Light touches us body, mind and spirit. It can be vibrant and transformative, invigorating and healing. Bright light is a form of therapy that can alter our moods. It has been effective in offsetting seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Sleep patterns are controlled by light’s cycles and rhythms. We are more restful when light is scarce and feel livelier when it is more abundant. Light makes flowers blossom and makes fruit and vegetables ripen. It enriches the soil and makes it more fertile.
Surface light is considered an element of visual art depending on the way it is transmitted and it falls on certain objects. It draws in our attention creating flowing and sparkling patterns. Its presence is a symbol of wisdom. It helps to express the personality of the object it rests on. Visual art is based on shared experiences with light being the point of connection.
Light is illuminating. We use the term enlightenment when we refer to understanding and advancement in personal growth. The Mayans built their own sun temple and solar observatories. The Egyptians constructed healing halls in their pyramids made up of beautiful walls of color mimicking the light spectrum from ultra-violet to infrared. The early Athenians had a great appreciation for the benefits of light. It was Dutch physicist, Christiaan Huygens (AD 16-29-93) who envisioned light as a material fluid that flows from the sun and back again.
Science and physics revolves around light and color vision. In early experiments Issac Newton who developed the theory of gravity – recognized that sunlight consists of light waves of varing wavelengths each interpreted as a different color. Based on this conclusion he established the theory of light and color by demonstrating with a prism that white light can be divided into seven colors – magenta, violet, blue, turquoise, green, yellow, orange and red. One end of the spectrum he ascertained was made up of cool reflections of light and the other radiated the intensity of heat with its warm overtones. Essentially, minute particles of matter and molecules of air and atmosphere intercept and when they come together they scatter the white light of the sun into this vibrant rainbow of colors. How can we not be powerfully influenced and affected when sunlight interacts with the Earths atmosphere in this way? The effects of light on our subconscious are numerous – below are just a few that have made impressions on us through various themes as identified by the following list posted.
Familiar Light Themes
- Sunlight streaming into a room in late afternoon
- Light shinning through a break in the clouds
- Golden light from a flickering candle
- The first light of the morning
- The intoxicating warmth from the renewing light of springtime
- Domestic, incandescent lighting from a floor lamp that hovers over a winged-back armchair in the corner of a library
- The soft light of a desk lamp as it shines on the pages of a book
- The blue cast of a computer screen in a dark room
- Light as it passes through panels of stained glass in a church window
- A flame from a lantern posted at an entry of an old English inn
- The reassuring strobe of circular light as it is seen from far out at sea
- A spotlight on an actor when the curtain comes down at the end of a magnificent theatre performance
- A light left on in the window that says: “Welcome Home”
- The great white light one sees when having a near-death experience
- Witnessing darkness turn to light when one is born again
- The heavenly light surrounding an angel
- The light of the stars as they shimmer and shine up in the deep blue sky signaling a world of possibilities
- The flash of light that freezes one’s image when they have their picture taken
- The stream of lights wrapped around a brightly lit Christmas tree
- The lights from candles in a procession at Lourdes, France
- The light at the end of a tunnel when troubles appear insurmountable
- The light of his eye – the way a father watches his daughter as she glides down the aisle on his arm on his little girl’s wedding day
- The light of reason when rational returns
- The light of hope when all seems impossible
- The light of consciousness that comes through meditation
- Divine light as a spiritual protective armor
- The study of human aura
Please add to this list – What themes does light play out in your life? Light is forever present and tells a multitude of visual stories that we all can relate to.
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