A Mandala Journey: A Web of Fire

Web of Fire
Web of Fire
Web of Fire

Sometimes, I wonder what I was thinking combining two reflective exercises!  Today, my mandala journey is to walk with the web while my seasonal journey is to contemplate fire.  Looking for images for inspiration, I kept coming across the beautiful spiderweb that is laden with dew.  Not really fire is it!  But I like these thoughts of the interconnected of life through the web and what fire can do for that.  It is more fruitful than what appeared when I searched on "web of fire!"  Umpteen references to Spiderman.

What is a web of fire?  There is an old camp song called "Pass it on" by Kurt Kaiser.  The beginning lyrics are:

It only takes a spark, to get a fire going.
And soon all those around, will warm up to its glowing.

This spark, this warmth, becomes a glow that warms and strengths all those around.  And as we experience life and love, we pass it on.  We become intertwined by a the web of fire.  And the song says it all, "that's how it is with God's love...you want to pass it on."  It is too bad that we think that passing on God's love is preaching at people until they convert rather than like Moses, hearing the fire, and fighting for freedom regardless of the outcome.  What did Moses do?  He warmed up to God's request (he really didn't want to go) and he went and then convinced the Israelites, who at times were quite skeptical, to warm up to God too.  Then they went and lived in a desert for a long, long time.  And still, Moses stayed and led the people.  I am sure he could have taken his family and gone back to his in-laws, but he didn't.  He continued to pass on God's love and wisdom so that the people of God would be able to pass on the love of God. 

Web of Fire

Moses stands.
the burning bush glows
as wisdom sings and
invitation is offered.

the burning bush glows
illuminating a web of hope and
invitation is offered
through lives interwoven

illuminating a web of hope and
as wisdom sings and
through lives interwoven,
Moses stands.

A French Pantoum Poem.

Journey with me through a creative experience over the next bit where I use mandalas and a specific exercise in “The Mandala Workbook” by Fincher and “Praying with the Elements” by Christine Valters Paintner of Abbey of the Arts.

Categories: Spirituality

One comment

  1. a quiet walk said on April 27, 2010
    Beautiful Terri! I love the idea of a web, but then I love labyrinths too. Fire has so many connotations to it, creative, warming, but also destructive. For me Fire doesn't make a representation of Spirit even though I understand its use. I've seen too much of the destructive power of Fire. When passions grow without the warmth of love or a cooling breath of spirit the fire can rage out of control. Yet I love a good campfire, or a fire in a fireplace. I love the way the sun lights a labyrinth at sunrise or sunset. I guess we just need to take the good with the bad and pray that the fire of Love will win out over the fire of Hate. Peace my friend and may love's fire warm you today.

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