18 Signs You’re Going Through What’s Known As A ‘Dark Night Of The Soul’

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Thought Catalog


The “dark night of the soul” is a concept that has been discussed for millennia, typically associated with a poem written by St. John of the Cross. It references the sort of spiritual depression or detox that someone has to go through to “wake up.” But if you’re experiencing it and don’t know what’s happening, it can be really scary.

1. You’re confused because you feel like you “should” be happy right now.

That’s the thing about the dark night of the soul – it usually comes up right at the moment in which you have every reason to be content. What’s happening is you’re seeing how the external things didn’t heal you. Your illusions about what really matters are breaking down. The part of you that is still chasing outside things to make you happy is dying. Once it does, you can begin actually doing things that make…

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