Journeying from darkness to light

Every human life is made up of the light and the dark, the happy and the sad, the vital and the deadening. How you think about this rhythm of moods makes all the difference.  ~ Thomas Moore

I have been completely absorbed in reading Thomas Moore’s Dark Nights of the Soul this past weekend. I have been going through a bit of a dark night of my own recently and this book spoke to me in a very profound way. The author challenges the reader to go right into the heart of our darkest times. These dark nights are a time for opportunity and reflection and can be transformative rites of passage.

Think of your dark nights. Could they be as useful and even as beautiful as the bright periods?

Of course, it is not always so easy to see this when you are in the midst of a dark time in your own life.

It pushes you to the edge of what is familiar and reliable, stretching your imagination about how life works and who or what controls it all.

Reading those words made me think very much of what it is like being in the midst of a serious illness like cancer – when all that is familiar, all that you relied on, your faith in your own body even, is torn from you.

And yet, Moore sees this as a precious time, a time to stand back from life, and to “incubate” the soul, to open up to “new and mysterious possibilities” and to make yourself over into a more multi-dimensional person with greater insight and compassion.

Your dark night is your own invitation to become a person of heart and soul.

I know that my dark nights have left their mark on me, and I like to think that I have emerged from them with more insight, more compassion and more heart.

Does this resonate with you as it did with me? Have you emerged from you own dark night with a different perspective on life? Can you see dark times as a period of transformation in your own life?