During a dark night of the soul, unprocessed psychological material tends to surface.
I often write that it’s so this material can be seen, felt, loved, and healed. And that’s true enough, if we chose to relate to it that way.
But there is another invitation in this process. And that’s to consciously recognize this material as Spirit.
During the illumination phase, there is typically a recognition of all as Spirit. All is and happens within and as consciousness, love, wisdom, and – if depending on what we wish to call it – God, Buddha Mind, Big Mind, Brahman, or just Spirit.
And for some of us, when unprocessed psychological material surfaces, it may take a intentional noticing of this too as Spirit. In my case, I knew that that too is Spirit. I could see and recognize it if I looked. And yet, it took some time and conscious intention for it to sink in more fully. It was and is an ongoing process.
Unprocessed material does, of course, surface at any time in any of our lives. And there is an invitation to see, feel, love, and find healing for it. When it happens following an opening or initial awakening, there is the added invitation to recognize it as Spirit.
Just to clarify: A dark night of the soul, in a more technical sense, tends to happen following an initial opening or awakening (illumination) and a dark night of the senses.
The initial opening or awakening is a glimpse or recognition of all as Spirit. The dark night of the senses is a withdrawing or seeing through of strong identification as a human being. And the dark night of the soul is a deepening and maturing of both.
The dark night of the soul can take many forms, but it seems that loss is a part of it, as well as this processing of previously unprocessed material. As Evelyn Underhill points out, it’s a deeply human process. And it can be very painful and uncomfortable, depending on how much in us resists it.
- dark night and recognizing what’s surfacing as spirit
- dark night of the soul
- unprocess material surfacing
- to be seen, felt, loved, healed
- also – to be recognized as Spirit
- dark night of the soul
During a dark night of the soul, unprocessed psychological material tends to surface. That’s, of course, how it is when we just live our lives as well.
There are also other forms of spiritual emergencies where unprocessed material may emerge in a way that feels overwhelming. For some, it happens shortly after an initial opening or awakening.
In the case of a dark night of the soul, it happens following a longer period of illumination or