Flourishing in the Wild Heart of Medicine: Fire

When we are filled with spirit we are ‘on fire.’ Indeed, spirits (alcohol) are flammable by definition. Accessing spirit means breaching the boundary of the material world through a dangerous portal that promises ecstasy and beauty along with the potential for life-threatening burns. These generative and destructive aspects of fire go together, as “only a brush with death can allow more life to enter,” as mythologist and elder Michael Meade writes.