Finally, The Truth About Firewalking – part one 17


 Finally, The Truth About Firewalking – part one

(9/30 of my 30 day blogging challenge)

 

What The Firewalk Experts Say

Now would be a good time to point out that, in the world of fire walking, I’m a relative newbie – so it could well be that the firewalk experts are sitting there, rolling their eyes, thinking ‘what is this whipper-snapper going to say?’, but ever since I qualified as a firewalk instructor (I like to think of myself as a facilitator, actually) I’ve been fascinated by differing people’s responses.  As part of my blogging challenge I’m going to write two blogs with this title, the second will be a bit more about my personal journey across hot coals, but for today I’m going to be looking at some of the facts, and fictions, that surround firewalking. Firewalk, firewalking Some Simple Facts Hot coals are hot – 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit hot  Although firewalking had been used historically for religious tests of faith, and rites of passage, firewalking doesn’t ‘belong to’, or represent any one faith or beliefs system, any more than something like drumming does. Several scientific theories have been put forward to try to explain firewalking, but none have offered conclusive proof.  The conductivity theory is the most popular, but doesn’t address all aspects of firewalking, especially how advanced firewalkers can stand on hot coal beds for minutes at a time.  The American TV show Mythbusters claimed that the conductivity theory explained firewalking – yet their own host was badly burned on both feet when he attempted to walk without the supervision of a qualified F.I.R.E. instructor.

 Why Firewalk?

There are loads of reasons I could give you to firewalk – heighten self-confidence, build self-esteem, motivate change, breakthrough fear, gain focus, halt self-sabotaging behavior……… the list could go on.  But what do others say? You don’t have to dig around too deeply on the internet before you start finding articles like this, that tell the stories of people who have suffered from illnesses such as depression, that find firewalking offers a life defining experience that leads them to make statements like ‘ I’ve walked across burning coals and broken glass – I know I can beat depression too.’ Kathy O’Connell, a women with cerebral palsy, had such a profound, life-enhancing experience when she firewalked that she went on to write a book about it, hoping others would benefit from her experience too, encouraging others with disabilities to live life to the full.

The Final Word

I’ve spoken to quite a few people over the last year of so who have turned around to me when I’ve mentioned firewalking who have exclaimed, ‘I would never do that’, but funnily enough I’ve not met one person who has previously firewalked who has said they would not do it again…….. So how about you?  Does the idea of firewalking float your boat, or scare you to pieces?  Is it something you’ve done, or you’d love to try?  If you’d like to be kept up-to-date with any events we have going or that could give you the opportunity to step into your own power with exercises like firewalking feel free to sign up to our monthly newsletter to be kept in the loop using the box on your right on your pc, or below on your phone.

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17 thoughts on “Finally, The Truth About Firewalking – part one

    • Lottie Moore Post author

      Thanks Jenny! I believe in walking my talk, and enabling others to experience transformation, rather than just talking to them about it 🙂

  • Gershon

    This is so interesting! When I road walk in temperatures over 100 degrees, the surface of the road is over 200 degrees and the air temperature around me is about 140 degrees. I never notice it. I wonder if it’s the same thing?

    I’d like to try this some day.

    Gershon

  • Ed

    We did that firewalk too here in the Philippines with guidanceof John Calub a firewalker graduate of Tolly Burkan. Nothing is impossible. It’s an amazing experience.

    • Lottie Moore Post author

      Well done Ed, amazing! I trained here in the uk, but I’d love the opportunity to go out to the us and work with Tolly sometime

    • Lottie Moore Post author

      Thanks for the opportunity Ruby – if the opportunity to attend a fire walk arises I would certainly recommend going along 🙂

  • Ros Kitson

    Firewalking is a strange thing for me. As someone involved heavily in healing and personal development, I’m probably exactly the sort of person who would have either done one or be keen to do one. However I’m not at all keen. I’d admit I’m slightly intrigued, but I just feel it’s somewhere I don’t want to go. I was quite badly burnt once – maybe this is underlying it. Either way, time will tell whether I ever embrace this activity. Meanwhile I’m interested to note whenever the subject pops up in my life. 🙂

    • Lottie Moore Post author

      Hi Ros – yes, I’m sure from your work you probably know that it’s past experiences and how our RAS becomes programmed, that holds us back from trying new things.
      I would really recommend firewalking to help you overcome that inner fear – but you have to do it at a time you’re ready.

  • Joanne Reeves-Baker

    I love it, mind over matter. As a lecturer in hypnotherapist understanding the power of the mind is key, I know of untrained hypnotherapists who have caused damage, for example creating the image of a day at the beach, and the client getting actual sunburn. Personally I think it is the interaction between the mind, the omnipotent brain and individual cellular memory. Which can create these ‘miracles’. We are more amazing machines than can ever be believed.

    • Lottie Moore Post author

      We are amazing aren’t we Joanne! It’s a combination of so many things that allows us to walk on hot coals – but most of all it’s the tenacitiy to step into the fear and do it anyway

  • Sarupa Shah

    \it’s a funny one for me – I can see why one would do it…yet for me don’t know. Did see a really funny episode of Benidorm last night where the character played by Johnny Vegas was fire walking – it ended not so good – although it is a comedy show…so it had to be a comedy moment … I suspect one day I will….and maybe that one day will be sooner than I know 😀

    • Lottie Moore Post author

      It’s a really funny thing at events Sarupa, where I see people come along fairly adament that they are not going to walk on the coals – they often have funny little anedotes (like the Benidorm episode) to share too……. They are also the ones that are at the front of the queue with their trousers rolled up when the moment arises!
      I think your time may come sooner than you think 😉

  • Rosemary Cunningham

    When is part two Lottie? Can’t wait to read more….

    I’ve fire walked three times… Always at UPW with Tony Robbins and 8000 other people.
    I just didn’t get it.. It was almost too easy, especially the first time. I’d love to do it again now, ten years and a lot of life behind me and a bigger faith and openness in me.

    That guys feet… I couldn’t hear the video but his body gestures were enough. The “state” is key.. I certainly never got burnt and it took a few attempts and a lot of encouragement and Tony Robbins to get me to wak forward chanting “cool moss”. I still have my I’m a fire walker cap somewhere!

    So, get writing.. I’m awaiting part two.

    Rosemary x