The human soul yearns for light, both literally and metaphorically. The light of life is not just a part of the holiday season, but a part of us that burns throughout the year.
I first encountered the concept of an inner light in Sunday school as a child. Matthew 5:14-16 says: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
In graduate school I studied the works of Wilhelm Reich who stated that “Love, work, and knowledge are the wellsprings of life.” His belief was that these form the healthy core of all individuals and that the purpose of therapy is to remove the armor people develop to protect their “light” (i.e. core) from the external world. He stated that healthy functioning is about regaining the ability to express the three core impulses of life freely and appropriately.
Most recently in my yoga practice, as well as in Michael Singer’s book The Untethered Soul and other readings, I have repeatedly encountered the idea of opening one’s heart in order to free oneself from false attachments and allow the love within to shine.
I am reminded again and again that all of these influences – religion, science, and philosophy – are reflected in the concept of natural skills. What are your natural skills if not your own inner light? The joy and meaning that comes from the intentional use of your natural skills is what fuels your inner light.
There’s no better time than the holiday season to discover or renew your awareness of your inner light, to let your inner light shine in all its unique beauty!
Take a moment during the holiday hustle and bustle and ask yourself, “What do I do to nurture my own inner light? What can I do to let it shine more brightly on others throughout the year?”
We’d love to hear your answers if you’d like to share by leaving a comment.
Wishing you a light filled holiday season!
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