Is this the Dark Night of the Soul?

 by John Stephenson of

This idea has been mentioned more often recently because of the world situation. Is humanity, collectively, experiencing a Dark Night of the Soul? And, what does that mean spiritually?

St. John of the Cross came up with that term. Traditionally it refers to the struggle of the self to realize its spiritual nature. The Dark Night refers to a blockage in our journey into spiritual unity. Metaphysically it is the acceptance of power in material cause and effect, and the inclination to fight or resist. Your dark night is coming to grips with the simple truth that without the conscious realization of the presence of God, there is no God in this world. Looking at the world now, it is apparent that what was once considered normal is no longer normal. How do we, on the spiritual path deal with the appearances of pandemic, global climate changes, political polarization and the social restrictions imposed upon us in most every country on the planet?

For me, it is always back to the basic reality of Oneness. One power; One creation; One self. All mystical revelation unfolds from the realization of Oneness.


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