The path of the soul is a path of movement and transformation. To transform is to release fear and open one’s self to the pure potential that awaits our call. It begins with an intention, and grows as an honored awareness of who we are and who we can become. Transformation represents a transition from one state to another, much like the butterfly emerging from the chrysalis.
Our own experiences and perceptions lead us to believe there is a reason or a need to transform our selves. Some people are quite content in their lives, not questioning the internal road blocks that may be in the way of personal growth and the attainment of a joyous life. We each see our lives through the filter or “lens” of our own experiences. This lens is made up of components that reside in the conscious and unconscious realms.
As we approach the process of transformation, our ego may raise road blocks. This is a natural occurrence.
One of our goals in the firewalk ceremony is to take a conscious look at our lens and decide if there are things in our life we want to release or transform. We will then rise like the Phoenix out of the ashes of death as we transform our lives with intention.
For more information, or to request a personal Firewalk Ceremony, contact Karen!
We begin the evening by building an “altar” of wood to celebrate the Standing Ones and the Elemental Spirits. We then adorn this altar with our gifts of Gratitude.
Your Gratitude Bundle is to be made prior to arriving on the land. It is a gift that will be burned in a sacred way. This is a ceremony of bounty, given to the spirits in appreciation for all that they do and all that they are. Great extravagance and flare are called upon for this ceremony! Put your heart into it; imbue your gift with love.
Gifts are to be made of burnable materials. Use your imagination and put the powerful intention of THANK YOU, GRATITUDE, and REVERENCE into your gift. Possibilities are food, cloth, things made from the forest, prayer ties, and pictures. No wire or metal. (People will be walking on this fire afterwards and we need to be safe!)
Talisman Fire Ceremony
The Talisman ceremony is a powerful way of collectively inviting in what each of us most desires to have in our lives and doing away with that which no longer serves us. The fire, our great transmuter, serves as central to our focus in this ritual. The Talisman Ceremony is open to all those who are interested in abolishing old ways and opening and welcoming wonderful new things in life. The Talisman, which each participant creates at home prior to the ceremony, or on the land, represents a symbol of what is to be invited into your life, and what you wish to say goodbye to. Traditionally, it is a stick with a ‘V’ at the top, decorated on one side with what you want to release, the other with what you want to bring in. Each of us dances the Talisman around the fire and then offers it to the fire in prayer and for transmutation. A powerful declaration to the universe!
The firewalk changes our whole concept of what is possible, what we believe we can and can not do. Through the act of walking on fire, the world of possibilities becomes more infinite. This ceremony will be a great finale to the Gratitude Ceremony and Talisman Ritual and is, of course, optional. The firewalking part of the ceremony will be lead by Karen Hefner, of Igniting Spirit. Karen is an accomplished firewalk expert who holds space for this and many other events for the growth and development of people, the earth, and our connection to spirit. She is a certified firewalk facilitator, trained by Tolly Burkan and the Firewalking Institute of Research and Education.
Waivers are to be signed and fees paid at or prior to the firewalk.
Firewalking is one of the oldest transformational tools known. It is most often used as a ritual of purification and healing. One of our goals in the firewalk ceremony is to take a conscious look at our lens and decide if there are things in our life we want to release or transform. We will then rise like the Phoenix out of the ashes of death as we transform our lives with intention. This ritual is designed to transform and empower us. We will walk through life knowing that we have the power to change. We will be forever changed ourselves.
A young man by the name of Alejandro, from the Westwood Youth Group, has been doing some research into the concept of Firewalking and found this website with some great information: http://www.walking-canes.net/whatisfirewalking.html. Thank you Alejandro!
Karen Hefner is a certified firewalk facilitator, trained by Tolly Burkan and the Firewalking Institute of Research and Education.
Firewalk Ceremony Details
There are typically three ceremonies: The Gratitude Ceremony, A Talisman Ceremony, and the Firewalk Ceremony (Walking on the fire is always optional...)
The suggested offering is $30-60 per person.
What to Bring:
Drums, rattles, musical instruments
Clothing for all possible types of weather
Comfortable shoes/boots to dance in—Slip on shoes for firewalk
Your Talisman—no wire or metal—burnable materials only!!!
Gratitude Bundle —no wire or metal—burnable materials only!!!
We will need food and drinks!!!
Bread, crackers, mixed nuts
Chips/pretzels/tortilla chips and salsa
Salads and/or Vegie plate
Soup or Chili (crockpot)
Sliced meats and cheeses
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