Just received an interesting email from the 4 Winds… regarding fire and the use of the black poncho.
If anybody is interested in attending a Fire Ceremony in Calgary, please contact me. I would be more than happy to host a Fire Ceremony, or direct you to a ceremony closer to your area.
The Black Poncho
Every student, graduate, or anyone interested in being of service in your community by offering Fire Ceremony needs a black poncho. Many individuals still ask “now why do I need a poncho?”
First let’s start with the Fire Ceremony. Our shamanic path is a path of fire, meaning that we call on the element of fire to assist us in shifting and changing. As you know, fire is quick and lets us immediately step out of the ordinary and into the place of ceremony and magic or the sacred. When you create and participate in fire ceremony you allow an opening to the place of the soul. There is such a longing people have to work and source from the soul.
I remember recently teaching a weekend workshop at Omega Institute titled The Shamans Gift; Working at the Sacred. In the workshop we talked about the longing people had for ceremony and learning to work at the sacred, or soul level. Our group was small and intimate and we spent our weekend experiencing ceremony and learning it’s importance for anything and everything that anyone wants to come into balance or right relationship with.
We had opened our closing evening fire ceremony for anyone attending a program at Omega that weekend. Our small group learned the steps of the fire ceremony like opening sacred space, how to make the fire friendly and the chant to help occupy the mind so you can source from the soul. Our group agreed to help teach any additional people who came that evening and to step behind each person and protect them as they came to the fire.
Because there were many interesting options for other participants that evening I did not expect many others who were not in our class to attend, but was delighted and a little overwhelmed when the group swelled to over 150 as the fire ceremony started. With all my attention on teaching the steps quickly and holding the group I was fully occupied. As latecomers showed up and the fire ceremony progressed I was brought to tears as I watched the small Working with the Sacred workshop participants become experts at fire and step in and not only teach others but hold the place of the soul – the sacred.
There is such a longing for ceremony. Create it in your community by offering community fires. One graduate had over 40 people show up for a fire in her backyard, all from a flyer she put up at her local health food store. The steps are easy. Get some dry firewood, olive oil, and a black poncho (rattle is optional but available on the Four Winds product page).
The poncho is important because it keeps you, the person conducting the fire ceremony, personally invisible as the sticks containing the prayer offerings are burned. As each person comes to bring their offering they come with prayers of honoring and a desire to come into right relationship with their world. As their prayers burn they bring the smoke of their offering into their body to feed and cleanse them. Then they go back around the medicine circle. As the person offering the fire ceremony you will continue to walk around the fire and help to hold the group and the ceremony. There may be “hungry ghosts” – or energies associated with whatever each individual is coming into right relationship with. As these energies are released by the fire you want to be totally invisible since you are the one still circling inside the fire circle. The black poncho makes you invisible.
We just brought back 20 light weight black ponchos from Peru. Order yours now and even more importantly: offer fire ceremony in your community. Do fires – at least once a month. I plan to get out my poncho and do a fire with my family…. Tonight! (As Alberto says, why not tonight?)