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The Firewalk and the Phoenix

A friend of mine once had a copy of a book called something like “101 things to do before you die”. I am pretty sure that walking on a bed of hot coals was one of the 101 challenges listed.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Firewalk experience, this is a ritual that has been used in many societies, ancient and modern, to test the mental strength of those taking part. The challenge is to maintain the mental focus and determination to overcome fear and every instinct of self-preservation and walk bare-foot on a surface over 1000+ degrees.

Pauline Williamson (our MD) and I successfully completed the challenge a week ago, with barely a charred toe between us. This was part of day 1 of Anthony Robbins’ famous Unleash the Power Within (Firewalk) “seminar” covering 4 days from Friday 22 to Monday 25 February.

So what did it feel like? The simple answer is “hot”!

Much more interesting was the experience of preparing for the firewalk. But that was completely overshadowed by what happened on day 3 of the event.

This climax on day 3 did not involve any physical challenges or anything that can be effectively described in writing. Sufficient to say that it is like having an extremely personal group therapy session (with 8000 people) at which you visualise your past, present and future(s) using NLP techniques to “re-condition” your mind to remove limiting beliefs about yourself etc. Many participants liken this to a rebirth- like being a Phoenix emerging from the firewalk flames. I don’t think I am known as someone who exaggerates or over-dramatises, but I came out of the experience describing it as one of the most profound experiences of my life.

For me, the world is a subtly different place since that weekend, and the firewalk was done by a subtly different person.

In my experience working with business owners, the main obstacle preventing them from moving forward is their fear of failure and the limiting beliefs that they hold about their own abilities. The UPW event is the quickest and easier way to overcome these and start to take on new challenges.

If you are not afraid of being taken out of your comfort zone ( in many ways), then this is an experience that is a must for you. If you are afraid of going out of your comfort zone then it is absolutely essential for you.

If you’d like to know more, I’d love to tell you more.

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