Written by Shelley Young
Today we will be talking about the dark night of the soul.
The dark night of the soul is when your world has become incredibly painful and you find yourself just trying to hang on in survival mode. It may come from an external event that has affected you profoundly, a health crisis, the passing of a loved one, the breakup of a relationship, the loss of a job, or getting lost in addiction. Whatever has brought you there, it is a time where you often can’t see your way out of it. You are exhausted, heartbroken, and don’t know where to turn or what to do.
Why do we find ourselves in such a place? Gabriel tells me that when it becomes too painful to stay the same we surrender, and that is the greatest power move we can make because it allows our angels, guides, and higher self to lead us to the solutions we can’t see from where we are. Dark nights of the soul always precede periods of profound expansion and ultimately lead you to much better matches to who you are and what your soul wishes to experience and achieve.
So if you are in a dark night of the soul, the first thing to do is to simply declare, “I surrender” with your whole heart to whoever you feel is a source you trust to guide you. You can surrender to God, to Jesus, to an angel, to your higher self, to a guide, to Source, or Creator, or any other higher being you feel an affinity for. If you don’t know what you believe, you can simply surrender to more or the universe.
From that surrender moment, if you pay close attention, you will feel a lightening of your energy. That is because spirit has already come in to lighten your load. If you don’t feel anything, simply trust that it is happening.
From there, it is your job to continue to work with spirit and within the system of surrender. Stay surrendered the best you can with your faith and trust. Watch for the signs and synchronicities that let you know the way forward and that you are on the right path. Say yes to what shows up for you as new opportunities. Use affirmations that help you stay in that space, such as “God is guiding me now”, “How does it get any better than this?”, “This too shall pass”, “It’ll be interesting to see how this all works out”, or ask spirit to show you the next steps. Trust where the flow is trying to take you.
When you are in survival mode, no one expects you to be able to practice Zen-like presence and gratitude. Your job is to get yourself to a more healthy, supportive, and comfortable place through any opportunity that presents itself. You are going to need to baby step your way out of crisis one day at a time.
When things show up that do bring some relief, that is when you give your gratitude because that is your feedback tool to the universe and how you steer your flow. No one expects you to be grateful for situations or circumstances that are incredibly painful. But showing gratitude for the littlest bit of lighter energy that shows up for you will start to redirect your path and give you a new focus that can grow and bloom over time.
The reason why I thought today would be a good day to write about this topic is because sometimes people email me to let me know they are in absolute crisis and the daily message just didn’t apply to where they are in their lives. Please know when you are in crisis mode, your job is to seek to have your basic needs met and find your way to safety and comfort. It is not time for you to try to embody spiritual mastery.
There will be a time and a place for that, and your soul is going to do everything it can to get you to that place in the future. Activate your team of guides to help you find your way, keep your focus on however you can improve your life, try not to look at the whole big picture because you will overwhelm yourself, and just take things one step at a time.
I know it can be hard to believe when you are in it but there is always, always light after the darkness. The dark night of the soul is the springboard to something new and so much better, so don’t give up when the light is about to break through. Your soul has a plan and surrendering to its wisdom while working with both your spiritual supports and whatever earthy supports are available to you is how you find your way though it. I’m sending you so much love and compassion as you navigate these difficult times.
Shelley Young is the owner of Trinity Esoterics, where she has worked as a certified hypnotherapist, teacher, writer, spiritual advisor and internationally recognized channel of Archangel Gabriel for the past ten years. She is based in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and is dedicated to raising spiritual awareness and empowering others.
If you would like to contact Shelley please call Trinity Esoterics at (705) 673-3339 and leave a message or email her at She can also be reached on Facebook.
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