What Is Light?

An Excerpt from LUMINOUS LIFE

Dr. Jacob Israel Liberman

What Is Light?

An Excerpt from Luminous Life by Jacob Liberman

Since humanity’s first sunrise, seers have wondered about the nature

of light and suspected that this mysterious and all-pervasive phenomenon

must be fundamentally related to our deepest questions

about God, life, and the meaning of existence. The Bible tells us that

life began with the dawning of light, and virtually every spiritual

tradition identifies light with the Creator, speaking of the “divine

light,” the “light of God,” and describing spiritual evolution as the

process of “enlightenment.”

Health and well-being are commonly thought of as an emanation

of light — or “glow” — a radiance that cannot be described.

Glowing physical health is primarily a function of the power of

our “inner sun,” and our glow seems to increase as our awareness

expands. At full illumination, this radiance becomes visible to the

naked eye, which is why great actors are often likened to “stars,”

and saints are traditionally depicted as being surrounded by brilliant

halos and described as “illumined.”

Many of our verbal expressions also illustrate the countless ways

in which light manifests in our everyday lives. We say that pregnant

women are “glowing,” and when we feel inspired we say we have

had a “flash” of insight. When someone is very smart, we say they

are “brilliant”; and when they have changed their beliefs or thinking,

we say they have “seen the light.” When we speak of a new idea, we

might say “a light bulb went off.” When we want someone to calm

down, we might suggest they “lighten up.”

Scientists have also puzzled over the nature of light. In 1640

the Italian astronomer Galileo wrote a letter to philosopher Fortunio

Liceti stating, “I have always considered myself unable to understand

what light was, so much so that I would readily have agreed to

spend the rest of my life in prison with only bread and water if only

I could have been sure of reaching the understanding that seems so

hopeless to me.” Around 1917 the physicist Albert Einstein wrote to

a friend, “For the rest of my life I will reflect on what light is!” By

1951 he confessed that he had spent fifty years of “conscious brooding,”

trying to understand the nature of light yet was no closer to the

answer than when he began.

In the process of chasing the mystery of light, however, Einstein

developed the theory of relativity, establishing that at the speed of

light, time ceases to exist. In addition, a photon, which has no mass,

can cross the cosmos without using any energy. So for light beams,

time and space do not exist.

More recently, however, quantum physicists have described light

as the foundation of reality. This is profoundly significant when

we realize that quantum theory is considered the most successful

scientific formulation in history and that 50 percent of our current

technology is based on it. According to theoretical physicist David

Bohm, “Light is energy and it’s also information, content, form, and

structure. It’s the potential of everything.”

We live in a universe that appears to be created and nourished by

light. According to German writer and politician Johann Wolfgang

von Goethe, “All life originates and develops under the influence

of . . . light.” This becomes obvious when we experimentally place

plants, animals, or humans in darkened environments and notice

that their vitality and well-being gradually diminish, bringing their

lives to a halt. Without light, there is no will to live. We are literally

robbed of the spark that propels our spirit.

With such recognitions, the artificial distinctions we have between

science, health care, and spirituality are dissolving, and each is

being traced back to light. Mystics, scientists, and healers now agree,

in their respective terms, that light holds the secret to human awakening,

healing, and transformation.

Dr. Jacob Israel Liberman’s discoveries in the fields of light, vision, and consciousness, have been enthusiastically endorsed by luminaries in the fields of health, science, and spirituality, including Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, and Eckhart Tolle. He is the author of Light: Medicine Of The Future, Take Off Your Glasses And See and Wisdom From An Empty Mind. His newest book, Luminous Life: How the Science of Light Unlocks the Art of Living, reveals how light guides our every step, so we may fulfill our reason for being.

Excerpted from the book, Luminous Life. Copyright © Jacob Israel Liberman. Reprinted with permission from New World Library.

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