Empty Openess, the Spirit Light of Soul and the Journey of MIND
Robert Thibodeau of Mayflower
“When you possess light within, you see it externally.” -Anais Nin
What is light? It’s hard to look into the sun or even a bright electric light, let alone see its true source. So what is light? Can we know light without dark to contrast it? I think of the light of consciousness, the light in another’s eyes as the doorway to the soul. I think of all the people who had a near death experience and claimed they saw the light of peace. There is a light of knowing, a light of imagination, a light of being, a light at the end of the tunnel. I do believe that; I guess I just can’t find the right tunnel. Ha! In the beginning, the first creation was light. Thank God there is light. Who could imagine ‘Dark On Yoga’? It’s ‘Light on Yoga’!
“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” -Kahlil Gibran
How many songs are there talking about the ‘light of love’? Even I have a song with the words ‘I want to be the light on your road, I want to be the light on your rose, set free the heart of your soul’. What about the light of awareness? Nobody says the ‘dark of awareness’. Consciousness and growth, upwardness, goodness, even heaven, depend on light. It’s an old wisdom that it’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness, so let there be light.
“A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is the light of heaven, the light of the stars, sun, and moon. There is the light of enlightenment, the light of dharma, the light of scripture, the light of wisdom. There is the falling light of sunset, eve. There is an inner and outer light. One warms and enlightens the inner side of life.
There is on the shadow side, the fallen light, electricity; known in western esoteric circles as enslaved discarded disintegrating astral bodies, or artificial light. Desire and fear, anger and jealousy, obsession and compulsive actions seem to more fit this negative bardo state which can bring rainbows if we can learn to transform negative experience and perceptions into spiritual insight and light of knowing and loving kindness, compassion.
In spirituality and the mind of yoga, we are not talking about the outer physical light in which we see differences, separation, and contrasting views. Mostly I am talking about inner light, insight, spiritual light, even the light that lights dreams and imaginative adventure, joy. This light of spiritual possibility exists inside us. It exists outside us when we, from our spirit selves, learn to see and feel the unifying principle, the universal light and love available to all of us. Our Higher Self is united with every other, there is a great spiritual oneness, wholeness in the universe. Yet each of us is a unique expression of that oneness. Each of us out of freedom and capacity can choose to explore and unfold a unifying principle of love and truth. Each of us can choose love over hate. Each of us can choose to act out of wholeness, oneness, rather than out of separateness. As the Dalai Lama says, everyone wants to be happy. There is a vast richness inside each of us that is infinite.
“His high endeavors are an inward light
That makes the path before him always bright.”
Light and dark meeting in balance produce the rainbow. Goethe and Rudolf Steiner indicated this. The sky is blue because we look at dark space through light. Looking at light through dark (dusk) we see the red sunset. This can be demonstrated in any classroom and is self-evident once observed. Without light, we could not see with eyes. Goethe thought light itself, over time, created the eye. Light itself is invisible. We see what catches or reflects the light. In an analogy of spirit and matter, light is a spirit force that matter entangles or romances creating consciousness and form. Light and electricity are opposites like good and evil.
Turning on a light can chase away the darkness, but a simple electrical light usually does not banish the darkness of ignorance, delusion, anger, jealousy, fear, and hatred. Nor does a love that lacks wisdom stop an unnecessary war. Only hard-earned wisdom born of compassion and a love that is infinitely patient and wise can be a spiritual alchemy of lasting change and progress.
“A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways – by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognize that the same thing happens to the soul.” -Plato
Light and life (substance) are always in affair. In this respect, theosophy tells us that earth gave us our form and stars (suns) gave us intelligence. Between the upper light of intelligence and the dark life of will, is the heart of love or the middle way. Light, love, and life make the great trinity of a human being.
Light can be cold, warmth can be dark. Love is what reconciles opposites, marrying the higher and lower, giving birth to divine presence. The light of intellect alone can be cold, calculating, even ruthless. Love alone can be naive and foolish. Trees are in nature’s harmony and love and they get chopped down oft for nothing. Flowers are love and they get picked and stepped on. It seems that we need the light of wisdom and the higher love of loving kindness, virtue, compassion, and at-one-ment, union, to find lasting peace and happiness.
“Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light, they say, forgetful of the shadow’s speed.” -Howard Nemerov
When Jesus the Christ said ‘Ye are the Light of the World’, it indicated the possibility of an intelligence holding a world conception. ‘Ye are the Salt of the Earth’ perhaps indicated the need for practical earthy intelligence. Surely the Beatitudes of the New Testament indicate a higher love, a buddhist-like compassion for all who suffer. When both Jesus Christ and Buddha indicated that you will “know them by their deeds,” this is a strong indication that light and love, intelligence and virtue, need demonstration, to be put into action as the Bhagavad Gita of spiritual India infers. The further injunction “By their fruits you shall know them” is a further indication of virtuous actions leading to even a higher fruition of freedom and love/compassion to come in the future.
“Alas! must it ever be so?
Do we stand in our own light, wherever we go,
And fight our own shadows forever?”
-Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton
It is a dangerous thing to live in just ‘good intentions’. The old saying is that ‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions’. To live in just words and pictures, thoughts, is the beginning of spiritual pornography. One lives in pictures rather than reality. One reads a menu but never eats. To live in feelings, even loving ones, that have no head light is to set oneself up to be a victim or fallen flower. It is in the heart where intelligence and love, wisdom and compassion, may learn to meet and agree, learn to die and be born again (Being born into spirit is a teaching as old as time in ancient Egypt, Greece, Persia, India). Hermes is thrice born; spirit, soul, and subtle body! It is in the heart that true light and love is born and reborn. Here the blues turn into the warmth of loving kindness, compassion. The heart, like the sun, can shine all the time.
“The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the heart of the teaching, YOGA is love. It is the union of purified mind (light) with purified body (form). When the magical arts state that each of us is a star, it is both in ‘possibility,’ ‘becoming,’ and in eternal being, spirit. This implies not only coming to light, but also coming into being. It implies a healthy darkness that holds the light, allows you to see the light. These are deep mysteries that modern physics and science touch upon in the discovery that there is a black hole, a dark void, at the center of each star. The light and the dark, the purusha and prakriti of old India, commingle creating the planetary system, the solar logos, the music of the spheres. The void is the dark heart of matter interacting with the universal spark at the heart of our own little planetary system of chakras, colors, tones and notes continually alive and creating. To awaken to spiritual nature and consciousness, the ancient wisdom has given us meditation and yoga. In freedom, each of us can come to ever new insight and compassionate understanding of our self and the universe around us. May all beings find light and love, self-realization, enlightenment, and the virtue of being true to the Higher Self of the world.
“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” -Jung
If in the dark, be the light. If there’s too much noise, movement, light, be the dark stillness calm abiding peace beyond understanding. Be empty to become full.
“The SELF shines in all, but in all it does not shine forth.” -Upanishads
When the light outweighs the darkness, the teacher is present; quick, listen with your whole heart! Heart of love is the bell, truth is what rings us clear in the journey of light. Bless your heart and mind!
“Love is not consolation. It is light.” -Nietzsche
Perhaps in the end, as well as the beginning, it is we who make the light shine. It is we that learn from the light of others. It is we who carry the sweet and heavy burden of light. And how do we carry such a sweet burden as light? By love. And that too in the begginning and end is something we create and co-create, but that is another story.
“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.”
“Light is force, and the latter is produced by the will. As this will proceeds from an intelligence which cannot err, for it has nothing of the material organs of human thought in it, being the superfine pure emanation of the highest divinity itself–(Plato’s “Father”) it proceeds from the beginning of time, according to immutable laws, to evolve the elementary fabric requisite for subsequent generations of what we term human races.” -H.P.Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled.
Robert Thibodeau is an astrological consultant, singer songwriter, metaphysical researcher, speaker, and proprietor of Mayflower Bookshop and Gifts in Berkley, Michigan. He can be contacted on his website at http://web.mac.com/mayflowerbookshop
or by calling (248) 547-8227.