In December, we experience the darkest time of the year in the northern hemisphere. It peaks at the winter solstice, the day with the least sunlight. But that is the very moment that heralds the turning point and the coming of the light.
In religions and cultures around the world, the dawning of light represents the birth of a new, higher consciousness. Here are some examples from our Living Book:
Your work is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
— Judaism, Psalm 119.105
Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
— Christianity, John 8.12
Him the sun does not illumine, nor the moon, nor the stars, nor the lightning — nor, verily fires kindled upon the earth. He is the one light that gives light to all. He shines; everything shines.
— Hinduism, Katha Upanishad 5.13
God is the Light of the heavens and the earth.
— Islam, Koran 24.35
It is wonderful, Lord! It is wonderful, Lord! It is as if, Lord, one might set upright that which had been upturned, or might reveal what was hidden, or might point out the path to one who had gone astray, or might bring an oil lamp into the darkness so that those with eyes might see material shapes.
— Buddhism, Udana 49
I am blind and do not see the things of this world; but when the light comes from above, it enlightens my heart and I can see, for the Eye of my heart sees everything.
— Native American Religions, Black Elk, Sioux Tradition
Please share with us your own favorite quotes on the light as a metaphor for higher consciousness! You can submit them to our Living Book here at this link.
To Be an Instrument of the Light
Guy Finley, founder of the OneJourney project, has this inspiring message about the light:
We are, at our innermost core, instruments of the Divine…
And the Divine is the Absolute: the total potential realms of all that is Light and Dark.
We are unique creatures in the secret Essence of this unending expanse because not only are we the living instruments of all possible reflections along with their corresponding intonations, but we may know that we “sing ” these colors; we may realize these Timeless Songs of Living Light have their secret origin in the very center of our being.
The Peace of God is the Song of all of His Spheres: It is the music they intone as they spin and spread themselves throughout His universe.
Each orb of cold, dark dense matter — or radiant light-streaming sun pulsates to the rhythm of its own heart; each sounding out its unique song until these tones merge as variegated hues of light scribed upon the perfectly white pages of the Book of Life. All as one they sing the celestial notes of a harmony such as is heard only by Angels on High. Nevertheless, these same Eternal Chords sound in us… and therein call to us to lend ourselves to their transforming intonations.
Listen! The sounds of Love will make you their instrument and pour Peace through you like a breath of fresh air passes through the waiting flute. But don’t try to sing! And fear not the presence of sharps and flats or even the passing tone of some sweet whole note of joy… For the One Who sings has composed this entire Symphony for you.
Just wake up. Open up. Let yourself be played!
As darkness gives way to light this year, in the endless cycle of transformation, let it be a reminder of the illumination of hearts and minds that can elevate the world.
Dr. Ellen Dickstein
The OneJourney Project
P.S. Don’t forget these wonderful ways you can share the OneJourney message with your friends and help spread the Light:
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