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5 Questions for Marianne Williamson

Williamson on the roots of depression and suffering

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Matthew Rolston

1. You encourage the journey into the darkness of suffering. What’s to keep you from getting stuck?The psyche, just like the physical body, is imbued with a natural immune system. A bruise on the body might start out very deep purple and black, but over time it fades away as healing takes place. The same is true with the psyche. We need to work with our psychic immune system, not against it.2. How do you reconcile your belief that the pharmaceutical companies are hijacking depression with the fact that medication has saved lives?I challenge that assertion. For people aged 25 years and younger, the FDA has warned that antidepressants can increase, not decrease, the risk of suicide. Given that our suicide rates have continued to climb as our use of antidepressants has skyrocketed, I don’t see the factual evidence that our use of antidepressants is miraculously saving lives.3. How is a lack of spirituality the root of depression?The society in which we live has become inherently depressing, focusing far too often on external realities at the expense of our inner selves. A world that triviali …

In Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment, Williamson digs into the roots of depression and offers a bold way forward.

Alma Tassi has written for several magazines and edited books on spirituality, personal growth, and women's issues.

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