Dark Night of the Soul

Every once in a while I look around and wonder where my babies are…..then I remember….they are all off living their own lives. I feel so sad at these times! Then I remember to be grateful for my grown children and the life they are each able to live; the grandchildren they have given to us. It is so strange at those times when I look around and everything is…what appears to be….gone!

These yearnings or feelings of loss can be attributed to what some call the “dark night of the soul” a sort of crisis or cross roads that we come to in our spiritual life. A time when we feel the loneliest we have ever felt. A time when we can lose ourselves. The second half of our life does not have to be a syndrome or something to recover from…as in “empty nest syndrome”. It could be…should be…..one of the best times of our lives. We have SO much to celebrate! Whether we celebrate the children that we have raised or the spouses we have loved or the friends that we have had…it is a time for celebration!

There comes a time in our lives when we are faced with….OURSELVES! The man or woman in the mirror. And it often times comes during the “empty nest “ period of our lives. We finally can slow down and take a look at our own lives. Unfortunately, for a lot of people, they do not like what they see. This is a very difficult time in many peoples lives and they do not even know what is happening!

Yes, there is a Dark Night of the Soul! But there is a dawn at the end of that dark night!

My Dark Night of the Soul began in 2007. ~ to be continued……

Detour Ahead!

detourAbout 6 years ago I began my spiritual journey. I was on a path to discover my true self, learn to live the life I was intended to live. It has not been an easy journey, although it really hasn’t been as hard as one might expect. Or maybe that is just me?  I can remember back then wondering what God had in mind for me. I really had no clue!

When my “awakening” began I was a Christian and thought myself to be very connected to God.  I guess I should explain that my “awakening” was a classic “Dark Night of the Soul” experience!  I describe A Dark Night of the Soul as a personal crisis which is specifically meant to lead you closer to God.  And so this is what happened to me. Of course when it was happening I did not necessarily know that is what was happening. As a matter of fact if asked I would have said I was already pretty connected.  OH how that makes me laugh!

My point of today’s post is not to dissect my personal crisis, but to actually tell you that while you are on your personal journey you may, like me, take a few or many detours!  And that is OK.  People will look at others, when they go from trying one thing to the next, and call them “flighty” or “unsettled” or whatever they may say to describe a person who doesn’t know what they want to do.  But that is not what this is. When you are on your journey to find your purpose, you will take detours! If you don’t you are truly one of the fortunate ones.

I talk to people on their journey often, and one thing we all have in common is that it takes time, perseverance, and faith, to continue on your journey and not give up!! It can be so frustrating to think you have it figured out, that you have discovered the one thing that is going to help you reach your dreams, your purpose, only to find out a few months later that it wasn’t that at all. It happens.

The thing is, this is not a bad thing! It is growth! Each and every experience gets us, not only closer to living our purpose, but also closer to God. So don’t beat yourself up over trying different things! It is a process, it is a path, and like all paths yours may have detours!

Have faith that when the time is right, God will reveal it all to you! It will work out in His time and be for your ( and the worlds) highest and best good!

Peace and Love~Christine