Love and Light

What’s with the “Love and Light” email sign-off?

I admit I used to scoff at emails from people (including my ex-wife) ending with “Love and Light.” If that makes your eyes roll too, I get you. I’ve been there too. Way too “woo woo” for me! I saw it almost like a New Age battle cry. Why would folks marginalize themselves that way?

Do you hear my judgment coming through?

My baggage

I used to be about as agnostic as you can get. I just thought religion was all bunk. That was a direct result of being raised by a Catholic and a Jehovah’s Witness who couldn’t agree on who God is. Confused by my grandparents’ contrasting beliefs, I chose to leave behind the idea of God and focus on science, technology, and things that were tangible.

This appeared to serve me well, but it limited me. So then I started to practice this concept of the willing suspension of disbelief. A healthy dose of skepticism is actually never healthy. In fact, skepticism and cynicism are just two sides of the same coin.

I traveled to India for a Tony Robbins event where I became reacquainted with the Creator. I was touched on the head by a monk. He gave me a deeksha, which is a Oneness blessing. I felt this deep sense of peace and connection to my higher power that I’d never experienced before in this life. I went outside, and everything was in technicolor. The trees and the grass were in the most vivid colors I’d ever seen. It was like a cartoon.

After my awakening to the Divine, I began to see the power behind “Love and Light.” It isn’t just a blessing/prayer for the recipient. It’s a way of broadcasting this powerful message out to the awakened: “I’m here too, friend.”

The gravitational pull of love

Let’s break it down a little bit. Love is a tremendous force in the universe. It’s the creative energy that helps you manifest your desires. It’s the feeling of unconditional acceptance that you find when you’re face to face with the Creator. 

In the Song of Solomon, it says, “Love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If one offered for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly scorned.”

Do you feel the power of love? Once you have absorbed the truth of love, it’s only natural to send it out to everyone you know. By signing off with love, you’re spreading good health, prosperity, and healing energy to those around you.

The Light of illumination

Light brings with it the capacity for wisdom and mercy. Last decade I learned from Kabbalah about light — the “light of wisdom” from the Creator, and the “light of mercy” that everyone has in them (including your most hated political figure). Since then I always look for ways to reveal light in the activities I do during the day, whether it’s a client call or a podcast interview.

In a part of the Zohar called “Drowning,” God says to Moses, “‘My Child, strive to see supernal light, for I have brought you into a vast ocean. Be careful! Keep your soul from gazing and your mind from conceiving, lest you drown. Strive to see, yet escape drowning.’” Without heavenly Light, the darkness will make us drown. May we strive to truly see what the Creator wants to show us.

Light is not only a physical illumination but also a spiritual illumination. We are all beings of light created by the Light. Given the power of the Light, why wouldn’t you send “light” to someone you care about?

The need is greater than ever

Although the phrase “Love and Light” has been around since Antonia Goodland-Clark was first inspired to use it in 2008, it seems like the need for love and light is greater than ever. With a global pandemic of epic proportions, violence and darkness making every effort to obscure the cry for justice, and anxiety and depression reaching an all-time high, now is the time to spread love and light.

Rather than being an insurmountable obstacle, the darkness in our society right now is an opportunity for light to grow. In a bright room, a small light is barely noticed, but in a room that is pitch black, even a tiny light is powerful. Let’s make our light shine in the darkness so that we will not be overcome.

When you come across someone who is lacking love and light, think of creative ways to fill them up. Show your love by having compassion for the broken ones. Buy a warm coat, offer a shoulder to cry on, or look them in the eyes and say, “I see you. The light in me honors the light in you.” Spread light by always being ready to teach and to learn. Each day brings with it a potential for blessing others and being blessed in return.

Beyond love and light

Are you looking to spice up your email sign-off and spread the love? Here are some others you can try if you feel too awkward using the exact expression “Love and Light”:

* Until next time, stay blessed

* Sending positive vibes your way

* Keep fighting the good fight

* May you be filled with tranquility

* Wish you many more days of walking on sunshine

* Keep your head high

* Peace and love

* Warm hugs

* Namaste

* Stay awesome

* You rock

* Carpe diem

* Enjoy basking in the rays

* May the force be with you

Which one of these corresponds to your energy? For me, it’s “Love and Light.” That’s why I’m sending you “Love and Light” — and I truly mean that!

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