Do you regularly feel tired? Uninspired? Unmotivated? Do you regularly run yourself into even deeper exhaustion by repeatedly asking yourself “Why do I feel so tired all of the time?” Are you worried that your best days are behind you? Do you perceive adult life as an endless string of identical days concluding in a decrepit walk into an old person’s home smelling of disinfectant and prunes?
If so, I know how you feel. I’ve been there. I’ve spent days perennially exhausted, drained of joy and hope, watching the clock, waiting for the day to end so I could sedate myself with alcohol, weed and entertainment. It’s a terrible way of being.
Rest assured, there is a way out of it. It’s not easy. But compared to living like this, doing the things that fill us with energy is easier in the long run.
So let’s get to it.
Why You Could Be Feeling Tired All The Time – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Could you be experiencing chronic fatigue syndrome?
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a growing concern in our civilization. According to a 4-year study, in 2003 the overall prevalence of chronic fatigue was 235 per 100,000 persons which meant that in the US, 800,000 people had the condition. In an update published in 2021, the number of people experiencing chronic fatigue in the US approximately doubled, to 1.5 million, with an economic impact of 36-51 billion dollars per year.
And the US is not the only place where this increase is occurring. It’s happening all over the rich world. It’s difficult to diagnose and the exact cause is unknown. The Mayo Clinic lists symptoms such as fatigue, problems with memory and concentration and headaches, among others.
The medical establishment proposes two solutions for chronic fatigue syndrome: medication and therapy. I believe therapy to be an infinitely better option than medication. Therapy will have you address the cause of the fatigue, rather than cover it up with drugs.
I believe chronic fatigue syndrome, or even just feeling tired and unmotivated a lot of the time, stems from unmet spiritual needs. Because of this, I don’t believe the issues can be solved with medication. I believe chronic fatigue syndrome, or general exhaustion, can only be resolved by addressing our spiritual needs.
Bear in mind that I’m not a doctor, this is an unprofessional, layman’s opinion. Don’t take this as medical advice, go to your doctor if you have any issues. I also was never diagnosed with chronic fatigue, thankfully. That being said, I am a human being who at some point in his life felt tired, unmotivated and depressed. I came out of it, and I hope that my experience can benefit others.
Science And Spirit
Full disclosure: I am a trained scientist with a background in chemistry. Up until a few years ago I believed humans had no souls and that our bodies and brains made us up completely. I didn’t accept the existence of an undefinable, immeasurable “spirit.”
I no longer believe that. Because our best science cannot explain what is observed in our universe without relying on an immaterial, immeasurable, animating entity powering everything. It’s funny, I actually began accepting the existence of the spirit because of science.
For years, scientists have been coming out and saying that the universe is spiritual in nature. Sir James Jeans, an English physicist, astronomer and mathematician who worked at Trinity College, Cambridge and Princeton said:
“Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought to hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter. Get over it and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual.”
In Sir Jeans’ quote “mind” and “spirit” can be taken to be the same thing.
Then there’s Max Planck, the founding father of quantum physics, who said:
“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”
Here, “consciousness” can be taken as “spirit.”
The fact of the matter is, science is revealing there is a whole dimension of reality which we cannot measure, yet is fundamental to existence of our reality. It’s the spiritual dimension from which everything emanates.
Science, the most powerful tool of our industrial civilization, is beginning to acknowledge this dimension of reality as the creative force behind everything we experience.
All Dis-ease Has A Spiritual Component
It’s from this spiritual dimension out of which our universe emerges, including ourselves. We are a momentary material manifestation of the one immaterial spirit which animates all life. Our nature is one of unity. When we are united with the animating spirit, we are healthy. When we are ignorant of our unity, we suffer.
Each of us is a cell in the universal organism. Cells which are connected to the whole operate in perfect health, in harmony with the superorganism. But, when a cell forgets it is part of a greater whole it experiences disease (cancer) and both the individual cell and the whole organism suffer for it.
All dis-ease we experience has it’s roots in spiritual ignorance.
This is something modern western medicine doesn’t accept. To the medical establishment, the body is a physical machine which can be “fixed” like any other physical machine. Find the damaged physical part and fix it or replace it. Job done.
The medical system’s tragic overreliance on drugs and surgeries to heal the human body are a product of this belief system. The drugs and surgeries don’t treat the actual cause of the disease, they only treat the symptoms. This leaves the original cause unhealed, which will just manifest itself again until the lesson it is there to teach is learned.
I’m not saying that drugs and surgeries are unnecessary. Sometimes they can help. But to rely on them completely as crutches for health, like we do in the rich world, is a grievous mistake.
Because all dis-ease is here to teach us something. And until we learn what it’s there to teach, the dis-ease ain’t leavin’!
The Needs Of The Human Spirit
We are eternal spiritual beings having a temporary human experience. We are here to learn and grow. And to let go of fear and open ourselves to love.
The universe is a miracle of complexity. Nothing in the universe happens by chance. What we think of as “chance” the result of our ignorance. We simply cannot be aware off the infinite chain of causes and consequences which precedes every event in our lives.
There is an order and a harmony to the universe which supersedes all.
Nothing we encounter in our lives is chance. Everything has a meaning unique to each of us. Every person we meet, every book we read, every place we live in; everything we encounter is designed to evolve our consciousness. This includes our diseases. This is karmic law.
It’s up to each of us to discover this meaning so we may develop into the healthy, loving human beings we are meant to be.
Do this mean I see meaning in everything? No, I’m not that aware. But over the last few years I have developed my awareness so I see meaning where I didn’t before. And this has allowed me to live in healthier and more harmonious ways with myself and the world at large.
So if you are experiencing chronic fatigue syndrome or general exhaustion, or frustration with life or depression or any other dis-ease, it’s because you have something to learn from it. There is a message contained in that dis-ease which is just for you.
Will you listen to it?
What Being Tired All The Time Meant For Me
For a couple of years in my mid twenties I was doing work which bored me. Everyday felt the same, a never ending slog of mostly meaningless activities at the end of which I found solace in drugs and entertainment.
I was tired a lot of the time, especially while at work. Bored. I felt like an inert gas, just floating, doing nothing, wafting nowhere. I worried about whether the rest of my life was going to be the same way.
I was healthy by normal standards; I exercised regularly, I had a social circle, I ate nutritious food (nut not solely nutritious food). By all external measures I was in a good place.
But inside I was suffering. I was bored with life and totally unexcited with where I was going. I could have gone to the doctor and been diagnosed with some syndrome or dis-ease and gotten medication for it.
The medication would have just covered up the symptoms. There was something I had to learn from my bored exhaustion.
So I decided to leave my job. It was hard. It was scary. But the symptoms demanded that I act. I couldn’t take it anymore. It’s only when our suffering gets unbearable when we decide to change.
It turned out to be the cure I needed.
I began working towards what I desired with all my heart. I started doing work which excited me. I began making choices which moved me toward a future which resonated with my eternal spirit.
I found the meaning in my suffering and changed my choices because of it. My tiredness and boredom gradually evaporated.
Finding meaning in our suffering is an option we all have.
What About Depression?
Human beings are naturally healthy and motivated. We have a brilliant spirit with a primal need for full expression. Anything less than that and we suffer. We get ill. We lose hope. We die in life.
Depression is on the rise in the rich world. Prozac and other drugs are prescribed like candy by doctors who are unaware that the depression is a symptom of the choices a person is making. Depression is the symptom, not the cause of the person’s suffering.
The cause is spiritual.
If a person is depressed that is because the person has made choices which have led them to depression (genetics play a role too, but we have free will, we are not slaves to genetics). A person who is depressed has made so many choices ignorant of their spiritual needs that they have dug themselves into a rut.
But just like that person dug themselves into the rut, they can dig themselves out.
Through Finding The Meaning In Their Dis-ease.
What is the dis-ease trying to tell them?
Maybe, instead of being sedentary all the time, a depressed person can make the effort to go on a walk around the block once a week? Then go on a longer one, and a longer one.
Instead of staying locked up indoors all day, a person who is depressed can be in the sun for a while.
Maybe, instead of eating junk food all the time a person with depression can, starting once a week, eat a balanced meal. Then move up to two times, then three times.
If they’re unsatisfied with work, maybe they could listen to their heart and do what they really want to do. They don’t need to quit their job, they can do something on the side to start, take a small, calculated risk, and see where that goes.
Relief from depression won’t come in a day, or two or three. It took the person a while to dig into the depression, so it will take a while to get out of it. Going to the doctor, getting a diagnosis and getting a prescription might be necessary to produce awareness that there is a dis-ease.
And with awareness of the dis-ease, a person can make new choices which will allow them to escape from their affliction.
Is it hard? Absolutely. But what’s harder? Living with depression? Or making the choices which keep us happy, healthy and engaged?
The choice is clear.
What Does Your Dis-ease Mean To You?
Do experience social anxiety? Repressed Anger? Loneliness?
If you have a dis-ease, what is it trying to tell you? What is the meaning which only you can uncover?
Not so long ago I used to experience some anxiety. I would stress about not finding a work activity I was good at, that I enjoyed doing and I could get paid for. I became anxious when I imagined myself financially broken and alone on the streets years in the future.
What was my anxiety telling me?
That I was taking life too seriously! Also, that I had to be grateful for the good things I had going on in my life, rather than imagining a future possibility so remote it made Easter Island seem nearby by comparison.
So I leave you with this.
What are your dis-eases trying to tell you? What do you experience in life which upsets your peace of mind and health?
Can you find the meaning in them?
To our wealth and success.