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Part 4: Firekeepers, I Love You for your mistakes, your sacrifice, and your learning

Firekeepers, I Love You: Part 4 of 9

Who do you know who is good at making mistakes? Do you know people who put their community before themselves or value life-long learning? In her fourth podcast, Erin Everett, who attends Sacred Fire community fires, shares her experience of these qualities in the Firekeepers she knows. Check out the rest of her “Firekeepers, I Love You” series to learn even more about what it’s like spending time around the fire with Sacred Fire Firekeepers, trained and initiated space-holders who provide a precious gathering-place for their communities month after month and year after year.

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Sacred Fire Outreach: Interested in joining our team?

The Sacred Fire Outreach production team is tight-knit and devoted to the work at hand, which is to extend the invitation for modern human beings to come to the fire once again. We love it, and you will, too! Do you want to help people get off the computer and TV and experience the laughter, sharing, transformation and healing medicine of Fire?

Right now, we have two specific needs: 1) Transcriptionist: someone who is willing to take video and audio content and transcribe to text, so we can use elements of that for written work. 2) Fire Story Content Manager: ideal for someone who likes to engage with people creatively. This is a fun role for someone organized, dedicated, and great at seeing a project through from start to finish. You will get to reach out and ask people to talk about how they have been touched and changed by community fires and Sacred Fire’s other fiery offerings, working with them to bring their short Fire Stories to completion.

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Registration Open for Fire Speaks in Harvard, MA

Sacred Fire Concord is delighted to announce that registration is now open for the August 24 Fire Speaks in Harvard, MA (USA), which they will be hosting. The event will be held on a beautiful farm, amidst an organic orchard and sculpture garden. The land there has been honored and used for ceremonial purpose for years; both the land and its caretakers are offering a big welcome to the Sacred Fire Community.

It is also not too late to register for the July 27 Olympia, WA (USA) Fire Speaks. All Fire Speaks events are family friendly and good for the soul!

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Becoming an Adult in Today’s World

An interview with Sacred Fire attendee Olivia Woodford.

We asked Olivia Woodford to share some words of wisdom about the human journey, as it relates in particular to finding purpose and direction in life. In this interview, Olivia also speaks to her relationship with the Sacred Fire community, and how this helps her stay on the path of Heart.

Olivia, can you share with our readers, what is your compass in life?
I think my compass in life is, “Do I feel good?” And feeling good doesn’t necessarily mean being happy or even necessarily being relaxed, but I can feel when I am aligned. When I’m aligned, it’s like everything begins to move, or I feel like I am getting carried or being held, and so when I am aligned, I feel I am moving in relationship with life.  And so I look for that alignment.

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Lifecycle Living: The Next Phase of Becoming

By Jen Collins, Assistant Director, Lifeways

Over the past two years, Sacred Fire Community Lifeways has brought 12 Life Cycle Living presentations to the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. Thank you to all who have attended and contributed so many thoughtful ideas infused with energy and heart! What you have given us is rich and full of life.

Soon our team will use all this juicy data to sift, sort, debate and dream into a 5-YEAR plan for new Lifeways offerings! If you came to a Life Cycle Living presentation, you know that re-discovering this experiential way of living in alignment with the cycles of nature and human life can be an exciting journey of learning.

We will update you on how our meetings go and how we intend to see this vision through for generations to come. Wish us luck and good planning!!

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Standing in the Mystery, Bringing Forth New Life

Sacred initiation is a doorway for a young person to become an adult, plain and simple. If done in a good way, a person participating in this ritual will be truly transformed; they will never go back to being the same person they were before. What is it like for an initiate, moving forward into the world as an adult? In 2017, Cassandra Starks of Grand Junction, Colorado, USA stepped through the doorway of Sacred Fire Community’s young women’s initiation, called Sacred Emergence. She is now entering yet another phase of life: she is recently married and is becoming a mother! We caught up with her to ask a few questions.

Sacred Fire: Cassandra, who were you before initiation and what have you become because of it?

Cassandra: I don’t think much changed visibly on the outside after Sacred Emergence. I wore the same clothes, my hair, eyes and skin color were still the same. I didn’t lose or gain any weight. I looked the same. And yet I felt completely different. Something drastic within myself had shifted. I finally felt connected to myself in a way that I never was before. I had gained greater understanding of my values, gifts and passions, an incredible appreciation of what it truly means to be a woman, and was empowered by my emotions and feelings, rather than simply trying to avoid them. Showered with the love, support, wisdom and guidance of women, I began to grow a new understanding of myself and how to be in relationship with others and with the world as a human being.

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Summer is heating up!

The summer of 2019 is heating up in the best possible way and we have the gift of Grandfather Fire’s presence to thank for that. One more Fire Speaks event, to be hosted by the Concord, MA (USA) community has been added to the line-up on August 24. In addition, the precious and time-limited opportunity to receive guidance in this way will be available in Galway, Ireland June 14-16, and in Olympia, WA (USA) July 27. As important on these occasions is the truly warm-hearted, authentic and unique experience of welcome that is created by the respective host communities.

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Share Your Gifts, Make a Difference

Are you wondering how you can bring your gifts forward to make the most difference and help the most people?

As the Director of Events for Sacred Fire, I have learned a lot about how to create community, be inclusive and serve others. And I’ve also learned, more hands really do make lighter (and more fun) work!

Do you feel called to a relationship with Fire?
Are you detailed oriented and organized?
Do you love to work with a variety of people worldwide?
Do you have skills or interest in getting the word out through social media and promotion?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I invite you to accept this invitation to make an important difference in the world: Join the Sacred Fire Events Team.

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Prosperity Ritual June 3

For a healthy community, prosperity is about far more than money in the bank. It expresses itself as the deep satisfaction of working with others on a common cause, and of seeing talents and efforts received with gratitude. It is about building relationships that develop into deep friendships, those that can weather storms even in times of need. It is also about having the wisdom and support we need to blossom fully into who we are meant to be, and in turn, to provide a way of living that ensures these opportunities will continue for the generations that follow.

On June 3rd, Sacred Fire will participate in the seventh cycle of a Prosperity Ritual, held in Tepoztlán, Mexico. Sacred Corn will be planted and tended toward harvest and sharing in the fall. Through our prayers, we hope that many can discover Sacred Fire, and be enriched by–and also enrich–our growing international community. You are invited to light a candle starting at 11 am Eastern and join us in giving thanks for the great abundance that we have already been blessed with as a community, as well as gratitude for whatever abundance that you and your loved ones have received.

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The Doorway to Adulthood: Sacred Initiation in Our Twenty-first Century World

by the Sacred Fire editorial team

In our modern cultures that seem to worship eternal youth—that state of being that gives us permission to be in constant pursuit of our individual pleasure and enjoyment—what will it take to help us grow up?

In today’s world, becoming an adult might seem to be about hitting a well-recognized milestone like receiving a driver’s license, voting for the first time, or reaching legal age for drinking alcohol. For others, the moment of stepping into the workforce, becoming a parent, or making a major investment in home or career might seem the significant step. However, for traditional cultures (and that includes most of the villages of our great-great- or great-great-great-grandparents), becoming an adult was a sacred matter. Initiation into adulthood was a universal human practice, common to most societies, and it is still practiced by intact traditional cultures to this day.

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Part 3: Firekeepers, I Love You for Encouraging people to think together

Firekeepers, I Love You: Part 3 of 9

Have you sat around a Sacred Fire community fire? Many of you probably have, since they’re held every month in over 40 locations in 7 countries. Erin Everett has attended quite a few, and in her third podcast in this “Firekeepers, I Love You” series, she shares her appreciation to these dedicated volunteer space-holders training in the time-honored ways of Fire Work. They make this sacrifice so that we can gather around the fire as human beings have always done—to share, laugh, and to “think together” about our lives and our personal and shared challenges, supported by the timeless medicine of Fire.

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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

Web Publisher
Britt Espinosa

Graphic Design
Malowany Creative
Sylvia Law
Sally Casper

Social Media
Erin Everett, lead
Abigail Murray-Nikkel

Database Administrator
Linda Felch

Event Support
Heidi Griswold

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Chris Griffin

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