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Being Filled With Light

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  • Thomas Daniel
    Being Filled With Light Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will
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      Being Filled With Light
       
      "Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find.  When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel...." (taken from Saying 2, Gospel of Thomas)  Some translations of this verse use the word "astonished" instead of "marvel." In Syrian Christianity mystics have always used words like "astonished," "marvel," and "wonder" to describe the experience of gaining a vision of the Light of God during contemplative prayer. More from Thomas and Syrian Christianity:
       
      "If one is <whole>, one will be filled with light, but is one is divided, one will be filled with darkness." (Jesus, Gospel of Thomas, saying from # 61) This is quite close to, "If thine eye be single, thy whole body will be filled with light," found in Matt. 6: 22.
       
      "There is light within a person of light, and it shines on the whole world.  If it does not shine, it is dark!" (Jesus, Gospel of Thomas, Saying 24)
       
      Mystics (and only mystics) speak of a "singleness of vision" that takes place when they gather together again all the energies of their soul which have been scattered and dissipated in the outer world of the five senses. When the world is transcended during contemplation --
      is stripped away, and Singleness of Vision is attained, then the Light appears.
       
      "The impulses of the mind are extended from the sphere of material things towards those impulses which are without limit, that is to say astonishment" [see Thomas # 2, "astonished"] "at the New World, and the faculty of vision which belongs to the contemplation of the Holy
      Trinity.  For when the vision of the mind is mingled with the Light, all its impulses become infinite.  For none of the visionaries or gnostics is able to distinguish the identity of the mind as a result of the vision of that glorious Light that is seen, for all the innermost chambers of the heart are filled by that blessed Light." 

      Joseph the Visionary, "The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life," translated from the Syriac Aramaic by Sebastian Brock of Oxford, Cistercian Publications


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