Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The Living Light - Part One
“Let there be light,” the Creator proclaims in the opening verses of Genesis.
The Creator's proclamation is Sound, the first manifestation of the Life Force, and is followed immediately by Light. Light is the second manifestation of the Life Force and there is no Life without it. Sound is Life. Light is Life.
“Let there be light,” the Creator proclaims. And where previously there had been darkness, there was now light. And thus began the universe....
In the Old Testament, Moses wonders about the name of the God who is addressing him from the burning bush, and God replies, "I Am That I Am" —a simple but definite statement of identity that indicates both beingness and self-awareness.
In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus says “It is I who am the Light which is above them all. It is I who am the All. From me did the All come forth, and unto me did the All extend.” These are powerful statements. He is proclaiming his oneness with the Light which is above all—the Divine Source, the All, the I Am.
He continues, extending this identification beyond his personal self, to all of creation, saying, “Cleave the wood and I am there; lift the stone and you will find me there.”
With these words Jesus is telling us that not only is he the Light, but that we—and all of creation—are also the Light; that the Light—that primordial manifestation of the Life Force—is in everything, and is Divine, is God. The Living Light, the Divine Spirit, is in all things. The Living Light is the Life Force as it manifests in all of creation.
"Know ye not that ye are gods, and sons of the most high?" says Psalm 82:6.
The implications of this are enormous. And although we’ve heard this (i.e. in various ways from our various sacred scriptures) for years, we certainly don’t seem to act as though we believe it.
Sad, isn’t it?