Our Dark Night of the Soul

As we go through this particularly difficult and dark time, we could say we are having a “dark night of the soul.” During such a period, we  may be plunged into an emotional realm marked by feelings of despair, loss of meaning, and deep uncertainty about life and its purpose. The Dark Night of The Soul can be called a spiritual crisis as we take our arduous journey toward understanding and union with the Divine. It is has been described as a period of painful suffering through a long spiritual darkness, by releasing the old and transforming into the new. We are all unique, with our own set of circumstances that must be resolved in order to gain higher levels of consciousness, understanding and wisdom. We may confront our suppressed shadow and begin to let go of attachment to our outward identity and “worldly objects”.  When we start to let go of the outer layers, we start to become more deeply acquainted with our true selves, and we also can become more in tune with our God given gift of discernment and many other spiritual gifts that many have. Many may experience ego death, a reorganization, and a reinterpretation of the boundaries between ourselves and our Divine Source. It provides insight to the inseparable physical and metaphysical worlds and the divine that lies within our hearts, waiting to be awaken.

Perhaps the current and coming events involving the so-called pandemic are meant for us to have a greater awareness and understanding of our true selves; our relationship with a life force greater than ourselves; to expand our concept, not to correct our previous understanding, but to expand our comprehension and consciousness. It is important not to confuse God with religion or religion with God. Religion was created by man in order to understand the Divine. God, the Life Force, Infinite Intelligence, exists far beyond all religions, far beyond human intellect, imagination, invention and human corruption. This Life Force is beyond comprehension, beyond any definition and beyond our histories and great teachers, great spiritual books and testimonies. There is only One like force, the Infinite Creator,  with many different names, a Life Force dwells within each of us. With that Life Force, we are unknowingly  co-creators of our  reality and world , with our thoughts, emotions and actions.  We are radiating  positive and negative energy into the world.  The ancients spoke of it as good and evil.

Consider your thoughts for a moment. Are you living in fear as a result of COVID19, judging and criticizing others in an effort to control?  Especially those who do not think like you, or chose not to wear a mask or not comply with unlawful mandates.

Or are you  loving, compassionate and kind, helping others? Are you in the eye of  the storm where its calm while working on yourselves, observing, waiting to assist when it is needed. Humanity is slowly awaking and realizing the Life Force within.

Based on the teaching of the Masters, Jesus, Krishna, Buddha and Lao Tzu, they tell us to look within ourselves to find the kingdom of God. Jesus said the Kingdom of God is within you and all around you, yet you do not see it.

Krishna tell us that those who seek to find the One without ceasing, will find the Lord dwelling in their own hearts while Buddha said Before you set foot on the path, master yourself. Lao Tzu explains the way is empty, the way is full. There is not way to describe what it is. Find it within yourselves.

As we progress through the  Dark Night of the Soul, many realizations will begin to emerge and the realization that the world was never as it seemed.  Our education, religion,  medical and government  communities may not contain all the truth.  You may come to understand that our physical and metaphysical worlds are inseparable and there is a divine potential within you. You may experience ego death, a reorganization, and a reinterpretation of the boundaries between yourself and Infinite Intelligence.

You may realize when your alone, that you are never alone and things become clearer and more connected. You have an understanding of the importance of solitude, contemplation and meditation. You may also grasp that you create your own reality with your thoughts, emotions and actions and how that not only affects you, but those around you.

The dark night of the soul is your journey and yours alone. It is your way to connect to the divine by releasing the old and transforming into the new.

Buddhism Fundamentals

The basic fundamentals are taming the unruly mind and being mindful of our thoughts, speech and actions. While as much as possible, avoid destructive ways of image01thought, speech and actions while cultivating positive and constructive ways of thought, speech and actions. This requires taming the mind, by ridding it of confusion about reality and about behavioral cause and effect.

hqdefault (3)Buddha teachings are; Commit not anything negative at all; splendidly enact what is constructive; fully subdue your own mind.

Negative means something self-destructive, something that causes problems and unhappiness to others. Splendidly enact what is constructive means something that brings about positivity and happiness for all.

682b863845642d1e1e21f79caf51d1bc--buddha-zen-buddhist-quotesMeditation is the tool to fully subdue your mind. Meditation is a natural relaxation state of the mind. The proper way to meditate is just start, developing a practice over time. Do what works for you. Sitting in a chair or floor with good posture, close your eyes, take 5–10 slow deep breaths, following your breath. Your relaxing your mind so try not to think of anything. Just focus on a point in the front of eyes. You will find your thoughts drifting to problems just bring the focus back to the point in front of the eyes. The time you meditate is up to you.

The above describes the first step of Dzogchen,an esoteric tradition of teachings considered to be the highest and most definitive path to enlightenment by Tibetan images (54) rainbow body loving thoughtsBuddhism, known for the Rainbow Body.  Buddha found enlightenment with the breath sitting under a tree. So with the will and wisdom, dzogchen becomes an incredibly profound and effective method for achieving enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. The fundamentals of Dzogchen meditation can be found here, and even may be the most powerful meditation technique.