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Dark night of the Soul

Updated: Jun 1, 2019

Dark night of the soul sounds scary as hell but is an important rite of passage that all spiritual people enter. It is what happens when there is a death of the old ‘egoic’ self and birth of the new spiritual self. It is a painful process that ultimately initiates you to a higher level of consciousness and bringing on a new sense of self, the awakened self.

It is a re-birth of something within, something that had to break free of old habits, beliefs and old ways, it feels like your world has completely collapsed, everything you believed in is now meaningless and what you perceived to be meaningful now has no weight.

You are realizing your egoic self is not you and that life has a new meaning for you. The pain you feel rising up is suppressed pain from the past, all coming to surface- to be finally released and cleaned out.

This is a good thing, painful but good. Shedding our egoic self seems like it will go on forever. The process of the dark night of the soul is a time of vigorous self-realization, you will feel plagued egoic illusions such as shame, guild, self-pity, victim blaming and regret, etc. Once you see past this and learn to love it for what it is, you can forgive and love yourself and learn from this experience.

The only way past these prickly humps is to go through it by surrendering, accepting and letting go and trust that it will be over. Only then will you become acutely aware of the clarity and understanding you get from going through this storm, and can move on to the next phase of your spiritual identity, becoming ever more present on the healing warriors path.

For myself I have been though many versions of this, some worse than others, I had to remind myself that this is good for me, that I will rise from the ashes and be a newer wiser version of myself. That is was necessary. If you feel like you have gone through any of these symptoms, don’t fight it, just be with it and be gentle with yourself and remember it will be over soon and you will feel grateful, believe it or not!

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