American Indian Trial By Fire
Fire is used in many different cultures all over the world. Rituals are based on ancient knowledge of divine intervention where people are not burned by the flames. There are as many different rituals as there are ways to use fire.The American Indian Trial By Fire can be used to enhance your spiritual practice or support you by helping you purify and set intentions in your own life. Many personal fire rituals are based on the ancient ceremonies handed down through the ages, in all cultures.
My personal experience happened when I started school. It was a time when different colored people had separate schools. Where I lived determined which school I could attend being an Indian there were no Indian schools nearby. I was raised by my grandparents who were Apache and Cherokee Indians. At school the kids insulted me with degrading talk about my heritage. Being a high bred hybrid mixed breed I was challenged many times to prove my worth. That day when I went home I was disturbed by some of the things they had said at school. My grandparents always knew what to do and were often led by the Spirit during my training. That day my Apache grandfather had prepared the pot belly stove and had it glowing red hot. This was the only time he had ever made it that hot.
As I started to open the front door I felt overcome by the Spirit. From the door to the stove it was like I was a robot under remote control. As I reached the stove I placed my hands on it and looked directly into my grandfathers eyes. I could hear my hands sizzle but felt no pain and kept them on the red hot stove. I just stood there looking at my grandfather while my hands were making a loud burning sound. He was watching me for any sign of fear or weakness and was calm while he scrutinized my determination. When he was satisfied he said “That’s enough” and I took my hands off the stove. Amazing as it seems my hands were not burnt or even blistered. No trace of anything wrong with them. We all went on the rest of the day like any normal family without saying anything about my American Indian Trial by Fire.