It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. Joseph Campbell
What is it about the dark night of the soul that opens us up, if we surrender to the experience and decide to learn from it? I think it has to do with facing our fears of not being enough, whether that is ‘good enough’ or ‘smart enough’ or ‘strong enough.’ The stumble just alerts us to where we need to look. When we choose to look into the darkness and face ourselves and the stories we are telling about how terrible, horrible, awful it is in the abyss, we have the opportunity to grow. We are moved by our unconscious thoughts and actions, just as surely as our conscious thoughts and actions. If we leave these motivators in the space of the unknown, we often find ourselves experiencing patterns that reincarnate into new situations and relationships. That which we resist… persists.