The Fire Within

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As there is a great fire within the earth and a great fire in the sky, so there is a fire within every human being.

It is a place that we treat with reverence. We approach it with great care. It is a sacred space.

Sometimes when you are talking with someone, the conversation suddenly goes to a new level. You are talking to this person about something that really matters to them. You might sense an energy or intensity arising. You have encountered the sacred.

It is found in religious people and non-religious people. It is present in all ethnic groups and across every socio-demographic section of society. It is a common property of humanity. We know this space intuitively but do not often name it.

Its dimensions include

our beliefs, defined as our theories about the way the world is and our place in it,

our values, being the things we care about beyond ourselves, and

our commitments, which make up the practical faith that we use to respond to the world on a day to day basis.

One of the most important things in any human life is to pay attention to the fire within us. When our beliefs, values and commitments are in tune with one another and with the divine, then we experience a resonance within and abounding energy.