Dark night — healing the shadow and the dark emotions

There is a lot of talk about “light workers” in some spiritual circles these days. I’d like to ask: what about those of us who are doing SHADOW work? The shadow of humanity is that which largely remains unconscious in most human beings…thus, shadow work is very important! Coming to full consciousness demands it.

Dark night — healing the shadow and the dark emotions

There is a lot of talk about “light workers” in some spiritual circles these days. I’d like to ask: what about those of us who are doing SHADOW work? The shadow of humanity is that which largely remains unconscious in most human beings…thus, shadow work is very important! Coming to full consciousness demands it.

To those still in the depth of the dark night of protracted psych drug withdrawal syndrome (or other chronic illness illness)

A long time friend/reader who is still in the worst ugly phase of protracted withdrawal sent me a note the other day. In it he was talking about how he could not come to terms with everything he’d lost. He cannot stop grieving. He feels cheated. He had been an athlete and competent parent and a successful professional in his field. He was prescribed a benzodiazepine for a first time incident with acute anxiety (had no history of prior psychiatric issues or treatment). He took said benzo for only 2 months and he was one of the not unheard of number of folks who react as if they’ve been on meds for decades, like me, when he discontinued it. He’s been ill for 5 years now and is unable to work, parent in a meaningful way or exercise. I understand his sense of loss. It is nothing short of completely devastating. I still struggle with not being able to do many things people generally take for granted as well. I still am learning what I shared with him. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Making the Unconscious Conscious: Embracing the Dark Night of the Soul

It may sound paradoxical but this is meant to be an inspirational piece about the dark night of the soul. Those of you who have heard of the dark night may have an idea of the amount of pain and confusion there can be….Dark nights seem to be the result of events bringing unconscious material to light. Carl Jung thought that the psyche itself organizes these events in order that the individual grow. One of the definitions of enlightenment is to make the unconscious conscious. Dark nights are one way to get there. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

The dark night of the soul

One perspective and interpretation of the growth process some people go through. This was shared with me by Grainne Humphrys who has now posted it on her blog The Incarceration of John. Grainne’s work on Beyond Meds is here.

Embracing darkness and shadow that we might also be light and joy

Here’s the thing…in as much as we cannot abide the pain in others we are unawake to that pain within us…heal ourselves we heal the whole … people who studiously avoid the “negative” are missing out on their own healing…we don’t need to go look for it, but avoidance is denial. … those who need love most…are the ones we studiously avoid …the “difficult” people who’ve been hurt in ways we can’t abide…sometimes others find me to be that person…most readers of this blog perhaps have felt rejected in this way too at one time or another. 

Stay with the darkness

Staying with the darkness allows something to happen that escapes us if we are hasty. If we resist our natural tendency to take flight before painful experiences, we can descend into the dark aspects of the unconscious, which is necessary if we are to make contact with what Goethe calls ‘infinite nature.’ Turning toward such darkness requires a willingness to stay with suffering and to make a descent into the unconscious. …

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