Fire is transformational as it burns away and purifies. As the heavenly
purifying agent, it lightens and lessens the burdens of life as well as
enlightens and forges the molten silver of our spirit into the alchemic
gold of our soul. Mastery of fire is the realm of the shaman, the
mystic, the one that is the religious leader, sans the dogma and
doctrines of fear, par excellence.
Are you resisting? Are you holding on to something that needs
to be purified and let go? The following may help you heal and is a
Fire Releasing Ritual.
Prepare yourself as you would for a special ritual. Build the fire
ahead of time in a very respectful manner, in a spiritual way. Include
prayers while you are building the fire - ask the fire to take away
your hurt and help you release the past. Be sure to include this
statement as part of your prayers.
(You will need herbs or incense for smudging/purification, perfume
and/or scented oil, honey and olive oil for the fire, and a small piece
of wood for your release and forgiveness.)
Conduct this ritual at sundown. Open quarters call in Bridget
& Lugh. As the sun is setting, sit and be in silence. Do deep
and slow breathing to relax yourself and to put you in the present
moment. You may also invite one of your spiritual guardians to come and
join you for this ritual - you will know if one comes to be with you by
feeling its presence. Be in silent and focus on releasing the past
issue or situation - forgiving and letting go. During this time put a symbol or word(s) on
the piece of wood that expresses the past issue or situation, and also
a word or symbol that expresses your forgiveness. If you are not quite
sure what your past issue is, but you feel an emptiness, put a symbol
of this emptiness and a symbol or word of forgiveness on the piece of
Purify the area with herbs or incense, and do prayers asking for
release and forgiveness of your past issue, then light the fire, and
sit and wait. After the fire burns for a few minutes, with words of
offering, love and power pour some of the perfume/scented oil, honey
and the olive oil onto the fire as a gifting to the spirit of life and
the spirit of the fire.
Let the fire burn for a while. When you feel the time is right,
approach the fire. Just be in the moment and trust your heart, and you
will know the right time. Approach the fire accompanied by your
guardian if one is with you for this ritual. Kneel beside the fire, and
with total love, power, focus, and powerful intent, put your "past and
forgiveness" piece of wood into the fire. See and feel the release! If
you can put your hands near the fire, draw the healing and forgiving
heat into your hara chakra. Then draw the heat into your heart chakra.
And finally, draw the heat into your third-eye chakra. Bless, thank,
and love the fire, and this experience. Bless, thank, and love your
guardian if one is with you. Then return to your seat.
To end the ritual, approach the fire and offer a prayer of closure.
Thank the God & Goddess and close quarters Give the fire a
gifting of the honey and some of your smudging herbs or incense. Bless,
thank, and love this experience.
Joseph Campbell's "Primitive Mythology" in the "Masks of God" series is
well worth reading, as is Roger N. Walsh's "The Spirit of Shamanism"
and Frazer's "The Golden Bough".
* This ritual is a combination of the author's original ideas and information obtained from various books and/or internet sources.