Come, Fire Drink with Me, Baby!
Photo by Wili HybridÂ
AÂ few weeks ago, I felt pressed to ask Kelley Harrell,Â,Â to make a shamanic journey for me. I had some healing issues that needed to be addressed in a different sort of way.
I was intrigued with the report she made back to me, and Iâ€™m still digesting the meaning and the imagery she spoke of. One of the messages my guides had for me was to find a way to emulate drinking fire as they had on this particular journey with Kelley. How does one â€œdrink fireâ€ ritually? I was sure there had to be a way. Fire is such a powerful symbol, and the only fire I have in my chart is Leo in Uranus.
I knew about fire-walking, and not from â€œTwin Peaksâ€ either! Years ago, I attended a motivational marketing seminar led by Jay Abraham. Enough of the class had just attended a Tony Robbins workshop that included walking across hot coals (what a great initiation!) to get a flavor for Robbinsâ€™ technique. Some of the graduates had been so powerfully moved by the fire-walking experience that theyâ€™d had their names legally changed to â€œFire-walker.â€ Others explained the secret to walking on hot coals without getting burned, though they hadnâ€™t known the secret until theyâ€™d walked the coals. Considering how I love the go barefoot, I wondered how Iâ€™d do in that kind of ritual, but itâ€™s not quite the fire-drinking I need.
Still, I thought, there had to be something symbolic of fire-drinking over all these thousands of years. So I asked a few friends.
â€œIâ€™d use vodka,â€ Maggie Shayne,, joked with me, â€œbut thatâ€™s just me.â€
Okay, yes, Iâ€™d thought about whisky, which had been called â€œfire-water.â€ Iâ€™d thought about a spicy Australian wine, too. But alcoholâ€™s not something I want to indulge on a (possibly) nightly basis.Several other friends suggested cinnamon tea, which I love, capsicum tablets, and a few other very worthy ideas.
Dancing. Thatâ€™s right. And how long has it been since I went dancing? Not counting with the gay cover models at the Romantic Times convention?
Gail continued, â€œThatâ€™s what my gut tells me is that you need to dance with fire, dance fire, absorb fire into your beingâ€”dance it in, drink the fire in the form of taking it into your body.â€
She offered some specific advice, then told me to remember that fire is passion, persistence, courage, creativity, play, salsa, phoenix, dragon, instinctual, moving, living energy. Wow. Amen, sister!
â€œYou need to let go of your intellect and let the fire move into you.â€
Yeah, I think Iâ€™ve heard that before. Several times. And itâ€™s advice Iâ€™ve never taken before.
â€œPull in the fire energy through your mouth,â€ Gail told me. â€œLet it course through your systems and then dance. You can also dance like you were the phoenix. Take a big slurpy gulp (literally and symbolically) and dance. Dance till you sweat.â€
Then she said something else I really liked: â€œDrinking fire is opening up to the ecstatic witch that you are, a no-holds-barred-take-no-prisoners-sweaty-strong-firey-spicey-drink-of-fire-embodiment.â€
Iâ€™m grinning at the thought of it. Okay, so Iâ€™m not so sure about doing the big slurpy phoenix thingâ€¦.I was thinking a bit more sensualâ€¦but Iâ€™m looking forward to rubbing a couple of sticks together and taking a swig of whatever it is Gailâ€™s been drinking.Â