Carlisle Quaker Meeting
The inward light is one of a group of Bible-related metaphors Quakers use to describe the distinctive way that we experience the Holy Spirit. Other metaphors include fountain, spring, seed, Christ within and life.
The kind of clearness committees described here are used by Friends to help an individual whose feelings are muddled or conflicted about a particular situation.
The first time I read Steven Davison’s pamphlet [on the Gathered Meetging] my heart leapt and I said, “Yes!” The second time I read it, I wept. Why the difference?