The Light of Unity & The Science of Light


The Light of Unity‘ – the follow-up to ‘Create in Me a Pure Heart‘ – is now available on CD & download at

During the process of making these new recordings over the last few months, I started to do a little research on the scientific properties of light, and I’ve been thinking about how those properties relate to the ‘light‘ of unity… If your mind is hungry, I found in the science of light some delicious food for thought…

Light sheds clarity on things.

Light is made up of a spectrum of diverse colours (visible when light is curved, for example, in a rainbow or a glass of water).

Light is the fastest moving thing in the universe – it travels at about 300,000 kilometers per second.

Without obstructions, light will travel infinitely throughout the universe.

Light is the result of movement and action at the atomic level.

Certain substances produce light when they are illuminated by a powerful source of energy (fluorescence).

Certain substances emanate light when their atoms are excited by a powerful source of energy (phosphorescence).

Light is the only thing our eyes actually see. Our eyes don’t see physical objects. They only see the light that physical objects reflect, refract, absorb etc, and then our brains deduce from that reflected light the existence of physical objects.

‘Visible light’ (the kind of light the human eye can see) is only a very tiny fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum of all light.

Darkness has no physical existence in itself but is merely the absence of light.

Quantum physicists are still trying to understand the mystery of the true nature of light. Sometimes light acts like particles (like baseballs) and sometimes it acts like waves (like an ocean). Sometimes it acts like both, and sometimes it acts like neither. The true nature of light is as yet something that cannot be accurately imagined.

Bahá’u’lláh, whose words I used on the first two songs on ‘The Light of Unity‘ suggested that, in life, one ought to economize on everything, except light.

Hope you enjoy ‘The Light of Unity. A special thanks to my co-producer & engineer Ryan Moys, to Ian Rafalak on bass, Anwar Marshall on drums, Mark Allen on woodwinds, Dana Sorey on organ, Ben O’Neill on lap steel, to Shirin Sahba for her beautiful artwork, and of course, to all of you for your treasured support.

I wish you all a very bright summer.


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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jean-Marie Nau
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 08:41:17

    dear Luke, thank you for these remarks on light; quite illuminating… would you know where I can find the reference, regarding Baha’u’llah’s statement on light? I have not come across this.
    thank you and look forward to discover more…

  2. Luke Slott
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 09:40:37

    Thank you Jean Marie – If I remember correctly, the reference comes from a book called ‘Gems from the Crown of Glory’ – I will try to find it and send it to you. Thanks for reading!

  3. Anonymous
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 10:27:25

    Hi Luke it’s funny that grass is not green…..the only reason it looks green is that it absorbs all the colours of the rainbow except green

  4. Paul
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 11:47:27

    Thanks again, Luke ! Another gem worth a read is Inayat Khan’s writings on Music – collected together as THE MYSTICISM OF SOUND AND MUSIC – enl;ightening enough to deserve the appelation photonic !

  5. Irene Bienkowski
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 12:03:57

    Hi Luke ! Lovely work, once again ! To me, a bit more folk inspired , accented with a touch of blues ! Very different than your other work . You always surprise and delight us, and leave us wanting more . Also ,I loved reading your post . Kudos to your literary skills !

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