Out of the four elements, fire is the only one that can transform all others into energy. For that reason, fire is used to remove impurities from our souls on a spiritual level.
We can not take our soul through physical fire for purification, but we can use several methods to achieve that goal.
To understand the impact of fire on our soul we look at terms like ‘Burning Desire’, ‘burning love’, ‘Burning hate’, and other similar terms. The effect of ‘burning’ means that a person is completely occupied with a specific emotion that doesn’t allow external influence. The fire would spread throughout the vessel and transform anything that is not part of a pure vessel.
Some things create a deep impression on the soul/vessel and require longer and higher state of burning.
The Shema prayer is one method that we can use to burn negativity from our hearts and souls. When we read the Shema Israel prayer with
, we meditate to submit our soul to death by fire. This helps us achieve levels of purity depending on our ability to love God and disconnect from our selfish desires. The first words of the Shema prayer are “ואהבת את ה’ אלוהיך”, “and you love YHVH, your God” to teach us that the connection to YHVH is with Love.
This method is especially effective before going to sleep. We ask forgiveness for our ‘sins’ and forgive others for whatever they do ill toward us.
Another method that can be combined with the previous one. (Women should avoid this meditation when they are during the monthly cycle).