Tag: Wisdom

Let Your Inner Light Shine

Wisdom, regardless of tradition, has common threads. Wisdom comes from listening to our Selves and connecting to our true nature. This often comes as a consequence of experience and of unbecoming. Wisdom can also be sought after or through traumas and life challenges.

In many traditions, the theme of “light” surfaces as a source or an expression of wisdom. In reiki, our visualizations of the life force energy is picturing bright white light flowing through living beings. The symbol “Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen” is one of healing through time and space, as it refers to our “inner light”. In yoga, we cultivate the practice of “love and light” and the greeting “Namaste” essentially means recognizing in the light in one another. Many writers have compared us to stars; even scientist Hubert Reeves says we’re stardust. My Cree name, Bright Star Woman, is not meant to emphasize my difference, but rather to remind me of my ability (and duty) to connect to my Self. The Buddha said: “if you light a lamp for someone, it will also  brighten your path”.

It’s all about awareness and cultivating who we are through self-honouring practices.

People who are aligned with their values, life choices, passions, purpose tend to have a “glow” and be very magnetic. This has little to do with being outgoing and everything to do with the love they emanate. The love for their families, their jobs, their lives… their self-love.

When you possess light within, you see it externally.  ~Anaïs Nin

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.  ~Kahlil Gibran

As humans, we’re drawn to happy people, kind people, successful people, loving people. We want to be near them, know their secret, share in the light.

We are our own light. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded.

Our journeys are very much lit from the inside.

We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light.  ~Earl Nightingale

We are love and we are light, so naturally, we gravitate to these people because they remind us of our true natures and of our potential. What we need isn’t indoctrination or strict rules, all we need is a light to show us where we are. From there, we can take steps in the direction we feel is right. My interpretation of the following Benjamin Franklin quote is that often times, we don’t need to be told what to do or where to go, but we simply need a light (to be shown our own inner light) and we can find our way on our journeys.

Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.  ~Benjamin Franklin

We are our own light. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded.

Tell me how you’ve found your light? How has someone reminded you of your light, through shining theirs?

Book Review: Manuscript Found in Accra, by Paulo Coelho

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Manuscript Found in Accra, by Paulo Coelho

As part of my goal of a more frugal, intentional lifestyle meets my love of reading, I’ve been known to hang out at the municipal library. A lot. In the last year, I’ve read a lot of light, fun novels but I’ve also started to return to Paulo Coelho, and other more philosophical reads or non-fiction with a personal development twist.

I used to love EVERYTHING Coelho published, until I didn’t. After The Witch of Portobello, I took a break. I didn’t feel compelled by the writing anymore so I knew that I needed to step back. Sometimes, authors go through phases, but so do readers, even the die hard fans.

When I got back to his work, I decided to read Brida, which was a contemporary story about a young Irish woman who wished to reconnect with witchcraft. It was a beautiful story that flirted with some New Age concepts such as Twin Flames. Coelho is fascinated with mystique, spirituality (The Alchemist), the history of religions, human nature (By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, Veronika Decides to Die, Eleven Minutes) and relationships (Love: Selected Quotations, The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession, Adultery). He also seems to be drawn to matters relating to lightwork and purpose, as he’s more obviously expressed in works like The Warrior of the Light. Essentially, his books, whether they’re fiction or based on facts, are about the journeys we make and how those journeys influence our lives.

Book Review: The Manuscript Found in Accra, by Paulo Coelho

The Manuscript Found in Accra is one of those books based on fact. Coelho brings to life the reality of people in Jerusalem, on July 14, 1099. The city is waiting for the invasion of the crusaders who have surrounded the gates. Inside the ancient city walls, the people have gathered to hear the wise words of a mysterious man known only as the Copt. They ask him questions in the hopes he’ll share his wisdom about life.

Although this is not written in poetry but in prose, the structure reminds me of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. In his poem, Gibran tackles complex topics in simple terms. Coelho achieves the same thing with similar complex subjects that have puzzled humankind for centuries. They both speak of love, success, work and family. Both books share a teacher to student interaction, speak to crowd, wise to curious. They share the quality of easily being referenced beyond their initial read. I’m sure that if we compared them more carefully, we’d find even more similarities. Both narratives begin with a wise man leaving his legacy to a village before an end; in one case, the prophet departs while in the other, the city will be under siege. The other difference is that Gibran’s work is his perspective on life and spirituality presented in the form of fiction, while Coelho’s work is about a historical event, interpreted.

As I remind myself that nuggets from Coelho’s Manuscript Found in Accra came from an ancient document, I’m impressed with the relatability of the discussions and concerns. Many of the observations made are still applicable today! It reminds me that there has always been hope for the awakening of our collective consciousness but that through history, our metaphors evolved and slowly but surely, more of us now wish to lead conscious lives.

We seek to reconnect with our true natures, we often look for a godly presence in our lives or wish to find the sacred. We yearn for harmony, we wander looking for purpose and we crave meaning.

What books have led you to reflect on human nature, purpose and spirituality?

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