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Posted by Heather C. Williams at Jun 18, 2012 11:48 PM |

The word "depress" come from the Latin word "depressus" meaning "to press down".

About one in ten Americans aged twelve and over takes antidepressant medication, according to data released last October 2011 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

James Hillman (American psychologist 1926 - 2011) was critical of 20th century psychology. "They are psychologies without psyche, without soul".

His 1997 book, The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling, outlines what he calls the "acorn theory" of the soul. This theory states that all people already hold the potential for the unique possibilities inside themselves, much as an acorn holds the pattern for an oak tree. The books describes how a unique, individual energy of the soul is contained within each human being, displayed throughout their lifetime and shown in their calling and life's work when it is fully actualized. QUESTION: Where are you in the process of being fully actualized? Is anything in the way? Get out your pencil and have a dialogue with what holds you back. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to release the unique pattern within YOU.

I painted this portrait of a fellow artist. He looked sad that day and when I look at this portrait today, I am reminded to slow down, to speak gently and kindly to those around me.