The Divine Light gives the individual “boldness before God, the boon of speaking to Him as friend to Friend and of interceding on behalf of others . . . It is the robe and crown of glory which Adam lost in Eden . . . the presence now of the world to come, the foretaste and pledge of the eschaton, here in our midst as it shall be on the last day . . . [Presence of the Divine Light institutes] intimate communion of God Alone with the soul alone” (Symeon the New Theologian, On the mystical life: The ethical discourses).