Who Is The Light Of The World?
For those of you who are unaware, you are the light of the world. That may sound biblical to some of you. In a way, it is, except there are so many famous and enlightened people in recent history who talked on this subject. It is a concept that is part of the awakening conscience. In turn, you and they are all part of this new consciousness.
Did You Know That You Are The Light Of The World?
The Light Of The World Quotes
Before examining the meaning of the phrase you are the light of the world an excellent way to start is with a few different quotes from various people referring to the statement. Then, we can scrutinize the concept in more depth and find practical ways to let your light shine and how you can be the light of the world.
So, apart from the biblical quotes, here are some modern-day versions.
This is a really famous one by Marianne Williamson. It’s often attributed to Nelson Mandela because he included it in his inaugural address. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us the most.” That’s the short version of the quote.
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And then that quote goes on. And it says, “We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You’re a child of God. You’re playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are meant to shine as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
That is, it’s just such a wonderfully powerful statement. It is also very true. Most of you are really frightened of standing in your light, in your brightness, and in your power. Sometimes, it can be because you are afraid of what kind of attention that will draw. It’s actually quite common in this culture.
Children Are The True The Light Of The World
When kids are born into the world, they’re straight from God and full of light. They, you as children, are little powerhouses. And mostly, that is an energy level parents are no longer familiar with. They don’t know what to do with it. And so they’ll say, calm down, be quiet, behave yourself, and you’ll get the wrong kind of attention for being your boisterous self.
So, the programming to turn the light down starts really early in life for most people. Then life happens, and so do life issues and traumas. These experiences are noticed and singled out for various reasons. They also tend to affect you in ways you cannot see. They can cause you to want to hide your light.
Jesus, On Letting Your Light Shine
So the most famous quotes are from the Bible, from one of history’s greatest spiritual teachers, Jesus. He is known to have said in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others…, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
And in John 8:12 – Jesus spoke to the masses, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”
Eckhart Tolle And How Can You Be The Light Of The World
The following quote is from Eckhart Tolle, “You are the light of the world. You are the consciousness that illuminates the world. Know yourself as that, and that’s freedom, liberation, awakening, and the end of suffering and madness. And it’s happening here.”
Right there, in that sentence, Eckhart Tolle states, “You are the consciousness that illuminates the world.” That statement really describes and exemplifies what was meant by Jesus when he said, “You are the consciousness that illuminates the world.”
Know yourself as that. When you know yourself as that, as Eckhart Tolle says, “That’s freedom, liberation, and awakening, the end of suffering and the end of madness.” Doesn’t that sound like heaven here on earth if you can achieve it?
And so you are light, spirit, high vibration energy, and consciousness. You are an infinite, eternal being with enormous power and light. And here you are, incarnated in the physical world. You came here because you wanted to express that unique spark of divine light that you are. The difficulty is that when we come into this world, it’s through a veil of forgetting. So, you come into the physical world and enter a polarized environment. Pretty soon, you have forgotten that you are the light of the world.
Are You Your Ego Or The Light Of The World?
You think you are something else, ego. You are the personality and all the experiences you have in life. And if you were to be asked who you are, you wouldn’t reply, “I am the light of the world. ” You would respond with I’m a doctor, a mechanic, a mother, or something like that. So you have forgotten that you are the light of the world and what it means to be the light of the world.
Nelson Mandela said we’re not worried about not being enough. We’re worried about being too much. One keyword that comes to mind is responsibility. Most of you are afraid that if you step forward, you automatically become responsible for many things.
Take people with the knowledge and ability to be spiritual teachers, and most of you do. You don’t step into that role, even though you are capable and would like to do so. You worry about the responsibility of helping others. What happens if you accept that responsibility and fail?
As The Light Of The World, Are You Responsible For Everyone?
Believe it or not, one of the main principles that a true spiritual teacher will instruct you to live by is the belief that you are not responsible for anybody else. You are responsible for yourself. And when you’re responsible for yourself, you’re responsible for bringing your light and energy into the world and being your brightest, most beautiful self. Offering what you have to offer. Each of you has that responsibility for yourself. You are not answerable for their thoughts or actions unless you are bringing up a child who is incapable of looking after themselves.
So, being a spiritual teacher doesn’t mean taking on responsibility for the whole world and everybody in it. It’s more about teaching them how to be the light that they are and taking responsibility for shining their light.
Another quote from John 8:12 in the Bible is from Jesus as he spoke to the people: “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in the darkness.” John 8:12. That doesn’t mean to worship him as a guru. What that actually means is, “I’m being an example of how to live and be in the world. I am showing you how to bring your light into the world.”
If you follow that example and bring your light into the world, you will never walk in the darkness. You have a light that illuminates your life and extinguishes the darkness in your life. So He wasn’t saying that because He was being responsible for everyone. He was saying that because, as a teacher, he wanted to teach everybody, specifically by example.
Francis Of Assisi And How Can You Be The Light Of The World
Here’s a quote from Francis of Assisi, “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” When you think about it, it’s true. Very true. So many of you think, “Well, why bother? The world is in a mess. You know, why should I bother? What difference can I make?” And that quote by Francis of Assisi tells you you can make an enormous difference. A single lit candle in a dark room will illuminate the dark room. You are the light from that single candle, and you bring the light. So, each of you, when you bring your light into the world, you make a difference.
Where There Is Light, Darkness Cannot Exist
You may think your light is weak, so what do you have to offer? As an example, consider a flashlight. You walk into a dark room, you turn on a flashlight, and the room becomes illuminated. You don’t need a flood light or super powerful beam. Just the light of a single match will bring a light into darkness. But how intense is your light? Will the darkness extinguish it?
No. There’s no equivalent thing that will bring darkness into a room full of light. There is no such thing as a dark flashlight light. You can’t go into a lit room with a dark light and turn it on, and the room goes dark. Your light cannot be extinguished by any means other than yourself.
Martin Luther King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.”
Nothing can stand in the way of love. Nothing can stand in the shadow of love and be there to grab you. You are there, and you are love.
Paramahansa Yogananda talks about the light that is present in everything, and you are that light. “Behold thine immortal Self resurrected with Christ in the light of illumination, present in every soul, every flower, every atom!”
There are all kinds of influences as you are growing up that can cause you to feel invalidated. Unworthy, afraid, sad, in pain, or traumatized. And if you don’t know how to heal them and have forgotten ways to let your light shine, they will build up over time. Things appear to get darker and darker. It is like a dark veil that covers your own light. It does not have that power because darkness does not stem from the great Universe, The All That Is, God. The light is God within you, and you are part of God. When you shine your light, you’re bringing your unique, God light into being. So, if you think about God or the divine source as all things, then each of you is a fragment of that whole. And so each of you brings a unique perspective, a unique frequency of light. And so, if you don’t shine your light, you deny the world of that brilliant, unique perspective because there is only one of you. There’s no one else quite like you with your unique flame. And so, if everyone in the world would shine their unique light, it would be a magnificent symphony of souls.
Join us on this episode of Unlocking Your Truth, Did You Know That You Are The Light Of The World, and learn to reconnect with your true essence and let your light shine down.
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Questions and comments from listeners during the broadcast of Did You Know That You Are The Light Of The World :
- Brian – That’s like Neale Donald Walsh’s quote, “A Candle cannot know its own light without the darkness” (maybe not an exact quote).
- Cole – Dr. Lesley, can you speak on that Bible quote (not exact) that says, “He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39. I’d like to know your take on it? Whoever finds his life [in this world] will [eventually] lose it [through death], and whoever loses his life [in this world] for My sake will find it [that is, life with Me for all eternity]. I always took it as finding our light and losing our personality. Whosoever will save his life shall lose it, and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25
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