The Teachings of the Fire are teachings about three principles. These principles are self‐development, protection and healing. The first principle, self‐development, requires that everything we do is done so as to lead us into ourselves, and in doing so to opens us up to the world around us. Those who truly go inside themselves, should not run away from anything, should not run away from the world around them, for this same world is found within them.
Viewed in this way, the goal of the Teachings of the Fire is to help us comprehend ourselves, such as we are, and to see our inner being, which is the most refined part of ourselves, since the entire world is concealed in it. You are no doubt familiar with the inscription on the temple of Delphi: "Know yourself and you will know the whole world". This inscription is from the Teachings of the Fire.
While we are on the subject of self‐development, let us elaborate immediately on the topic of religion and atheism in the Teachings of the Fire. In fact, the Teachings of the Fire are neither religious nor atheistic. They are not part of any ideology or any Deity, but followers of the Teachings are permitted to believe in a Deity, or follow ideological or religious path. In fact, the Force of Fire says this: "People, your problem is not whether any Gods exist or do not exist. They certainly do exist, whether you want them to or not, and there are a number of them. Your problem is to decrease the bad in yourself, and increase what is good". One of the methods of the Teachings of the Fire should be recognized here: decrease what is bad and increase what is good.
The second principle of the Teachings of the Fire is protection. In speaking about this principle today, we are faced with a terminological problem, in that the term we use is somewhat anachronistic. This is the term " attack by demons". What is implied by these words? In fact, the Teachings themselves do not take a position on demons and demonism. They do not say whether this refers to an actual being, to stress, to some form of reaction, or to something else. They only note the existence of this sort of aggression and know methods for removing it. The Teachings thus do not include any kind of demonology, but rather something else: the removal of people from anything which is demonic or aggressive. I think the term "attack by demons" is somewhat anachronistic in this context. The term "demon" certainly cannot denote what it denote several thousand years ago. However, the principle of protection requires that everything we do is done with maximum safety both for us and our surroundings. The word "safety" should be read in both the spiritual and material sense. If someone is attacked in the spiritual sense, then we are obligated to apply the methods of the Teachings of the Fire.
The next principle is that of healing. This principle requires that everything we do is done in a way that is maximally healthy both for us and our surroundings. If someone is ill, we are obligated to help him, to heal him using the systems of the Teachings of the Fire.
Let us return for a moment to the first principle, that of self‐development. Within it we apply two types of techniques. The first is meditation. It is interesting to note that meditation already existed on European soil several thousand years ago. This means that we did not import meditation from the East, nor is meditation merely some kind of popular intellectual fad. It is, rather, a spiritual need of people from this region. The Teachings of the Fire in fact testify to this, since meditation is included in its tradition, except that in the Teachings of the Fire, meditation is called "looking into oneself". It is indeed a kind of calm, steady looking into oneself, a looking into one's inner being, a being which must be reached. This is the most refined part of ourselves.