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Author Topic: Going through the motions  (Read 2902 times)
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« Reply #1: May 12, 2007, 07:22:10 pm »

Have you ever had a "long night of the soul", and what happened when you came out the other side?
Alright, I'll be the first to put something out there. I'll try not to be too long-winded in my story.

Absolutely, I've had that experience.  I went through a very long night of the soul a few years ago.  In a nutshell and without making everyone cry, I lost my beloved one who was the first pagan that I connected with on a spiritual level (I had been a closeted solitary prior to this).  Because this was something we shared, I really had a hard time with spiritual matters after he passed, even after all the other hurts had healed.  I'd acknowledge my beliefs without acting on them in any meaningful way and I would not do anything formal (the last circle I cast was with my departed friend the night he passed).   I finally went into a spiritual shut-down and stopped practicing for a long period of time. 

Fortunately, for me, my deities didn't give up on me. A friend came into my life with very similar beliefs to mine and we'd talk about all things spiritual.  Our talks got me longing for that spiritual connection I'd felt before and helped bring me back into meaningful practice.  I'm not sure even today that she realizes just how much she helped without ever uttering a single word of advice. I emerged on the other side with a faith stronger than ever, a new relationship with my deities, a sense of release, and a best friend who is sister and soulmate.  Happily, there have been no more dark nights, even when I've felt my faith was being put to a test.

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