|"Golgotha"- Mixed Media-Artist Collection|
The phrase "Dark Night of the Soul" originally comes from the name of a poem called Dark Night of the Soul written by a Catholic Carmelite mystic named St. John of the Cross. I am a member of the Lay Carmelites in my church and we study this subject extensively. I had a rather long spiritual "Dark Night of the Soul" before my profession and it also included my whole art business,... indeed my whole life as well! If you are curious as to what this state is you may want to check out the Wikipedia explanation here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Night_of_the_Soul
And here is a translation of the poem to read if you are interested: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/john_cross/dark_night.txt
My art that I am making right now has many deep sometimes religious meanings to me- Sometimes I can explain them to my collectors - some I leave the explanations up to their own interpretation. Coming out of the dark night of the soul state... I am more tender, humble, grateful, loving, joyful and a whole host of other things that I wasn't before this extremely painful state. Now I can say with confidence and joy:
"...And thus, speaking of its higher part, the soul then says in this last line:
My house being now at rest."
|"Tree of Life" Mixed Media -Artist Collection|