gröning. Most people who get depressed don't have a true friend; they actually do have a true friend, but maybe have never met him. Meet him!

Depressed persons mull over the negatives in their lives. Getting out of this harmful syndrome is easy. Rather than thinking of negatives, take action on positives. Surely you know someone who could benefit from a visit from you:.Acts 16:40 "...and when they had seen the brethren,.they comforted them..."

"Put hatred and envy aside because, you live the way you are. Hatred and envy bring about quarrels and arguments."....Bruno Gröning. Living by love slays the negaives. If one accepts evil, his mood will drop until he gets it back by being good.

"I weep for what I'm like when I'm alone."....Theodore Roethke:.Jeremiah 12:8 "My heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest. It cries out against me. Therefore have I hated it."

These songs help!

From Antoinette Keane, Ireland

Bin the Baggage

As a friend of the Bruno Gröning.(English spelling is Groening)
Circle of Friends.(*)
I view life now with a different lens
The light of God is all around
Through the spirit of love it can be found

A higher energy permeates our Universe.(*)
In it we need to immerse.(how and where to start?)
Spiritual and physical healing it brings about
Provided we cast all negatives out.(how?)

With ever increasing of mind over matter
We can control mindless endless chatter.(*)
Emotional wounds we store within
We are their Rubbish Bin

Unexpressed and repressed emotions must come out
Or self-destruction they'll bring about
The light dissolves all darkness and leads to inner peace
From the suffering of the past we get release

Negative forces are stark reality
They have the power to destroy humanity
Invade us body and soul and decimate our self-control
We are puppets dancing to their wicked tune
To bring about our own ruin

The God of creation they push away
Leading His children astray
Negative thoughts separate us from our True source
They come from a dark force

Bruno Gröning was convinced all good thoughts and feelings
come from God
Perhaps this we'll realize once the negative path's well trod
The negative past is a nasty package..(*)

So bin the baggage.

Matthew 10:29-31 "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear you not therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.".The analogy shows God aware of all in your life to the extent you are aware of God in you, for He is in you, even though at times you may not think that God is. With God, nothing in our lives is small.

No matter how large is your trial at the time, remember nothing is bigger than God, so tell me, who is bigger than God? Who? And who runs the universe? Who?

Come to see that God, as big as God is, is also a being of extreme comfort.(*):.2Corinthians 1:3 "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Emmanuel Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of.all comfort.".

Psalms 147:3-5 "He heals the broken in heart and binds up their wounds. He tells the number of the stars and calls them all by their names. Great is our Lord and of great power. His understanding is infinite." Isaiah 40:26 "Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who has created these things, that brings out their host by number. He calls them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power, not one fails."

Proverbs 15:13 "A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance.(John 6:63), but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken."

If you have stopped living your life in the present moment and have 'fallen down', get up and keep moving along. Don't let yourself get stuck in negativity.

And when your spirit is broken.(by the effect of negative energy), it's not long before you'll get sick, but the God in you is never sick!.(Isaiah 33:24).So, it's important to think of God.in you.and to align your soul with the Soul of all. Some things one can do here to keep yourself in the present moment.

That way, there is this protective aura that surrounds you, protective from negatives that can make you ill:.Ephesians 6:11.

Depression is a killer in more ways than one. Keep yourself away from it because depression, being negative, hinders positive expression. Watch your thoughts and love humor. Have something daily to look forward to that's just for you, no matter how broke, down and out you may be or how hopeless your future may look. A chocolate bar, a cup of a different type of tea or coffee just by yourself, a bit of a book to read, a special treat for your pet; something that you can look forward to each day, something that's just for you.

If you don't do anything for yourself, you can expect God to take a hand in your life.(*), because God is good and wants good for you too. Jonah's story, Nebuchadnezzar and Job's story, shows it's better to straighten up yourself and have a hand in the life God wants for you.

And while you do all that, keep your mind on God inside you, because all things come from God that are good for you and with God nothing, absolutely nothing is impossible. And keep your mind on the good. Some people don't see this who are trusting, who are resting in God.(Hebrews 4:9-11), until the last moment.

In sadness enthusiasm is sapped. Things seem hopeless

The drag of the mind that keeps us down and tends to turn us inward, even against ourselves, is lack of hope. Lack of hope destroys enthusiasm. The heart, the spirit is broken:.Psalms 34:18; Proverbs 15:13; 25:28. What can one do?.Psalms 50:15.

Nutrition also plays a part. High levels of manganese have been detected in the brains of chronically.depressed people. Crying reduces manganese by flushing it out.

Antidepressant drugs are not strong enough to stave off influences over time by the powerful demons. Only one thing is immensely effective, that is once connected:.Ephesians 1:19.

Depression's main cause is being cut off from one's Soul. There is a quick way to rectify this, getting one back on track.

Psychologist Martin Seligman writes that."one of the major symptoms of depression is self-absorption. The depressed person thinks about how she feels a great deal, excessively so... When she detects sadness, she ruminates about it, projecting it into the future and across all her activities and this in turn increases her sadness."

"Each thought of depression or happiness, irritability or calmness, cuts subtle grooves in the brain cells and strengthens the tendencies toward sickness or well-being."....Understanding How to Use the Power of Affirmation From Scientific Healing Affirmations, by Paramahansa Yogananda.

The individual can't be crushed by the universe if he realizes he is not an individual, but rather enmeshed within a great spiritual web of life. The individual can't be crushed by anything external to him if he knows how to use his soul to connect to the energy of all that is or ever will be. 

Mentally setting a higher ideal aids in altering the thoughts that produce the depression and limitations.(I can't do that; They always said I was stupid; I'm not that good looking; those types of thoughts).has been shown to, with some patients, to be more effective than anti-depressants. See the movies.What If? The Movie.and.The Grand Self.and you'll be able to get yourself out of these negative syndromes.

But, it we are spiritual persons of love and depressed, we really have allowed our power to be sapped and have got off track of the goal:.Philippians 3:14. Perhaps we never understood the import of Romans 8:30 and 9:23.

Organic grains, such as wild and brown rice, oats, quinoa, buckwheat.(really not a wheat), millet, barley and others are especially high in B vitamins, so necessary for a healthy, happy disposition. Apart from ancient grain varieties.(type into YouTube or Google).stay away from wheat. Converting to a macrobiotic way of eating would help and so would Sun gazing. Type that into Google. 

Depression weakens the immune system. Depressed persons rate of infection and cancer is higher. Taking anti depressant drugs has been proven dangerous for many.

Lack of making decisions.(an important reason we are here is to make decisions; and what happens to those not taught to).causes depression. Ask yourself what decisions need to be made in your life.

To get out of depression, a decision to do so is the first step:.Romans 13:12 "The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness and let us put on the armour of light." 1John 1:5 "This then is the message which we have heard of him and declare unto you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all." 1Thessalonians 5:5 "You are all the children of light and the children of the day. We are not of the night, nor of darkness.".A decision to have strong determination to find out all you can about improving, to practice all that 'makes sense' to you from what you find out and to keep at it until you're better, is the best thing you can do.

Cheer up!.The world changes so fast that you could not be wrong all the time if you tried. Life is really simple. We ourselves create most of the circumstances that complicate it!

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own feelings of sadness that it is as if we are not here, sort of living in another world and trying to get a message through to this one.

Do not feel sorry for yourself; feel sorry for the folks that have to live with you! Ha ha!

It is not what a person descends from, but what he ascends to! 

To rehash old troubles is somewhat like trying to make birth control retroactive! Sorrow looks back. Worry always looks around. Hope lives in the present. Your strength comes from faith which looks within where the Infinite One can be found.....continue?

"No, I just can't be around happy people.
I'm just forlorn and sullen, stuck in
the gloom of ignominy. My heart is in my shoe."
If a book about failures does not sell, is it a success?
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
...John Wooden, basketball coach