Oppression, Depression & The State of The World:

What if it's All an Opportunity to Rise?

There is so much darkness within the world and our day to day lives right now that it can begin to feel overwhelmingly debilitating or hopeless, but I think that there is a higher consciousness to all of these occurrences of misfortune. While many experience feelings of oppression, depression, and deep concern for the world today, I believe there is a beautiful and impactful way to rise above all of these political and societal flaws.

This begins with a knowing that not one of the polarizing or deeply misaligned realities of our world’s current state are flaws, but rather a blessing and/or a lesson in disguise. You see, many of these looming issues are intermingled. Both from a place of manifestation and the energy we are putting forth, and from a place of our physical presence, our decisions, and our perspectives.

The relationship between oppression, depression, and the state of the world is a cyclical one, with each factor fueling and amplifying the intensity of the others. The oppression we experience fuels our depression, the depression we feel fuels the current state of the world, and this cycle continues to create the tangled mess we feel today. If we aren’t in a strong headspace, operating from awareness, we’re less likely to do the work we are being called to do, to make any of the changes there is opportunity and space for. As you may be able to see, this is a dangerous and dark journey.

Oppression and depression both come from a place of assumption, as well as our taking things personally, when they aren’t exactly personal. Assumption and taking things personally are 2 of The 4 Agreements we can learn. The 4 Agreements from the book, The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz are as follows:

  1. Be impeccable with your word.
    Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

  2. Don’t take anything personally.
    Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

  3. Don’t make assumptions.
    Find the courage to ask questions and express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement you can completely transform your life.

  4. Always do your best.
    Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret.

Let’s address Oppression first. I invite you to consider that our perceptions of oppression are a mind game more than a reality. Is there oppression in the world? Yes. Can you work around this and still live an incredible, beautiful, happy, and perhaps even impactful life? YES. We assume that because of something from the past, something someone else said, or because of the way something is set up that it is the end of the road for our success or happiness.

Because we feel this is unfair, this is where we get upset. Perhaps you turn to resistance here, some of you may turn to dwelling. But what if you took your oppression to a state of higher consciousness? It is likely that if you are open-minded enough, oppression would no longer make sense. You would not truly feel oppressed, and you would see much less oppression in the world. Instead, you might see acceptance of mediocrity. It is here in this higher consciousness that you know nothing can hold you back and if there is a will there is a way. If you are doing your absolute best, on all levels, you will get where you wish to go.

Depression is very similar to oppression in this way. It is assumptive. It is taking things personal when these things are truly not personal at all. Then, we title it mental illness and claim the story, “I am mentally ill.” Rather than, “I am growing out of my limiting beliefs.” or something of the like. It is this shift in perspective that creates space for positive change and empowerment. Not in anger or acceptance, but from a space of moving forward, which can lead to healing.

It is here where we are giving away our power. When we come from a place of acceptance or anger toward the hopelessness, we kill our own opportunities to create something better. We are missing out on some very important opportunities to shift our focus back into positive, impactful, and purposeful action. Steven Pressfield, the author of The War of Art deciphers the difference between being an amatuer and professional as, “An amateur is an artist who loses out to Resistance. A professional is an artist that beats Resistance, daily.” Pressfield refers to Resistance as an energy or entity that is, “a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.”

If we looked at healing and bettering both ourselves and the world from this perspective, we would see that we need to become Professionals, we do not need to be a part of the Resistance ourselves. Within this perspective we can see that resistance is counterproductive, it creates tension, when what we need to be cultivating is flow. We need to be working daily, and diligently, to improve as much as we can around us.

There are some Universal concepts that counterbalance this darkness, this scarcity, fear, and negativity within the world. Just as there is a Yin to every Yang. We are unfortunately forgetting to implement the mindfulness it takes to shift our perspective in this instance. There are so many small, what the Buddhists call right actions, we can take to help better the world in a physical and energetic way, but we’re stuck in our own versions of, and our own stories of, what a helpless mess reality is as we perceive it.

To name just one Universal concept that promises hope and healing, I offer you this thought: “There has to be a breakdown before there can be a breakthrough.” -Unknown. I think it is obvious enough that we are in the middle of a breakdown, and that can be a really beautiful thing when you allow it to be.

The worldly energy that needs healing and light is not a governmental problem. Something like this does not need to be done on a governmental level. As the people shift, the government will follow. It is a people problem, and the vast majority of us are dismissing our daily opportunities to help better the world by bettering ourselves first. We are not born into this world oppressed, depressed, or living in fear or scarcity. We are not born of negativity. Let’s bring it back to the basics. We are all humans, and the vast majority of us care. So let’s turn those caring thoughts into a physical actions. It can really be this simple.

The majority of us as humans are either currently sitting in our unrest, or we are reaching for power through resistance, in the forms of protesting, joining ‘The Resistance’, etc. and both of these positions aren’t getting us where we need to be. As I mentioned before, I think there is a bigger picture that we aren’t seeing with these circumstances. I think the reason we can’t see the potential of this vibrant image is not because we have lost the possibility of it’s reality, but because we have lost focus.

When we can recognize the belief systems that are holding us back, and acknowledge that these beliefs aren’t even the reality, we become free. Use your freedom, your ability to choose, or co-create, to show up for the shift, and use everything you can to facilitate the manifestation of the breakthrough. Step away from lower consciousness and low vibrations is the beginning of our transformation.

Turn your anger at politics, opinions, or the lifestyle choices of others into loving kindness. Turn your disagreements with others into supporting all beings in wellness and positive change. Take your upset with the governments of the world and instead of choosing defeat, see the opportunity to be empowered to show up on a micro level. Not from a place of resistance, but from a place of Professionalism. Transmute your pains, worries, and concerns into devotion to bringing light and goodness to the people of the world in any way you can. And start with yourself, and then your neighbor. Let that ripple do its work.

We are not being Oppressed, we are being challenged to rise. We are not experiencing the darkest time of the world, we are within an opportunity to begin expanding our consciousness. Alchemically take your pains, fears, or concerns and make them into super powers of presence. Poet Shane Koyczan writes, “Remember, some people require more light than others. So make extra.” I think we can all agree that this world requires more light, especially if we’re going to move through this breakdown with grace on the way to the breakthrough that awaits. So we better make extra light.

If kindness is important, if compassion is important, if healing is important, if growing is important, if supporting each other is important, if moving through darkness with grace is important, if trusting in the process is important, then we better get started on showing up for all of the important things and we can begin simply with ourselves. The ripple effect will follow.

Some resources that relate to this post:
The 4 Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz

The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

Feeling helpless about the state of the world – Danielle LaPorte

I’m afraid of Trump – The Work of Byron Katie

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