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Published 7-19-10

Tzvi Freeman, Rumi, Book of Matthew, Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Marilyn Norquist Gustin, John Greenleaf Whittier


Dear Readers,

"The eyes are the window to the soul," the old English proverb goes. I remember
one visit I made to the grocery store. I passed a woman in the cereal aisle...
our eyes barely met, yet I've never forgotten her because her eyes were
aglow with the extraordinary light of spiritual joy. We never even exchanged
a word, and the moment happened years ago - but here I am, sharing
with you how deeply she impacted my life.

When we observe the light of someone's soul, we are experiencing a split
second of the brilliance of God's energy; we are glimpsing His essence.

- Lisa

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There is the body, the soul, and then there is the essence.
If the soul is light, then the essence is the source of light.
If the soul is energy, then the essence is the generator.
It is not something you have. It is who and what you are.

Whatever we do, we dance around that essence-core,
like an orbiting spacecraft unable to land.
We can meditate, we can be inspired -- but to touch our inner core,
the place from whence all this comes, that takes a power from beyond.

That is why there are seasons in life empowered from beyond.
Special days and special nights,
times of crisis and times of joy that touch the core.
At other times, you can step forward.
At those times, you can leap into a new form of being.


Tzvi Freeman
From the wisdom of Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Courtesy of


The light which shines in the eye
is really the light of the heart.
The light which fills the heart
is the light of God, which is pure
and separate from the light of intellect and sense.

Rumi (1207-1273)
Persian poet and mystic



Now when (Jesus) saw the crowds, he went up
on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples
came to him, and he began to teach them saying...

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill
cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp
and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its
stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before men,
that they may see your good deeds and
praise your Father in heaven."

Matthew 5:1-2, 14-16
The Holy Bible
New International Version

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A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light
which flashes across his mind from within.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American philosopher and poet


Start to look for that place within yourself where the light shines...
When you begin to show ever so little willingness to find your
light, offer that willingness to the Holy Spirit. Do it consciously,
deliberately. "Holy Spirit, I am willing to find my own light."
If that is scary, do it anyway. Your own light is for you.
It is the Father's gift to you. You can trust it to bring you joy.
You can be free to enjoy your own light. If you are willing, the
Spirit will rush to show you his shining within your own spirit.

Excerpted from "Jesus Pattern for a Happy Life: The Beatitudes"
by Marilyn Norquist Gustin
Liquori Publications, 1981

The Last Word:

The windows of my soul I throw
Wide open to the sun.

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)
American Quaker poet
From "My Psalm"






























































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