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Dark Angel: Hecate and the Dark Night

Twilight falls, the moon rises, and hidden in the darkness, a dog howls. You have crossed the threshold to the underworld, the realm of Hecate. It takes a while for your eyes to adjust to the gloom and you find yourself in a fearful place. The dead, the lost and forgotten, the compulsive, secret fantasies,… Continue reading Dark Angel: Hecate and the Dark Night

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How to Survive a Dark Night of the Soul

Following my epic article on the Dark Night of the Soul, I wanted to go into a little more detail on the symptoms of the Dark Night and strategies for surviving it. I was going to include this information at the end of the previous article but it was already too long. To summarise: the… Continue reading How to Survive a Dark Night of the Soul

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Thomas Moore: Dark Nights of the Soul Review

In this book, former monk and psychologist, Thomas Moore, provides guidance and inspiration for anyone living through the darker side of life. He sees the dark night as a challenge and an opportunity for healing. These times are not rare or extraordinary, reserved just for saints or spiritual adepts. Everyone can use life’s darkest moments to… Continue reading Thomas Moore: Dark Nights of the Soul Review

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In Case of Spiritual Emergency: Review

A spiritual emergency is what happens when the natural process of awakening becomes too much to handle and you are plunged into crisis. Sometimes called a Dark Night of the Soul, a spiritual emergency can be triggered by spiritual practice, loss of faith, overwhelming daily struggles, the death of a loved one, and even childbirth.  Unfortunately,… Continue reading In Case of Spiritual Emergency: Review

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St John of the Cross: Dark Night of the Soul Review

John of the Cross was born into poverty in Spain in 1542. He joined the Carmelite Order of the Roman Catholic Church but quickly became disillusioned by the dogma and yearned for direct experience of the divine. When he was 25, John met St Teresa of Avila, a 52 year old nun busy trying to… Continue reading St John of the Cross: Dark Night of the Soul Review

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Love’s Ordeal: The Dark Night of the Soul

A Dark Night of the Soul always arrives uninvited, yet it could be the best thing to ever happen. It’s a sacred initiation into the underbelly of the soul that will make you feel cursed and blessed at the same time. Dark Nights of the Soul are all the rage these days. Our civilisation is self-destructing… Continue reading Love’s Ordeal: The Dark Night of the Soul

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Out of the Darkness: Book Review

Out of the Darkness by Steve Taylor is an inspiring collection of stories about people who have undergone the ultimate transformation – spiritual rebirth. This often occurs after intense trauma or turmoil, and Taylor expertly reveals what can happen if an individual is willing to surrender at the point of greatest darkness. Most of the… Continue reading Out of the Darkness: Book Review

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The Global Spiritual Crisis

We are living in interesting times. Multiple and interconnecting challenges are converging which threaten to overwhelm our capacity to adapt and survive. Climate change, mass extinctions, the collapse of ecosystems, pollution, soil erosion, overfishing, mountains of waste and land-fill, the rise of slums, increasing inequality and the growing chasm between rich and poor, the population… Continue reading The Global Spiritual Crisis

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How to Survive a Spiritual Emergency

Think you have to be religious to experience a spiritual awakening? Think again. Many people, like me, start out entirely secular. I didn’t believe in anything, was a proud and apparently rational atheist until the rug was pulled from under my feet. All it can take is a little boredom, a little dissatisfaction with the… Continue reading How to Survive a Spiritual Emergency