Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid (Matthew 5:14).” He confirmed this in his 20th Century correction, A Course in Miracles:
I have assured you that the Mind that decided for me is also in you, and that you can let it change you just as it changed me. ²This Mind is unequivocal, because it hears only one Voice and answers in only one way. ³You are the light of the world with me. ⁴Rest does not come from sleeping but from waking. ⁵The Holy Spirit is the Call to awaken and be glad. ⁶The world is very tired, because it is the idea of weariness. ⁷Our task is the joyous one of waking it to the Call for God. ⁸Everyone will answer the Call of the Holy Spirit, or the Sonship cannot be as One. ⁹What better vocation could there be for any part of the Kingdom than to restore it to the perfect integration that can make it whole? ¹⁰Hear only this through the Holy Spirit within you, and teach your brothers to listen as I am teaching you (ACIM, T-5.II.10:1-10, emph added).
Thus we can say, with him, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world (John 9:5 emph added).” Some things don’t change: we all are the light of the world. And, since our consciousness is individualized, each of us is the light of the world. You can say with me, “I AM the light of the world.” That is a fact.
When we left the “tired” world in the 60’s—“turned on, tuned in, and dropped out”—we brought part of the weary world with us. It wasn’t until we found the Order and got all the drugs—including the Mass Mind—out of our systems, that we really awakened and were glad. We answered the “Call of the Holy Spirit” and taught our brothers to listen as we were being taught so the Sonship could be as one.
Now we are the age of our Teacher when he founded the Order. Before he did, he’d been weary too. He entered an ashram to heal his mind and body because he knew that “rest does not come from sleeping but from waking.” He renewed himself by remembering Who he was. He followed his guidance and founded a little center on Market Street. We’ve all been called to reawaken, as he did, follow our guidance, and be the light of the world.
That doesn’t necessarily mean starting or joining a religious order or making any outward changes at all. The early church taught you should remain in the station you were in when you found the light; that was “the world” in which you were to be the light. When I remembered that I was never happier or more inspired than I was “doing my Father’s business” in the Order, I aspired to recapture that spirit.
For a long time I thought it would be so much easier to be the light when living in a community that was filled with the Holy Spirit, like the Order was. And, I joined a number of them. But, I found that the “Jesus Way” was my way; it had been planted inside me, it is what I AM: the light of the world.
Then, A Course in Miracles filled in the blanks for me: Everyone is the Christ. The world is my community. Everyone is my sister, my brother. The Kingdom of Heaven is within me. Now, however I am led is my service. It is not up to me to decide or define what I do. It is up to me to listen and follow. Even if it appears I am doing nothing, I know whether I am “in the spirit” or not. And, being in the spirit, I am fulfilling my part in God’s plan for salvation. I am one with the Sonship.
We can know we are the light wherever we are.