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


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 take a while to get going (and may need a few attempts!) others may be like touch paper, burning brightly then fading away quickly.

“The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.” Lao Tzu Te Tao Ching 
We can relate fire to our personal lives, our heart-felt passions, relationships, hobbies, work and health. Fire can light the way, creating a beacon of leadership for others. It can fuel our drive to get things done. Fire can be amazingly powerful and transformational. But it can also be harsh. Remember to use your fire wisely, coupled with respect and integrity.

If asked, “What lights your fire? What are you passionate about?” How do you answer? I love to ask people this question and then watch. People often pose for a moment, and then I notice their eyes start to light up, I feel them starting to come alive, their heart energy grows, a smile forms and they become really animated as they describe their passion. A light comes on. It’s truly beautiful.
Then something very odd often happens. The energy drains away. The light goes out. Excused by “but that’s just my dream…”, “but that will never happen…”, or “its impossible….” (all “self-limiting” beliefs). Before their dream is allowed to fully come alive, to fully form, the fuel is switched off. The flame is extinguished.

I’m guessing it’s because our passion and drive cannot always be ignited or sustained alone. We all need support. That’s where having a coach or mentor can bring huge benefits.

Do you need help to ignite your special fire, your passion? Are you ready to let your personal fire burn brightly for all to see?

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

  1. Reblogged this on SYSTEMA SLC and commented:
    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?


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