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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %SMELTING ESSENCE BY TRIAL BY FIRE 880408 Ancient people were close to the technology of smelting whereby the use of fire the metallic elements were obtained by the apparently destructive process of heating. The elementary came out of destruction. The essential substance was left over after the fire. That which is essential to our being is left over after the fire. Before the fire we probably do not know what essential to our being, and we may try to preserve that which is not essential to our being. In our efforts to preserve that which is not essential to our being we tend to corrupt the process of our being who we are in reality. We can not preserve what we are through great effort. What we really are will be preserved in spite of our misguided efforts. We can not achieve our true being by trying to conform to any set of expectations. What we are at the deepest level will be made manifest by how we behave in trials and tribulations. We tend to fear the unknown, and often prefer the terrible known to the charitable unknown; thus we often seek to preserve the terrible out of a fear of love. If we have not known true love we tend to fear the possibility of true love which we do not know. We try to preserve the illusion of gaining control, in preference to the fulfillment of our potentials in love which we can not control. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================