- Date: 15th century
- 1 : to begin to grow light as the sun appears to rise
- 2 : to begin to appear or develop
- 3 : to begin to be perceived or understood <the truth finally dawned on us>
Dawn is the time that marks the beginning of the twilight before sunrise. It is recognized by the presence of weak sunlight, while the sun itself is still below the horizon. Dawn should not be confused with sunrise, which is the moment when the leading edge of the sun itself appears above the horizon.
The duration of the twilight period between dawn and sunrise varies greatly depending on the observer's latitude, from a few minutes in equatorial regions to many hours in polar regions. Dawn may easily be determined by observing a thread. When the color of a thread can be determined, changing from black to the threads distinctive color, the 'crack of dawn' has occurred. This same measure of ambient light can be used to determine, conversely, the instant of 'dusk'.
How you feel upon meeting the new day is a good measure of your level of spiritual liberty. Do you wake and greet God with anticipation of the day's adventures? Are you excited to participate in the day or filled with dread of it? Ponder your own self-imprisonment. How would you feel if you had no worries?
To feel the freedom of making your own decisions is giving the soul permission to search, learn and grow as it will. When you are exercising spiritual liberty, you don't feel mistakes to be so crushing or embarrassing, and so you need not be so hard on your growing soul.
Spiritual liberty is extending that mortal vision to gain a broadened divine view. The joy from this my friends is not to be described adequately. Only by experience can you know the real joy of this freedom and in this joy you look forward to the day's adventures. - Abraham