DRINKING THE DRAGON
Stories of the Dark Night of the Soul
By Patricia Ariadne, Ph.D.
Who among us has not suffered a Dark Night of the Soul triggered by a human incident that “stops us in our tracks”? Any tragic loss of life, health, relationships, sexual innocence or livelihood can trigger feelings of depression, isolation, or questioning the purpose of one’s life. Ariadne, using real incidents, outlines the ensuing stages to recovery.
In the initial stage there may be a withdrawal from social/family relationships which slows down the hectic pace of life and its distractions. During this time of quietness and self-absorption, one has time to reflect and review what is truly important in fulfilling life’s purpose.
During the Dark Night of the Soul comes the important work of enduring the many emotional and physical symptoms that can be manifested in lethargy/ hyperactivity, anxiety, and confusion. Ariadne cautions to withstand the tendency to cover those feelings with overeating, drinking, or heavy medication because it is in suffering that one begins to connect with the Divine on a conscious level. This time allows healing to occur if we realize that our lives have a design; that we are not alone; ultimately we connect to the heart of a Higher Power.
After “Drinking the Dragon,” a period of transformative suffering, a person can emerge as a blessing not only to himself but others with projects related to the specific loss.
I highly recommend this book in dealing with the many recent losses. It is spiritual, timely, inspiring, engaging, well-referenced, and educational.
Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun