What would it mean to you to “wake up” more completely to your own life’s potential – and to the gift and meaning of life itself? “Illumination” is a word that may inspire…or confuse us. It’s widely used in spiritual life and can itself be a source of genuine hope as well as as inspiration. It reminds us that we can “see” more clearly; we can live with a greater sense of choice and freedom. In this short and immensely uplifting talk, recorded at the monthly Interfaith in Sydney services she leads, Dr Stephanie Dowrick gives us exhilarating insights into what illumination can mean and how it can guide us. She shows how the very idea of illumination is filled with hope and possibility; that illumination – coming awake – enables us to access the potential wisdom within all of our experiences, welcome and unwelcome; and that illumination also allows us to see far more clearly what matters, and what really doesn’t. Stephanie uses an initial blessing from Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan and also an exquisite poem from Kobo Daishi, founder of Shingon Buddhism, as part of her encouragement, as well as reminding us of these most powerful words from Jesus: “I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.” Please feel very free to listen to this talk, share it with others, and join us if you can be in Sydney each 3rd Sunday of the month, at 3pm, at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney. You can comment or share on Stephanie Dowrick’s Facebook page where she posts daily inspirations. All of our work is intended to bring greater peace to our lives, and to our world. Blessings to all.