Beyond the Dark Night: The Path of Ecstasy

Do you have to undergo a "Dark night of the soul" or can your spiritual path be about embracing the Ecstasy of Existence?
Back when I was living with a Medicine Man, I asked him how long it was going to take to get to the place I wanted to be, and he said, "It depends..."
"Are you going to take the path through heaven, or the path through hell?"
A lot of people take the path through hell, but let's take a look at the path through heaven - the path of ecstasy.
(The Path of Ecstasy is one of a series of Mystic Awakenings people experience in The Ouroboros Society.)