Human bioluminescence. An inner lightness pervades those who are most serious about spiritual work. Joy. I tend to feel concerned when spiritual practitioners carry around an air of ponderous and heavy weight, for it is almost always an expression of aberrant tendency making oneself a burden to oneself and tedious to those around one. Our endeavor here is far too serious to be crushed under serious airs. Earnestness, yes. Sincerity, yes. Perseverance, yes. Dull, laborious excessive solemnity – no.
Wisdom sees clearly and sees through. It sees through coverings of self-importance and self-imposed severity. It approaches self and other with tenderness and tender-heartedness. For instance, when dealing with the tendency toward negative emotion, an inner lightness does not proclaim, “You must not indulge negative emotion.” Instead it simply points out that you have the right not to be negative.
An inner lightness arising from spiritual joy does not brow beat or shame, instead it plays to your inherent strengths and rights as a human being—a being with essential nobility and intrinsic goodness. You, in the deep of your being, always carry with you the strength and the right to not be controlled by negative emotion. You have the right to interrupt the flow of mechanical associations and the path then gives you the methods to exercise this right. It might be hard work, and work of an ongoing nature, but it is doable work—even enjoyable.
An inner lightness is reflected in an air of conviviality and expressive creativity. Conviviality, from con=with and vivere= to live. To be full of life. To summon up in flesh and feeling a fresh, lively friendliness. I am reminded of Pythagoras, the ancient Greek mathematician and mystic who said, “Friendliness is the highest form of relationship.” Not even friendship, but friendliness. To have a quality of kindness and compassion, maitri and karuna. - t.k., recent talks