There is an eternal fire within each of us, which symbolically represents our innate divine Self, which is self-illumined. It is symbolically represented as fire or light. There is the fire ritual called yajna in our Hindu tradition. This can be a very powerful form of worship and inner cleansing. There are two ways to practice this internal fire ritual; one is mindful eating and the other during meditation.
Consciously offer everything you eat as oblation to the fire of the hunger in your stomach. First recognize that in the hunger is the form of Mother Divine and the food is also another form of the Mother! This mindful eating then becomes a Yajna (fire ritual), and the energy that you get out of it would be divine energy. Also the subtle part of the food would create a sattwic or serene, harmonious, balanced mind body that will anchor you to your ever-blissful soul.
This is the art of mindful meditative eating. When you eat mindfully, you will not only be healthy and happy but you will be progressing in your spiritual pursuit, for your mind is deeply influenced by the food you eat and with what attitude you take your food. As you keep offering every food to this Divine Fire within you, you will see that your food would fill you with health and harmony, peace and bliss.
Meditative Fire Ritual
As you make meditation your daily priority, you will find all suppressed negative samskaras (conditions of mind) will surface to your conscious mind. Don’t be disheartened; first try to just observe these thoughts and separate yourself a little. Then begin to allow the seeds of these thoughts that cause all your pain and suffering to be burned in the fire of your pure awareness of them. Offer your stubborn negative self-beliefs into this inner fire of Self-awareness. Gradually as you persevere, you will find small things are making you happy, relationships are improving; you are becoming calmer and peaceful!
Wise people always read between the lines of every such thought that surfaces in the mind and learn life lessons out of them. Just look within how many times your inner dialogue is self-limiting and belittling! Till you can transform such negative affirmation within, you can’t stop the mirroring effect outside.
When you consciously withdraw your participation from any negative conversation of the inner or the outer, you are allowing the yajna-fire (the fire of the Soul) to glow and illumine your inner world spreading vibrations of peace all around. It is your individual responsibility to douse the fire of negativity that is all out to engulf humanity and consequently Mother earth.
Yes, you can generate so many positive vibrations in your mind as you use both these inner fire rituals of mindful eating and meditation. Once your mind is convinced through regular practice that whatever you give comes back to you, then you are not miserly any more to GIVE, then you keep giving to anything and everything that comes into your life as you walk through every fresh moment, giving the touch of your positive light within. Your inner fire then ignites the latent fire in another soul, passing the light from one soul to the next. Love, forgive and be in the midst of all tests and tribulations unperturbed for God is washing you clean through these illumined practices as you move without resistance. Once you are purified in the sacred fire within you are awake and become free forever from all suffering! That is Self-realization!