Why Spiritual Awakening is Such a Painful Process?
After Spiritual Awakening, You might encounter The Dark Night of the Soul. It is a long, depressing, and very dark experience that can continue for days, months, or even years.
If you’re experiencing the Dark Night of the Soul, you are feeling a sense of being lost. Your heart is in anxiety as if your world with its known habits and conditioning is coming to an End. This is because, after a spiritual awakening, your conditioned mind pattern is dying. While dying, your mind is making you feel miserable by re-identifying yourself with its old dysfunctional patterns.
I love this quote from Spiritual Teacher Eckhart Tolle about feeling Alienated from the world.
I have also experienced the Dark Night of the Soul. At this stage, your Mind’s World Come to an End. Whatever meaning your mind had attached to Career, Relationship, Ambition, Achievement, etc., is no longer fulfilling. You are feeling a deep sense of meaninglessness. Your inner state, in some cases, is very close to what is conventionally called depression.
Nothing makes sense to you anymore. Sometimes the Dark Night of the Soul is triggered by some external event. Death of Loved ones. Loss of business, possessions, relationships, or anything your ego has strongly identified with. So that results in a dark place.
There is the possibility that you emerge out of that into a transformed state of consciousness. Life has meaning again, but it’s no longer a mind-made meaning that you can necessarily explain. Now your life is sustained by the being and not the ego. And while your ego is dying, it will make every last attempt to make you identified with itself. It will make you feel miserable by instilling fear in you—fear of no longer being run by the egoic mind.
After the Dark Night of the Soul, people awaken into something more profound, which is no longer based on concepts in your mind. A deeper sense of purpose or connectedness with a greater life is no longer dependent on explanations or anything conceptual. It’s a kind of re-birth. The dark night of the soul is a kind of death that you die.
What dies is the egoic sense of self. Of course, death is always painful, but nothing real has died there – only an illusory egoic identity.
Now it is probably the case that some people who’ve gone through this transformation realized that they had to go through this phase to bring about a spiritual awakening. Often it is part of the awakening process, the death of the old self and the birth of the true self.
After the Dark Night of the Soul, Your Soul shines like a sun, and deep down, you will start to feel its presence.
While a spiritual awakening is the process of rebirth of everything you are! The Dark Night of the soul is the process of dying of everything you are not!
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