Fire allows for rapid transformation in shifting our energy and in spiritual awakening. It provides the avenue to let go of the old story and drama, to transform, to renew and to be reborn. Through fire ceremony, you honour your lessons and old belief structures by placing them in the fire and turning them over to Spirit. By releasing these old patterns and beliefs into the fire, you heal deeply at the level of the soul without having to experience them at the literal and physical levels.
Fire ceremony, one of the core ceremonies in many medicine traditions, is typically held around the full or new moon of each month when the veils between the worlds are the thinnest. In the past, when fire ceremony was taught, it was only done with a teacher for many years before ever doing it alone. Now, shamans say that the earth and our civilization are in such great peril that fire ceremony should be held by anyone who is willing to step in. The fire itself will become your teacher and will let you know immediately if your intention is pure.
Fire ceremonies can be held in various ways: in a shamanic prayer form, as a devotional ceremony, as a Traditional Vedic practice or as a Traditional Tantric Fire.
Shamanic Prayer Fire
These ceremonies involve honouring the directional forces and the elements and using specific opening and closing prayers. During the Fire devotional songs are shared and prayers of release or intention are offered, these are amplified by offerings of sacred herbs such as copal, cedar, tobacco thrown onto the fire.
Tantric Fire Ceremony
These ceremonies are opened with offerings to all the directional powers of the three natural forces of the universe which are known in the tradition as the three Gunas: Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Following initial ghee offerings, the Fire ceremony then takes place for a specified amount of time repeating a particular Mantra and making offerings of rice, sesame and sugar or specially selected herbs.
Bhakti Fire Puja
These ceremonies are devotional Fire Pujas that honour the various apects of the manifest and unmanifest world through the repetition of Vedic Mantras and the singing of devotional songs. Offerings of rice, sesame and sugar are offered to the Fire in the process and many traditional Vedic Mantras such as the Gayatri mantra are recited to pray for ourselves and all sentient beings.
Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat
Om Purnamadah Purnamidam
Maha Mritunjaya Mantra
Om Triyambakam yaja mahe
Sugandhim pushti vardhanam
Mrityor mukshiya mamritat
Lohka samastha sukhino bhavantu
May all the beings in all of the worlds be happy
Mantra for liberation
Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya