Principle 55

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The Principle of Light

We all know what light is, right? It is those ephemeral rays that we shine on something that allows us to see. That sounds very elementary, but it is about as good as that which is found in most dictionaries.

If we want to understand light we must go deeper than the dictionary definition. We must examine it more closely.

Consider this. If you were to travel into space you would be bathed in the light from the sun. Yet when you look into space what would you see?


Yes, you would see a few stars resting in darkness but no light from the sun.

Let us say you get a lot closer to the sun and move within the orbit of Mercury. Now you are bathed in several times more light than when on earth, but when you look into space, what do you see?

Again you see blackness and perceive no light from the sun.

There you are close to the sun where space is filled with sunlight, but you do not see it.


The answer is quite simple. Light in this physical reality is only revealed by contrast and shadows. In space there is no object that can cast a shadow so there seems to be no light.

Light is that which reveals.

In space there is nothing revealed to our eyes by the rays of the sun even if we were close to it being drenched in light. The scripture describes this accurately, “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:5

This scripture has many levels of meaning but it illustrates the point that light shining in darkness with no contrast is not seen or perceived.

Even so, darkness is needed to allow light to be revealed. Within the darkness of space sits the earth and when the light from the sun strikes its rough surface the contrast of light and dark reveal many shapes.

In space we not only cannot see the light of the sun, but we cannot see the colors that compose that light. When the light of the sun strikes the earth different elements absorb different parts of its spectrum causing the reflection of partial light in the form of colors.

The light that reveals our world of colors is only one of its aspects. Another that we all use is the light of understanding. Since light is that which reveals – this would mean that light is more than that which we see in the physical world. Understanding is revealed to our minds and when his happens the principle of light would be in play. When a teacher is attempting to enLIGHTen a student’s understanding he may speak of “shinning a light upon the subject.” Then when the student sees the point it is as if “a light is turned on in his head.”

In addition to this physical reality there are many spheres of light beyond that which we imagine. The Bible gives a hint of this, “In thy light shall we see light.” Psalms 36:9

In the higher worlds light is still revealed by contrast, but it is not a contrast of light and dark, but the contrast of degrees of light. In a great light one can see the lesser lights.

Here are some statements on light from my previous writings taken from the Book of Quotes, compiled by Bryan Smith.

“If a light is slowly dimmed to fifty percent strength and then is instantly turned up to full strength, the person is startled as to the intensity. He had no idea he was missing so much light. Even so, with spiritual light; we are often not aware when we are losing it.”

Light also reveals knowledge, which knowledge is light, which light protects from darkness because darkness has no power to penetrate light as light has power to penetrate darkness.”

“You can shine a light and dispel darkness, but you cannot shine ‘dark’ and dispel light.”

“Love is very closely associated with dark, but is the highest correspondence of the female polarity just as divine light is the highest correspondence to the male polarity.”

When a light is turned on in the darkness, the darkness is no more. Darkness cannot extinguish light, but light can cause darkness to immediately disappear.”

“It is a glorious thing to bring light to others. This principle is behind the entire concept of salvation.”

“The joy after a period of darkness and struggle is greater than the peace of one who only basks in the light.”

“Light in its highest essence is the radiation which is seen whereas its true opposite Love is not visible, but lies hid in the esoteric dark of life.”

“The greater the light the greater will be the attack of the forces of darkness upon the light.”

“A work of light is never destroyed by its enemies, but by its friends.”


Copyright by J J Dewey 2015

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