What is Dark Night of the Soul? (7)
A dark night of the soul amputates our sense of identity. The masks we wear can no longer hide us from ourselves. We can feel an approaching interior darkness on the horizon.
A dark night of the soul is not an identity crisis; it’s a frightening state of liminality that results in an absolute loss of our identity. In the midst of a dark night, our struggle is to survive.
In essence, a dark night kidnaps us from the false security of our beliefs, traditions, and faith and carries us into a mercurial space in which we cannot find our identity, purpose, or meaning. A dark night is a physical, mental and spiritual abyss in which questions such as, “Why am I here?” are sources of pain, suffering, and internal torture.
A dark night is the place of utter abandonment, solitude, and loneliness – there is no relief to be found other than to journey through it even though our footing has become uncertain.
Read the entire article by Brian Alger, here.