A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth
Now in paperback: a distinguished psychiatrist,
spiritual counselor and bestselling author shows how the dark sides of the
spiritual life are a vital ingredient in deep, authentic, healthy spirituality.
Gerald G. May, MD, one of the great spiritual
teachers and writers of our time, argues that the dark 'shadow' side of the
true spiritual life has been trivialized and neglected to our serious
detriment. Superficial and naively upbeat spirituality does not heal and enrich
the soul. Nor does the other tendency to relegate deep spiritual growth to only
mystics and saints. Only the honest, sometimes difficult encounters with what
Christian spirituality has called and described in helpful detail as 'the dark
night of the soul' can lead to true spiritual wholeness.
May emphasizes that the dark night is not
necessarily a time of suffering and near despair, but a time of deep
transition, a search for new orientation when things are clouded and full of
mystery. The dark gives depth, dimension and fullness to the spiritual life.