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Working with the Dark Goddess: A Journey Through the Dark Night of the Soul

Updated: Mar 8, 2023






Introduction to Working with the Dark Goddess

It can be a daunting prospect to summon the courage to explore the hidden aspects of the human psyche. It can be a long and sometimes arduous journey to come face to face with the shadow aspects of oneself and one’s life. Yet, working with the Dark Goddess can be a powerful and life-altering journey of transformation.

In her book, “Dark Goddess: Exploring the Shadow Side of the Divine”, author and scholar, Sharon Blackie, explains the power of working with the Dark Goddess. She writes, “The Dark Goddess is the aspect of the divine that has been hidden, neglected, forgotten, and denied. She is the power of the deep feminine - of intuition, instinct, and the wisdom of the body - that is so often denied and dismissed in our culture. In meeting the Dark Goddess, we learn to accept our shadows, our pain, our fear, and our rage. We learn to accept our flawed, imperfect, and often broken selves.”

To work with the Dark Goddess is to be willing to look into the depths of one’s own darkness. It is to be willing to move through fear and uncertainty, to have the courage to face the challenges of the dark night of the soul. This is the journey of transformation and healing, of understanding and releasing the pain of the past, and of coming to terms with the truth of one’s being.



Exploring the Dark Night of the Soul

The dark night of the soul is a term used to describe a period of spiritual crisis, a time when one is called to look within and confront the darkness and pain that is held within. It is a time of immense struggle and confusion, of feeling lost and disconnected, of feeling overwhelmed and alone. It is a time when one is forced to look within and face the truth of the self.

This period of spiritual crisis is often called the dark night of the soul because the experience is so intense, so overwhelming, and so emotionally charged that it can feel like being in the depths of a dark night. It is a time of intense vulnerability and disorientation. It is a time when one is forced to confront the darkest parts of one’s self and to confront the fear of the unknown.

This period of spiritual crisis can be incredibly challenging and it is often difficult to find the courage to keep moving forward. Yet, it is an essential part of the process of transformation and healing. To confront the darkness and the pain, to move through the fear and uncertainty, is to come to terms with the truth of the self and to find a deeper understanding of the self.



Learning How to Sit in Vulnerability

The journey of confronting the darkness is not an easy one. It is often a deeply uncomfortable experience, as one is forced to confront the parts of the self that have been buried and denied. For many, the experience of facing the darkness can be so overwhelming that it can be difficult to find the courage to keep going.

The key to holding space for the darkness is to learn how to sit in vulnerability. To be willing to be open to the pain and discomfort, to the fear and the uncertainty, is to be willing to be vulnerable. This is an essential part of the process of transformation and healing, of understanding and releasing the pain of the past.

To sit in vulnerability is to be willing to feel to vulnerable, so raw and exposed. To sit in vulnerability is to be willing to sit in a void of discomfort, to be willing to explore the darkness without judgement or fear. It is to be willing to allow oneself to feel the pain and the sorrow, to be willing to fully feel the experience without trying to escape or suppress it.



Understanding Embodied and Somatic Practices

The power of the dark night of the soul is in learning how to be with the darkness, to be willing to look within and to be willing to be vulnerable. To be able to explore the darkness and to be able to sit with the discomfort and the uncertainty is to be able to learn one’s full embodied truths, not just the ones that had been easy to explore or hold space for on the journey.

This is where the power of embodied and somatic practices come in. These practices allow one to explore the depths of the body and to start to access the deeper truths that are held within. They allow one to explore the physical and emotional sensations that are associated with the experience of the dark night of the soul. They allow one to learn how to move through the fear and the discomfort, and to learn how to stay with the experience without running away.

To explore the power of embodied and somatic practices is to be willing to move through the darkness, to be willing to explore the depths of the body and to be willing to learn how to move through the fear and uncertainty. It is to be willing to learn how to sit in the discomfort and to be willing to learn how to move through the pain.



Walking Myself Back to Safety in My Body

The dark night of the soul can be incredibly overwhelming and disorienting. It can be a time of immense fear and uncertainty, of feeling lost and disconnected. The key to moving through this experience is to be able to find ways to stay connected to the body. To be able to stay grounded, to be able to move through the fear and the discomfort.

One of the most powerful tools for this process is learning how to walk oneself back to safety in one’s body. This is the practice of being able to stay connected to the body, to be able to feel the sensations and the emotions, to be able to move through the fear and the uncertainty. It is a practice of learning how to stay grounded, how to stay connected, and how to stay present in the experience.

In learning how to walk oneself back to safety in one’s body, one is able to learn how to move through the fear and the discomfort, how to stay connected to the body and how to stay present in the moment. This is a powerful tool for learning how to move through the darkness, how to stay connected to the self, and how to stay grounded in the experience.



Using Discernment and Contemplation

The dark night of the soul can be an incredibly challenging experience. It can be a time of immense vulnerability and disorientation. It can be difficult to find the courage to keep going, to keep moving through the fear and the uncertainty, and to keep exploring the depths of the self.

In order to move through this experience, it is important to have the ability to use discernment and to hold space for contemplation. Discernment is the practice of being able to discern between what is true and what is false, what is helpful and what is harmful. It is the practice of being able to make decisions and choices based on what is true and what is beneficial, and to be able to move through the darkness with clarity and insight.

Contemplation is the practice of being able to sit in the silence and to explore the depths of the self. It is the practice of being able to listen to one’s truth and to be able to explore the depths of the soul without judgement or fear. It is the practice of being able to sit in the discomfort and to be able to explore the depths of the self with openness and acceptance.



Finding Peace in the Being of Me Fully

The journey of working with the dark goddess is a journey of transformation and healing. It is a journey of understanding and releasing the pain of the past, and of coming to terms with the truth of the self. It is a journey of moving through fear and uncertainty, of exploring the depths of the self, and of learning to accept the flawed and imperfect parts of oneself.

In the end, the journey of working with the dark goddess is a journey of finding peace in the being of me fully. It is a journey of learning to accept the darkness and the pain, to be willing to feel the discomfort and the uncertainty, and to be able to move through the fear and the confusion. It is a journey of learning to accept the self in all of its flawed and imperfect beauty.



Working with the Dark Goddess: A Summary

Working with the dark goddess is a powerful and transformative journey of understanding and healing. It is a journey of confronting the darkness and the pain, of being willing to move through fear and uncertainty, and of learning to accept the flawed and imperfect parts of oneself. It is a journey of learning how to sit in vulnerability, to explore embodied and somatic practices, to walk oneself back to safety in one’s body, to use discernment and to hold space for contemplation, and to find peace in the being of me fully.



Conclusion

Working with the dark goddess is a powerful and transformative journey of understanding and healing. It is a journey of confronting the darkness and the pain, of being willing to move through fear and uncertainty, and of learning to accept the flawed and imperfect parts of oneself. It is a journey of learning how to sit in vulnerability, to explore embodied and somatic practices, to walk oneself back to safety in one’s body, to use discernment and to hold space for contemplation, and to find peace in the being of me fully.

It is a difficult and sometimes challenging journey, but it can also be a deeply healing and transformative experience. To work with the dark goddess is to be willing to look into the depths of one’s own darkness and to be willing to move through fear and uncertainty. It is to be willing to face the challenges of the dark night of the soul and to find the courage and strength to keep going.

If you are ready to begin the journey of working with the dark goddess, know that you have the courage and strength to do so. Know that you have the power to move through the darkness and to find peace in the being of you fully.




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Jennifer Faber
Jennifer Faber
Feb 16, 2023

You put into words what describes what I’ve been experiencing and gave me some things to work with as I understand what I am experiencing but couldn’t put into words. It was quite synchronous. Your writing was most helpful to me. 🙏

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