Firewalking is a ceremonial practice that has been performed by generations of varying cultures around the world. It has helped people face their fears, attack inner chaos, and lead themselves through the fire into an independent, more fulfilling life. Here are some benefits of firewalking:
- Heightens self-responsibility: No one is forced to firewalk, and that alone symbolizes the first step that the firewalker is making to take charge of their own life. Firewalking helps you realize just how many aspects of life are actually in your control. This creates a sense of self-responsibility over the way you think, the way you feel, the choices you make, and the path you choose to travel down. Pushes you out of your comfort zone: Our lives are simply a series of habits, and not all of those habits are healthy ones. Firewalking is such a drastic change from most people’s day-to-day lives and forces them to get out of their comfort zones. This makes it easier to create the extreme change necessary to break bad habits and fill your life with more decisive freedoms.
- Changes your perspective: Most people are hesitant when it comes to firewalking and think, “Can I really do this?” But after they do it, it is as if it were never a question to begin with. Accomplishing something that you initially thought was unreachable shifts your perspective of what you think you are capable of in an indescribable way and ripples to all elements of your life.
- Stimulates connections: Whether you choose to try firewalking with friends, family, coworkers, or simply fly solo, there is no doubt that the event will stimulate bonds between you and those walking together. The vulnerability that those participating allow themselves to undergo as well as the experience of something completely new and “dangerous” creates a sense of connection amongst everyone involved
- Do not attempt firewalking alone. Always have a trained professional present to guide you through the process.
- Wear appropriate clothing. Loose-fitting clothing can easily catch fire, so it is important to wear tight-fitting clothes made of natural fibers like cotton.
- Prepare your feet. Soak your feet in cold water for at least 15 minutes before walking on the hot coals.
- Walk slowly and deliberately. Take your time and focus on each step you take.
- Visualize success. Imagine yourself walking across the coals safely and confidently.
If you follow these tips, you can safely enjoy the experience of firewalking while minimizing the risk of injury.