The Shadows in us…

What are the shadows in us? Have you heard of the, “Dark night of the soul?” Anyone who has had any level of awakening…has probably experienced the dark night of the soul. The feeling of emptiness, despair and detachment of ourself. According to the minds journal, Saint John of the Cross, a Spanish monk coined the 7 Omens that Herald the Dark Night of the Soul: 1. You feel a sense of sadness, leading to despair. This sadness is often triggered by the state of your life, humanity and/or the world as a whole. 2. Acute sense of unworthiness 3. You feel as sense of lost or “condemned” to a life of suffering or emptiness. 4. You possess a painful feeling of powerlessness and hopelessness. 5. Your will and self-control is weakened, making it difficult for you to act. 6. You lack interest and find no joy in things that once excited you. 7. You crave for the loss of something intangible; a longing for distant place or to “return home” again. According to., the Amygdala, which is a component of the limbic system, plays an important role in emotions and behavior; hence, when crying oxytocin and endogenous opioids (endorphins) are released. Once the body releases oxytocin it helps calm the mind and when endorphins is released, the body reaches physiological calmness; giving the person, as a whole a peaceful state of being takes over the body, sometimes falling into a deep restful sleep.

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