The term originated from a 16th-century priest who wanted his congregation to follow Christ in a different way and they rejected him and threw him in a dark hole. While he was in there he wrote a poem titled, “dark night of the soul.” Eventually, the congregation ended up taking him out of the hole and canonizing him as a saint.
Dark night of the soul represents a feeling that you’ve lost everything and you don’t even know how you are anymore.
You might be experiencing a dark night of the soul if you are experiencing any of these:
Addictions (alcohol, gambling, sex, prescription meds, etc.)
Apathy (lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern)
Anger and hatred toward self and/or others
Confusion or lack of direction
Emotionally unavailable or withdrawn
Guilt or shame
Lack of motivation to live life or suicidal thoughts
Lack of purpose
Negative beliefs (Example: everybody lies, people are stupid or I’m not good enough)
PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Unable to receive or give love
Situations that can cause dark night of the soul:
Divorce or separation
Lack of understanding
Loss of a loved one
Neglected as a child
Once we are able to identify that we are in fact experiencing some type of dark night of the soul then we can begin to understand why it’s happening and what we need to do to heal from it.
Soul retrieval is an emotional healing technique that can help you heal from a dark night experience… learn more about soul retrieval.
New beginnings always follow a dark night of the soul moment. We grow, heal or learn something from the experience. Shead the ego. Spiritual awakening. Become our true authentic selves.