Longing for Light

Banana blossom in our backyard.

Banana blossoms, and green bananas, basking in the light of our backyard, in Merida.

We’re missing the light of Yucatan! (Of course, we’re missing our friends and neighbors there, too.) But light is so easily taken for granted ‚Äď and so helpful for a bright outlook. Einstein spent his career questing to understand more about the nature of light, and changed the world thereby, making the 20th century the century of physics. Our modern technology is a direct result of his deep curiosity. The 21st century will be the century of biology, as we tinker with the blueprints of life. (We’ll see how that goes; but it could come to resemble¬†Vonnegut’s Ice-nine.)

Curiosity is a decidedly spiritual quality. Moses had it: I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.¬†(v.3). ¬†Actually, each of us has it, as it comes pre-installed, although some of us rarely explore this vital aspect of our being, beyond childhood. ¬†One¬†who urged that we become children¬†again(v.3), also said:¬†The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.¬†(Jesus, v.22)¬†He also observed:¬†I am the light of the world ‚Äď AND¬†‚Äď You are the light of the world ‚ÄstAND¬†‚ÄstLet your light so shine¬†before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.¬†

But what is that singleness (oneness) of outlook? Could it be that only good is real, and that all that occurs is ours to learn from, by asking (and sometimes wrestling) with the question, what is the spiritual lesson of this experience?¬†(You might say, along with John Lennon, that I’m a dreamer, or simply naive; but I’m not the only one.) ¬†Ultimately, everything comes down to translation, interpretation. Perhaps this oneness could be an unrestrainable lust to understand, questing after we-know-not-what. Maybe this is what drove Einstein. St John hints at this near the end of his life with his highly concentrated summary of the career of Jesus, notable especially in v.5 (but please start from v.1).

Whether our hunger is intellectual or spiritual, it can feed our spirit. (But, from where does this nourishment emanate?) Without such an appetite, we mostly are asleep, in danger of Thoreau‘s cautionary observation:¬†I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.¬†(I just love the link to his page, and the energies of community and technology which have brought his quotes into focus.)¬†There is another site which does this for me almost daily: nonduality.com which rolls out uplifting observations with a singleness perspective, landing on my desktop as nonduality highlights newsletter. ¬†

While 256 shades of gray can be lovely, I do miss Merida’s blue sky.¬†

Glass block skylights illuminate the interior of our home in Merida (including old hammock hooks on the walls).

Glass-block skylights illuminate the interior of our home in Merida. (Those are two old hammock hooks on the walls, in the spotlight.)

IMG_1036And that’s the view from what has become our summer¬†house, today.

 

3 thoughts on “Longing for Light

  1. We just spent the weekend on Cape Cod, also known for its light, and did we luck out! All we could talk about was the light, which there has a special quality that has inspired artists for generations.

  2. Hi Lee,
    Many decades ago I gave a photographer friend a photo book by Joel Meyerowitz, titled A Summer’s Day, captured mostly on Cape Cod. It was a gorgeous book.

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