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The 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 despair.

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.

Newton's prism experiment

 

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.

 

 

Click to continue to the next section:  Colours of the Rainbow - part 2

For information of workshops on this subject click here: Beyond the Rainbow

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