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Monday, September 12, 2005

The Dim Spark

Dear Kristi, Maria and All,
More on light: Here are some thoughts from pages 32 and 33 of Daniel Matt's book The Essential Kabbalah.
"The essence of faith is an awareness of the vastness of Infinity," Matt wrote. "One may speak of goodness, of love, of justice, of power, of beauty, of life in all its glory, of faith, of the divine - all of these convey the yearning of the soul's original nature for what lies beyond everything. All the divine names, whether in Hebrew or any other language, provide merely a tiny, dim spark of the hidden light for which the soul yearns when it says God." Matt goes on to say that if the consciousness is torn from its source, it becomes useless, without value. The only remedy, according to Matt: To "shine vibrantly," the consciousness must be joined to the "illumination of faith."
My own interpretation of that is that God's light is actually within us, and we must let it shine by living our lives in harmony, so there is balance in our interior lives and balance in our relationships with family, friends and others with whom we come in contact. When there is not balance in our lives - and when we're not acting in the best interest of the greater good - the light within us gets muted, and covered up, and when that happens, we can't find our own way, nor can we reach our potential as a guiding light to others.
One thing Matt challenges his readers to do is to get rid of any preconceived notion of God in any particular form. In other words, God is far too great for the human mind to imagine.
"All the troubles of the world," he wrote, "especially spiritual troubles such as impatience, hopelessness and despair, derive from the failure to see the granduer of God clearly."
Matt is saying, I believe, that the best we can do is shine our own little light in our own little corner of the world. And because that light is part of God, it is not little at all. Instead, it is great beyond what we can conceive.
More later.
DianeE

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