I Love that Match

by Alan Johnston, Pottsville, Australia 

May I tell you a few things I love?

I love the breadth and depth of expression that is coming through all the student blog posts. So uniquely and universally real.

I love each writer’s different way with words. The sense of how they set them to abide with each other and convey the whole. And within such honesty I love the words themselves, the sound, the form, the flow.

Which can be direct – as in the startling white herons I saw feeding at the feet of the ineffably lush sugar cane field…

Or indirect. I love metaphor and allegory – how they can unify the disparate and say so much with less. How they can point to what is real, how they can, as someone once said, ‘eff the ineffable’.

So I’ll finish with what I woke with.

You know how it is lighting a fire when the kindling and the gum leaves and the wood itself are damp all kind of smouldering and smoky a tinge of warmth hinting at what’s to come smells so sweet but probably you’re paused for that instant when soundlessly or maybe with a little whoosh the flames are just there and then they are and the instantaneous light and heat is so just fire and no two fires are the same and there’s the immediate dispelling of the cold mind and its comparing?

I love that, the inner flame, the way it is always there even after a damp spell.

And I love that match.


596 thoughts on “I Love that Match

  1. That spark that inspires each and every one of us to let ourselves out, to be seen, you’ve got to love that … and that the inner fire is always there ready and waiting.

  2. I too love the many and varying movements and expressions of love made that are all ignited and inspired from the same source of light, symbolizing who we are and all we are here for.

  3. How beautiful to re-vist this blog today and re-read these words written by a Master of Expression in delivery of truth.
    All comments and blogs are deeply inspiring and bring a much needed energy of light to the internet.

  4. I love reading what others have written on these blogs…. each one is an open account of what someone is feeling, their take and experiences on and about life, and we all get to learn from it.

  5. Yes the inner flame is always there however much we consciously or unconsciously try and dampen it and sometimes it surprises us by glowing so hot and so fully in our bodies with that match – pun intended?

  6. I love the way you write Alan your description of the fire is so true, one moment it looks like nothing is happening and then with a whoosh the flames come alive and light up all around with its warm glow. And no differently to the student body, one by one, each of us is being reignited to shine brightly and lead the way.

  7. Your love for the world and all it’s wonders is palpable Alan, and how can you not love the match, a simple small device that can respark a fire that can light up the world – we need that more than ever.

  8. It’s so true that no two fires are the same which completely exposes the ridiculousness of ever going into comparison.

  9. The inner flame that is our constant compass and reminder of the love we are and the love we are from, never extinguishing. Always there lighting our way to return. As is love. Never inciting, bargaining just presenting the truth.

  10. Beautifully written Alan. That fire has gone ‘whoosh’ with many students now and the warmth of their flames is there for us all to be warmed by. The ‘match’ for all of us has been Universal Medicine, the greatest inspiration on offer at this time to return to a fiery way of living.

  11. I enjoyed the analogy here, our inner flame is only and forever waiting for us, no matter any previous choice. In a moment we can choose to ignite it.

    1. Everything is there ALL the time. How much we have to do and consciously call in, that does not equal our inner flame, to not feel it and avoid this immensity is quite unfathomable.

    1. Very true Jill! What responsibility we all carry when we meet and be with another. We either inspire to dim down someones light and add another layer of darkness to their spark or we enlighten and encourage someone to allow out their fire and live the brightness they originally are.

  12. I also love reading the student blogs. They can be inspiring, confirming, humbling, touching and amusing. I like to start my day like reading blogs. I have come to love the unique way people express themselves and have a deeper relationship with them, even though they may be on the other side of the world. They also confirm how similar we are and the depths of who we are – they confirm my love of us.

    1. I do too. I takes real courage to express in a deeply honest way, our observations and experiences. I love each of them, no matter how eloquent the writing. These blogs will be a historical account and eternal support for future generations to say, wow these people walked this path too.

  13. When our inner fire is ignited by truth then there is an opportunity to once again live the joy that we once knew as children.

  14. No matter how much rubbish we pile on top of our inner flame, we cannot extinguish it, for its embers keep on glowing ever ready to ignite fully, once we make the choice to clear and heal our hurts and issues that we have hindered it with.

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