Were it not for light, nothing whatsoever would be perceived [idrâk], neither the known, nor the sensed, nor the imagined. The names of light are diverse in keeping with the names of the faculties…. Smell, taste, imagination, memory, reason, reflection, conceptualization, and everything through which perception takes place are light. As for the objects of perception… they first possess manifestation to the perceiver, then they are perceived; and manifestation is light…. Hence every known thing has a relation with the Real, for the Real is Light. It follows that nothing is known but God. (Ibn ‘Arabî, al-Futûhât, 1911 edition, 3:276–77)
Light does not necessarily mean what we see with our eyes. Seeing is associated with light; the idea is that “light” illuminates, or reveals, the things that it falls on.
But as the above quote from Ibn Arabi amply demonstrates, the metaphysical properties of light are such that illumination, that is, revelation, can take place in contexts that don’t necessarily involve the organs of sight. Every one of the senses is capable of receiving an illuminated, or revealed, property of Reality through its own capacities; and as we know, hearing, touch, taste, smell, and sight all have particular and special properties that are distinct from one another in their ability to reveal a property of an object. Otherwise we would not differentiate between them.
This isn’t a rapturous excursion into hills and valleys of bliss; this is an existential condition we encounter, which has a degree of objectivity to it that is not specifically attached to an ecstatic emotional response. It can be; but that is not its functional purpose.
Becoming attuned to this more objective property of seeing, which penetrates into all the parts of the body in a very different way than what we usually call seeing, brings all of life into question in a new way. It also provides some answers; but every answer is actually just a new question that hasn’t been investigated yet. Because of this, the terms question and answer come obsolete; instead of questioning and answering, we inhabit and experience.
May your soul be filled with light.