“Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn” John Wesley

Fire is a great analogy for energy. We have a few additional comments.

Scott Meredith pointed out in his book, “Let Every Breath: the Secrets of the Russian Breath Masters” that oxygen is required to fuel a fire, or breath is required to fuel energy. In fact, correct breathing may help restore energy that is consumed by negativity.

Please consider breath as a method for tempering energy to produce the appropriate flame for the moment. If we are in the business of refining ourselves, then we must realize that if the refiner’s fire is too intense, steel is destroyed (becomes unusable,) and if it is too weak, then steel will not refine. Oxygen is what determines the intensity of the fire.

Energy is often construed in the martial arts to mean a quasi-metaphysical force, so perhaps this article will motivate us to think of energy differently and consider what kind of energy we are burning in class and how it manifests in our work. Too intense, too weak? No fire at all? Where is the energy directed?



Energy gives us the ability to do things, whether it’s getting a new work project off the ground, fueling that creative idea or even just thinking! You know that
energy exists because you can see or feel what it does.
“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” Albert Einstein

When we light a fire it requires support (a hearth, a container, a person to tend it), in order for power to be released. The spark from the match awakens the fire, a catalyst to release wood’s latent energy, bringing life; seen in flames and light, felt in heat, comfort, sometimes safety or a even a sign of motivation and hope.

Fire can create boundaries and burn off what is no longer needed. The colour and heat of our individual fires and intensity will vary. Some of us will burn strongly, some will…

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