You’ve probably heard me talk about my adventures of walking on fire at Edwene Gaines’ retreat center in Alabama.
There are innumerable valuable reminders that come as a result of the experience: the reminder that listening to the Still Small Voice enables us to have guidance in whether this (whatever this is) is ours to do or not (because not everyone is always lead to walk on fire during the retreat); that our physical bodies respond to our thoughts and feelings in the most amazing ways (because there is no medical explanation for why someone walking on those hot coals doesn’t get burned); and that we are powerful beings beyond our wildest imaginations.
After the fire walk, each person is given a pen and index card, and instructed to write the date and time, and “I have walked on fire. I CAN DO ANYTHING!”
Sometimes our fire has no heat involved. Instead, it is being the caretaker for a loved one who is experiencing health challenges, or the passing of a loved one sooner than we would have expected (or preferred). Sometimes it is upheaval in a relationship. Sometimes it is drastic change in our financial situation.
In our book for the month (Start Where You Are), Chris Gardner says “..sometimes the only way we can discover our true power is by living through the crisis we feared…” In The Wizard of Oz, remember the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the (supposedly) Cowardly Lion traveled over the river and through the woods, battling witches and flying monkeys to get to someone (The Wizard) outside themselves to get wisdom, compassion and courage (respectively). But it turns out that they had it all the time.
As we walk through the fire (hot coals or not), we must keep doing our spiritual practice (meditation, other quiet time, or whatever feeds our Spirit), and do whatever else is necessary to take care of ourselves. That includes asking for help when we need to. Because our power comes from the recognition of our oneness with Spirit (God, the Universe, our Higher Power).
When we do, we can look back and see that our feet were never burned, and “we had it all the time.”