Hello everybody :-)
Tonight, I was at the Champs Élysées and I went under the Arc de Triomphe where I watched the flame for the unknown soldier burn.
Watching the fire burn teaches us a lot. First of all, fire is lit through friction that produces heat. So, first there is an action: getting a match out of the match box and cracking it against it. This creates heat and out of this heat spring some sparks which if they are sustained turn into a fire. The fire itself can continue to burn only as long as it is fed. While it does, it gives light and warmth. And depending on the burnt materials, it gives more or less waste material in the form of more or less “dirty” smoke, left overs etc. While it is burning, a very inspiring feature of fire is that it keeps on changing. It recreates itself at every moment. This reminds us that we too are not as solid as we seem to be and that we actually also recreate ourselves at each moment. So the burning fire can appear as a symbol of consciousness, that is constantly recreating, rediscovering itself through a transformation of the gross (that which aliments the fire) into the more subtle, light and warmth.
Good and beautiful fire inspirations to all of you!
PS: The music is an extract of Bhaskar Chandavarkar's "Flame".
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