My answer to this question may seem philosophical and far away. To me, it is closer than a heartbeat and just as real.
By 'the greater flame' I mean universal consciousness, the ultimate reality.
Can anyone deny that there is an Everything?
I don't mean the bagel with cream cheese, but the all that is — physical, non-physical, known, unknown, all universes, dimensions and planes of existence with all its chaos and order design and randomness, laws and mysteries. No specifics now, as Everything includes everything, whatever it is.
And Everything is unified by Something called consciousness. The nature and essence — the being — of a person, creature or thing is its consciousness.
According to Athene's 'Theory of Everything', consciousness is produced by neural synergies.
There is local consciousness generated by human brains (each person has three 'brains' - in the head, the heart and the gut) — the flame of an individual. Yet there is another consciousness, which pervades all things, animate and inanimate. It is the consciousness of the atoms, particles and creating wavicles, non-local and universal. This is what I call the greater flame.
Embracing the greater flame means shifting from being driven by emotions to being powered by feelings, and experiencing the love of the one Being as one's own love.
In my own practice, I bring this closer to home with the Litany of Love.
Inspired by having re-discovered Paul Atreides 'Litany Against Fear' from the book and movie Dune, I apply the Litany of Love throughout the day. It does not have to be kept in its exact form. Sometimes I mix the sentences. When resistance arises, I merge with what is. When I feel uncertain or pressed, I pause and listen deeply to what Life is saying. When I am scattered or fragmented, I feel the One Being, enter the Moment or remind myself, nothings is external and the sacred flows through everything. When circumstances seem pointless, I call upon my service to the wholeness of life.
Litany of Love
I let go of all that hinders and embrace all that supports emotional maturity, refinement and mastery.
I am an individuated expression of the One Being, having a human experience.
The One Being of unified consciousness is all that is.
I feel the One Being in, through and around me.
Nothing is external. The other and I are one.
The Sacred flows within everything. Consciousness is ever-present.
I enter the Present Moment and abide in Stillness. I rest in the unknown, in the mystery unfolding.
I act from feelings of maturity, refinement and mastery.
I listen deeply to what Life is saying and merge with what is.
I serve the wholeness of Life.
Consciousness, when it's unburdened by the body, is something that's ecstatic; we use the mind to watch the mind, and that's the meta-nature of our consciousness; we know that we know that we know, and that's such a delicious feeling, but when it's unburdened by biology and entropy, it becomes more than delicious: it becomes magical. - Jason Silva
Each time you choose not to act on a frightened part of your personality, you create authentic power - and you grow spiritually. The frightened parts of your personality come less frequently and with less intensity, and the loving parts fill more and more of your consciousness. - Gary Zukav
These experiments have been carried out hundreds and hundreds of times in all sorts of ways so that no physicist really questions the end point.... these experiments are very clearly telling us that consciousness is limitless and the ultimate reality. - Robert Lanza
When we use our mirror neurons to look at ourselves, we may construct the idea of identity. But if we do this with our scientific understandings, we see something completely different: the neural synergies that produce our oscillating consciousness go far beyond our own neurons....