December 1996 (Vol. IX, No. 11)

GREETINGS and BLESSINGS from the silence, friends. May these darkest of days that lead to renewed light be a reminder to each of us to live according to our own highest light. Thus, will more light be given. May we remember to pause in the mist of this busiest of seasons to listen in reverence to the heart's voice.

As we let our own light shine

We are born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

~ Nelson Mandela, 1994 Inaugural Speech

When we no longer feel threatened in the presence of light

When we come to believe in the Divine-Within and trust it to know its path, fearlessness begins. When we no longer feel threatened in the presence of light, we can be admitted to the high and holy way.

~ Carol E. Parrish-Harra

I am the light

I am the Light.
The Light moves in me.
The Light moves through me.
The Light surrounds me.
The Light protects me.
I am the Light.

~ from WALKING IN BEAUTY by Dick Olney

Light for my darkness

Open unto me ... light for my darkness.
Open unto me ... courage for my fear.
Open unto me ... hope for my despair.
Open unto me ... peace for my turmoil.
Open unto me ... joy for my sorrow.
Open unto me ... strength for my weakness.
Open unto me ... wisdom for my confusion.
Open unto me ... forgiveness for my sins.
Open unto me ... tenderness for my toughness.
Open unto me ... love for my hates.
Open unto me ... Thy Self for my self.


What is to give light

What is to give light must endure burning.

~ Viktor Frankl

And the light shone in the darkness

And the light shone in the darkness and
Against the world the unstilled world still whirled
Above the center of the silent WORD.

~ T.S. Eliot with thanks to S. Charlene Schafer

The face of the child was glowing with light

I turned off the light and drifted into that floating sensation, not asleep but drowsy, half awake and half asleep. Often, while in this state -- lovely, unknown faces float before me -- but this morning the experience was different. A perfect face of a child came before me in profile -- then it turned and smiled at me. It was glowing with light and seemed to fill my own head with light. I was aglow and excited and thought, "This must be the Christos"; but something within me, without sound, said, "No, this is you." I feel I will never be the same again and some day I may experience the "Promise".

~ from THE LAW AND THE PROMISE by Neville Goddard

Watching for light was her vocation

Watching for light was her vocation. Light and life were one and the same thing. There would be no life without light; it was the beginning; it was the substance that made things visible, that brought humanity to an awareness of what cannot be seen. It could enhance a thing and make it holy. This she had felt in her life as in her work, a sense of reaching for harmony beyond the human experience through light itself.

~ Ruth Bernhard in GIFTS OF AGE by Charlotte Painter

A soul with no light

A soul with no light will always come to know Light because there is so much assistance provided to each soul at all times.
~ Gary Zukov

There is a light in you which cannot die

There is a light in you which cannot die; Whose presence is so holy that the world is sanctified because of you.

~ from C.I.M. with thanks to Sherry Blanchette

The Light that shines in the Silence

The Light of God surrounds you,
The Love of God enfolds you,
The Power of God protects you,
The Presence of God watches over you;
Wherever you are, God is.

KNOW that all who live in the magnified Presence
are forever advancing towards the moment of
Great Realization
in their lives.
The Light that shines in the Silence,
in that space of Awakening,
is beyond the brilliance of even the greatest Sun.
It is the Light of your Heart.
and your Heart is the Morning Star.
O listen if you would,
for therein lies a teaching.

~ Jim Berenholtz

The gate that silence opens

The gate that silence opens up within us leads to light.

~ S. Wendy Beckett