As human ego and psychology/personality goes, we who reside on this plane of reality in a body with an ego, have to watch our tendency to cling. I’ve seen folks cling to both pleasure and pain as well as total and complete illusion—and have observed it in myself too. We could call this passion or obsession or compulsion. Sometimes we just don’t know when to stop!
Like flame that clings to wood, plants cling to the earth; we too must cling to spiritual sustenance in order to survive. Many times, however, I believe some of us confuse just what spiritual sustenance actually is.
We must renew or refresh ourselves from the fountain of spiritual wisdom. Fire is the representation of this illumination, inspiration and enlightenment on the I CHING Kua 30 image. In fact, in some books this Kua is actually called “Fire” as well as “The Clinging”.
What is dark clings to what is light and the darkness enhances the bright. What does that actually mean? We cannot know the light unless we also know the dark.
Also, everything that gives light is dependent upon something to which it clings, in order that it may continue to shine. In this week’s newsletter, I wrote about astral travel and its opposite—being on the earth in a body. In this dimension, we must cling to the body (not astral travel out of it) in order to be able to continue to shine here on earth. Life here is about absorbing nourishment and then giving it out—like the apple tree that absorbs nourishment from the light of the sun and the minerals of the earth, giving out apples as its gift. We, too, have that same ability and, frankly, the same duty. In order to maintain our light upon the earth and to offer our gifts like the apple tree, we must tend to our inner fires.
The inner fires must not grow so large as to consume us in addiction or obsession—in other words, we must not become so clinging that we cannot properly function and forget who we are and why we are here, burning ourselves out in pleasure, pain or addiction. Nor must we allow our inner fires to smolder or go out—how can we inspire others that way?
If we must have an all-consuming passion, let it be to keep our inner fires properly balanced and to understand the enhancement of the light. Consider the qualities of fire and its dual nature: on the one hand it provides warmth and illumination that disperses darkness, revealing the hidden, and on the other hand it is capable of ruthless destruction.
How are your inner fires burning?
Here’s a mild example. I am recovering from some type of physical disturbance. You might say that I required the “fire” of an antibiotic and now I am feeling much better; yet I must be careful now not to be too overly enthusiastic about feeling better. I don’t want my inner fire to go out and smolder just when the flame is going steady again.
Today’s message is to monitor your inner fires—nourish your flame with spirituality and whatever else is needed, but don’t be like some fundamental christian and think you can start the world on fire with your own righteous fervor. That’d be like someone who just got over the flu trying to run a marathon the next day b/c jezuz told him to. The body will just burn itself out again—we do live in a body on the earth after all.
Maybe that last example is a silly one but it is what came to mind and that’s how I roll here on my own blog… silly or not, I type what comes to mind in the moment.
And now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to fan my own inner fires here….
Talk to you tomorrow….