Station 11 - Igniting My Life …Consumed by an Inextinguishable FIRE

Journal Questions

***Journal reflections represent an interior dialogue with my deepest center. These responses are for me. The relational practice of journaling allows me to objectify a response in written form. This exercise may assist in achieving clarity regarding insights to share with others.

What images, sounds, or quotations from Igniting My Life captured my attention? What do I remember from this module?


The Determining Power is determining us to be free. - Gene Marshall
...means to me:


In the following statement, I understand the difference between "a belief" and a "conscious noticing" to be:

It is that Mysterious, Awesome, Unrelenting, Inescapable Reality that has posited us, sustains us, and will inevitably eliminate us from the course of history. This X, this God, is a daily confrontation that everyone knows who is willing to know what they know. This “knowing” is not a belief in some alien Big Other that takes away our freedom and responsibility? No, it is not a belief at all. It is a conscious noticing. - Gene Marshall


I grasp the relationship between "freedom" and "responsibility" to be:


I understand the following statement from Søren Kierkegaard to mean:

The most tremendous thing conceded to a human being is—choice, freedom. If you want to rescue and keep it, there is only one way—in the very same second unconditionally in full attachment give it back to God and yourself along with it.
- Søren Kierkegaard


When Abbott Joseph recommended“Why not be totally changed into fire?”

...he was talking about:

In my life, this might look like:


New personal practices I might consider exercising as a result of my encounter with this module include:


Other questions I wish the group to discuss are:


Group Questions

What images, sounds, or quotations linger in your memory from Igniting My Life? What do you remember?

If you were to choose one of the voices in this module to converse with over the next twenty years, what quote prompted your attention and what is the nature of the dialogue you might wish to pursue?

In the following statement by Gene Marshall, what do you understand the difference between "a belief" and a "conscious noticing" to be? Why do you sense this is an important distinction?

It is that Mysterious, Awesome, Unrelenting, Inescapable Reality that has posited us, sustains us, and will inevitably eliminate us from the course of history. This X, this God, is a daily confrontation that everyone knows who is willing to know what they know. This “knowing” is not a belief in some alien Big Other that takes away our freedom and responsibility? No, it is not a belief at all. It is a conscious noticing. - Gene Marshall

And...what does this quote communicate to you?

The Determining Power is determining us to be free. - Gene Marshall

What is the significance of this understanding in the living of a life?

Talk about the relationship of "freedom" and "responsibility." Why is this an important relationship to grasp?

What do you understand the following statement from Søren Kierkegaard to mean:

The most tremendous thing conceded to a human being is—choice, freedom. If you want to rescue and keep it, there is only one way—in the very same second unconditionally in full attachment give it back to God and yourself along with it.
- Søren Kierkegaard

When Abbott Joseph recommended “Why not be totally changed into fire?”
...what was he talking about?

Talk about this dynamic in today's language.

What additional questions do you wish the group to discuss?

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