Why do so many spiritual teachings describe our Soul’s journey as going towards the Light?
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Many ancient myths describe how Creation began from a vast nothingness. A void. This space was empty of content but was full of potential. Sometimes it has been described as ‘darkness’ – the biblical story tells us in the beginning there was ‘darkness in the face of the deep’, which is also described as watery. But the truth is that, until the creative impulse activated the void, it was not possible to identify darkness or light. In the Hindu tradition, Brahma was sleeping, but he wasn’t even dreaming. All these old concepts agree that everything we experience in the manifest world originates in the light.
Scientists will agree that all solid matter in our physical environment is pure energy, vibrating at a slow speed. When they split the atom in 1932, they discovered that, despite its unbelievably small size, it releases the most awesome amount of energy as light – ‘the light of a thousand suns’, as it says in The Bhagvhad Gita. Now we all know that, at the deepest level of the created world, there is a treasure house of endless Light. Jewish mystics call this Ain Sof Or – limitless Light. Every cell in your body contains Light. We are all made of Light.
Directed Light and Reflected Light
In Jewish mysticism, God uses the Light to create the world. This Light goes outwards as or yasha – ‘directed Light’, then returns to its Divine Source as or hozer, ‘reflected Light’. So there is a circuit, or loop of Light moving constantly between the Divine Source and Creation. This means there is perfect reflection between the world we describe as ‘Heaven’ and the Earthly manifested world we experience on a daily basis. The heavenly world, where the Light vibrations are so fast there are no solid beings or objects, is home to celestial entities, such as angels, cherubim and seraphim. IF we humans communicate with the invisible, immaterial beings who reside close to the Source of Light, then we close the gap between Heaven and Earth. Changes will happen in our world when we actively get involved in the circuit of directed and reflected Light.
Or and Shefa
Shefa is a Hebrew word usually translated as ‘everflow’, Divine sustenance, or Divine abundance. It’s used to describe the constant flow of energy in Creation. Shefa could be described as ‘life-force’. It is the same as chi, or ki – as in Reiki.
But in mystical literature, the word shefa is often substituted by or – meaning ‘Light’. Because the life-force, the Divine flow of energy, is light! It is shefa that flows out from the Divine Source as a blessing, and it is shefa that returns, reflected back. We are like mirrors for the true Light. We must always ask ourselves: “What is my reflection like in this mirror? Am I reflecting beauty and compassion?”
As the Light unfolds through us, we have the opportunity to choose how we will express it in the world.