Fire Walking

How’s this for a challenge?

firewalkIn 1988 whilst attending a Hypnotherapy Seminar in Boston, U.S.A. the group was invited to “Walk on Fire”, red hot coals burning at some 1236 degrees Fahrenheit. Fifty three  delegates walked, bare footed across the coals having seen the fire set and enjoying a three hour mental preparation for this feat (feet!). The pit was about twelve feet long and just before we set off, deep breath, we had to imagine cold, cold snow underfoot! Now the test as to our competence, coloured a little by the sight of the Firemen and first aiders stood by! I was joined by the wonderful therapist, Ormand McGill, well into his eighties then, but with a child’s enthusiasm!  and managed to make front page of the County Press upon my return in November, hotfoot from the U.S.A.


21 years later, the launch day of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival, May 9th, saw me once again brave the glowing embers and step onto 20 feet of hot coals, walk across unscathed only to be reminded that:

“Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the ability to operate in spite of fear”.

So, next time you are faced with a challenge, take a deep breath, think positively, and walk through the unrealistic expectation of failure.

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