If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
– Chinese Proverb
Can all of this truly come from light? Yes, according to every great spiritual teaching. The light is not some external illumination but instead an internal affirmation of the truth, power, and presence that abides within each of us. I remember how I saw the light leave my dad’s body, when he died. It was not something I could see with my physical eyes; it was something I felt with my heart. But I could also feel that the “light” — the energy he truly was and is — was not gone, but rather now a part of everything and certainly part of me.
Our healing answer will never dawn on our mind when we think this person or that situation is hopeless. Healing will only occur as we focus on the truth: the light within each one of us – the light that connects us to each other and to our Source.
The darkness of our lives has become the focus for many of us today. We see devastation around the world, we hear of shootings in our neighborhoods, and we experience our own acts of anger and judgment. What can we do?
This lesson says, “We do not want to see the ego’s shadow on the world today. We see the light, and in it we see Heaven’s reflection lie across the world.” It then asks us to practice this thought: The light has come. I have forgiven the world.
When we dwell in darkness (feelings of anger, depression, fear, guilt, etc.) we allow the shadow of the ego to permeate our view of the world. How can we hope for peace when we dwell in darkness? Even if peace were present (which we are assured it is), we would not see it, for our focus is distorted and clouded by the darkness.