What’s It Gonna Take to Walk Your Talk and Live the Dream? (Walkin' On Fire...)
Walking the edge, walking on fire...walkin' with the Fire.
In a few hours I’m gonna be walking on fire for real. (With David Elliott and a group of magical people, we’re going to walk on fire together.) David talks about his approach to this sacred rite of passage here.
Why am I doing this?
Well, I always loved the idea of a fire walker, and I’ve been on my own mythic Firewalk path for years since I took the path of a man who would not give up his dignity and self-respect for a life and a job that didn’t synch with his highest vision.
But now, it's time to be a fire walker for real, to walk the talk, and see if I can burn off any leftover residual bullsh*t from a life that wasn't my own.
I've loved fire for a long time -- its power, its beauty, its transformative energy -- and I've been working with it deeply for about ten years. When I began preparing to launch the first Fire of Love Experience from Costa Rica in late summer of 2012, I began to really learn how hot that fire could burn when I let it into my work, and started sharing the power of this fire in the Soul.
Since then, my life and work has only gotten richer and deeper (and hotter). It’s been hot, in the best sense, and sometimes in the most uncomfortable sense. Like burning hot coals hot — the hot that makes you sweat, and makes you burn.
And now I’m living that truth, living that dream, and still pushing myself to understand the energy of this fire, and keep the fire burning in me. And as much as it keeps me up at night sometimes, and as much as it makes me sweat, it's what really keeps me going in the end.
It makes me laugh, it makes me sing -- sometimes it makes me cry -- it prompts me to throw my hands in the air and say Dear GOD why me?!!!
Why do all this work, and push myself so hard that sometimes I’d rather be dead than face the demons that throw themselves at me when I push my ass on the line.
And then, I hear some things from my friends and fellow Firewalkers that inspire me to go on. Things like:
Within a week after your workshop I found a job that is the perfect job for me at exactly this time. Financial blocks in my life began to dissolve, as well as blocks in my interpersonal relationships. The bitterness that was collecting inside immediately burned to ash and blew away in the winds of change. Things in my life are still transforming with such speed and clarity that I know the fire that you helped me spark is still burning bright!"
And I remember,
'Oh yeah, I was put here for a reason! It’s gonna be hard and hot and burn like hell. It’s gonna make me bleed, and yeah, it's gonna push me to my edges...'
And that’s OK, because I don’t want to waste my precious time.
I don’t want to live a life that’s wasted time.
Borrowed time, maybe. Hallowed time. Loved and lived and well-worn time. A battle for the good fight.
I want to go out knowing that I did my best for the people I love, and for the life that matters to me — a life that's well lived and well-worn. A life that means something to me.
You think the people who work their asses off to make something of themselves…who put everything on the line for what they dream of, and fall down a thousand times hard. And then 1,001 times later they succeed — you think they just got lucky? I don’t think so. Maybe one in a million just got lucky.
The rest of us, we’ve worked for what we believed in. Working long and fighting hard for it, and we earn each little victory along the way. And that's the best reward.
Then one day, you wake up, and it worked. The thing you dreamed of, it’s making some traction, it’s changing some lives, it’s waking people the f*ck up. Not everyone in the world of course -- not #1 New York Times Bestseller level yet -- but it’s working. Something good...something big is happening.
Something’s happening. Something that matters...and I had a hand in that!
That’s one of the best feelings in the world. Almost nothing better I've felt. And it's a hard-earned privilege.
Bringing the Rain? You gotta work for it. And like I said, sometimes you've gotta bleed for it.
I’m ready to bleed, and ready to burn. I’ve been in hospitals, in riots, in little heavens, heavenly dumpsters, lost paradises, and of course the battlefield of Corporate America. I know what it means to get sucked into the system, and later to be shot out of the end of the cannon and crushed like cannon fodder into a million little pieces, thorns under your fingernails, and then fingernails ripped off. I know all that. Maybe you do too.
For me, I just want to live, and I want to BE. Free to be. Be someone whose life was worth a damn. Not just because he loved the people in his life and would gladly take a bullet for the ones he loved, but because he really valued his great gift, the gift of a keen, strong, utterly unique human life enough to stand up for what mattered to him, and make something out of it.
To die a thousand deaths so he could live the one life worth living. The life of his greatest destiny. A destiny he chose when he came into his life, and when he was 30-something years old and decided he wasn't going to let life push him around anymore, but he was going take a stand for what matters, and start carving out a life in greater partnership with the Universe.
So, that’s the deal.
Are you big enough in your Spirit to handle it?
Brave and open hearted enough to do something about it?
Are you willing to do the work, the real work to get to know yourself better on all the levels of your existence -- physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, energetic -- to see your destiny and your path, and let it burn strong enough to wake yourself up to living the life that you dreamed of so many years ago?
The life of greatness that you saw so clearly in your mind's eye when you were young and brave and naive as could be?
It’s not about “doing something that matters” and “getting shit done.” It’s about waking up to the Fire of your Spirit, and letting it burn hot inside you. Burn so hot that it burns the sh*t away, turns the resistance and fear and doubt to cinders, and kindles your heart's gentle murmur to a lion's roar, served up on the platter of your soul.
Walking right into the fire with the Soulfire roar of a lion. Heart on fire, doing whatever it takes to bring that fiery roar right into the world, no matter what might happen, no matter how or wild it might burn.
‘Cause you don’t know what’s gonna happen. You just don’t know what dreams you're going to ignite with your fire, what souls will be set free by you and your burning heels of love. You just don’t know. And, when it's tempered with your great Love, and with the care of someone who honors and respects and loves the fire, it's gonna be a good fire your making in the long haul.
And that’s the brilliant, beautiful, surprising, awakening, soul-fire fueling truth.
Are you ready to bleed, and ready to burn for your dream, for your vision, for the life and the world you envision in your highest vision?
Are you up for the challenge? (I'm feeling pretty good and ready now.) ;)
What’s it take to live your dream...? Yeah, pretty much everything you've got. What else? Why not? Are you waiting for permission to jump? 'Cause no-one's take that leap into your new life, but you. Or, you can keep waiting for smoke signals.
I'll be sending you some of that from out here in New Mexico. Look for the kindling hot fire in your soul, and let's do this thing. :)
Fire walk with me…
Together we Rise.