Luminism is the "Light of Being." The word Luminism is derived from the Latin root lumen, meaning "light" and the Greek suffix -ismos, meaning the "condition of being." Modern, spiritual Luminism seeks to integrate the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom of all the essential truths of art, literature, philosophy, religion, and science. This integration reveals that all that has existence, essence, and experience is a form of eternal and infinite Light.
Although Luminism has many artistic, historic, and spiritual references, all Luminists seek the purpose and meaning of Life in the radiant Beauty and Goodness of Light. In modern, spiritual Luminism, this radiance of infinite Beauty and eternal Goodness is illuminated in the existence, essence, and experience of Love--which is the ultimate need and quest of humankind. Luminism holds that the essence of all art, philosophy, religion, and science is the same--and that is the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom of Truth in Love.
Luminism in Art, History, and Religion
Historically, Luminism has been linked with the American artistic movement of the mid-nineteenth century known as with the Hudson River School of painting. Landscape artists, such as Frederick E. Church, Fitz Hugh Lane, Sanford R. Gifford, Martin Heade, and others used the effects of light to capture the essence of their various subject matter. Contemporary artists, such as Thomas Kinkade, Jim Behlen, Jr., and Louis Jones, have been cited as being of the "Modern Luminist" school of painting.
Spiritual Luminism has many ancient and pre-historical references. Sometimes also referred to as "Illuminism," it is the belief that ultimate reality and Truth is illuminated in Light. Historically, this has long been a universal and unifying spiritual/religious principle. Many prehistoric people held a belief in the divinity of Light. From the Earth's very beginning, the sun has always been recognized as the predominate source of Light and Life, and the stars and luminous planetary bodies have inspired humankind in a profoundly spiritual way.
The ancient Egyptians gave their highest devotion to the deity of Light (Ra), and the Incas were known spiritually as the "Children of the Sun." Moreover, every major world religion, through their many sacred writings and countless adherents, has made reference to the Divinity of Light. Jewish Cabalists, Buddhist Monks, Christian Illuminati, Shinto and Taoist priests, Native American Shamans, and the Moslem Sufis, have all revealed that Light is the essential focus to the attainment of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom in all matters worldly and other-worldly.
All "minor" belief systems--from ancient Celtic Paganism, to all the Native Earth religions, and modern Theosophy--teach that Light is the medium of Divine Revelation. During the latter half of the twentieth century, the writings of numerous spiritualists--such as Julia Cameron, Deepak Chopra, Madonna Ciccone, Shakti Gawain, Harry Hone, Thomas Kinkade, Stephen C. Paul, M. Scott Peck, James Redfield, Walter Russell, Marianne Williamson, Iyanla Vanzant and others-- have narrated and testified to the spiritual Illumination of Light, which is always Love.
Luminism and Science
Science has also embraced the power of Light. Always searching for the Truth, the purpose of science has always been to gain Insight, Enlightenment, and Illumination about the world and universe. And although science has often focused on the merely physical, the most profound scientific discoveries and advancements of the past century confirm that the material universe is fundamentally a construction and function of Light.
Physicists refer to the fundamental material of the universe by many names (such as electricity, elements, energy, neurons, quanta, quarks, etc.). By whatever name, however, science is coming to understand that all these are various forms of an interconnected, interrelated, and integrated radiance of Light. Thomas Edison's discovery of the Light filament changed more than the physical nature of the modern world. It literally changed the way we "see" the world, but more importantly it represented the dawn of a newly enlightened period of human history.
Albert Einstein's monumental "Theory of Relativity" was inspired by the eternal and infinite nature of how Light functions in the perceivable universe. At the point at which the speed of Light is reached, all conventional wisdom concerning Time and Space transforms. Wilhelm Roentgen's discovery of X rays was a marvelous feat of technology's capability to "see" beyond the limits of human sight. Laser technology has dramatically changed almost every scientific discipline, from astronomy to zoology--and in medicine from AIDS research to prenatal ultrasounds. With sophisticated equipment, humankind can now glimpse into the miraculous and universal radiance of Light.
Computer technology is inherently based on the transmission of information at "lightning" speeds. Without a vast understanding and use of Light, the modern "Information Age" would be impossible. Think about the many hardware components which utilize various forms of "light" transmissions (monitors, CD-ROMs, Internet connections, etc.). In essence, all modern science, both theoretical and applied (say nothing of metaphorical), is dependent on the extensive knowledge, understanding, and use of Light.
Luminism's Modern Developments
Of profound interest is the fact that a convergent and simultaneous revelation (synchronicity) on spiritual Luminism has occurred (for example, when W.R. Adamson was divinely inspired to formulate the principles of the Ten Lights of Luminism contained in The Book of Lights, he was wholly unaware of the "formation" of The Church of Gnostic Luminism in 1997, as proposed by Dale R. Gowin).
Additionally, there are many other convergent developments--such as the "Lightwork" and "Light-Technology" movements--aimed at the integration of the essential wisdom of science and religion. The writings of James Hillman, Ken Wilbur, and Edward O. Wilson are only a few illustrious examples of a growing awareness of the harmonious and synergistic relationship of science and religion. Both seek and find the same Truth, only by opposite paths.
Modern, spiritual Luminism, as revealed in The Book of Lights, holds that all reality and consciousness is made up of different kinds of Light--which is physical, metaphysical, and spiritual. The Ten Lights of Luminism clarify Universal Reality and Unified Consciousness so we can know, understand, and attain wisdom. Luminism also ignites the Light of our True Being, which is Love.
Luminism teaches the universality and unity of all belief systems. Any and all religious and spiritual paths are embraced which lead to Love. The Book of Lights teaches that human perception, thought, and understanding of Love is realized in eternal and infinite ways. This revelation, and countless others (such as the purpose of Individuality, the meaning of Variety, and the Love of Creativity), are "seen" through the Insights, Enlightenments, and Illuminations found in