With the understanding that it is our thoughts and actions that translate Source energy into our physical reality, we can now move on to examine yet another natural law that governs energy in order to better understand how we can think and behave in such a manner that will pull us out of and prevent a depressed state. That law is Newton’s First Law of Motion, which is commonly referred to as the Law of Inertia.

The Law of Inertia states that an object in motion will stay in motion with the same speed and direction unless acted upon by an external force. This natural law holds true for all objects on our planet, including particles of energy. Imagine a rock rolling down a hill. The Law of Inertia confirms for us that our imaginary rock will keep right on rolling unless something comes along to throw it off course. There are a variety of factors that could alter the speed or direction of our rock, such as a change in the slope of the hill, an object blocking the path, or a larger rock that comes rolling along and collides into ours. However, if nothing changes, nor will the speed or direction of our rock. Our rock keeps right on rolling fueled by the energy of its own momentum. That momentum is, by definition, resistance to change.

What does a rock rolling down a hill have to do with depression? Well, keep in mind that the Law of Inertia governs all objects in motion, including the particles of energy we unleash with our minds and bodies. So, when the way we think, feel, speak and act puts us into the pattern of a depressed state, that pattern is going to keep on moving along with its own momentum unless we purposefully and consistently change the way we think, feel, speak and act. That is a natural law.

You may have heard it said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. According to the Law of Inertia, that is very much the case. If you are in a depressed state, the Law of Inertia guarantees that you are going to stay that way unless you change the way you think and act. True, you could always wait for some unknown, coincidental force like a schizophrenic episode or a winning lottery ticket to break your pattern of thought and action for you, but you stand a significantly greater likelihood of pulling out of a depressed state if you do so consciously. Furthermore, because of the momentum patterns of behavior build over time (which, as you will recall, creates natural resistance to change), guess what would likely happen to you even if some stroke of luck- be it good or bad- nudged you out of your depressed state? You would eventually fall right back into it. Why? Because the only thing that makes a rock roll up a hill instead of down is a different pattern that is purposeful and consistent.

So, the Law of Inertia demonstrates for us that if we are in a depressed state we’re going to stay that way unless our thoughts and actions change. If our rock rolling downhill represents us in a depressed state, then our rock rolling uphill represents us on our way to wellbeing. Obviously it is going to take a significant change in our thoughts and actions to break that downhill pattern and start rolling the other way. So, do not make the mistake of trying to go from depressed to well all at once. When have you ever seen a rock rolling down a hill suddenly change course and arrive instantly back at the top of the hill? You haven’t, because that’s not how natural laws work. Instead of trying to move straight from depressed to well, you will be better served to work in accordance with the Law of Inertia and start slowing the momentum of your runaway rock bit by bit. When you change one thought and behavior at a time, that’s how you go from depressed to well. The key is simply to keep reaching for the next best thought, feeling, word or action. That is how you put the Law of Inertia to work in your favor!

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