Become Living Lights

Connected to the One True Light

“See the Light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see” – Dr Wayne Dyer

Watch and follow the story of how the soul forgot and finally remembers its true identity. 

Although the origins of Christmas and Diwali are several thousand years apart, the message and methods of celebration are quite similar. Both have the underlying theme of brotherly love, peace, mutual respect and unity. Both give a message about the renewal and lightening up of life, family bonding, exchanging gifts, blessings, and good wishes, singing and dancing. Cleanliness, new clothes, sweets, colourful decorations all add to the joyous nature. 

For Diwali, candles and millions of sparkling lights illuminate homes and businesses signifying the ‘awakening’ of soul consciousness and reminding us we are divine points of light. Thousands of small lighted deepaks (wick oil lights) float down the rivers on leaves as a memorial of a time when human beings lived in a higher consciousness, naturally aware of being souls. The twinkling lights on the Christmas tree reminds us of our true eternal identity and the star at the top reminds us of God’s eternal light. 

Both celebrations have wonderful spiritual messages, which have become diluted overtime as we forgot our eternal identity of being souls and became body conscious. Innately we know in quiet and profound moments, that we are more than meets our eyes in the mirror in the morning. However, the world wants us to believe we are what we see in the physical mirror – and we accept. But, what we see is not what we are. 

We see the physical form, not the content. 

We see the body, not the soul. 

We see the matter, not the mind. 

That’s why the awakening of spirit and the blossoming of our spirituality means we have to continually practice and keep reminding ourselves, a hundred times a day, 

I am a soul – not a body.

I am an eternal spirit – not a perishable piece of meat. 

I am spiritual light, I think, I am quality, not quantity. 

I am free. 

The story of how the soul forgot itself and then, fortunately, remembers is as follows:

In the winter of the world, the light within us had grown dim and we could no longer see. Too many confusing thoughts and worries deluded and froze us into inaction in our search for the meaning of life. The mind became clouded. Forgetfulness filled the air, covered with the illusion of external beauty. Having wrong thoughts and actions, we continued to lose our peace, purity and power. But, a glimmer of light, a glow of soft peace, always there within the soul, began awakening the feelings of pure love and memories of our innate goodness. The dark clouds of doubt began disappearing, new hope and spiritual energy filled the soul, as the Supreme Sun of Knowledge gave courage, understanding and strength to every cold ‘branch’ and ‘twig’ of this eternal Tree of Humanity. 

God as the Creator, the eternal Guiding Light of Knowledge, ignited our extinguished lights with the ‘oil’ of new knowledge and the flame of loving remembrance and made us worthy. The soul awakened and remembered with delight, ‘I am light and eternal and so are you’. Enlightened the Winter of the world blossomed into Spring and Summer, a pure, peaceful heavenly world of happiness, where brotherly love created harmony, as the light of the soul was constantly lit.   

One does not become soul conscious and good by trying to be good, but by finding the truth and goodness already within – just a bit buried. For this, it is very necessary to go within and develop self-knowledge, discover our virtues and specialities and accumulate inner strength of will power. Turn the eye of your attention and awareness within and learn to think and talk properly to yourself. Meditation is really a dialogue with oneself.  It is a spiritual endeavour. 

In olden days, before one switch could illuminate a whole city, one candle had to be lit by another. So how much value can be given to someone who brings light and lightness to a place or a moment, where others have brought their dark? The lightness of their presence shines through. It is incognito and invaluable. It may be a gentle smile of comfort, an attitude of genuine interest and respect, some words which diffuse an awkward moment. Making a positive spiritual impact is about being strong on the inside whilst externally radiating a calm and gentle nature. Practice looking at their positive qualities, and these qualities enter us. 

“Who will work in my absence?” asked the Sun to the entire world during sunset. Everyone remained silent… But Candle whispered, “I will try my very best…”. “Yes”, the Sun replied. “It is not the matter of size or status, but it is the attitude that shines.”

The power of pure love and peace received from staying connected with the ‘Sun’, with the company of God, brings automatic transformation within the self. Seeing this, others will have love and make their own efforts to change. let the thought of peace sit in your mind. Serve as a candle to others as the flame of our minds, our inner light, has been lit and can ignite the light of others. Our thoughts travel, moving at a great speed and with considerable impact. Whilst others may weave their darkness, those who stay light in spirit know their positive Godly thoughts radiate out and can touch any person, any place in a second and create change. Now in this current Winter of the world we can shine our inner light of love again to return health, happiness, abundance and harmony. “Let your little light shine, let it shine, let it shine!”. 

Don’t hide it under a bushel, because the whole world now needs the light of soul consciousness. 

It takes only a moment to move away from the current Age of Darkness to the Age of Light of health, happiness, abundance and harmony. God is only a thought away, always there to show the way. Recognizing my spiritual identity is like being reborn. Suddenly I am no longer ordinary. Become the living lights, connected to the One True Light to awaken others to shine, and the darkness vanishes like it was never there. 

Contact: Yvonne Risely, [email protected], [email protected] 

Sister Chirya is a student and teacher with the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University for over 40 years. She is published in several international publications including the Daily Guardian (Delhi).