By Dianne Witte
“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher.
It’s not that I have studied much French philosophy, but I find this quote thought provoking and wonder if we are at a point in human history, where we can “discover” fire for a second time. Well, we really didn’t “discover” fire, it was always part of the environment and ancient man feared its destructive force. What we did discover was how to use it, rather than fear its destructive power in forest fires and lightning storms.
How that discovery happened is left to our imagination. According to Greek myth, fire was stolen from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, who gave it to man. Or, was it some spark of imaginative thought that inspired someone to pick up a burning branch following a forest fire and put it in our possession and control?
At any rate it meant mega change for mankind. No longer did we quake in fear in our caves half the time, hoping the sun would return and no animals would eat us in our sleep. Instead, we sat around a campfire and saw visions in the flames, much as we do today on camping trips or around the fire pit in our backyard or home fireplace. Fire/light is an iconic symbol to us. Think of the Olympic torch, the torch held by the Statue of Liberty, and Christmas lights, lighthouses, and candle flames. Think of your own experience of a fire. Doesn’t that psychological comfort factor still lie deep within you?
Humanity has come a long way from the day when we were first able to control fire. Seen from space, our planet fairly sparkles with light, a beacon of light in the darkness of space. Is the second discovery of fire imminent, as Teilhard asserts? We understand how the wind, waves, tides and gravity work, and use them to assist our lives by providing electrical power. So, maybe we’re ready for the next evolution of mankind; the next discovery of fire. What would that look like?
Teilhard says we shall harness the energies of love. Love is a big word for me, but I’ve come to think of it as acceptance, respect and appreciation of all forms. This is much easier for me to identify with. Getting back to the “energies of love”, will we have inspired thoughts that allow us to “harness” them? Will that be the new fire? If so, how do we “light our fire?”
The ageless wisdom says we each have access to the light of our soul. Just as physical fire was always in the environment, the light of our soul has always been in our consciousness. It is waiting patiently for us to initiate contact. But, we do have to make the first move.
Imagine looking up to your soul light. Many imagine it as blue, but whatever color comes to you is perfect. Just say hello, get to know it, name it. Ask it some questions. Spend some time with it every day, as you would establish a new friendship. Ask it for guidance, when you’re ready. Your soul is your forever friend (BFF). It’s with you in every lifetime. It’s the forever flame in our consciousness—the light that can lead you out of darkness and despair. Your everlasting soul will help you discover fire for the second time. The fire of love! Flame on!