Sunday, November 16, 2008


Unleash yourself upon the world!
- Denise Linn

I lit a candle this morning in honour of Fire Week and promptly forgot about it. It sat in the corner of my desk while I read the chapter and wrote in my journal. At first the smell of grapefruit cleansed the air, but then I smelled something strange.

During my lack of attention, the heat of the candle had begun to singe one of the feathers that I have stuck into my jar of sea glass. They are far enough above the candle that I didn't think they would be a problem, but the heat singed it just the same.

You'll forgive me, I hope, for seeing the obvious metaphor in this morning. You can't light a fire and then not pay attention. It must be something that you tend and nurture let fill you without letting it singe your wings. Lots of times I have felt full of fire. I have felt jazzed up and ready and full of beans and energy. That is often when the crash is the hardest. Fire isn't always followed by enough action, or it can also be followed by too much action that can make you burn yourself out.

Today I am going to let the energy of fire fill and inspire me. Today I am going to dance (thanks Jamie) and work on telling my story, but I am going to remember that the Skydiggers sang that "There's nothing as hot as a slow burning fire," and try to remember that there is a whole week of fire to come!

This poem has always inspired me and although I have shared it before, I thought it was perfect for today. It always makes me want to be more.

When she walks into the room,

everybody turns:

some kind of light is coming from her head.
Even the geraniums look curious...
We're all attracted to the perfume
of fermenting joy,

we've all tried to start a fire,
and one day maybe it will blaze up on its own.
In the meantime, she is the one today among us
most able to bear the idea of her own beauty,
and when we see it, what we do is natural:
we take our burned hands
out of our pockets,
and clap.

-Tony Hoagland

(The picture of the candle is by someone else, found here.)


chocolate covered musings said...

hmmm too often this also applies to my own life i fear.

nice realisation and i'm glad you shared it as it gives me something to think about myself.

chest of drawers said...

I love that poem. It´s fitting for me too as I think "fire week" is where I´m going to have to de some really hard work, this is where I´m at on my journey and that alone makes me a little afraid.

Nicole said...

Messages, symbolisms, signs - I love how the Universe talks to us. I'm glad you were able to see/hear/read the message. Blessings, Nicole x

creativehealinggoddess said...

"Fire isn't always followed by enough action, or it can also be followed by too much action that can make you burn yourself out".
I hear you on that one.

Great post and poem Megg. ps I am in London.:)

Sandra said...

Nice post. I'll keep in mind the too little/too much action message, too. The slow burning fire that sometimes burns brightly sounds good to me.

Genie Sea said...

A glorious post, Megg. :)

A slow burning fire lasts the longest. Indeed!

Sometimes, we also need our wings singed a little bit to remind us we have them. :) Wise fire. :)

Blessings to you my friend!

Fatma said...

Very inspirational and wise. May the fire in your heart keep burning slow and steady.

Caroline said...

"You can't light a fire and then not pay attention."

That is amazing insight! I am looking forward to some action this week...I am exhausted from all the water :)

Like most of us, I too get all "fired up" then I hope to reign myself in an burn slowly...

Danette said...

Meggg, thank you. this is exactly what I needed to hear in this moment, the reminder of the relationship between fire and action. Just as I read it, the sun came out here and lit up my whole studio!

You've reminded me what it means to take loving care of my fire.

Serena said...

Great points about the Fire element, Megg. If we light a fire, we must pay attention.

This week should definitely prove interesting for everyone.

love, light and peace,

enchantedartist said...

So much truth to this post Megg...Have a great Fire week...I keep thinking I need to get this book...

Oh, and you're little niece is gorgeous...what a sweetheart!! :)


frustrated artist said...

"There's nothing as hot as a slow burning fire" ...never heard this line before, but it's very interesting. Looking forward to what this week brings.

Annie said...

This a lovely post, full of wisdom.
Thank you for coming to my blog and leaving a comment :-).

Jamie said...

Megg, you are so full of wisdom and inspiration. It's a joy to be in your warm, warm presence and to dance around the fire with you!

Unleash yourself upon the world - OH YES!

daisies said...

love this metaphor, it is so true and words i needed to hear right now, thank you :) xo