What is ‘Light’?
It’s used a lot these days in the metaphysical circles, but what does the term ‘Light’ really mean? Surely, it means the greater, omniscient, omnipresent Spiritual Essence known as God, Nirvana or as any number of other names. But ‘Light’ also means the essence of Spirit that resides within each of us – that “core” or “seed” of the Spirit of which we are reflections -in all our humanity- as we go through this human existence.
Spiritual texts -across a multitude of religions and cultures- support this idea of individuals being part of a greater, spiritual whole, and these same texts, time and time again, encourage us to first look within ourselves to discover our true essence -our individual connection to Spirit/God/Nirvana/Light.
The practice of ‘looking within’ reconnects us to our spiritual centers, but the process also encourages a certain self-examination of our behaviors, actions and emotions. With continued practice, we learn a number of things – patience, love, compassion, and respect, self-responsibility, and a certain consciousness of our actions among them. We become more connected and aware of each moment, we become more self-reliant and more independent while also becoming more and more aware of our interconnectedness with others. We discover that we really are reflections of this Spirit -this Light, and we strive to reach our highest potential as human beings in this life, and beyond.
So what is ‘Light’? It is our connection to Spirit, our connection to ourselves and others, the ability to be fully human, and the ability to reach our highest potential as reflections of Spirit/God/Nirvana. ‘Light’ is also the human potential to excel, to succeed, to be independent and responsible, to become aware, to expand… and yes, to evolve naturally.
With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.
– Dalai Lama
The kingdom of God is within you.
-Jesus, The Bible
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