After yesterday’s letter about light, I read that when someone is initiated into Sufism you say, “May you find the path that leads to the purpose of your life, illumination.” That a Sufi’s work is to help other become conscious that they are beings of light. I think I have written you before about people who have an aura. My friend, William, talks about Mother Theresa in that regard. Another friend, Ellen, says she felt surrounded by light when she was in the presence of the Dali Llama. Other friends talk about a grandmother, an Aunt or Uncle, that seemed to exude a certain spirit that made them calmer, at peace, and good about themselves and life. I think all of us know someone or somebody who just carry themselves in a special way, where being in their presence seems like being sprayed with magic water.
Perhaps that is what Sufis mean by helping other be conscious that we are all beings of light. I think of entering a beautiful church lit by candles and golden rays of sunlight pouring through stained glass windows. I am drawn to just sit in the pews and soak in its awe-inspiring magnificence, and as I sit, I am stirred by something words fail to describe. I think a part of my true nature is awakened by the illumination of the church.
So my question is how do I infuse into my daily life the illumination I sense when alone in the pews? How do I bring to friends and others that same consciousness, I feel? Is this illumination thing limited to the saints or can anyone bring to the room an aura of light that brings peace and healing?
I don’t know the answers, but I suspect if I try harder at bringing that feeling I have alone in the pews to my relationships, my work, my writing, and my physical activities that feeling would be reinforced by others who sense that feeling in themselves as well.
Again, I am not sure where it will lead, but I sense it is worth pursuing. Suzy and I were talking yesterday about a friend who because of a broken marriage has turned negative. We were wondering why she had such a hard time attracting happiness in her life. We both concluded that being negative doesn’t attract positive happenings in life. Contrary to magnetism, opposites do not attract in some personal cases. Whatever, we both discussed making sure we were not negative in our outlook, no matter what the reality. In some way and on a very small scale I realize now we were talking about illumination in our everyday life.
Your friend. Webb