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Inner Light

In Quaker doctrine, a divine presence in the human soul believed to be an enlightening and guiding force.
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(Christian Churches, other) Quakerism the presence and inner working of God in the soul acting as a guiding spirit that is superior even to Scripture and unites man to Christ
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In′ner Light′

(in Quakerism) the light of God in the soul of every person, considered as a guiding force.
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Noun1.Inner Light - a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soulInner Light - a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
ethical motive, ethics, morals, morality - motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
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References in classic literature ?
They brightened softly with an inner light of their own as they slowly approached the open space before the door.
And then, all in a moment, a flash of inner light seemed to illumine a part of my life that had all but faded into oblivion--the strange visions I had experienced during my journey to Elveston: and with a thrill of delight I thought "Those visions are destined to be linked with my waking life!"
The kitchen door opened and Marilla's spare form darkened against the inner light. She preferred to meet Anne in the shadows, for she was horribly afraid that she was going to cry with joy -- she, stern, repressed Marilla, who thought all display of deep emotion unseemly.
In a few moments the voices were silent, and there was no sound of footstep, and the inner light went out.
And the dark face, that so troubled Clifford, was no more than the shadow thrown from a branch of one of the damson-trees, and breaking the inner light of Maule's well.
Next moment something appeared to burst open before him: a wonderful inner light illuminated his soul.
For by his inner light the righteous man has discerned a manner of compounding for it a dressing to the appetency whereof a multitude of gustible condiments conspire, being reconciled and ameliorated with profusion of oil, the entire comestible making glad the heart of the godly and causing his face to shine.
She caught me by both hands--she pressed them with the strong, steady grasp of a man--her dark eyes glittered--her brown complexion flushed deep--the force and energy of her face glowed and grew beautiful with the pure inner light of her generosity and her pity.
As she spoke those words, the traces of sickness seemed, for the moment, to disappear from her face; her eyes shone with a steady inner light; all the woman warmed and brightened in the radiance of her own triumph -- the triumph, trebly won, of carrying her point, of vindicating her integrity, and of matching Magdalen's incorruptible self-denial on Magdalen's own ground.
The steady inner light that he had seen in them once already shone in them again, brighter and purer than before.
Explaining the motivation for the project, Vargas said: "I wanted to represent the company's 'vision for the future' as the inner light that shines from the core of the sculpture.
One sets out her story of how a magical and creative Italian American woman whose determined soul wakens her to persevere through a time of hopelessness as a result of her mother's death; when she finally bravely bucks the need for approval from others to feel worthy and leaves a prestigious federal law career to follow her dreams, she unapologetically chooses to authentically walk her own path on "El Camino" to see what she is made of; there she discovers the peace of knowing that her inner light is more than enough.