January 2008 (Vol. XXI, No. 1)

"Is there enough Silence for the Word to be heard?"

Blessings of the new year, dear companions on the journey. Just as the daily renewal of sunlight sustains the earth, so our inner soul-light nourishes and guides our lives.

"You are the light of the world."

Astonishing! In stillness and silence may you recognize the light you are and the Light you bear. May you more consciously radiate your heart-light out to the world and shine, wherever you may be.

This light is a light which fills at the same time both intellect and senses

... the visible quality of the divinity, of the energies of grace in which God is made known ... This light is a light which fills at the same time both intellect and senses, revealing itself to the whole individual, and not only to one faculty. The divine light, being given in mystical experience, surpasses at the same time both sense and intellect

~ Vladimir Lossky

May the Light that lighteneth Everyone come into this world

May the Light that lighteneth Everyone
come into this world,
pierce the darkness of the age,
so that the tree of life
may survive
and bring forth new shoots!

~ Frederick Franck

You are the living light

You are the living light in every respect.
From You all light shines.

~ Hildegard of Bingen;

The darker the shaw, the brighter is the light

We cannot know that we are illuminated by a great light simply by looking up into the sky. But if we lower our heads and look down at our feet, we can clearly see the long, dark shadow that stretches out from us. We know that the darker and blacker that shadow is, the brighter is the light that shines upon us. Thus, we have been told to look at our own dark shadows [within].

~ from TARIKI: Embracing Despair, Discovering Peace by Hiroyuki Itsuki

Light is present everywhere, yet hidden and unused

Light is present everywhere, yet hidden and unused. It is covered over by the denseness of our desires and a collective unconscious that has little space for the divine. Working with the light of the soul will open us to a new level of interconnectedness, a knowing of our oneness. This knowing is necessary for the evolution of the planet. It contains the knowledge of the future, a knowledge that is based upon oneness rather than duality.

~ from SPIRITUAL POWER by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
Spiritual Power: How It Works
By Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee PhD

Intuition is a language of light

Intuition is a language of light through which
humanity and God intercommunicate.

~ Walter Russell

Behold the Divine Light within

Behold the Divine Light within
a place of giving
a place of gratitude
a place of Love.

May Divine Light fill our hearts
with Love
to be poured out
into the world ...

~ Mary Southard

Teach me to seek You in all that has life, that I may see You as the Light of light

You are above me, O God
You are within.
You are in all things
yet contained by no thing.
Teach me to seek You in all that has life,
that I may see You as the Light of light.
Teach me to search for You in my own depths
that I may find You in every living soul.

~ A Celtic Prayer thanks to J. Philip Newell

We must go into our own darkness in order to unleash the light within

I invented what I call the Invisible Art and Light technique. In normal light the painting appears one way, and when you turn on the black lamp, the beams of light emerge. It is also a brilliant metaphor. If we look with our physical eyes we see only the surface of the message. But when we look with our spiritual eyes we see so much more. We see the light that is given as a gift from Heaven. And isn't it interesting that a black light is used to see the whole picture? In the same way we must go into our own darkness, the things we hide because we are ashamed, in order to unleash the light within. It is only when we give our whole selves to God--the positive and the negative--that we are enlightened.
 

~ Jacqueline Ripstein in THE SECRET OF THE BELOVED DISCIPLE by James Twyman

Whwat you see in the inner world is the light that sees

When you turn within you think you see a light. What you think is the light that you see in the inner world is the light that sees, not the light that can be seen. This is a different kind of light, not the kind of light that can be radiated from a source. This is the all-pervading light. Think of yourself as that light, then your aura will burn more brightly.

~ Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

In the silence we feel the Light penetrating, recharging, purifying

In the silence we feel the Light penetrating, recharging, purifying, blessing us. We identify with the Light. Words and thoughts opening from this depth will have life--the Life that will create and endow all things with good.

~ From SILENCE by Flower A. Newhouse

The more light you allow within you, the brighter the world you live in will be

Let go into the clear light, trust it, merge with it,
and enter the Silence, your true home.

The more light you allow within you, the brighter the world you live in will be.

~ Shakti Gawain

One day, while walking on the beach, I saw the reflection of the sun on the water

Crying was my most constant companion. One day, while walking on the beach, I saw the reflection of the sun on the water. Inexplicably, I felt a sense of a Presence larger than life itself after seeing a patch of light differently than ever before. The light image kept me alive ... I was suffused with love. I had sensations of warmth from the light coming into my body and entering each cell, having awareness of my whole body in a startling way. It felt comforting, life-changing and dramatic, yet peaceful. I was able to function again. My most important focus became to deepen my experience of being suffused by the light.

~ from MANTLE OF ROSES by Virginia Swain

Two friends anchored to a third, spiritual center form a rock-solid foundation

True friendship exists when human beings share a love of goodness and truth. Two friends alone, like two legs on a table, offer a wobbly situation at best. But two friends anchored to a third, spiritual center form a rock-solid foundation to support everything that comes: hardship, suffering, exaltation, love. True friendship between two human beings exists only when there is a third Friend present: call this third friend God, or simply the Sacred.

~ from GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT by Kaufman and Zalinski