experience of seeing the colours of the rainbow, when the sun is shining
and it has been raining, is one we all
can share. The experience often has a magical quality to it as though it
is stirring some deep inner response. Such is the wonder of the light
that forms the colours of the rainbow.
One of the greatest
spiritual pioneers of the western world,
Emanuel Swedenborg, readily
recognised the universal importance or light. To use his term, it
corresponds to the inner awakening of enlightenment caused by the
shining light inherent in truth
and wisdom dispelling the darkness of doubt and
Most of the colours that
you and I see are produced by part of the sun's light energy being
absorbed/smothered by the objects around us. The red chair, say, gives
far less light energy than it receives, whereas the heavenly principle
is to GIVE AS WE RECEIVE. To consider light and
colour from a spiritual viewpoint we should look at colour by
transmitted light. These colours are, of course, the colours of the
rainbow, when no light is lost but its inner beauties are quite
literally opened out before our eyes as it shines through the
transparent water droplets in the rain cloud. We are not intended to
absorb the light ... enlightenment, joy and happiness ... rather we are
intended to transmit it; and in doing so to unfold its meaning for
others, and for ourselves too.
The colours of the rainbow are not just wonderful
images in our natural world but also convey deep spiritual meaning.
Isaac Newton, discovered how to produce the colours of the rainbow using
a glass prism and a slit of light. Schoolchildren the world over still
sense his joy of discovery in repeating this experiment for themselves.
The mystical importance of the rainbow is intuitively perceived by
almost everyone. It brings out the childlikeness in us ... the 'look
what I've found' spontaneous desire to share. It inspires a sense of joy
and optimism, linked to another childlike quality - wonder.
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Colours of the Rainbow - part 2
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