This core, this essential bit of individuality, is our true self. It is the face we keep hidden from the world, the bit that makes us, well, US. It is our spark, of which others get only glimpses. It is the “quois” in Je ne sais quois.
It is the core of us that is important for spiritual work and growth. Our inner selves must be strong and balanced in order for us to flourish. The work we do on ourselves has direct impact on what we do in the Universe, and direct impact on the Divine.
Without care and nurture, our core is fragile and uncertain. If we do not invest in it, in our true selves, we cannot hope to improve or grow. We will stagnate, and wither. We will become embittered and unable, and the Divine will reflect that state since the smallest piece of a puzzle impacts the whole.
Since we are all Divine, it stands to reason that as we care for our Dark Flames so we care for the Divine. They are one and the same. This can be a difficult concept for some, so I give you this statement: to nurture our Dark Flame is to take responsibility for our own care and happiness. When we’ve done this, we are better able to care for what lies outside ourselves.
So, how do we do this? How do we care for ourselves? How do we make ourselves happy?
Take a moment to be still and focus only on what is inside. Delve deeply into your core, passing the locked doors and bear traps. Examine it for what it is – weaknesses and strengths, monsters and minions, excitements and disappointments. Note where things can be reinforced and strengthened, where confrontation is necessary, where nourishment is needed.
Allow what is in your core to overflow into the rest of you for a moment, then recede like the tide. Identify what lingers, as it is what must be addressed before anything else.
Take a deep breath. Your work begins now.