There is a song that has the words, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…” We all have this light within us…every single being on earth regardless of outward appearances. The problem is that so many have had their light dimmed or completely covered up by life circumstances. They’ve been so beaten down by life and by others constantly tearing them down that their light has been dimmed to almost a tiny spark. But it’s still there, and that tiny spark can grow and glow once again.
There are some people or groups of people in various aspects of society who feel that they have been given the right to tell others that they are less than…that they don’t matter…that they’re not worthy. They try putting out their light. These are lies. All are worthy, all matter, and all are such glorious, magnificent, beautiful beings! The only thing that makes us not is our belief that it isn’t so because we either believed what others told us and/or what we’ve told ourselves.
Just as you can take a candle’s flame and light another candle, we can take our own light within and help others to know that they have a light and that they can let it shine. Marianne Williamson said, “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” It also comes back to us. Peace Pilgrim said it best when she said, “As I lived up to the highest light I had, higher and higher light came to me.”
And others can do so for us. There are times when our own light may dim, or maybe because of life circumstances, it becomes so dim that we forget that it’s even there. We know how grateful we are when others remind us of our own light. Og Mandino said, “I will love the light for it shows me the way. Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” Sometimes it takes that darkness to remind us that we have that light, and because of the dark times we experience, it makes us appreciate the light even more.
We don’t have to be wealthy, healthy, successful, or anything else to let our own light shine. Abraham Lincoln said, "I am not bound to win, I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light I have." There have been people living in the worst of circumstances who were able to let their light shine, not only for their own peace of mind, but to help others get through the worst of times. Jesus, Gandhi, Buddha, Mohammed, the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mother Theresa are only a few examples of the greatest Spiritual teachers throughout history who have experienced some really hard times, but they always let their light shine and they changed the world by doing so. And so can you.
There is a meditative prayer that I like to do. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed. Take a few deep breaths. Focus on the light within your heart representing only the pure, unconditional, perfect love of Spirit. You can see it as the light of a candle. Now see that light starting to shine bigger and bigger until it fills your whole being. See it expand out even further and begin to embrace everything and everyone around you. As it grows, see it expand to everyone in Cookeville, then everyone in the state of Tennessee, traveling outwards to other states, across the United States, across the waters, expanding ever outward to other countries, until you see the whole world embraced with this light. Do not add any judgments or any other intentions other than to spread the loving light of Spirit. See it embracing every single living thing on earth. See it embracing Mother Earth. Let there only be love. Peace. Compassion. See everyone it touches feeling that love like a ray of warm sunshine. Hold that feeling for as long as you can while breathing in the love of Spirit that is surrounding and embracing you. When you are done, take a deep breath, slowly open your eyes, and leave that love around the world. Know that you have touched every single being with that love.
Robert Alden said, “There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle.” That light within is always there. Always glowing. Just waiting to be used to bring light to the world. Your light can make a difference. Let it shine.
Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen April 27, 2012