Really what has collapsed is the whole conceptual framework for your life, the meaning that your mind had given it, and that takes you to a dark place.
But you emerge out of that and life has meaning again, but it’s no longer a conceptual meaning that you can necessarily explain.
Quite often people awaken out of their conceptual sense of reality.
It’s a kind of re-birth. The dark night of the soul is a kind of death that dies is the egoic sense of self. Painful, but nothing real has actually died, only an illusory identity.
The Dark Night
ECKHART: The “dark night of the soul” is a term that goes back a long time. Yes, I have also experienced it. It is a term used to describe what one could call a collapse of a perceived meaning in life…an eruption into your life of a deep sense of meaninglessness. The inner state in some cases is very close to what is conventionally called depression. Nothing makes sense anymore, there’s no purpose to anything. Sometimes it’s triggered by some external event, some disaster perhaps, on an external level.
You had built up your life, given it meaning – and the meaning that you had given your life, your activities, your achievements, where you are going, what is considered important, and the meaning that you had given your life for some reason collapses.
Some people who’ve gone through this transformation realized that they had to go through that, in order to bring about a spiritual awakening.
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Soul Speak Journal Magazine
I love beauty in many forms and wanted to capture visuals and words in a journal magazine and book about reconnecting with our inner guide, voice, and light.
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SEEKING THE LIGHT
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Think Galadriel's phial.
A gift given by the Elf-queen Galadriel to Frodo Baggins as a light to use in dark places.
This is how I see our 'inner' light.
Something that can dim yet upon recognising the power of our own light
can shine bright again - release us from our darkness.
It is an eternal gift we are able to give ourselves.
We just need to remember that we process it while in dark places.
Traditionally, the Dark Night of the Soul refers to the experience of losing touch with God/Creator and being plunged into the abyss of godless emptiness.
Be kind and loving toward yourself.
Sometimes to awaken and see life through the lens of love, our soul needs to shake our world.
Mystics and ancient priestesses have talked about the Dark Night of the Soul throughout history. But it was John of the Cross, a Carmelite priest, who wrote a poem called the Dark Night of the Soul (Noche Oscura). Since then, the term became widely used to describe one of the spiritual awakening stages.
The phrase, “dark night of the soul” is often used informally to describe an extremely difficult and painful period in one's life, for example, after the death of a loved one; the break-up of a marriage; or the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness. It can be many things happening at once or one after the other over days, months, or years. Often it can feel as if you've lost yourself in the chaos.