I have learned the power of ceremony during my years of training in Shamanic Energy. What I have learned along the way … you don’t have to be a shaman to harness the power of the universal elements – EARTH, AIR, WATER, FIRE.
A Fire Ceremony is a traditional shamanic process that helps us to access the power of the element of FIRE. In Western Society, many of us have lost the old ways of connecting and balancing our inner energies. Think back to the pioneers who dug in the earth – they were connected to the seasons, to the weather, to the animals in their environment. And the indigenous – whether Plains Native or South American, they were connected with all that was around them- plants, animals, weather. They were in tune to earth, matter, and spirit. Similarly, in the eastern cultures speak of Chi (Ki) and learned how to balance energies.
You can learn how to work with these energies.
All four elements can be used to transmute energy. We are going to focus on the element of FIRE.
Fire is a powerful transmuter of energy. Whatever we bring to fire is transformed into heat, fire, and smoke. It is returned to mother earth to be mulched up and used to rebuild. Tuning into the fire can amplify the energy of your thoughts and intentions, and carry the energy of them out to the universe to be carried out.
When we tune in our Earth Mother and follow her cycles, the elements can enhance our energies in certain ways – for example: working with energies we want to release during a full moon amplifies our intent, and during the new moon we can amplify any new goals we may set. But I believe any time is a good time for a fire. If you are struggling with stress, anger, sadness, you can “take it to fire” by holding a small private ceremony.
It is always good to set the intention for what you want to work with in your ceremony.
Open Sacred Space – honor the 4 directions and the earth and sky. This can be done by facing each direction and speaking from your heart, or silently with your intent.
Allow the fire to build in intensity, and use your intuition to know when it is time to approach the fire. You can bring up your emotions and thoughts and intentions, to release – you can write them on a paper and burn it, or blow the energy of your emotions into a small stick and place it in the fire. Make sure it is completely burned so the energy is completely released to mother earth.
This is a good time to take a moment for reflection, sit with your intention, and watch the fire transmuting the energies you have released, watch it rise with the smoke of the fire and notice if your body feels lighter, or how your thoughts and feelings might be shifting.
Fire is a portal in which we can connect with our guides and ancestors. Sitting quietly, gazing into the flames… perhaps some soft drumming or rattling… can help you shift into an altered state. From there the portal may open and you may receive messages that are helpful for you.
When the fire has died down, it is time to close Sacred Space, again by offering an expression of gratitude in each direction.
Trust that what you have given out to be transformed will happen – that what you have asked for will be done. As you have set a powerful intention for change in your ceremony the universe has heard, and will respond.
You can have a ceremony often, even if its with a small candle. And in between, notice when you are feeling energies building, and use the elements to help you release energies.
In daily life, we pick up energy and carry it, often not our own. The energies of our family, coworkers, people we encounter that our not our own. They begin to build up and make us feel like “ICKY” – just like our physical body gets covered with dirt and sweat. Try using the elements in ceremony to release these energies, and watch how it can enhance your personal development.