Updated: Jul 15
Are you feeling lost and alone?
Left with no sense of direction, and feel like you have lost all faith and hope?
Has your whole world come crashing down around you?
Are you left confused, in a haze, feeling depressed and full of anxiety?
You might be going through "the dark night of the soul".
What is Dark night of the Soul?
What happens during this transition
and how you can navigate through this painful time.
The dark night of the soul is a stage in spiritual development where you undergo a difficult and significant transition to gain a deeper perception of life, it is a time of ego death and a total crumbling of our old lives and self. It is one part of our spiritual awakening, it can happen spontaneously, with the guidance of a spiritual teacher or some traumatic experience can trigger it. In order to have a new and changed perspective, we sometimes need to go through an ego death to see the world through new eyes, this is what this transformation is all about. It is a death for the soul and a major death for the ego, as you will merge a whole new person after this great spiritual depression.
When this is triggered within us, it is similar to depression, but it is on a soul level, so it's not an imbalancement in the brain but rather the soul breaking free of all old conditioning. We lose our motivation, sense of purpose, our identity and personality starts dying, all we have ever known is striped away from us and we are left bare with emotions and feelings that we didn't know even know existed within us. This hits hard because many of us are not awoke and are not in conscious connection with ourselves and our soul, so when this happens it is like being dead on all levels expect for the physical which can be very hard and painful. During this time, your soul will bring to surface all past pain, trauma, and all illusions will start to crumble as you begin to see the world through new sight. By purging and releasing all that no longer resonates, you make space for the new you to slowly merge and come to light. This new you is aligned to your higher self and source more than ever before!
The pain is meant to push you inward to deeply explore your soul and shadow self so you can heal all old conditioning and old beliefs, it awakens you to your true capacity and strength. It is the biggest rebirth you will experience, as you realize all that once mattered does not matter anymore, such as, money, status, your job and all other false foundations in our lives. It forces you to be authentic and stay true to you and your path. This transition can take a while or be a short period of time, it all depends on your soul growth and how fast you start applying all the new changes into your life, it definitely is not an over night transformation, don't be fooled by the name!
The different signs of "the dark night of the soul"
You feel powerlessness, confused, unbalanced, and at war with yourself most of the time, battling between the old you and the new you trying to merge
You feel a deep sense of despair, which is triggered by the new state of your life, and humanity in general, you are more sensitive to the pain of the world and all the suffering
You have the feeling of being lost forever or staying in this frightening state and never being "normal" again
You lose interest and lack passion for things that once excited you and you begin to disconnect from familiar people and environments as new energies, places and people resonate with you more
Your will and self-control is weakened, you will being losing control of your once organized normal life
You have a longing for a distant place that you don't even know or a longing to “return home” again
Once the worst is behind you and you have ascended into higher frequencies and worked on all that needs working, you will start to align with your soul path while still being tested spiritually for more growth. The tests, triggers and soul work never ends once you're on this path, you soul will always continue to push you to grow, expand and evolve through tests and challenges, so hang on tight and get ready for the bumpiest ride of your life!
It will be easier to navigate the rough waters if you start connecting to your higher self through meditation, yoga, breathwork, journaling and anything else that grounds and centers you. There's lots of information on this and what to expect, so start reading and gaining knowledge. It will be hard on your body and mind, it will feel like you are going crazy and have no control over anything in your life, it's okay, let go and surrender. It is about to get so much better! This rebirth will be the greatest experience of your life, for all that happens after is truly magical and out of this world!