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I want to tell you about an effective treatment for anxiety and depression that conventional mental health institutions appear to be overlooking.

This is going to sound like a conspiracy theory but less effective treatments for anxiety and depression are being promoted and offered. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that depression is the leading cause of mental health in the world. In 2021, WHO statistics showed over 700,000 people die of suicide each year - and worryingly, it’s the fourth leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.

In the current paradigm for treating anxiety and depression with established interventions, this data is going to get worse.

What I find most disturbing is that professionals give their patients substandard treatments and, more worryingly, accept those treatments only work for half their patients as a fact of life.

Not only that, but when the treatments do work, they are not permanent.

It would appear that the majority of therapists haven't done their research.

In this article, I’ve listed examples of studies and reports that documents the effectiveness of the most common treatments for treating patients with anxiety and depression. 

And then I show you studies of treatments that deliver better results.

Spoiler alert: the results for the most common interventions - anti-depressants, cognitive behaviour disorder (CBT) and various talk therapies are not very encouraging. 

And if you do have depression, mainstream sources are not going to steer you towards effective treatment - or, for that matter, give you an optimistic outlook.

I've got good news for you...There is a cure for anxiety and depression!

Do mainstream treatments for anxiety and depression work?

Now there’s a question that splits the grand jury. Nearly all research data shows that around 50% of people do respond to various treatments.

Take a look at these statistics published by leading “authorities”.

“The American Psychiatric Association, at least 50% of people who have an episode of major depression will go on to have a second. And about 80% of people who have two episodes will have a third.” ~ WebMD

That’s a lot of people having a relapse!

Can we have some better news, please?

“Although the majority of people recovering from a major depressive episode are unlikely to suffer a full relapse within 60 months, most will not remain symptom-free over the same time period.” ~ The British Medical Journal

Oh, I’ll take that as a no then.

What’s more, the BMJ only included 95 people and excluded patients who were on anti-depressants. And the results were still low.

Can anyone else offer a ray of sunshine? Surely, you can Recovery Village. Your company suggests you help patients recover.

“Depression recovery statistics may not offer the clearest picture of how the disorder affects people. Due to the nature of depressive conditions, there is no absolute cure, but ongoing treatment and therapy can mitigate depressive symptoms. After receiving treatment for depression, people may experience diminished symptoms and improved moods due to effective antidepressant medications or coping mechanisms. However, the symptoms of a depressive disorder can return later in the person’s life and require additional treatment if treatment stops.” ~ The Recovery Village

No absolute cure?

But you’re called the Recovery Village!

In my experience, there is a cure for anxiety and depression. Many other people that turned their back on anti-depressants and CBT will probably tell you similar stories, but with a range of different treatments.

I suffered from anxiety and depression until around the age of 41 after studying esoteric wisdom and expanding my conscious awareness. When you connect to yourself and find purpose and meaning in your life, you overcome - or avoid - depression.

Academic studies support that there is a "definite relationship of meaning in life with depression and psychological health" yet despite one study in 2012 saying, "more investigation in this area is needed" it doesn't appear as though researchers are getting to finding to look more deeply into this.

And so established institutions continue to sell depressed patients products that don't work and feed them limiting beliefs that cures are hard to come by.

I am here to tell you that the official line is a lie. There is a cure for depression and anxiety and you don't need to be popping pills.

Overcoming Depression

Between the ages of 29-31, I sought the help of several doctors, psychologists and counsellors. Their advice, exercises and drugs did not help.

Perhaps I should have stayed on the anti-depressants for more than five days - but they made my anxiety and nausea significantly worse. I believe the body does not lie. If you ingest something in your body that should not be there, a biological response emerges.

I binned the medication. On hindsight, that was probably a good decision. Anti-depressants only provide a temporary reprieve and are more likely to cause a host of side effects and have been linked with violent behaviour.

Anti-depressants merely mask the symptoms, they don’t cure the problem. When you mask the problems, you hide the issues with your inner world that you need to address.

Jungian psychology has shown that energy from the unconscious impacts how we experience life. This includes beliefs, attitudes, behaviours and other emotional drives that influence our decision-making. And ultimately, our experience of life.

If you know how to identify your emotional drives, it's easier to determine which energies are creating problems in your life.

I appreciate this sounds mystical, but understanding symbolism, in particular, archetypes, enables you to observe, identify and correct emotional drives that push the self-destructive button.

Most Jungian psychologists practice some form of understanding of symbolism. Most will turn to the scientific models of archetypes (which, in my opinion, are only 75%-85% accurate). Other depth psychologists will perform dream analysis.

Master Mind Content does both dream analysis and tarot to identify archetypal. Either way, we can determine which emotional drives, motivations, beliefs and attitudes are influencing your everyday life.

Not only that, but all you have to do is tell me a story and I can identify which archetypal energies are trying to make themselves known. As we discuss the archetypes, you will think of another story where something similar happened.

Before the end of your first session, we will have established a pattern of behaviour. All we need to do then is find the root cause and decide how we are going to transform your energy and expand your conscious awareness.

If you're experiencing depression, I already know which archetypes are dominating your life. The negative caretaker and/or the Everyman. I also know which archetypes you need to help pull yourself out of the mire; the Explorer, Lover, Hero and Sage.

Whilst these same archetypes can help anybody overcome depression, how you apply their qualities will be different for everyone.

I know the practices I teach work from personal experience. As mentioned above, I also feel that conventional treatments that are used to treat patients with anxiety and depression are not effective. The statistics support my suspicions.

Let’s take a look at some anti-depressant stats.

Are anti-depressants effective treatments for anxiety and depression?

Anti-depressants are the leading intervention for anxiety and depression - despite the results being sketchy, to say the least.

It is acknowledged by experts that new treatments for anxiety and depression are “badly needed.”

antidepressants

And this is from an article in mainstream media that has a headline that clearly promotes antidepressants. When you get into the article, you start smelling BS.

This is how mainstream media rolls with the pharmaceutical companies that sponsor them. The headline claims that "antidepressants do work", but one the experts interviewed, John Geddes, professor of epidemiological psychiatry at Oxford University, said: "We don’t have any very precise treatments for depression at this point in time.”

The report goes on to say that the treatments we do have help to reduce symptoms by 50%. That's why the headline reads: "The drugs do work." Just not very well.

This type of misleading reporting is prevalent in mainstream media and paid for academic studies. Science has been corrupted.

Other studies that promote the use of anti-depressants “in the right circumstances” is not that convincing either. One study compared the effectiveness of anti-depressants versus a placebo showed:

“With antidepressants: About 40 to 60 out of 100 people who took an antidepressant noticed an improvement in their symptoms within six to eight weeks.” ~ NCBI

The same study confirms that “antidepressants are usually taken for one to two years, and sometimes longer, to prevent relapses.”

That sounds like a profitable way to treat people.

The NHS confirms pretty much the same number of people see improvements although acknowledges:

“Most people benefit from taking antidepressants to some degree, but research suggests antidepressants may not be as effective as previously thought in cases of mild depression.” ~ NHS Inform

What are they saying here, that patients have to have really bad anxiety before you even notice a difference that a pill makes?

Moreover, mild depression is likely to get worse if left untreated. 

The good news is that you don't need medication to treat mild depression.

So how many patients experience an improvement?

“The best antidepressant had an average remission rate of 50.78%, 1.5 times higher than the average antidepressant (30.30% remission rate) and 20 times higher than the worst antidepressant.” ~ The Lancet

To clarify, remission means you will have a “temporary diminution of severe symptoms”.

So on average, 70% of people that take antidepressants don’t experience any improvement in symptoms. At best, one anti-depressant will alleviate symptoms in 50% of people. 

Is this why the Recovery Village says there is no cure? Or do they mean there is no cure from a conventional doctor dishing out anti-depressants?

It would appear that medication is not the answer to effectively treat anxiety and depression. 

Given the results - and comments by experts - we should be questioning why anti-depressants are still the most widely used intervention. Some of the negative reporting around the ineffectiveness of anti-depressants go back 20 years or more.

So what is the alternative treatment and how can you cure depression?

The mainstream view is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Talk therapy will probably deliver better results than a pill, but the results are still somewhat underwhelming.

Let's check out the results.

How does CBT help anxiety and depression? 

Psychologists regard CBT as the gold standard for psycho-therapeutic treatments. It’s certainly the most widely used form of psychotherapy. But is it really the most effective?

A study that compared the effectiveness and efficiency of CBT and generic counselling (talk therapy) in the treatment of depression did not see a significant improvement in patients. The conclusion of the study reads:

“Outcomes for counselling and CBT in the treatment of depression were comparable. Research efforts should focus on factors other than therapy type that may influence outcomes, namely the inherent variability between services, and adopt multilevel modelling as the given analytic approach in order to capture the naturally nested nature of the implementation and delivery of psychological therapies. It is of concern that half of all patients, regardless of the type of intervention, did not show reliable improvement.” ~ BMC Psychiatry

On a more encouraging note, the Department of Psychiatry in the UK claim that “CBT offers long-term benefits for people with depression”. 

But then you read the data and discover their idea of “long-term” is not really all that long - and the treatment includes antidepressants.

“The study found when CBT was given, in addition to usual care that included antidepressants, it was effective in reducing depressive symptoms and improving quality of life over the long term – on average 46 months – for patients whose depression had not responded to medication…Over the course of 46 months, 43 per cent of those who had received CBT had improved, reporting at least a 50 per cent reduction in symptoms of depression, compared with 27 per cent who continued with their usual care alone.” ~ Department of Psychiatry

So this study shows that CBT can help more people that are on anti-depressants recover - but the results are still not great.

Does that mean that CBT is better than anti-depressants? 

CBT

Well, in the main yes. Antidepressants have shown up to a 60% improvement but they are not a proven treatment that has lasting effects. At best, they suspend symptoms. Medications masks symptoms.

Having said that, it appears that CBT has short-term limitations as well. That's because they focus on coping mechanisms which eventually loses power.  CBT rarely addresses the root cause of your anxiety.

A study in Norway cites a comparable outcome in that 53% noted improvements and 63% had reduced effects of primary symptoms. However, the focus group of the study is the younger generations who naturally have better rates of recovery. 

The study, at least, shows there is a reason to explore CBT for depression and anxiety in younger people.

Hopefully, CBT treatments will not also include anti-depressants.

Having said that, meta-analysis shows that the positive effects of CBT are declining - which suggests the methods being used are inadequate.

Does this mean that practitioners are not being trained in CBT effectively? That’s certainly how it appears.

When I spoke to psychologists that provide CBT to their patients they say they use techniques such as journaling, meditation and reframing.

These can be all useful techniques, but only for short-term coping mechanisms. It would appear that CBT meditation techniques are not effective either. They use the water-down Buddhist technique of observing your thoughts and letting it go.

If your CBT therapist asks you to observe your thoughts then let it go, the only thing you should be letting go of is your therapist.

I asked one psychologist that provides CBT to delinquent children how she teaches her patients to observe the subconscious mind.

Her reply was, “my patients are ready to learn about the subconscious yet.”

What? 

The unconscious drives 90-95% of your behaviour. If you’re not observing your instinctual drives, you will continue to think and act in the same ways, generate the same energies and have the same experiences.

The same principle determines how you feel. If you’ve got depression, it’s a warning sign that you do not have any direction in your life, you lack purpose and meaning and your mind is filled with negative self-talk.

A simple way to start your road to recovery is to stop doing what other people want you to do - especially if you don't like it. One of the reasons I got depression is because I always went to the same places my friends did even though I didn't enjoy it. I just wanted to fit in.

When you engage in activities you don't like or you pretend to be the person you are not just to feel a sense of belonging, you will always wear a mask that hides the REAL YOU. In effect, you are burying your inner power. And with it the fulfilment and joy that deserve in life.

If this sounds like you, it's time to try a treatment for depression that really works.

An alternative way to treat anxiety and depression

Whilst I acknowledge CBT does have some useful coping mechanisms, behavioural therapy only delivers short-term solutions. It doesn’t provide a cure.

You will find a cure, however, in treatments that are grounded in depth psychology and incorporate some form of energy transformation.

There is evidence to indicate that depth psychology is a superior approach to treating anxiety and depression to either anti-depressants, CBT or talk therapy.

Yet there has been a limited number of studies performed to show the efficacy of depth psychology. However, a meta-analysis of 23 studies showed promise - it was found that improvements were notable once the treatment had ended (although the follow-up was only 9 months after).

Despite the efficacy of depth psychology, there appears to be a reluctance to admit that Jungian psychology delivers superior results over other forms of treatment. Even when studies show promising results, the researchers seem reluctant to admit it. The writers of a study in Germany and Switzerland noted:

“On the other hand, the overview of the studies indicates some recurrent problems. We have to note that in all studies 10%–20% of patients did not profit from Jungian therapy.” ~ NCBI

Note that the data from this meta-analysis shows at least 80-90% of patients experienced favourable benefits to depth psychology. But the author uses the numbers 10-20% that didn't benefit.

Do you see how the data is presented here compared to how mainstream media presented a headline that promoted pharmaceutical drugs?

But let's compare depth psychology to conventional treatments.

80-90% of patients benefitted from depth psychology. The NHS reported in 2018-2019 that "a total of 50.8% of courses of treatment for anxiety and depression ended in a patient’s recovery."

So why are the researchers publishing the lower numbers and focusing on the negative angle even when they are showing that depth psychology is clearly superior to other treatments?

You will generally find that headlines promoting anti-depressants and CBT put a positive spin on the statistics despite the overall results delivering average results at best.

What is wrong with this picture?

The reason why depth psychology is brushed to one side is that it works - up to 90% of the time. But there’s no money to be made from effective cures. So entire industries and businesses that rely on the in-flow of cash from those industries put their patients on a treadmill of pills.

It would also be nice to know what the long-term benefits of depth psychology are. So if any researchers want to track this…it would be useful. 

But good luck getting the funding for that study!

There have been several research projects and empirical studies performed since the 1990's, however. The results showed "significant improvements not only on the level of symptoms and interpersonal problems but also on the level of personality structure and in everyday life conduct."

This not only means that depth psychology will cure your depression and anxiety, it also helps with your personal development. Integrating archetypal energies that you haven't activated yet (unconscious content) enables you to expand your conscious awareness and become the best version of yourself.

In fairness, depth psychology is more difficult for practitioners to master. For depth psychology to be effective, your therapist needs to have an understanding of esoteric symbolism in order to determine which archetypal energies are surfacing from the unconscious.

What is depth psychology? 

Depth psychology is a method of increasing self-awareness by understanding how unconscious energies determine your patterns and thinking and behaviour.

The thoughts and actions you perform over a period of time determine how you feel. If you're suffering from anxiety and depression, you need to understand what thoughts and actions have resulted in your condition.

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I can tell you know that depression is a result of ignoring your emotional well-being. Although emotional well-being looks different for everybody, the cure is usually quite simple to determine for each individual.

The treatment we provide for anxiety and depression at Master Mind Content is to observe energies that arise from the subconscious and from the unconscious. We then determine which archetypal energies are present and which you need to integrate into your personality.

First of all, it’s important to understand the different functions between the subconscious and the unconscious. This is important because it enables you to determine which archetypal energy is driving your habitual behaviours (subconscious) and which aspect of consciousness needs to integrate into the conscious mind (unconscious).

Archetypal energies are patterns of behaviour that are inherent in all mankind. If you understand which archetypal energies drive specific behaviours, emotions, perceptions and attitudes, it’s easy to change your behaviour and counterbalance the energies by integrating the unlived aspects of your personality into the conscious mind.

If you want to know more about archetypes and how they can be used to cure anxiety and depression, check out this video on YouTube.

Archetypal energies are powerful tools that help determine which unconscious energies are trying to break through into your conscious thinking. 

Master Mind Content has developed a self-development program that shows you how to recognise archetypal energies and adjust your thoughts, actions and emotions accordingly. With these tools, you will be able to release repressed consciousness, develop your personality and upgrade your subconscious programs. 

Our program is grounded in depth psychology, but also includes knowledge of epigenetics, quantum physics and neuroscience. The program is designed to provide you with a selection of powerful tools that empower you to create a richer quality of life. Because we have a bunch of tools, you have the flexibility to use the techniques which work best for you.

Sign up for our Essential Self-Development Program today, release repressed consciousness and overcome anxiety and depression.

 

Scientific research suggests a part of the human brain contains a naturally occurring psycho-chemical that induces "spiritual experiences". 

The substance is known as Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), and is found in many plants and animals. Although scientists are yet to produce conclusive evidence, researchers think the most likely pouch for the chemical in humans is the pineal gland.

Our brain secretes DMT as we sleep. Dr. Rick Strassman, author of “The Spirit Molecule,” says that trace amounts of melatonin can be found around the pineal gland and theorises that large amounts can be released during dramatic events such as birth and death, or near-death experiences.

So if DMT is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter produced by the pineal gland as we sleep, is there a possibility that our nervous system is hard-wired to receive profound spiritual or supernatural experiences that deepen our levels of understanding?

Shamanistic rituals in Latin America

Shamans in the Amazon Jungle of South America claim DMT found in plants can be used to cure all manner of physical and mental illnesses. Psychedelic substances are widely used in healing ceremonies throughout Latin America and beyond producing positive results for thousands of people. 

DMT is the psychedelic ingredient of ayahuasca, a ceremonial brew that induces a psychedelic experience. It has become so popular with tourists that it's readily available for curious visitors to Peru, Brazil and Bolivia among others.

Ayahuasca is an ancient healing custom that has many benefits. Regarded as a “medicine” and legally used by Shamanic healers in South America to treat patients, the ayahuasca brew has the power to transform body, mind and soul.

Dennis McKenna Phd, an expert on chemicals, says DMT provides a “whole other level of experience,” compared with other psychedelic substances. Other accounts describe experiences with DMT as accessing the divine realm. 

If this chemical is naturally produced by the pineal gland, could it explain spiritual experiences and alien abductions? And if so, why are substances containing DMT banned by western authorities and scandalised by mainstream media?

What is the pineal gland?

The pineal is a pinecone-shaped gland found in the epithalamus that sits in the centre of the brain where the right joins the left. It takes its medical name from the Latin word “pinea” meaning pinecone. Rene Descartes, the 16th Century philosopher called the gland “the seat of the soul.”

There are some accounts that suggest our brains secrete melatonin (which is different to melatonin), a brain chemical that contains DMT. Should this be the case, opening the pineal gland helps us transcend to higher levels of conscious awareness. A written report by METAtoninresearch.com states: 

“The pineal gland secretes hormones that modulate the state of consciousness. The hormone that stabilizes waking consciousness is serotonin – which is produced by several glands in the body. The pineal gland stores a high concentration of serotonin and converts it to melatonin, the hormone that stabilizes our sleeping state which is produced every night on a regular basis. Using a similar conversion process, the pineal gland can also produces a more complex form of melatonin which we call METAtonin, a higher octave of melatonin.”

However, there appears to be no official research into metatonin. Officially it doesn’t exist. However, Dr Rick Strassman, author of The Spirit Molecule, is pioneering research into melatonin, a substance with the same compounds alleged in metatonin, and is secreted from the pineal gland whilst we sleep. Metatonin researchers claim their chemical causes the same effect as melatonin when we are awake.

Strassman however admits his theory cannot be proven - which could make his findings a convenient truth. Therefore the question of metatonin cannot be considered until scientists understand what it does.

The Cottonwood Research Foundation in New Mexico founded by Strassman, is working on developing new methods of measuring the commonly known melatonin to determine if higher levels of the chemical are produced during altered state experiences. 

So far the research centre has determined that melatonin makes people ‘sleepy’.

Yet rumours are circling that it is DMT that makes us dream, an understandable conclusion given that psychedelic cosmovisions are very much like dreaming. If this theory proves to be accurate, we may be able to induce spiritual or surreal experiences whilst we are awake - and without the help of psychedelics.

Could this also explain why people have hallucinations?

Although this assumption cannot be verified, my own experience with ayahuasca and San Pedro (Peyote) in South America leads me to believe there is some truth in the metatonin theory. DMT certainly evoked vivid psychedelic images and produced positive physical and psychological results.

Evidence from the ancient world indicates our ancestors were also using psychedelic substances and understood the benefits they have on the human psyche. 

Could DMT really be a spirit molecule that allows our minds to act as a receiver of divine knowledge and transcend to higher levels of awareness?

Even if it is, the ability to produce the chemical naturally will be pretty difficult, I imagine. But psychoactive drugs that are taken as medicine, certainly open the doorways of perception that can lead to healing.

DMT in the ancient world 

The ancient cultures of Latin America almost certainly used psychedelic plants. They held regular ceremonies with the intention of transcending to higher levels of consciousness. Known as cosmovisions Shaman say the human mind has the capability of exploring astral worlds. 

A depiction of the San Pedro cactus on a monolith near the entrance of the Huantar de Chavin complex in central Peru provides archaeological clues that potent substances were used by Andean cultures as early as the Second Century AD. 

In Mexico and Guatemala, it is widely believed the Maya were using hallucinogenic stimulates found in mushrooms. Stela’s featuring Bufo marine toads known to contain 5-Meo-DMT have also been found and symbolise the path into the Under World, or the Inner World; in other words, your subconscious. 

It is believed that Mayan tribes smoked the substance as DMT itself does not have any effect when taken orally. We have a natural inhibitor in our stomach which neutralises the chemical. 

We do know, however, that Andean tribes take DMT orally. The ayahuasca vine procured from the Amazon jungle is not in itself hallucinogenic, but is an MAO inhibitor that allows the Dimethyltryptamine found in herbs and plants to enter the bloodstream and provoke profound and vivid images. Andean Shaman call ayahuasca the “TV of the Forest.”

Accounts of spiritual experiences are typically described in ancient scriptures as dreams. In the Bible, there are several prophets that describe a dream state in which they speak with higher spiritual entities we know as God or Angels.  

Furthermore, in the Pinecone Court of the Vatican, is a statue of a giant pinecone, which in ancient symbolism represents the pineal gland. In Hinduism, the Bindi represents the “third eye,” a reference to the pineal gland as the source of profound spiritual experiences. 

The pinecone and other third-eye symbolism also feature in sculptures and other works of art in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Assyria, Catholicism and Freemasonry. 

Further research with ayahuasca

Experiments with psychedelic chemicals in the 1970s produced evidence that DMT can have potent effects on the human psyche. However, no further official testing has been conducted for over forty years and the chemical is on the banned substance list of western states. 

Eduardo Schenberg, of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, published a piece in Sage Journals, documenting his finding that Ayahuasca can be effectively used to treat cancer. He says:

 “If Ayahuasca is scientifically proven to have the healing potentials long recorded by anthropologists, explorers, and ethnobotanists, outlawing Ayahuasca or its medical use and denying people adequate access to its curative effects could be perceived as an infringement on human rights, a serious issue that demands careful and thorough discussion.”

Are the benefits of DMT being suppressed in the west? If it is a naturally occurring substance in the pineal gland, under current laws, everyone can be arrested for carrying.

I am not advocating the use of DMT as a recreational drug, and know from experience that ayahuasca ceremonies can be unpleasant. They are not for everyone. The brew typically provokes vomiting and diarrhoea to clean out the body. Serious consideration should be given before you commit to a shamanic ceremony.

It seems pertinent that further scientific research should be given to the effects of DMT as a health cure, together with legalisation so that individuals seeking divine inspiration can rightfully explore their higher consciousness in a controlled setting. The experience has the potential to act as a catalyst that transforms your life. 

Starting a new job is an exciting experience. However, it can also be a source of anxiety and stress. You may experience trepidation or self-doubt. Know that change is always difficult, and this new experience will eventually feel normal.

In the meantime, here are six effective ways to minimize new job anxiety and stress. 

Prioritize Sleep

Stress and poor sleep have a toxic relationship, and once you get into that cycle, it can be hard to get out. However, prioritizing sleep is a must when facing a new job and managing anxiety. 

Start by outlining when you'll need to get up for your new job and reverse engineering your bedtime to ensure you get a full eight hours. Then, create a structured bedtime routine to help your mind unwind and relax. Use mindfulness practices and disconnect from technology at least an hour before bedtime. You can also use a wearable to signal to your body that it's time to sleep (get more info).

If you wake up at night and can't get back to sleep, get up and do a soothing activity to help you unwind. Remind yourself that thinking about the future isn't going to help you tonight, and redirect your thoughts to something soothing.

Talk Out Your Fears

Lean on your support people and have a vent session about your fears. Talk about why you're feeling nervous and dig into the root of the issue. Choose someone in your life who is good at listening and practising empathy.

If you don't have a support person up to the task or need an unbiased opinion, seek an online support group or book a counselling session. Working with a therapist can help you put strategies in place to overcome your anxieties and walk into your new job with confidence. 

Brainstorm and Problem Solve

Take some time to process what specific thoughts are causing you stress. Accepting a new job often means significant changes in your home life. For example, you might take a different route to work or have different hours that impact your entire family.

Instead of avoiding these thoughts, dive into them and develop solutions for the problems you face. Create plans and strategies to help you and your family adapt to these changes. 

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Get Prepared

The more you do the night before work, the better prepared you'll be in the morning. Consider prepping breakfast, setting up the coffee maker, laying out outfits, and anything else you deem necessary to get moving in the morning.

Start adjusting to your new routine before your first day. Incorporate a few practice runs and adjust your approach as needed.

Try Positive Affirmations

Positive affirmations may seem silly or uncomfortable, but they're incredibly effective. When you do positive affirmations out loud or in the mirror, you're rewiring your neural pathways to believe what you're saying. This is a must if you're experiencing imposter syndrome or general anxiety about your new job.

Remind yourself why you got the job. List out your qualifications as you brush your hair. Take deep breaths and tell yourself that you're capable of handling this new experience. In time, you'll believe it.

Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a powerful tool used by cognitive-behavioural therapists to help reduce tension and stress. You can use this as a regular practice each night before bed or do a mini PMR session in your car or at your desk.

To try PMR, sit or lay somewhere comfortable and tense up each muscle group individually. Squeeze and hold that tension for 15-20 seconds, then release. Work through the muscles of your body and feel the tension literally melt away.

Try these effective strategies for overcoming anxiety and stress about your new job. If you find your stress debilitating, reach out to a professional for additional support. Remember, you've got this!

The underlying causes of anxiety can be due to several reasons. It could be due to a stressful life event, there could be an underlying medical condition or it could be an emerging mental disorder. 

But mostly, it's due to the standards you set yourself and the lifestyle you live. If you ignore your inner divinity, the demons make themselves at home.

Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric problem among adults. It is estimated that over 40 million people in the US alone suffer some form of anxiety.

Medical institutions cite a whole range of triggers for anxiety. These range from heart disease, to external factors such as caffeine, drugs or alcohol and even race, age or gender anxiety. 

However, there is often an underlying cause of anxiety that prompts individuals to turn to substances or feel insecure about their race, age or gender in the first place. 

I find it striking that hardly any medical institutions cite a lack of psychological development as underlying causes of anxiety. Fortunately, mental health practitioners acknowledged anxiety disorders are neurodevelopment in their origin.

Why is Recognising the Underlying Causes of Anxiety Important?

Healthcare professionals will tell you that to improve your health you need to find an underlying cause of the problem rather than merely treating a symptom.

Symptoms are merely an indication that something needs addressing. They should serve as a prompt to dig deeper to understand the underlying cause. Treating the symptom alone merely masks the problem.

Taking a pill to manage your anxiety is a temporary solution that will not repair the underlying cause until you address the root cause of your feelings.

Anxiety is a symptom that you are not taking good care of your emotional wellbeing. In my experience, it was because I didn't know what I really liked or what interested me so I just did what my friends did even though I didn't enjoy it. I was a creative growing up in a totally mainstream town.

Lifestyle choices play a major role in your psychological and emotional development. If your emotional well-being is not cared for, anxiety surfaces to inform you that something is wrong.

In this article, I identify three reasons you probably suffer from anxiety. They are not symptoms, they are the root cause. And the difference between identifying symptoms and recognising the cause is the first step to healing. 

And you won’t need medication either! 

A lack of Self-Worth 

A lack of self-worth is typically described as a lack of self-esteem by mental health professionals. Signs that you have low self-esteem include:

 A lack of self-worth naturally conjures thoughts that you are not good enough, you are not worthy and that other people are better than you. This causes unnecessary anxiety because you are worried that you’ll make mistakes and that people will judge you in the same way you judge yourself. 

To overcome a lack of self-worth, identify things own yourself that you value. Focus on your skills, and successes, and ask your friends what your best strengths are. 

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You also need to identify things you value in life; what you enjoy doing in your spare time, which music makes you feel alive, and which people make you feel good. 

Do more of the things you value and less of the things that conjure negative feelings. Especially stop hanging around people who damage your emotional and mental wellbeing. 

A Lack of Self-Respect 

 A lack of self-respect is typically described as a lack of self-esteem by mental health professionals. 

Yes, I know I said that about self-worth, but there is a difference between self-worth and self-respect. 

Self-worth is how you value yourself. Self-respect is how you treat yourself. Pay yourself the respect you deserve to nurture your mental and emotional wellbeing. 

Self-Respect involves: 

When you start treating yourself better, you develop self-esteem and your anxiety dissipates. The reason you feel anxious in the first place is that you are ignoring the things you need for your emotional survival. 

I know this from experience because I used to suffer from anxiety, which matured into social anxiety and culminated with anxiety attacks. The underlying reason was that I did not know myself and didn’t develop a sufficient amount of personal interests as a teenager and my view of the world was typically challenged by my peers. It still is.  

Subsequently, I developed poor quality behaviours which did not respect my True Self - my archetypes. Archetypes are vital energies that need integrated into the conscious mind so that you can operate in the world and achieve your goals. 

If you’re not paying homage to your internal archetypes, you won’t develop the skills, knowledge, and emotional wellbeing you need to survive. Anxiety is a warning sign that something is wrong. 

“The outbreak of the neurosis is not just a matter of chance. As a rule, it is most critical. It is usually the moment when a new psychological adjustment, a new adaptation, is demanded.” ~ Carl Jung, Freud and Psychoanalysis

A Lack of Self-confidence

 A lack of self-confidence is typically described as a lack of self-esteem by mental health professionals. 

 Yes, I know I said that about a lack of self-worth and a lack of self-respect, but it is a lack of self-confidence that causes a lack of self-esteem. 

So does a lack of self-worth and a lack of self-respect.

These are the underlying causes of self-esteem and thus the underlying causes of anxiety. 

It is acknowledged that there is a difference between self-confidence and self-esteem

Self-confidence is related to trusting your abilities. It is built through knowledge, experience and practice. Essentially, it is outward-facing and determines how well equipped you feel to deal with life.

Self-esteem is inward-facing and relates to how you feel about yourself. Your thoughts and feelings are heavily influenced by your perception - of yourself and how others think about you. Self-esteem is the process of appraising, valuing, rating or estimating (from the Latin aestimare.)

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The key difference between self-confidence and self-esteem is that people with self-confidence don’t necessarily have self-esteem. And people with self-esteem don’t necessarily have self-confidence in things they have no experience about.

Self-confidence can be built by achieving goals and mastering skills. Self-esteem is built by the experiences you have in life and your relationship with other people.

“People with healthy self-esteem do not need to prop themselves up with externals such as income, status, or notoriety, or lean on crutches such as alcohol, drugs, or sex. On the contrary, they treat themselves with respect and take care of their health, community, and environment.” ~ Neel Burton MD, Psychology Today

A lack of self-confidence is born from a string of failures; probably starting when you were a child. If early failures continued into your teens and adult life, you’re more likely to develop anxiety whenever you're faced with a new challenge. 

If you don’t have any self-esteem, your lack of confidence will be an underlying cause of anxiety that could get worse as you lose more trust in your ability to survive in the world. 

Self-worth and self-respect are attitudes you need to adopt to build self-esteem. Self-confidence comes from achievements you earn. If you need to build self-confidence, give yourself the time, respect and patience to reach your goal. Show yourself self-worth and self-respect by accepting yourself for who you are and acknowledging your limitations. 

If you are struggling with anxiety, it may be worth taking note of how you nurture your inner world, rather than focusing on external triggers in the outer world. 

Once you strengthen your inner world, you will find you no longer get anxious about things in the outer world. 

I have first-hand experience in overcoming anxiety, depression and addictions and want to share the tools I developed that help you to identify archetypes and determine which energies you are ignoring. These tools enable you to successfully emerge feeling stronger, positive and at peace with yourself.

If you suffer from symptoms of depression and anxiety, it can sometimes feel like there is nothing to be done to help you feel better. 

However, there are a number of techniques that can help to improve your mood and reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. In this post, we are going to explore some of the best options out there to help with depression and anxiety, from therapy to lifestyle changes. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more.

Take Therapy Sessions

Whilst many people are reluctant to try it at first, therapy sessions can actually be hugely beneficial for improving the effects of depression and anxiety. Speaking with a licensed and experienced therapist can help you develop techniques that can reduce depressive symptoms and calm anxiety. 

Speaking with a therapist will also allow you to address things in your current life or past experience that could have sparked depressive episodes or your levels of anxiety. Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is one of the main forms of treatment used for those with depression and anxiety. 

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CBT is a method by which a therapist attempts to alter patterns of thinking to lead to a more positive mood and outlook on life. It’s also used to treat other mental health conditions such as PTSD, phobias, and substance abuse. 

 By the way, CBT therapy doesn’t just involve talking. Your therapist will come up with structures and techniques to be used daily to help you reframe your thinking and develop a more positive mindset. This form of therapy can help you not only work through issues that might be causing your depression and anxiety but also address your thoughts and become aware of how your thoughts impact your mood levels. 

Exercise Regularly 

Another way to help boost your mood and offset symptoms of depression and anxiety is by taking regular exercise. This doesn’t mean you need to be doing high-intensity classes or hitting the gym for hours on end. Studies show that just a 15-minute walk can help improve mood and provide the benefits of exercise.

This is especially effective if you choose to take a walk in the countryside or around green spaces as being around nature also provides benefits to improving anxiety and depression. What’s more, 15 minutes of walking outside a day can also provide you with your daily intake of vitamin D, another factor in helping to boost mental health as well as physical health. 

Try CBD Products 

CBD products have risen in popularity lately due to the abilities of CBD to help with a wide range of health-related issues. One of the most common uses for CBD products is to help with reducing the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

CBD although derived from the cannabis plant, does not contain THC which is responsible for the high individuals can experience from cannabis. Therefore, taking CBD by itself will not make you high, but provides a range of health benefits.

The cannabinoids found in CBD are thought to interact with levels of serotonin and potentially cause an increase. As serotonin regulates mood, this can help to reduce symptoms of depression. It’s also thought to have a calming effect on the brain, meaning anxiety can be reduced and sleep improved.

As well as helping directly with anxiety and depression, CBD can also help reduce levels of pain and inflammation, which could indirectly help with improving mental health. The Good Level offers a range of CBD oils in the UK and guidance on choosing the correct dosage for you. 

Try And Socialise More 

Another factor that can affect levels of depression and anxiety is how much you’re socialising. When you’re trying to cope with depression and anxiety, it’s very easy to want to self-isolate and withdraw from social activities.

However, this can actually make depression and anxiety worse and more difficult to cope with. Socialising and getting out of the house can help to break negative thinking patterns and help stop you from falling into unhealthy routines. It also gives you the opportunity to speak with others and maybe share your thoughts and feelings. Speaking with somebody like-minded can be hugely beneficial in coping with depression and anxiety and help you to realise you’re not alone.

Cut Down On Screen Time 

Social media and the high intake of media in our modern society could be one of the leading contributing factors to higher levels of depression and anxiety than ever before. If you begin to feel your mood become lower or you’re struggling to cope with anxious thoughts, it can be a good idea to consider cutting down on the time you spend on your phone or laptop.

The media is full of negative storylines and social media tempts us to compare our reality with other people’s highlights in life, so neither is helpful when coping with depression and anxiety. Taking a step back from them can help give you the opportunity you need to reset your mind and focus on the more important elements of your life.

Do you have moments when you can't get any satisfaction - even when you reach your goals, have a satisfying experience or your emotional desires have been met. 

You may have even experienced a condition called Anhedonia which draws the pleasure out of things you used to find exciting such as music, sex, food, and stimulating conversations.

Why is that? 

I remember when I was addicted to marijuana that, somedays, I just couldn’t get enough. I would smoke a joint and immediately want another one; even though I felt stoned. 

It’s been the same story with food, sex and flirting via text and email. Sometimes I couldn’t even bring myself to enjoy a live gig or a party even though it was good. 

For some reason, I had this inability to feel satisfaction or happiness. But it only happened occasionally. It wasn’t a permanent state of being although I suspect chronic anxiety had a part to play. 

Scientific exploration attempting to discover why we experience dissatisfaction goes some way to explaining why we don’t feel satisfied. Anxiety and depression are obvious factors. 

However, feelings of dissatisfaction are early signs of anxiety and depression, so they may not necessarily be the cause. Personality disorders and brain chemicals play a key role. 

And so does your self-image and attitude towards others.

Shall we dig in? 

Gratitude: Be Satisfied With Your Lot

Various studies have found a direct correlation between gratitude and an inability to feel satisfied. Researchers found that some people are not genetically “wired” to be grateful whereas other people have other mental conditions which degrade a person's ability to feel gratitude. 

Materialism, narcissism and envy are all cited as personality disorders that impair gratitude. The overall conclusion is that people with these personality types have a sense of entitlement. 

Evolutionary discoveries also indicate that humans have an innate need for more. No matter how much we have, there is a desire or inner striving for more.

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On one hand, wanting more to better yourself is a positive mental attitude; striving to be better than you are now in the future enables you to grow on a personal, social, financial and emotional level. 

However, if you don’t feel any satisfaction when you reach your goal, there's probably something wrong with the wiring of your neural circuitry in the reward system of your brain. 

According to researchers, this is either because you have an ungrateful brain, ungrateful genes or a personality problem. 

It could also be a result of all three given that your personality is moulded by your environment. People either learn to be grateful for what they have or they don’t.

Researchers at Hope College in Michigan, United States determined that gratitude is a personality trait. The writers remarked that gratitude “is an experience of abundance” and a “deeply social emotion” (Charlotte van Oyen-Witvliet, 2019 pp.1-2).

People that are not aligned with feelings of gratitude focus on what they don’t have, rather than what they do have. 

When you focus on what you don’t have you create discord with your inner world. Thoughts that make you believe you’re not good enough and you must try harder to be worth anything are common traits in people that are never satisfied. 

There is some truth in the gratitude theory. You can see how practising gratitude will help you appreciate everything you have in your life. And if you are programmed to have a low gratitude threshold, frontier scientific disciplines such as epigenetics and plasticity show that you can change your psycho-biological makeup. 

The frontier sciences reveal that genes and the brain change by how we think and behave. Therefore, by changing your attitude towards life, feeling grateful will lead you to be more satisfied. 

“Endowed with the ability to be self-reflective, the self-conscious mind is extremely powerful. It can observe any programmed behaviour we are engaged in, evaluate the behaviour, and consciously decide to change the program. We can actively choose how to respond to most environmental signals and whether we even want to respond at all. The conscious mind’s capacity to override the subconscious mind’s preprogrammed behaviours is the foundation of free will.” ~ Bruce Lipton, Biology of Belief

I am satisfied that gratitude does help us to experience satisfaction. It’s a useful tool to adopt every day so that you continuously feel grateful for what you have, celebrate your achievements and feel satisfied with multiple experiences. 

When the feeling of satisfaction wears off, you're ready to push on to your next goal. This is how you grow in life. Just remember to celebrate your achievements. 

But adopting gratitude doesn’t completely satisfy my enquiry. It doesn’t seem to fit my personal experience because I felt unfulfilled in isolated moments. 

Why did I sometimes not feel happy at gigs? I was with friends, the music was awesome and the atmosphere was buzzing, yet I felt numb. 

Or why did I not feel satisfied after sex and immediately want to go again? Why did I feel compelled to smoke another joint even though I was stoned? 

For me, the gratitude theory doesn’t answer these questions. I’m not convinced it is for most other people either. 

So, are we back to personality and chemical balance.

The Dopamine Effect

The dopamine effect is a growing problem in the age of social media. This naturally occurring chemical is believed to be behind the rise of depression in younger generations.

Dopamine is associated with the pleasure and reward system of the brain (basal ganglia). It generates positive emotions and prompts you to seek pleasure or strive for achievement.

On the one hand, dopamine is useful because it motivates you to fulfil goals and aspirations. It also plays a role in lowering the inhibitive factors of the prefrontal cortex that is responsible for rational thinking. Dopamine can, therefore, reduce anxiety and worry. 

When you feel calm, think clearly and articulate your thoughts coherently, you are experiencing a dopamine effect. Activities such as music, dancing, socialising, exercise and meditation promote dopamine drops. 

Individuals that have a well-balanced chemical disposition, will feel fulfilled and satisfied in the right moments. 

But dopamine also causes cravings and urges that convince you to have one more beer, cigarette, joint, cookie, coffee, orgasm, another spin of the roulette wheel or whatever it is you think will satisfy you. 

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The problem is that dopamine tricks your brain into thinking a reward is real pleasure. Subsequently, you get caught in a dopamine loop that shapes your behaviour by driving desire and motivating you to seek rewards. The continuous scrolling feature in social media platforms is a dopamine trap.

Researchers have also linked high levels of dopamine shots with likes, comments and shares that stroke your ego. It triggers an innate need for human connection and bonding. 

Whilst this can be good for building self-esteem, when it becomes an obsession, you have a problem. Every time your phone chimes with a social notification, your basal ganglia might be depositing a drop of dopamine into your neural system. 

The difference between sound mental health and poor mental health is determined by the wanting system and the liking system. The wanting system drives future rewards and anticipation. And this makes you want more because you're not satisfied. 

The "liking system" in your neural circuitry only gives you pleasure in the moment. When the liking system is activated your ego recognises the pleasure and you feel satisfied (Berridge and Aldridge, 2008).

The reward system in the brain prompts you to take action. It is associated with habit-forming that can lead to addiction. If you’re addicted to social media, your addiction may really be because you have a negative self-image or low self-esteem. 

And that leads to the personality disorders mentioned above; narcissism, materialism and envy. 

Worse still, social media has been linked to anxiety, depression, sleep disruption, anti-social behaviour and suicidal tendencies.

But the reason you’re not satisfied is not just because of a chemical imbalance. The psycho-biological system is much deeper than that.

You can’t get nooooo…saatisfaction…

Sorry, couldn’t resist. 

The principal cause of unhappiness is a lack of emotional well-being. When you don't have anything that gives your life purpose and meaning, you feel empty and stop growing.

Feeling empty is what can lead people down the path of addiction in the first place. Whatever it is you're addicted to is an attachment you believe fulfils your emotional needs. The Buddha said all attachments lead to suffering. 

We become programmed to believe that certain things make us happy. Whether that’s alcohol, drugs, sex, money, social status, sports, music, power etc. 

You have to admit that all these things only make you momentarily satisfied - and then you’re looking for the next reward. 

If your life has no meaning or purpose, or if you adopted the same interests as your friends just to fit in but don't really like them, you need to activate your explorer archetype.

The explorer archetype helps you to discover things you like, shape your own ideas and opinions and build your self-esteem. The positive qualities you need to integrate are curiosity, independent thinking and self-sufficiency. Define personal values, search for novelty and make tight connections when you're researching or learning.

A classic example of an inactive or underdeveloped explorer archetype is an inability to see a project through to the end. Accomplishing a goal should bring satisfaction (albeit momentarily), but if the "busybody" is the dominant force in your explorer archetype, you flit from one thing to another without making any emotional connection.

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When you don't connect with things in your life on a deeper level, life loses its meaning. It becomes shallow. If your depth of knowledge and understanding is shallow, so is your personality. Superficial conversations, for example, do not have a significant meaning that drives an emotional connection.

The same rule applies to people that put a cap on their aspirations due to the fear or anxiety of failing. Instead of putting the energy into the things you could actually achieve if you put your mind to it, you prefer to set subpar goals that don’t push you out of your comfort zone.

This will never give you a sense of satisfaction either. Deep down you know you haven’t fulfilled your potential.

Then there are people that do achieve success in sports, academia, career or finished projects but don’t take time to celebrate their accomplishments. They are not satisfied with what they have got or what they have done and thus don’t experience happiness.

If this sounds like you, you are experiencing what has been called “hedonic adaption”. Here the intensity of the reward system is diminished to the point that positive or negative outcomes become neutral (Frederick & Loewenstein 1999).

If you want to experience satisfaction, you have to engage in pursuits and challenges you are meant to do; the things that call out to you. The things your explorer archetype pulls you towards.

Allowing yourself to be vulnerable and taking the risks that come with being vulnerable change your values, goals and attention. This is how you develop and grow as an individual.

When your life has no purpose or meaning, you won’t experience any satisfaction. What you will experience is restlessness, frustration, panic, mania and despair. 

Satisfaction Has Ties With Self-Worth

The explorer archetype governs self-discovery which enables you to build self-esteem. You will be more outgoing, prepared to step out of your comfort zone and find things in life that you are truly passionate about.

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The explorer archetype drives you to make deep connections that nurture emotional well-being.

Studies in psychology show that the most satisfying events fulfil the need for self-esteem or a sense of worthiness (Sheldon of the University of Missouri, Columbia 2001).

Individuals who lack self-worth develop narcissistic tendencies, materialism and envy. When these attributes are lacking, you look for pleasure and satisfaction from the external world.

These are attributes associated with the negative qualities of the lover archetype. As I explain in my article decoding the esoteric symbolism of the Greek myth in which Artemis and Apollo slay the children of Niobe, the qualities of the explorer eliminate the narcissistic, materialistic and addictive attitudes of the lover. 

Studies have shown that people with a low tendency toward materialism and envy feel a sense of gratitude and experience satisfaction more often than people that are narcissistic, materialistic and addictive (Tsang 2002).

It seems the ancient Greeks knew this over 2000 years ago. They even described a character named Tantalus from which we derive the word tantalise - desire or temptation that does not deliver satisfaction.

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In Greek mythology, Tantalus is the father of Niobe, the queen of Thebes who boasts about her abundance. For the insults, she aims at their mother Leto, Artemis and Apollo slay Niobe’s 14 children. 

In this article, I explain the esoteric meaning of the symbolism and the lessons you can learn from the myth of Tantalus.

Tantalus was the son of Zeus and the nymph Plouto, the daughter of Titans. This indicates Tantalus is undeveloped energy that can cause people problems. This is confirmed by Plato in the Cratylus; the etymology of Tantalus is he "who has to bear much" and “wretched" says the ancient philosopher.

The symbolic meaning of Tantalus is described quite explicitly in Greek mythology. After being invited to dine with the gods in Olympus, Tantalus disrespected Zeus by stealing ambrosia and nectar - the food of the gods. 

Tantalus’ motive for stealing the food was to reveal divine secrets to the people. Food is knowledge and knowledge is power. 

To impress the gods, Tantalus sacrificed his son, Pelops, cooked him and served him to the Olympians at the banquet. His actions disgusted the Olympians and they refused to touch the offering. Zeus ordered Clotho (the spinner of fate), to restore the boy back to life.

As a punishment for his misdemeanours, Tantalus was sent to Tartarus and made to stand in a pool of water beneath a tree with low hanging fruit. But each time he reached for the fruit, the wind blew the branch from out of his reach. When he bent to take a drink, the water receded. 

The Esoteric Meaning of Tantalus in Greek Myth

Subsequently, Tantalus is where we get the English word, tantalise, which alludes to a desire or temptation that does not deliver satisfaction. 

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The esoteric meaning of Tantalus in myth explains that people that seek pleasure from the outer world will never be satisfied with their lot. When you look for happiness in the outer world, you program your ego to need material attachments to satisfy your emotional wellbeing. 

People that cannot find solace with themselves - happiness from within - also seek to satisfy their emotional wellbeing from other people. This will often involve boasting about your material wealth and achievements to earn respect and attention from others - as Niobe does.

These attributes are associated with “grandiose narcissists” - people that have an over-inflated view of themselves and think they are superior to others. 

Narcissists are focused on getting attention and admiration from others. They only care about themselves and have a tendency to give in to one’s own needs and disregard the needs and feelings of others (Lobbestael, et al., 2014).

Narcissistic tendencies are the result of a lack of self-love and self-respect. When these attributes are lacking, you do not nurture self-esteem or self-worth. As a result, you look for pleasure and satisfaction from the external world. 

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The myth in which Artemis and Apollo slay the children of Niobe is told in various sources of Greco-Roman mythology. It’s a story of how the unconscious rears up to deflate an over-inflated ego and replace self-defeating subconscious programs with self-knowledge.

Sometimes self-knowledge is devastating.

“The ego must avoid destruction and overcome —and even redeem —a highly dangerous aspect of his anima/her animus.” ~ Marie Louise von Franz, Carl Jung, Man And His Symbols

There are several variations in the stories of Artemis and Apollo, but the general gist is that Niobe, the queen of Thebes, appeals to the people of the city and questions why they are worshipping a vagrant like Leto (Latona in Roman mythology).

In Greek mythology, Leto is a Titan that was seduced by Zeus who was tempted by her stunning beauty. From their union, the divine twins' Artemis and Apollo were born.

The accounts that detail the myth of Niobe, describe an annual event in which the citizens of Thebes honour Leto, Artemis and Apollo. As part of the celebration, people wear a laurel leaf on their heads and burn frankincense in the fire.

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From the point of esoteric symbolism, the purpose of the rituals to Leto, Artemis and Apollo is synonymous with personal growth.

Both the laurel leaf and frankincense are symbols associated with the sun god Apollo in Greek mythology. The laurel tree, also a symbol of Artemis, represents the Self’s triumph over subconscious programs - namely the capacity to overcome the cravings and attachments of the ego that are driven by emotional needs (eros).

Apollo throws frankincense into the fire during his sacrificial ceremonies. Frankincense is a white incense that denotes inmost truth and purity. This ritual indicates that polluted thoughts and behaviours have been cleansed and subconscious programs have been upgraded to reflect your True Nature (truth).

It is clear that the people of Thebes recognise Leto’s capacity for transformation through self-respect and self-care which the goddess and her children ultimately symbolise. However, the jealous Niobe believes the Thebans should honour her instead.

To make her claim, Niobe boasts that her father, Tantalus, is the only mortal to be invited to dine with the gods in Olympus, her ancestors are the gods Zeus and Atlas, and she is a descendant of the Royal House of Cadmus.

But most importantly, Niobe boasts about having more children than Leto. She has 14 whereas Leto only has two. Here Niobe is declaring she is more abundant than Leto and by worshipping her, the Thebans would also be more abundant.

In Metamorphoses Book VI, Ovid tells us that it is her children that Niobe is most proud of.

“Many things gave her pride; but in truth neither her husband’s art nor the high birth of both and their royal power and state so pleased her, although all those did please, as her children did. And Niobe would have been called most blessed of mothers, had she not seemed so to herself.”

In esoteric symbolism, one interpretation of children is the manifestation of will (masculine principle) and desire (feminine principle). In other words, children represent the experience of physical reality. They are manifestations of ourselves.

Niobe makes her abundance known to all when she declares:

“Wherever I turn my eyes in the palace I see great stores of wealth…Surely I am happy. Who can deny it? And happy I shall remain. This also who can doubt? My very abundance has made me safe. I am too great for fortune to harm; though she should take many from me, still many more will she leave me.” [ibid]

Niobe then goes on to compare her abundance with Leto's lowly status and perceived lack of achievement.

First of all, she dismisses Leto’s father, the Titan Coeus - the god of discernment - by scoffing “whoever he may be”. This indicates that Niobe does not use her intellectual capacity for analytical or logical thinking. These are traits of Apollo.

Then she reminds the people of Thebes that Leto was “refused a tiny spot for bringing forth her children. Neither heaven nor earth nor sea was open for this goddess of yours; she was outlawed from the universe.” [ibid]

This slight is to highlight that at one time Leto did not even have a life; she was rejected by everyone. The cause of this was Hera, Zeus’ jealous wife who had cursed Leto with restlessness.

Niobe’s final point is that Thebans have “sacrificed enough”. With this, people removed the laurel leaves from their heads and left their sacrifices to Leto unfinished.

Leto is furious over Niobe’s lack of respect and appeals to Apollo and Artemis. It would be of no use if she is not “denied worship at the altar through all coming ages.” 

Apollo and Artemis Attacking the Children of Niobe by Jacques-Louis David
Apollo and Diana (Artemis) Attacking the Children of Niobe by Jacques-Louis David

The twins agree and conceal themselves in clouds and ascend on Thebes. Apollo unleashes a torrent of arrows and slaughters the seven sons of Niobe. Their distraught father, King Amphion took his own life by driving a dagger through his heart.

If you’re familiar with mythology, you have probably noticed that a king has some part to play in almost every story. They are very rarely the protagonist, but if you notice, they are often killed or chased out of the city. 

In this particular myth, the queen is the central character. King and queen are the ruler archetype, the decision-maker of the psyche. In this instance, Amphion and Niobe represent ego-consciousness which is displayed by Niobe’s bragging - which can only come from ego-consciousness. 

When kings die in myth, it indicates an aspect of ego-conscious has died and replaced by the aspect of consciousness of the character that kills him. In this instance, Apollo is the cause of the king’s death. Like his grandfather, Coeus, Apollo also represents intellect.

The seven sons and seven daughters of Niobe are the seven energy centres (chakras) that influence thoughts and behaviours and ultimately impact your physical reality. 

The chakra system is a spiritual model that is used to divide the body into seven key areas. Each chakra governs a certain area of the body and is assigned certain attributes, emotional responses, aches, pains, illness and disease. We explain this in more depth in the chakra chart which is available with our Essential Self-Development Program. 

Using the chakra system can help you to determine which archetype energies are presently trying to make themselves known. What happens in your inner world influences your experience of the outer world.

“Our consciousness interacts with the energy of the universe….The way we use that consciousness - the way we direct our awareness - produces profound and immediate changes in the atoms and molecules of our bodies. Science also shows us that our consciousness affects the material reality around us. As our consciousness changes, so changes the world.” ~ Dawson Church, Mind To Matter

Despite the loss of her sons, Niobe arrogantly claims she still has more children than Leto. But they also perish, from “unseen wounds” (presumably Apollo’s poisoned arrow) and by the bow of Artemis. 

Whereas the sons represent thoughts, the daughters represent emotions. Thoughts influence emotions, so if you don’t have thoughts that come from ego-consciousness, you won’t have emotions or behaviours that come from ego-consciousness either.

With all 14 children perished, and the death of her husband, Niobe’s life is thrown into despair. The trauma causes her to sit in silence, frozen in shock. Ovid tells us, “there is nothing alive in the picture” and all “her vitals are stone”.

This is a classic description of the negative attributes associated with the caregiver archetype; inner desolation, lack of life energy, loneliness, stagnation and lack of emotional connection.

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Niobe remains in this condition for nine days without eating. On the tenth day, she eats meat.

Nine days comes up quite a lot in Greek mythology. Sometimes it’s nine weeks, or nine years; a passing of time. This signifies the transformation of energy in the evolution of a cycle, hence the numerical scale 0-9. 10 signifies the beginning of a new cycle; 0,1 etc…

The evolution of a cycle of energy is explained in full detail in the Number Symbolism Course. 

When Niobe eats again, it means she is providing herself with psychological and emotional nourishment. When she weeps she is releasing fragmented consciousness which will enable her to be whole again. 

Jung emphasised that man can achieve wholeness only through self-knowledge and acceptance of unconscious content which he showed surfaces as archetypes or complexes.

“The archetypes thus have their own initiative and their own specific energy. These powers enable them both to produce a meaningful interpretation (in their own symbolic style) and to interfere in a given situation with their own impulses and their own thought formations.” ~ Carl Jung, Man and His Symbols

In myth, as in real life, food is a symbol of self-care (if you’re eating the right diet). The is the role of the caregiver archetype - the masculine principle of which is reflected in the qualities of Apollo; self-respect, honour, loyalty and self-love.

What Does Niobe Represent in Greek Mythology?

To understand what Niobe represents in this myth, we need to take a look at who her parents were. This will help us to determine which archetype she falls under.

When myth does not tell you much about the history of a character, research their parents. Remember, children are an aspect of consciousness that can be determined by their heritage; they are the physical manifestation of a particular archetype and this represents an aspect of that archetype.

Niobe is the daughter of Tantalus and Dione, the daughter of Atlas who carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. Plato also describes Tantalus as ‘he who has much to bear’.

Tantalus is where we get the English word, tantalising, which essentially means, desire or temptation that cannot be satisfied. Someone that is never satisfied is never happy and can be said to be carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders.

Dione is associated with the goddess Aphrodite. In Homer’s version, she is the goddess's mother - suggesting she gives birth to the attributes of Aphrodite. But given Dione comes from a bloodline that is carrying a burden we can safely assume she represents the negative attributes.

Aphrodite is a personification of the lover archetype.

Niobe, therefore, represents ego-centric attributes associated with the lover archetype; gluttony, materialistic, self-indulgence and unsatisfied cravings. She boasted about everything she had in her life but still wanted more; the praise and adoration of the people.

This suggests that Niobe does not receive all the emotional well-being she needs; she is lacking self-esteem and self-actualisation.

The UK charity organisation Mind points out that you can still have low self-esteem even when you:

We see many of these traits in Niobe. However, even though you may have a positive opinion about yourself and your achievements, if you are not centred and connected to your inner power, the shadow side of self-esteem appears as grandiose narcissism - a negative quality of the lover archetype.

Grandiose narcissism is a trait of self-assured extraverts that have a tendency to give in to one’s own needs, and disregard the needs and feelings of others ((Lobbestael, et al., 2014). They also have an unrealistic sense of superiority towards people they see as rivals.

The signs of a grandiose narcissist are a boastful nature and an addictive personality. They are generally extraverted people with an over-inflated ego and a miscued sense of entitlement.

 Narcissus Michelangelo Caravaggio
Narcissus, Michelangelo Caravaggio (1594-96)

However, they lack inner-stability and emotional intelligence. They may be dependent on drugs, have a negative self-image so go to the gym to bulk up, obsess about their appearance, addicted to sex, bore easily, have materialistic tendencies, vanity, self-indulgent behaviours and hold narrow-minded views in which the only opinion that matters is their own.

When you’re in this mindset, it’s because you’re not applying the positive attributes of the caregiver archetype; self-love, self-care, compassion, patience, generosity, flexibility, and acting with good intentions from the heart.

As a result, you lack self-esteem and self-love. You are on a downward spiral towards anxiety and depression. 

The lesson we learn from the myth of Artemis and Apollo slaying the children of Niobe is that when your motivations are self-indulgent and driven by external rewards, you neglect the caregiver archetype; you neglect your capacity for personal growth, and ultimately true happiness.

If you have the mindset of a grandiose narcissist, remember the words of Ovid:

“Then, truly do all men and women fear the wrath of the goddess so openly displayed; and al more zealously than ever worship the dread divinity of the twin gods’ mother.”

When a guide comes upon the altar of Leto, he says: “be merciful to me”. Show compassion and forgiveness to people that you can cause harm to.

Including yourself.

The Symbolic Meaning of the Number 14

To help us interpret the myth of Niobe, we also have to take a look at the number 14. At its core, the symbolic meaning of the number 14 is about recognising unconscious content which needs to be integrated to destroy existing programs.

As I explain in the Number Symbolism Guide, the 14 is connected with King David in the Bible. Here’s an excerpt:

“As David matures, he struggles to control his desire for earthly things and, out of lust, has an affair with the beautiful Bethsheba, the wife of one of his loyal soldiers.

David’s story reflects how the personal unconscious becomes polluted with programs and emotions that he cannot control. David allowed his instincts to get the better of him and through selfishness, betrayed one of his brothers in arms.

"When you indulge in a moment of selfishness, spurred on by your lower conscious, you betray yourself.” ~ Richard J. Oldale, Number Symbolism

Ultimately, the lesson you need to learn when you see the number 14 is to adopt balance, self-control and independence; all of which are qualities associated with Apollo and Artemis.

However, there is another version of the story. In the Illiad, Homer mentions that Niobe has 12 children, six sons and six daughters.

“For even the fair-haired Niobe bethought her of meat, albeit twelve children perished in her halls, six daughters and six lusty sons. [605] The sons Apollo slew with shafts from his silver bow, being wroth against Niobe, and the daughters the archer Artemis, for that Niobe, had matched her with fair-cheeked Leto, saying that the goddess had borne but twain, while herself was mother to many; wherefore they, for all they were but twain, destroyed them all. [610] For nine days' space they lay in their blood, nor was there any to bury them, for the son of Cronos turned the folk to stones; howbeit on the tenth day the gods of heaven buried them; and Niobe bethought her of meat, for she was wearied with the shedding of tears.” Homer, Illiad II. 24.596 (605-613)

The number 12 basically represents wholeness, but from a negative perspective, 12 represents the inner struggle you experience when you allow the ego-conscious to govern your life and neglect your inner world.

As mentioned above, Niobe clearly represents an over-inflated ego which is demonstrated by her hubris and boasts of abundance.

It’s worth noting there are 12 main archetypes that influence the self-ego axis. In Greek Mythology, the only 12 archetypes that really matter are the Olympians - two of which are Apollo and Artemis.

Archetypal energies are powerful tools that help determine which unconscious energies are trying to break through into your conscious thinking.

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Apollo is the favourite son of Zeus, the offspring of an affair with the Titan, Leto. In a fit of jealousy, Hera plagued Leto during her pregnancy so she cannot rest. Hera did not want Leto to give birth on land. Every household turned her away so that Hera would not be offended and punish them. Hera also sent the serpent-demon, Python to torment Leto.

With the help of Poseidon, Leto arrived in Delos, a floating island that was not part of the earth Hera had forbidden Leto to bear her children. Clinging to an Olive Tree, Leto gave birth, first to Artemis. Nine days later Apollo emerged with the help of his twin sister’s midwifery skills. 

As a baby, Apollo is not fed the milk from his mother’s breast. Instead, he is nurtured by Themis on nectar and ambrosia, the ‘food of the gods’. Themis is the goddess of prophecy, wisdom and good counsel, the personification of justice and the interpreter of the gods' will.

“In psychological terms, the double parentage motif tells us that the urge to individuation has a twofold source: personal factors and also transpersonal ones. It stems from the care and loving attention that actual persons such as the parents give the individual, but it derives as well from the archetypal roots of its own being, from divine knowledge.” ~ Edward Edinger, The Eternal Drama

In the Eumenides (lines 1-9), Aeschylus explains how possession of the oracle - and thus the Temple of Delphi - was handed down from Gaia, its founder, through Themis and Phoebe to Apollo [1]. The Oracle is synonymous with intuitive thoughts, premonition.

When Apollo is just four days old, he slays Python, the serpent that had chased his mother whilst she was pregnant. In other versions, Apollo is said to have killed Python at Delphi where the serpent had taken over providing oracles. 

Carl Kerenyi notes that the serpent is also called Delphyne, "which is constructed from the root delph- 'belly, uterus.' Delphi was also considered to be the “womb of the earth” [2]. In ancient Greek, the word “Delphys” means womb, and Delphi was recognised as the centre of the world. [3]

Apollo is best known as the god of prophecy and the sacred sanctuary at Delphi was dedicated in his honour. It was here that the famous oracle is said to have channelled Apollo’s divine knowledge and the will of his father. 

Delphi

Inscribed on his temple at Delphi were the precepts: 

Keep women under rule (Keep emotions under control)

The temple at Delphi was shared by Apollo and his half-brother, Dionysus. The latter is said to stay in the temple during the winter whilst Apollo retreated to Hyperborean; a paradise of bliss that shares similarities to the Underworld of Hades.

Who is the Greek God Apollo?

Together with prophecy, Apollo is associated with more attributes than any other god. He is recognised as the god of archery, culture (music, dance and poetry), healing and diseases, law and order, herds and flocks, the founder of cities and protector of the young. 

Later, he became known as the sun god and was also known as Phoebus meaning “bright” and “pure”. As the personification of the sun, Apollo illuminates the sky (conscious mind) and the earth (subconscious mind). However, in Greco-Roman artwork, Apollo is depicted as a young man, indicating that his conscious nature is not fully developed.

“The Sun, is metaphorically sensed as the ego-friendly world of the spirit and is personified as the benevolent All-Father, disconnecting from the womb and taking a new attitude up to the world.” ~ Ena Stanley: Archetypes of Astrology

The myths of Apollo typically recount the god's desire for mortals and nymphs, both men and women. However, despite his radiance, the sun god is curiously unlucky in love. 

In one myth, Apollo is struck by the arrow of Eros after the sun god taunts him about his inferior skills in archery. The arrow causes Apollo to fall in love with the mountain nymph, Daphne whom Eros had poisoned with a love-repealing arrow. 

Apollo and daphne

The mortal Marpessa, the nymph Sinope and Cassandra of Troy all spurned the god’s advances. Hestia, the goddess of the Hearth also refused his hand in marriage. 

That said, Apollo had many love affairs and he fathered multiple children, the most famous of which were his divine offspring; Asclepius the god of healing; Aristaeus, the god of beekeeping, the Samothracian Corybantes, dancing demons, and Scylla, the sea-nymph resulting from his affair with Hekate. 

Many of Apollo’s other offspring were kings, princes and princesses [4]. His fathering of royalty also lends to his epithet as the founder of cities. 

Callimachus tells us, "Your mother surely, begat you as a helper, and since then you live in song.” [5] He is also known as a god with the power to purify polluted waters, dispel fear and deliver cities from epidemics. Here we see his association with healing. 

Is the Greek God Apollo Destructive?

Scholars believe Apollo could also bring destruction. It was the god of archery that struck Achilles with his arrow. He was also responsible for the demise of the satyr Marsyas and the death of Zeus’ armourers, the Cyclopes. His furious father sentenced Apollo to a year's servitude as a shepherd for King Admetus of Therae.

Admetus treated the god with great kindness. In appreciation, Apollo blessed the king's herds and flocks so that they bore twins. He was also the king’s lover and intervened on his behalf when he was in the hands of Death.

It was also Apollo that prompted Orestes to kill his mother Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus to avenge the death of his father, Agamemnon. When brought to trial, Apollo defended Orestes against charges of murder. 

Apollo also tricks his sister Artemis into killing the hunter Orion. The sun god had become jealous of his sister’s affection for Orion. One day whilst Orion was swimming in the sea, Apollo challenged Artemis to shoot an arrow into the speck on the horizon. Not realising her target was the man she loved, Artemis took aim and killed Orion. 

However, despite the Greek god Apollo appearing to be destructive, the symbolic meaning hints at his ability to dispel fear, disruptive behaviours, limiting beliefs and negative attitudes.

As the protector of herds, flocks and crops, Apollo was responsible for preventing disease and pests. In classical times, his primary religious function was to keep away evil. He was therefore called “apotropaios”, a reference to apotropaic magic that is said to protect people from harmful influences. 

Apollo’s penchant for protective magic links him to healing qualities. He was given the epithet, Paean, meaning “the Healer” and his most famous son is Asclepius, the god of medicine. 

Scholars note that Apollo’s connection with music is connected to his role as a Paean.

The gods Wikipedia page reads: 

“About the 4th century BCE, the paean became merely a formula of adulation; its object was either to implore protection against disease and misfortune or to offer thanks after such protection had been rendered. It was in this way that Apollo had become recognized as the god of music.”

Numbers associated with the Greek God Apollo

The symbolism related to Apollo points to the god representing self-awareness. The sun is a symbol of the light that shines in the ego-conscious mind. 

In psychological terms, the sun represents an illuminating quality that is needed for an individual to learn something about themselves and transform weakness into strengths (regenerate). 

For example, a limiting belief that prevents you from moving forward, or a negative attitude that ruins relationships can be dispelled by Apollonian energy if you choose to change your beliefs or attitude. 

“The visible father of the world is the sun, the heavenly fire, for which reason father, God, sun, and fire (and libido) are mythologically synonymous. The well-known fact that in worshipping the sun’s strength we pay homage to the great generative force of Nature (brackets are mine).” ~ Carl Jung, Symbols of Transformation

Self-realisation is essential for self-development and expanding conscious awareness.

This idea is further expressed in the numbers attributed to the Greek god Apollo; four, seven and nine. Born on the 4th of March, this day is sacred to him. When he was born, seven singing swans are said to have circled the island of Delos. Leto was also in labour for nine days and nine nights with her son.  

In number symbolism, the four is the point in a cycle when energy becomes manifest as physical reality. The seven is the point in which the light of understanding enables you to see your weaknesses and mistakes. Nine is the end of the cycle in whereby the energy you have transmuted during this period becomes part of your subconscious program. 

Homer also describes Apollo as “the night” and casts him shooting a slivery bow. His arrows are described as gold. The silver bow is synonymous with the moon, the night with ignorance. Apollo’s bow and arrow are, therefore, symbolic of an Apollonian epiphany, in which you reach self-actualisation.

This idea is also reflected in the seven signing swans that circled the island of Delos during Leto’s labour. In number symbolism, the seventh stage of a cycle is where the light of understanding enables you to see your weaknesses, mistakes or aspects of your personality that were previously in the unconscious.

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References

[1] Eumenides (lines 1-9), Aeschylus

[2] Carl Kerenyi, Apollo

[3] Fontenrose, J. E. The Delphic Oracle, its responses and operations, with a catalogue of responses, 1974, Berkeley: University of California Press.

[4] https://www.theoi.com/Olympios/ApollonFamily.html

[5] and [6] Callimachus, A Hymn to Apollo translated by A. W. Mair, London: William Heinemann; New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons. 1921

To the ancient Greeks, Demeter was associated with agriculture, a symbol of nurturing, regeneration and fertility. She was subsequently given the title of 'goddess of the grain'. The symbolic meaning of Demeter aligns with the planting and cultivation of seeds needed to nourish the body, mind and ‘soul’.

Seeds and grains are symbols that relate to thoughts. The thoughts you think nourish your subconscious mind, your emotional wellbeing and the physical behaviours, beliefs and attitudes you adopt.

As archetypal energy, Demeter is the mythical personification of the caregiver archetype. The caregiver is fundamental to your personal well-being and the well-being of others. Its role is to look after you on a physical level (body), psychological level (mind) and emotional level (‘soul' - the personal unconscious).

Demeter and Metanira

As the goddess of agriculture, Demeter is associated with death and rebirth; regeneration or rejuvenation.

Rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. Where have you heard that before? 

Ah yes, the mantra of brands that provide spiritual and wellbeing therapies.

The Esoteric Meaning of Demeter

On a deeper level, Demeter is recognised as a nourishing and nurturing earth mother; the provider and regenerative energy that enables life to flourish. This requires giving yourself and others emotional wellbeing, self-respect and self-care to develop.

Demeter is, therefore, the archetype that aligns with the caregiver archetype, an aspect of Mother Earth (Rhea, Demeter's mother). The caregiver is responsible for planting the seeds of desire, aspirations and goals through the nurturing of behaviours, beliefs and attitudes.

One of the key lessons we learn from the Demeter archetype is self-worth. Self-worth is developed through self-respect and self-care. When you adopt these qualities, you give and receive care and respect from others.

As a symbol of fertility, the goddess of the grain and agriculture is responsible for planting seeds of thought that foster positive actions and nurturing new ways of being so you can bring new experiences into fruition - the blooming of flowers and the ripening of fruit and vegetables

In psychological terms, seeds are the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes you plant and nurture in your subconscious mind.

“Your subconscious mind behaves to the nature of your thoughts. You think with your conscious mind, and whatever you habitually think sinks down into your subconscious mind, which then creates according to the nature of your thoughts. Your subconscious mind is the seat of your emotions. It is the creative mind.” ~ Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

On a physical level, a mature caregiver has the patience to allow things to grow; relationships, projects, intentions, goals, aspirations and desires. “Good things come to those that wait” (in the right circumstances).

This archetype is also the energy that brings about a rich quality of life because you feel emotionally fulfilled. This is evident in the myths of Demeter and Ceres (the Roman goddess of agriculture).

The Symbolic Meaning of Demeter in Myth

Demeter mothers three children. Zeus was the father of Iacchos and Kore (Persephone). She also had a son called Ploutos - the god of earthly wealth. Ploutos was the offspring of an affair with the Titan, Iasion, with whom she fell in love at the wedding of Cadmus and Harmonia. Depending on which account you read, one seduced the other and they made love in a “thrice ploughed field”.

Demeter goddess of self care

The most revealing accounts of Demeter are the myths relating to the abduction of her daughter, Persephone. When the Kore, literally meaning ‘maiden’ is kidnapped by Hades and taken to the underworld to be his bride, Demeter is thrown into a state of despair, grief and depression. 

Demeter voices her displeasure and desperation to Zeus, Persephone’s father, but the king of the gods does nothing to order the return of their daughter. To show her displeasure, Demeter leaves Olympus. When she orders the people of Eleusis to build her a temple, she sits in silence brooding and prevents crops from growing. The fields become infertile and famine spreads across the Earth.

In esoteric symbolism, the Earth relates to the body and the subconscious mind. Famines in myth represent a lack of emotional and psychological nourishment. Hence we find Demeter so grief-stricken she is not prepared to perform her caregiving role as the goddess of agriculture. 

Scholars acknowledge that as the goddess of the grain, Demeter is associated with the fertility of the land (earth). She guarantees growth.

Conversely, when Demeter is not honoured, the earth becomes infertile. In other words, when your emotional wellbeing is neglected, you become depressed - a central theme that shows up throughout Homer's Hymn To Demeter.

The thoughts you think is the information you program in your subconscious, and the subconscious creates your experience of reality through emotions and actions. 

Thoughts, actions and emotions are energy. 

“There is no matter that does not carry information and energy. Similarly, there is no energy that does not carry matter and information. And there is no information that is not carried by matter and energy. Matter and energy are the carriers of messages or information.” ~ Dr Rulin Xiu: Tao Science: The Science, Wisdom, and Practice of Creation and Grand Unification

Therefore, if your thoughts, actions and emotions are not in your best interests or the interests of others, you are not developing your emotional wellbeing or self-worth.

In Homer’s Hymn To Demeter, Zeus is forced to intervene and orders Hades to return Persephone to her mother. 

An agreement is reached that Persephone will spend six months of the year with Demeter and six months in the Underworld with Hades. Here we see symbols of balance (six), the integration of unconscious content (the underworld) into the subconscious (earth).

As scholars point out, (although not for the right reasons), the motif of “death and rebirth” is a central feature of the Demeter myths. Death and rebirth is symbolic for the transformation of energy and the development of the personality.

The death of old ways of life makes room for new ways of living to be born. This is true of beliefs, attitudes, personality traits and life experiences. This was reflected in the Eleusian Mysteries with the concept of maiden, womanhood and crone; or the train of Persephone, Demeter and Hades. 

These were the secrets that initiates of the Eleusian Mysteries kept a closely guarded secret. Otherwise, it was the secrets of "agricultural fertility and the possibility of abundance" - as believed by mainstream commentators.

The symbolic meaning of Demeter teaches you about self-worth which is nurtured through self-care and self-respect. These are the attributes of the caregiver archetype which you can read more about here.

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