To enter into a spiritual darkness is to begin an excruciating and intensely distressing journey into of the essence of our own impermanence.
 
A Dark Night of the Soul is not an absence of spirit; it is a pervasive and unavoidable calling deep into the realm of the soul. A dark night is a spiritual endeavor that places us firmly in the landscape of our own inadequacies and frailties and a profound threshold in life and a spiritual point of no return.
 
Spiritual darkness is a vast interior landscape of loneliness and abandonment. Solitude is our only companion in a dark night. Even in the midst of our loved ones and friends we persist in feeling desperately alone. Darkness invokes extreme contrasts between our immense feelings of solitude and deep desire to belong to something greater than ourselves. The suffering that results overwhelmingly defines our presence in the world.
 
It is this pervasive sense of abandonment and loneliness in the midst of a crowd that is, for me, the essence of the dark night of the soul.
 
Read the entire article by Brian Alger, here.