: producing or seeming to produce light
: filled with light : brightly lit
: very bright in color
Luminous (adj.): early 15c, “full of light,” from Latin luminosus “shining, full of light,” from lumen “light,” related to lucere “to shine.”
Light (n.): “brightness, radiant energy,” Old English leht, earlier leoht “daylight; luminous, beautiful.“
"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in."
Leonard Cohen (born 1934, age 80, Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships.)
"It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it."
Arthur Conan Doyle (Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, 1859-1930, Scottish writer and physician, noted for writing 60 mystery stories of detective Sherlock Holmes and his loyal assistant Watson. These fictional stories contributed to the field of crime fiction. A prolific writer, Conan also wrote fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, and historical novels.)
"How far a little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world."
— The Merchant of Venice
William Shakespeare (1564-1616, English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. He wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long poems, and possibly more.)
"There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
Edith Wharton (born Edith Newbold Jones, 1963-1937, American novelist, short story writer, and designer. She received a Pulitzer Prize in 1921 for The Age of Innocence, and an honorary degree from Yale in 1923. Wharton was also nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928, and 1930.)
The visible reminder of Invisible Light."
T.S. Eliot (Thomas Stearns Eliot, 1888-1965, American essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and “one of the twentieth century’s major poets.” Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, he attended Harvard University receiving his undergraduate and master’s degrees. After spending a year in Paris, he returned to Harvard to pursue a doctorate in philosophy. He returned and settled in England, came influenced by his contemporary Ezra Pound, and renounced his American citizenship and was naturalized British subject at the age of 39.)
"Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand."
Ezra Pound (Ezra Weston Loomis Pound, 1885-1972, an expatriate American poet and critic who was a major and controversial figure of the early modernist movement. Working in London as a foreign editor of several American literary magazines, Pound helped discover and shape the works of T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Robert Frost, and Ernest Hemingway.)
"Love is not consolation. It is light."
Simone Weil (1909-1943, French philosopher, Christian mystic, and political activist, Weil was born to a wealthy, agnostic Jewish family of intellectuals in Paris. She studied and taught philosophy and was known for her radical Marxist views. Hoping to understand the working class, she worked in fields and factories and even participated in the Spanish Civil War. Over time she lost faith in her political ideologies and was drawn to Christianity. Believing in sacrifice and suffering for others led Weil died at the age of 34 from tuberculosis.)
"We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves."
Leonara Carrington (1917-2011, British-born Mexican artist, surrealist painter and novelist and onetime romantic partner of Max Ernst. Her paintings were of women and beasts from myth, folklore, religious ritual. Her father was a wealthy textile manufacturer. Her nanny was an Irish nanny “who entranced her with folk tales.” )
"Whether in the intellectual pursuits of science or in the mystical pursuits of the spirit, the light beckons ahead, and the purpose surging in our nature responds."
— The Nature of the Physical Word
Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882-1944, British astronomer, physicist, and mathematician who did his greatest work in astrophysics, investigating the motion, internal structure and evolution of stars. He was also the first expositor of the theory of relativity in the English language.)
“Forget your perfect offering…” It was like finding a gold nugget when I retrieved the other part to the Leonard Cohen’s quote. Most of us only know this part of the quote: “There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
Oh yeah! Leonard Cohen is so right. We need to let go of our notions and addiction to perfection. We have to risk failure in order to create or innovate?
When my children were in elementary school they would sometimes have play-dates over to the house. Their friends were all good, wholesome, fun-loving, and creative children like my own. Naturally, I was always present and alert on these dates.
On one occasion, I sat quietly and read my book while nearby my 7-year old daughter and her classmate, a little boy, played with Legos blocks. Suddenly, my daughter and this little boy began to swiftly break apart the Legos, making what I thought was a complete mess. I sat still trying hard not to disturb their process. As quickly as they made their mess, within minutes they worked together methodically and effortlessly to build a beautiful castle structure with landscape and trees, kids, and animals.
Maybe this is an analogy to our personal transformational processes, which can sometimes be very messy. Like the Lego pieces the Universe has to sometimes lovingly break down and apart our illusionary selves so we can began to rebuild our authentic selves from the ground up.
Once we have clean slate we can let the Light shine through and then integrate these higher frequencies of energy and gradually ascend to higher levels of being, thinking, feeling, and creating. The bottom line is that when we are able to jettison our false selves, our stories as they pertain to the past hurts and traumas, we will have access to the authentic and most essential parts of ourselves will start to click in.
How do we begin to let go? We do whatever we can to bring more light into our lives in whatever activities that bring us joy, peace, and strength.
My own spiritual practices are journaling, meditating, praying, sitting in nature, especially the water, and walking.
But, my toolbox is unique to me. You must find those devotional rituals that work for you. If you need help ask those who know you best for their insights. Always ask for the inspiration of those who love you and those you can trust, whether it be a partner, a friend, a teacher, a minister, priest, rabbai, iman, or shaman, or your own Spiritual Divine Council.
Also, don’t forget to ask for Heavenly Help, and trust the answers that come back.
I hope your day and week is filled with luminosity and infinite possibilities for creations.
Many Blessings, Tonya