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Many people have had an experience that is often talked about in literature as the ‘dark night of the soul”. An earlier entry in Wikipedia described it this way:

Dark Night of the Soul is a term used to describe a specific phase in a person’s spiritual life. It is used as a metaphor to describe the experience of loneliness and desolation in one’s life. Though typically associated with a crisis of faith in the Roman Catholic tradition, it is commonly referenced by spiritual traditions throughout the world, and is generally accepted to be a universally inherent aspect of spiritual growth.

Of course, some people like to describe every depressive experience as a dark night experience. Perhaps this enables them to think better about themselves – after all, they wouldn’t have anything so common as a bad day. However, when you read descriptions of the experience from those who have genuinely been through it, you tend to become more descriminating about what you will include under this label.

So, what is the REAL dark night of the soul experience? That is the question we will try to answer in this website.

To do so we will explore accounts of it from art and literature, look at the way mystics have grappled with its meaning through the centuries, examine the findings of theologians and psychologists, and listen to the experiences of those who have found themselves deep into that dark night.

Of course, fascinating as it may be, and without diminishing the great value of such an experience, no one in their right mind would want to remain in such a state, so we will also check out ways of finding ones way back into the light, and list resources that will help people understand and deal with what is happening to them.

 

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  1. Gary Buttery says:

    I`m in an eleven year dark night of the Soul. Is their anything one can do to eliminate it? or perhaps lessen it.

  2. Patras says:

    Dear friend in Jesus,
    Warm greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who came in the flesh.
    “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,”(Revelation 14:6).
    It’s a great honor for me to contact you through this e-mail. I am Patras Masih from Pakistan. Bible says, He said to them, “Go through the whole world and preach the Gospel to all mankind”. Mark 16:15. Now it is our duty to spread the message of Jesus Christ all over the world through sermons, articles which are written or in speeches. So that’s way we shall be playing a vital role to fulfil the prophecy of Jesus Christ, “And this Good News about the kingdom will for the witness to all mankind; and then the end will come”. Mathew 24:14.
    Your articles and books will play major role when these will be translated in different languages. I have a command in English to Urdu & Punjabi. languages. I would like to express my deepest desire to request you to translate your teachings and web site materiel, articles, tracts, gist, books and audio material in Urdu language. In Pakistan it is impossible to convey the message of Jesus Christ openly except website.
    By translating your material in Urdu language is a great opportunity to reach out Urdu speaking people all over the world. This translated material will be a useful source for Christians as well as non Christians to understand the message of Gospel more clearly and easily.
    And that’s way we will be able to do a job as John did.Who said, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his path straight”. Mathew 3:2.
    In all over the world there is billion (World Total: 60,503,578) of Urdu speaking and 120 million of Punjabi speaking people. They didn’t know the English language very well, therefore it is need of the time to spread the word of God. I have done Urdu translation for these websites:-
    http://www.godrules.net/articles/articles.htm
    http://www.compassdistributors.ca/tracts.htm
    http://www.davekahle.com/work.html
    http://www.godrules.net/arabian.html
    http://www.worldslastchance.com/next-a-last-pope/next-a-last-popeurdu.html
    http://www.globalgoodnews.org
    I have excellent computer skills and, as a English teacher, am adept at making presentations, connecting with diverse populations, organizing material and promoting adult learning.
    Please contact me at  ni-canor@hotmail.com. facebook I D:- Patras Janaria . Give me your response. I am waiting your mail. Please feel free to send any questions and suggestions on your part.
    May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
    Your sincerely,
    Patras Masih

  3. peter x says:

    Dark night experiance seems similar to the 4th initiation ( hermetic)

    been there , done that except the 4 th initiation can last several life times !!

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