The Light of the Masters 
Emanations of PASSION 
By Val Jon Farris



 In this article we continue our expedition to seven sacred peaks; a ring of summits that rise to the heavens like a jeweled crown of the Gods. From this luminous formation emanates the most powerful spiritual light in the world, the Light of the Masters. Like gravity holds together the universe’s celestial bodies, the Light of the Masters infuses an omnipotent unifying wisdom into every living entity. Its golden gem-like radiance dwells within all things and its presence is visible through the window of all the world’s religions and faiths. Moses witnessed its power in the burning bush of “I am that I am.” The Gnostics beheld it as “Gnosis,” or inspired knowledge. The Hindus experience it as “Kundalini,” an intense light energy that moves through the physical body. The common message among all the scriptures of antiquity is that this Master’s Light exists within us and all we need do is access it. 

The secret to accessing this wisdom and light lies in the “ring of seven summits” I mentioned above. Each “summit” represents a facet of spiritual wisdom, or a “dimension of knowing.” When all seven facets are accessed simultaneously the landscape of the soul is illuminated, revealing the infinite power of the Light of the Masters. The seven dimensions of knowing are Humility, Eternality, Truth, Passion, Sovereignty, Faith and Service. Why these seven and not others? Because they encompass the full spectrum of human experience and generate the core behaviors needed to embrace the infinite. 

The good news is that the seven dimensions of knowing already exist within us. The challenging news is that revealing their secrets can be an intense emotional experience. Contrary to popular belief, spiritual wisdom isn’t always bestowed through blissful or peaceful means. It sometimes takes an act of God, a tragedy or loss, or a humbling blow to the ego before we open to the divine. Like the cosmic forces that create, maintain and destroy stars, the Light of the Masters casts its lessons into the human soul with both grace and fury. It is through acts of devotion, trials of misfortune, expressions of love and onslaughts of pain that we are endowed with the Master’s Light. The challenge is to sift through the trauma and the drama of our lives until the gems of wisdom are revealed to us. 

I’m going to share a real life experience with you now that illuminates how to access a dimension of knowing and how to apply its wisdom. Join me now for an inspiring and terrifying journey into the fourth dimension of knowing, Passion. Together we will travel to a remote part of the high desert where mountain lions stalk us with their jaws of death. Torn between the primal drive to survive and the promise of divine empowerment, we forge an ability to open to the “widest possible embrace” for living our lives. 

As night falls, the blackness of space is ablaze with millions of stars. My eyes glide down from the heavens, past the horizon and into the shadowy desert floor looming below. Phantom creatures swirl around jagged starlit crags, drawing me into a vortex of unbridled fear and paranoia. As my eyes adjust to the darkness of the desert floor, the threatening phantoms transform into benign tree stumps, rocks and plants. With a sigh of relief I settle back onto the hillside and close my eyes — a terrible mistake. 

I bolt awake with a blast of terror. The musky smell of wild beast fills my nostrils. I never should have allowed myself to drift off to sleep, especially in mountain lion country! The blinding darkness yields no certainty. Then, directly behind me, maybe ten or twelve feet away, I hear the terrifying sounds of sliding rocks and clicking claws. Bloody images of torn flesh and flailing body parts rip through my mind. Wedded in this eternal moment are predator and prey, engaged in the mortal question: who will make the first move? My mind races to find a way out. Caught between a passionate embrace of terror and surrender, I have an insight. I had come out here to immerse myself in the natural world so it would be sacrilegious to bow out now. Surrender is my only course. 

Without another thought, I whip my body around toward the darkness. In a clear but calm voice I say, “I surrender to you.” As my statement rings out, rocks scatter. The cat pierces the deadly silence with a screaming growl. My eyes search the darkness for movement. There it is! Just to my right and about ten feet uphill darts a stealthy shadow. Frozen, I lock in on two luminescent green eyes peering straight back into my soul. But to my amazement, instead of leaping forward, the cat turns away and vanishes into the darkness. The wind bristles across my sweat soaked face and, more terrifying than being eaten by a mountain lion, I hear a clear, strong voice say: 

“It is not the beast you must surrender to, it is the cross.” 

Stunned, I gaze into the night sky. There at the zenith I spot a dazzling cross-like constellation of stars. I count thirteen stars, six on the horizontal axis and six on the vertical axis. Where the two intersect, one additional star blazes with diamond-like intensity. 

“Surrender to the cross? What do you mean? Who are you anyway? Are you talking about Christianity? Church? What?” I ask pointedly. 

“Tell me what it means to surrender to the cross,” I ask again. There is no reply. The desert wind blasts me with a wave of chilled air.

 “Brrrrrr.” Being trapped inside this frail body certainly has its disadvantages. Stars, on the other hand, can easily endure the frozen vacuum of space. Wouldn’t it be great if I could be like a star? That’s it! “I know what surrendering to the cross means!” 

Although surrendering to a cross has strong Christian connotations, I sense something more fundamental is implied. Suddenly a flood of insight comes. The first has to do with the symbolic meaning behind the cross’s horizontal and vertical axis. Like stars that are virtually immortal, the vertical aspect represents all things divine and eternal. The up-down position of its axis serves as a spiritual grounding rod connecting heaven and earth. This aspect of the cross includes faith, grace, surrender and unity. The horizontal aspect symbolizes the frail and mortal physical body, and all things human and temporal. Its left-right orientation represents the arms outstretched into the toils of everyday life that includes identity, emotion, intellect and will. 

My next insight concerns the central star in the middle of the constellation. Following along the interpretations for the two aspects of the cross, I realize that the central star represents the paradoxical intersection between humanity and divinity. The central paradox lies between the weakness of being human, and our aspirations to be Godlike. 

I could see where I had achieved “humanhood.” Being possessive, petty, lustful, happy, sad and willful come easily for me. The Godlike part is another story. Although I have experienced a sort of “eternalness” at times, the bliss never seems to last very long. For a few years I immersed myself in meditation and abstained from desires, but when the phase was over, I went hog wild into indulgence. I’ve even tried a third option of being both human and divine. My strategy entailed blending them into a compromise of “not too human” and “not too divine.” The result was a homogenized, passionless period in my life. 

Looking up at the stars again I have an idea. Maybe resolving this paradox requires a symbolic death, kind of like a crucifixion. The notion triggers a strange and intriguing question.

 “What must die within me in order to surrender to this cross?” The answer that comes floors me. 

“Your mediocrity,” rings inside my head. 

“My mediocrity! 

I’m definitely not mediocre in my reaction. To me, mediocre means blasé or even pathetic and I’m neither. So why would that answer come to me? Maybe it has to do with not staying in touch with my divinity while I’m being human. In other words, rather than just getting angry about being called mediocre, what if I could stay humble while I’m angry? 

Suddenly my perspective shifts as I realize that surrendering to the cross means embracing every possible human emotion with a passion. Why would anyone want to open fully such a broad spectrum? Wouldn’t it be easier to go for peace or minimize strife? Sure it would be easier, it’s called mediocrity. 

In addition to escaping the desert with my life, I left knowing that Passion is the vehicle for delivering me to the wisdom of the world. The more passionate I am, the more of the world I come to know. I also realized that personal fulfillment comes not only from those experiences I enjoy, but from those that challenge me, cause me pain, and even threaten my very existence. 

The good news is you don’t have to nearly be eaten by a mountain lion to experience the dimension of Passion. If my story spoke to you, use your feelings to identify where this dimension was imprinted into your soul. Once open to the dimension, to help keep Passion present in your daily life, engage with the three behaviors of Enthusiasm, Inspiration and Aspiration. Doing so will assist you in illuminating the wisdom and light contained within you. Let’s explore each behavior. 

Enthusiasm is to be possessed or inspired by a supernatural or divine force. This inner spiritedness expresses itself as intense interest and inspired action. Enthusiasm is created from within. Generating enthusiasm is a function of contemplating what we consider valuable, allowing ourselves to be moved or touched emotionally, and then expressing our experience openly with others. Enthusiasm has no specific form. It might look like jumping up and down wildly, or it could be a silent expression of prayer or grace, or it could even manifest as subtle tears of joy or appreciation. 

Inspiration is the act of “breathing in” something which causes us to be moved in a positive or creative manner. Unlike enthusiasm, inspiration comes to us from external sources. It is when life itself or someone in life demonstrates a superlative quality, deed or action that we become inspired. Inspiration, in addition to being a powerful emotional experience, also can spark behavioral changes that move us to model the qualities that initially inspired us. Inspiration can also exist beyond the scope of emotion or feeling. For example, one’s faith or spiritual resolve can be deepened through existential forms of inspiration. The inspiration may not register as emotional insight, but through engaging in more meaningful prayer or meditation, or through a subtle yet powerful shift in one’s appreciation of nature. 

Aspiration is the act of “exhaling” or expressing a strong desire or ambition. It is our espoused dreams, desires and ultimate wants. Aspirations are different from goals. A goal is something we have outlined to accomplish through cognitive planning and execution, while an aspiration is a magical ideal we yearn for, a captivating notion that enchants our souls and liberates our minds. When we aspire to something, we imagine ourselves standing in the midst of its power, and in the wonder of crafting and shaping it into reality. Having aspirations requires being honest about what we want and being moved to achieve it. Many people suppress their aspirations because they have abandoned or denied what is important to them. 

Apathy is the enemy of aspiration because it inhibits our positive energy and stifles our ability to self-motivate. History can also inhibit our ability to aspire. Past failures often steal the thunder of our passion because we see them as evidence that we cannot or should not aspire to anything. “We will never realize it anyway so why even try?” To infuse new life into our aspirations, we must reassess what we want through acknowledging and releasing any apathy or denial.

 Join me next time as we explore the fifth dimension of the Light of the Masters, Sovereignty. Entering into the thick underbrush of a Hawaiian jungle we encounter the terrifying and inspiring shaman, Sam Lono. Possessed by this sorcerer’s spell for a night, we emerge the next day not only intact, but in touch with immense personal power. Power that ignites our ability to be true to ourselves, stand in the face of adversity and orchestrate our own destiny. 

Val Jon Farris is a behavioral scientist and spiritual anthropologist who travels the world exploring ancient ruins and mystical cultures. This article has been excerpted from his award-winning book “Inca Fire! Light of the Masters,” available at all bookstores, on the web at , or toll free at (877) 462-2347.

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