Your Inner Light Shines Brightest in the Dark

(read in :02)“If your inner light is on, the darker it gets, the brighter you shine.”~Matshona Dhliwayo

The nights grew steadily longer beginning clear last June, can you believe it? But we turned a corner yesterday! The winter solstice has passed and many of us are saying hallelujah! For the next several months we’ll enjoy a precious few more minutes of sunlight each day.

Maybe it’s the brief daylight hours of winter’s days that makes them seem to hurry by so quickly.  They pass in a blink and just like that, snap, it’s Christmas!  This season of long dark nights is the perfect time for all the lights to shine! What amazing timing!

The word “light” always has a positive meaning. In the book of Genesis, we hear it in very first words of God. “Let there be light.” Light allows things to grow and allows us to see. Light is life itself.

Light has been a symbol of goodness and love throughout literature. Shakespeare famously wrote this line about Romeo’s Juliet; “what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun!” And while we’re on the subject,  just think of all the expressions about light that have found their way into our everyday conversation! “A lightbulb moment.” “He finally saw the light.” “She was the light of his life.”

What is inner light?

Google defines inner light this way; personal spiritual revelation; a source of enlightenment within oneself.

We are exceedingly complex creatures! Behaviorists often divide us into four dimensions. They are physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. Our spiritual aspect is often the hardest one to define and impossible to measure. But still, we recognize it when we are in its presence because somehow we can see it! It is very real.

Have you ever wondered what it is? I suggest that our inner light begins to shine when we become aware of our divine essence. When we begin to understand that our most noble purpose in life is to become the best possible version of the person we were designed to be, our inner light begins to glow. The more we align ourselves with our worthy values, the brighter the light shines.

You and I have met people who seem to radiate a certain luminescence. They always intrigue us and somehow make us want to capture and mirror that quality. It is contagious and you can capture it in your own life. Begin by believing in your infinite possibilities. Start by believing you were born with an assignment that was whispered in your ear by your maker the day you were born.  Finally, trust that you were born from light itself. You are here to shine.

“Always let your inner light shine. By doing so, you not only light a path for yourself, but also light a way for others.”
~Donald L. Hicks

“People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross



  • Gail

    Very well written! Reminds me of the Sunday school song, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine..”. Thank you!

    • Betty Streff

      Yes! I remember how enthusiastically we sang and how we stamped our little feet! Hide it under a bushel? NO!! I’m gone let it shine!

  • Grant Newbold

    Betty. Thanks for this message. The spiritual realm is where many of us find the most important worthy values that we are on this planet to serve. Serving those spiritual worthy values generates deep and durable meaning that often transcends our worthy values in other domains. I like to talk about the “constellation” of our worthy values because if you look at depictions of star constellations some of the stars are bigger and brighter than others. So too it is with our values, in that some of the domains are more important to us than others even though we may have several domains that are important. This spiritual season reconfirms the importance of the spiritual values and helps us see and understand that they are important values to serve. Thanks again. Doc Newbold.

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