Tuesday, January 8, 2008

"Be a Light Unto Yourself"

So said the Buddha as he breathed his last breath. I have these words in a collage I created. They inspire me. To me they have meant that "the answers are inside you". I have always thought that this was what the Buddha meant. But I decided to look up the word Light. Dictionary.com has 39 results for the word light. Many Buddhist principles are simple. But I think the Buddha meant much more.

For Instance, the first definition that appears is"something that makes things visible , or affords illumination." Hmm... to make things visible. So maybe we should spread that light...or set an example, by searching inside for the answers we seek.

The 12th definition: " the aspect in which a thing appears, or is regarded". How we see what we see is unique to us. When we look deeply, we see what pertains to us. What WE need to know individually in order for our own unique growth to occur.

The 18th definition is "spiritual illumination, or enlightenment." In order to enlighten ourselves we must expose ourselves to things we can learn from: people, words, experiences, the breeze on our faces--Then we must go inside and learn from our experience, enlighten ourselves with what we have been exposed to.

Another definition is "to discover or reveal" and another to"furnish with light or illumination" Perhaps he meant to assist others somehow in relying on their own abilities to discover their truths....

Another incarnation of the word light is " to conceal or suppress one's talents or successes" The light, our own personal light which makes us who we are, the one divinely earmarked for each one of us. But why would we want to conceal our special traits, what makes us who we are?
Marianne Williamson puts it Brilliantly:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. 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."

- Marianne Williamson

I couldn't agree more.

Number 33: "a prospect of success, relief or redemption-the light at the end of the tunnel.
To me this means Faith. For if we are all part of God, we can trust in the infinite wisdom he provides--perhaps through synchronicity, perhaps through serendipity, perhaps through silence.

"to Clarify, or to clear up" I think the more we sit with issues that befall us, the more we understand how they were meant to affect us--what their lesson is for us personally.

"Free from trouble, sorrow or Worry; carefree, light." Ah, to let go, and to let the Universe sort through and recycle.

The word Light in the Quaker Doctrine means "the guiding spirit or Divine presence in each person." Quakers believe that there is "That of God in Everyone" and are charged to Look for that light. That can be a tall order sometimes. So be the light within, that sees God in everyone and everything. As Yoga enthusiasts say at the end of Each practice, "Namaste" or the God in me recognizes the God in you. Like attracts Like, or is it Light attracts Light?

And number 34: "as in to travel light" to be unencumbered by excess baggage ...to let go of anything which complicates......like reading way more into a single quote than the Buddha likely intended. "Be a light unto Yourself" and Don't forget, that you are your best cheerleader.......

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