Candles have been used in religion, for candle healing and for metaphysical purposes for about as long as fire has been around. It is a very powerful symbol for the activation of more fire and light in our lives - on both physical and subtle levels of body mind and spirit.
In Christianity, candles are commonly used in worship both for decoration and ambiance, and as symbols that represent the light of God, or specifically the light of Christ. Dr. Usui, the founder of Reiki, was said to have walked through the streets of Tokyo with a lighted lantern in the daylight as a beacon for attracting Reiki students. It is a tradition to light candles on top of our birthday cakes in celebration of each cherished year of our lives.
The Candle flame represents the eternal light of the soul and the connection to Source.
Lighting a candle for a particular purpose or intention symbolizes bringing light to our wishes or desires. You are invited to reflect on whatever is resonating within you at this the moment whether it be love, healing, peace, prosperity or gratitude and light a candle.
Fire has always been regarded as something holy, magical and mysterious. In most societies, fire first belonged to the gods; the legend of Prometheus and the creation of humanity are but one example. Prometheus is credited with having stolen fire from the gods and given it to mortal mankind.
Fire operates in all aspects of life. From volcanic fires to the fires of ordinary body heat to that all consuming fire of passion in the belly, from the solar fires to the fires of intellect, fire's presence is felt nearly everywhere.
When we use the fires of candles, we are participating in the ritual of fire that has existed throughout the ages. Therefore this healing practice should be seen as an ancient ceremony of creation.
Look upon the unlit candle as the unlit essence of life energy in the physical body that awaits a renewing touch of fire to help restore health to body and soul. When you light its flame, imagine you are creating light where there was no light before, bringing warmth and healing where it is needed. This imaging or visualization in itself is extremely healing however should you want to further the candle healing practice you will find more information on Candle Healing lay-outs and Candle Color Healing Properties here.
"Fly in faith forever on the wings of Light, for you are cared for." ~Lou Bognon~
Lighted candles are reflections of our emotional self and help to illuminate our hearts.
Following are some tips to keep in mind when lighting a candle for healing purposes:
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