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The 16th-century mystic, St. John of the Cross, coined the term “dark night of the soul” to evoke the kind of spiritual crisis that leads us from profound unknowing to radiant transformation.
Through the dismantling that occurs in this dark night, we discover that our own ideas and agendas have no power to assuage our innate longing for the sacred, and that it is only through radical surrender that we find the sweetness of connection we have been searching for.
St. John of the Cross and other mystics from every spiritual tradition claim that their longing for the sacred defies both logic and description. And yet without this experience, life can feel empty and meaningless. The mystics knew this. And in our depths, we do too.
Through contemplative readings, silent meditation, writing exercises, and group sharing, we learn to listen deeply, and to cultivate stillness, humility, and fearlessness. We also harvest the vigor, humor, and tenderness of heart we need to locate and describe our own experience of this timeless journey of awakening.