Fire walk your way to wellness
AS YOU HUDDLE round the warming glow of a bonfire this month, look into the roaring flames and ask yourself – would you ever be brave enough to walk over its hot embers?
You might if you knew about the healing power of fire walking!
The oldest recorded fire walk dates back 4,000 years to India, while North American Indians and the bushmen of Africa have also used this ancient practice for centuries, often during religious ceremonies and rites of passage.
Fire walks are held throughout the year at Lendrick Lodge Holistic Retreat and Spiritual Centre in Stirlingshire and one of their leading teachers is Victoria Mulhearn, who did her first fire walk 18 years ago.
Victoria has her own theory on why walking over hot coals, that reach temperatures of 1200F, can be so transformative.
‘Energy, or Qi, flows through our meridians and chakra system just like blood flowing through our veins,’ she says. ‘Energy can become stagnated through fear, illness, anxiety and stress and, as we fire walk, we bring up this healing energy from the fire through our feet and through our reflexology points. This energy then moves up through our meridians, nourishing our body and helping dissolve stagnant Qi.’
Victoria reassures anyone who might feel scared about fire walking, to give it a try. ‘Of course, it’s real fire and there’s a risk, yet when we are held in this sacred energy of tradition and ceremony we can find the courage.’
But if you’re not ready to take the plunge, there are other ways to channel the healing energy of fire.
Plants associated with fire include nettles, rosemary and ginger, all of which can be made into herbal teas.
Carry a piece of red thread with you and, when you are feeling stressed or anxious, tie it around your wrist to bring calm and focus.
After a long, hard day, burn a stick of amber, cinnamon or frangipani incense, all scents associated with fire, to help cleanse and heal your tired mind, body and spirit.
To find out more about fire walking events at Lendrick Lodge visit lendricklodge.com
Blaze a trail to kick start your qi and feel fabulous