So you feel weighted down with the circumstances of life.
Dark nights are not extraordinary or rare. Our lives are filled with emotional tunnels: the loss of a loved one or end of a relationship, aging and illness, career disappointments or just an ongoing sense of dissatisfaction with life. Society tends to view these “dark nights” in clinical terms as obstacles to be overcome as quickly as possible.
Thomas Moore in his book, The Dark Nights of the Soul makes a distinction between clinical depression and what he terms the dark night of the soul, a spiritual trial. Maybe you’re overwhelmed but not depressed. Maybe life has sent you a great challenge, and you need a vast spiritual vision to deal with it. “To care for the soul in earnest, you have to learn to appreciate the dark elements as well as the light ones.”-Thomas Moore
Moore’s theme is: wallow in the darkness & find perverse satisfaction in what the sadness has to teach you, until it eventually ejects you back into the light. It leaves its mark but it makes you a person of insight and compassion.
That Dark Night of the Soul opens us to new realms of spiritual experience. It’s easy to miss this moment of grace, especially if we fail to ask deeper questions about what God might be up to.
What practical steps can we take to move through it and grow spiritually and emotionally?
Dark Nights are Both Spiritual and Psychological
St. John of the Cross taught that melancholia, or depression, would often accompany the dark night. For him, it wasn’t an either/or, but more often a both/and. The spiritual and psychological are interconnected. We are not out to solve the dark nights but to be enriched by it.
Often psychologists see depression merely as a neuro-chemical problem that needs to be fixed. Many therapists (Christian therapists included) have little insight into employing spiritual disciplines, or challenging clients to avail themselves of any spiritual benefits. This divide would have been completely foreign to St. Teresa of Avila or St. John of the Cross.
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
DARK NIGHTS ARE ABOUT BRAIN HEALTH!
Your brain is the fattest organ in your body. The human brain is nearly 60 percent fat. We’ve learned in recent years that fatty acids are among the most crucial molecules that determine your brain’s integrity and ability to perform.
Fat isn’t the same as fat. That is to say, usually when we talk about fat, we are referring to adipose tissue, the large oil filled cells that our body uses to store energy (and which make up that pudge you’re trying to lose).
The good fats, or lipids, that work so beautifully in your body-and your brain-are called fatty acids. Essential fatty acids cannot be manufactured in your body so they must come from the foods you eat
The brain does not contain “fat cells”, such as the kind that shrink when energy is scarce during dieting. Yet, if your diet is loaded with bad fats, your brain can only make low-quality nerve cell membranes that don’t function well. Also, all body tissues are affected by loss of nutrients, so in this sense the brain is affected just as the whole body is affected.
Possible therapeutic uses for the ketogenic diet have being studied for various neurological disorders in addition to epilepsy: Alzheimer’s disease (AD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), autism, brain cancer, headache, neurotrauma, pain, Parkinson’s disease (PD) and sleep disorders. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source.
An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis, leads to a reduction in the frequency of epileptic seizures. If this happens in this short term mental disorder which is easy to identify, it is surely is true of long range disorders like Parkinsonism, which is too difficult to correlate. This discovery is HUGE!
Researchers at Harvard University suggest that omega-3 fats (which are also available in supplements, though food sources are preferred) may disrupt the brain signals that trigger the characteristic mood swings seen with bipolar disorder. If these findings hold true in future studies, omega-3 fatty acids may have implications for successfully treating other psychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia.
Certain foods containing omega-3 fatty acids are especially good for your brain. These include:
- Certain cold-water fish (salmon (highest), bluefish, herring, mackerel, rainbow trout, sardines, tuna, and whitefish)
- Fatty cuts of beef, pork, and lamb
- Olive oil and Coconut oil (organic)
- Nuts: Macadamia, Almond are best (Cashew nuts: minimum) (Adds vitamin E, for better brain functioning.
- Whole Eggs
- Butter (grass fed) Mayonnaise (organic) and some salad dressing
- Cheese (Aged, Cream)
THERE HAVE BEEN SOME STUDIES THAT SUGGEST THAT THE LIST OF SOME TRANS FATS ( those in red) HAVE BEEN DEBUNKED.
In contrast, Trans fatty acids become double-bonded, rigid, and thus tend to gum up synaptic or electrical nerve cell communication. They disrupt the production of energy in the mitochondria (the energy factories) of brain cells.
You can easily recognize the “bad” fats (saturated and processed fats), as they’re the ones that have been processed or hydrogenated and remain solid when refrigerated. They are typically found in:
- Commercial baked goods: pies, cakes, doughnuts, cookies, etc.
- Crackers, potato chips, corn chips, cheese puffs, pretzels, etc.
- Processed foods and fast foods
- Whole milk, ice cream
- Processed Cheese
Dark Nights Provide Opportunities for Growth
Yes, there is no shame in availing ourselves of therapy, exercise, support groups, and medication when we need it. Yet, think of depression and melancholy as “gifts” to be enjoyed – and to be learned from…not only to be CURED by a therapist or ERASED by medication. A “psychological issue,” can bring about moments of spiritual awakening. It can strip us of our futile attempts to find God on our own terms and awaken us to a much simpler desire for intimacy with God. People just like to know God, more purely, more simply, more deeply.
Jesus invites the “weary and heavy laden” to find rest in him. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
So ultimately, this may end up being a purging where the old self and its old loves are shed and replaced by a new and deeper love for Jesus: a beloved son or daughter of a heavenly Father who longs to see you whole. You are forced to rely on something beyond human capacity. It can open you up to new and mysterious possibilities It can open you up to a discovery of a new meaning of your life.
We are not talking about a religion that hides behind platitudes and false assurance. There is a real religion and then there is an empty shell of a religion. Spirituality and clarity go together.
Spirituality expands the mind and heart. Some form of contemplation is the core of this spirituality, when you begin to consider the bigger questions in life. The ideal is to both engage in an active life and withdraw into contemplation. One approach serves the other.
CARING FOR THE SOUL OF THE SICK:
It is safe to say that most illnesses are primarily a soul malady and only secondarily a physical problem. Stress causes the major problems in health. People lose touch with their souls and become ritualistic in ways that are destructive: alcohol, money, etc. Emotional preoccupations get in the way. For example narcissism is a concern for self that stands in the way.
Without a philosophy of life or without a reference point you may be swamped by your emotions and believe that your life is meaningless. You begin to live life by superficial values and naive ideas: losing yourself in light entertainment, legal and illegal drugs, and general unconsciousness, like junk food. Our fleshly senses want to be carried away down the steep slopes of pleasure.
Even in ancient times, an inner urge as tempter was called a daemon: the Greeks knew it as an unnamed spirit that had an impact on someone. It can be described as a strong drive in you or in the world that urges you toward some action. It’s not unusual to see a person craving something and at the same time something inside desperately wanting the opposite.
It is possible to face our inner daemons and struggles.
WHO HAS THE AUTHORITY TO DELIVER EVIL INFLUENCES A faithful Christian who is sinless: otherwise the evil spirits will just laugh at one’s sins. “What is there about his word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.” Luke 4:36
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” Luke 10:19 “The one who does what is sinful is of the devil … The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”1 John 3:8 In the Name of Jesus Christ, you can take authority over all evil influences and break these influences over your life. This is accomplished together with one other Christian who is of God or is very close to God.
HOW DO YOU KNOW A DELIVERANCE HAS TAKEN PLACE?There is a definite sense of peace, which envelopes over the one being delivered. You definitely know something has happened.
INSPIRING A NEW OUTLOOK
Perhaps it is time to stop, take a time-out, and attend to the business of filling your soul. The second step is a process of living by radical faith and trust. You demonstrate your faith with a little prayer until all the healing has taken place (minimum daily) whenever you think about it:
“Lord Jesus Christ, I praise You and I thank You for your healing.”
You can be born again. Your God-given reality is the life God destined for you. There are people who are waiting for you to be offered into society. They need you, and you need them.
“A noble and delicate soul sees God in everything, finds Him everywhere, and knows how to find Him. It highly appreciates all things; it thanks God for all things.” St. Faustina Diary 148
JESUS WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU.
On Suffering from Depression
“I love you. I embrace all My brothers and sisters.
Why is there so many people suffering from depression today? Why is it that many find little meaning in life? Why this feeling of emptiness in the hearts of the people?
This is an age that is particularly turned to material things and the pursuit of pleasure. The human spirit cannot be satisfied by following such ways.
The human spirit can only be truly satisfied by following the things of the spirit. You were all created for Me and I alone can fulfill the longings of your heart. If I am not a part of your life nothing will satisfy you in this world.
Every avenue you follow will leave you empty and meaning-less. You might try alcohol, dope, sex, gambling, etc. but these will not bring joy to you but misery.
If you wish to have peace then you have to come to Me, the source of peace. I give peace to My friends and I fulfill the greatest longing of their spirit. Only in Me can you find joy in living and meaning in your life.
Come and open your heart to Me that I may give you all the gifts and graces that you need. Sometimes when people refuse to do what I ask them I have to be severe with them. Because of their rejection of Me, their Savior, they could be struck with sickness, with depression, with insult from others, etc. If you were with Me at those times, I would be there to help you and strengthen you but if you reject Me then you are all alone and it can be very bleak for you.
No, My friends, accept Me as your helper and friend who wants to be close to you. Every person is faced with problems and difficulties and it is not easy to deal with these on your own. Do not disobey Me but be ready to do all that I ask of you.
You will be rewarded and you will be free with joy and peace. Come and pray and I will live in your heart every day.
I will wipe away your tears of hopelessness and loneliness and fill you with My love. I want you completely alive with My hand of friendship on you. Live in My presence always.
My great desire is that one day you will be at home with Me in heaven and there you will be in eternal happiness and never face any more suffering. I bless you all. I bless you.”
The above messages came to Father Melvin Doucette:
Fr. Melvin Doucette was ordained to the priesthood on and joined the Missionaries of Africa for 29 years in Africa. In contemplative prayer every morning, Fr. Doucette receives by interior locution “messages from heaven” to share with the public.
These wonderful God Love Letters can be printed and folded in a tent style.
These meditation cards or inspirational cards can be used as greeting cards that are easily sent by email. Your friends can use them at the breakfast table, in the washroom, in the kitchen or at their bedside.
These biblical words and thoughts speak directly to someone about their specific problem.
God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17 (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE.
The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.
Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.
In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family. The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ. No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY.
BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!
Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is a relationship with God, your Creator, in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles. How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Many Christian disciples use the gift of healing. They also use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress. Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.
HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?
Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth.
Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.
This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.
He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical sense of peace.
DREAMS AND VISIONS
God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart. God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions, when you ask God for it earnestly.
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?
- Christians don’t shout, “I live a clean life!” Christians whisper “I feel lost, but now God found me and God forgives me.”
- Christians don’t speak with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
- Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they try to be strong because they need strength.
- Christians don’t brag about success, but they admit that they fail and they need God to clean the mess.
- Christians don’t claim to be perfect, but God still believes in them.
- Christians still feel the sting of pain. They have their share of headaches but they still call upon His Name.
- Christians are not holier than others. They are simple sinners who receive God’s unbelievable Grace.
Christianity on a Table Napkin:
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will begin. “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.” Luke 1: 49
Are we not like Barabbas who was justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”? And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost, like you.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool”. Isaiah 1:18
You may need some counseling with a pastor, priest or competent Christian worker, who will introduce you to a Short Course on Who is Jesus? Start by reading a short biography of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. Read several verses before going to bed and read the same verse upon arising. He will defend you from attacks of the enemy when you ask Him.
Healing and Deliverance (Ctrl + Click to follow Link)
- Abuse and Trauma
- A Vision of Hell
- Breaking Free of Controlling Spirits
- Can a Smart Person believe in God
- Cigarette and Drug Bust
- Deliverance from Depression
- Deliverance from Drugs and Addiction
- Deliverance from Prison
- Deliverance PowerPoint
- Divine Healing
- Do you Know an Alcoholic?
- Don’t be Afraid of Fear
- Gluttony is Not Merely Overeating
- God’s Protection and Blessing
- Healing and Deliverance General Information
- Healing and Deliverance Instructions
- Healing Hands: Father Melvin Doucette
- Healing of Relationships
- How to Keep Your Healing Once you have Received it
- Insomnia and Deliverance
- Jesus Cures a Blind Man at Bethsaida
- Joy and Sorrow
- Let’s Start
- Lust and its Brother Pornography
- Physical Healing
- Power of Healing
- Prisoner of Unforgiveness
- The Healing Power of Jesus
- The High Stakes of Gambling Addiction
- Three Ways of Self-Deliverance
- Ungodly Soul Ties
- Ungodly Superstitious Beliefs
- Your Part
Where do we go from here?
- 12 Functions of the Holy Spirit
- At the Name of Jesus every Knee should Bow
- Baptized in the Spirit: Being Born Again
- Born Again for Dummies
- Does God have a Special Place in His Heart for Canada?
- Embracing the Call
- From Sea to Sea: Nations keeping God’s Law
- God Wants You!
- God’s Will for YOU
- I Can’t Find God: an Anguish Cry!
- I Have a Right to my own Opinion
- Is there Life after Death?
- JESUS IS MY LORD
- Jesus Says to Come to Me – I Will Make You Happy.
- Joy and Sorrow
- Knowing God
- Life After Near-Death Experiences
- Life can be wonderful but brief
- Living in Glory
- Meditation and Contemplation
- Pathway to Holiness
- Release in the Spirit
- Something Wonderful is about to Happen!
- Spirituality for Dummies
- Suffering does not Rob you of Joy
- The Blood of Jesus Christ
- The Difference between Christianity
- The Faith Factor: We Cannot Please God without Faith:.
- THE HOLY SPIRIT: the Principal Agent of Mission
- The Life and Person of the Holy Spirit
- The Name of Jesus
- The Million Dollar Question
- The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit
- THE PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT
- The Seven Words of Jesus on the Cross
- The Word of God
- Trauma and Abuse
- We Reap what We Sow
- Welcome to God
- What Does God Really Want?
- What does it mean to be HOLY?
- What Is the Difference Between Spirit and Soul?
- What’s Your SQ?
- Who Am I In Christ?
- Who do they say that I am?
- Why Pray?
- World Missions
- Would you like to be Baptized in the Holy Spirit?
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