Fire Ceremony

Many of us are mesmerized by fire, and as we spiritually mature, we must ask why. Fire ceremonies are the center of all spiritual practices and common among all ancient and native cultures. The Fire represents God, as it has the spiritual quality of light, and the gross quality of heat.. When performed a fire ceremony is utilized to help put people in a trance so to better be able to go into the mystical state, no different than candle flame meditations, but on a much more powerful level.

A fire ceremony is the most powerfully transformative of all rituals.Fire ceremonies are elaborate and powerful. The effects may not be fully realized for days or months Each fire ceremony offers us the opportunity to use the source of all light to amplify our intentions and oblations. The divine lives in the fire. The ritual feeds and nurtures her. As one teacher puts it “fire is living spirit, not a symbol of God but God herself.”

Agni Hota

During a Fire Ceremony we invoke the four directions, ancestors, the mother nature, the Great spirit of the fire. This ceremony offers a cleansing of your energy field and karmic patterns of long pending issues.

THE FIRE CEREMONY… A fire ceremony is a practice that is usually performed every full moon & new moon or a auspicious day(like a holy day, or celebration). You do not have to wait for a certain moon in order to do a fire ceremony. Fire Ceremonies are wonderful during a New Moon, when you want to introduce newness into your Life. This ritual is easy, simple and an awe-inspiring event. The Fire ceremony supports us in releasing limitations that are holding us back from living life in our highest potential, to share our gifts, passion, Joy and the wisdom that resides within each of us. Fire ceremonies during the New Moon done with friends in the backyard in a dugout pit in the ground in order to build a safe fire. Also you could use used a large clay pot, a campfire, a bonfire or an old barbecue grill. Often a fire ceremony is used to faciltate other rituals and celebrations like the Ajah opening Rite or a reasoning(Ganja ritual)… Fire ceremonies are major events, lasting from 2-4 hours to all night, it has no fixed time. It begins with the invocation of the four directions, the Deities , the one Ajah, places in nature, the elements and, sometimes, every conceivable spirit guide in the universe, regardless of faith, culture or location. Sometimes the tone of the ceremony is somber, other times it may be fun-filled and light. This depends on who is the ceremonial leader, the group of participants and the intention for the ceremony.

YOU WILL NEED ANY OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING

inka fire ceremony

A fire pit or fire place where you can safely burn a fire. A barbecue pit or fireproof pot works well too. If you live in an apartment, it is best to find a place outdoors where you can safely burn a fire. A bucket filled with water or a water hose to put the fire out after the ceremony. Items such as a drawing, picture or written intentions that you would like to release from your past. Anything else that you feel would serve you that need to be released. As is custom – sage, sweetgrass or tobacco is burned along with the past, which is given as an offering. When the smoke rises up into the ethers and is carried away to God there should be a quiet or meditative break in order to embrace a new awareness of transformation in your life. It is also symbolic that you can offer up a bit of food you wanted and only ate half of so that you could offer the other half in thanks. HOW A FIRE CEREMONY PERFORMED

Before coming to the fire circle, create an offering out of burnable materials, typically a small stick. This “spirit arrow” can represent an issue or something that needs to be honored in order for you to let go of it. The offering serves to focus one’s attention in active meditation. The object can be decorated or left as is. Connect with what you are honoring, releasing, the Blessings in your life, or what you are envisioning into being. Using your breath, blow this intention or prayer into the offering several times. Each bring something to burn that we would like to rid from our past (in Full Moon) or a prayer request of something new (in New Moon), that will burn, turn to smoke and release into the ethers. This allows the past energy to move along to its highest spiritual progression path and the new prayer request to move along to its highest spiritual progression path. We may bring pictures, drawings, or intentions written on a piece of paper for the past or the newness. For the past, after we have burned and released it, then we have something prepared that is written down on a clean sheet of paper. This would be something new that we would like to call forth from God. For the newness, the prayer request is then burned and released into the ethers thereby replacing the past. We form a circle around the fire and one by one we call in support from Divine Sources that give us peace. E.g. – Ajah, God, Shiva, Kali, Krishna Jesus, Creator, the Blessed Virgin Mother, Spirit, the Universe, the Archangels, the Saints that we may feel closest to, Guardian Angels, etc. We start with a prayer, and end with a prayer that is coupled with thanksgiving that our prayers and intentions have already been answered. Keep in mind, no one is obligated to speak during a Fire Ceremony. Anyone can participate without stating what they are releasing or calling forth. After we have called in our Divine Source we place into the fire our pictures, drawings and intended release of the past. Once these things have burned to smoke and ash, we then place into the fire what we have written on clean sheet of paper. This would be what we desire to replace those old energies with and call in new. The things we address from our past or call into our future can be shared with the group or kept to ourselves as we go through the Fire Ceremony.

CELEBRATION, You can sing, dance and enjoy yourself. Experience a feeling of thanksgiving that your prayers are already answered. This is a time of celebration. Every Divine Source you called in is present, so give thanks and believe you have already received.

Japanese fire ceremony

FIRE MANTRAS

I offer this oblation to Agni, ruler of the earthly region. (bhuh)
I offer this oblation to Vayu, governing the atmosphere. (bhuvah)
I offer this oblation to Surya, light of the heavenly region. (svha)
I offer this oblation to Prajapati, Cosmic Conciousness,
Lord of the terrestrial, atmospheric and celestial planes.
This offering is not for my benefit alone, but for the welfare of all.
SVAHA – the sacred sound uttered as the oblation is offered to the fire, representing the union between the individual and the universal consciousness.

Maha-Mrtyunjaya Mantra – The Great Death – Conquering Mantra
We meditate on Supreme Consciousness in the form of Shiva, with the third eye of inner vision, who is the object of devotion and the source of all growth and nourishment.
May we be released peacefully from bondage and suffering, as the ripe fruit is released from the vine. May we be free from the idea of death, but never from immortality!

Guru Mantra – Salutations to that inner Guru, the inner guiding light, which is never-ending bliss, the giver of supreme happiness, one-without-a-second, the pulsation of Consciousness, beyond dualism, beyond subject and object; which is like blue sky and is indicated by such statements as “Thou art That” and “I and my Father are one,” and which is the final aim of life; one, eternal, pure, without pollution, all the time with you, the witness of all wisdom, beyond all states of being and beyond the three gunas – sattva, rajas, tamas, electronic, protonic and neutronic forces. I bow to that inner Guru.

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