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A Special Fire Ritual
special fire ritual is a powerfully symbolic gesture, which you can do
for the spiritual cleansing of your home anytime of the year. Choose a
quiet corner of your garden that is large enough for you to start a
small fire in it. You will need a stool on which you can sit while
performing the ritual. You will also need some charcoal, dried pieces
of wood, oil, and symbolic items signifying things you want to let go
Consider all the negative things in your life that you want to
discard, all the grudges you may be holding, all the grief still locked
up within you. The fire ritual burns away the things that make you
unhappy. You can simply write down all the things that aggravate,
frustrate, and annoy you - all the things that happened during the past
year that you really want to release yourself from, things that went
wrong and experiences you don't want to repeat. The fire burns away all
of your problems and unhappiness, so write these down and put them
aside to be burned.
Next, buy some black mustard seeds and black sesame - these
represent all the bad things and angry words that you said, and gossip
that you passed on, which caused others to suffer. These will enable
you to purify yourself of all the things you did during the year which
offended or caused someone grief or unhappiness. Lay these aside to
throw into the fire as well.
Finally, draw a small black scorpion, a small black snake, and a
small black frog on a piece of paper. These represent all politicking,
idle talk or gossip, and harmful or malicious intentions sent your way.
Cut out the drawings and set them aside. These also are going to be
consumed by the fire.
Now dig a hole on the corner of the garden that you have selected
for the fire. The best time to do this fire puja is during the evening
hours between 5 and 7 pm. Draw the infinity symbol on a piece of paper
and place this flat on the ground in the hole. Stack some charcoal on
top of the paper and start a fire. Then place some dried wood on top.
Try to make the fire burn strongly in a small area. When you are
satisfied that the fire is burning steadily, sit down in front of it
and contemplate all the things you will be putting into the fire.
First put in your drawings of the scorpion, the snake, and the
frog; as these burn, imagine that all the desecrations and harm to your
spirit caused by others gossiping about and creating difficulties for
you are dissolved, cleansed, and purified.
Throw in the paper on which you wrote about people, events, and
things that offended, upset, and annoyed you. As you watch the fire
consume the paper, let go of all those negative emotions and feelings
and allow yourself to feel that you are completely liberated from them.
If you feel afraid, think that the fire also consumes all of your
fears. With this ritual, you can be as egocentric as you wish. Do not
allow the fire to burn out until you have finished the ritual. Add fuel
to it as required.
Now pick up the black sesame and mustard seeds. Imagine that they
represent all of your bad thoughts, harmful actions, and evil
intentions. As the seeds burn, think that these negative aspects of
yourself and those around you are cleansed, dissolved, and purified.
This is the most important part of the ritual, because it is really
important to cleanse your environment of all your and others' negative
thoughts and actions whether committed willingly or inadvertently.
As you feed the seeds into the fire, let yourself experience a
sense of remorse and regret about having caused anyone harm or grief.
Make sure you burn all of the seeds that you bought. Do not leave
When you have finished, allow the fire to burn out and then close
the hole. Think that the earth has consumed all negative things. The
idea behind this ritual is to make you feel purified and that your
surroundings are purified.
Extract taken from "Lillian Too's 168 Ways to Declutter Your Home" published by Cico Books Ltd. Available at MPH and major bookstores nationwide and all World Of Feng Shui boutiques.