“Light Cleaveth Unto Light”

2 thoughts on ““Light Cleaveth Unto Light””

  1. This was such an enlightening blog post! I loved the discussion on the connection between light, truth, intelligence, and knowledge. My question for you is, how can we recognize when the Holy Spirit is giving us that enlightening light, and how can we actively seek to have more of those experiences? Thank you for sharing your insights!

  2. Great comment – thanks! I love comments – especially ones that ask good questions to continue the discussion.

    As Elder Hales said, “When light is present, darkness is vanquished and must depart. … When the spiritual light of the Holy Ghost is present, the darkness of Satan departs.”
    The enlightening influence of the Holy Spirit is distinct from the thoughts of the ‘natural man’. It is just that: enlightening. You’re able to think clearly and with maturity and wisdom, you feel optimism or hope, and the things you thought mattered you realise don’t matter so much. You’re able to see what really does matter – truth, or ‘things as they really are’, as Jacob said. I would say the main elements are clarity, peace, hope, and perspective. Even if it means you’re recognising where you’ve been wrong, it’s not in a recriminatory way, but with these same elements. One of the things that Satan cannot counterfeit is peace. This is the central thing that the companionship of the Holy Spirit brings.

    To bring more of it into our lives, we need to (a) seek it, (b) recognise it, and (c) act upon it. This builds a habit of seeking, recognising, and acting, which makes us more open to it. It becomes something we do almost automatically, integrated with our way of being and doing.

    I love the experience of feeling that enlightenment. It’s the best feeling in the world. It often doesn’t last so long, because mortal things come in, but I remember it, and can feel it again relatively soon, provided I’m doing the right things to get there.

    Of course, this all depends on having the Gift of the Holy Ghost, given by the laying on of hands of someone with the authority to do so. His influence can be felt by anyone who seeks it, but to have this regular experience and more constant access requires that gift (ordinance).

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