Living Light

  Living Light, by Rev. Deborah Moldow
Light on Light Magazine

It is with much delight and the greatest honor that we welcome you—and your beautiful radiant soul—to Light on Light Magazine. No matter where you are along your journey today, whether you have lost your little inner light amid life’s struggles, or are shining your light and Shannon Marie Wintersseeking to further grow and develop in spiritual practices to shine even more brightly, or if you are already letting your inner sun shine radiantly in the world, Light on Light is dedicated to illuminating the light of wisdom and compassion of spiritual practices and inspiring lifestyles for the flourishing of health, mind, and spirit every day, for everyone. Along with Host Editor, Karuna, we welcome you to share your journey, to explore, and to shine with us here.

May your inner light shine brightly along every road you are traveling.

August 14, 2019

Light on Light Magazine – August 9, 2019

You know the answer to the old joke: Practice, practice, practice! The concept of spiritual practice is both as ancient as humankind and also ever-changing in today’s fast-paced world.

In any group that is essentially tribal in nature, ritual is deeply engrained in the culture and tends to be practiced as a community. Elements of sacred practice may include fire, chanting, dancing, drums and perhaps ingesting some kind of substance to heighten the experience. A shaman, trained from birth or a very early age, leads the ceremony in special garb. The purpose is to enter into a state of communion with a God or gods, nature spirits or other intelligences normally beyond our reach. As the great religions of the East and West emerged, similar practices developed, often with the use of candles, song and sometimes wine, and generally led by a rabbi, imam or priest trained in the mysteries.

In the East, practitioners sat to still and focus the mind in meditation, while Western religions generally put more emphasis on prayer. Over time, as the individual grew more likely to be educated and less attached to the tribal culture, seekers began to experiment with various practices from other traditions. This was particularly true in the late 20th century, as closely held religious and spiritual techniques became open secrets accessible to all. Yet the rise of science led many away from orthodox practices with intense ritual and toward more rational, social religious communities, such as Protestantism, Reform Judaism and Unitarianism.

But the tide has turned once again and the spiritual path beckons even those...
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