I give today to Light. I feel the Light within pour forth; I feel my radiance, my glow. I see—with my inner eye—this light enveloping and infusing all I encounter, all my words, and all my actions. I watch as others resonate with me, their light growing brighter in the sanctity of my own. To all beings and all situations today, I offer only light, and learn, as I do, the wholeness of my Self.
Engaging the imagination in this way is creative, like an artist who “sees” a statue within a marble block, or finds a poem within “cold, sober letters”. Life is a creative act; when I use the imagination in the service of Life, intentionally as a creative act, I participate with all of creation. I learn to feel creation, to feel its presence in my activity, in my decisions, in my relationships. I become more aware of what does not fit, of what is murky, of what blocks the light. Creating becomes more and more a conscious choice, which means choosing less and less, or choosing away from, the things that don’t fit, are murky, or that block the light.
The more people engage imagination in expansive, creative ways, in the service of Life, the more expansive the experience of Life becomes. Inner experience merges with outer experience. What is invoked internally in the imagination becomes a call for the experience to appear.
But “light” is not an experience that one can have “in the world” is it? So how does invoking light internally, as in this Guiding Thought, call for an experience of light?
This question is best answered first with other questions: what do you feel when you imagine Light pouring forth? When you feel your radiance, your glow? What do you feel when you imagine Light enveloping and infusing all you encounter? However you answer these questions, the words you use probably describe qualities. For me, those qualities are described by words like: at ease, peaceful, warm, considerate.
Thus, the experience that is called for is an experience of these qualities, not an experience of a particular thing, or person, or other physical experience. The qualities come forth through the physical experiences, but the physical experiences do not cause or supply the feeling.
In addition, taking the time to focus on the qualities, taking the time to really sit with and feel the Light through the Guiding Thought brings those qualities more solidly into your awareness. Now you know what at ease feels like for comparison. When you are in a situation and feeling ill-at-ease, you will more readily be able to think, “Hm. This feeling (ill-at-ease) is not feeling at ease. Maybe I would like to choose to feel at ease.”
This is one way to begin to make new choices. By being aware and comparing how qualities feel, by first imagining qualities you want, you can begin to feel the difference, take an assessment of your feelings and experience, and make new choices.
Then, you can begin to consciously bring those qualities to your experience: Think, “I know how at ease (or whatever quality you choose) feels. I invoke the quality of at ease; I draw it into me, feel it radiate from me, and hold on to this awareness.” [It may take a while to actually feel the quality within you through the words. That’s ok. Start with the words. Even if you don’t have the feeling, the intention and thoughts work to draw the feeling to you]. Do your best to actually hold on to the awareness; keep the thoughts in your mind, ask your heart to be at ease.
It takes practice. The more you practice bringing qualities into experience, the better you get. Then, finally, the internal merges with the external in experience, naturally. You begin to create more naturally, easily, without all the effort; life experiences fall into line ahead of you, with your thoughts and intentions. You are creating with the qualities [that is: “you are creating with the qualities” as in– you and the qualities are co-creating and “you are creating with the qualities” as in—you are consciously utilizing the qualities to draw the experience of them to you].
“Let [the artist] apply [the ideal] to the play of his imagination and his most serious actions, in short, to all sensuous and spiritual forms; then let him quietly launch his work into infinite time… This divine instinct, and creative force, much too ardent to follow this peaceful walk, often throws itself immediately on the present, on active life, and strives to transform the shapeless matter of the moral world.” (Friedrich Schiller, On the Aesthetic Education of Man, Letter IX. For the complete work, see: The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Aesthetical Essays, by Friedrich Schiller http://www.gutenberg.org/files/6798/6798-h/6798-h.htm#link2H_4_0015)