My original plan was to go camping in Skye with my friends over the Summer Solstice weekend. We all booked the Friday and Monday off work to enjoy a long weekend camping and jumping in the Faerie Pools. I bottled it. The weather forecast for Skye was just rain, rain and even more rain. I like rain, and I enjoy listening to it when I’m in a tent, but the forecast made it look like it would be pouring the whole time, and I don’t enjoy traipsing mud over my sleeping area. Basically, I’m a wimp! Slight chance of rain – fine. High chance- not so fine!
Rather than give up our holidays we decided to make the most of our time of together. On Friday Michelle, Kaia and I drove to the Falls of Falloch for a swim, and to check out the reportedly amazing jumps. The water was freezing, but it was good fun. And the sun came out! We went back on the Sunday with more people, and I took the plunge and jumped in.
On the Saturday night some of us went to a Holistic Retreat and Spiritual Centre to take part in their Midsummers Firewalk. Kaia loves this place and has taken part in lots of courses; I’ve only been up as a kitchen volunteer.
We listened to our mentor about the history of fire walking, a shamanic ritual that dates back before many religions. The website of the Lodge says this about firewalking:
Over the last two decades Firewalking has helped manifest healing, joy, love and empowerment to thousands of people worldwide. The firewalk ritual is life-changing for most people – a very personal experience with extremely positive effects in the short and long-term.
The short-term effects of Firewalking include
deep healing through the magic of the fire
overcoming fears and limiting beliefs
the energy to live in the now, and start creating the life you desire today
awakening the power to manifest your dreams
a greater connection with the Earth and her elements
expanding your current level of awareness
celebrating a very special night, in a circle of equally empowered fellow journeyers
As we sat in our circle at the beginning of the night I thought about what I was leaving behind and what I was moving towards in my life. I wanted to leave behind self-doubt, and move towards it counter characteristics, self belief and confidence. When it came to my turn to introduce myself and tell the circle what I was moving towards, I felt nervous and emotional. We hadn’t even started our ritual yet!
I’m not going to write a blow-by-blow encounter of the whole night as I doubt I could do it justice and lots of what happened was personal to me. Lets just say, I was moved beyond words and I challenged myself within the group setting before the firewalk and during.
Marco and I held hands and walked through the fire together for our first time. I also walked through holding hands with Kaia, Alan and Pappi P, and once by myself for myself. Everyone clapped and danced as we walked, a bag piper piped and every one rejoiced and celebrated. The energy was terrific. I feel lucky to have shared such an eye opening experience with my friends who were there, and the strangers who became my friends during the night. We all shared something amazing; our dreams!
I was quiet and reflective on our journey home, as it was a lot to take in. Whenever I delve into a situation like that my own emotions amaze/terrify me. I constantly strive towards new experiences and to a ‘better’ me, yet when I get into a particular situation I get over whelmed. Crazy.
Over the weekend I broke an arrow with the wee dent above my collar-bone. I walked through fire. I jumped off a pretty high ledge into water. I kicked ass!
‘she dances in a ring of fire and throws off the challenge with a shrug’ – Jim Morrison
I only jumped in once (one step at a time..) and I love how Marco held my hand for that experience too 🙂