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Allowing Energy To Transform

I’ve been contemplating the Fire element of late.

There’s a ritual I’ve taken part in, on retreat, for letting go. You write down, on a piece of paper, something you are ready to be free from, and then throw it into the fire.

The fire transforms your offering, from one state to another.

I remind myself often, to allow energy to transform.

Aversion into affection.

Fear into gratitude.

Judgement into humility.

Frustration into patience.

Rejection into compassion.

It’s a powerful process: riding out the wave of reactivity, learning to stay quietly with what is, not get consumed by it, until it transforms and releases, leaving me peaceful.

As powerful as Fire, that process.

The fuel it needs is courage, and trust, and a curious stillness.

Watching the energy, like I’d watch the flames of a campfire as they change what seems solid into nothing-ness.

We talk about acceptance, and just being, and letting go – as if these are easy, calm, serene experiences. But it can feel like a fierce initiation, to allow human emotion to pass through us, un-resisted.

Remembering the Fire ritual, I’m willing to meet the fierceness. Willing to stay embodied, to receive the raw feelings, a little at a time.

That’s when I feel stable, and calm. Not when I’m unmoved by anything, but when I can let it move through me. Allowing energy to transform.

This post is part of a series on the elements, also including Earth and Water.

I haven’t included Air in this series, because for me there’s a quality of mystery to this element that feels beyond words (for now at least).

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  1. Helen #

    This piece about fire struck a chord with me. In the process of selling my house in these uncertain times feels like jumping off a cliff. My challenge is to see the fear and anxiety, accept it and then see it transform into excitement and energy to act. It isn’t a once-off decision, this transforming needs to be done again and again. Hopefully it will become more of a habit after a while, instead of the habit of anxiety! I think it is happening, slowly. Thank you for sharing Sheila.


    July 18, 2020
    • Yes, very well put – I can definitely identify with that sense of transforming a habit of anxiety into a different habit, as you say, bit by bit and day by day. Thanks for taking the trouble to leave such a thoughtful comment 🙂


      January 9, 2021

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