“The Grace of God in a soul is like a candle in a lantern or in a glass vessel; for it enlightens, and brightens, and shines through, the vessel, that is, the righteous man. And it manifests itself to the man who has it within him, if he be observant of himself. And it manifests itself through him, to other men, in virtues and in good examples. This flash of divine grace inwardly stirs and moves a man with swiftness, and this swift movement is the first thing which makes us see. Of this swift movement of God there springs from the side of man the second thing, which is a gathering together of all inward and outward powers in the unity of the spirit, in the bonds of love.” ~John of Ruysbroeck
Grace of God
Whether you call it Grace, Manna, or Light, this power that comes from God does indeed enlighten one. It does this by awakening the dormant spirit and soul. It then continues to do it by nourishing them as material food nourishes our physical body.
It sounds like a catch twenty-two, however, when Ruysbroeck says that grace manifests to the one who already has it within him. I believe that what he means is that grace comes to the one who is ready for it. Grace comes to the one who is willing to receive it and use it wisely.
When we have manages to get the Grace of God within us, and have awakened our own spiritual faculties, it is important to share that with others. Ruysbroeck indicates that this is done by being virtuous and showing good example. That is certainly a part of it, but it isn’t the only way. When a person is ill, we can send them healing energy just by thinking about it. They don’t even have to know we have done it. Likewise, we can send that Light or Grace out to others imbedded with positive thoughts like love, peace, and harmony. Such directed Light can counter a surprising amount of negativity in the world. Continue reading “Grace and Light brings Enlightenment”