I started this blog sitting in the dark, luckily with a fully charged tablet, in the midst of a power outage. Fortunately, the weather has not been as torrid as in other parts of the country but it does provide time to reflect on life.
We’re used to power outages in Southern Tasmania. When we bought our new stove the salesman was surprised we wanted a gas hob rather than induction or ceramic, but when we lose the power so often we need to be prepared!
We’re reliant on tank water, which pumps up to the house, so in the early years in Mountain River, if the power went out, so did all the water! And of course if it’s night we have no light, so we have torches at various positions around the house and a couple of solar lights which we keep charged. We also have no phone because that’s powered too and so we have rechargeable mobile phone chargers so we can at least stay in contact, and if it happens to be a work day, we can work.
We have to have plan Bs and plan Cs for how we manage when the power goes out.
What I love about power outages is the quiet. No TV, no fridge, no hum of the powerlines outside – just the sound of the wind and the glow of the fire. It always makes me reflect on how reliant we are on electricity but how we can plan ahead to manage these situations if we need to.
Life on the spiritual path can sometimes feel a little like a power outage. We go merrily along our way, in the light of joy and positivity. We can be optimistic and empowered and supportive of and supported by our friends and family. Then suddenly the light goes out; perhaps metaphorically or maybe in reality. Maybe someone close dies or drops a bombshell or our project doesn’t take off as we expected or somehow or in some way we just fall into a big black hole.
So we stand in the dark wondering where we are and what’s happened. We might feel around with our hands to see who or what is around us to support us, but then we realise we really are alone. We might be frightened because it’s dark or because we’re alone or both.
We might be confused, wondering what’s happened and what’s going to happen now, who is going to come and help us. Then we start to panic. Where can we find the light, how will we know where to go, what to do, what time it is, what day it is even. We can be overwhelmed by the silence, fearful of the strange noises that are around us – who is there, who are they, what are they?
But if we stand quietly, we can expand our awareness, we can sense the nature of what is around us. We can strengthen our boundaries by breathing deeply and calmly and grounding ourselves fully to the earth. And as we begin to adjust to the darkness, in that calm and quiet, we realise it actually isn’t as dark as we had thought in our initial panic. Gradually we can begin to see what is around us with our inner eye and perhaps with our outer eye too. We may still be alone in the dark, but we can begin to revel in the peace and the quiet, in the velvety softness of the dark, in our own existence and our own inner light.
Within the darkness we will always seek the light and we are being invited to seek our authentic self, to cast out illusion and to rise from the darkness to meet the new dawn of our empowerment and mastery. This may be our plan A, but it doesn’t always work out according to our expectations. It may not be part of our inner plan . . . not yet anyway.
So should we have plan Bs and Cs on the spiritual path?
Yes, we probably should, but these are not so much the tools to keep us in contact with the world through technology, so that we can google “what to do if” . . . these should be the inner tools to support us in our darkest times.
Many of you would include friends in this list, but I tend to see a Dark Night of the Soul as being a time of aloneness, of reflection and of introspection. Where the support of friends does not touch that darkness, where we are alone in the wilderness of our own inner thoughts and feelings.
I’ve experienced many Dark Nights of the Soul over the years and in the early days on the spiritual path it always felt like I had fallen off a cliff into a black hole. I would panic, dive into my books, run around trying to work out what crystal or essence to use, what meditation to practice, who to ask, where to find the answer.
If it were to happen these days, I am more likely to allow myself to be a little self-indulgent. To curl up in my bed – the best place for a Dark Night of the Soul in my world – to reflect on what has come up, to investigate the feelings and the thoughts that I am experiencing and to try to understand what I am being invited to see. I would allow myself to float, cocooned in the velvety darkness of the night, which has been my time of torment in the past, and to enjoy the quiet, which for many is an alien experience.
This is also a time to connect to Source and to sense our guides and angels. In that initial panic when you feel completely alone, you may also feel abandoned by the spiritual realms. But even if you can’t see them, they are always there. You can often feel them strongly at these times if you just focus. Visualise, imagine, sense it – make it up if you have to – because every time you go to that place, you are beginning to make that connection.
We are never ever alone!
You don’t have to believe in God or angels or guides, because they are all around regardless of what you believe. Supporting you in your endeavours and getting ready to catch you when you fall. They are the plan Bs and Cs, who are there for you whether you ask or not. Any contingency plan works better if you’ve practised beforehand, if you’ve had a trial run. You don’t quite know how it works until you get to the real thing and then you just have to surrender to the process and go with it.
We can’t always explain to those around us what we are experiencing and although they may feel the energy of it, they cannot be in that space with us. We do need to understand that we come in to this world alone and this journey is ours. While our journey may allow us to embrace other souls along the way, the darkness we experience is a gift that we need to embrace on our own.
We should not fear the darkness and the silence, but look on it as a time to practice introspection and reflection in order to gain insight and clarity and to find the inner support that is available.
Sometimes in our busy, buzzy, noisy, bright world we don’t have the opportunity to do this and while it can be a scary place, it can also bring enormous benefits on the spiritual path.
Soul Harmonics: Tangible Tools for Transformation
There are many wonderful homeopathic remedies to support us in these times and a consultation can bring insight into ways to support you as an individual.
The Soul Harmonics are vibrational essences, channelled in the early 2000s for workers on the spiritual path and have recently been repurposed for the times we are living through.
H4 Love In a dark night of the soul we may not experience the love that surrounds us, but it is always there. Before we can experience pure and unconditional love towards others, we must first step into our power and forgive and love ourselves.
H12 Authenticity was originally named Dark Night of the Soul. I love this Harmonic. It has that velvety blackness I have talked about and it always feels soft and supportive when we are trying to find our authentic self.
H8 Surrender Surrender is what we need to do in these times. It can be really hard and really scary and we do need support in getting through. Fighting against it, battering against the forces that seek to teach us, doesn’t often bring benefit, but learning to surrender brings a softness.
H10 Connection A circle of pure white light is created by this Soul Harmonic which clears, calms and quietens to make space for reflection and introspection. Allow your guides, angels and soul family to connect and work with and through you.