1 archaic: illuminate
2 (a): to furnish knowledge to: instruct; (b): to give spiritual insight to

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Enlighten (v.): late 14th century, “to remove the dimness or blindness” (usually figurative, from one’s eyes or heart).  From 1660s as “supply with intellectual light.”  Literal senses are later and less common in English: “put light in” is from 1580s; “shed light upon” is from 1610s.  Old English had inlihtan “to illuminate, enlighten.”

Source: etymonline.com


“O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.” 

Saint Augustine (original Latin name Aurelius Augustines, 354-430, also called Augustine of Hippo, one of the Latin Fathers of the Church, one of the Doctors of the Church, and perhaps the most significant Christian thinker after St. Paul)

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“As I walk , I light the lamp of my soul. 
As I walk, I light the wick of another’s soul.” 

Sima Mittal (poet, writer, and author of children's and short-stories, who lives in Tanzania)

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“The first step towards true enlightenment is to lighten up on yourself.”

Bashar (spiritual teacher and channel)

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Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of the body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.” 

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, a spokesman for democracy, an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States, 1801–1809)

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“Name and form are simply illusions of separation. Love doesn’t make us blind; rather, it erases the illusions so we can see clearly.” 

Kamand Kojouri (writer, poet, and novelist)


“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of the body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”

Thomas Jefferson

The more we work to align our mind, body, and soul, the more opportunities we have to purify the noise and the flurry of thoughts we experience from stress.  It is at those times, we may need others, sometimes professional assistance to help disentangle ourselves from our sorted imaginations.

After I gave birth to my son, I experienced two years of severe postpartum depression.  Going back to therapy wasn’t an option at at the time.  But, what was an option was to acquire the spiritual growth tools to change, and that’s when I advanced further into spiritual retreats where I did the deep drilling soul.  That’s when I was able to change, exponentially.  Now, that’s not to say that my journey was all rainbows and unicorns.  Most of the time, it was gut wrenching and soul searching events, the number one of which was my divorce.  Sometimes, all I could do was to walk and pray.

One of the most important tools I acquired was the spiritual practice of mindful meditation.  At first, I could barely sit for 10 minutes.  My nervous system was so frayed my body would often shake to normalize itself.  Eventually as I committed myself to a daily contemplative practice, my mind and body began to relax and I was able to focus and concentrate on my goals.   Little-by-little, I was able to rewire and enlighten my brain, body, and soul to new possibilities.  After 25 years, I continue to do so.

Let us enlighten all that we are in the world, sojourners, with primary practices to illuminate our lives, through-and-through.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya







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