Greetings and a warm hello to all. So many persons, from so many different cultures, race, spirituality and national groups come here to find a bit of light and hope. I welcome you all. I continue to write from my own experience with the darkness and invite you to share whenever and however you would like your own experiences.
In my own life, my own brokenness brought me into another 12 step fellowship years ago. It was truly the dark night of the soul for me. The darkness for me was like being in a dark cave, paralyzed by my own blindness – unable to find a way out. Then, because there was a lighthouse (12 step group) in my small rural community, I slowly came into the light of hope and found my way out.
Then once again, my life needed another shot of hope when I slowly slid down a slippery slope of hopelessness. It was then that I came to see that a group, which I had already formed, using the 12 steps for melancholia, came to my own rescue. I then began to help others form Depressed Anonymous groups. And gradually and slowly other depressed persons started groups in their own communities. Now here we are today, attempting to light and ignite hope in those who themselves want to discover how to leave the darkness of their own helplessness and darkness. For those who come and see how others have been able to climb out of the cave’s darkness into the light and use our spiritual recovery program of the steps, know that they too can have the light of hope in their own lives.
I often tell those in our groups that my own darkness and my coming into the light has been a gift. A gift for others. How often do people know that when I speak about my own experience in the darkness, there is no doubt that my experience is in many ways similar to their own. It takes one to know one.
In fact, the 12th step of Depressed Anonymous suggests that “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to the depressed, and to practice these principles in all of our affairs.” (Page 159. Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. Kentucky. )
When you have some good news in your life –especially joy and hope –that is something to talk about! I continue to carry on.