We all know that there is light, radiant and subtle, in our natural world. The best part is: there is also a glow, a light like no other, in the spiritual world, if only we allowed our mind’s eye to witness its eternal effulgence and splendour. This is simply because the spiritual light has a totally diverse principle. The philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg referred to the spiritual light as the mirror quintessence of the spiritual sun — a composite that not only reflects pure love, but also life itself, as a whole. He articulated, on the same scale, that the natural worldly light emerges from the sun. It resides and lights up our horizon. The natural sun encompasses of physical elements. It is a corporal entity — it has no life in, or by itself.

It is a given that every spiritual thought, or ideation, is intended to perceive the spiritual light — this is akin to how we perceive physical light, although the two are “light years apart,” in the literal sense. When our eyes are “regimentalised” by the mundane, hackneyed brief of seeing and focussing on only one type of light, it cannot just perceive the other. What does this suggest? That we may not be able to comprehend things in the spiritual realm, unless we are keyed up to it. This is simply because our minds are the conduit between the physical and spiritual worlds. What’s more, they sift what we see and/or understand. The fact is our physical stimuli for the world are so powerful that it goads us to rivet our attention on the physical aspect of things on our living planet. It is only when we elect to become conscious of the spiritual world and its impact on us would we become receptive to its wonderful synthesis and mystical presence.

It is up to each of us to perceive, experience, and savour every light-wave that touches the inner realm of our sense receptors. This includes sound, its wavy oscillations and the like too. When we allow and celebrate every sound, sight, touch, feel, and aroma, we reach the next level — a plateau that is not only amenable, but also appreciative of the subtleties of nature and their beauty from the inside out. This has an additional element too — or, control mechanism. You can either allow your intellect and the will to embrace every light and sound that comes through, so long as they are representative of truth and virtue, or just reject the “bad” from the skin of your thought, or feelings.

Our senses are the temples of receptivity, no less — they enable us to accumulate perceptions and sensations at the innermost and the outermost level. All of us have it within our being the ability to respond to such stimuli — by way of our imagination. To paraphrase Swedenborg, this is what it corresponds to with our natural mind — one that belongs to all our imaginative faculties. This is the interior sensory with grown-up adults — it has the highest vitality in children, more so in the first stage of adolescence.

All of us are an assemblage of mental images. This includes imagination and its whole expanse — each in our own bespoke, or individualised, manner, or mode. While we are endowed with the natural ability to “pluck” images from our memory banks — be it the images of the past, or anything else — we ought to be smart, also careful, in unscrambling our memory “chaff” from the imagination “grain,” while modifying and changing them in our reminiscence and reshaping them for a higher purpose in life.

(The writer is a wellness physician, independent researcher and author)

Rajgopal Nidamboor