Cause and Effect

Depending on what source of research you choose, it is accurate to say that there are more than 11-12 million people on medication for depression. In its 2011 report, "America's State of Mind," the Medco pharmacy found that use of drugs for psychiatric and behavioral disorders rose 22 percent from 2001. My interpretation of that report is that we are essentially losing our minds. The Medco figures do not include use of substance of any kind.

I remember the first time I met with a young high school boy who had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (which I consider a nationalized form of child abuse.) When I asked him if he knew what ADD meant, he replied, "It means I don't pay attention to boring teachers." But for some reason, he was the problem and not the boring teacher who had suggested that he must have ADD since he chose not to pay attention in her class.

The issue of cause and effect is prominent in understanding your own behavior and is an aspect of powerful emotional self-awareness. To better understand your own behavior (we're not going to worry about anybody else), take the position that, "I am never upset for the reason I think I am." For example, your mind tells that you that the reason you're upset is because of something outside of you: a person, situation, event, etc. If that is the case, could it not be stated that there is little hope of ever being "not-upset" because of the endless list of daily assaults on our lives from the moment we wake?

You might say that cause and effect is the distance that exists between the conditions of self-responsibility and projection. Perception is a choice. Your version of the world is a reflection of your own mind, not what's going on out there in the world. When you don't like what's going on inside of you, you project it out in the world. "It can't possible be me," you say.

But here is no "out there" since you have the choice to see "out there" anyway you want. Your perception of anything is not factual. You are making it up. So, if that's true and it is, you may as well go ahead and make up the best fairy-tale you can. How about a fairy-tale called "I see perfection."? How about a fairy-tale called "Life on earth is about bringing heaven to earth and I am part of that process."? How about a fairy-tale called, "I am safe, deeply loved, and held in balance,"? Suddenly, when you read that, what happened to the depression? It vanished.

If I am not upset for the reason I think I am and there is no "out there" and the effect is never separate from the cause and it is all a choice then I must be upset about something inside of me. And I will tell you what you're upset about. You are upset because your own self-doubt. It is your own negativity that produces the upset, depression, fear, etc. And as soon as I say that, here comes your mind's objection and excuses because it can't possibly be you. It was my childhood, it's my wife, it's ... It's always something besides you. How could it be you?

Now, here's where it gets really interesting. If perception is a choice and it is, and you made it up which you did, then your own negativity must be a choice as well. And if you made it up and you did, how can you solve something that doesn't exists? This doesn't imply but establishes the fact that your negativity is psycho-somatic and self-imposed. You designed your own cage. Nobody did it to you. The good news is that you are the cause of your experience in the world. This comment is elementary to some and apparently very complicated and untrue to many people.

I did not say that it is easy. I did not say that a tremendous amount of courage may be required. But I did say that you made it up. If you want to believe that this statement is not true, then remain a victim for the rest of your life and blame your circumstances, including your depression, on someone or something else. Project your negativity onto others, the world, God, etc.

But you are the cause, and therefore, you created the effect. To change the effect, change your mind. Change your perception. Change your fairy-tale. "It" will change when you change your mind about it and not one second sooner. I have said it a million times...it's all about consciousness.

Be the cause and change the world in which you live. Create tomorrow's effects now. And when you encounter adversity, pain, setback, etc., remember that you are free to look at it anyway you choose. And that will make you powerful.

Self-AwarenessAshleigh Stoia