Category: Around the Fire

Precious Seeds from Voices of Wisdom

Sacred Fire Greensboro, NC (USA) recently hosted Sacred Fire Foundation’s Voices of Wisdom, which featured two respected women elders, Pahan Pte San Win (Lakota, Cree & Metis) and Diane Longboat (Mohawk). The teachings and the overall experience touched many attendees deeply. Fresh seeds of healing and inspiration are now available to be nurtured by regional Sacred Fire communities. Check out this photo album to get a feel for the day.

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Taking Time to Grow Ourselves

There is such richness when we are witnessed and supported by community, as we learn and grow into what it is to be human, through the various stages of life. Sometimes community comes in the form of a pop-up “village,” during a profound time spent together over several days.

Gift yourself with one of the following opportunities to take some time “out of time” to remember and rediscover something essential about yourself. See the Sparks (events) section below for a list of upcoming Men’s and Women’s annual gatherings.

Sacred Emergence, which supports initiation into adulthood for young women, will take place July 26-August 2. Applications are due by February 15, 2020.

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Two Fire Events…on Your Journey to Mexico!

Just as autumn in the Northern Hemisphere still graces us with a rich tapestry of colors, harvest festivals, and hot apple cider, there are many Sacred Fire events still to be enjoyed before the end of the year! On December 7, 2019, the Tepoztlán, Morelos (Mexico) community will host Fire Speaks, which is connected to a special annual Protection Ritual for the local community.

The 7th annual Prosperity Ritual Harvest will also take place in Tepoztlán, on December 12. Why not make a wonderful week of it in this very special community and attend both?! Contact Ana Cortes for details.

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The Spirit of Fire

We’re surrounded by media telling us that times are grim, and the future looks bleak. But a quick look at history shows us this is nothing new. Human beings have always been tested, individually and in community, by tragedy and challenge.

We so easily get lost or confused. Keeping our connection to our purpose and our vision can be difficult as we navigate the landscapes of our lives.

Throughout time, human communities have turned to Fire for heat, connection, light, enlightenment and guidance.

Fire Speaks offers a unique opportunity specially designed for us and the times in which we live. We are living through times of great change. As has happened in the past in cultures around the world, the Spirit of Fire has selected a person to serve an oracle, so that the people of our culture can reconnect and find guidance. This is truly a rare and precious phenomenon, and it’s available to us right now.

Learn more about Fire Speaks and the journey of Don David Wiley, who serves as the oracle for the Spirit of Fire, in our new video.

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The Role of Fire in Our Lives as Humans

Fire, whether in its elemental form or in electricity and fuel, warms us in the cold and cooks our food. Fire, as candles and flames or as electric light bulbs, illuminates our nights. Human beings are the only animals who work with fire in this way, but our relationship with Fire doesn’t stop there. Some have even said that it is Fire that makes human beings human.

In our new video, Sacred Fire Chairman Don David Wiley explains how our ancestors understood the profound role that Fire plays in guiding our lives as human beings with the wisdom and perspective of the divine natural world. Ancestral people everywhere gather around Fire, releasing their fears, drawing inspiration and receiving guidance, and then they go back into their communities to live life in a good way together. Today, is it possible that we need this ancient and timeless guidance of Fire more than ever?

During these particularly turbulent times all around the world, the Spirit of Fire is coming to our assistance by speaking to us, following an ancient phenomenon common to many original traditions. You can hear this guidance first-hand when you attend
Fire Speaks: An Audience with Grandfather Fire. To date, we have held Fire Speaks events in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Mexico and throughout the United States. Watch this video to learn more about why people are finding not only wonder and solace, but also practical, real personal transformation and other tangible benefits for their lives when they listen to the always-relevant guidance of that ancient ally of all human individuals and communities, Fire.

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It’s a New Day for Sacred Fire!

After two years and more than 500 hours of dedicated effort, Sacred Fire has launched a new website. Featuring a more focused and clarified identity, fresh logos and branding, and stronger orientation, the new web presence is meant to serve as a calling card for your friends and an introduction for those who have not yet heard of Sacred Fire.

We hope you will take a bit of quiet time and explore the new site. Then, invite your family, friends, professional and social networks to check out our site, too. Let’s spread the gifts of Sacred Fire, which we have come to appreciate, so that others can benefit from the warmth as well.

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Warmth and Wisdom to Transform the Cold

Sacred Fire’s unique and transformative remedy for the challenges of the human condition was our focus during the annual Sacred Fire organization summer meetings this past August 2019. It’s hard to express the magic all of us feel when devoting ourselves to opening the way for meaning and warmth to fill the cultures and communities that gather around our fires. The only thing we can say is, come join us in this Great Endeavor!

Do you feel called to help in this work that’s so relevant to our times? Many hands and hearts brighten the work, and we’d love to help you discover how your unique talents can be warmly received.

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He’s So Hot!

He appears in many countries worldwide and across the USA, touring from city to city. His wise words regularly inspire people to travel across oceans or drive for 10 or more hours just to listen. Who is this mysterious force of Nature?

After being in the presence of a living, conversing divine being whose words and presence have touched and changed us, how do we share the experience with others? Many of us who have attended Fire Speaks have the same reaction: the world needs to hear more from Grandfather Fire! And yet, how do we go about inviting our friends to this mysterious event that has the potential not only to blow their minds, but also to open their hearts to the possibility that the world around us actually is living, breathing, sacred and filled with vision and meaning?

Perhaps the best way to invite friends or loved ones to this extraordinary event is to share our stories of how we have been moved by being in Grandfather’s presence. And here are some stories we’ve collected from people who were deeply moved by their encounter with Grandfather Fire at Fire Speaks.

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Four Girls Become Young Women Through Sacred Fire’s Initiation

The Sacred Fire Lifeways Women’s Initiation Council is proud to announce that four young women were initiated into adulthood on July 13, 2019.

We wish to acknowledge the learning and hard work that they accomplished and to introduce them: Calista from Ontario (CANADA); Dale from New York (USA); Emma from North Carolina (USA); and Myisha from Massachusetts (USA)

We also wish to acknowledge our outstanding staff of 10 women and four men who supported the week-long ritual: Amber Van Cleave, Andrea Jacobson, Angela Ocone, Jane Jackson, Jen Collins, Katarina Diss, Katie Troy, Leah Watterson, Sherry Morgan, Wendy Kaas, Adam Laufer, Colin Lenhart, Eduardo Deneke, and Gary Weidner. It takes a village to do this work and hold the space for transformation to occur. Thanks to Paige Schlake, Heidi Griswold, Cassandra Starks, and Laurie Perla of the Grand Junction community. And thanks to those who supported this work through your donations and community fires.

Sacred Emergence: Initiation into Adulthood for Young Women is offered in the summertime. Are you or someone you know age 16-24? Applications are accepted year-round.

Deanna Jenné, Jessica De la O, and Lisa Lichtig
Lifeways Women’s Initiation Council

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Voices of Wisdom Southeast (USA) October 5-6

In partnership with Sacred Fire Greensboro, North Carolina, the Sacred Fire Foundation is pleased to announce a very special Voices of Wisdom, to be held October 5-6, 2019, featuring two well-respected women elders, Pahan Pte San Win (Lakota, Cree & Metis) and Kahontakwas, Diane Longboat (Mohawk).

These elders will speak to time-tested wisdom that has been passed down and refined through the generations and which they have each embodied through their own work and experience in the world. Please join us! While this Voices of Wisdom will focus on how we can help and be helped through the troubled times we live in, your sincere questions and expressed concerns will guide the conversation.

Help spread the word, especially to those who live within easy traveling distance from North Carolina, USA!

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There’s still time to sign up for Fire Speaks in Massachusetts!

The Concord, Massachusetts (USA) Sacred Fire community is busy preparing to host Fire Speaks on August 24. This is an opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy the company of long-standing ones; to spend time connecting, listening to drumming, sharing and slowing down enough to savor relationships with each other. In the evening, after a shared meal and afternoon activities, those gathered will hear and feel the wisdom and recalibrating presence of “Grandfather Fire,” as He responds to questions about how humans can meet their challenges and move through life in a good way.

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Around the Fire

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