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Zitate zum Thema Bewusstseinssprünge / Leaps in consciousness
- Vertraue dem Phoenix nicht, bevor er sich aus der Asche erhoben hat. Pavel Kosorin (*1964) tschechischer Schriftsteller, Aphoristiker, Quelle unbekannt
Aber es kommt eine Auferstehung, die ganz anders wird als wir dachten. Aber es kommt eine Auferstehung, die ist der Aufstand Gottes gegen die Herren. Kurt Marti (1921-2017) Schweizer reformierter Pfarrer, Aphoristiker, Mundartdichter, Quelle unbekannt
They gaze on thee with longing in their spirit,
as on a strong-winged bird that mounteth sky-ward;
On thee with wings of gold, Varuna's envoy,
the Bird that hasteneth to the home of Yama.
Hinduistic scripture Rigveda, Hymn CXXIII., Vena 6, ~1700–1100 BC
After a profound mystical experience at age 42 Saint Hildegard became a polymath.
- The heavens were opened and a blinding light of exceptional brilliance flowed through my entire brain. And it so kindled my whole heart and breast like a flame. Saint Hildegard of Bingen [Sybil of the Rhine] (1098-1179) German Christian mystic, Catholic saint, Doctor of the Church, Benedictine abbess, visionary, philosopher, polymath, composer, writer, source unknown
- I realize that no contemplative path wants to advertise the cross or the suffering entailed in the crossing over. On the other hand we must not be naive about this or in any way mislead others. The truth is that getting to the other shore will stretch the human limits to the breaking point, and not once, but again and again. Who can take it? It is not for nothing that the cross is the central Christian symbol. Bernadette Roberts (*1931) former US American Carmelite nun, contemplative in the Catholic tradition, author, source unknown
- There is such terrible darkness within me, as if everything was dead. It has been like this more or less from the time I started 'the work.' Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) Albanian-born Indian Catholic nun, saint, missionary, humanitarian, founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 1979; cited in: Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D., US American expert in Catholic studies and spirituality, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, Father C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J., Ph.D., US American associate provost, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Mother Teresa's Dark Night, presented by Franciscan Media, 2012
- In my heart there is no faith – no love – no trust – there is so much pain – the pain of longing, the pain of not being wanted. I want God with all the powers of my soul – and yet there between us – there is terrible separation. I don’t pray any longer. [...]
I want to speak – yet nothing comes – I find no words to express the depths of the darkness. In spite of it all – I am His little one – I love Him. [...]
I do not know how deeper will this trial go – how much pain and suffering it will bring to me. This does not worry me any more. I leave this to Him as I leave everything else. [...]
[T]here is such a deep loneliness in my heart that I cannot express it. [...] I want it to be like this for as long as he wants it. Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) Albanian-born Indian Catholic nun, saint, missionary, humanitarian, founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 1979; cited in: Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D., US American expert in Catholic studies and spirituality, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, Father C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J., Ph.D., US American associate provost, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Mother Teresa's Dark Night, presented by Franciscan Media, 2012
- I believe transformation almost always happens when you're inside of liminal space, when you're on the threshold. […] Being in liminal space doesn’t mean identifying with this victim theology that we have so much of today. […] There is meaning there precisely because at that point you can't fix it and therefore, the ego has to give up control. That’s liminal space […] and that’s when God can get at you. As long as the ego is in control, as long as you're into the fixing mode of thinking you can explain it. All of our Christian mystics say that the great teacher is darkness not light. Father Richard Rohr O.F.M. (*1943) US American Franciscan friar, Sadness, PDF, Yale University Address to Medical Students, presented by Malespirituality.org, November 2005
- Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames. Jalal ad-Din Muḥammad Rumi (1207-1273) Persian Muslim Sufi mystic, jurist, theologian, poet, source unknown
- [S]ince Thou hast taken from me all that I had of Thee, yet of Thy grace leave me the gift which every dog has by nature: that of being true to Thee in my distress, when I am deprived of all consolation. This I desire more fervently than Thy heavenly Kingdom. Mechthild of Magdeburg (1207-1282) German medieval mystic, member of the Béguines, visionary, writer, source unknown
- No one has been united to his Beloved through mirth. Whoever has attained communion with him has done so after shedding many tears. If it were possible to meet the beloved while laughing and in a state of comfort, why should one suffer the anguish of separation? The people of the world are happy. They eat and sleep. Kabir alone is unhappy. He is awake and is crying. Kabir (1440-1518) Indian mystic poet, saint, writer influencing the Bhakti movement, source unknown
- What triggers the dark night of the soul is that you're going to have a tribal revolution. You get to the point where you think, "I want to make decisions on my own. I want to manage my own perceptions, my own emotions, and my own choices." But the assumption of the tribal mind is that everybody loves being part of the tribe. So that's when you enter the dark night of the soul. Because that's when you begin the real deep journey of recognizing, "What do I believe?" It's one thing to fight about what you don't want to believe anymore. That doesn't necessarily mean you automatically and always know what you do believe. All you know is you can't go backwards, but the tribe is the only world you know. It doesn't feel right anymore and it doesn't offer you any comfort, but it is familiar.
What you are actually going through is the incredible experience of exploring what it means to take a look at all the false gods you've invested your spirit into – like belief patterns that have never really been true, but you put your energy into. For example, superstitions or attitudes you've held with the group, like being afraid of God; the notion that "God will punish you if you do that" [...]
In the tribe, we evolve by growing within the context of group perceptions and at the group's speed. How many mythologies do you have to go through until you can finally say, "God, I want you not through a group; I want direct contact? I don't want a toilet-water version of you in which I've agreed to experience you through the evolution and slow motion of a family, and the slow motion of a job, and a once-a-week ritual. As a tribe member, I keep you at bay and I've agreed to let my life evolve at a certain speed."
If you want more direct contact, a more direct voice, then ask for it. God will say, "Okay fine, you'll get that. But here's the thing – we're going to change the world you came from and you have to leave that world behind." And indeed, that's dark night. Interview with Caroline Myss Myss.com (*1952) US American spiritual teacher, mystic, medical intuitive, bestselling author, Pioneering The Anatomy Of The Spirit, presented by host Randy Peyser, past 2000
- Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light. Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) German-Alsatian theologian, physician, medical missionary, philosopher, humanist, organist, author, source unknown
- The self which comes forth from the night is no separated self, conscious of the illumination of the Uncreated Light, but the New Man, the transmuted humanity, whose life is one with the Absolute Life of God. Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) British Anglo-Catholic mystic, theologian, pacifist, writer on Christian mysticism, poet, novelist, Mysticism. A Study in Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness, 1911, New American Library, New York, 1974
- This first dark night purifies all of the senses so that they can become the vehicle of the inner divine self. This first dark night is extreme, but it's not as extreme as the second dark night. It's a purification that enables the ordinary senses to start registering the divine world. Through devotion, through meditation, through intense mystical practice, you start to see the divine light. At first it just flashes, and then when the process is complete, you have an overwhelming experience in which you see the entire creation as a manifestation of the light, and your consciousness is one with that. This is not enlightenment. This begins what is called the state of illumination. Although the senses are purified, and although they're able now to register the divinity of the world, the ego is still subtly present. So there has to be a second death on the path, which is the death of the personal identity. Interview with Andrew Harvey (*1952) Indian-British religious scholar, Rumi translator and explicator, teacher of mystic traditions, architect of Sacred Activism, poet, novelist, author, Dark Night of the Soul, presented by Grace Cathedral, California, Colleen O'Connor, 19. December 2002
- The third kind of person is found at the deepest level of life where integrity is grounded in vision and in values found only after losing the innocence of superficial hopes and dreams.
The third kind of person survives some life-changing defeat or loss and suffers a descent in life that makes them aware of the agonies and tragedies experienced by so many throughout the world. […] The stricken person finds themselves in a dark night of the soul, alone with the remnants of broken dreams, lost in a darkness that erases all sense of hope. Article by Michael Meade, US American storyteller, scholar of mythology, psychology, anthropology, ritualist, spokesman in the Men's Movement, author, Three Kinds of People, presented by Mosaicvoices.org, ~November 2016
- Question: Is marriage a particularly fertile place for dark nights of the soul to come about?
Answer – Thomas Moore: Marriage is a great mystery. [...] It is mysterious how you meet the person, what attracted one person to the other. [...] After you have lived together for a while it gets even worse, more entangled. Marriage is a great example of the life of a soul. [...] When you marry someone else you are really getting linked up with their soul which is largely unconscious to them. [...] The marriage often contradicts your conscious desires and wishes for it. [...] You got into something that is full of soul and heart. [...] The families are very much part of the married, the families get married, too. [...] It is an illusion that is only about two people trying to be compatible. [...] You may not be compatible at all, but still you want to be together. Audio interview with Thomas Moore, Ph.D. careofthesoul.net, US American professor of religious studies, Catholic monk, psychotherapist, musician, writer, Marrying God. Diary of a Poet-Priest, Dark Nights of the Soul, presented by the Canadian web radio station CBC Radio Tapestry, host Mary Hynes, Canadian journalist, minutes 21:26-26:22, aired 24. July 2005
- The sugar cane yields its sweet juice only after it has been crushed relentlessly in a mill. The human entity yields its noblest traits and truest wisdom only after it has been crushed repeatedly in the mill of anguish. Paul Brunton (1898-1981) [Hermann Hirsch] British philosopher of German Jewish origin, journalist, traveler, mystic, guru, The Notebooks of Paul Brunton, Vol. 12, "The Reverential Life", S. 238, Larson Publications, Burdett, New York, 1988
- Catholic theologians recognize two types of "dark night":
- the first is purgative, cleansing the contemplative for a "final union" with Christ;
- the second is "reparative," and continues after such a union, so that he or she may participate in a state of purity even closer to that of Jesus and Mary, who suffered for human salvation despite being without sin.
By the end, writes Kolodiejchuk, "by all indications this was the case with Mother Teresa." That puts her in rarefied company.
- Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix. Christina Baldwin, US American author, source unknown
- For, after all, you do grow up, you do outgrow your ideals, which turn to dust and ashes, which are shattered into fragments; and if you have no other life, you just have to build one up out of these fragments. And all the time your soul is craving and longing for something else. And in vain does the dreamer rummage about in his old dreams, raking them over as though they were a heap of cinders, looking in these cinders for some spark, however tiny, to fan it into a flame so as to warm his chilled blood by it and revive in it all that he held so dear before, all that touched his heart, that made his blood course through his veins, that drew tears from his eyes, and that so splendidly deceived him! Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881) Russian writer of novels, short stories and essays, White Nights. And Other Stories, 1848
- You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame;
how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) German classical scholar, critic of culture, philologist, philosopher of nihilism, writer, Thus Spoke Zarathustra [Also sprach Zarathustra], Ernst Schmeitzner, 1883-1891, Viking Press, 1954
- We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) US American British literary critic, poet, playwright, Nobel laureate in literature, 1948, Four Quartets, Harcourt, 1943
- You can blow out a candle
but you can't blow out a fire
once the flame begin to catch
the wind will blow it higher.
Peter Gabriel (*1950) British singer, musician, songwriter
Benefit of dark hours
I love the dark hours of my being
My mind deepens into them.
There I can find, as in old letters,
the days of my life, already lived,
and held like a legend, and understood.
Then the knowing comes: I can open
to another life that's wide and timeless.
| Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) Bohemian-Austrian poet, novelist, The Book of Hours [Das Stunden-Buch], Insel Verlag, Leipzig, April 1905, Rilke's Book of Hours. Love Poems to God, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy, April 1905, Riverhead Trade, 8th edition 1. April 1997|
Quotes by David R. Hawkins
- The Phoenix of spiritual awakening is birthed from the ashes of human despair. Like Mother Teresa said, the beautiful flower, the Lotus, arises from the mud and slime from the bottom of the pond. Dr. David R. Hawkins, source unknown
- The state of feeling abandoned by God and being hopeless results in a global feeling of depression and may include an alteration of the experience of time comparable to the experiencial lower levels of Hell as described by Dante [LoC 505]: "Abandon hope all ye who enter here". This state may be a transitory phase as a consequence of intense spiritual work, especially in a devotee who throws all caution to the wind and explores the deepest levels of consciousness, at which depth the devotee intuitively senses that it is necessary to relinquish the ego and remove all doubt. Thus, this state may represent the need to reach inner validation of spiritual truth before total abandonment of the ego itself. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Transcending Levels of Consciousness, chapter 1 "Shame: Despair", S. 35, 2006
- Paradoxically, the dark night of the soul is often a sign of significant spiritual progress for it is not really the soul (higher Self) but the Ego that is in the 'Dark'. Some comfort can be obtained by recalling the spiritual dictum that
- one can only go as high as they have been low,
- or that Jesus Christ sweat blood in Gethsemane,
- or Buddha reported that he felt as though his bones were being broken
- and he was being attacked by demons.
- Another form of the dark night of the soul arises as a consequence of experientially falling from a high state (such as devotional joy or ecstasy) as has been well described in the lives of the Christian saints (as though one has been abandoned by the Beloved). This may arise because one has used up their good karma, subsequent to which the remainder of karmic attachments and proclivities surface to be processed out and surrendered to God. Some of these are deep, such as self-hatred, resentments of God, and cherished beliefs that are often attached to beliefs about suffering itself. (e.g. that it will leverage God's favor). Dr. David R. Hawkins, Transcending Levels of Consciousness, chapter 1 "Shame: Despair", S. 37 (39), 2006
- There may be long, dry periods where seemingly nothing is progressing. That is a deception; a 'long, dry period' is what is happening as though it were a test of resolve. These periods can be traversed by transcending the spiritual ego's wish to seek gain via 'progress'. Frustration itself is therefore a sign of trying to control that which is not really controllable. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man, chapter 19 "Practicum", S. 351-352, 2008
- Those who became enlightened often went through agonizing periods of facing the utmost of negative experiencing that was buried in their unconscious, of owning their own shadow, of looking at what they had held as most hateful and owning it, and then letting go of it (the 'dark night of the soul'). The letting go of what was the farthest removed from the truth in those positions at the bottom of the scale, the letting go of those positions that came out of self-honesty, led to the realization of the Truth. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Healing and Recovery, S. 164-165, 2009
- By remembering our inner innocence when we begin spiritual work, we ask to have that which is not the truth brought to our awareness. The process is therefore the evidence of success. As a result, there may be a somewhat chaotic appearance to the lives of people who are labeled spiritual seekers. The inner person is pleased because it says, "I have been asked to see what stands between me and the truth, and that has been brought up from my awareness to be recognized, reowned, recontextualized, and healed." We provide a safe space and context about our spiritual work by being centered in the Heart – not the physical heart, but from the ultimate compassion, the owning of ourself from this level, the joy of the spiritual work, and the saying "thank you" to all the things that come up out of gratitude. The crisis is the very event of the spiritual healing. It is out of the crises that the healing occurs. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Healing and Recovery, S. 170-171, 2009
- Question: Do you have any advice regarding the dark night of the soul?
Answer: You can expect that. You rise above your karma. You are entitled to bring up the next stack. It comes up and you think you are getting worse, but you now have the power to deal with that stack. Keep going through them and eventually it will clear up. It can seem like a lot at times! Dr. David R. Hawkins, Sedona Seminar Perception vs. Essence, 3 DVD set, 22. April 2006
- When you transcend your karma, then you have the capacity to handle more. More negativity comes up for you to clear. Famous women mystics would reach a high state and then crash. They would feel they had been deserted by God. Read about them in the Encyclopedia Britannica. You can read what they went though. There are about half a dozen. It’s par for the course! You feel like you are going backwards, but you are not. You have earned the right to see how awful you have been. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Sedona Seminar Is the Miraculous Real?, 3 DVD set, 9. December 2006
Englische Texte – English section on Dark Night of the Soul
Prolonged duration of the Dark Night of the Soul
| The crisis of the "Dark Night" is usually temporary in nature. Two known saints experienced it for an extended period.|
With brief interludes of relief inbetween; "the darkness left" shortly before her death
|⚡ Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) Albanian-born Indian Catholic nun, saint, missionary, humanitarian, founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 1979|
According to her letters released in 2007
Ultimately recovered before death
|St. Paul of the Cross (1694-1775) Italian mystic, founder of the Passionists|
|3.|| Unknown length of time|| ||St. John of the Cross [San Juan de la Cruz] (1542-1591) Spanish Catholic saint, mystic, Carmelite friar, priest, leading figure of the Counter-Reformation|
Mother Teresa's grave crisis of faith / Mutter Teresas schwere Glaubenskrise
David van Biema, US American TIME journalist, religious author, Mother Teresa's Crisis of Faith,
presented by the US American weekly news magazine TIME, S. 3, 23. August 2007
Jesus has a very special love for you. Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) Albanian-born Indian Catholic nun, saint, missionary, humanitarian, founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 1979
[But] as for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great, that I look and do not see, — listen and do not hear – the tongue moves [in prayer] but does not speak. Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) Albanian-born Indian Catholic nun, saint, missionary, humanitarian, founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 1979
Lord, my God, who am I that You should forsake me? The Child of your Love – and now become as the most hated one – the one – You have thrown away as unwanted – unloved. I call, I cling, I want – and there is no One to answer – no One on Whom I can cling – no, No One. – Alone [...] Where is my Faith – even deep down right in there is nothing, but emptiness and darkness – My God – how painful is this unknown pain – I have no Faith – I dare not utter the words & thoughts that crowd in my heart – and make me suffer untold agony. Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) Albanian-born Indian Catholic nun, saint, missionary, humanitarian, founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 1979
So many unanswered questions live within me afraid to uncover them – because of the blasphemy – If there be God – please forgive me – When I try to raise my thoughts to Heaven – there is such convicting emptiness that those very thoughts return like sharp knives and hurt my very soul. – I am told God loves me – and yet the reality of darkness and coldness and emptiness is so great that nothing touches my soul. Did I make a mistake in surrendering blindly to the Call of the Sacred Heart? Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) Albanian-born Indian Catholic nun, saint, missionary, humanitarian, founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 1979
Pope Pius XII died in October 1958.
[P]roof that God is pleased with the Society. And then and there, she rejoiced, disappeared the long darkness [...] that strange suffering of ten years. It lasted for five weeks. Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) Albanian-born Indian Catholic nun, saint, missionary, humanitarian, founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 1979
Links zum Thema Bewusstseinssprünge und Dunkle Nacht der Seele / Leaps in consciousness, Crucible, Dark Night of the Soul
Angelehnt an das Grimmsche Märchen Der goldene Vogel KHM 57 (1857), Deutsche Volksmärchen, 1857
- John of the Cross [San Juan de la Cruz] (1542-1591) Spanish Catholic saint, mystic, Carmelite friar, priest, leading figure of the Counter-Reformation, poem Dark Night of the Soul, 16th century
- Gerald May, M.D. (1940-2005) US American theologian, psychiatrist, author on psychology and spirituality, The Dark Night of the Soul. A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth, Harper, San Francisco, 2004
- Thomas Moore, Ph.D. careofthesoul.net, US American professor of religious studies, Catholic monk, psychotherapist, musician, writer, Dark Nights of the Soul, Gotham, 16. June 2005
- Catherine G. Lucas, British spiritual emergency therapist, author, In Case of Spiritual Emergency. Moving Successfully Through Your Awakening, Findhorn Press, 1. August 2011
External web links (engl.)
- Peter Holleran, The Deeper Meaning of the Dark Night of the Soul: Spiritual Crises and Breakthroughs in Christian and Buddhist Traditions, presented by mountainrunnerdoc.com, date unknown
- Interview with Andrew Harvey (*1952) Indian-British religious scholar, Rumi translator and explicator, teacher of mystic traditions, architect of Sacred Activism, poet, novelist, author, Dark Night of the Soul, presented by Grace Cathedral, California, Colleen O'Connor, 19. December 2002
- Article by Cullen Smith, US American symbologist, narrator, blogger, Phoenix (Consciousness) Rising From the Esoteric Ashes of Pyrification!, presented on Patreon, Lifting The Veil, 18. October 2017
Audio and video links (engl.)
- Video interview with Catherine G. Lucas, British spiritual emergency therapist, author, Spiritual Emergency, presented by the US American broadcasting service Waking Universe, host Lance Mungia, 59:03 minutes duration, posted 13. December 2012
- Audio interview with James Finley, US American clinical psychologist, Merton scholar, The Axial Moment of Healing, podcast MP3, presented by the US American multimedia publishing company Sounds True, Insights at the Edge, host Tami Simon (*1963) US American founder and director of Sounds True, 53:38 minutes duration, aired 17. November 2015