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Quest for Illumination

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Postby Magda » Fri Jan 26, 2007 7:46 am


Dear Friends of the Lighthouses:

Unable to resist the alluring and inviting light, I stood before Walton Lighthouse in Santa Cruz, California, and suddenly heard myself say out loud: “How do I find enlightenment in everyday living?” In search of an answer, I found an anonymous note left on the lighthouse where I found the key to enlightenment. – Excerpt from Quest for Illumination, Copyright © 2006 by Mara Fonseca

Fascinated with lighthouses all my life, I never thought in a million years that I would find the key to enlightenment at a lighthouse in my very own community. Lo and behold, I did find the answer I was seeking, and I have been drawn to the silent wisdom, beauty, and strength of lighthouses ever since.

For those of you who love lighthouses, true life stories, and who are seeking spiritual meaning in your lives, I believe that my book will be a welcoming resource and guide. If you are interested in taking a look at my book and ordering it, please take a moment to visit my web site at the following locations:

Quest for Illumination
http://www.marafonseca.com/index_files/Page429.htm

Endorsement from Jean Houston, Ph.D.
http://www.marafonseca.com/index_files/Page317.htm

As a Friend of the Lighthouses, I will continue on my quest for illumination by visiting more lighthouses around the country. My journey will be a constant reminder that lighthouses are our beacons of light and salvation that deserve our respect and continued preservation.

Thank you for reading my message. May you have a blessed day.

Save our lighthouses,
Mara Fonseca
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Postby Grover1 » Fri Jan 26, 2007 6:38 pm


Hi Magda ... welcome to the site!

When I read this ...
“How do I find enlightenment in everyday living?”

... the very first question that came to mind was ... is this quest an internal search or an external journey?
Believe those who search for the truth ...
Doubt those who find it ...
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Postby Magda » Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:18 am


Thank you for your warm welcome and for your question.

My journey was both an internal quest to find enlightenment in everyday living and a unique and unexpected external quest that led me to the answer. My answer manifested itself in an anonymous note left on Walton Lighthouse, which not only gave me the key to what I was searching for, but also the reason why I have been so drawn to lighthouses.

With my internal quest fulfilled, my journey in life now is to enjoy the beauty, and symbolic message of illumination, of lighthouses around our country by not only visiting them but also becoming another voice for their preservation.

Thank you again for your question, and peace and all good things to you!
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Postby Biggy » Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:21 am


Magda wrote:With my internal quest fulfilled, my journey in life now is to enjoy the beauty, and symbolic message of illumination ...


Hello Magda! Welcome aboard!

I too have a question or two regarding this path, or quest, of yours. Regarding the above quote, I'm asking specifically about the "message of illumination" part. Forgive my editor-ness and the need to clarify certain terminologies used in sentences, but when you speak of "illumination," are you referring to illumination in the sense of the physical lighting of something or illumination in the sense of being enlightened and informed, mentally or spiritually, or a combination of these?

Just curious to know exactly which definition(s) of illumination you're making reference to with regard to your quests.
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Postby Magda » Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:14 am


Hello David, and thank you for your warm welcome.

I appreciate your interest and question, and I would love to respond by saying that you should read my book--as any author would say!

As I reflect on your question, I believe that you already have the key to the answer embedded within your question: "...illumination in the sense of the physical lighting of something or illumination in the sense of being enlightened and informed, mentally or spiritually, or a combination of these?"

My spiritual quest on how to find enlightenment in everyday living was illuminated, when I found an anonymous note on Walton Lighthouse. That note provided me with the answer to my spiritual quest, and something quite extraordinary and symbolic: I found my answer to the true meaning of enlightenment on a physical beacon of illumination--a lighthouse. You might say that "I found the light" at a lighthouse.

Thank you again for your question. Peace and all good things to you.
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Postby Grover1 » Sat Jan 27, 2007 8:26 pm


For those interested ...

<img src="http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/0595409059.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V50055748_.jpg" >

From the page of Diesel ebooks:
As author Mara Fonseca reveals, finding enlightenment does not require that we first become spiritual masters. Rather, we can find illumination in our everyday lives through the Qs & Rs of Illumination, a daily self discovery process that consists of a quote and a question, reflection, reminder, and quest based on the quote. This simple but powerful process will awaken new levels of insight, thus clearing the way to the discovery of your true spiritual nature and the keys to wholeness, self awareness, creativity, and imagination.

Drawing from hundreds of inspirational quotes, life observations, and true stories, Quest for Illumination is a beacon of light on our quest for a life filled with spiritual meaning. With extraordinary clarity, simplicity, and practical advice, Mara shows you how to live a more enlightened life in body, mind, and spirit.
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Postby Grover1 » Sun Jan 28, 2007 6:42 am


Hi Magda ... Good Sunday Morning

To paraphrase a Groucho Marx quip, "sometimes a lighthouse is just a lighthouse."

A body of work that gets us to think beyond the finite, the concrete, I believe is a good thing. Provoking introspection, I believe, is a good thing. The incongruity I am finding is we are following a third party's path, in this case it happens to be yours, to "illumination and enlightenment" This is how you discovered it. We're missing the step where we find "the anonymous note" to prod us towards illumination and I just dont believe that step, to your thoughts, can be overlooked.

Pardon my addled memory for forgetting who originated it, but many motivational speakers borrow the thought that change only comes from a "life-altering experience" If we dont experience one, chances are good our life continues on the same path.

I believe there are as many paths as there are people ... we cannot share your moment of illumination ... We can revel in the fact you found it. We can be full of joy for you. On the other hand, you may be of the George Carlin school which believes "Isn it funny ... no one ever starts a path ... "

Magda, you'll offer a different perspective to much of what is discussed here in the forums and on LH.net. I hope you'll contribute frequently.

Barry
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Postby epona » Sun Jan 28, 2007 8:32 am


I am going to state that much of what Barry just wrote is what I also got. Magda look back over what Barry just wrote.

I have not talked about spiritual parts of me or my beliefs on this lighthouse board because I do not think it is the correct forum to do so.

If you asked the members of lighthousing.net to list what lighthouses mean to them or why they are interested in them the answers would be diverse and varied.

Magda, I read over your web site and formed an opinion which I might share with you privately. Bookstore and websites are full of the type of book you have written. I have book shelf full the works of Ram Dass, Don Miguel Ruiz, Marianne Williamson just to name a few. I am not new to this type of reading.

In closing from I have read I have my own opinions of why Magda you posted here. At present I will keep these to myself.

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Postby Magda » Sun Jan 28, 2007 9:26 am


Good morning Barry!

I was touched when I saw you post a photo of my book cover on this forum. Thank you for your kindness.

As I reflected deeply on your message, I would like to first respond to your last sentence, "...Magda, you'll offer a different perspective to much of what is discussed here in the forums and on LH.net. I hope you'll contribute frequently." I am humbled by your invitation and will graciously accept if others are interested in participating as well.

Secondly, I would like to respond to your paraphrase, "sometimes a lighthouse is just a lighthouse." For me, a lighthouse has always been more than just a lighthouse. From my spiritual perspective, lighthouses symbolize a beacon of light that illuminates the path of someone who is searching for personal spiritual truth or the meaning of enlightenment. I emphasize "personal", because a quest for spiritual insight or awakening is a personal journey and experience.

When I found a very simple but life-altering note on Walton Lighthouse, which simply stated that I was on a quest for illumination, I understood on a very deep level that the lighthouse was the outward symbol of my inward quest for illumination. My quest for illumination was how to find enlightenment, and spiritual meaning, in my ordinary everyday life.

Life-altering experiences occur every day to thousands of people, and for me it happened at a lighthouse. As I reflect back on that day, I am grateful that I found what I needed posted on a lighthouse because I have always been drawn to lighthouses--both for their physical beauty and strength, but more importantly for the spiritual message that their presence signifies to me.

The sharing of my book is to not only share my own personal experience of awakening, but to also be of humble service to others who also feel a connection to lighthouses on a deep soul level and would enjoy reading about how my journey towards finding spiritual meaning in everyday life brought about my finding a daily self-discovery process that can help others find a key to their own personal quest for a life filled with spiritual meaning.

Thank you Barry for the continued opportunity to share. More importantly, thank you for your viewpoint, reflection, and interest.

May you have a splendid Sunday!

Peace and all good things to you,
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