‘Most human beings have little notion what it means to work with light; they will go through their day, their minds weighed down with problems. It never occurs to them to stop in a park, for instance, and try to change their negative vibrations by communing with the trees, flowers or fountains. Oh, no; they would rather go and have a drink in a bar after which they go on their way again, still carrying their sorry burdens. And in the evening they take them home and pass them on to their wives: ‘Hello, darling!’ And with one quick kiss they deposit all their gloom on her. And she, in turn, passes it on to the children – and so it goes!
Even though I am talking to you like this, I am not at all sure how many of you will be interested in doing this work of concentrating on light and seeing what effect it has on you, how it can mould, purify, energise and revitalise you. The exercise I gave you can be applied anywhere: you can always find a few seconds in which to picture in your mind the light that bathes the whole universe. Many clairvoyants have actually seen that light: they have seen that all creatures, all objects down to the very stones of the earth are not only bathed in light, they emanate light. To begin with, this light was known as ‘astral light’, because it was like the light of the stars.
But above and beyond this, there is another, subtler light. Perhaps, sometimes, when you have been meditating or are in a particularly spiritual frame of mind, you have been lit up from within as though by some inner sun, as though a thousand lamps suddenly glowed within you, and you have even sensed that that light shone out from your face.
Once you reach the higher levels of kindness and generosity, gentleness and purity, you will be irradiated with light, you can actually see it; everything becomes clearer and more luminous. Whereas if you indulge in feelings of jealousy, selfishness and greed, you don’t need a mirror to tell you what your face reveals: you can sense the darkness in it.
Now, of course, you must be careful not to generalize. When you see a shadow on someone’s face, you must not immediately conclude that they are moved by evil thoughts or evil intentions. And similarly, when you see light shining from a person’s face, it may simply mean that someone else is playing with mirrors and reflecting light onto their face. It is not the person themself who has created such light; some entity has been there, briefly, playing with light, and when it has gone, the light goes too.
If you want to be able to form a judgment about someone based on what you see in their face, you must be capable of seeing beyond appearances. But there is one thing you can be sure of, and that is that the light within you varies in accordance with your thoughts and feelings, your hopes, desires and intentions.’
To be continued…
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov,
Izvor book 212, Light is a Living Spirit