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Fire Speaks in North Carolina and Ireland

Registration is open for Fire Speaks in Asheville (NC, USA) May 25, 2019 and Las Tine an Chroí (Light Up Your Heart) in Galway, Ireland June 14-16, 2019. The respective communities are putting a lot of heart into creating a warm welcome, including family-friendly activities, entertainment and yummy food. The opportunity to receive divine guidance and the transformative effect of Fire in this way is rare, precious and time-limited. Please join us!

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Gathering of Men in Utah: Still time to register

Calling all men to come together, to discover our unique capacities, to strengthen our inner knowing and to support each other in moving forward for the benefit of family, community and the world. There is still time to register for the May 31 – June 4 Ukilái: Annual Gathering of Men in Moab, Utah. Let us take a moment to listen to our hearts: is this the moment for us to gift ourselves this special opportunity, led by don David Wiley? Who do we know who would benefit from this experience?

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The Gift of Community Fires

In the center, always, the dancing flames — mesmerizing, mysteriously renewing, inspiring and recalibrating the lives of the humans who are sharing their stories, successes and concerns; their laughter, tears and anger too. Slowly but surely, those gathered are remembering what it is to be in right relationship –- with each other, and with the other-than-human too.

See what Robin, Mark, Debbie, Carlos, Jenny, and Sally have to say about their experience attending Sacred Fire community fires. And if you have a Fire Story of your own, we’d love for you to share it with us.

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Help us collect Sacred Fire Stories

Do you enjoy the Fire Stories that we feature in our Sacred Fire newsletter and social media? Collecting them-–talking to Sacred Fire community members, Firekeepers and Lifeways providers around the world-–is a wonderful way of sharing the warmth of human relationships, no matter where we live on this beautiful planet. Our Sacred Fire Outreach team is hoping to welcome an editorial assistant who can help us with building our Fire Stories library. This could be accomplished in a maximum of four volunteer hours per month. Feel called?

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Year of the Earth Pig

According to the Tibetan Buddhist calendar, each year resonates with one of twelve animals plus one of the five elements, Earth, Fire, Water, Metal and Wood. February 5, 2019 marked the beginning of The Year of the Earth Pig. Grandfather Fire has granted an audience in Tepoztlán, Mexico in honor of the Tibetan New Year every year since 2002. 2019’s audience happened on March 3, during which the lucky crowd heard about the important qualities of the year ahead.

Characteristics associated with Pig were mentioned: pigs are reliable, intelligent, hardworking, with strong energy and determination but without a very strong creative expression. They are willing to take on projects and work on them even if these are somewhat boring. Pig energy includes honesty, optimism and enjoyment of material things that can be held and appreciated.

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Part 2: Firekeepers, I Love You for Giving Voice to the Voiceless

Firekeepers, I Love You: Part 2 of 9

If you spend time around the Sacred Fire, you’ve experienced the specialized work of a trained Firekeeper. In her second Love Letter to Firekeepers, Erin Everett speaks for many of us when she offers appreciation to these dedicated volunteer space-holders who hold fires every month in their 50 communities in 7 countries. They make this sacrifice so that we can gather to share, laugh, and be transformed by the medicine of Fire like human beings have always done.After you listen to Love Letter 2, please take a moment to listen to Erin’s first Love Letter, which is about how much Sacred Fire Firekeepers value relationships.

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Let’s Get Together!

So many of us are starved for the warmth and movement of community. Registration is now open for these upcoming community events, and it’s not too late to join in!

Events featuring an audience with Grandfather Fire:

Restore your spirit at an annual gathering of men or women!

Ukalai: Annual Gathering of Women

Ukilái: Annual Gathering of Men

And there are several other Lifeways events coming up in Australia, Canada, and Oregon: Life Cycle Living, Exploring the Phenomenon of Prayer, Navigating the Challenging Waves of Transition. Please see the last section of this newsletter for a complete listing.

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Support This Summer’s Initiation into Adulthood for Young Women

Momentum is growing for this summer’s Sacred Emergence: Initiation into Adulthood for Young Women, which will take place July 6-15, 2019. The Initiation Council invites women and men to participate by being on staff.

Many gifts come from creating and living in a “village” that serves this important life transition ritual. Previous volunteers have found the experience to be humbling, enriching and full of heart. You can read some Sacred Emergence staff stories below in the Fire Stories section of this newsletter.

To apply to serve on the women’s staff, please contact Jessica De la O by March 31, 2019.

To apply to serve on the men’s staff, please email Gary Weidner or call 970-241-7256 by April 7.

If you are not able to join the Sacred Emergence staff, we invite you to make a financial contribution to help us cover expenses and provide partial scholarships for candidates and staff.

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The Path to Firekeeping

Are you looking for great purpose, meaning and transformation in your life, while producing spiritual connection, community and help for others? Would you like to see conflict and polarity in people’s lives changed to heart and dialogue? If so, we invite you to explore stepping into the role of Sacred Fire Firekeeper.

In premodern cultures around the world, people recognized the otherworldly effect of sitting with Fire and its influence to open people in a way not easily understood. Beyond heat and light, the presence of Fire was revered for the way that it could produce emotional, mental and spiritual health for communities and individuals, when facilitated by someone who could see and work with Fire’s special gift. This ability, held by those in the role known as “firekeeper,” was cultivated and passed on through generations to particular people. Firekeepers would then be a common presence at gatherings, council and ceremony. Nowadays, this skill, which has been lost in our society, is being reintroduced with the help of Grandfather Fire, and through his relationship to traditions that are still familiar with this spiritual endowment given for humanity’s benefit.

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Firekeepers, I Love You: Part 1 of 9

This Valentine’s Day was the perfect day to express our love for the most important people in our lives. For those of us who spend time around the sacred Fire in lands near and far, our local Firekeeper is often at the top of that list! Where would we be without the supportive nest of community? Somehow our lives are mysteriously enriched and deepened by the dance with other people and the sacred world at our local Sacred Fire community fires, men’s fires and women’s fires. This is only possible because of our Firekeepers: they hold the space so well.

How do they do this monumental task, month after month? How can we possibly thank them enough?

In this podcast, Fire veteran Erin Everett, who has been attending Fires and observing Firekeepers since she was in her 20s, shares the Firekeeper-love in this first of nine “love letters” to the 62 Firekeepers (and growing) who have dedicated their lives, time and learning to holding space for the fears, hopes, grief, love, laughter and transformation of their communities.

To learn more about Sacred Fire’s Firekeepers or to learn how to become a Firekeeper, visit sacredfire.org.

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The Difficulty of Being Human

By Keith Baughman

Healing has at its core an aspect of accepting yourself. Acceptance at this level is layered and complex. Many weeks ago a phrase skipped across my thoughts: the difficulty of being human. Not only does it invert and energize the identifier of “human being,” it also undermines the deeply embedded notion in me that life should be easy and I’m just doing it wrong. As I continue to look through the lens of this phrase, my path to self-acceptance becomes clearer, and I begin to see that human difficulty is part of the natural order. It’s how we’re made, and we’re made this way for a reason.

Writing poetry is the mode or field where these internal conversations often get their first articulation. The difficulty of being human spilled onto a journal page one day without much to suggest its timely relevant weight. But as the days passed, and as I continued to journal, this phrase preoccupied my thoughts and ways of seeing the world within and around me. The following poem is an articulation of the permission, purpose and support this phrase has offered to my struggle to heal and accept myself.

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2019 Sacred Fire is warming up: Come join us!

Mark your calendars, extend invitations to family and friends, make your travel plans! Fire Speaks and Light up Your Heart events are coming to Santa Monica and Mt. Tamalpais (CA, USA) in March, Asheville (NC, USA) in May and County Galway (Ireland) in June. In addition, Sacred Fire is hosting a Lifecycle Living exploration in Alice Springs (Australia) and a Ukalai Gathering for Women at the Blue Deer Center (NY, USA), both in March. Two more opportunities for Ukilái Annual Gathering of Men are also on the horizon: in Scotland in April and Utah in May. Do you feel called? We hope you will join us.

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Around the Fire

Around the Fire is the newsletter of the Sacred Fire Community and is published once or twice a month as needed.

If you’re new to Sacred Fire, here are three ways to learn more:

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Around the Fire is published by the Sacred Fire Outreach team:

Director
Bill Sutton

Editorial Team
Christine Staub, lead
Erin Everett
Jonathan Merritt

Web Publisher
Britt Espinosa

Graphic Design
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Social Media
Erin Everett, lead
Abigail Murray-Nikkel

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Linda Felch

Event Support
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Chris Griffin

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