A guest post from Matt Welsh, the creator of the Spiritual Media Blog
The Dark Night of the Soul has appeared in traditional spiritual texts, famous stories and popular movies throughout our history. I believe it has been written about so much, because it is a common experience that everyone who is committed to reaching his or her inner and outer potential must go through. It is a period of time where we learn our most difficult lessons because any flaw, inauthenticity or shadow that is holding us back must come to light so that it can be consciously released. Normally, this takes place right before we are about to have a major breakthrough or shift in our life.
A good description of this phenomenon is in the classic novel, The Alchemist, when Paulo Coelho writes:
What you still need to know is this: before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. Thats the point at which most people give up. Its the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.
Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor being severely tested.
The boy remembered an old proverb from his country. It said that the darkest hour of the night came just before the dawn.
So if you are facing any sort of personal or spiritual obstacle right now, just hang in there and dont give up. This is a challenging time for a lot of people for a lot of different reasons.
However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. If we can remain steadfast, then whatever difficulty we are facing now will eventually be seen as our greatest friend because it gave us the necessary strength to carry out our life purpose.
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