What does dark night of the soul feel like?

The phrase “dark night of the soul” is often used to describe a deep and painful spiritual journey of inner transformation. Sometimes also known as an existential crisis, it is an intensely difficult period when one feels isolated, alone and fearful. Even though the “dark night of the soul” is often understood as a time of inner suffering and pain, it is also a period of immense growth, healing and enlightenment.

Index of contents
  1. What Causes the Dark Night of the Soul?
  2. Signs You Are Going Through a Dark Night of the Soul
  3. What to Do During a Dark Night of the Soul
  4. Conclusion

What Causes the Dark Night of the Soul?

The “dark night of the soul” can happen to anyone, at any age. It usually happens when one is confronted with a sudden and unexpected change. During this crisis, one is challenged to unlearn and let go of old, limiting beliefs and spiritual attachments. This process is often incredibly difficult and can challenge every aspect of one’s life, from physical and mental health to relationships and career. It can feel as though one's current identity is breaking down and even lost.

Signs You Are Going Through a Dark Night of the Soul

The signs of going through a “dark night of the soul” are not always immediately evident. Some of the most common signs include feeling overwhelmed by loneliness and loneliness, going through deep levels of sadness, having intense mood swings, feeling isolated and disconnected, and sufferer from insomnia and other sleeping difficulties. Other signs may include feeling spiritually stuck and confused, wanting to keep other people distant, struggling to find meaning and purpose, having moments of clarity and insight on one’s path, and feeling an intense call to explore new religious or spiritual paths.

What to Do During a Dark Night of the Soul

When going through a “dark night of the soul”, the best thing to do is to surrender to these feelings, and to try and embrace it as a part of a process that will ultimately offer inner healing and enlightenment. Although it is difficult to accept at the time, the intense emotions and reflection that occur during this period can bring incredible insight, clarity and direction to one’s life path.

It is also essential to reach out for support and ask for help from friends and family or professionals, such as a therapist or coach. Doing so will both help one to process and accept the emotions that come up during this period, as well as learn and practice the skills needed to survive and thrive during these difficult times.


The ‘dark night of the soul’ is an incredibly difficult period to go through, often filled with anxiety, sadness and loneliness. But, it is also an opportunity to gain self-understanding, expand spiritual awareness and compassion, and discover one’s true identity and purpose. Taking the time to understand the experiences and emotions that one goes through during this period, being kind to oneself, and reaching out for help and support can make a huge difference during this journey.

Nancy Crawford Smith

Nancy is a registered nurse who has trained in various energy therapies, including Reiki and Maya Abdominal Therapy. She uses a combination of body work, energy therapies, and spiritual healing to assist individuals in a holistic healing journey.

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