The Dark Night is contemplation and produces two kinds of purging: sensual and spiritual in order to be made ready for the divine union of love with God.
The night of sense is common and comes to many. The night of the spirit is the portion of very few. The night of the senses is bitter and terrible, but the night of the spirit bears no comparison for it is horrible and awful. It is an arduous journey toward the heart of God’s love.
This darkness comes in a time of spiritual prosperity, wellness of the soul and then God turns all this light we walk in, into darkness and shuts the door and the source of the well of the springs. He leaves us in the dark to such magnitude that you do not know what to do or where to go.
We are unable to advance in any direction of spiritual life. The inward senses are submerged in this night and left with such dryness that not only do we not find any inspiration to practice the faith, but that to do so is boredom and bitterness.
God sets us down on our own and teaches us to walk on our own, which feels very strange because everything seems to be going haywire.
For the past five years on this blog site and on my Facebook page (an open journal) I have wrestled and struggled in the grosses darkness of my life with Christ which is coming upon 50 years of walking with him. Never has it been so bleak, wretched and miserable in the confines of my mind, will and emotions. At least Motel 6 they will leave the light on for you.
This arid place of purging is the land of prophets and poets. Read the Psalms if you care to…
The Dark Night is so DARK that you cannot take a picture of it because it is on the out skits of utter DARKNESS.