Category: March 2018

When the Earth Trembles and Burns

By Jeff Suwak, Sacred Fire Olympia

Erica Cohen was just wrapping up work in her garden when the earthquake started. She wasn’t concerned at first. Tremors are common in her Mexican town, and they generally pass with relatively little fanfare. The shaking didn’t stop this time, however. It got stronger. Something was different. She could sense it. That’s when things got scary.

As the earthquake intensified, Erica tried to get farther away from her house to make sure it didn’t fall on her, but the ground turned to jello beneath her feet. She could only struggle to stay standing as the world thrashed around her. Subsequent reports indicated the event lasted about 20 seconds. For Erica, it felt like a lifetime.

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Register Now for ‘Fire Speaks’ in Santa Monica and Mt Tamalpais

March brings two opportunities to hear the voice of Fire in California. Grandfather will share his timely wisdom in Santa Monica, March 17 and Mt. Tamalpais, March 24. Both of these audiences have limited seating, and we encourage you to register soon to reserve your seat.

Please register by March 13 for Santa Monica and by March 20 for Mt Tamalpais. These are rare and precious opportunities to connect with Fire and align with the living energies of the natural world. Spread the word to friends and family who live in the western United States and Canada.

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Video: 2017 Tibetan New Year Fire

The night of the Tibetan New Year Fire Speaks event, the community of Sacred Fire Tepoztlán makes one big collective offering to the fire with copal, chocolate and tobacco. Last year (the year of the Fire Rooster/Fire Bird) Juliana Jaramillo, from Colombia, offered a dance to a song that says, in Spanish, “Tomorrow by the morning, ¡kokoroyooooo, my rooster!”

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Welcoming the Year of the Earth Dog

The international Sacred Fire Community is pleased to announce a special Fire in honor of the 2018 Tibetan New Year, which will take place on March 3, 2018 in Tepoztlán, Mexico.

Since 2002, Grandfather Fire has held a special audience fire each year just after the Tibetan New Year. This year the Tibetan New Year (and Chinese New Year) is on February 16, and the audience will be on March 3, allowing people a time to feel into the energies of the year before hearing about it.

This tradition arose because of the connection many in the Tepoztlán Sacred Fire community have with Shambhala, which shares a similar aspiration to bring connection and societal healing to our world in these difficult times. The Tibetan calendar moves in 60-year cycles, or rabjams, during which it cycles through the combinations of the 12 animals with the 5 elements. This outlines a large cycle of life that affects our entire world.

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Save the Date: The Sacred Story of Corn

On August 25, 2018, the New Freedom, PA (USA) Sacred Fire community will host a Fire Speaks special event. Join us as we ask Grandfather Fire to tell the sacred story of Corn!

The original cultures of the Americas recognize a very special relationship between humans and Corn, which is identified with sustenance and prosperity. Hearing the sacred story of Corn will connect us more deeply with the life-giving energies around us.

Preregistration is required for this event. Stay tuned for more information.

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Register Now for Life Cycle Living in Santa Monica, Toronto and Perth

People local to Santa Monica, CA, USA (April 28-29), Toronto, ON, Canada (March 17-18) and Perth, WA, Australia (May 5-6) are signing up to awaken an awareness and start a community conversation around the value of a life lived in harmony with its cycles.

These weekends each have a maximum capacity of 20 people, so be sure to register early. The Life Cycle Living in Asheville, NC, USA (March 10-11) is now full. If you were interested in attending there, please put your name on the waiting list! If there’s enough interest, we plan to schedule another for those who missed out.

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