Pierced by the Dark Ray of Infused Contemplation, the adept sees no immediate remedy from the awful desolate landscape which presents itself. Recollecting past spiritual gains only intensifies the grief of its loss. Advanced adepts who have entered into the Dark Night of the Spirit and who have accumulated past merit, experience tremendous grief in the sudden and all-encompassing realization of just how far removed they are from such former consolations. They despair of never being able to regain them in the same form as before.
Added to these great lamentations is the fact that these adepts who have now been baptized in the Dark Contemplation no longer find any solace in former spiritual doctrines or spiritual teachers. Any form of consolation offered from these spiritual guides only compounds the affliction. In truth, therefore, there is no viable remedy. Until the Unborn Spirit has finished these final purifications, nothing—no remedial cure—will help to dispel the anguish that must be endured totally alone and unaided. The adept will remain as such until one’s spirit is humbled and tempered, until one becomes so soft and supple and refined that one enters the Unitive Enterprise—the final Unitive Encounter with the Unborn Mind.
Even though the adept would prefer to have it otherwise, if this encounter with the Dark Purifying Agent is authentic, the Dark Night of the Spirit will last for an indefinite number of years, despite the intensity of the Unitive Purification. Although, during this process, the Unborn Spirit will grant intervals of relief in which the Dark Contemplation temporarily ceases the purgation and its Dark Ray issues-forth direct Illumination upon the adept’s spirit. This is when one feels that they have been released from the confined belly of the beast into the Absolute Freeing Boundlessness of the Unborn. One now experiences the sweetness of what the final absolvement and Union with the Unborn will be like.
The adept perceives that this Illuminative Reprieve is an indication that the Dark Purification is working and that one’s present tribulations will finally cease. When the Imageless Hand of the Unborn touches the adept, one feels that everything experienced as difficult in the past is finally over and that one will never be far from Spiritual Blessings ever again. But alas! When the reprieve ends the tribulations intensify even more terribly than before. The veil of Dark Contemplation descends once again and leads the adept evermore into a deeper-degree of spiritual-darkness. Again, the adept is terribly alone in the Void anguishing that the former blessings may never return.
Since the Dark Night of the Spirit is an actual impediment to the faculties and affections, the adept’s spirit cannot even lift itself-up and pay homage to the Unborn. Truth be told, this is no time to engage in any former form of discursive meditation. The adept must slowly learn to accept the lingering purgation, knowing full well that of oneself one can do nothing—even regular mundane business is hard to navigate. One may even slip into altered-states of consciousness and such profound periods of forgetfulness that long stretches of time pass-by unawares. One finds it very hard to focus, even on the most simplest of tasks.
The memory, too, is stripped-clean of cognitive content. This predicament is due to the effect of the interior-recollection that is totally absorbing the spirit. One also experiences longer durations of withdrawing from and being less-interested in all creature comforts. The more precisely and purely the Dark Ray strikes the spirit, the more radically it eradicates one’s particular attachments to all things in the earth and in the heavens. Piercing the adept’s spirit with Divine Light, the Dark Contemplation actually transcends the spirit’s very nature. Once again, all former natural perceptions and affections are darkened as one is now illumined with Unborn Light. Gradually one transcends all former associations and now directly perceives, through the Translucent Darkness, the ever-abiding Light of the Dharmadhatu—True Reality. Thus, to paraphrase the Apostle, the spiritual-one sees into all things—even unto the deepest things of the Unborn.