Before and after the dark night of the soul

 

What’s before and after the second dark night?

The preceding period of opening and illumination is a honey moon, an initial awakening phase. It may be expressed in a starry eyed and poetic way. It may be similar to nature mysticism. There may be a focus on secondary phenomena such as medical intuition, healing, and seeing or sensing energies and auras. And there may be some remaining identification with/as an I. It’s all revealed as Spirit (God, Buddha Mind, consciousness), and yet there is also a sense that it’s happening to an I.

After the dark night of the soul, it’s more sober and matter-of-fact. Thoughts are less taken as true at an emotional level, including the image of I. It may appear more ordinary, more mature.

Before and after the first dark night, the dark night of the senses, is quite different. Before, we live a quite conventional life and perceive the world in a quite conventional way. After, many of the veils have fallen away or become more transparent, and all is revealed as God, as Spirit. There may still be identifications and beliefs there, especially held at an emotional level, and if so, the second dark night, the dark night of the soul, may come in to bring these to the surface.

And as always with these simplifications, life is not like this. Not everyone goes through these phases, or in this order. The “map” of two dark nights is only helpful if it seems to fit, and perhaps if it offers some guidance in how to navigate when it’s here, and some comfort in knowing it’s a natural process and others have been or are on a similar journey. I am drawn to this description, found among other places in Mysticism by Everlyn Underhill, because it helps make sense of my own experience and path so far.

And as with any map, it’s a reflection of what’s here now. It’s created by images and thoughts here now, and what it points to is here now as well.

Note: When I describe what’s after the dark night of the soul, I am really describing what I am noticing now – which seems to be at the tail end of this phase. I am not even sure it’s the tail end. While the initial dark night led into amazement and wonder, the second is quite sobering.

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– before – more starry eyed, poetic, nature mysticism,
– before – still some identification with/as an I

– after – more sober, more matter of fact

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What’s before and after the second dark night?

The preceding period of opening and illumination is a honey moon, an initial awakening phase. It may be expressed in a starry eyed and poetic way. It may be similar to nature mysticism. There may be a focus on secondary phenomena such as medical intuition, healing, and seeing or sensing energies and auras. And there may be some remaining identification with/as an I. It’s all revealed as Spirit (God, Buddha Mind, consciousness), and there is also a sense that it’s happening to an I.

After the dark night of the soul, it’s more sober and matter-of-fact. Thoughts are less taken as true at an emotional level, including the image of I.

Before and after the first dark night, the dark night of the senses, is quite different. Before, we live a quite conventional life and perceive the world in a quite conventional way. After, many of the veils have fallen away or become more transparent, and all is revealed as God, as Spirit. There may still be identifications and beliefs there, especially held at an emotional level, and if so, the second dark night, the dark night of the soul, may come in to bring these to the surface.

And as always with these simplifications, life is not like this. The “map” of two dark nights is only helpful if it seems to fit, and perhaps if it offers some guidance how to navigate when it’s here, and some comfort in knowing others have been or are on a similar journey.

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I am not an expert on this, so will only mention a few things from my own experience and what I have heard and read from others.

Before the dark night of the soul, during the opening or illumination phase, it may be expressed in a more starry eyed and poetic way, more similar to nature mysticism, perhaps more focused on secondary phenomena such as medical intuition, healing, and seeing or sensing energies and auras, and there may still be some identification with/as an I.

After the dark night of the soul, it’s more sober, matter of fact, thoughts are less taken as true at an emotional level, including the image of I.

Note: Before and after the first dark night, the dark night of the senses, is quite different.  Before, we live a quite conventional life and perceive the world in a quite conventional way. After, many of the veils have fallen away or become more transparent, and all is revealed as God, as Spirit. There may still be identifications and beliefs there, especially held at an emotional level, and if so, the second dark night, the dark night of the soul, may come in to bring these to the surface.

And as always with these simplifications, life is not like this. The “map” of two dark nights is only helpful if it seems to fit, and perhaps if it offers some guidance how to navigate it when it’s here, and some comfort in knowing others have gone and are going through it.

 

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