gazing

Candle-gazing Meditation

September, 2009

Sit on the ground, and hold your candle in your hands.
This is your flame. You created it. It burns as your symbol in the universe.
Look at the flame. As you breathe, the flame moves with you. It plays and
frolics as you watch it.
As you look at the flame, you can see that it is actually made of the colors
of the rainbow. Subtle shades of red glow at the very tip of the flame. Your
passion, your physical body are being left behind, as a faint reminder of
who you are.
The orange that follows spans a short time on the flame. Your anchor on this
earth, also reminds you that there is a life on this plane.
Then, the yellow, the most prevalent, the most powerful part of the flame
draws your attention. It burns as your creativity, yearning to burst free
and shower you with its inspirations.
Your eyes follow down and see the tiny segment of green, your center, your
growth. This is where the bountiful harvest of your life lies.
Feel the growth and abundance everywhere in the universe before you fall
into the blue at the base of the flame. The blue, the higher emotion of your
secret self burns brightly if only you look at it. Below it, barely
perceptible, is the violet of your spirit.
This is the same spirit that resides within you, but it is barely
perceptible day to day. You must catch it unawares to know it. As you watch
your flame/spirit, Let the violet flame enlarge and envelop the blue, green,
yellow, orange and red of the fire. Let your spirit enlarge to fill you in
the same way. As you inhale, feel your spirit fill you. Let it permeate your
fingers, palms, arms, shoulders, head, neck, chest, pelvis, thigs, calves,
feet, and toes. Let it have control, however briefly, over the flesh form
you have chosen for this lifetime.
Breathe the flame. As you breathe, let your spirit speak with you. Let it
give you its innermost confidence. Breathe your spirit. After a while, I’ll
come back to you.
As you breathe your spirit, allow it to slowly begin to recede from every
secret part of you. Begin to feel the sensations that have not been so
present in your body. Relax into the form you have known for so long. As you
watch the flame, see the violet begin to recede from the other colors in the
candle. It will leave a little of itself behind in every color as will your
spirit leave a little of itself behind in every part of you. Feel it leave
the red, the orange, the yellow, and the green. As it recedes from the blue,
feel it mix with the blue and flow downward to reform as the base of the
flame and the base of your being.
You have met what guides you in your innermost dreams. It will visit you
again.