Singing Image of Fire
A hand moves, and the fire’s whirling takes different shapes.
All things change when we do.
The first word, “Ah,” blossoms into all others.
Each of them is true. –Kukai
I recently heard/read this poem and it resonated with me.
We change ourselves when we change our relationship with our story. Our minds developed into a neural network of stories, as we humans started telling stories around a fire. Fires are magical and can set us into deep reflection, warm us, or burn through us like a 1000 suns.
I know for myself that I can sit mesmerized by flames, allowing me to step out of my own swirl and just be present in the moment. And, when I get curious about my own experience with the same level of focus, I can reflect on what stories I am telling myself and choose stories that have more value, and help to guide me to where I want to move toward.
It is through conscious awareness and at the same time surrendering to the process that we have infinite potential to grow and change. When we bring into alignment, our internal self and our external self, we can shift into the life we want to create.