archaic:  brightened with light

archaic:  intellectually or spiritually enlightened



Illuminate (v.): c. 1500, “to light up, shine on,” a back-formation from illumination or else from Latin illuminatus, past participle of illuminare “light up, make light, illuminate.”  Earlier was enlumyen (late 14th century) “decorate written material by hand with gold, silver, or bright colors,” from Old French enluminer, from Late Latin inluminare, also illumine.



"Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.

Harvey Fierstein (b. 1954, American actor, playwright, and voice actor, best known for his own play, "Torch Song Trilogy" and for playing Edna Turnbald in "Hairspray," and for writing the books for the musicals, "La Cage aux Folles" and "Kinky Boots")  

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"It's what Shakespeare's mission was - to illuminate our thoughts and struggles and bring about the possibility of getting the most we can out of a day as opposed to least in this brief moment we're here."

Mandy Patinkin (b. 1952, award-wing theater, film, and television actor, as well as a producer, director, and recording artist)

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"The more accurately one can illuminate a particular human experience, the better the work of art."

Claire Messed (b. 1966, American novelist and literature and creative writing professor, best known as the author of the novel, "The Emperor's Children)

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"Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create fresh difficulties."

Emil Nolde (1867-1956, German impressionist painter, printmaker, and watercolorist)

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"It is a great blessing to have light in our lives - a light that helps us see things as they really are, light that illuminates our understanding, light we can follow with confidence and perfect trust."

Margaret D. Nadauld (b. 1944, eleventh general president of the Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1997 to 2002)

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"When explorers first encountered my people, they called us heathens, sun worshippers. They didn't understand that the sun is a relative and illuminates our path on this earth." 

Joy Harjo (poet, musician and author of the Mvskoke tribe of Oklahoma)

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It may be that our cosmic curiosity... is a genetically-encoded force that we illuminate when we look up and wonder.

Neil deGrasse Tyson (b. 1958, cosmologist, astrophysicist, science communicator, and the director of Hayden Planetarium)

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"As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too.  Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it.  Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests."

Gore Vidal (Eugene Louis "Gore" Vidal, 1925 – 2012, American writer and public intellectual, known for his wit and polished style of writing)

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“Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create fresh difficulties.”

Emil Nolde


With all that is going on in the world this week, it’s honestly a little challenging to focus, especially after 6:00.  So, I’m going to keep my meditation brief, hoping that you all will understand.

We are globally creating fresh difficulties, for sure.  The question is if we are, as a collective, able to illuminate resolutions to our complex and difficult problems.

I think we are.  I believe we have all that it takes to evolve and make a better world, even in the face of devastations.

Despite our global circumstances, be well and have a Glorious weekend.

Much Love, Tonya


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