Community Sacred Fire & Fire Quest
The Community Sacred Fire
The Community Sacred Fire is a special container which holds space for people to connect on many levels. It is a place to remember departed loved ones, to honour the ancestors, to remember our ancient relationship with the elements, to reconnect with people, to share stories, to laugh, to cry, and to return to inner harmony. It is also a place to remember the blessings of life, and to remember to live in service to the future generations.
The Community Sacred Fire is a multigenerational event held at times of need. That need can include times of deep sorrow and times of great joy and celebration. It is a place that allows the safe processing of grief; and it can also be a focal point for a community during Rites of Passage.
We are offering a weekend of Community Sacred Fire teachings for people wanting to learn more.
People will be introduced to this powerful container and some of its applications. As part of these teachings we will be exploring our relationship with the natural elements (fire, water, stone, and air) and how to combine these elements into the event. On Saturday September 17th we will hold an overnight Community Sacred Fire for all those attending. The fire will be tended throughout the night allowing a time for people to connect. This Community Sacred Fire is being held in support of people doing a Rite of Passage called a Fire Quest. We will also participate in an Inipi, more commonly known as a Sweat lodge – all ages welcome.
The Fire Quest
Many people in the modern world so desperately want to live lives full of connection and love. Yet we were never given the opportunity to go through authentic Rites of Passage to support our growth out of childhood. People now find themselves locked into a childlike state of reactions and views.
How can we help ourselves and the next generation of children to become well grounded, completely connected individuals?
Historically, the role of indigenous cultures has been to ensure that each community member develops into a healthy and happy "Human Being". The ancient cultures hold a deep understanding of the life stages, as well as how to meet the challenges that come with these life stages. They had processes to facilitate the transitions between the stages. Individuals were enabled to unfold and blossom into their own personalities and gifts, with responsibility, aliveness and incredible joy. This knowledge and understanding was necessary in order to prevent people from stagnating in their personal development and getting stuck in loops of adolescent behavior, something we can often observe in modern societies.
The Fire Quest is a Rite of Passage which was historically used as a means to mark and support the transition from childhood into young adulthood. The quest traditionally occurs during the formative teenage years, approximately between 12-17 years of age. The quest involves a person being honored by the community, sent out from a Community Sacred Fire into nature to tend a personal fire throughout the night. During the night the quester reflects on their life, their gifts, their wounds, and learns directly from their interaction with the fire and nature. During the night the quester is supported by their family and the people at the Community Sacred Fire. In the morning the quester is welcomed back to the Community Sacred Fire where they share their experiences from the night.
In the modern world any adult undertaking this Quest will gain deep insight into themselves and their relationship with all of life.
"The Fire Quest was a strong process for the whole family. As we sang our son out from the Community Sacred Fire into the wilderness, we all felt the power and significance of the moment. The experience gave us all an opportunity to acknowledge, honour and deeply realise the transition into competence and independence that he is making. It was much more profound than we had anticipated, opening up deeper relating and a shift in our recognition of him through this achievement. Thank you Sal and all for bringing this work and for holding it with such heart and integrity."
Mother of fire quest participant 2016