When asked about the origins, the Force of Fire says of itself: "I am not of the past. I am not of the future. I do not belong to any place or time. I do not belong to any people. I am a higher state of consciousness, which is reached by persistent progress along the true path". This would also be an accurate description of the origins of the Teachings of the Fire. What are the Teachings of the Fire? They are teachings which involve three principles: self‐development, protection, and healing.
Self‐development requires that everything we do is done in such a way that it leads us inside ourselves, and in doing so opens us up to the world around us ~ for the essence of development does not lie in distancing ourselves from that world. When a person discovers himself, he discovers there is no difference between himself and the world around him. He himself, in fact, is the whole world. The next principle is that of protection, and it requires of us that everything we do is done in maximum safety, first of all in the spiritual sense, but on all other aspect as well, in every possible way. When someone is spiritually threatened and attacked, our task is to defend him using the methods taught by the Teachings of the Fire. And finally, the third principle, that of healing. It requires that everything we do is done in a maximally healthy way, both for us and our surroundings. If someone is ill, we are obligated to help him using the methods taught by the Teachings of the Fire.
Let us return for a moment to the first principle, that of self‐development. We should say at the outset that the Teachings of the Fire are neither religious nor atheistic. Their relationship to religion is as follows: "People, your problem is not whether or not there exist any Gods. There do exist Gods, of course, a number of them, whether you like it or not. Your problem is how to reduce the bad in you, and increase the good".
In the Teachings of the Fire it is not important weather a person follows some particular path, whether it be ideological, religious or some other path.
What is important is that he follow the path that leads towards himself.
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