The Difference between Depression and Soul Deepening

Silhouette of a woman dancing by the oceanWhen your soul grows to its next level of development the journey moves inward and often with a forceful pull. The natural periodic spiral to the terrain of the soul is often mistaken for depression by those who don’t yet understand the subtle difference.

Like depression, a soul deepening creates a wave of energy that takes you from the outer world. You want to spend more time in bed sleeping or simply resting. You long for long walks in nature or creative right brain activities such as painting, writing or dancing. You crave quiet and have little energy for things you think you “should” be doing in the outer world such as building a business.

Most people try to “fix” this condition by trying to force themselves back out into the outer world. They want to feel normal and productive again and now. But the soul needs time to develop a new level of intuition, to integrate, and to recalibrate. The strands of your experiences need to be rewoven into a fresh tapestry in order for you to carry your deepened wisdom out into the world.

When you feel this pull there are three simple things you can do to support your experience…

  1. Give yourself permission to take the time you need for your soul to deepen. You need this time for the alchemy of your wisdom to simmer.
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  2. Spend time journaling so that the soul can reveal its messages to you. Dance to activate your soul connection and open to receive guidance.
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  3. Release the ego’s need to plan forever. Allow yourself to simply do what needs to be done to support where you are in the moment. Let go of the need to judge your progress by outer world standards. Stay present to yourself. Listen to what your soul needs now.

Remember the call of the soul happens anytime you are ready to carry a new level of wisdom. When you return to building your business, teaching, or working with your clients you will have fresh medicine to share and utilize in your creations. Allowing space in your life for soul deepening growth will strengthen your ability to be a powerful wisdom leader in the world.

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  1. Anne MacLeod

    I have never heard that explanation of how I feel this last little while. And I add “feeling like I am being lazy”… not wanting to “do anything”. Thank you so very much for this very insightful post!

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  2. Nancy Williams

    Oh Lisa, Thank you. I thought I was loosing my mind. Feelings lately of just wanting to stay in bed and doing little else. even looking for a fixing pill. I was blaming it on the lack of sunshine lately, but now I know it is an adjustment time. My future is brighter now thanks to you.

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  3. Kari Kilgore

    Wow, I went through this very thing last year. We were moving my mother-in-law into assisted living and cleaning up the dreadful mess in her finances and her house, and since I’m more organized and work from home, the bulk of it did fall to me. When I wasn’t busy with her, all I could do was write. Thank the goddess my mundane work was very slow during that time! I truly believe giving myself that time to go so deeply into my inner universe is what let me get through those tough challenges in my life. I also made some amazing discoveries about my story, in fiction and out here in the world.

    Peace.

  4. nancy

    My friend Dorrie sent me this link. I’m trying to think of this as growth but my depression is often filled with despair. I shall try hard to look at it as a path of growth. Thank you so much. Nancy

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  5. Starlight

    Wow, I resonate with this totally. Before I was wandering if I was depressed. This makes so much sense and adds such clarity to my current state of being. Thank you!

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  6. kcbobbie

    Beautifully said, Lisa. Once again, thank you. I know many including myself right now having this experience, and I am reminded to appreciate the gift of this and let go of the struggle. I am being guided to some new wonder within myself.

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      Lisa Michaels

      Bobbie it is amazing how many people are experience this right now. It’s almost like we are in a collective soul deepening. Sending you love and blessings. Thanks for your comment.

  7. alana

    I happened to find this link just after crying for over an hour and then journaling. this fits me to a tee and although it didn’t tell me anything I didn’t really know already, it was really reassuring to read! thank you so much

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  8. Cheryl Van De Vyvere

    To echo Becky, the timing of your message couldn’t have come at a better time. I can now relax, let go and let Spirit continue to guide me. Love and Blessings. Thank you!

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  9. Phyllis Perry

    So often what is normal for sensitive souls is viewed as abnormal to the larger world. Yes, I’m depressed but also maybe soul-sick and in need of healing time. It is possible to be experiencing both, you know. I am not going to toss the antidepressants just yet, but I ain’t gonna depend on pharmaceuticals to patch a suffering soul.

    Welcome to the neighborhood, by the way, Lisa. i live just few miles away in the East Lake neighborhood.

    — Phyllis Alesia

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  10. Stephanie Red Feather

    Lisa,

    I so deeply appreciate you speaking to this distinction. I have struggled with this in my own self, trying to balance what other coaches and leaders say you “should” be doing to build your business vs. what I often feel my spirit calling me to do. There are times when I absolutely need to clear my calendar, sit at my altar, journal or, as I jokingly say, stare out the window and drool.

    And while I know better, it is difficult not to make myself wrong for this behavior and my inner critic (inner patriarch?) tells me all the things I SHOULD be doing instead. This is a topic I haven’t heard anyone else talking about. Thank you for speaking to what has been on my heart for a while now and opening up that dialog.

    Hope you are well, sister.

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      Lisa Michaels

      Stephanie, I appreciate your comments and love it that you need your inner time as a leader. Blessings dear one.

  11. saladd

    Yep, this is where I am and I struggle with it. The inner critic and patriarch nags at me when I take time to sit in my feelings and rest in the darkness, saying “You’d better get to work. Time’s a wasting and you have nothing to show for it!” The inner child says, “I don’t wanna do it! You can’t make me.” The inner feminine says, “I will when I’m ready. I’m still gestating. You can’t force childbirth.” The inner masculine says, “Let me know when you’re ready and I’ll support you and do the heavy lifting (as long as I get to play, too).”

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  13. dana sheridan

    thank you for making clear what i already knew in my soul… when others would tell me “you’re depressesd, try some anti-depressants”, something in me knew to stay clear… being alone and silent and curling up with myself for a while would always bring more ease… sometimes sitting with the pain is not such a bad place to be, knowing i am getting closer to my essence… crying… clearing… whatever it takes… the pain always unfolds into something more beautiful… more valuable… than i saw before~ doing something, however, is not my strong point… (mars in Pisces)… im happy staring out the window… love you LIsa~

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