As I mentioned in my earlier blog (“On Being Deaf…and Pagan”), I am a certified Firewalking Instructor.
Now, you can imagine what happens when I go to Deaf Clubs or Deaf Events or whatever…
“So, Virginia – what do you do?” “I teach people how to walk on fire.”
“Huh??? Repeat that?” “I walk on fire, and I teach others how to do it as well.”
“Are you serious?” “Yeah.”
“ARE YOU CRAZY?!?!?!”
Welllllll…the jury is still out on that one!
Once I have convinced my audience that I truly do walk on fire (and teach others how to do it as well), then I get the laundry list of questions.
But the interesting thing I have noticed is how it seems the very first question they tend to ask is…
“IS IT HOT???” Well…yeah. (If you consider 1500 degrees hot, that is.)
This gets followed up by:
“Does it hurt???” NO
“Do you still have toes???” YES
“Have you ever slipped and fell and burned your butt???” NOT YET!!!
But of course, the biggest, most important, primary thing that people want to know is…
“WHY WOULD ANYONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WANT TO WALK ON FIRE?!?!?!”
This is a good question, and I’m not sure that I can come up with a good answer. It’s hard to explain the reasons behind wanting to walk on fire. The only thing I can say is that you really have to experience it for yourself to fully understand what it’s all about.
What I will say is that walking on fire can be one of the most empowering, transformative, enlightening experiences of your life. It can teach you a lot about yourself and about how to look at things from a new, different perspective.
When you take a firewalking workshop, you learn how to pay attention. You learn how to focus. You learn how to solve problems. You learn how to set up goals. You learn how to develop the process for achieving those goals. You learn how to expect the best. You learn how to plan for the worst. You learn how to go for it.
And when you have accomplished that goal, you learn how to celebrate. You learn how to feel good about yourself. You learning how to share that pride and joy with other people.
And you learn to recognize all the possibilities…and all the possible yous.
The bottom line is…it’s pretty damn tough to feel lousy about yourself after you’ve walked on fire.
Not convinced yet? Still don’t get it?
Okay…let’s see if I can explain it a bit further.
C’mon – let’s head on to the next page and we’ll discuss this whole firewalking thing a little bit more.
continued on “Deaf People Can Do Anything…even walk on fire!”