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.


584 thoughts on “I Love that Match

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

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