The above photograph, which is also on my about me page, http://about.me/jennjenn388, was a source of inspiration for me when I started to write the thoughts and musings in my head down on paper. Spiritually I am a Pagan and the elements are and always have been a constant inspiration for me. The above picture contains all the elements in perfect harmony; Air, earth, Fire, and Water.
Air is represented quite simply by its very presence, we many not see it but it is there. Air lifts my mood, it cleanses my head, and refreshes my soul. Water, with its cleaning properties has always represented emotions to me; as our emotions ebb and flow so does water. flowing water is my favorite form that it takes…flowing water can carry things toward us and things away from us. Earth is represented in the photo by the green grass and the rocks that are scattered throughout…some of those rocks were at the front of the glacier push eons ago. Earth, as an element, represents steadfastness, growth, change, fertility and renewal as well as the cycle of life and death. Fire, its presence in the photo is represented by the shining sun that reflects of the surface of the water and beats down on the grass and trees. Fire , to me, represents the catalyst to change. It can be extremely destructive however form the destruction there can be rebirth and new growth. A volcanic eruption can destroy what lies in the path of its lava (fire), later and as time goes by new life will sprout and the cycle will continue. fire also offers warmth and protection and the hearth, where home fires reside, can be the heart of a home.
Inspiration comes in many forms, but today for me (and very often), the elements represented in this wonderful and earthy photo are my INSPIRATION.
I am a fire sign so I’ve always been drawn to gazing into the fire. I find the flickering hues to be soothing. There’s a meditating quality to fire gazing, it regenerates and sparks my imagination. Fire can mentally burn away things you wish to unburden yourself of. As destructive as fire can be it can also be the catalyst to new starts and new growth.
Many cultures have participated ritually in fire gazing;
“This ancient technique can produce surprising results. Sit before a roaring fire. Ask your question. Gaze into the flames while the fire burns down. Within the flames, or in the sparkling, glowing coals below them, images of the future may appear. Interpret them with symbolic thought. It’s best to limit gazing time to about five minutes, but there’s no need to check your watch. Allow the images to come to you for an appropriate time.” (http://www.angelfire.com/on/wicca/Fire.html)
When I fire gaze I do not force myself to stare intently, I let my gaze gently probe the fire until my focus falls upon a spot that draws me in.
“The Buddha defined the Fire element as “that by which one is warmed, ages, and is consumed, and that by which what is eaten … gets completely digested.” In other words the Fire element within is metabolism. It’s our energy.”, (http://www.wildmind.org/six-elements/the-fire-element, Bodhipaska, THE FIRE ELEMENT).
Many of us unknowingly fire gaze more often thatn we think. Have you ever sat in your living room and gazed blankly at your fireplace flame…maybe it wasn’t so blankly after all. How about around a bonfire?
Fire draws your gaze to it and when in the future you feel this happening perhaps giving the urge to gaze a moment to settle in and watch the flame may just be the medicine you need.