Visionboard #9: The Light of Knowledge
I love this picture, which I took in Iran during an educational trip in 2000. We had visited a Zoroastrian temple and this graphic was on the wall - it is an angel bringing what I take to be a lamp or a vessel full of flames. I loved the idea of the "light bringer" and someone increasing the availability of light in the universe, and I put it on my visionboard to remind me to always focus on the positive and the light of truth.
Education, knowledge, and authenticity are all different aspects of truth to me:
- When I engage in education and continually increase my learning - by taking classes, reading books, attending events, and increasing my network of acquaintances and contacts - I feel that I am educating myself about the diversity and uniqueness in the world. By increasing my education, I feel like I have more ability to deal with uncertainty and the inevitability of continuous change.
- When I increase my knowledge - building by practicing a task, mastering a new skill, or taking on a new endeavor - I feel that my ability to interact with different aspects of the world is enhanced, and I have more tools to deal with new systems, processes, challenges, and obstacles.
- When I increase my authentic self - by "walking my talk" and reducing the difference between my internal self and my external interactions - I feel that my integrity increases and I have less and less subterfuge, irritation, or dishonesty to deal with in my life. I can be "clean" and become closer aligned with doing what I feel is right.
The quote about "Do not hide your light under a bushel basket" is from the bible, and it's also echoed in Marianne Williamson's "A Return to Love":
“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 most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all 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. And 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.”