Fire: A Symbol of Light and Purification
In a series of blogs on kundalini energy as it appears in dreams, I have written about snakes and volcanoes as being important symbols. Fire and flames are also dramatic and powerful symbols for kundalini energy, and when they occur in dreams, it is hard to forget. The dream is very wise to choose this symbol to convey the workings of kundalini energy because fire is similar to kundalini in that it burns away all that is harmful or not necessary and brings light to guide those touched by its energy.
Working with a Fire Dream
Dreams about things burning can have many meanings on the physical and spiritual level, but first and foremost one should look for a spiritual meaning because all dreams have a spiritual message at some level, and fire dreams are particularly connected to the work of the spirit. The imagery of something burning calls to mind the biblical story of Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1-17). A burning object always attracts our attention and focuses our mind on a dramatic transformation that is taking place before us: the transmutation of something physical into something else such as gas and ash, or in the case of the Burning Bush, the presence of a divine being because the expected transmutation wasn’t taking place. Spirituality is about transformation and being in the presence of the divine.
As in dreams about snakes and volcanoes, one has to ask what is going one in one’s life so that fire and flame appear. A fire dream may be merely an expression of one’s fears about a house catching fire because of fire hazards in the house. However, if one is experiencing strong kundalini energy in one’s body, it may be giving the dreamer a chance to observe what this energy is doing and how it can be managed.
Dream: My Car is on Fire
I am with a friend and some other people. They have just come out of a store. I invite them into my car since I can seat 6 people. When I start the car, a little alert icon on the dashboard goes on and I yell for everyone to get out. The car is on fire! Everyone jumps out and is OK. I want to use my cellphone to call 911 but my friend says not to.
This dream came about a year and a half before I experienced the onset of kundalini energy in my body. A car can be a symbol for the body or for how we get around in life. In any case, it was alerting me to the possibility that my life would be affected by a strong energy like fire. It would cause me fear and concern but the dream is also telling me that I (and the many parts of myself represented by the others) would be OK. My friend (who is a wise and knowledgeable person in waking life) tells me it is not important to call 911. This is odd so it makes me think this dream is not predicting something physical but maybe a spiritual process that is meant to happen. The burning car is a symbol of a transformative process that is OK.