Fire is an interesting object, thing, concept, illusion, tool. What the hell is it anyway? Energy. It's also somewhat of a mystery. It can be a deadly force, a source of warmth, light, destruction...fusion. Some traditions state great gods are created in pure fire. Souls are said to be birthed there in the beginning of their existence. It very well could be a beginning...but it also most assuredly can be the end. Things burn away, but where is away? Where do things go when they burn? Back into the ether...changing form...converted back to pure energy.
The phoenix is born again from its own ashes. It is transformed and strengthened by the flames that consumed it. Rebirth. Renewal. Fire IS transformation...in real time...before your eyes. Watch something slowly licked away by fire's devouring tongues. It's magical. There are so many possible emotions. If it's your house or something else you are attached to, it can be heart wrenching. Misery. Turmoil. Distress. Fire can also help you to realize your true feelings. It purifies. It releases.
When faced with nonexistence, we panic. When watching things burn, especially things we have created, enjoyed or loved...we are really faced with emotional symbolism. It can be a great way to 'let things go' because after it's gone, there's no going back. It's gone...dissipated into the ethos, burned away down to its basic meaning. Sometimes...it's nothing. Sometimes...it's everything.
Symbolism is very meaningful to me as it is, but on the road to recovery it can be a very powerful tool. Fire releases us from the physical; it purifies. It represents death, healing, love, birth, destruction, creation. Being pure energy, what can it not symbolize? I have been working on purging myself of unwanted and unneeded objects, concepts, habits, and feelings. It can be frightening, but is also immensely empowering.
We made a giant fire from items I wanted rid of; I went from room to room, gathering and selecting. This can be hard if you have hoarder tendencies and trouble with attachment. I have much to let go. I only have so much space in my home and brain...it's time to burn the dead in favor of life. Creation and destruction, in front of my eyes. Used energy transformed into new energy. It's time to let the old give way to the new. New thinking...new ideas...new attachments....new energy....will be created by the symbolic destruction of old trappings. Burn, baby, burn.