The Dark Night of the Soul

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 that can occur during psychic or spiritual growth.

 The term and metaphysicality of the phrase “dark night of the soul” is taken from the writings of the Spanish poet and Roman Catholic mystic, Saint John of the Cross, a Carmelite priest of the 16th century.

 Dark Night of the Soul is the name of both a poem, and a commentary on that poem, and are among the Carmelite priest’s most famous writings. They tell of his mystic development and the stages he went through on his quest for holiness.

 Spiritual purification is a process in which the soul is opened to receive the light of God. As it does so, it lets go of the darkness, that of all worldly attachments.

 This emptying of the spirit, known in later centuries as kenosis, literally meaning self-emptying and can be very painful and entail profound suffering for those to attached to the material world.

 Everything that links us to the realm of human perception and its way of being, needs to be expurgated. Saint John of the Cross elucidated to this process in that all who embark upon the spiritual path shall endure, and likens it to a dark night of the soul, in which the human spirit slowly transforms into a vessel for the divine.

 The “dark night” can generally be described as a letting go of our ego’s hold on the psyche, making room for change that can bring about a complete transformation of a person’s Way of defining his/her self and their relationship to God.

 In the Christian tradition, during the “dark night,” one who has developed a strong prayer life and consistent devotion to God suddenly finds traditional prayer extremely difficult or unrewarding for an extended period of time.

 The seeker may begin to feel as though God has suddenly either abandoned them, that their prayer life has collapsed, or they may begin to feel that perhaps God doesn’t even exist.

 But rather than being a negative event, the dark night is believed by mystics and others to be a blessing in disguise. The individual is trained to grow from a vocal or mental prayer, to a more contemplative prayer from deep within the soul.

The Dark Night comes in two phases: a first the “Night of the Senses,” and the second “Night of the Spirit.” Both are seen as the ultimate test of one’s faith and spiritual understanding.

 The Dark Night of the Soul is the ultimate expression for the adept seeker. It details the often difficult journey of estranged spiritual despair to a blissful reunion with the Holy and the Divine. –
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 Peace be with you.

The Essene Holy Communion For THURSDAY

Angel of Water / Angel of Wisdom
Evening and morning and at noonday I will pray; and He shall hear my voice. ~Psalms 55:15
SEASONAL FOCUS:   Flowers announce the promise of fruition.
The Angel of WATER – Thursday Morning
In this Communion all forms of water were contemplated establishing as a living reality the unity between the waters of the body and the waters of the planet.
THE PHYSICAL COMMUNION:   This is the day of purification, of cleansing. Carry the spirit of purification with you into your meditations.  Arrange to bathe in cool water and in a leisurely and contemplative atmosphere. Consider the connections between water, the rivers of the earth, the sap of the trees and the blood in your veins.
THE DEEPENING:   Hold a bowl of water as you commune with the Angel this day. When finished, drink the water in deep reverence and feel it, like the rushing current of a river, fill your body and soul.
MORNING COMMUNION:   Angel of WATER I invoke thee; whether lake or stream or water of the well, enter my body and become my blood. Give unto me thy gift that sustains all life. Your blessings hath cleansed my spirit and quenched the thirst of my soul and as each morning comes, I shall embrace thee.
MEDITATION:   As the wave of natures glory reaches its crest and then flows on, I have gained perspective. The waters that rage in the rivers and the rains that fall from the sky are the same as the blood that flows in the veins of my body. The Earth and I are one.
NOON CONTEMPLATION OF PEACE:   Peace with CULTURE. Though thy brothers be of different origin, we all do toil in the vineyard of the EarthlyMother. We all lift our voices in praise of the Heavenly Father, and together, we all break the bread of wisdom and share in the Holyfeast.
The Angel of WISDOM – Thursday Evening
Thought was held by the Essenes to be both a cosmic and a physical function. They considered the cosmic ocean of thought pervading all space, containing all thoughts, as the highest and most powerful of all energies. It never diminishes and is never lost.
EVENING COMMUNION:   Angel of WISDOM I invoke thee; for only through the wisdom of thy Holy Law doth the Angels guide the children of light. Descend upon my thinking body and enlighten my thoughts, my mind, my intentions and my deeds. To follow the Holy Law is the root of all blessings, and as each evening comes, I shall embrace thee.
THE BLESSING:   When at first a fledgling bird tries to fly, his wings cannot support him, and he falls again and again to the earth. But one day he soars aloft, leaving the earth and his nest far behind. And so is it with the thoughts and intentions of the sons and the daughters of men; The longer one walks with the Angels, and keeps their Law, the stronger ones thoughts shall become in Holy Wisdom.The day will come, when the thoughts of men will overcome even the kingdom of death and then shall he soar to the heights of ever lastinglife in the kingdoms of the Heavenly Father.
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There is no greater power in heaven and earth than in the thoughts of the Son of Man. ~The Isaiah Effect
Each of us has deep within the knowledge of all things, and when we are ready to remember, the knowledge is there to be known.  ~The Essene Book of Days
Only when we surrender to our inner nature can we begin to hear the wisdom that comes from deep within.
~ The Essene Book of Days
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Peace be with you.