There is a beautiful book called “And There Was Light” by Jacques Lusseyran that Chloe quotes in her New Vision book. He became totally blind as a result of a childhood accident yet could in fact ‘see’ because he was connected to his own inner light. He describes how disconnection from his own light was the only thing that could cause him to become truly ‘blind’:
“At every waking hour and even in my dreams I lived in a stream of light. There were times when the light faded, almost to the point of disappearing. It happened every time I was afraid. If, instead of letting myself be carried along by confidence I hesitated, then without exception I hit or wounded myself…What the loss of my eyes had not accomplished was brought about by fear. It made me blind.
Anger and impatience had the same effect, throwing everything into confusion. If I suddenly grew anxious to win, to be the first at all costs, then all at once I could see nothing…I could no longer afford to be jealous or unfriendly, because as soon as I was, a bandage came down over my eyes…But when I was happy and serene, approached people with confidence and thought well of them, I was rewarded with light. I always knew where the road was open and where it was closed. I had only to look at the bright signal which taught me how to live.”
Mr. Lusseyran found the opportunity in his affliction. Great words that guide us into understanding the power of our negative thoughts and attitudes. They truly contribute to our “blindness”. As Chloe says: “Light is always present, both inside and outside, but when we disconnect from our awareness of it, we lose our sense of joy in life.”
I choose light!