Book of Light

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Steel is ever sharpened best by steel.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

My Book of Light (short for enlightenment) is the third book of my inclusive Book of Shadows. On paper, it is divided again into two sections; which I have expanded to three for the website to include my poetry. The standard two sections include my rants and essays, while the other holds essays and quotations from other wisdom givers. I stole the title concept from Morning Glory and Oberon Zell-Ravenheart.

I love quotations/aphorisims. It is amazing what a short string of words can do to shed light on an area of darkness you didn't even know you were standing in. When I was only 15, I met Kahlil Gibran through his book, The Prophet. The book set my feet on a path that I have never strayed from, and that was a path of small wisdoms. Ten Commandments simply cannot contain the whole of honorable behavior, and rules have never held much in the way of understanding. So, I added to them with words of wisdom that I have found along the way.

More than once, some small saying has clarified decade’s worth of confusion for me. My father was not a cuddly man, and I often missed not having a cuddly father to fulfill all my emotional needs. Following only the words of Christ, I was told that His father was loving and giving and knew the needs of His children without even asking. Christ asked who among his listeners would not give a fish to his child? He asked, "If a man seeks a fish, will he be given a serpent? Reading this I was hurt because it was my experience with my father, that sometimes, I got serpents. My father wasn't who I thought he should be. Christ's message to me was to trust in the Lord and not in man.

My troubled relationship with my father lasted throughout my adult life. Until, I read an aphorism in Kahlil Gibran's book Sand and Foam that said..."Those who give you a serpent when you ask for a fish, may have nothing but serpents to give. It is then generosity on their part." If my father had failed me because he was not the father I needed, I had to ask myself, "Who had the problem?" If he gave me all that he had, all that he was capable of...and I needed more...I had the problem. So, I stopped blaming him for not being cuddly, took what he could give and appreciated him for the excellent role model that he was to me in dozens of other ways. Christ's words say, mankind will fail you, so trust in god who will never fail you. Kahlil Gibran's words say, redefine your definition of failure.

I did redefine my definition of failure, and developed a more generous spirit though small wisdoms. Some of these small wisdoms can be found in my Book of Light.

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