Dark Night of the Soul

Author: Saint John of the Cross,Wyatt North

Publisher: Wyatt North Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1622780132

Category: Religion

Page: 250

View: 2010


St. John of the Cross is widely considered one of the most prolific and important poets of his time. In fact, in Spanish poetry, the Spiritual Canticle and Dark Night of the Soul are two of the most important works of all time. He is known for his rich use of symbolism and imagery within his poetry. Dark Night of the Soul is the title of a poem written by 16th-century Spanish poet and Roman Catholic mystic Saint John of the Cross, as well as of a treatise he wrote later, commenting on the poem.

Dark Night of the Soul

(Authentic Original Classic)

Author: St John of the Cross

Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers

ISBN: 0768497418

Category: Mysticism

Page: 142

View: 5873


All Christians experience dark nights times when everything seems to be going wrong with them. Some wallow in despair, others learn in darkness. St. John explains the four benefits of the dark night: 1. Delight of peace. 2. Habitual remembrance and thought of God. 3. Cleanness and purity of soul. Practice of the virtues. 4. Practice of the virtues

Dark Night of the Soul

A Masterpiece in the Literature of Mysticism by St. John of the Cross

Author: N.A

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 0385515111

Category: Religion

Page: 222

View: 9127


This new edition of the Image classic, with more than 100,000 copies sold, brings E. Allison Peers's magnificent translation of St. John of the Cross's masterpiece Dark Night of the Soul to a new generation of readers and will renew the interest of those already familiar with its soaring poetry and timeless truths. The sixteenth-century Carmelite monk St. John of the Cross stands alongside St. Teresa of Avila as the West's best known and most beloved Christian mystic. As Peers writes in the Introduction to his definitive translation of Dark Night of the Soul, "The most sublime of all Spanish mystics, he soars aloft on the wings of Divine love to heights known hardly to any of them... True to the character of his thought, his style is always forceful and energetic." Dark Night of the Soul follows the soul's journey from a state of abandonment and darkness to a loving union with God. In a voice at once grandiose and melodious, and a style that combines the systematic theology of St. Thomas Aquinas with rapturous poetry, St. John describes the process of moving away from routine religious rituals and embracing a Being who can be known only through love. His words, Peers writes, "are a wonderful illustration of the theological truth that grace, far from destroying nature, ennobles and dignifies it, and of the agreement always found between the natural and the supernatural -- between the principles of sound reason and the sublime manifestations of Divine grace." One of the greatest contributions to the literature of mysticism, Dark Night of the Soul offers support and encouragement to all who seek oneness with God.

Dark Nights Of The Soul

A guide to finding your way through life's ordeals

Author: Thomas Moore

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1405511125

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 352

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A 'dark night of the soul' is not a psychological syndrome, but a quest for meaning during life's darkest hours: the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship, ageing and illness, career disappointments or just an ongoing dissatisfaction with life. Thomas Moore's extensive experience as a psychologist and theologian has taught him that the dark night is a challenge to restore ourselves and to become someone of substance, depth and soul. By using these trying times as an opportunity to reflect and delve into the soul's deepest needs, we can find a new understanding of life's meaning. Dark Nights of the Soul has its roots in a favourite chapter in Thomas Moore's million copy bestseller, Care of the Soul. In this beautifully-written and thought-provoking work he explores our contemporary anxieties and insecurities and shows how these metaphoric dark nights can become transforming rites of passage.

Yoga and the Dark Night of the Soul

The Soul's Journey to Sacred Love

Author: Simon Haas

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0957518528

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 386

View: 8986


Yoga and the Dark Night of the Soul is about the soul's journey from fear, lamentation and confusion to sacred love. Based on the timeless teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, this contemporary guide to yoga's ancient wisdom shows us how to overcome life's greatest challenges, how to follow our life purpose, how to engage our heart in our yoga practice, and how to write our life story with love and compassion.

The Dark Night of the Soul

A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth

Author: Gerald G. May

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780061895173

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 584


Now in paperback: a distinguished psychiatrist, spiritual counsellor and bestselling author shows how the dark sides of the spiritual life are a vital ingredient in deep, authentic, healthy spirituality. Gerald G. May, MD, one of the great spiritual teachers and writers of our time, argues that the dark 'shadow' side of the true spiritual life has been trivialised and neglected to our serious detriment. Superficial and naively upbeat spirituality does not heal and enrich the soul. Nor does the other tendency to relegate deep spiritual growth to only mystics and saints. Only the honest, sometimes difficult encounters with what Christian spirituality has called and described in helpful detail as 'the dark night of the soul' can lead to true spiritual wholeness. May emphasises that the dark night is not necessarily a time of suffering and near despair, but a time of deep transition, a search for new orientation when things are clouded and full of mystery. The dark gives depth, dimension and fullness to the spiritual life.

The Dark Night of the Soul

Author: Saint John of the Cross,St John of the Cross

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 160206279X

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 9104


While spiritual guidance may be simply a comfort to some, it is an absolute necessity to those who would undertake the monumental task of fulfilling the soul's destiny of unity with God. In coming into the presence of the divine Creator, man would find himself infinitely smaller and wholly finite, a crushing blow to the ego, but the necessary process by which one truly becomes communed with God. Proceeding through the forest of human imperfections, St. John of the Cross offers a light in the darkness. A sympathetic guide, this poem and its explication are offered to ease the task of shedding the mental trappings of human existence, and to encourage fortitude in the face of suffering and the detachment of the spirit from the merely imagined self in order to fully become a blessed child of God, ready and able to embrace the glory that entails. Spanish mystic and poet ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS (1542-1591) played a major role in the Catholic Reformation of the 16th century, and produced several renowned writings, including his Spiritual Canticle and Sayings of Love and Peace.

The Dark Night of the Soul Journal

A Workbook for Inner Transformation and Self-Discovery to Help Transcend the Dark Night of the Soul and Life Your Most Amazing Life! Book Contains Poem and 360 Journal Entries

Author: Licia Sorgi

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781723273445


Page: 126

View: 8179


The Dark Night of the Soul is deeply excruciating, yet hauntingly beautiful spiritual transformational process. It is what the experts call a partial ego death. During this process, you will feel devastated, isolated, and confused. You won't be able to relate to anyone- not even yourself. It's not a depression, it's an amazing spiritual rite of passage that your soul chose prior to incarnation, in order to ascend into higher levels of consciousness. The entire premise of the Dark Night is to strip you of everything that you know and so that you can re-align with your true brilliant divine essence. That's it. Simply put, to just show you the incredible being that you are and that there is no separation. There is only love and oneness. This journal is absolutely very personal to me and I wanted to be able to help people who are going through this. It's literally the most difficult time (most likely) that you will ever endure, but I promise the rewards when you transcend it make every painful moment worth it. The Dark Night is usually triggered a big emotional event. For me, it was when my mother died. Thirteen months later, after I gave up trying to 'be someone', trying to 'do anything'...trying in any respect, my Dark Night ended. I was done, done, done, done, done. I was 'done' dozens of times before but this was the big 'done'. I didn't care about anything anymore. I was just going to 'be'. I woke up the next morning with the darkness gone, and only light permeated me. I was ecstatic and filled with so much love and joy. Love for life, love for the process, and most importantly- love for myself. That morning, the poem just entered my head and I grabbed a pen and wrote it down. It very accurately describes the immense agonizing inner turmoil of the Dark Night, and it also presents you with the keys to transcend it. It is my greatest dream that this journal will help ease your pain and help you through this leg of your ascension process more easily. This journal addresses the 'big questions' and helps track your emotions. The Dark Night will get you to connect with, bring light and loving awareness to, and heal any shadows. It will tear away your reality and the constructs of your own belief system. It will literally bring you to your knees and to the brink of your own existence. It will rip away your conditioning and leave you in the darkness to find your own inner light. It's so beautiful. You will have the most amazing connection back to yourself and source afterward that you could possibly ever imagine. Trust that there is a higher purpose to this. Your soul is ready. You can do it! You will be so joyful when you do. Also, life is meant to be enjoyed. The Dark Night gets you to relax and enjoy more as well. You will be wanting to treat yourself so kindly and have so much fun. There are trained professionals who specialize in the Dark Night of the Soul that you can seek out. This is the Dark Night of the Soul that St. John of the Cross, Jesus, and Mother Theresa went through.

The Dark Night Of The Soul



ISBN: 1370894384

Category: Fiction

Page: 275

View: 8548


The dark night of soul” is the continuation of “The seer”. The main character returned to a mountain in search of answers for a troubled period of its life, moments who forgot of God, of its principles, losing itself in sins. In the mountain, “The seer” had contact with two “great beings”, who guided him to knowledge. This book is a passage full of dangers, pirates, a great adventure in the sea, bringing us reflections and questionings, for which we wonder: Would be possible that a criminal recovers, and, really would find the peace for its crimes? He would find forgiveness in itself? He would find the happiness? Or would be only an illusion?

Sadness, Depression, and the Dark Night of the Soul

Transcending the Medicalisation of Sadness

Author: Glòria Durà-Vilà

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1784503134

Category: Psychology

Page: 360

View: 9470


Revealing a tension between the medical model of depression and the very different language of theology, this book explores how religious people and communities understand severe sadness, their coping mechanisms and their help-seeking behaviours. Drawing from her study of practicing Catholics, contemplative monks and nuns, priests and laypeople studying theology, the author describes how symptoms that might otherwise be described as pathological and meet diagnostic criteria for a depressive disorder are considered by some religious individuals to be normal and valued experiences. She explains how sadness fits into the 'Dark Night of the Soul' narrative - an active transformation of emotional distress into an essential ingredient for self-reflection and spiritual growth - and how sadness with a recognised cause is seen to 'make sense', whereas sadness without a cause may be seen to warrant psychiatric consultation. The author also discusses the role of the clergy in cases of sadness and depression and their collaboration with medical professionals. This is an insightful read for anyone with an interest in theology or mental health, including clergy, psychiatrists and psychologists.

The Spiritual Combat The Dark Night of the Soul The Way of the Cross (illustrated & annotated)

Author: Lorenzo Scupoli,St. John of the Cross

Publisher: BookRix

ISBN: 373098991X

Category: Religion

Page: 430

View: 6558


Your Special Illustrated & annotated edition includes: •14 Pen & Ink Stations of the Cross by Jacob Rice •Extensive Glossary of time-honored Catholic expressions •Stabat Mater in both English & Latin •Essay Narrative on the Last Hours of John of the Cross +Spiritual Combat - For over 400 years, Fr. Scupoli's the Spiritual Combat has provided time-tested strategies for achieving victory over the flesh and the devil, and is acknowledged to be one of the greatest guides to guide one to virtue in time of temptation. St. Frances de Sales carried this little work wherever he went, consulting it often. The Spiritual Combat is one of the all-time greatest and best-known classics on the spiritual life and is a book that will inspire and instruct today just as it has for over 400 years. +Dark Night of the Soul - The Dark night has been described as a point of deep "spiritual crisis" and the pathway Fray John lays out isn't merely to recover but to thrive and experience true union with God. This is mysticism with a purpose, to change your life right now, to become more like Christ every day. This is no bleak night but a bright light of hope lit on a clear path to living holiness by the premier spiritual master, St. John of the Cross. In a homily commemorating the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, Pope Francis remarked "I think of the dark night of the soul of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta" and is inspired with the hope only Christ can give each of us. Together St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila are considered the founders of the Discalced Carmelites. +The Way of the Cross - St. Alphonsus Liguori's method is the most treasured way of praying the stations ever to bless Christendom. The Saint is also the creator of the classic "The Glories of Mary." The pious practice has been around since Christians visited the Holy Land the the 5th Century and emulated the actual way of the cross. In the 14th century, to remind Catholics of the ties to the Holy land the Franciscans promoted the devotion and ever since it has become an annual Lenten tradition.

A Hell of Mercy

A Meditation on Depression and the Dark Night of the Soul

Author: Tim Farrington

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061972916

Category: Psychology

Page: 128

View: 5873


n this unflinching look at depression and the human struggle to find hope in its midst, acclaimed author Tim Farrington writes with heartrending honesty of his lifelong struggle with the condition he calls "a hell of mercy." With both wry humor and poignancy, he unravels the profound connection between depression and the spiritual path, the infamous dark night of the soul made popular by mystic John of the Cross. While depression can be a heartbreaking time of isolation and lethargy, it can also provide powerful spiritual insights and healing times of surrender. When doctors prescribe medication, patients are often left feeling as if part of their very selves has been numbed in order to become what some might call "normal." Farrington wrestles with profound questions, such as: When is depression a part of your identity, and when does it hold you back from realizing your potential? In the tradition of Darkness Visible and An Unquiet Mind, A Hell of Mercy is both a much needed companion for those walking this difficult terrain as well as a guide for anyone who has watched a loved one grapple with this inner emotional darkness.

The long dark night of the soul

the American intellectual left and the Vietnam war

Author: Sandy Vogelgesang

Publisher: Harper & Row Barnes & Noble Import Division


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 249

View: 6164


Addiction—The Dark Night of the Soul Nad+ the Light of Hope

Author: Paula Norris Mestayer

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1982218142

Category: Medical

Page: 218

View: 8643


In the pages of this book, Paula Norris Mestayer shares her remarkable story of 18 years of work treating the brain disease of addiction. By delivering intravenous infusions of NAD+—a natural coenzyme of niacin—her treatment enables patients to kick opiates, alcohol, benzodiazepines, methamphetamines, and more, in 10 short days—with minimal withdrawal symptoms or cravings. She explains—in laymen’s terms—what is known thus far about why NAD+ is effective, and shares the inspirational stories of people who have journeyed through addiction’s “dark night of the soul” and found their way to health, wholeness, and freedom once again. What others say about this book “When we fully understand the role of NAD+ in overcoming oxidative stress, which is a leading cause of illness and death in developed countries, it will be obvious why it works to treat addiction.” — Dr. Ross Grant, University of Sydney, Australia “I think this is going to be the beginning of something big, especially if Paula has anything to do with it.” – James P. Watson, MD, Clinical Faculty, UCLA School of Medicine

The Traveler's Guide Through The Dark Night of the Soul

Author: Lenny Lynne Lunden

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 162309903X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 229

View: 8359


PUT THE GUN DOWN OKAY NOW STEP AWAY FROM THE GUN And read this: motivational discussion on traversing a difficult time, for anyone struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, loss, crisis, despair, and thoughts of suicide. This book was written with the sincere wish to reach out to anyone experiencing an extraordinarily difficult time. The author's intent is that it will serve to uplift you.

Ana Maria Pacheco

the dark night of the soul

Author: Ana Maria Pacheco,John Hedgecoe,Sanda Miller

Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers


Category: Art

Page: 118

View: 9656


Between 1997 and 1999 Ana Maria Pacheco was the fourth artist-in-residence at the National Gallery, London. Her installation Dark Night of the Soul, which was exhibited there in 1999 and is presently touring the UK, has gained her a wide reputation as a pioneering artist for the new millennium.Pacheco grew up in Brazil where she was surrounded by a culture that was richly influenced both by the Catholic religion and by the rituals of the indigenous population. She was also aware of the modernist architecture that was introduced to Brazil from Europe in the 1930s, which stood in stark contrast to the colourful amalgam of processions, ceremonies and church art.Pacheco's suite of polychrome sculpture Dark Night of the Soul reflects all these competing influences, and translates the legend of St Sebastian into a twentieth-century context. This is the first work to trace the development of that work and its inspiration, and to document the finished piece through stunning and dramatic photography.John Hedgecoe has photographed the artist at work on the tableau, stage by stage. His images capture the stark, mysterious drama that the figures reveal. Sanda Miller's text throws light on the artist's imagination at work.