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The Dark Night of the Soul
A presentation by Dr. Brigitta Beer
Thursday, September 4, 2008 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: St Mary’s Parish House, Cn Merviale and Peel St
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15
The term “dark night of the soul” was first used by St. John of the Cross, a Christian mystic who lived in 16th century Spain, to describe his journey to the other side. When, after pain and suffering and psychological darkness, he surrenders his life to God, he has a mystical experience.
One dies and is born again and for this moment attains unity with the divine. One experiences no thing ness as Meister Eckhart says and experiences the love of God. This is a journey inwards where one surrenders his or her ‘self’ to a higher ‘Self’. One experiences eternal life and love. One becomes a mystic. It is an experience and journey beyond words. One tastes and savours God and is touched by divine love and interconnectedness of all. One sees beauty even in the broken and yearns to return to this state. There is no more fear of dying. One has found God, experienced universal love, one has experienced eternal life. Rumi, a Sufi mystic said:
“I see and know all times and worlds
As one, one, always one.”
All mystics have experienced a “Dark Night of the Soul”. Research shows that Jung also went through a “Dark Night of the Soul”.
Brigitta beer, d. min. is an interfaith minister, psychotherapist and spiritual teacher. Brigitta has researched her own “dark night of the soul” and its transformational outcome. It is published in book form as “mystics yesterday and today”.