inner light

noun, often capitalized I&L

Definition of inner light

: a divine presence held (as in Quaker doctrine) to enlighten and guide the soul

Examples of inner light in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your energy is high and your inner light is shining, drawing plenty of opportunities your way. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for January 1, 2021," 1 Jan. 2021 That spirit lifted everything in the show, which Morales directed with a joyful touch — making sure that through the characters’ problems, the audience never lost sight of their inner light. Matthew J. Palm,, "Orlando Theater Best of 2020: Critic’s Picks," 23 Dec. 2020 Brilliant and vulnerable, Clarice’s bravery gives her an inner light that draws monsters and madmen to her. James Hibberd,, "Watch the first teaser trailer for Silence of the Lambs sequel Clarice," 8 Dec. 2020 What most have in common, though, are the abundance of sweets, family gatherings, and the lighting of clay lamps that symbolize the inner light that protects each household from spiritual darkness. Amy Mckeever, History & Culture, "Diwali is India’s most important holiday—and a celebration of good over evil," 12 Nov. 2020 When a woman follows her own inner light, others see it. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Luminous Diamonds’ Debut Collection Celebrates Your Inner Glow," 17 Nov. 2020 View this post on Instagram What is most important for you right now is to connect to your own inner light. Tanya Edwards,, "Drake Says Posting His Son’s Photos Was A Move To “Free” Himself," 2 May 2020 The inner light casts a shadow on all four walls, as visitors can simultaneously experience being both inside and outside of the box. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, "Native Women Artists Reclaim Their Narrative," 1 Apr. 2020 This may seem counterintuitive, but overcast, drizzly days are best for spotting antlers. Sheds seem to glow with an inner light during these conditions and show up far more readily than on bright sunny days. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "18 Key Strategies for Finding More Sheds," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of inner light

1856, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2021

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“Inner light.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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