“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”–author of the novel Dracula, Bram Stoker
The quote is from the novel’s character, Dr. Van Helsing who is investigating a mysterious illness. He is directing the compliment to the victim’s friend who has typed up pages from the victim’s diary. The work is immensely helpful to the good doctor.
Who hasn’t known at least one strong, helpful person who is present in times of need? Such a person is kind and generous without being a doormat. He has such an abundance of vital love that you can see it like a force-field around his body. When we encounter such a person, we thank our lucky stars for the meeting.
The matter of having a bright, auspicious light within is not restricted to fictional characters, heroic role-models, savior figures, or great leaders. All of us have such potential. We possess darkness, light, and various degrees of both. If we define darkness as the absence of light, we can diminish our dark side by switching on our inner light. This is not always an easy task if we’ve been dark for a long period of time. It may even feel as difficult as re-inventing the electric light bulb. Whether we are dark or display our inner light depends upon how we act. Except for clinical depression, our thoughts and actions largely determine how mentally light we become.
“Be a light unto yourself.”–Gautama Buddha
The path towards increasing one’s human light is not easy, but can be simple. When we choose to walk the the lighted path, it may lead us to places we don’t wish to see. Although the journey will not be easy, when we decide to travel the lighted path we will make astonishing discoveries. When we arrive at those places, the light allows us to carefully examine and explore those vulnerable places. Those places are in the most peculiar locations in the mind. When seen in a different light our particular varieties of wisdom are revealed.
Personal hardship is one of those places. How we respond and recover determines how much darkness we retain after we’ve seen the light at the end of the tunnel. In the best case, we move away from the darkness and towards the light. We continue along the way as doing so becomes habitual. Instead of sulking in the dark, we smile in the light. Somewhere along the path we turned our journey into the quest for knowledge and wisdom.
The brilliance causes one to be so transparent that clarity of mind allows the light to shine through you. Having known darkness we better appreciate light. We know the light has integrity when it is a glowing presence that illumines the way and not a blinding glare clamoring for attention while it obscures humility and wisdom. Having the discernment to know the difference will keep us level-headed. The person who walks in the light does not need to advertise the fact. When we live honestly, with integrity, and humility we are walking in the light.
Today is Human Light Day. We can embrace our unique light within, and shine it on others. This is best done not by proselytizing, but through being kind and compassionate towards our fellow humans and creatures.
The Blue Jay of Happiness ponders a saying by the Turkish author, novelist, playwright, and philosopher, Mehmet Murat ildan. “If you can walk on the light, you get endless paths to go anywhere in the Universe!”