Breaking Down: The Dark Night Of The Soul
by Livnam Kaur
Sometimes we all need a little breakdown. That’s not a very popular thing to say these days in this age of relentless positive thinking. But we can never move forward if our barriers are not broken down. If we don’t face the breakdown we can never break through. What is the breakdown? It’s the dark night of the soul, the lost feeling, the desire to give up, the tired feeling that comes with trying over and over and not seeing results in life.
We’ve all heard that if we want something different we have to do something different. What if your something different is breaking everything down? If we want to rebuild we have to tear down what is there and start over. Hitting the restart button is a good thing. It’s a do over, a chance for a fresh, new perspective, an opportunity for something better.
We don’t like it when things fall apart, don’t go the way we planned, or otherwise somehow give us, God forbid, a negative thought. But why are we so afraid? We have the ability to move through what is causing us pain. We can let go.
When we let go, the answers flow.
We fear change but change is our saving grace. It is through change that we grow, shift, and evolve our consciousness. We come into a state of grace only when we are willing to let go of what we think we know. There is great humility in the breakdown, the best kind of humbleness that comes from recognizing a higher state of awareness alive within us. We can be the champions of the restart button of life. We can let go of everything we thought was real and good, breakthrough the chains of our own perceptions, and actually feel the light in our eyes.
We all go through times in our lives when it seems like everything is falling apart. We fight it because we don’t want to feel pain. But pain is not the enemy. Pain is a agent of change. Oh yes, it hurts and we don’t like feeling hurt, but if we fight it we give it power. If we move into it we neutralize it.
The breakdown is the neutralization of the pain.
We all make mistakes. We all get hurt. We all get desperate. But we don’t have to stay locked into trying to trick ourselves into thinking we are okay when in fact, we just need a good breakdown. Maybe we need a cry? A scream? A dismantling of how we are leading our life? Maybe we need to leave a relationship? Change jobs? Start exercising? There is infinite possibility in the change the breakdown brings.
If you need help, seek it. Never be afraid to reach out to a counselor, a clergy person, a friend, whomever you need. And don’t be afraid of life’s breakdowns. They lead us to life’s greatest rewards. I always tell my clients, “Breakdowns lead to break throughs.” With the proper guidance and perspective we can have those break thoughs, accepting what is, and finding what will be. Our greatest challenges offer our greatest peace. We just need a little breakdown sometimes to get there.
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About the Author
Livnam Kaur is a spiritual intuitive, healer, and writer working to express divine guidance through The Counsel of Light which can help us hear God's Word within us. She facilitates a weekly study group for A Course In Miracles, teaches Intuitive Development, Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, and offers Personal Sessions and Coaching. ACIM, IKTYA, IET®MI, Reiki MT, AWP, ATP® Articles written by Livnam were published with her explicit written permission.