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About Life By Fire

An idea sparks. Creativity ignites. Purpose blazes.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.

John Donne

Meditation XVII, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

The Purpose

Life by Fire explores the intangible elements of life: creativity, spirituality, infinity, eternity, unity…through study, contemplation, and expression.

Living a Life By Fire

We evolve by experience. We receive by giving. We learn by teaching.

Like light, creativity, and communication, fire is a contagious energy that ignites collective values and embodies abundance by expanding through sharing. Fire gathers us to warmth and companionship. It soothes us and mesmerizes us, in dancing flourishes of flame and swirling smoke.

To our ancestors, at the centre of every camp and village, fire gave warmth in the coldness, light in the darkness, and nourishing sustenance daily. Most importantly, fire invoked the great, intangible lesson that sharing it by extending it to others, rather than diminishing the quantity or quality of the fire, actually created more and ensured that the vital resource would not be extinguished.

I invite you to gather at the centre; to share in the abundance; to live a Life By Fire.

How it Began

January 1, 2015, around 3am, I awoke mid-dream to the realization of an idea forming. In the safe, dark confines of night, I hatched a righteous plan. I would step out of the writer’s closet in which I had been cowering, publicly declare myself a novelist for all to read, and commit to publishing segments of my novel online as I wrote it daily in 2015. I arose that morning and created the website www.lifebyfirebook.com. I wrote and posted my first entries. I perfected it, sent out a launch announcement via Facebook and awaited the applause, while basking in a sense of accomplishment. Then what happened?

It got harder. And I got scared. I questioned the concept and the process. I failed to post a segment daily. Then, I failed to post a segment weekly. I felt resistance. I lost momentum. Did I stop? No. But, two years later, I’m still working on the novel—sporadically—back in my closet. I persevere.

In the meantime, however, I have felt a keen desire to communicate, not only about the process of writing, but about the process of self-discovery and living on purpose. The novel Life By Fire begins:

Death by fire. I dream of dying in a burst of flames. Searing heat traveling from my feet, up my legs, swirling around me. I throw my head back to see a black sky scattered with stars, extinguished by a cloud of white smoke…. Hot, dry, release. My soul purified by fire—a quick, dramatic death, nothing left but ash. The antithesis of my life. By day, I barely tread water, barely keep afloat. Perpetually behind, perpetually overwhelmed, stuck in a whirlpool going round, round, and around. Life by drowning.

Today, I no longer live a “life by drowning”—I climbed into a lifeboat. This blog captures my experiences as I learn to surrender to the flow downstream on the river of life and disembark at various shores along the way to connect with other souls around the warmth of a communal fire. I humbly invite you to please join me.

Deborah

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