illumi [iˈlo͞oˌmē] verb - to envelope all things in light, Origin Japanese
Candles indeed are a burning example that the whole is more than sum of its parts – be they just a little wax and wick as they are.
Deeply rooted in almost every religious and spiritual practice, creed and nationality, there is something peculiar and symbolic in a solitary flame and the aura of light surrounding it.
It communicates with our souls. It speaks beyond words. It is the Unspeakable that dwells in the midst of the candle flame. It enlightens, enlivens, inspires, whispers secrets, comforts and ultimately connects. No matter how thick the darkness, the light of one candle conquers it.
No matter how solitary one flame is, it is never alone or lonely for its light knows no boundaries and touches eternity.
People of all faiths and walks of life, and many different creeds, have been joining together in a candlelight vigil to grieve, pray or celebrate.
Candles are an integral part of our identities, they have been playing an important role in both our collective and individual consciousness.