The Root Cause of Anxiety and Depression

Explore how psychedelic therapy helps us search for purpose, resulting in fulfillment, happiness, and freedom from anxiety and depression.
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Author: Nina Izel
By Nina Izel
December 1, 2023(Updated: April 22, 2024)

The Search for Purpose: Healing, Psychedelic Assisted Therapy, and the Pursuit of Happiness

In our human existence, we find ourselves constantly seeking answers to life’s profound questions. Why are we here? What is our purpose? How can we achieve lasting happiness, free from the shackles of anxiety and depression? Viktor Frankl, the renowned psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, offers us a profound perspective on these age-old inquiries in his book, “Man’s Search for Meaning.”

Frankl’s experiences in concentration camps led him to realize something about those who had a deep sense of purpose and meaning in their lives. They were more resilient, better equipped to endure unimaginable suffering, and had a greater chance of survival. His insights provide a powerful perspective worth considering when we look at the root causes of anxiety, depression, and unhappiness.

The Search for Purpose

At the heart of human existence lies the fundamental need for purpose and meaning. It is the compass that guides us through life’s tumultuous seas. When we lack a clear sense of purpose, we may find ourselves adrift, lost in a sea of uncertainty. Anxiety creeps in as we grapple with the unknown. And depression? It can cast a shadow on our daily lives as we wake up in the morning, dreading going to work.

Many of my clients come to me because they hate their life, their relationship/s, and their work. When you feel like that, of course, you are depressed. When you don’t know what is going on, who you are, or what the future holds, of course, you are anxious!

The Healing Power of Purpose

In the quest for happiness and emotional well-being, many turn to various forms of healing and spiritual practices. These endeavors often serve as the pathway toward self-discovery, providing tools to remember our true purpose. The healing journey is intrinsically tied to the search for meaning. It helps us peel away the layers of pain, trauma, and societal conditioning that obscure our authentic selves.

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Through therapy, mindfulness, meditation, and other healing spiritual practices, we can begin to understand the root causes of emotional suffering. The process often involves confronting unresolved traumas, facing past mistakes, and shedding light on long-buried emotions. This transformative journey, though challenging, is a necessary step toward remembering our purpose.

The Role of Spiritual Practice

Spiritual practices, in their various forms, often lead us to the recognition that there is more to life than the material and the mundane. These practices can be gateways to profound spiritual experiences and connections to something greater than ourselves. Whether through prayer, meditation, or self-reflection, they invite us to explore the depths of our consciousness. To seek answers to the fundamental questions of existence. Today sacred plants and certain psychedelic substances are powerful tools that can help us deepen our understanding. They can help us remember why we really are here. 

Finding and Fulfilling Our Purpose

I believe our purpose is intertwined with our healing journey and spiritual exploration.

When we embark on the path of self-discovery, we peel away the layers of conditioning and false beliefs. We confront the past, acknowledge our pain, and, in doing so, we begin to reveal our true selves. In this raw authenticity, we uncover our purpose, which has been within us all along.

Psychedelic-assisted therapy shows breakthrough results in healing anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Combining sacred plants with integration therapy is one of the most effective ways to reconnect with our purpose. A way to find our rightful place in life. 

I witnessed many of my clients go through this process and leave behind depression, anxiety, and suicide. They were freed from these as they realized why they were here and what their purpose in life was. 

Psychedelic Assisted Therapy

Viktor Frankl’s wisdom shows us that happiness is not a future state to be attained. Instead, it is a byproduct of living a life aligned with our purpose. By finding and fulfilling our purpose in the present moment, we can overcome the burdens of anxiety and depression. 

Psychedelic-assisted therapy helps us to find our answers to life’s most profound questions. It helps us find our way toward fulfillment, happiness, and joy!

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Author: Nina Izel
Nina Izel
Nina Izel is a healer, teacher, and author of the book: Heart Medicine, Ayahuasca Assisted Therapy and the Integration Process. Nina combines psychology, holistic healing tools and shamanic healing technologies to assist individuals to take back the power over their health and life. Nina's motto is "You are the healer and love is the medicine!" Learn more at Nina's website or her Psychedelic Support community group.

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