Barbara: Yusef gives us an interesting metaphor for God (white light) and we who are of God (colors within the white light). A little background from science:
White light consists of all colors in the visible light spectrum. Each color retains its hue and shade while still being a part of the Whole-White. For example, blue can be found within white. It can be seen as blue when the white light is passed through a prism, reflecting the color blue as well as all the colors (of the Rainbow).
In Yusef’s example, think of yourself as blue, or green, or red, and God as the white Light. You are still yourself, yet you are at the same time a part of the All, God.
Black on the other hand absorbs all colors. Blue loses its hue and shade when absorbed into black. No prism will reveal a color in black. It is impossible to extract a color from black. No light bounces off black.
You are all indeed an intimate part of God. There are some in the Light and some yet in the darkness, and some on the continuum between light and dark.
God is an ever evolving force. God, or Pure [white] Light, is accommodating, including, and encompassing all the expressions and shades of Light.
Think of the “color” white. It is white because it includes all colors. Each color is yet itself, and it is at the same time a part of the whole—white.
Black, or darkness, also includes colors, yet in black the colors are absorbed and are no longer themselves. Black is the absence of the incredible spectrum of color that makes up white.
Remain in the Light.
More coming on this subject….