dark night of the soul

Your Dark Night

Drowning deeply in your own sorrow
when it hurts too much to even cry
so not looking forward to tomorrow
feeling like your weary heart may die

Discarding the false to find the true  
somehow it seems you don’t belong
this world will never understand you 
its deafness cannot hear your song

Be gentle with you, shine your light 
let them see kindness in your smile
you are only facing your dark night
and darkness lasts but for a while 

The Dark Night of the Soul

The dark night of the soul is when the light of your spiritual essence is temporarily blocked and weighed down with heavy, dark clouds of worry, fear, guilt, shame, regret or bitterness.

Hold steadfast and remain vigilant - be mindful and patient with yourself; this will eventually pass. The darkest hour of the mind lies just before the dawn of Presence.   ~Anon I mus (Spiritually Anonymous)

“Lover of solitude, the Greek goddess Hecate was, like her cousin Artemis, a “virgin” goddess, unwilling to sacrifice her independent nature for the sake of marriage. Walking the roads at night or visiting cemeteries during the dark phase of the moon, the goddess Hecate was described as shining or luminous. In other legends she is invisible, perhaps only glimpsed as a light, a “will-o-the-wisp”.  Perhaps it was this luminous quality that marked Hecate as a “moon goddess”, for she seemed quite at home on the earth”

The dark night of the soul is a profoundly good thing. It is an ongoing spiritual process in which we are liberated from attachments and compulsions and empowered to live and love more freely. Sometimes this letting go of old ways is painful, occasionally even devastating. But this is not why the night is called ‘dark.’ The darkness of the night implies nothing sinister, only that the liberation takes place in hidden ways, beneath our knowledge and understanding. It happens mysteriously, in secret, and beyond our conscious control. For that reason it can be disturbing or even scary, but in the end it always works to our benefit.

~Thomas Moore

Dark Night of the Soul

My footfall unsure
Walking through shadow
I see the light no more
Words written in stone
Erode, no longer known
Deep within I moan, in the
Dark night of the soul

Desperation looms large
Swallowing me whole
Death is left to my charge
“Today is a good day to die!”
Resounds my battle cry
And I abide, by and by, in the
Dark night of the soul

Illumination from beyond
Reflecting an awareness
From shadow I abscond
No longer in death, torn
But in innocence reborn
Rising to a blissful morn, from the
Dark night of the soul


A dark night of the soul is not about surviving, or even overcoming a difficult experience. It is about going into the depth of the experience and allowing it to lay us bare. It is not about triumph or finding solutions to our problems. Instead, it is about following the divine thread which leads down into our soul’s core to where there are actually no answers at all. There is nothing, only emptiness, and resting there in that emptiness.
—  Your Truest Self: Embracing the Woman You Are Meant to Be by Janice Lynne Lundy