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Dark Night of the Soul

Article by Ananya Sen

Many have asked me “Does Reiki do more harm than good? I too have echoed the same sentiments for sometime. The reason they ask this is because our lives become chaotic with Reiki. Due to the cleansing process, we release pent up emotions, face challenges in our careers and relationships, lose friends and loved ones suddenly etc.

Why do these things happen when Reiki is about peace and love? My answer is, Reiki does not do any harm, in fact it takes you towards your true desires. However, this transition process can be quite painful. Reiki is the path to Enlightenment, your Buddha self. Before the Enlightenment, we go through a phase of spiritual depression. This is known as the ‘Dark Night of the Soul.’ It is the darkest period in a person’s life, when it seems as though everything is stuck. You can lose jobs, relationships, can fall ill, lose money and live in isolation during this time. The longing for a soulmate increases as well.

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A typical dark night phase lasts from six months to four years, depending on the severity of the lessons you are expected to learn. Some say, Jesus was going though the Dark Night phase from the Last Supper to his death on the cross. Buddha went through this phase when he left his comfortable palace and roamed about his lands. He saw some shocking painful truths that he had been unaware of till that time. Every spiritual leader, political leader, scientist, artist goes through this phase.

When the phase ends, you are on your way to success, because after dark comes light. However, during the phase the universe pretty much takes away everything from you. The only thing that remain with you are your talents and gifts. This phase becomes less painful when you become more creative. Also, this is an excellent time to get to know the ‘Real You.’ Once you are out of this phase, you won’t have time for yourself. You will be asked to serve humanity on a large scale. Everything will be handed to you on a platter!

I have observed people usually come to Reiki when they are going through this phase or are about to begin this phase. That is why the cleansing that happens is ghastly! We change completely after coming to Reiki and no matter how painful the transition is, we know we cannot go back to being our old self. Reiki eases the process for you, simply because it makes you strong and indifferent to petty things and situations.

If you identify yourself going through this phase this is what you can do.

  1. Pray and meditate as often as you can. This will increase your psychic abilities and give you the gift of patience. Trust me, you require patience during this time.
  2. Ask your angels for help. In fact cling onto them at this time and keep your focus on your goals.
  3. Send Reiki to your Dark Night of the Soul phase, to end at the earliest. It will remove some of the spiritual blocks.
  4. Help humanity in some way. You can use Reiki for this.
  5. Lastly, perseverence. Stick to whatever you wish to achieve. Look at it as that prize that you will get when you get out of this phase. The universe will anyway grant you all your wishes, simply because you went through this phase.

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Ananya Sen

Ananya Sen

Ananya Sen is an Usui and Karmic Reiki Teacher and is also certified in Magnified Healing. She teaches and reads the Akashic Records, Oracle, Tarot and Angel cards. She is highly aura sensitive and gifted with claircognizant abilities. She lives in Bangalore, India. Ananya can be reached via her email address ananyasen8112@gmail.com. You can also follow her page on facebook.com/Zino-Athens.

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  • divine love August 15, 2014, 6:24 pm

    Dear Ananya ,

    Thanks for answering what was troubling me since long.. I am always inclined to you wanted to write you and today finally when I decided this article popped up. Need your guidance please if I can contact you.

  • Mira August 15, 2014, 10:59 pm

    Simply Stunning…Love & Light..thank you..

    • ananya sen August 16, 2014, 7:09 am

      thanks! hope you resonated with the message

  • kumar August 16, 2014, 6:35 am


    • ananya sen August 16, 2014, 7:10 am

      thanks for reading

  • Nil Kamal Seal August 16, 2014, 7:52 am

    Does Dark Phase comes only when practicing Reiki or does it come in any situations. I mean I got interested in reiki, I do practice it myself, meditate, am learning to control energy and transmit it by myself. And suddenly I had a time of depression recently. Does this proves that I gained a little success???
    And I dont know what Psychic Power is being talked about here, I dont know what psychic powers I have gained. But as an evidence I have good amount of luck, and from young times I could change situations. Precisely speaking what I believe directly turns opposite. I have told none but since you deal with Psychic powers, you could understand. Does that could help me in Reiki???

  • Sneha October 7, 2014, 10:35 am

    Dear Ananya,

    Very Informative and Real – Thanks for Guiding as throughout

    God bless..!!

  • Roni April 20, 2015, 10:22 pm

    Thank you Ananya, i have been going through this dark night phase for 3 years now and yes its very challenging, good to read your article and see there is a purpose to all the pain and clearing. I have ended one long term relationship and lost the love of my life, ended jibs that i had been in for many many years, financially struggled more than ever in my life but i feel the end is not far off now.

  • Nat October 27, 2015, 8:12 am

    Thank you for this article it explains so much about what I have been going through for the past 10 years.
    For me I believe that doing Reiki level 1 kick started this period of the dark night of the soul. But mine has been going for alot longer then 4 years. It has been 10 years for me now since it started. But i believe it has taken this long because I have been in denial and have rejected the process. Things are looking up however as lately I have started to hear spirit calling my name just as I am about to fall asleep. My heart does not feel so heavy and burdened either, and hope is now I my heart.

    Once again thank you for your words
    Love and light xx

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