“Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us.” ~ Sir Thomas Browne, Hydriotaphia …
It is interesting to imagine what our lives might be like if we were truly able to approach life as “a pure flame,” with the idea that within us there exists an invisible sun that can illuminate the lives of those around us and spread its light to anyone with whom we come in contact with. Such a flame might help direct those who are confused and lost and bring warmth and comfort to those who are suffering and in misery. Such a light that is both brilliant and illuminating might not only serve to guide and inspire those around us but ultimately give new purpose and direction in our lives.
If we could adopt such a view of life we could change the way we experience it and strengthen the way we share it with others. No longer would our experiences be limited in scope to ourselves, as a clear and powerful path of stewardship, service, and evangelization is now laid before us. Such an amazing perspective also gives us the chance to share of ourselves and our lives with those around us–our enthusiasm and joy for life, our uplifting inspirations and realizations, and our deep peace and serenity of body, mind, and soul.
We have the potential to bring light to the lives of those around us–warming them and helping to illuminate the paths they travel upon. And of course, we can be also let our flames warm the hearts of those as well, filling them with hope, comfort, and joy. But we have to see this possibility in our lives, this ability to share something deep, meaning, and lasting from the well of our soul.
Let your light shine forth; release your invisible sun and allow it to be a visible blessing for all those around you.
Questions to consider:
Why do we so often tend to keep our spirits bottled up and hidden instead of allowing them to shine forth as the glorious things that they are?
What does it mean to say that “Life is a pure flame?” Do you live as if it truly were such?
How might you let your invisible sun shine forth for a change?
For further thought:
“O beautiful human life! Tears come to my eyes as I think of it. So beautiful, so inexpressibly beautiful!… How willingly I would strew the paths of all with flowers; how beautiful a delight to make the world joyous! The song should never be silent, the dance never still, the laugh should sound like water which runs forever.” ~ Richard Jeffries, The Story of My Heart