December 26, 2014

“The brightness that lives inside you knows no season.  It has no boundary in time.  It needs no special occasion.  It knows no weather, no fluctuation.  It knows no difference from one moment to the next.  That brightness is a shining that knows no day, no month, no year.  It is not bounded by moments and cannot be counted or measured.  It is full of itself, a light that has no color but also is not transparent since it is your substance, like it is the substance of all things, and that cannot be seen through.  The brightness, that shining, not only illuminates all form but is that form in its essence.  It does not create the things that are but, rather, it is their being.  That brightness is like a fire within you but it is not hot and it destroys nothing.  And when you look into it, as into the burning bush, you hear the voice of God, as if God had a voice, and you know the shape of things, as if things had a shape.  The fire of that brightness, the shining of that brightness, is all you really have.  And while that does not mean you should not seek every pleasure and every treasure there is to find here, it does mean that all of those, too, are just this brightness, this fire, this shining.  And these things, too, when they are truly known to you, reveal all else in their essence, reveal that that brightness was the one light, your one true possession, your only real hope, the sum of all things.”

May you all find brightness in this season of light.


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