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Night Cleansing

Here is a phenomenon that is occurring for me as I get older: I call it "night cleansing."

I am someone who usually sleeps well. But every couple of months now, I wake around 3am and cannot get back to sleep. My mind is churning with old experiences, old places and people, old dilemmas, people I haven't thought of for years, and on and on. There is nothing to be done with or about all this churning. But here is what makes it a "night cleansing": when I get up as early as usual, I am energetic and lighter and don't even miss the sleep for the rest of the day, though part of the thought churning was how tired I would be when I got up!

I expect that this phenomenon is an expression of what Fr. Thomas Keating calls "Divine Therapy." After a certain age, especially if you have been considering your inner life for most of your adult years like I have, some Divine Energy takes over the process and "cleanses" your soul in the way I just described. Layer after layer...preparing the soul, I would add, for its final release in dying.

I love this way of considering the inner workings of the soul. I find it consoling and inviting...and the night cleansing experience a direct response to my prayers of surrender and releasing old hurts, misunderstandings, childhood misinterpretations, and my long history of interpreting ( and misinterpreting) tumultuous events everywhere.

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10.09 | 21:59

Hearing you! MB

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30.07 | 19:22

As someone journeying with people receiving palliative care, I read the article on liminal spaces with much appreciation and resonance. Thank you!

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01.04 | 20:45

Thanks, Mary Beth...that is how it felt in that moment. And still says with me. Thanks for commenting...

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01.04 | 16:45

Have only peeked into your poeming on Easter Sunday...and lo....feel the paschal mystery, soul'd mystery proclaims Exultet...in a very interior manner! Thanks s

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