Sep 26, 2019
“Head towards the light.” Many have heard this expression, derived from a fairly common experience occurring near death, that of leaving the body and being drawn irresistibly towards the light. What is the significance of this?
The mind understands through symbols. The light represents something which the mind is attracted to, but often doesn’t notice until detaching from identification with the body. Without light, nothing can be seen. Light is therefore symbolic of that which enables seeing. Other words for this seeing are awareness, consciousness, and omniscience, among others.
The mind has identified itself with the idea of being a person with a body, which is why it often takes the end of that person’s life and body, for the mind to notice the light. It’s also this taking oneself to be a person which makes the light look as if it were something separate and ‘other’, some distance away, which would require leaving the world and traveling to.
But there’s also the distinct feeling that one is returning home. That’s because that light is actually what we truly are, even right now. One doesn’t return to the light, because one has always been that light, even while believing ourselves to be something else. Because the mind has projected a sense of separation from that which sees, when the end of the story draws near, the mind closes the story by returning to the light from which it had imagined itself to have been separated. This is the mind’s deepest longing, to reunite with it’s deepest truth, which was being looked for in the world of appearances, but at last to be found within itself.
One doesn’t need to wait till the end of this body’s existence to ‘see the light’. It can be noticed at any time, any place, regardless of conditions. What’s being noticed is not something which requires travel, belief, or concepts. It’s not something separate from us that can be looked at. It’s the very essence of our being, what allows all experience to unfold, it’s who and what we are underneath the concepts that we’ve believed ourselves to be. Shed the false layers of identity, and what’s found at the core, is you, the very light of awareness.