or Destroyer ?
Susan A. Dallmann R.N.,R.M.T., C.H.
Fire-a chemical reaction that releases light & heat-burning a combustible...a
What image enters your awareness at the mention of fire? An incendiary
incident, chaos, a flame gone out of control leaving desolation
sorrow and pain in its wake?
Perhaps an enraged fire god thrusting a bolt of lightening into a field,
already parched by the intense summer heat, disallowing any hopes
of renewal or regeneration. Summer, the fire season, whose very name conjures
memories of dried grasses, unquenchable thirst and blinding heat waves!
Could it be the intensity of a volcano, beginning its journey as
a tiny rumble in the breast of the great earth mother, soaring to her surface
as a fierce and formidable bearer of destruction, spewing flames and molten
lava for miles around? Some say it is the anger of the gods!
lethal at their worst, protective at their best imposing absolute control
on those whose behavior defies lesser forms of containment.
Yet man’s ability to befriend the energy of fire has changed the course
of civilization, allowing us to cook our food, to warm our homes, and become
a source of light.
Whose soul has not been stirred by the flickering of candles in the
darkness, perhaps a catalyst to romance, perhaps an expression of religious
fervor giving light to our most ardent supplications.
How many weary and foot sore travelers have found consolation by a single
candle in a window, a symbol offering warmth and protection to those in
need. Who has looked into a crackling fireplace and found peace, serenity
How many campfires have bridged the gap of boredom and isolation, giving
birth to camaraderie, initiating a legacy of stories whose fond recollections
are triggered many times over at the mere thought of the campfire?
little eyes have not opened wide in wonder at the magic of candles on a
birthday cake, a jack-o-lantern, or, if you’re old enough, on a Christmas
is said by the ancients:as above, so below.
capricious and unwieldy, powerful and spirited, an element of destruction
or transformation dwells within each of us, making its home in the solar
plexus, or third chakra where the fires of digestion (to borrow an Oriental
concept) transform food into energy in all of its usable forms for growth
and survival. In this chakra, lie the organs to digest (stomach), embitter
(gall), or sweeten (pancreas) our experiences, both physically and emotionally.
Curiously the yin expression of the water element (kidneys) also live in
the third chakra; the ability to put out fire. Balance.
experience fiery emotions, flames of passion relentlessly burning away
our complacence, goading us into action, uniting us with our fellow man;
the stuff of which causes are born and injustices combated, the fire
of our personal empowerment.
the most profound recess of our souls, the place where we can go yet no
one else has been; the place within where God speaks and only we can hear.
This is the depth where the divine spark resides; the spark that
beckons to us like a lighthouse to a mariner on the stormy seas, guiding
him to safety.
is that spark that initiates change, that pelts us with volleys of
situations in our lives that sometimes defy rational explanation; struggles,
that when the lesson is learned, reward us with the "ah ha" experience...transformation.
both the end point and the journey, fueled by the fire of our need to grow
and change, to be better than we were, to have learned our lessons in this
that trial by fire where nothing is ever the same again. Transformation,
that experience of change; the emergence of a new and different form, new
and different ideas, a new awareness of you.
a sense of freedom after having walked over the burning coals of change,
unscathed and victorious. Purification by fire.
the lesson of the legendary Phoenix, destroyed by its own fire to be recreated
anew manifesting beauty and the spirit of youth.