Blowing hard, placing small sticks, opening and closing the bottom grill to bring more air – the conditions simply did not re-heat the heart strongly enough.
Finally, with three small logs in a row – balanced on top of the small white-hot sticks, I left the door open and place another one on top of the three. IT BURNED.
Tending the fire’s heart is deep work, patient work - and cannot be rushed.
We often speak of aligning head, heart and will – a presencing practice necessary to become fully present and then to burn for something of true service. And this morning, I had my lesson, that most probably this is true. Yet, this fire also needed air - space – an open crack in the door to draw the energy from deep within the burning centre. Otherwise it had nothing to burn for.
Unless we BURN for something, we cannot live our destinies – be fully present – be of full service. For me, it seems a prerequisite to being alive!
I KNOW that unless my embers stay strong overnight too – I cannot step forward in life’s service each day. And I see there is MUCH that I burn for. Perhaps too, the three logs were not necessarily me alone, but those I stand alongside – who’s edges and passions ignite and nurture my own - ready to burn more strongly – naturally - in service of Life.
Unless we engage our authentic selves, we cannot live the future now
Unless we engage our fullness, we cannot take the leap individually and call in collectively
Unless we tremble collectively, we cannot presence the new
Unless we take a leap together, we cannot access and live the next level of our humanity
Unless we are willing to hold the space open long enough for our collective clarity to emerge, we cannot shift our systems and behaviour for the better
Unless we fuse the streams of practice and inquiry, we cannot see what else is possible and be prepared to meet our chaos
Unless we acknowledge our collective identity, we cannot co-create our real work
Unless we unlearn our complicatedness, we cannot find the simplicity of the next elegant step
Unless we share our new insights immediately, we do not serve evolution
Unless we BURN for something, we cannot live our destinies
Unless we live through our collective identity, we cannot become whole