What are the similarities and differences between a rainbow and a beam of white light?
The similarity is the both contain 7 colours.
The difference is they are viewed through a different lens. A bean of white light, well, view as it is a merging of all colours while, rainbow is viewed through a refracted lens that allow us to appreciate the difference spectrum of the white light.
How about smudges of colours like the one showed in our feature image?
This perhaps reveals a closer truth.
Our moods and emotions do not follow a certain arc that rises and falls but rather, shifts to a different spectrum with the right external stimuli. An untrained mind is bound to react because whatever lies underneath our subconscious is always quick to grab onto the corresponding bait that is waving at us.
So what is Light?
There are so many definitions given to Light by different cultures, traditions, religion and spiritual modalities. The three common traits that I prefer and feel close to is warmth, truth and wisdom.
I prefer to to use the word warmth over love because I find the word ‘love’ is too often used and it may be misunderstood as a stronger, egocentric possessive emotion. Warmth can mean being nice to another, being kind to another or just being there for another. There is no raked up desire, lust or even the thought of owning another.
In the actual practice of giving warmth, other than offering the actual help, being a listening ear is a tangible act that can offer comfort to another up to a certain degree.
Truth is truth…? Truth is presenting a fact that is true either backed by direct evidence or convincing circumstantial evidence. The problem with truth is the acceptance of the truth. This is common in certain spiritual movement that overvalues individuality that led to the lesser appreciation of truth.
There used to be a comic that went around the internet with 2 person standing at opposite side of the number 6 (or 9) and with it explained that both are true but coming from different perspectives. This is probably one of the worst analogies around. Because in the real world, one would be correct and the other one would have been miscommunicated.
Although spirituality touches on the intangible and beyond physicality, it should not have caused a person to deviate from facts. While feelings and emotions are subjective, they ought not to negate things that are factual.
Wisdom is the synergy of the former two…the balanced choice between rendering the warmth from a human to another human and presenter of the truth. The latter usually is hard because without the correct sensitivity, you can be mistaken as someone insensitive and much less spiritual!
It is through the process of this synergy, we are to find solutions to answer, manage or mitigate problems. Spiritual should not be mistake that everything is pink, fluffy and there are no hard decisions to make.
Let There Be Light…
Being spiritual does not position one to be higher in moral grounds. It can simply just being an ordinary person who constantly observing his or her thoughts and emotional processes.
In many beliefs, Light is always deem to be the first creation or first discovery. So, Abode of Light jumps onto to this same meaning and begins this interesting journey…