The Song of Wandering Aengus poem by W. B. Yeats is a poem of inspiration and transformation. It is a poem that invite an awareness of that experience referred to as the Breakthrough Experience (The Hero’s Journey).

This can be your experience when you learn HOW TO Companion YOUR Greatness.

In a series of blog posts related to this poem by W. B. Yeats, I will share a line-by-line analysis of this Wandering Aengus poem. These series of reflections form the basis of the book entitled A Journey with Mr. Yeats – 10 Poems for Companioning YOUR Greatness.

Leaving the Ordinary World

The Fire in the Head experience invites you to go beyond the confines of what you know 0r think you know.

The fire in the head experience is where you leave the ordinary world to take the extraordinary journey into the unknown that is the adventure of self-discovery and the realization of who and why you are.  Some characters who symbolize the fire in the head experience include.

  • Harry Potter – Leaves the world of the Muggles for the world of Magic.
  • Frodo Baggins – Leaves the Shire for the World for the Undying Lands.
  • Dorothy – Leaves the grey land of Kansas for the colorful world of Oz.
  • Neo leaves the Matrix to venture into the world of the REAL.

A fire was in my head experience will change you and the way you view the world.

This experience of fire in the head is inspirational. It is when you are directly in-spirited.

You are thought through by Universal Intelligence. You, for one glorious moment, are being educated by the Universe. This is not your everyday kind of education.

As William Butler Yeats declared:-

Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire—W. B. Yeats

Experiencing the fire in the head will call you out into your personal hazelwood to live the adventure that is your, “One wild and precious life.” (Mary Oliver) However, unlike Aengus, you most likely will refuse the call.

You will stay in the ordinary everyday world of your over-thinking mind. You will refuse the challenging journey of searching the hollow lands and hilly lands of your everyday life experience so that you might find where your passion, purpose, and living from Presence have gone.

This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.- Morpheus in The Matrix.

Having a fire in the head experience will at least give you an awareness that there is a choice between the ordinary world and the extra-ordinary world.

The Magic of Metaphor

The term “Fire in my head” is a metaphor. It is the language of magic and mystery. It is the language you need to learn in order to access such magic and mystery.

The Power of Metaphor is that it is the language of the heart. The “because there was a fire in my head” experience is when the heart and head are moving from the flow of the Universal Heart and Mind.

Fire in the head is not simply another creative thought.

It is Creation thinking through you. It is not just one of the sixty thousand plus random thoughts that pass through the Cave of the Skull on any average mind, on any average day.  More if you are under stress. It is not another thought from what the singer/songwriter, Mike Scott of The Waterboy’s refers to as: –

You’ve got a madman in the Cave of Your Skull –From World Party

There is less chance of the Fire in the Head experience when you continue to listen to your overthinking mind (The Matrix).

There is a madman in the cave of the skull of everyone. No peace of mind and no real inspiration arising from being in-spirited.

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Lyrics of World Party (Part)

I’ve got a madman of my own to contend with
Cursing in the cave of my skull
Turn the other cheek
Find a new streak
Get yourself along to the world party (party!)
Well I heard a rumour of a golden age
Somewhere back along the line…

The Song of Wandering Aengus is a poem that gives direction for life.

This is the life that the Universe created you to express through you. You find the fullness of expression in following the vision it gives you, would that you venture into the unknown (the metaphor of going fishing).

The Fire in the Head Experience burns up all the other lesser thoughts that keep you in the Matrix of time and space.

To invite The Fire in the Head Experience, you must practice spiritual listening. (inspired listening)

You must stop listening to the voice in your head that is your monkey mind. It is like a badly tuned radio. Always on and broadcasting static. You must tune into the wisdom mind that will set your mind on fire and educate you in and through Universal Intelligence.

The Power of Practice

In reading this reflection and in gaining a deeper appreciation of the metaphors included in the poem, the time comes to act.

This is the act and actions of Companioning YOUR Greatness.

This is more important than engaging in an intellectual analysis of The Song of Wandering Aengus.

Because a Fire was in the my Head

The experience of fire in the head is not something you can command through the personal will.

It is always given by way of grace. This does not mean you have to earn it. It is not a reward for doing good. It is a revelation of Being.

You cannot create a fire in the head experience. What you can do is clear space for allowing this kind of visionary and enlightened way of Seeing and Being in the world to be your way of Being in the world.

Creating space for enlightened seeing is real education. It is a REAL university education. To be educated by the universe for just a moment is a privilege beyond words.

You will know this only when it happens because you know that we could never earn such a moment.

Mystical insight and enlightenment occur when the veil between the worlds is lifted, the worlds are bridged, the gap closes, and we cross over.”
― Tom Cowan, Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit

Preparing for the Fire

This is the knowing of the Greatness it creates you to companion. It will also open you to an experience of deep gratitude.

If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, it will be enough – Meister Eckhart—Christian Mystic.

The Fire in the Head practice is really a practice of preparation. It is a practice of becoming empty so you might be fulfilled.

This is a paradoxical practice. It is also a practice of trust and patience. It is a practice of waiting without waiting.

In the Bible, the Fire in the Head practice is represented by the parable of the Wise and Foolish virgins regarding those who kept oil in their lamps and those who did not. The oil represents the degree to which you can concentrate your awareness in the present moment.

The lamp refers to your body.

To prepare for the invitation that is the Fire in the Head experience you need to cultivate the following no-things.

These include:-

  • Intention
  • Silence
  • Listening
  • Space
  • Time

NOTE I will share here suggested practices as part of sharing with you the journey of learning to Companion YOUR Greatness.

Are you willing to leave the ordinary world of the know for the adventure into the meeting with the One who has loved you all your life.

Being Beautiful

For those who are interested in the mythology of Ireland (as was William Butler Yeats) I share below links to Being Beautiful – Learning to Treasure the REAL You. This is a book centred around The Four Tresures of Ireland. This expands on the story of The Tuatha De Danaan – the Beautiful People. It is a sharing of the journey of YOUR becoming one of the Beautiful People.

How does it feel to be one of the Beautiful People now that you know who you really are – Lennon-McCartney from Baby You’re A Man

tuatha de danaan story

You are a treasure beyond price. You are a unique wonder tale that you alone are here to tell. You are a gift to be given to the world expressing from the Eternal Giftgiver. Using the Celtic folklore The Four Treasures of the Tuatha De Danaan Irish storyteller Tony Cuckson takes you on a magical journey to discover the REAL you.

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Tony Cuckson tells stories with a singular purpose: an invitation to fall in love with who you are, beyond the mask of personality.

 Diarmuid de Faoite – Actor and Drama Therapist

It is the hope and heart felt wish of this author that you honour the treasure within and become all you are created to KNOW and be. This is to live the life as one of the Shining Ones. This is the greatest gift you can gift the world.

Because a Fire was in my Head

Reading and Research

Gratitude and thanks go to the writers whose research I read during the writing of this reflection on the line “Because a fire was in my head.”

Archetypes and metaphors in the matrix of W. B. Yeats’ poetry
Dr. Bishwajit Bhattacharjee

Yeats’s Redefinition of Poetic Self in Nature Symbolism
Azra Ghandeharion