Each night at SpiritFire, we offer a different focus – a map, of sorts – as an offering to those who would like to engage as a community at the fire. As in years past, we have descriptions for our fires. Unlike years past, however, these aren’t particularly descriptive. No prompts. No guidelines. Rather, these are more like invitations.

Below are the inspirations behind SFF 13’s fires*.

We look forward to seeing how these manifest each night!

Wednesday’s Fire: Gathering

Some nights stay up till dawn
as the moon sometimes does for the sun.
Be a full bucket pulled up the dark way
of a well, then lifted out into light.

Stars burn clear all night
Do that yourself, and a spring
will rise in the dark with water
your deepest thirst is for.

~Rumi/ Coleman Barks

Thursday’s Fire: Transforming

And then the day came
when the risk
to remain tight in the bud
became more painful
than the risk
it took to blossom.

~Anais Nin

Friday’s Fire: Engaging

Admit something:

Everyone you see, you say to them, “Love me.”

Of course you do not do this out loud, otherwise
someone would call the cops.

Still, though, think about this, this great pull in us to connect.

Why not become the one who lives with a
full moon in each eye that is always saying,
with that sweet moon language,
what every other eye in this world is dying to hear?

- Hafiz/ Daniel Ladinsky

Saturday’s Fire: Activating

The movements of our hands help build
the Unseen.

We add to the universe by our efforts.
Whatever we do, we should never think it is irrelevant;

whatever we do, we should not conclude it
is so important either. Between those two

poles find your balance; between those two
regions your talents will bloom.

Word spreads about good cooking.
Become that, an exquisite meal for us.

The alchemy stone is waiting to retire and confess…
something in us is its power.

- Hafiz/ Daniel Ladinsky