I believe it was in the '80's when I first read this, and I heard it again last January. It is always powerful and has deeply impacted my life. It had become incorporated into who I am, and I forgot the source. Thank you MrDon for bringing it here
It doesn’t interest me who you are, or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.
This line has sustained me through many non-facilitated support groups with other men. I always expect them to recoil in horror of the flames if my issues were not exactly like theirs.
It turns out the issues are often abandonment, and feeling unloveabe, which seem to be almost universal experieces of those of us who have been severely wounded, whatever the specific emotional wounds.
Can I sit in the fire of healing flames and not recoil?
Sometimes I can.
When I can face my terror of the flames and accept it, it is healing in and of itself.
To sit there in the flames with others and not feeling alone is phenomenal.
To enter these pages is to enter the flames, and I know am not alone.
What a gift we share to join one another in the flames,
I looked up some background on the author, and she has a website. this page is about her. Look around once you get there http://www.oriahmountaindreamer.com/person.html