Blog #21: Fire!

Blog #21: Fire!

It burns, it rages, it illuminates—it's fire! This scintillating, scathing, scorching element demands our attention and respect whenever and wherever it's present.

Fire is what brings us warmth and light. The biggest source of fire is the Sun, which is a gigantic, nuclear furnace radiating massive quantities of heat and life force. Without the Sun, there would be no life on Earth. Just like the water of the ocean, the fire of the Sun is absolutely necessary for our existence.

The colors within fire naturally correspond to the colors of the lower chakras: red, orange, and yellow. The root, sexual, and solar plexus areas contain a strong relationship to heat. For instance, digestion is an activity of combustion which breaks down food particles for absorption into the body's broader system. Incidentally, in the AYP practice of samyama (the cultivation of miracles using sutras, or silent code words), "digestion" is a code word which can be released into silence to promote radiance of the body from the inside.

You see, each person is like a miniature sun radiating warmth and life force. We are microcosmic stars amidst macrocosmic solar systems and galaxies.

Also, just like the previous blog on water, I am compelled to explore how fire further relates to our more subtle, spiritual reality. So, how does it relate?

Bhakti! Bhakti is desire for God, truth, and direct experience of our ultimate reality and higher levels of consciousness. Bhakti is what drove me to investigate my own nervous system and the channels therein, and bhakti is the flame that shines brightest amongst all stars, even when surrounded by darkness.

In the film Chariots of Fire, which is the true story of athletes who competed in the 1924 Olympics, the main character Eric Liddell says: "I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure."

It is Eric's ecstatic fire that allows him to push the limits of human potential. It is his devotional flame that stirs up the embers of the world and compels him to say: "So where does the power come from—to see the race to its end? It comes from within. Jesus said, 'Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you. If with all your hearts, you truly seek me, you shall ever surely find me.'"

Seek the fire within. Learn how to tend to it, and you cannot fail.

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