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Tricks Of Light
by Wendy Anderson

The movie house grows dark, the crowd hushed in anticipation as the lights slowly dim. Armed with popcorn and beverage, I prop my feet on the chair in front of me (like we're told not to) and prepare to enjoy a dazzling display of creative collaboration. John Williams familiar theme music from twenty years past once again fills the theater with resounding fanfare -- Star Wars was back! Dashing heroes -- a haughty princess in distress (more from the dashing heroes than any real danger) -- an evil empire bent on control -- and �The Force,' a silent co-star makes its first appearance in two decades opening a new generation to the concepts of light and honor.

Unfortunately, having indulged too much in the soda, I had to get up and use the restroom. As I re-entered the theater, an odd string of thought caught in my mind. It started when I saw the stream of light poring from the projector booth and reflecting onto the screen. It struck me that what I'd believed to be the greatest movie series of all time was merely a trick of light reflected back to me through bits of exposed celluloid. All of the images, hopes, dreams and battles were nothing more than illusions of simulated reality. Happily, this realization didn't diminish the experience -- I still had a great time. But it did get me to wondering -- what if we are tricks of light?

Science has shown that light (electro-magnetic radiation), in its various spectrums flows continuously through our tissues and material matter. Even what could be considered darkness in this world carries trace amounts of measurable light. Without sunlight, our bodies can not produce vitamin D or reset key brain chemicals vital for health and sanity. So in the �real' scientific sense, we are creatures of light.

Yoga teaches about light centers of the body, key locations on the spine where nerve centers meet and channel neural energy to the rest of the nerve endings. The constant flow of energy to these pathways is said to produce a specific color frequency that, when visualized can improve health and awareness.

Interestingly enough, these colors correspond to the scientific approach to the light spectrum that when split from the original �whole' light, creates a rainbow. Many faiths have stories of rainbows being a message from the heavens. In Norse mythology it's a rainbow bridge to the heavens.

In Greek mythology it's a bridge traveled by Iris to deliver messages from Olympus to earth and the underworld. In the bible it's God's promise to never again destroy man by water. And artists know that the color white contains all the colors of the spectrum.

The Native Americans have a word to describe the family of man. In their language it's Matee. In ours it translates to Rainbow. In their sacred wheels that symbolize creation in motion, east is the color yellow as are the people. South is the red people, west is the black people, north is the white people. In the center of the circle, where Creation is said to be, is the Rainbow Tribe. In their faith, it's as though Creator shone his light into this world and created us -- reflections of light.

So now we create through streams of light carrying our hopes, dreams, fantasies and fears. For a few hours we forget our mundane lives and surrender to our creation; living the experiences of our favorite characters, never suspecting that we may only be as children imitating the parent who invented it all.

May The Force Be With You.

Wendy Anderson