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Sacred Fire Community of East Tennessee Pages

The Sacred Fire Community is a global network of people bringing a sense of the sacred back into our world. Operating locally through gatherings in the presence of Fire, we learn, grow and open to the Great Mystery in which we all participate.

Why Fire?
The element of Fire is the essence of our hearts, the source of spiritual connection and compassion. Acknowledged throughout humanity's history, Fire holds our deepest knowing and wisdom, and awakens our personal relationship with the Divine.

Why Fire Now?
In these times of uncertainty and rapid change, it is common to feel increasingly disconnected from ourselves, each other, and the world. As the energy of transformation, Fire is a primordial healing presence in our lives. In the natural world, Fire burns away deadwood and decay, allowing forests to be reborn into lushness. Likewise, our hearts long to burn away fear and worn-out patterns, allowing us us a fresh start in rebuilding life-sustaining connections.

Learn more about the Sacred Fire Community at http://www.sacredfire....

The East Tennessee Hamlet
The East Tennessee Hamlet is just one of many Fire Communities around the world offering monthly Community Fires. These local Fire Hamlets are where people gather together in the presence of Fire to engage in one of humanity's oldest traditions.

Overseen by initiated Firekeepers who receive continuing education and training in how to hold sacred space, Community Fires are created and sustained by all who are present. The spontaneity and inspiration that arise at Fires give birth to personal and group transformation and benefit the community and our world.

Our growing number of initiated Firekeepers hold monthly Fires in many countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, Colombia, Canada, and the United States.

Experiencing Fire in community, we discover something ancient and familiar. As humans, we're social creature who thrive in community. But for many of us, the idea of participating in community brings up fear that we will not be accepted for who we are or that we will be asked to become something we're not.

Fire gives birth to deep, authentic community.

Burning away our fear and preconception, we discover that the natural expression of who we are is sacred, endowed with unique gifts, and is inseparable from our relationship with others. We remember how essential community is to our spiritual growth and how it can support us through life's changes and challenges.

Community Fires bring forth warmth and connections, are sometimes messy, and are very human. They provide a vehicle for learning nad engagement and are open to anyone regardless of spiritual affiliation.

Every person has a place around the Fire.

Grandfather Fires

The elemental force of Fire has played a key role in the original traditions of all cultures, bearing names such as Agni (India), Vidcan (Rome), Pele (Hawaii), Hephaestus (Greek), Zhu Rong (China), and Svarog (Baltic States). In the Huichol tradition, Fire is known as Tatewari, or "Grandfather Fire," a name common to the native traditions of the Americas.

In the original traditions, particularly when guidance is urgently needed, an individual is chosen by Spirit in order to be heard clearly and help the community. For example, in Tibet, such a person is called kuten (like the Nechung Oracle of the Dalai Lama) and in the Huichol tradition, axihuatakame ('spirit-speaker man').

At Grandfather Fire events, Don David Wiley offers his body to the Spirit of Fire, allowing Tatewari to hold audience. During the audience, attendees can ask questions and experience Grandfather Fire's vast perspective, compassionate wisdom, and wry humor.


The Sacred Fire Community provides gateways for Learning, Living, Engagement, and Experiencing Deep Connection once again.

Our lives are a continuous series of cycles, stages, and transitions. Each is an opportunity for growth and discovery, and each unfolds based on what was accomplished or neglected before.

In the time of our ancestors - who were deeply connected to nature - people were commonly initiated, taught, and guided through this process of living. These intentional rites have been almost forgotten in most modern cultures.

Lifeways is a series of programs that offers support and guidance for individuals and families to appreciate each stage of life and fulfill its tasks with joy. Lifeways programs help actualize a vision of a world where we are deeply connected to the community of humanity and nature - throughout our lives.

Learn more at http://sacredfirecomm...

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About Sacred Fire Community of East Tennessee October 24, 2013 3:21 PM anonymous

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Founded Jan 12, 2013

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