Recently, I saw on TV that Oprah Winfrey did Tony Robbins’ Firewalk. It reminded me that 12+ years ago, so did I. A lot has happened since that day – and suddenly I began thinking this was partly the reason for people telling me how strong I am under serious conditions.
Firewalking is the act of walking barefoot over a bed of hot embers or stones. To walk over fire – what a thought! My friend Polly B. invited me and another friend, Cathy W., to the Tony Robbins UPW (Unleash the Power Within) event where the Firewalk is offered. Firewalk: very scary thing to do one thinks in the comfort of your living room, safe at home. But I was intrigued and vastly curious. So I attended, thinking I’d watch others do their Firewalk. I considered the experience in those terms and I was fine with that.
When it came to the point in the seminar where Tony walked us over and showed us how they prepare by setting the fire and waiting until it burns down to red-hot embers, it only served to re-emphasize the scariness. Could people really train their minds to do it?
What is the point of doing a Firewalk anyway? The idea is that rather than just get a ton of theory in any book or DVD, you have to experience the challenge of facing something you believe you cannot do – something IMPOSSIBLE for you to do, and then face up to it and just go ahead and DO it. It teaches you to face your greatest fears, and all the other challenges in your life become easy by comparison!
Suddenly I felt like the only one insistent upon not doing the Firewalk. Now it was time and we ALL walked over to the site of those now red-hot embers and began to walk. We’d been told how to prepare, what to do and what to think. We had rehearsed mentally over and over again until it was memorized.
My friend Cathy walked first and completed the Firewalk with passion! When it was my turn the “coach” asked me if I wanted to do this. I said, “I’m not sure,” and began to tear up. I was petrified and yet felt something inside urging me to go ahead! The program coach reminded me what we had memorized. Told me that I could do this and it convinced me that I at least had to try. And I did. And the additional joy came as my friend, Polly B., was the one catching me at the end!
The take-away from this Firewalk provides life transforming tools to help push you through obstacles, achieve your goals, take consistent action on your ideas, and ultimately redefine and improve the quality of your entire life.
A heart-breaking tragedy in my life recently from the suicide of my husband made me aware that my life will never be the same again. The Firewalk also made me realize that I would never, ever be the same again! I just forgot about it for all these years. Oprah’s Firewalk reminded me that “I can live through this” and live my life with love and happiness, and achieve goals I also had forgotten. Or maybe, realign my goals to match my present day needs. I have the power within and I know how to use it to live my life with more passion, happiness and fulfillment than ever before! And I won’t settle for anything less.