The Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the by Gerald G. May

By Gerald G. May

Now in paperback: a distinctive psychiatrist, religious counsellor and bestselling writer exhibits how the darkish facets of the non secular lifestyles are an essential factor in deep, genuine, fit spirituality.

Gerald G. may possibly, MD, one of many nice non secular lecturers and writers of our time, argues that the darkish 'shadow' facet of the real non secular lifestyles has been trivialised and overlooked to our severe detriment. Superficial and naively upbeat spirituality doesn't heal and improve the soul. Nor does the opposite tendency to relegate deep non secular progress to simply mystics and saints. basically the sincere, occasionally tricky encounters with what Christian spirituality has known as and defined in beneficial element as 'the darkish evening of the soul' may end up in real religious wholeness.

may perhaps emphasises that the darkish evening isn't really unavoidably a time of agony and close to depression, yet a time of deep transition, a look for new orientation while issues are clouded and whole of poser. The darkish supplies intensity, size and fullness to the religious life.

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Although prayers went on continually, they were nearly always simply recited. 10 Reflecting on the simplicity of the old desert life, Teresa and a few of her friends began to wonder about forming a new convent that would contain only about a dozen nuns and be organized more along the lines of the original Carmelite rule. Then one day in prayer, Teresa heard God telling her to proceed. The tiny new house was to be named for St. Joseph, whose intercession Teresa was sure had cured her. She wrote Peter of Alcántara about the idea and subsequently met with him to discuss it.

The dark night helps us become who we are created to be: lovers of God and one another. John says the soul is in God like a stone buried in the earth. In a way, the stone and the earth are already at one and, in a manner of speaking, the stone is already in the earth’s center. ” Thus the relationship between God and person is dynamic, always capable of greater deepening. More than a century before Isaac Newton explained gravity, John said that the soul is attracted to the deepest center of God like the stone is attracted to the deepest center of the earth—and that this attraction is mutual.

In a way, the stone and the earth are already at one and, in a manner of speaking, the stone is already in the earth’s center. ” Thus the relationship between God and person is dynamic, always capable of greater deepening. More than a century before Isaac Newton explained gravity, John said that the soul is attracted to the deepest center of God like the stone is attracted to the deepest center of the earth—and that this attraction is mutual. The force of attraction between 47 The Dark Night of the Soul the soul and the center of God, however, is not gravity.

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