Ball of Fire

Repeating inspiring words empowers us. Similarly, creating different pictures in our minds inspires us.

To see the name of the Creator before our eyes is good advice given to us by our sages.*  To make this work for us -- to make it more real, more electric -- depends on us.

We can for instance imagine the letters of this holy name in revolving colors or textures. We can watch it hover over the world, in changing settings, forests, oceans, mountains, valleys, etc.

Then we can envision it embedded in a ball of fire, appearing and disappearing as the flames shoot out. This vision matches the Torah's own imagery that describes the Creator as "a burning fire."**

Let's try as an exercise to have such a ball of fire in our minds, allowing it to fill us with light, warmth and lofty aspirations. Let's hold it in our consciousness to such an extent, that we ourselves become balls of fire.

* Rema, Shulchan Orach, Orach Chaim 1.1.
** Devarim 4.24

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