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Balls 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.
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.
Outside and In
We live in the world around us, and we live in our minds. Our outside
world is made of buildings and streets. Our inside world is composed of
whatever we imagine, of whatever we want.
Think about it. Within our minds, we can spend one moment trailing
through African jungles, and the next climbing the European Alps. We
can surround ourselves with marble palaces or green forests, or both.
We can listen to crashing waves or symphony orchestras, or both.
This is a power. We need to use it in a powerful way.
Then, as a second step, we can superimpose, super-emboss our inner
world on our outer world. We can merge our inner world with our outer
world, and have them glisten together with heavenly beauty.
Doing this exercise has a wonderful benefit. For our thoughts, our
mind-state and prayer, have a positive, real effect on our physical
surroundings. As we picture our world, our lives, so they eventually
* Rema, Shulchan Orach, Orach Chaim 1.1.
** Devarim 4.24
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