Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life's Ordeals (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 16, 2005 - Self-Help - 352 pages
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Every human life is made up of the light and the dark, the happy and the sad, the vital and the deadening. How you think about this rhythm of moods makes all the difference.

Our lives are filled with emotional tunnels: the loss of a loved one or end of a relationship, aging and illness, career disappointments or just an ongoing sense of dissatisfaction with life. Society tends to view these “dark nights” in clinical terms as obstacles to be overcome as quickly as possible. But Moore shows how honoring these periods of fragility as periods of incubation and positive opportunities to delve the soul’s deepest needs can provide healing and a new understanding of life’s meaning. Dark Nights of the Soul presents these metaphoric dark nights not as the enemy, but as times of transition, occasions to restore yourself, and transforming rites of passage, revealing an uplifting and inspiring new outlook on such topics as:


• The healing power of melancholy
• The sexual dark night and the mysteries of matrimony
• Finding solace during illness and in aging
• Anxiety, anger, and temporary Insanities
• Linking creativity, spirituality, and emotional struggles
• Finding meaning and beauty in the darkness


  

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Review: Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life's Ordeals

User Review  - Carmen - Goodreads

This one took me some time to get through. Not because it was slow and plodding but because the insights and depth pscyhology of it struck a deep chord. I found the book to say a lot of what I didnt ... Read full review

Review: Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life's Ordeals

User Review  - Adrien - Goodreads

I have read all the Thomas Moore books, except the new one, will buy it too, why not. It is fun reading, and if one is going through any kind of dark night, this is a very good book. Moore is into ... Read full review

Contents

NIGHT WORK
JOHN OF THE CROSS
A SPIRITUAL RATHER THAN A PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACH
UNENDING DARKNESS
SHADES OF DARKNESS
THE HEROSUN AND THE SEA
NIGHT AND DAY
THE SPECIAL LANGUAGE OF THE NIGHT SEA
ENDINGS DEFINE A MARRIAGE
THE MARRIAGE WITHIN YOU
THE BODY OF THE WORLD
SEX THE OPUS
THE SEARCH FOR A PARTNER
POTHOS DEEP LONGING
LOVER DEMON
THE JUSTINE IN EVERYONE

THE SEA AS THE SOURCE
THE BELLY OF THE WHALE
SPIRITUALITY OF THE DEEP
JONAHS CALLING
A VOCATION FOR TRANSCENDENCE
ANCIENT RITES OF PASSAGE
MODERN RITES OF PASSAGE
A PHILOSOPHY OF THE NIGHT
DEVELOPING A PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE
BIRTH AND REBIRTH
THE DARK NIGHT AS RITE OF PASSAGE
THE PHASES OF PASSAGE
RITUALS FOR OUR TIME
LIFE IN A JAR
THE PROCESS OF CATHARSIS
CLEAN UP YOUR LIFE
TELL YOUR STORY
THE SELF IN SOLUTION
SOCIAL CATHARSIS
PURIFYING SOCIETY
THE DARK ANGEL
EMOTIONAL NIGHT
TOOLS OF THE DARK
PSYCHOLOGICAL NIGHT
THE GARBAGE OF A LIFE AND A DAY
HONORING HEKATES NEGATIVITY
HEKATES ROLE IN DEEPENING MATERNAL FEELINGS
DEEP AND DARK SPIRITUALITY
PREPARATION FOR NEW LIFE
LUNAR CONSCIOUSNESS
AWAKE AND CYNICAL
THE TRAGIC AND THE COMIC
CREATIVE AVOIDANCE
A CREATIVE INVERSION OF VALUES
SPIRITUAL WIT
THE STRATEGY OF ECCENTRICITY
CULTIVATING AN IRONICAL LIFE
IRONY AND THE DIVIDED SELF
WALKING ON COALS
LURED INTO DARKNESS
AN AFFAIR OF THE SOUL
WHY IS LOVE SO FRUSTRATING?
HALF IN AND HALF OUT OF LOVE
LOVE EXPANDING
STUCK
THE MIRE OF LOVE
THE LOVE TRIANGLE
COMPETING DESIRES
THE UNKNOWN LOVER
INSIDE OUTSIDE IN BETWEEN
THE TRIANGULATED SOUL
DARK RELATIONS
LOVES OWN UNDERWORLD
AN ALTERNATIVE TO COMMITMENT
THE UNDERWORLD OF MARRIAGE
THE PERSEPHONE MYSTERY
NAVIGATING MARITAL NIGHTS
SACRED MARRIAGE
SEXUAL CONFUSION
FEAR AND ANXIETY
SOCIETYS SEXUAL DARK NIGHT
INFLATED CREATORS
QUIET DESPERATION
CELEBRITY FOR ALL
CREATIVITY AND THE SPIRIT OF THE CHILD
JUNGS BREAKDOWN AND DISCOVERY OF CHILDHOOD
THE LOST CHILD
RESURRECTING THE CHILD
BEING THE CHILD
SPIRITUALITY AND THE CREATIVE LIFE
BEAUTY RESTORES THE SOUL
BEAUTY IN DISTRESS
PAIN INTO ART
IMAGE AND MEMORY
THE WAY OF HOMEOPATHY
WAKENING THE SOUL
HEALING BEAUTY
A FIRST STEP TOWARD BEAUTY AND LOVE
DARK BEAUTY
BEAUTY SERVES THE SPIRIT
EXPOSE YOURSELF TO THE BEAUTIFUL
ANGER IS NATURAL
ANGER IS DAIMONIC
GIVING ANGER FORM
GETTING POWER AND SUBMISSION RIGHT
TRANSFORMING PASSIVITY
THE NAKED SOUL
THE LIMITS OF REASON
LIFE IS THEATER
THE WAY OF LEARNING
PRACTICAL INTELLIGENCE
THE VALUE OF SYMBOL AND NONSENSE
AN OCCASION FOR INSANITY
THE OUTSKIRTS OF REASON
INDIGO MOODS
THE BODY IS THE SOUL
THE PHYSICAL LIFE OF THE SOUL
CARING FOR THE SOULS PHYSICAL ILLNESSES
CARING FOR THE SOUL OF THE SICK
HOSTING YOUR ILLNESS
SOLAR MEDICINE
THE SPA MENTALITY
DISCOVERING THE LIMITS OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE
HUMOR AND LAUGHTER
BE YOUR OWN HEALER
PHYSICAL MALADIES OF THE SOUL
THE IMAGE OF AGE AND THE DARK NIGHT
THE ETERNAL SELF
REGRET AND REMORSE
JUSTIFYING YOUR EXISTENCE
THE TWILIGHT OF A SELF
GOING FOR DEPTH
THE HUMAN COMEDY
ON NOT PURSUING HAPPINESS
SCINTILLA
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About the author (2005)

Thomas Moore, Ph.D., wrote the phenomenal #1 bestsellers Care of the Soul and SoulMates as well as many other successful books. Moore was a Catholic monk for twelve years and later became a psychotherapist, earning degrees in theology, musicology, and religion. Moore now lectures extensively throughout North America.

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