now Iíve had the thrill of going on a firewalk. It was
one of those things I never thought Iíd do, but when the opportunity
presented itself, I couldnít resist the challenge.
led up to it was my training in Neuro Linguistic Programming
(NLP) and the fascinating study of the inner workings of the
mind. Itís founders, John Grinder and Richard Bandler,
in the early 1970ís were intrigued by how some therapists
had exceptional results and wanted to find out how they did
these therapists mannerisms and wording just didnít work,
so they studied them in depth over time. What they learned
was about the workings of the unconscious mind, itís structure
and processes. From this, they developed what is called
modeling, where anyone can duplicate what someone else can
do by not just observing their outward behaviour and words,
but also finding out about their beliefs, values, inner strategies
and perceptual filters.
is the process that was used in the firewalk. Our instructor
told us that the way firewalking is accomplished is to get
oneís energy level up to the same level as the fire.
So, for 8 hours we did various exercises that physically,
emotionally and mentally built up our energy level.
These included various martial arts and yoga techniques among
the end we did board breaking. Traditionally board breaking
used to take 5 years of martial arts training before it was
taught. We accomplished it in ½ hour, by finding
out how others did it internally.
the mechanics of it were taught: the proper movement
of shoulders, hips, legs, arms and hands and where to hit
the board. Then the inner workings: visualise
your hand six inches through the other side of the board,
going into tunnel vision, breathing properly, believing it
is possible to do anything with energy, and getting in touch
with a time when you felt very energised, empowered and felt
you could do anything.
first time I did it I remembered being extremely angry and
chopping wood, the second time I remembered a time I felt
very excited and that I could do anything. Miraculously,
it seemed, the boards broke and after that it was a simple
progression to walking on fire.
coals were glowing red in the darkness of the night as we
each prepared to walk the 12 feet of burning coals.
We each imagined a quality or goal we wanted to reach at the
other end - such as love, calmness, empowerment, oneness,
etc. The coals only felt warm to me. Some said
they felt cool or like pebbles or popcorn. All 24 of
us walked successfully. It
took me several hours to fall asleep after that and I didnít
need any caffeine for over a month. I was also able
to get off the thyroid medication I had been on for two years
and that one doctor had told me I wouldnít be able to quit
taking and would be on for the rest of my life. I guess
once I realized I could get my energy level up to the same
level as fire, I didnít really need any help with my energy.
guess it shows you really can do most anything you set your
mind to. The firewalk is an excellent metaphor of life.
Nygaard is a Certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Trainer,
Time Line Therapy® Master Trainer and Hypnotherapy Trainer.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org