We’ve all been there, our darkest hour, when we hit bottom, when there was no light at the end of the tunnel. Some of us are there now, or soon will be. Some of us can see it all too well in our rear view mirror. However we describe it, whenever we have been there, however we got there, one thing is for sure, it is a point of reference we can all relate to in some form or other.
“I hear you, brother, and without judgment, we stand shoulder to shoulder with you”.
Despair is Suffering without meaning: Finding meaning in difficult times (Interview with Dr. Viktor Frankl) –
The dark night of the soul is written about and discussed from many points of reference. Here are some initial links that speak to me:
Eckhart Tolle – “…The “dark night of the soul” is a term that goes back a long time. Yes, I have also experienced it. It is a term used to describe what one could call a collapse of a perceived meaning in life…an eruption into your life of a deep sense of meaninglessness…”
The Mystic “…’Dark night of the soul’ sounds like a threatening and much to be avoided experience. Yet perhaps a quarter of the seekers on the road to higher consciousness will pass through the dark night. In fact, they may pass through several until they experience the profound joy of their true nature…”
Kintsugi “When the Japanese mend broken objects they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold, because they believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.” – Barbara Bloom