The other night I was sitting in yoga class in my crossed-legged posture listening to the instructor talk about how friction or fire is needed sometimes for a cleansing as well as change. The word for this friction or heat in Sanskrit she told us is tapas or tapasya. Then she asked us to think about times in our lives where the element of fire had caused pain, and then change came. Not one, but several events floated through my consciousness as I moved from one difficult pose to another. I was suppose to be an ambassador or work in the foreign service. Life happened with many fires that stirred me in a different direction. What about you? Stop for a moment and think about those fires in your life that may have changed the course of your life.
As much as we have our own personal fires to deal with there are larger ones in the universe that will affect everyone on his planet, if we don’t change our consciousness as the planet shifts into higher vibrations. The weather catastrophes, acts of terrorism, and the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are the fires in this universe that eventually will bring about change and rebirth. For instance, a federal judge struck down President Obama administration’s six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as rash and heavy-handed, saying the government simply assumed that because one rig exploded, the others pose an imminent danger, too. This ruling is one of many fires that could bring pain, change and rebirth. At the end of the class my instructor summed up the lesson for the class saying, "Many of the goals that we desire in life will be accompanied by pain and suffering, but through right discipline and right action we can use the friction as a liberating experience."