To ignore the messages that seem to originate in that untraceable location we call our intuition is to ignore our higher and more artistic sensibilities. It is a courageous endeavor to inhabit those places of our being that lie beyond immediate sensory perception and spaces that do not conform to our collective compendium of knowledge and assumed belief. Have we become so confined by externality that we deny the possibility of other modes of perception and being?
 
A Dark Night of the Soul is an artistic journey into that which literally may destroy us, but it also may renew us.
 
We are forced into spiritual exile that serves as a medium of transformation, in which we are utterly lost, alone and riddled with thrusts of anxiety. Once inside a dark night, there is no way or means to reverse our way out of it, no way to return to that which was. In this sense, a dark night of the soul is a threshold into a primal form of suffering in which our mentors and companions are loneliness, solitude, despair, confinement, disillusionment, isolation, uncertainty, angst, fear, panic, and desolation.
 
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