At 17 years of age when I first read The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran I didn’t have words for ‘the physician within.’ I now would call that force The Inner Teacher or The Heart Self or the Big I. I seldom heard any reference to the “dark night of the soul” except briefly in church or in literature. I had never met anyone who would have admitted having that test of consciousness. And possibly I didn’t even know anyone who was highly committed to growth and developing their human/soul potential to the point of facing and going through the “dark night of the soul.”
As I read the total quotation following now, I see it as a reference to the “dark night of the soul” when we must heal ourselves and take a quantum leap forward in mental, emotional and spiritual development.
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your
Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility:
For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,
And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the
Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.”
― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
As we go through our toughest lessons, we cross a threshold of consciousness taking responsibility for our pain. We stop our victim-hood and admit we made unfortunate choices. We then can claim objectivity and pursue our path on the Map of Consciousness. Once the lesson is won and the learning is accomplished there is freedom from limiting thoughts and many agonizing emotions.
What a break for Super-Aging in health, vitality and peace.