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Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth
Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth | Gerald G May
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Now in paperback: a distinguished psychiatrist, spiritual counsellor and bestselling author shows how the dark sides of the spiritual life are a vital ingredient in deep, authentic, healthy spirituality. Gerald G. May, MD, one of the great spiritual teachers and writers of our time, argues that the dark 'shadow' side of the true spiritual life has been trivialised and neglected to our serious detriment. Superficial and naively upbeat spirituality does not heal and enrich the soul. Nor does the other tendency to relegate deep spiritual growth to only mystics and saints. Only the honest, sometimes difficult encounters with what Christian spirituality has called and described in helpful detail as 'the dark night of the soul' can lead to true spiritual wholeness. May emphasises that the dark night is not necessarily a time of suffering and near despair, but a time of deep transition, a search for new orientation when things are clouded and full of mystery. The dark gives depth, dimension and fullness to the spiritual life.
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Cleaned the gutters and pruned the crape myrtle in preparation for Tropical Storm Alberto. Now for an uplifting read! 😉

Susannah I hope you don‘t get hammered too hard by the storm. Be safe! (edited) 1y
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