'''Spiritual fire''' resembles physical fire, but it is not identical in appearance or in manifestation; it is at once more intense and more ethereal.
Both physical fire and spiritual fire are focuses of the Great Central Sun Magnet.
== The use of spiritual fire ==
Just as the discovery of physical fire drastically changed the course of earth’s civilization and marked the beginning of mankind’s ascent from primitivism to Christ-mastery, so the discovery of spiritual fire will abruptly alter
man's way of life as the [[Holy Spirit]] propels his consciousness from the depths of drudgery into the heights of joy in service and the instantaneous precipitation of abundance, health, happiness, and God-control.
Through the proper use of spiritual fire, man can return to the Edenic state by transmuting his original sin which caused the “ground” (the very elements he was destined to employ in his practice of the sacred science) to be cursed beneath his feet.<ref>Gen. 3:17.</ref> Thus the use of spiritual fire in retraining the energies of the subconscious is one of the basic courses in self-mastery taught in the retreats of the ascended masters.
== Spiritual fire in the Bible ==
Throughout biblical history, fire has played a prominent role in spiritual revelation and in the progressive evolution of the soul. Light has been the alchemical key in the creation of the universe and man from the moment the first fiat rang forth from the Spirit of God, “Let there be Light!”
<ref>“Let there be the universal Christ consciousness where I AM THAT I AM and let this Light illumine the worlds with light!” </ref>—and the response was heard in the Mater of God, “And there was Light!”
It is recorded in the Book of Acts that “when the day of Pentecost was fully come [and] they were all with one accord in one place,” this Light descended into tangible manifestation in the very midst of the disciples. “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire,” and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”<ref>Acts 2:1–4.</ref>
The Light of God that appears to man as spiritual fire is truly the sign of the Holy Spirit, whose Presence draweth nigh as the quickening flame which Ezekiel witnessed as the flaming flame that would not be quenched.<ref>Ezek. 20:47.</ref> This fiery Spirit, so powerful in its manifestation of the glory of the
LORD, took the prophet [[Elijah]] into heaven in a great whirlwind and enabled [[Elisha]] to smite the waters with the mantle that fell upon him immediately after the prophet’s ascension.<ref>2 Kings 11–14.</ref> Because the flame, which appeared to the disciples as “cloven tongues like as of fire,” focuses the wholeness of the Godhead, the wholeness of the Father-Mother Presence, it balances in man and Nature the masculine and feminine polarity of cosmic energies.
[[Moses]] was infired with the zeal of mission when “the angel of the
LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.”<ref>Exod. 3:2.</ref> This Spirit of living fire was with him throughout his dealings at Pharaoh’s court and all through his forty-year journey to the Promised Land. It parted the sea, engulfed the Egyptian armies, fed the multitudes, engraved the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone, and was the ever-present Helper—the pillar of fire by night and the pillar of cloud by day—guiding the children of Israel in Spirit and in Matter.
[[John the Baptist]] said of Jesus, “He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire”;<ref>Matt. 3:11.</ref> and the Master himself summed up his mission in nine words: “I AM come to send fire on the earth.”<ref>Luke 12:49.</ref> After his conversion, [[Saint Paul|Paul]] spoke of this consuming fire as being God himself, “who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.”<ref>Heb. 1:7.</ref> It is this fire of the Spirit that he declared would “try every man's work of what sort it is.”<ref>1 Cor. 3:13.</ref> Ezekiel saw the [[I AM Presence]] as a “fire infolding itself”;<ref>Ezek. 1:4.</ref> Malachi described the Almighty as a “refiner's fire,”<ref>Mal. 3:2.</ref> while the Revelator looked into the eyes of the ascended Son of man and beheld there a “flame of fire.”<ref>Rev. 1:14.</ref>