The FIRE element – excerpt from her new book B.E Human – 06/03


Correspondences:

v  Hot, dry, active

v  Direction: South

v  It represents strength, courage, devotion, danger, passion, impulsiveness and transformation, death, destruction, birth, renewal.

v  Chakra: Solar Plexus

Fire has proved to be one of the more intense elements of them all. Not that the other natural elements aren’t deeply intense in the their own qualities, but the first common human thought of FIRE, indeed seems to stir something very primal within us. The qualities of Fire, alone – be it the esoteric or the physical – are definitely not to be bargained with or tested and are so vast and powerful on their own. Fire has the power to transform. It physically transforms solids into liquids, to gas, and still has the power to turn it back again. In layman’s terms and looking at the bigger picture, it holds the power to transform the material (or esoteric) state of any substance into a different form or state. Within our bodies, the element of Fire corresponds with our own fiery Solar Plexus, and if you can recall from chapter 1: Chakras, it governs (among other things) our hard working digestive system. This lovely system of ours, governed by our “inner fire energy” breaks down our foods and also converts food into fat (stored energy) and muscle. Fire transforms food into energy, just as it transforms many other states of matter (and non matter).

Fire has always had a two-fold effect on us humans. And rightfully so, it always will. Physically, it can provide you with heat, it can serve as a source to cook your food upon, to boil water, and always brings a sense of warmth and closeness. But, just as our Solar Plexus governs our personal power and confidence, when it is out of whack, Fire is also an impulsive and dangerous element, which can for one moment be a silent, warm flame  and then suddenly, without warning, burst. It can wreck havoc and destroy, invoking feelings of fear and terror. Fire has the power to bestow upon one wings of bravery and courage, compassion and love. Fire embodies intense power and is absolutely not one bit subtle. For its vast uses and qualities of both positivity and negativity, I always see it as the force burning within each of us, giving us a willpower of steel to go for our goals and bestowing upon us the confidence and passion to do it with. Not to mention the power to transform our cowardliness into strength, our fears into confidence and our will into material form. Every one of us has this flame or fire within us, and has the power to use it at our own digression. Why do you think adages like, “I’m burning with desire!” or “She’s shining with confidence!” exist? Exactly. The beauty of it is, if we need more “Fire” energy qualities within us, there is so much surrounding us in the natural elements, held within the Sun and sky, of which is never ending and far more than enough to go around.

PHYSICAL APPEARENCE

Fire in its physical form, can be seen in a single flame, a fire, or most commonly in the blazing Sun that graces our beautiful planet each day for the bigger half of 24 hours (in most countries, that is). Fire is mostly seen as a red, yellow, gold or orange force and an instant feeling of heat is felt at the mere thought of it. It posseses the quality with a tendency to expand and enkindle things nearby (just as spiritually as it does physically). This goes for positive and negative “Fire”. As soon as it is “lit”, it will reach out to anything near by, be it a “good” fire of confidence and warmth or a “bad” fire of anger, without control.

Fire is a thing without borders, once released it will go on destroying until IT is destroyed. If you want to utilize it, you have to keep a close watch on it. If you have Fire for a campfire or for warmth, you have to put stones around it so it won’t become too big and begin to burn you. Fire is an over eager element and usually overdoes its job if you don’t give it a set and controlled limit.

Even at the thought of our fiery Sun, it provides us with heat and gives all plant life and human life the neccesities of vitamin D and many other important minerals needed to sustain life. It can dry our clothes and make our day that much more enjoyable when it’s out. Although, similarly, when too much time is spent under our amazing burning star of a Sun in the sky, we get sun burnt and dehydrated, or to a higher degree, heat stroke.

Fire has proven itself to be an element of extremes. This not only gives it the ability to be greatlly respected and cherished, but also embodies all it’s qualities and energies in every aspect of its physical appearence.

There are hundreds of items that symbolize and correspond with the element of Fire’s intense and unwavering energies, and I will be giving you a few pointers on how to utilize them to invite these qualities into your life in just a moment. These are as follows:

v  Candles

v  Flames

v  Actual fire

v  A picture of the Sun

v  A picture of fire

v  Lamp

v  Oil burner (candle dependant)

v  Crystals and rocks such as: Red Jasper, Carnelian, Citrine, Bloodstone and volcanic rock.

The colour correspondences of Fire are:

v  Red

v  Gold

v  Yellow

v  White gold

v  Orange

v  Crimson

(Above – in other words – the colours of the Sun’s light and its influence on the sky and our Earth)

 

Now that the physical matter of the element of Fire has been listed and is now fully acknowledged, we can go on to look at how this matter corresponds with our bodies mentally, emotionally and physically.

As we have seen, Fire is recognized and known for its intense nature and the ability to be greatly positive, as well as being misused or overused to turn devastatingly negative. Your Solar Plexus Chakra (above your navel, below your ribcage) is governed by the element of Fire and will always have this link to one another. Now, this couldn’t be more fitting when looking at all the bodily functions and organs governed by this Chakra. Your Solar Plexus corresponds with your digestive, immune and nervous systems. Like we’ve already seen, as one of the qualities of Fire is to transform, so your digestive system does in transforming your food into energy and waste. It’s no wonder that if there is one certain ailment in this system, it’s called heartBURN – and with good reason!

Your Solar Plexus also governs traits of yours such as, personal power, will, confidence, passion and self worth. It is the seat of where your fear is replaced by courage and your feelings of inferiority are replaced with self confidence. Just as with your own goals and your will power to obtain them, when Fire has “caught” something, it “fights” for it until it has consumed it, burned it down, or destroyed it. It only extinguishes by itself, when it sees fit, or has to be extinguished by outside influesnces stepping in. Fire doesn’t know the words ‘fear’ or ‘doubt’, just as you shouldn’t when your Solar Plexus is in good balance.

Similarly,  when it is overused or out of balance, it knows neither mercy nor shame. If it wants something, it will consume everything in and on its path to eventually get it. That is the danger of overusing the energy of Fire and its qualities in your life.

The flip side of the coin is just the same. Without enough influence of the energies of the element of Fire, you will be left wanting. You may allow yourself to give in to fear, doubt and anxiety rather easily, and possess traits of being meek and mild. Fire is your strength, your passion, your determination, your ability to transform and your right to be fully content. (More about contentment and Fire in a minute). Physically, if you don’t spiritualy have enough of the influence of Fire in your life, you are going to have a tough time with that digestive system (to name only one ailment of many). So, I hope my rammblings on Fire hasn’t scared you off too much (on the contrary, I hope!), because then you may have to put a few more books and magazines in your toilet, if you don’t allow the energies of this element into your body, mind and home. This is just a friendly warning!

Now, to get back to contentment, as I promised. Think about the Sun for a second or 5. The feelings one would get are those of joy happiness, confidence, shining with smiles and true contentment. This is how your Sun should be and this is the Sun you should have within your own Solar Plexus. Shine with the fire of the Sun, and you will experience true joy and contentment. Not to  mention, drive and ambition!

To keep an eye and make sure “Fire” is safe and controlled, you know it has been overused when traits such as possessiveness, anger, hatred, over confidence and selfishness start to surface. I cannot stress enough, just as Fire can warm, transform, renew and shine, so it can also destroy and consume. With great power, comes great responsibility, friend. The key is to keep it under control and in your care constantly.

Fire represents passion, love, compassion and desire, which are all very intense emotions alone. This makes their link with Fire unwaveringly true. Adages like, “I’m trying to rekindle the flame.” or “The sparks are always there!” weren’t created and thought up out of nowhere, it is clearly the influence Fire has over us.

A lovely example I like making use of to illustrate the indestructible energies and qualities of Fire, is the symbolic animal of Fire -the Phoenix, sometimes referred to as the “Bird of Flames”. The Phoenix is a legendary immortal creature, said to be an incarnation of many different Gods (depending on belief systems), which rises again and again from its own ashes, whose eternal flame can never be extinguishged. I use this example because, just as the Fire of the human soul cannot be extinguished, niether can the Fire of love, of passion, of ambition and will power within each of us.

Fire stands for unbridled emotions, hatred and anger, but also love and contentment. Fire stands for change and renewal. It is no wonder that it is written in many scriptures and prophecies that the Earth will be consumed in Fire on Armageddon. It will no doubt be done in order to renew and transform the Earth, cleansing it of all impurities.

Fire is the burning in your soul, moving you to fight for whatever you may believe in. Fire represents your will, your drive and your passion and never commitment only, but also its realization and your ability to do so.

In all its intensity, Fire is love and Fire is life. Fire is part of you and with the knowledge of how to invite this element into your body and home, you hold its power in your hands and have the ability to once more reunite yourself and your surroundings with this unfailing force of Fire.

One should always incorporate the element of Fire into your home and not only harness its magnetic energies when you feel it’s needed, but also in daily routine to promote drive, passion and love into it. Although, specifically, put Fire in your life when:

v  you feel there is an inability to make your dreams a reality

v  you have feelings of fear, anxiety or insecurity leading to nervous, digestive and immune disorders

v  you need to let go of the past and move forward with motivation and action

v  you have feelings of indecision and confusion

v  you have poor memory or trouble with focus and concentration

v  you want to create a sensual or romantic and passionate atmosphere

v  you feel you need motivation and drive

v  you feel you need confidence and increased, higher feelings of self worth

v  you need determination and energy for a task of any kind

v  you feel you need physical strength or mental strength (or both – these two go very much hand in hand! And having one without the other doesn’t do anyone much good.)

Here are a few fun and simple ways in which to invite the magnetic element of Fire into your life and (hopefully) keep it!:

BALANCE AND ENERGIZE YOUR SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA

 

Alright. This exercise, you’ll notice, is very similar to the example I gave you in the Channelling chapter on page 125. The only difference here, is your OWN reason behind it and what you are wanting to harness and bring into your life. That, and this exercise uses your hands. As well as your breathing and your mind’s eye, naturally.

Since we are dealing with inviting the element of Fire into your life and body, you should best find a candle (preferably orange, yellow or red, but it’s no biggie if it’s purple or even rainbow coloured – you just need that flame!)  If you don’t own a candle, or can’t seem to find one, it’s no problem. That was only the first option. The second – and actually my own preferred method – is to stand in the Sun. In the sunlight, outside (but, of course!). Find a place where you feel closest to that Fire of the Sun. To the qualities of its energy and those of the qualities you want to harness. You will find, more often than not, it is outside in the Sun. I must also add, that it is obviously best to do this exercise in the day, because of this particular reason. And remember, even if it’s cloudy or overcast, the Sun is surely there, as strong as ever.

If the ground is too hard, please get yourself a comfy mat or towel (also for keeping those creepy crawlies at a safe distance). Otherwise, grassy foundations and lawns are perfect. Once you have found that spot, stand up straight, relaxed and close your eyes. Breathe in and out slowly, calmly and still your mind. On your in breath, imagine breathing in the purest cleanest Air, shining with a fantastic white or yellow light, and on your out breath, imagine all your stresses, thoughts and worries leaving you through your out breath. Picture it as a big black cloud floating out of your body and away from you, up into the atmosphere, to where it can no longer harm. Do this for as long as you feel the need to and until you feel completely still and centred.

Now, kneel down on the ground with only one knee. You should have one on the ground, with that foot behind you and the other leg in front of you with your foot firmly on the ground on front of you (as if a man about to be knighted would kneel). Keep your back straight and your arms relaxed. Continue your slow breathing.

Bring your arms stretched above your head as high as you can, your hands meeting each other about 30-40cm above your head in a seemingly prayer-like position – palms against one another and pointing upwards. I like to aim my hands directly at the Sun above me, so it’s up to if you’d like to position yourself in this manner before you commence to kneeling.

Keeping your arms up, focus on your breathing once more. Slowly and calmly in and out. Close your eyes. Let the feelings and images of the qualities of the Sun and the qualities of Fire you are harnessing float through your mind. Contentment. Confidence. Personal power. Passion. Courage. Joy.

On your in breath, imagine a brilliant yellow beam of light coming from the Sun, into your pointed hands, carrying all those qualities, running down your arms. Now, breath out slowly, as if to breath this light into your body. Bring your hands down slowly, holding the point and place your hands at your Solar Plexus Chakra. By this channelling, the brilliant yellow light has now travelled from the Sun, into your hands, down your arms and you have placed it within your own Solar Plexus – within your own body and mind.

This should be done three times over, raising your hands again and repeating the visualization and breathing. You, however, may do it as much as you feel is needed.

After you feel this is completed, and you feel the energies and qualities of the Fire of the Sun settling in, it’s time to change over to the other knee and repeat it through on that side. Changing nothing but your knees.

After both sides are done to your satisfaction, you may want to stand up straight and stay in the Sun for another few seconds with your eyes closed, to soak up all the energies you have harnessed and let yourself settle with the feelings it brings. Always thank the Sun and remember to ground yourself afterward, of course, the way I explained on page 126.

NOTE: If you have chosen to skip on the Sun and the outside environment, and prefer to do it inside with a candle, the only thing that changes is the direction of your hands. Point them towards he candle instead, harnessing the qualities of Fire. Thank the Fire after you are done, and remember to keep your candle in a fire safe container. Yes, we love Fire, but we don’t want the house covered in flames!

FIRE IT UP!

 

I must say, I’m sure it’s depends on personal colour preferences but friend, in my opinion, Fire is my favourite element to “decorate” my home for (and it looks beautiful in the night time!). So, now comes the fun stuff! Get together all your candles, Fire corresponding crystals and stones (see page 175) and don’t forget to dig up your cupboards for nice coloured cloths that are red, orange or yellow.

Since the corresponding direction of Fire is South, firstly  find an area in the South side of your home where you can place your candle (or three!) and lay your cloth or your stones under or next to it.

Once this is done, stand in front of your “Fire space” and spend some time with the items. Play with the stones and your cloth. Stare into the burning flames of the candle(s). Think about the traits and qualities of the element of Fire – transformation, confidence, passion, determination, will power, courage, love,  compassion, personal power and contentment. Then see and feel these traits within each item radiating these energies constantly. Whatever your chosen items, find little places within your home to put them. You can place them all over – wherever you feel you will notice and see them in the places you think suit best for your daily routines.

Throw red or orange or yellow cloths over your couches, chairs, tables, wherever! It’s all there to be with you and within you. And whenever you feel you need to harness these energies more intensely, go to your “Fire space” and repeat the exercise with the candle (or the Sun).

You are meant to shine from within, not only be shined upon.

Brightest blessings,

Isabelle.

Holistic therapist and spiritual counselor

Port Elizabeth

isabellemeiring@hotmail.com

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Up Rize
    May 09, 2016 @ 09:12:13

    Very intresting,,are you the same person i met in coffeebay few years ago,,and a friend of Mia Bredenkamp??

    Reply

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