When you practice fire the right way

 

When you practise fire the right way, it helps to reduce or stop the wildfires. They will still come but are not as bad as the wildfires we are seeing. If you burn the right way you will also get the next generations of food, habitat and trees. Fires are a critical part of koala country.

– from Our ancestors managed fire country for millennia. We yearn to burn once more by Oliver Costello in The Guardian

And so also with our own fire, the fire in our own life. When we practice fire consciously, the wildfires are less strong and they do less damage.

This can be the fire of anger. Of the warrior. Of the beast. Of passion. It takes many forms. And when we practice this fire consciously, when we align with it, when we allow it consciously, the wildfires may still come but they are not as bad.

These days, I am exploring anger. I connect with it in my system. Feel and get to know the energy. Notice how connecting with it gives me strength, focus, and determination. Rarely does it take the form of anger. Instead, it fuels and supports my activities in a very beautiful way.

Connecting with the anger intentionally and consciously in this way allows the fire to burn without burning down or damaging anything, and if or when the wildfires come, they are less strong and damaging.

What happens when we practice fire? It helps us get to know the energies. We become familiar with them. We learn how to make use of them in a more conscious and supporting way. We – metaphorically – burn up a lot of the flammable material so the wildfires have less fuel.

Why so passionate about healing and awakening?

 
Why are some of us so passionate about healing and awakening? Why are we, in the words of someone I talked with earlier today, spiritual terriers? It may be that I need the healing. That I know the liberation on the other side. That I wish for a clear and deepening awakening because it’s like coming home to what I already am. That I see healing or awakening as a way to escape discomfort. That I have developed a compulsion around it because I don’t want to face my pain. Or any number of other reasons. In reality, I don’t really know. Why do we develop a passion for anything? Why do some of us develop a passion for music, or chess, or a sport, or drawing, or anything at all? We can say that it makes sense evolutionarily. It helps the survival of our species for some of us to develop passions for skills, understanding, and certain experiences. We can say that it’s a confluence of innumerable influences, stretching back to beginning of time and the widest extent of the universe, and it’s impossible to account for all of them or even a significant fraction of them. We can say that it’s the divine passionate about experiencing and exploring aspects of itself. And although there may be some truth to each of these, we don’t really know. But it is something we can make use of when it’s here. It adds flavor to life. It can give a sense of meaning and purpose. It can sometimes be used to support our own life in terms of making a living. It can be used to support other people, in this case – of passion for our own healing and awakening – in aiding their healing and awakening. I should add that when it comes to any compulsion, including in spirituality or awakening, it’s good to look at where it comes from. Is there a belief? An unexamined fear? A sense of lack? Those are all helpful to look at and invite healing for. Then we can approach it with a bit more clarity and sanity. Read More

Drama and passion

 

I held satsang with the drama part of me earlier tonight. Here are some of the things that presented themselves:

What the drama part desires is really passion and engagement, and also to be met with respect, understanding and love.

I was also reminded that I have trouble with some people, such as PL (the SE guy), because I see them as drama queens. And that’s a good indication that I have disowned the drama part, it’s pushed aside and not included in my ordinary human identity.

In my twenties, there was plenty of passion and engagement in my life, and less drama. Recently, there has been less passion and more drama. It’s as if what’s behind passion and drama is the same, and one is owned (passion) and the other is disowned and seen as “other” (drama).

Dream: Friendly lion

 

A lion has escaped. It is one that I know well, and it seeks me out and is very friendly and playful. I am a little concerned at first, but then realize it is all OK.

Day residue: I was in Ashland this weekend, noticing the banners of a golden lion on a red background. (or the Shakespeare festival, I assume.) I mentioned to Jen that the banner is similar to the coat of arms of Norway. There was also a toy store we walked by a few times with lots of stuffed lions and lion books in the display window.

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Dream: snow on fire

 

I see a snow covered mountain landscape with the snow on fire. A voice also says “snow on fire.”

I woke up from this dream image, and when I fell asleep again, it came up again, with the same voice saying “snow on fire.”

The snow covers the whole landscape, apart from some peaks, and is fresh and white. The flames are clear, calm, tall and stable.

This reflects what comes up in daily life these days: passion with a depth of clear calm peace.

This depth of peace is partly the void, ground, emptiness, which is the depth of anything arising, and it is partly the luminous blackness (two aspects of the same.) It is the nurturing peace of Spirit filtered through the belly center, balancing out the fire of the head center.

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After a long period of dryness and lack of passion during the dark night, there are now more moments of passion surfacing, a passion with a deep calm depth, beautifully reflected in the dream image of snow on fire. The passion is the fire, rising out of the depth of peace, void and stillness. (I am amazed of the creativity of what they in Process Work call the “dream maker”, the source of the dreams. This is an image I would not have come up with consciously.)

Exploring it more consciously, I see that the peace has two distinct (although closely related) aspects. One is the void, ground, emptiness, which is the depth of anything arising. The other is the fertile darkness (composting) and the luminous blackness, with the same void, ground and stillness, but also nurturing. Both allows passion to arise, with a depth of peace.