On a sacred voyage of self-discovery
For me, Spirituality is an intentional exploration of the Self. There is no separation between me and the Divine. As I learn more about me, the greater understanding I have of Spirit or God.
In order to deepen my relationship with Spirit, I found that I needed to deepen my relationship with Fire. I believe that each of us has our own individuated and unique ways of relating to ourselves and what we understand as Divine, Sacred, or God. I also believe that it is important that we strive to own this unique way of relating, whatever that label is for you.
The Sacred Fire is a representation of the Sun and tangible because it is the closest we can get to the Sun, which is still 93 million miles away. In my heart, I am a Solar Worshiper. The Sun is the Center of our Sacred Circle and Earths life-giving energy supplier. It isn’t possible for us to look directly into the Sun without damaging our optic nerve, but we can gaze at Fire. We often find ourselves captivated by its light and dynamic expression.
I recognize Fire as an individuated consciousness, or energy stream, with wisdom that goes back in time to the formation of the Earth itself. Fire, for me, is not an Element or Elemental; it is a force of Nature. It’s not God but it’s God-Like or an archetype. Be it the flame of a single candle, the blaze of a campfire, or the roar of a wild forest fire – Fire is a force to be reckoned with.
Finding my way
At a Beltane event near Austin, Texas in 2000, Jeff and Spinner McBride along with Joss Price, introduced the “Fire Circle Shrine” and the “Alchemical Fire Circle Ritual.” Walking circles around a ritual fire for the intention of personal transformation changed my relationship to God, Spirit, and the Fire.
My life was changed, giving me an understanding of what it takes to connect and maintain communication with Spirit. At first, I thought it was about my relationship with Fire that drew me into the Circle. I began to realize that it was the dynamic nature and freedom of expression. I found myself walking circles with intention almost everywhere I went. I refer to this as Sacred Circumambulation.
I have learned how important it is to find a Spiritual practice that works. There are so many to choose from. What is your spiritual practice? Does the act of sitting in meditation connect you to your communion with your God? What does it take for you? What brings you home? For me, the ultimate experience is orbiting a three-night ritual fire.
Just another way to play inside the Universe
“Cultivating a Sacred relationship with Fire through Ceremony and Ritual”
Dr. Cornel West said it best when he talks about America experiencing a spiritual blackout. I have said for years that we are socially experiencing a spiritual black hole, to use a cosmic reference. I also believe that in order to participate in social evolution we must work toward a cultural shift.
The “Great Work” is co-creating new ways of expressing ourselves as humans into existence while bringing an end to old paradigms of thought and cultural experiences. The foundations of the old ways have cracked and crumbled before our very eyes yet they appear to hold on to their illusions of power over the people and segregation and discrimination prevails. How is anyone supposed to make heads or tails out of all this confusion? What do we have to do to create a culture that is truly inclusive?
Deep Spiritual practice keeps my head and heart clear and connected to my own truth about how I want to be in the world. I believe in the power of the freedom of “authentic personal expression” and I believe that it takes deep Spiritual roots to find it in the chaos of social interactions
That is why I have chosen this work, to share yet another way to play inside the Universe.