Have you ever wondered, “What is my purpose here on earth?” Or felt like your life lacks fulfillment, meaning or purpose? Might you be experiencing a spiritual crisis?
What is a spiritual crisis?
A spiritual crisis, also called an “existential crisis,” is a state of disharmony experienced when people question the foundation upon which they have built their lives. They question whether their lives have any meaning, purpose or value.
This can prompt an experience referred to as “The Dark Night of the Soul.”
Eckhart Tolle defines this as, “Some disaster that invalidates the meaning that your life had before. The whole conceptual framework for your life has collapsed, the meaning that your mind had given it. This results in a dark place. Then there is the possibility that you emerge out of that into a transformed state of consciousness. It is a death of the ego—the death of the old self and the birth of the true self.”
What prompts a spiritual crisis?
It is typically caused by a conflict or discontentment within the person or with his life which shatters how his concept of the world works. It can be triggered by a major life transition, i.e., a divorce or separation, change in employment, becoming an empty nester. It can be initiated by a major health challenge, suffering from a trauma, facing the death of a loved one or one’s own death, questioning the afterlife.
An extremely pleasurable experience can also activate it, i.e., a profound spiritual experience (similar to the one I had), a new love partner, a new positive perception of one’s life and existence, or reaching a personally significant age.
The event or experience activates some type of introspection. It causes you to look at your beliefs about life, and how you choose to define your own meaning and purpose through the choices you make.
In my case, it was the profound experience of spiritual awakening that led me on a quest to search for its meaning. It wasn’t a disaster that invalidated the meaning of my life; it was the process of deconstructing my beliefs and reconstructing them to be in alignment with my own truth.
It took years for the different pieces of the puzzle to be brought to my conscious awareness so that I could see myself and life through new eyes. My world view didn’t shift overnight; a new foundation was laid over time through various experiences. It was a long “Dark Night of the Soul.”
What are the symptoms?
During this unsettling time, you can experience anxiety, depression, apathy, confusion, or increased drug or alcohol use. You may be unable to take action or move forward with your life, may feel dissatisfied with your life or vocation, or may notice recurring themes that you are not able to resolve using typical means.
How does it affect your spiritual life?
- Feel emptiness, grief and loss because you can’t sense God’s presence in your life
- Feel abandoned by God which makes you question if a Divine Source even exists
- Feel apathetic about your relationship with God or believe your faith is disappearing
- Question your beliefs about God because your old concepts and images don’t work anymore
- Feel that your relationship with God is obscure or hidden from your conscious awareness
- Not understand the point of your suffering or feel you are being victimized by God or the Universe
- Blame others for “bad” things that have happened to you
- Doubt your self-worth
If this sounds like something you are experiencing, would you like someone to process it with who has been in your shoes and understands what you are going through? Someone who can provide perspective and offer a variety of ways to support you through it? Schedule a Discovery Session with me to discern your next steps.
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