What if I were a candle?

What if I were a candle?

candle with flameWhat light would I share?

If the content of my Mind and Heart was the content of a flame, and I share that flame with others; what am I sharing?

What am I passing along?

A glimpse into the content of my repetitive thoughts and reactions is sometimes shocking. Other times, it’s an inspiring place to explore. As a lifelong student of: “Please, make me a better person,” I have turned to many teachers, methods, philosophies, books, self-helps, religions, practices, fads, diets, affirmations, and healing techniques. (Did I leave anything out?)

These days I am pondering self-governance and how to preside over myself.

Given the incredible collection of thoughts, reactions, imaginations, arguments, fantasies, connections, revelations, emotions, memories, hopes, dreams, and conversations (Did I leave anything out?) within this mind, is it possible to create a better community in here? I feel it is.

candles sharing lightI’d like to be a clear flame of kindness, joy, adaptability, steadiness, compassion, wisdom, possibility, love, fun, and acceptance (Did I leave anything out?) so that I govern myself in this way. Perhaps if well practiced over time, when another candle comes close and a bit of fire from me is passed along; it could add inspiration and value to the flame that receives it.

About The Author

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  • Kate Trudeau

    Reply Reply November 17, 2016

    Cindy, what a beautiful and inspiring blog. In the end, life is always about self-governance, no matter which or how many practices we try or integrate. So well said. You offered a lovely moment of peace.

  • Catherine Velde

    Reply Reply November 17, 2016

    Thank you for this insight, Cindy, in this time where everyone’s qi is in need of rescue. It is truly what we all need to aspire to.

  • Ulla

    Reply Reply November 17, 2016

    Thank you Cindy for your thoughts, so well said! It’s a journey for sure to remove the blockages to allow the ancient light and love which we naturally are to surface. Our nature is purely love! This is our true self to see with the “vision” and think with the “right” mind. We are to be a light of the world. We are asked to bring willingly the darkness to the light and look the truth beyond. Namaste!

  • marney

    Reply Reply November 17, 2016

    Cindy, this is SUCH a beautiful and inspiring post. thank you for life, your practice, your good heart, your mind.

  • Sandie M Young

    Reply Reply November 17, 2016

    Thank you Cindy for being such an inspiration to us, may your light show us the way through the uneasy times and bring us all Peace on Earth. Blessings
    Dear One for the Light that you are.

  • Aniiyah Klock

    Reply Reply November 17, 2016

    How did you read my mind…
    I have been pondering self governance for quite some time. It’s a practice. Glad that you have shared your flame this way!!
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  • Laraine Bunt

    Reply Reply November 22, 2016

    Thank you Cindy I needed to hear that today, I know the ever tormenting and relentless between will I and wont I in relation to an incident that has occurred and one becomes so bogged down with the internal struggle of forgiving someone for what they have inflicted, rising above the self protection and looking at the person with the same degree of love is very difficult, so I will now think of the flame, what a wonderful metaphor, and when that person comes near I will make my flame burn bright and it will change the atmosphere around us. God Bless you in what you do for all of us.

  • Allison

    Reply Reply January 29, 2017

    Amazing; I just posted this morning…”instead of cursing the Darkness, Light a candle”…raising that frequency !!!…Blessings & Ty…Namaste

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply January 31, 2017

      It is wonderful to cross paths with you here, in peace and hope.


  • Margaret

    Reply Reply May 28, 2017

    Lovely reminder I needed to hear this morning

    • Cindy Black

      Reply Reply May 28, 2017

      Wonderful to hear from you Maggie!

  • Aniiyah Klock

    Reply Reply January 15, 2018

    This made me cry. These have been my thoughts and feelings and ponderings for awhile now. How can I be a better me. How can I be of service to my heart? How can I love deeper? How can I practice simple easy Grace? You, my friend, have taught me much with your clear true flame of Qi

    • Cindy Black

      Reply Reply January 15, 2018

      Dear Aniiyah,
      We are all in this together. Inch by inch dear friend


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