Spiritual Mood Swings

What feels like backsliding in the middle of the journey is actually a return to parts of yourself that need spiritual attention. The soul is constant; only your perception changes. You see yourself leaping forward or falling back. You find inner peace only to lose it again. You struggle to overcome discouragement and the temptation to reclaim the normal life you had before this whole seduction of spirit lured you in.

Every self is provisional. “I” is temporary and subject to everything that time brings: One day it was born, and one day it will die. The ego shifts constantly. We experience this whether we’re on the path or not.

No matter whether “I” feels victorious of defeated, elated or discouraged, these are mere phantoms compared to consciousness itself. Out of consciousness everything else is built. The world consists of images on a screen, and consciousness is the steady light that emanates from the projector.

It would be tidier if spiritual seeking were just a matter of enduring one dark night of the soul, after which you would feel secure in you link to God. But there are many dark mornings of the soul, many shadowy afternoons and dim twilights.

The middle of the journey concerns all the things Jesus taught his disciples about reaching God-consciousness. In the middle of the journey, moments of ecstasy appear, along with periods of being surrounded by love in all directions.

Such episodes occur in every life; it’s not necessary to see yourself on the spiritual path. But the path is about such moments; it provides focus and direction so that love can expand, filling in the blank spaces where it is lost sight of. You announce your intention to reach the kingdom of God, and in response, God’s love steadily draws you closer.

Adapted from The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).


Zee Kallah
Past Member 6 years ago

Burn then, dark night of fire.
Purify and sanctify my desire.
Desire for HIM!
Burn then in pain.
Consume all things vain
that I may again
know HIM!

Emma S.
Emma S6 years ago

It's a good reminder that we don't just move forward all the time, or in straight lines.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Sara Towe
Sara Towe6 years ago

I council in soul awareness and I tell me people that to feel your knowledge through the soul for the soul can never lie, it is your God connection, then trust your heart with this knowingness and all that is needed to be known goes to your head. In other words stop thinking it, feel it for when you do you will know all that you need to know in that time.

beverly g.
beverly g.7 years ago

no sure i understand it

Sue Ritchie
Sue Ritchie7 years ago

If only we could all open our eyes with the lids closed.

Beng Kiat Low
low beng kiat7 years ago


Dianne D.
Dianne D7 years ago

I get this. Especially the first sentence hit home for me.

Dot Alexander
Dot A7 years ago

This entry reminds me how healing the heart rhythm really develops.

Our hearts learn to beat in their own 'musical' variation to our individual life. In music, the beauty of the piece is in the variations, and as we accept the 'highs' and 'lows' we gather the story and the meaning. A one beat melody does not hold our attention, does not create beauty, does not inspire feeling. Our spiritual swing is our spiritual song. There will be many moods revealed, and repeated, yet, never sung the same way twice. Once I grasped my melody and began to understand my spiritual song, I heard much more musical all about me.

- the UniVerse -

Bb La Desh
.7 years ago

Thanks for the reassurance!