“Many sacred texts, such as the Bible, Koran, and Torah, speak of fire as a symbol of the vital life force that can be called upon for transformation, revisioning, or the transmission of renewed meaning.
Reflect upon the four fires—the fire of vision, the fire of the heart, the creative fire, and the soul’s fire. What does fire reveal to you about your dreams, work, health, relationships, creativity, and soul’s desire at this time in your life? …The soul’s fire calls us to be authentically who we are and serve others rather than our own egos.” Angeles Arrien
I’ve been studying and thinking about the Enneagram and it’s path toward our own spirituality and essence. Being aware of my “fixation” as a Type Seven offers me a great opportunity recognize those times I fall into ego and move away from my true self.
It is also interesting that although having the knowledge I tend to categorize myself as that personality rather than remembering to use it as a reminder that I am more and deeper and richer.
As a seeker, I know and respect many paths toward wholeness. My fundamentalist Christian upbringing by spiritually broadminded parents prepared me for my search for the nuggets of truth that are translated in different ways by different faiths – be it Buddhism, Taoism, or no ism. All lead me toward the fact of my oneness with everything and everyone. At certain times in my development, some spiritual languages are more accessible to me than others. There is no teacher who can’t be depended upon to shed light if I am open and listening and ready.
I mentioned Bede Griffiths in a recent post. His quote comes to me now. “To discover God is not to discover an idea but discover one’s self.”
And I love this quote from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ” “Love is seeing God in the person next to us, and meditation is seeing God within us.”
When I come to my own essence, to my authentic self, I see God, I am one with God.