Can all the pieces of an ecosystem hold a kind of consciousness, maybe not exactly like ours, but still alive and perceptive? This vital force, the élan vital, has been a discredited concept for over two hundred years in the Western system of thought.
Fire is visible in our body’s inflammatory response. We rely on it for protection, but it also underpins almost every disease process. Steroids and antiseptic agents may be useful at
times, but if we are going to start talking to the inflammatory fire within us, we need a
different set of tools.