Dark Night of the Soul · Mythology

The Handless Maiden part 5: The Devil Returns

Our story continues: the maiden has become a queen with silver hands… The queen stayed in the castle and the king lavished her with love and care. But in time, he had to leave to wage war in a distant land. Before he left, the king asked his mother to take care of the queen,… Continue reading The Handless Maiden part 5: The Devil Returns

Dark Night of the Soul · Mythology

The Handless Maiden part 2: Dismemberment

Our story continues: the deal has been made and three years have passed… At last, the dreadful day arrived when the devil would come to claim his payment: the maiden. That morning, the girl washed and drew a circle around herself with chalk. The devil appeared, but couldn’t come near her. Furious, he demanded she… Continue reading The Handless Maiden part 2: Dismemberment

Dark Night of the Soul · Mythology

The Handless Maiden part 1: Deal with the Devil

Once there was a miller who had fallen into poverty. His mill was broken so he had to go to the forest to chop wood. One day, when he was hacking at a tree stump, an old man appeared and said, “I’ll make you rich if you give me what stands behind your mill.” The… Continue reading The Handless Maiden part 1: Deal with the Devil

Mythology · Psychology

Sympathy for the Devil: the Nature of Evil

Where there is light, there is darkness, but hidden within the dark are the seeds of creation and the key to finding the light. In the last two posts we met the predator and discovered how he works in the story of Bluebeard. It’s time to get our hands dirty and jump into the viper’s… Continue reading Sympathy for the Devil: the Nature of Evil

Mythology · Psychology

Surviving Bluebeard: How to Deal with the Predator

“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.” – Rumi We’re on a quest to discover more about the murky depths of the mind and our worst enemy. In Going Dark we met the predator. Now we’ll dig a little deeper using the story of Bluebeard to learn how he operates and what we… Continue reading Surviving Bluebeard: How to Deal with the Predator

Mythology · Psychology

Going Dark: Stalking the Predator

“One does not become conscious by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” – CG Jung There’s a demonic creature that stalks us through our nightmares. He targets the innocent and the hopeful. He squats in the dark, hidden until he attacks. He wants to destroy us, to stop us from growing… Continue reading Going Dark: Stalking the Predator

Dark Night of the Soul · Dharma Diary

Shadow Attack: Instant Karma & a Wake-up Call

Awakening is a tricky business. Pre-satori, I believed that if I could see clearly, all my problems would be solved and I’d live happily ever after. My hang-ups and fears would magically dissolve and I would be free. Ha! It’s a little more complicated than that. To grow on the spiritual path you must become whole,… Continue reading Shadow Attack: Instant Karma & a Wake-up Call