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by Lawrence Messerman, Sacred Fire Executive Director
It has been said that home is where the heart is. It could as easily be said that home is where the hearth is. In my role as Sacred Fire Executive Director, I travel often: within the United States, to Mexico, Canada and Europe.
Always, there is the Fire at the center, supporting the circle of people gathered in that place, whether for organizational leadership meetings, public events like Fire Speaks, or LifeWays programs that support women, men and emerging adults in their journey through life.
Time and time again, I find reaffirmation of the importance of our work in the face of a world that seems to be growing more cold and polarized. No matter how modest in size we may yet be, Sacred Fire is steadily spreading, helping to bring the transformative and connective gift of Fire to the world.
I am delighted to report that 2019 has been a very full, successful year. This is the result of focus, dedication and countless hours of volunteer work.Read More
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!Read More
On a crisp, sunny, late Winter day, a circle of men and women gathered together in Greensboro, NC (USA) to explore Life Cycle Living, a model for the human journey from birth to death. Facilitated by Sherry Boatright and Larry Messerman, the 1-1/2 day discovery process allowed those present to share yearnings, revelations, questions and concerns toward achieving fulfillment in each stage of life, with the good of community and culture as the ultimate goal. What are the different stages of a human life? What is the work of each stage? What is the gift? And what does it feel like when a group of humans – a family, a village, a People – helps to create the container within which each individual is supported through the many seasons of his or her life?
What does it feel like when a group of humans – a family, a village, a People – helps to create the container within which each individual is supported through the many seasons of his or her life?
The Life Cycle Living model describes predictable stages of a human life, each building on those that come before. Not so long ago, people were supported by the traditions, ceremonies and rituals of their community in order to successfully navigate life. It was recognized that the successful completion of any given phase of a human life would provide the foundation for the next, and that a community was enriched when each man, woman and child could learn, grow and manifest the gifts inherent in each. For instance, the toddler offers his innocent joy and the young child her wonder at the natural world. In the presence of children, adults can remember these same capacities even as they move into the more “serious” work that is part of later stages in life. Ultimately, the accomplished elder embodies gifts of wholeness and grace for the benefit of community as well as of the world. It is not surprising that in many indigenous cultures, one of the most important tasks was to create a strong connection between the youngest and the oldest members of the community. This was seen as vital to creating a strong container for all other human endeavors.Read More
Every month (or almost) for the past 15 or so years, I have had the privilege of doing a fire vigil. As the day of the vigil approaches, I can feel the anticipation. It rarely feels like “oh good, I get to fast...Read More
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