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The podcast of the Diversity and Spirituality Network


Dec 14, 2018

Just before the Dark Night came calling, Fiona Robertson felt she was on top of the world. She was the co-founder of an award winning health project, had a charismatic new boyfriend, and felt more physically fit than any time in her life.

Yet in quiet moments she felt that something wasn't quite right. The material success she'd achieved wasn't really giving her peace. Within a relatively short time, a series of circumstances occurred that undermined her carefully constructed sense of self-esteem.

"Becoming the person I had believed I should be did not bring about the happiness or contentment I had imagined it would, simply because it wasn’t who I really was," she writes in her new book, The Dark Night of the Soul: A Journey from Absence to Presence.

Robertson here shares how she navigated the spiritual crisis first described in a poem by St. John of the Cross. She explains how the process involves the disintegration of a false self that masks fear and unworthiness, and the emergence of a mature, stable and integrated true self. She describes what she's learned by comparing her experiences with those of a group she calls her amam cara, a group of friends and associates who've also experienced the Dark Night of the Soul. 

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