With all these continuing planetary crises, are your emotions rubbed raw? Are you entrenched in frustration, not knowing how or what to do? Are you sinking into a couch of hopelessness, numbing out, wanting to just give up? Have you stopped even trying to pretend to be happy? Are you questioning whether life has any meaning at all?
Although those descriptions are certainly appropriate during this global roller coaster, you could also be experiencing what's spiritually termed a ‘Dark Night of the Soul.’
The term 'Dark Night' sounds pretty ominous, but here's what the expression actually means: A spiritual crises from disconnecting from your Higher Consciousness, spirit, or God.
Which really means: Hiding from, and/or forgetting, who you really are.
It's like the circuit breaker switch was flipped, power went off, and you forgot you could turn it back on. You sat there lost and confused, in darkness, until you remembered those famous words from Glinda, the Good Witch, in the Wizard of Oz: "You've always had the power, Dorothy, you just had to learn it for yourself."
Being in physical bodies, we all suffer various degrees of "spiritual amnesia." But sometimes it takes a major Dark Night power outage to finally get our attention.
Those kicks in the butt eventually force you to wake up, be who you really are, do what you're meant to do here. Your Higher Consciousness had tried subtler ways, but was ignored, so it got louder and more insistent. It's good at that.
Seems that is what's happening on a global level right now.
Although Dark Nights are intense, they're harbingers of life-changing, transitions. Usually they occur right before something big is about to shift -- for you and/or the world.
The good news is, getting through them often births a more conscious, mature, meaningful, perception of self, others and life.
Unfortunately, during a Dark Night many buy into hopelessness, giving up before attaining the gift waiting right around the corner.
This time of mass consciousness waking up is allowing you/us to address and release pain held for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. When you/we look back, this will undoubtedly be one of the most important, growth-filled times in history.
In order to make the big changes happen, Dark Nights shake you to your core. Things you're holding onto from fear, things preventing you from being authentic, might just go by the wayside.
You're forced to reassess what you once held as truth, discovering it wasn't what you thought it was. You might question the meaning of life, your purpose, where you belong. Situations that felt fulfilling, made you happy or allowed escape, may suddenly feel empty.
Sometimes Dark Nights are triggered by a life-changing accident or illness, a significant loss, a struggle that won’t quit, or just knowing it's time to change direction but not doing so.
Since what's going on globally fits that description, this is one doozie of a mass shake/wake-up.
The good news is, once you turn the light on, it makes perfect sense why you/we had to go through this unbearable time. You've achieved a deeper level of trust, more commitment, grasping things on a more experiential level, with eyes wide open to more truth.
Right now, what's trying to be unpacked both personally and planetarily is love, equity, personal power, purpose, authenticity, connection, trust, peace, gratitude and inner joy.
The seeds that were planted long ago, waiting patiently in the darkness, are emerging into the light in the form they are meant to take. At last.
Although this is a process without instant fixes, accepting rather than resisting will help speed it along. Do some radical self-truth by facing what's being reflected and admitting your blind spots. The ultimate soul-ution is taking heart-aligned action, from love rather than fear.
The way out is the way through, so be patient, trusting that all will unfold in its own perfect time.
Both Individuals and society need to look at the fear-based, programmed, Inner Operating System that's really running the show. It's time to address past traumas as they come to the surface to be healed. Once. And. For. All.
So, repeat this cliche as needed: “It’s always darkest before the dawn.”
Or, according to The Stones: "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need!"
You/we will get through this and come out the other side as different and even more woke. We're all just trying to find the light switch so we can find our way.
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