Friday, August 20, 2010

... reflections on light ...

(Mixed-media artwork edited in PSE 8) 

A glow ripples outward from the first spark of conscious reflection.  The point of ignition grows larger and the fire spreads in ever-widening circles, until finally the whole planet is suffused in light~Teilhard de Chardin

God is Light.  God is said to be absolute -- and in physics, so is light.  God lies beyond the manifest world of matter, shape, and form, beyond both space and time -- so does light.  God cannot be known directly nor can light.  ~Peter Russell

I saw light gleaming in the unseen.  I gazed at it continually, until the time came when I had wholly become that light.  ~Abu'life-Hosain al-Nuri

Matter has reached the point of being able to know itself ... (A human) is a star's way of knowing about stars.  ~George Wald

Time and space are but ... colors which the eye makes, but the soul is light ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The light that shines higher than heaven is the very same light we have within us .. There is nothing in the universe that is not myself.  ~Upanishads

Enlightenment is the light that wholeness brings ~Marie-Louise von Franz

We lie in the lap of an immense intelligence, which makes us organs of its activity and receivers of its truth.  When we discern justice, when we discern truth, we do nothing of ourselves, but allow a passage to its beams ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

God does not die on the day we cease to believe in a personal deity, but on the day our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason.  ~Dag Hammarskjold

Having noticed myself recently reflecting a lot on light -- its forms, metaphors, warmth, call, pull, omnipresence -- I thought I would share some reflections by great thinkers on aspects of light.  Hope you find something to think upon among them. 

Know that your presence here sheds light on my path, and for that I am deeply grateful.  May your weekend be filled with light and love.  Bonnie

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  1. and may light and love find you as well bonnie...i turn another year older this hoping for a bit of light...but not so much to singe the cake...smiles.

  2. As always, an enLIGHTening post, Bonnie. Have a nice weekend yourself.

  3. I am de-lighted having found your blog!

  4. Thank you for that, Bonnie. We all need light (physically and metaphorically) in order to survive. I love that mixed media picture too.

  5. Without light there is only death.

    Thank you for your good wishes.

  6. You've included many profound quotes, but the last is my favorite.

  7. Wonderful art and quotes..I copied some to my journal..

  8. Your presence has shed light on my path, as well, Bonnie. And I am grateful. I've also been immersed in light lately, so when I read this enlightening post I smiled all over. Every quote touched me, and reminded me how connected we are all, and how bright we all shine!


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