A Dark Night of the Soul teaches us that we cannot proceed to attain inner peace unless we are willing to give ourselves to the absolute destruction of the beliefs that bind us.
A dark night of the soul is fundamentally a creative process. There is no meaningful creativity without destroying the things that serve to confine us. Our soul already knows this and will transport us into the midst of painful and harsh habitats in order to help us to re-create ourselves.
A dark night of the soul causes the absolute destruction of that which is familiar and brings us comfort, of that which gave us a reason to do the things that we once did. We come to know the real meaning of feeling lost and alone in this landscape. We cannot see where to go, and we can no longer return to where we once had been. Darkness mires us in confusion, abandonment, and feelings of hopelessness.
We still move through our everyday existence but with an overwhelming feeling of paralysis. We feel ourselves moving through time, but each step we take has become painfully uncertain. Nor can we resort to an external system of faith, for our soul demands that we learn to create our own beliefs and feel the rhythms of the earth. There is no human thought “out there” that comes to our aid “in here.”
We are surrounded by the darkness that has been born out of what is no longer there.
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