A Meta-Medical Approach
Without the depressive process we would live in a world gone mad, a “schizoid” world of fight, flight and frozen apathy. A world in which doing leaves no room for being, practical and economic busyness replaces all depth of thought and depth of soul, and the polite masks of positivity that we all put on merely intensify the mute pain felt by each.
We suffer depression to the extent that we do not allow ourselves to be depressed - to actively follow the depressive process.
The depressive process is our most natural form of meditation, not raising us into the light but helping us to feel our way down to the innermost core of our being.
A white-cell analysis of forty-three men diagnosed with varying degrees of depression showed that the most severely depressed of these actually showed significantly improved immune functioning, compared to the control group.
(from Forbidden Science, Richard Milton, 4th Estate 1994)
Meta-medicine is not another form of alternative diagnosis or treatment but a new philosophy of health and healing for the twenty-first century.
Challenging the biogenetic model of illness, it is based on a fundamental distinction between the human body and brain on the one hand, and the human being on the other.
Its focus is the meaning of illness for the human being rather than its causes and cures. Processes of change in the human body are understood as the expression of processes of change in the human being.
Illness itself is understand itself as a holistic healing process comparable to pregnancy - one which can help the human being to become more whole by birth to new and unborn aspects of themselves.
We block the depressive process by…
and fighting them with positive thinking.
(see Depressive response & Depression, fear and anxiety)
mental idea of self
The depressive process as a movement down through layers of the self
from an idealised superself, through the body to our spiritual core.Depression and spirituality (2)
Without the depressive process the verbal mind would “go round in circles” - the schizoid process
the metaphoric process
the verbal mind
the feeling body
the depressive process
The depressive process allows us to metabolise our experience on a wordless level - feeling our feelings in a bodily way instead of labelling them in words.The physiology of depression 3