Light is the most fundamental as well as the highest subject. It has three stages: the gross, the subtle, and the causal or fundamental. The gross is the light we see from the sun, moon, stars, candles, electric light and fire. Subtle light is the light of understanding, intelligence, the faculty of comprehension. The causal or fundamental is the all-pervading Reality. This is the Light of Consciousness, the light by which we see through our eyes, through the mind as intellect, and when we are awakened, all-pervading omniscience. Whichever level of light we identify with, accordingly we express or act.
Life-altering, “objective” events that oddly seem to be planned just for our benefit, that bring us into contact with significant people or move us to places where our spiritual potentials can manifest, help to make visible the formerly invisible hand of God. And to feel that hand in my life was something I deeply longed for.
Modern Western psychology posits that PTSD is inevitable where there is so much violence; the experiences of the Vietnamese and other indigenous cultures that use spiritual and communal practices say it is not. The degree of traumatic suffering really depends, in significant part, on how a society responds to its victims, on the cultural, social and spiritual contexts in which we hold our traumatized people, and the practices we give to help restore them.
Becoming visually conscious does not involve adding to our body of conceptual knowledge. It involves letting go of our habitual patterns, our ways of labeling and sorting everything we experience, everything we see. Gradually we build a complex mental network of connections, contexts, and relative meaning and value. When we learn, we incorporate the new material into the body of knowledge we have accumulated. Whatever we see is experienced by us through this elaborate filtering system of likes and dislikes, preferences of all kinds.
Also in this issue, we share a miracle in the Buchenwald concentration camp as experienced by Jacques Lusseyran. Ram Dass speaks about the yogic practice of santosha: contentment. Stephen Harrod Buhner introduces us to cytogeneticist and Nobel Laureate, Barbara McClintock, whose inspirational work as a naturalist was well ahead of her time. Guy Finley imparts wisdom about the universal, invisible justice system that governs all life.
In each quarterly issue of LIGHT OF CONSCIOUSNESS you will find spiritual inspiration on your path through articles on wisdom teachings, spiritual practices, science and spirituality, prayer and meditation, healing, personal journeys, sacred ecology, transformational art, spiritual cinema, reviews and more – writings that will encourage and inform your journey. The knowledge and insights within each issue will help you live a more aware, conscious and fulfilling life.