The Dark Night of the Soul. The term for this spiritual stage comes from a poem by Saint John of the Cross. From a Christian perspective it is the time when Jesus is on the cross, before the resurrection. I am referring to it here as a spiritual metaphor for the dark night. A time period like this feels like God has forsaken you. Answers may not be forthcoming. Synchronicity has stopped. Anything you try to make work is faced with defeat. Nothing is working, it is hard to find any sense or meaning, and you feel that you have been dropped into the great void of the abyss. The same patterns, problems and programs keep replaying themselves on an endless loop. And to make it worse we have the terror of this great big giant space of emptiness. It is a time of feeling utterly alone, an ego lost at sea on the waves of transformation with nothing to hang on to as you get pounded by wave after wave.
How do we deal with this? Do not resist. I repeat, do not resist. That includes trying to make it be anything other than what it is. Quit trying for now, ease into it, feel what it brings up, and be gentle and self loving. Eliminate what is superfluous in your life and get down to basics of self care. Understand that this is a test, this is only a test. If this were an actual emergency you would be dead 🙂 haha! You can handle it! You will survive! And you come out stronger.
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