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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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Inner Light


Inner Word

(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 ?
The rector's sermons had at first repelled her, and she had expressed a desire for "a more inward light," adding, "not so much for myself as for baby"
Inward light must have been granted, for he heard no complaints in later years.
Yesterday they had lamented: "She was a dear mother, a true wife: in our absence she neglected her health and died." Today they thought: "She was not as true, as dear, as we supposed." The desire for a more inward light had found expression at last, the unseen had impacted on the seen, and all that they could say was "Treachery." Mrs.
But these kinds of inspiration Lydgate regarded as rather vulgar and vinous compared with the imagination that reveals subtle actions inaccessible by any sort of lens, but tracked in that outer darkness through long pathways of necessary sequence by the inward light which is the last refinement of Energy, capable of bathing even the ethereal atoms in its ideally illuminated space.
Sherlock Holmes's eyes glistened, his pale cheeks took a warmer hue, and his whole eager face shone with an inward light when the call for work reached him.
Then the inward light shines the brighter, and we have a deeper sense of resting on the Divine strength.
The deadly, unstoppable earnestness of Wick is leavened by Reeves's emergence as the literal embodiment of William Wordsworth's happy warrior: "It is the generous Spirit, who, when brought / Among the tasks of real life, hath wrought / Upon the plan that pleased his boyish thought: / Whose high endeavors are an inward light / That makes the path before him always bright."