The Dark Night of the Soul is a poem by St. John of the Cross [1542-1591], a major figure of the Counter-Reformation, a Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite friar, and priest. This poem narrates the journey of the soul from its bodily home to its union with God. The journey is called “The Dark Night,” darkness representing the hardships and difficulties the soul meets in detachment from the world and reaching the light of the union with the Creator. To learn more and read the poem, go to https://makeheaven.com/st-john-of-the-cross.html
While this is heavy, thought-filled reading; I find that Eckhart Tolle has provided a clear explanation of what the Dark Night of the Soul might look like for us in these times.
“It can happen if something happens that you can’t explain away anymore, some disaster which seems to invalidate the meaning that your life had before. Really what has collapsed then is the whole conceptual framework for your life, the meaning that your mind had given it. So that results in a dark place. But people have gone into that, and then there is the possibility that you emerge out of that into a transformed state of consciousness. “
As a part of my soul journey during this time of “cocooning”, I am exploring the creation of a process or meditation response to a personal awareness that I have been entering into these dark nights in the midst of this global pandemic.