Nov 182011
 

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Part 2: The other day in my previous post, Arrow Breaking and Fire Walking (part 1) I told you about my Arrow Breaking experience at the Be Thankful Circle of Trees Retreat.  Following the Arrow Breaking, we participated in Fire Walking.   Our instruc­tor was Kat Naslas, she stud­ied at Sun­door School of Transper­sonal Edu­ca­tion; I highly recommend her if you wish to experience Fire Walking.  Both experiences are transforming and empowering and help to eliminate limiting beliefs and overcoming fears.

Photography or videotaping was not allowed during the actual event, but before and afterwards we all took lots of photos.

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To begin the circle space and fire wood was prepared. Each person attending held a log, took a moment to focus our intent and as we placed the log on the center pile of wood and spoke a word or two of our intention out loud (what we wanted to manifest – for example, love, healing, courage, etc.). Next we each took a long rolled sheet of newspaper that was lit and added it to the wood pile to set the fire ablaze. The large bonfire burned while back in the building we participated in the arrow breaking and learned about fire walking, the power of our thoughts, and of course, safety (and signed release forms).

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The chanting, clapping, and drumming contributed to creating a powerful, magical experience. As each woman walked the large rectangle of  fire (a thin layer of burning coals), the joy and empowerment was palpable. After everyone had had several opportunities to walk across the coals the embers were raked into the shape of a heart. 
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The next morning there was a heart of ash.  This is where I placed my arrow of intention (made from the arrow I broke the night  before); before leaving the retreat I made sure to retrieve it and brought the arrow home where it is now placed in my backyard.

About Fire Walking:  Fire walking is one of humanity’s earliest rituals and there is a history of it that can be found in many cultures and religious practices across the world. The tradition can be found in India, Africa and North America, and also  China, Japan, Europe, Australia, South America and beyond. It is associated mostly with shamanic religions, but is also found in other diverse faiths such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Sufi, Islam and even Christianity (Saint Peter Igneus was celebrated for performing a relatively an act of firewalking).  It’s most commonly used for one or more of the following purposes: initiation into manhood and/or the higher mysteries of life; proof of sanctification, unwavering faith or bravery; or used as an ordeal of truth/guilt (i.e., if you walk the coals without burning you are not guilty, if you are burned it is a sign of guilt).

Firewalking, when done with the proper training and supervised by someone who is trained in the technical aspects of containing the fire and safety precautions, is a relatively safe experience.  But it is not totally without risk and should never be done with proper supervision (fire is powerful, clothing is flammable, there is a slight potential of slipping and falling).  The technique: breath,  face your obstacle, picture in your mind what you want to accomplish (being on the other side), and walk briskly and at an even pace (like you know where you are going) and you can cross the fire.

 

Firewalking began to become popular in western civilization during the late 1970s. Unfortunately there are a few self proclaimed “gurus” out there that promote firewalking as if they themselves invented it and every one else is inferior, and their goal is more to create a side-show for entertainment or leadership training for corporations.   If you wish to experience fire walking, I suggest you seek out someone trained in Fire Walking that is focused on spiritual empowerment and respect of others.  Fire Walking can be a very effective means of overcoming self imposed limitations, it is at it’s core calling forth your faith and courage to face the deeply ingrained fear of fire common to virtually all of the Earth’s creatures.  It represents a triumph of intellect and spirit over the deeply ingrained animal instinct to fear flames. The emotional impact of firewalking is overwhelming and can be life changing. Whenever one has a healthy confrontation with fear, the adrenaline rush can be very empowering and transformative.  For example, if the walker is conditioned in advance to associate the process in a religious context it is an effective initiation ritual. These types of intense experiences can be channeled to produce specific mental or spiritual results (for example, focusing one’s intent on manifesting a change in your life). 

If you ever have the opportunity to fire walk, I say go for it!   If you are curious about it, then I suggest you learn more about it and follow your heart and seek out the opportunity.

Namaste, Lady Rose

Nov 162011
 

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*the arrow I broke*

Part 1:  One of the most empowering things I’ve done in my life was to participate in arrow breaking and fire walking at the Be Thankful Circle of Trees Retreat this past weekend (Nov. 11-13, 2011).  In preparation for the fire walking, Saturday evening we gathered around the large bonfire blazing on the hill.  We each took a log and focused our intentions into it and added it the fire. We than walked back into the large dining room for the arrow breaking. Everyone was excited, a little nervous, and some of us were not sure whether we would do the arrow breaking and a few had some doubts about doing the fire walking.  I knew I was going to do the fire walking, but the arrow breaking I was a little more hesitant about.  But after the presentation and information was given, and the circle and chanting began I knew right away I was definitely going to do it!  Our instructor was Kat Naslas, she studied at Sundoor School of Transpersonal Education.

Arrow Breaking: One of the facilitators held a colorful board with a notch to place the feather end of the arrow in.  The point end of the arrow was placed against the throat (the soft spot just above where the notch is at the center  collar bones).  Leaning forward slightly to hold the arrow in place between my throat and the board without using my hands, (as instructed) visualizing what I wanted to break through or break out of my life, I then took three deep breaths as the other women chanted and on the third breath, held it and stepped forward without hestitation moving forward.  The arrow snapped into three pieces.  The room was filled with energy and smiles, as each woman took her place in front of the board, placed the arrow and stepped forward.

By breaking down your fears the expereince can be a huge catalyst that frees you to move forward in your life with confidence.  Facing something that appears to be able to kill you, but moving past that fear to discover you are more powerful than your fear helps to break down the illusion of barriers you have created to stop yourself from doing what can truly make you happy in life or give you inner strength to deal with a difficult situation and over come it.  It is an experience that helps you trust yourself and your inner power – you are more powerful than your fear.

A word of caution – this should NEVER be done alone or without the proper training of a trained professional who knows how to do this technique safely.

The next morning the pieces of arrow were tied together to create an “arrow of intention” (using colored yarn and feathers) and placed in the ground so that our intentions could grow and spread throughout the earth.   I placed mine near the ashes from the firewalking the night before for a little while and when it was time to leave the retreat I made sure to bring the arrow home (where it is now set in the ground between two big trees in my yard).

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*my arrow of intention*

More details about the firewalking (part 2) have been posted 11/18/11.

Live life with courage and love, Lady Rose

 

Nov 142011
 

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What a wonderful weekend! I had the great pleasure of attending the Be Thankful Cirlce of Trees Retreat this past weekend. First I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to put this weekend together and all the wonderful women who attended, sharing their friendship, energy, and smiles.

I had the honor of getting to know many of the wonderful women there, sharing stories, laughs, and hugs. I’m very grateful for facebook because I will be able to stay connected to new friends. The retreat was held at a lovely location in Mildford, PA. The weather was very nice and I did spend some time outside enjoying the trees, the full moon at night, and the fresh air.

I will be posting more details about the weekend throughout the week, but for now here is a list of the activites and workshops I participated in.

Friday – Made a Witch’s Ladder crafting project set up in the dining hall, Trance Dancing
Saturday – Morning presented an Introduction to Qi Gong for Healing worshop, afternoon attended 2 workshops – Winter Remedies (herbs) and Natural Therapies, in the evening firewalking, arrow breaking, table tipping (awesome!!!!), afterwards danced to drumming till the wee hours of morning
Sunday – Women’s Health Chat

I learned a great deal and have a lot of good information that I can use to improve and maintain my health and for my family as well. There were many different workshops to particpate it, and sometimes it is hard to chose which ones, but I just followed my inner guidance. I also enjoyed being a presenter for a workshop (Introduction to Qi Gong for Healing) and I look forward to future retreats and hope to have the opportunity to do other workshops. I didn’t over pack my schedule with workshops and allowed myself the pleasure of quiet time to enjoy the outdoors, meditation, and enjoying the company of the women there. The arrow breaking and firewalking were an awesome transformative experience, I will definitely do it again whenever it is offered.

If you have the opportunity to attend one of these retreats, I highly recommend it.  The next Circle of Trees Retreats are: Columcille Retreat Jan. 28-29 (Bangor, PA) and Stength and Rebirth Women’s Retreat April 27-29, 2012 (Millford, PA, more info. soon).

Bright Blessings, Lady Rose

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