If you’ve ever watched a season of Survivor, you may have heard Jeff Probst say, “fire represents life.”
Without fire we would have no heat, no cooked food.
Fire melts metal to forge new structures, alchemizing what existed before into something new.
Even when fire scorches the earth, it nourishes the soil, paving way for new growth.
Fire cleanses and purifies.
Fire spreads. It can give life to others without depleting itself.
In the Chinese medicine wheel, the element of fire is associated with the heart and with the season of summer.
Fire is our spark of insight and inspiration, our impulse, our drive to action.
It sustains us, as long as we tend to it and sustain it.
On the other hand, fire destroys. Wildfires run out of control, indiscriminately taking homes and lives. It can even kill without burning, through the smoke it produces.
It is similar to water in this way: when supported by a structure, fire is constructive. When not contained, it can be deadly.
The key to using fire for constructive end is to contain it. When contained by restrictions and boundaries, fire becomes a potent force for manifesting, alchemizing, and purifying.
sustainer of life
destructive when uncontained
your fire needs boundaries