Until mine is written (early next year), a book I highly recommend for understanding and working with the Disquiet is Thomas Moore’s latest book,
“The Dark Nights of the Soul, a Guide to Finding Your Way Thorough Life’s Ordeals”
This is a great book by a great writer. Some you may know him from an earlier important work, “Care of the Soul ”
The expression, the long dark night of the soul, dates back to an 18Th century poem by a Spanish Carmelite priest, St John of the Cross. It is associated with the experience of loneliness and desolation that often comes with spiritual growth. In our culture, it is usually connected with the deep, really hard struggles in life. The hero’s journey always has a period of darkness and hopelessness before the re-birth and victory.
For me this really captures the taste and touch of the Disquiet. Moore writes about it:
“The dark night may be profoundly unsettling…[It] calls for a spiritual response, not only a therapeutic one. The dark night pushes you to the edge of what is familiar and reliable, stretching your imagination about how life works and who or what controls it all.”
Moore talks about “passages” and “navigating” the dark night in the same way I discuss the ways to engage the Disquiet. This book provides a strong spiritual foundation to the work I talk about here. I highly recommend this wherever you are on your journey with your Disquiet.
You can order the book from Amazon by clicking on the image below.
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