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Paths of Transformation: Dark Night of the Soul

January 14, 2015

Hi eveyone,
I am excited that next Tuesday at 6:30 our book study on the Christian classic, Dark Night of the Soul will begin. I would like to have some idea of who is going to be there. Could you let me know if you are planning to attend.  I am planning to approach this study through the poem that John wrote upon his escape from prison. If you would like you can begin to meditate using that poem.  Just sit with it and see where things go.   the poem is below.  Best, David


St John Of the Cross

On a dark night,
Kindled in love with yearnings–oh, happy chance!–
I went forth without being observed,
My house being now at rest.

In darkness and secure,
By the secret ladder, disguised–oh, happy chance!–
In darkness and in concealment,
My house being now at rest.

In the happy night,
In secret, when none saw me,
Nor I beheld aught,
Without light or guide, save that which burned in my
heart.

This light guided me
More surely than the light of noonday
To the place where he (well I knew who!) was awaiting me–
A place where none appeared.

Oh, night that guided me,
Oh, night more lovely than the dawn,
Oh, night that joined Beloved with lover,
Lover transformed in the Beloved!

Upon my flowery breast,
Kept wholly for himself alone,
There he stayed sleeping, and I caressed him,
And the fanning of the cedars made a breeze.

The breeze blew from the turret
As I parted his locks;
With his gentle hand he wounded my neck
And caused all my senses to be suspended.

I remained, lost in oblivion;
My face I reclined on the Beloved.
All ceased and I abandoned myself,
Leaving my cares forgotten among the lilies.

 

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