The Energy of Fire

<p style="margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;"><span style="color:#8b4513;"><span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 18px; line-height: normal;"><b><img alt="" src="/sites/unityofsouthsound.org/files/large_download-1.jpg" style="width: 180px; height: 180px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 15px; float: left;" /></b></span></span></p><p style="margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;"><span style="color:#b22222;"><span style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 18px; line-height: normal;"><b>The Energy of Fire</b></span></span><br />&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;"><span style="color:#b22222;"><span style="font-size:14px;">As we experience the wildfires at this time of year, let us remember the energy of fire. &nbsp;</span></span></p><p style="margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;"><span style="color:#b22222;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Fire is the energy of purification and transformation.&nbsp; Without this powerful catalyst, the vital nutrients and nourishing energy of nature is not returned to the earth. &nbsp;</span></span></p><p style="margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;"><span style="color:#b22222;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Although it may seem like the fire is only here to destroy, it also prepares the way for new life.&nbsp; Seen symbolically, we all need the energy of fire to move us forward, to clear the old, and to awaken us to the new. &nbsp;</span></span></p><p style="margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;"><span style="color:#b22222;"><span style="font-size:14px;">The spiritual energy of fire burns away the accumulated cross of old thoughts and emotions, making way for the beautiful sprouts of new life. &nbsp;</span></span></p><p style="margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;"><span style="color:#b22222;"><span style="font-size:14px;">How can we let go of the old and be receptive the fire of God burning within us?&nbsp; How can we be open to the seeds of new life? &nbsp;</span></span></p><p style="margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;"><span style="color:#b22222;"><span style="font-size:14px;">The spiritual energy of fire will move us forward on our path if we let it.&nbsp; It comes to lighten our load, propel us forward, and prepare the soil of our consciousness for transformation.&nbsp;</span></span></p><p style="margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;"><span style="color:#b22222;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><i>Rev. Jeffrey Fowler</i></span></span></p>