By defining our bodies as specially organized light, physicist David Bohm is employing the metaphor of the Divine that may be the oldest and the most universal of all metaphors for God: That of light.
From the ancient tombs of the Egyptian dead, to Buddha who is “always shining, always emitting light,” to Buddha’s admonition to be “lamps unto yourselves;” to the Christ’s words that “I am the light” and Jesus admonishing us not to “hide your light under a bushel,” to Hinduism’s celebration of Brahman as light: “The cosmic waters glow. I am Light! The light glows. I am Brahman!”
In this ancient tradition light is both around us and within us, both transcendent and immanent.
There is a Light that shines above this heaven, above all worlds, above everything that exists in the highest worlds beyond which there are no higher-this is the Light that shines within man.
The oldest creation story in the Jewish Bible honors God as “clothed in majesty and glory, wrapped in a robe of light!” (Ps 104) and Moses experienced God in a burning bush.
Of course, given today’s science, we all know that every bush is a burning bush. Just as every body is a burning body, because every atom in the universe contains photons or light waves that are present in all things.
Science helps to democratize the experience of the burning bush, the experience of the Divine presence as light, the experience of the Cosmic Christ or Buddha Nature or Image of God everywhere.
Humans are indeed illuminated beings who live alongside other illuminated beings. As Hildegard of Bingen put it:
I, the fiery life of divine wisdom, I ignite the beauty of the plains, I sparkle the waters, I burn in the sun, and the moon, and the stars.
And in all material beings on earth.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine, pp.151f.
And Matthew Fox, One River, Many Wells, pp. 61-70.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: “Morning Shining.” Photo by Kiochi Hayakawa on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
Do you recognize every bush as a burning bush and every being as a burning being, yourself included and Mother Earth included and each creature on her included? What follows from that?
The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine
To awaken what Fox calls “the sacred masculine,” he unearths ten metaphors, or archetypes, ranging from the Green Man, an ancient pagan symbol of our fundamental relationship with nature, to the Spiritual Warrior….These timeless archetypes can inspire men to pursue their higher calling to connect to their deepest selves and to reinvent the world.
“Every man on this planet should read this book — not to mention every woman who wants to understand the struggles, often unconscious, that shape the men they know.” — Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of The Left Hand of God
One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths
Matthew Fox calls on all the world traditions for their wisdom and their inspiration in a work that is far more than a list of theological position papers but a new way to pray—to meditate in a global spiritual context on the wisdom all our traditions share. Fox chooses 18 themes that are foundational to any spirituality and demonstrates how all the world spiritual traditions offer wisdom about each.“Reading One River, Many Wells is like entering the rich silence of a masterfully directed retreat. As you read this text, you reflect, you pray, you embrace Divinity. Truly no words can fully express my respect and awe for this magnificent contribution to contemporary spirituality.” –Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit