“In a dark time, the eye begins to see.” ~ Theodore Roethke
In the pitch-black nadir of my own journey through the Underworld — the dark night, the forest I knew not — 0ne of the many sparks of light that helped me find my way came in the form of a collection of poems — Risking Everything — given me by my elder neighbor, Mary (one of my anam cara who was very good at giving just the right light-spark at the right time!).
“The path of inner knowledge and revelation requires us to go down as well as up; indeed going down is usually the prerequisite for any kind of transformation. St John of the Cross, the Christian mystic who lived in the 17th Century, gave us the phrase, “the dark night of the soul.””
“In our grief we may acknowledge our imperfections, our inability to change the past, the loss of a loved one or of missed opportunities. Grief softens us, loosens our habitual identity, and in so doing makes us more permeable to new ways of being and seeing.”
~ Roger Housden, 14 January 2015 email newsletter.
If you’re seeking little sparks of light, insight, and inspiration, and wisdom drawn from direct-experiencing of the soul-excavating terrain of dark nights, deep forests, and Holy Wells, you’ll find a start here — let your intuition and belly-instincts guide you:
My Ivy Sea Online Awakening to Spirit Portal (via the Via Feminina and Dark Night)
The Ivy Sea Wake-Up Juice Edition, Transition, Transformation, and the Dark Night of the Soul.
You can subscribe to Roger Housden’s weekly email newsletter, and learn more about his writings and works, here. Find David Whyte’s poem, The Well of Grief, here. And find Theodore Roethke’s full poem, In a Dark Time, here.
Big Love and Many of Sparks of Light to Guide You on Your Way,