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237: Dark Night Of The Soul with Liyana Silver

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Hi, I’m Alex!

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Today’s show is about owning all the parts of yourself, including the one we call the “dark night of the soul.” If you’re not familiar with the phrase, you’re probably well-acquainted with the feelings that characterize this state. Let’s jump in together and learn more!

Liyana Silver is a good friend, coach, and author. We’ve known each other for years. Liyana’s teaching is called “Mining for Gold in a Dark Night of the Soul.” She’s an amazing coach who helps women move through their dark night and into their bodies and souls. Her first book is called Feminine Genius: The Provocative Path to Waking Up and Turning On the Wisdom of Being a Woman.

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Show Highlights:

  • How to know if you’re in the “dark night of the soul”
  • Markers for the dark night of the soul:
  • Parallels between trauma and the dark night
  • The need to get to a safe space after trauma
  • Why this technique is a stripping away process
  • Why we need to go through this experience with a different lens
  • Why it’s so difficult to feel our feelings
  • What your brain tells you 
  • Having the presence of mind to survive
  • How the dark night is a form of feminine energy
  • The hormonal flux and its feminine cycle of life, death, and rebirth
  • What Liyana has seen with clients and their healing work
  • Concrete practices to get through a dark night: #1 is breathing
  • What Liyana’s course involves and who it is for