Once, in another world, I was sitting with the Shaykh of my spirit, a great Master. Next to us a huge fire was roaring, consuming all my books, my belongings, even my clothes. Then my Master said, "Now cast yourself into the flames." And so I jumped, without a moment's hesitation. To my great surprise, I was unburnt. The flames were cold to the touch although everything around me was being destroyed. I turned to my Master. He was shaking his head. "Alas, in the end you have failed me, my pupil." "How did I not obey?" I asked. He said, "Your failure was this: Despite your claims of complete faith in me, you expected to be burned."