SELECTED READING NOTES
Monika Wikman's Pregnant Darkness
- “The experience of the nigredo may also take us toward the mysterious root at the core of the psyche, the radix ipsius, the uncreated increatum, into an experience of the void beneath all forms and beneath all words and images” (p. 10)
- “Honoring the stillness, the wordless, imageless, the silence, the space between thoughts – honoring the great emptiness from which we are born—leaves room for the numinous to touch us anew during a nigredo” (p. 12)
- “The fruit of the nigredo, with its inherent psychological release of old forms and psychic investments, is the eventual quieting of complexes and the tiny mind, allowing connection to universal mindfulness to awaken” (p. 12).
- “This is what mystics have known for ages, and what life wants to find in us anew. If we go into the solitary reality of our own being and its interfacings with the infinite, with hearts and eyes open, the energy of our focus, our intent, helps constellate the inner compass, the third thing, which is neither spirit nor matter alone” (p. 14).
- “Roots suck up moisture, minerals, and nutrients in the darkness of the Earth’s soil. They push and grow and reach into the darkness (the bedrock of our existence beyond ordinary ego function), downward, away from the sunlight of the over-world, to both anchor and gather nourishment” (p. 31).
- “Rooting around in the psyche via the religious instinct and then bringing consciousness to the development and refinement of the instinctual process can lead us to the living root, the living reality of the psyche” p. 32)
- “Conscious experience of Eros and the religious instinct leads us in the darkness and through the void to the source of the spring, from which it was created. It is the honing of the longing for the divine that reaches for the living water beneath the surface of our lives. It teaches us how to tend the living spring, to differentiate and live in such a way that sweet healing water arises from within” (p. 40).
- “The religious instinct is like this taproot. It leads us, like the ancient shaman, to inner experience that assists our modern consciousness in linking back down the DNA ladder, the axis mundi, into ancestral memory and then bridging this knowledge with that of the new forms in the modern world” (p. 42)
- “The divine is transforming in the vessel of the soul, and the religious instinct brings her to the vessel to drink those satisfying waters where the divine and human have discovered relationship” (p. 49). “The Sufis tell us that we must court the soul or it will leave us . . . that the divine angel feeds on the essence of our beingness” (p. 55)