On the Dark Night of The Soul.
“A dark night of the soul is a kind of initiation, taking you from one phase of life into another. You may have several dark nights in the course of your life because you are always becoming more of a person and entering life more fully. … One simple rule is that a truly deep dark night requires an extraordinary development in life.” Thomas Moore
Let’s imagine a life lived in the common steam of the contemporary culture. It too will have its crises, its challenges. It too will have its struggles of fate and character. It won’t be easy because it chose the safe path. There will be bumps in the road.
Every life will have lessons, lessons calibrated in a language for the person who must learn them.
Life talks to us in our language. We understand it via our personal vernacular. That language, unbeknownst to us, is symbolic. It’s metaphoric. We take it literally, but we absorb its meaning unconsciously.
We need this sense of meaning in order to live. If we lose that meaning we are lost. We have lost our way. We may become “depressed.” We don’t know why we are alive.
I want to say that it is important to question everything, to question the underpinnings of your life, all the things you’ve been taught.
Not necessarily to negate them, but to at least hold them in a state of questioning. Accept no received wisdom, is my advice. Be aware of your assumptions. Let them be less solid, less absolute. We exist as fictions put together by lifelong conditioning of all kinds. We are not what we take ourselves to be.
Awareness might free you from the bondage of your own thinking, which is the ultimate prison.
Free yourself from your self constructed imprisonment, is my advice.
The prison we construct and live in is an edifice of our own ideas and beliefs.
- Anima Fire is my publication