The experience of the dark night is a natural, normal, and universal phenomenon that touches every person on the planet in some manner. In other words, the energy and animating forces of the soul overwhelm our sensibilities so completely that regardless of our everyday pursuits, we are thrown into an abyss of psycho-emotional torment.
In a dark night of the soul we lose our own sense of purpose, identity, and meaning.
Each of us journeys through the dark night in a unique way, but the underlying current is relentlessly concentrated on the solitary quest for meaning and purpose in the midst of the destruction of our present beliefs. It is here, in the ruins of our own beliefs that we attempt to take a breath even though we feel as though even the air has abandoned us.
In the midst of a dark night of the soul, destructive forces hack away at our most cherished beliefs. That is to say, darkness destroys what we once held to be real and true and replaces it with a complete absence of belief. The destruction of belief is both vital and necessary, and although our suffering may take us to our most extreme limits of resilience, the soul is creating space for the artistry gestation and bringing forth.
Read the entire article by Brian Alger, here.