Everything Is Light.
About thirty years ago, I had a life-changing experience. One night while I was sleeping I became conscious that I was floating above my body that was lying in bed still sleeping. Instantly, I knew that ‘the real me’ was not sleeping. I was awake and conscious. My mind, my consciousness, my astral body was floating above my sleeping physical body. In wonder, I looked around my bedroom and observed that every single item in my room was pulsating with light; the lamps, the chair, the carpet, the walls, the bureaus, socks on the floor, everything. Everything shimmered with an aliveness of inner light.
I was astonished. I raised my left hand up so that I could look at it and saw that I was a being, a form, of pulsating, shimmering light. As I observed my light form, I clearly heard a voice say, “You are light. Everything is light. There is nothing to fear when you can fall to the sky.” I understood the meaning of that cryptic message as it related to my light form, the essence of me that was able to rise up out of my sleeping body; to ‘fall to the sky.’ I understood ‘there is nothing to fear’; that I was, I am, a conscious living being of light within a conscious universal light.
Still floating and dazzled as I was by the brilliance of the light of my raised ‘hand’, the light of the objects around me, and the voice, I was stunned when suddenly a brilliant light swept into the room and merged with me, filling me, surrounding me with what I can only describe as pure ecstatic love. I have no words to adequately describe the sense of peace, well-being, acceptance, and pure love that I experienced in the presence of that Being of Light that I found myself immersed within. It was pure rapture that I wanted never to end.
But, of course, it did end. Eventually, I woke up, looked around and observed the objects in my room and myself. Everything looked as it always had in ordinary reality. I remembered that I had been so amazed at the shimmering light of my astral body and all the objects in the room. I remembered thinking that comparing my shimmering light with the brilliance, the blinding luminosity, of the Being of Light that swept in was like comparing a 25-watt bulb with the sun. That being said, in no way did I feel diminished. I felt blessed. I had been shown a part of the mystery, the beauty, of conscious aliveness.
That experience has helped sustain me through the trials and tribulations and the joys and accomplishments of everyday living. I know that I am so much more. I know that we are all so much more. I know that we are all part of a universal loving light. I share this story in the hope that someone might be inspired, or comforted, or even just relieved.
Words are powerful. Images are also powerful. My desire in each painting that I produce is to capture that essence of light that I observed, to portray the brilliance, the shimmering light of all. I have played with various art media and like all of them for different reasons, but I found that for me, for now, the medium of choice is digital art that is allowing me to play with light in fascinating ways. I have only begun to play with digital art in the past few weeks. I have a lot to learn about how to paint with it, but I intend to immerse myself in bringing light into my paintings in the hope of bringing more light and joy into this not-so-ordinary world in which we live. I invite you to stay tuned.