Richard Siken is quoted as saying, "Love always wakes the dragon and suddenly flames everywhere."
I love this quote for so many reasons. We love others. These 'others' are known as our children, our significant others, our spouses, our parents, our friends, our pastors, people that we come into contact with that make an impact on our lives and even ourselves.
This quote speaks life if you truly pay attention to the words. "Love always wakes the dragon and suddenly flames everywhere." Now, I am not accurately certain as to the meaning that Siken has behind these few written words, but what I know is how they make me feel. The words themselves awaken a fire within myself. This could be quite possibly because I have an addition to words. Or #wordporn as you will see me hashtag on my favorite quotes. I am a self proclaimed book drunkard. Words are life. Now, Love ignites so many responses and reactions within each of us and those actions vary from person to person. But, in the end, Love truly ignites a passion within us all. Passion is powerful. Passion drives us into bravery and confidence and heightened energies. Love is powerful and mighty and is believed to conquer all. Much like a dragon. Love awakens that passion and fierce energy within us, much like a dragon taking flight ... next thing you know ... flames are everywhere. Our energies are literally everywhere we turn, in everything we do, in everything we say ... and it is all ignited by love.
It has taken myself years to allow my inner dragon to feel comfortable in flaming up my own world. A place where the abundant Love that I have in my own heart, within my own soul ... has found an opening into my little existence in this world, and it has created more joy than containing it for myself. I have always been able to help my children throw flames and feel I have been able to encourage my dearest friends to let theirs free as well, but there is something about finding that comfort zone and crossing that boundary into a land of "self flaming".
"People come and go. Some are cigarette breaks and others are forest fires."
The people we have in our lives affect our passions and our releases. Some encourage us and some squash what little bit of air we have that could fuel the sparks into flames. As Dylan Moran stated, "People will kill you over time and how they'll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases like 'Be realistic'."
It is amazing how many of us allow ourselves to be murdered over time. We allow our souls to be gutted and blown up and shot and stabbed and poisoned ... little by little by little, until we no longer recognize ourselves. It is important for us to feed our souls with encouragement and with love and laughter and respect and affection. Once we are hurt it is difficult to heal and we all know it is impossible to come back from the literal dead, but soulful and spiritual death can be reversed. The fact is you have to remove that negativity from your life. Any aquaintance of it. Because once you begin that process of healing and igniting your inner fire, the slightest bit of poison will set you back. Remember, it is over time in tiny harmless phrases. You cannot get over something until you accept and admit that it hurts you. Once you can admit that to yourself then you realize it is time to walk away. Negative energies resonate much louder and faster than positive. (One of my best friends, Trudi, reminds me of this daily. She has a beautiful soul. If you know her you are blessed.) It is important to increase the positive energies into your life so that you can squash out the negatives. Sometimes this means removing people that have been in your life for as long as you can remember and sometimes it is going to be someone you have recently met. Once you begin a path of cleansing you can usually spot personalities that you need to cleanse away fairly quickly. Remember, you can meet somebody tomorrow who has better intentions for you than someone you've known forever ... time means nothing ... character does.
We are all on our own individual path in our own existence on our own individual journey's ... each of our seasons vary from one another's. Our experiences are not identical. Our emotions, our chemical balances and imbalances ... all different. We cannot second guess how the next person in line will react to trauma, joy, death, love, humor, joking, backstabbing, unfaithfulness, calming mechanisms, vocalizing or even affection. We all crave the same substances in life I believe. We want to love and be loved. This begins with ourselves. If you do not love yourself, how can you allow someone else to love you? If you do not forgive whatever is in your past, how can you expect someone else to accept what you tell them? If you do not create a place of peace and joy within your heart, how can you expect another person to want to place a piece of their heart in yours and reside there for any length of time? If you cannot smile when the world gets difficult, how can you expect someone to share your tears when you truly need to cleanse your soul?
"I think I fall in love a little bit with anyone who shows me their soul. This world is so guarded and fearful. I appreciate rawness so much." - Emery Allen
Once you begin placing soulful and joyfulness within your life, your inner circle may become smaller but it will increase in value. When you remove the toxicity from your life you will find yourself more energized, laughing more and even noticing the stars at night more than ever before.
Once you come to a place where "Love always wakes the dragon and suddenly flames everywhere", then you have come to a place where igniting your passions, your dreams and goals and aspirations in this life are at a fruitful point in your journey.
When this happens ... look at your children. Look at your significant other or spouse. Look at your parents and your friends. Look at those rare interactions in your life where someone is making a difference in yours. Look in the mirror at yourself. Tell all of them. Tell yourself. "I love you with the fire of a thousand suns." (- a.e.) Because those are the individuals that are a portion of your flames spewing everywhere.