“The first principle (the Darkness) takes the fierce and sudden fire-flash. … The second principle retains its Light for itself, which is the pleasant habitation which shines where the darkness is dispelled. …
“And the third principle retains its Light wholly for itself, which (as soon as the Light of Life springs up) presses into the tincture of the Soul,to the Element, and reaches after the Element; but it attains no more than to the Light of the Sun, which is proceeded out of the Quinta Essentia out of the Element. And thus the Stars and Elements rule in their light and virtue, which is the Suns.” ~Jacob Boehme
Three Principles of Light
Jacob Boehme informs us that there are three “principles” of light. I find it interesting that he doesn’t even refer to the very dim light on the material level as light at all, but instead calls it fire-flash. The second level is an intermediate light that might be considered as between material and spiritual. The third and highest light is purely spiritual.
The fire flash is the dimmest form of light, the lowest in frequency. It is probably this light which forms the Great Illusion we call the material universe. While it is the dimmest light, it has fooled many into thinking it is the true light of God.
The second light in Boehm’s hierarchy could be considered to be a light that is half material and half spiritual. It is a higher light than the Fire-flash, but lower than the third principle Light. This is the light of the physical sun and the stars. It can aid us physically and mentally, but not spiritually. Except in the sense that good physical and mental health makes it easier to grow spiritually.
Spiritual Light of Life
The most important light is that which Boehme calls the Light of the third principle. This is the highest frequency of light. This is the true light of life. It is the light that comes from God. This is the light that awakens and nourishes the spirit and soul. It is also possible that we can evolve to the point where we will not consume any food. We will rely entirely on this light for our nourishment. That can not be done overnight, of course. We can’t even do it in a few years. It will take generations of change to evolve that much. But it can’t happen if we don’t make the effort to turn to that light now. We find this light in the spiritual sun. If we take in this light regularly, we will evolve. But even without evolution of the body and mind, we will quickly awaken the spirit and soul with that light. That alone is worth the effort. Spiritual life is the only permanent life, so awaken your spirit with the light of life.