It seems that sparks of possibilities born from my practice of friction fire are flying everywhere! Ideas have started to zip zap through my mind recently, so thus I have decided (prompted by my beautiful wife) to blog about it.
Sacred Hearth Friction Fire seems to be evolving. I have ideas, lots of them, and so lets see what unfolds over the next few months \ year as this is fitted in between work and family life. I had an idea to maybe write a book the other day so started some research, and have started discovering some very interesting myths, stories, articles and books, which made me realise that this could take some time! I can get rather obsessed at times and throw myself in but some restraint , structure and order will be required. My idea is to bring together origin of fire legends, the sacredness of fire, how fiction fire is still practiced by indigenous peoples today and practical information on friction methods maybe. There is a lot of information out there, and I wish to validate\cross-check as I go so time will be needed. So I may focus on topic by topic and blog about it as I go.
I was looking to see if there was anything similar already out there and came across "Myths of the Origin of Fire: An Essay by Sir James George Frazer" from the 1930s. It seems that this will be very useful in my research, of a place to start and to start cross-checking\validating. I don't like the language used to describe our ancestors and indigenous peoples and it reminds me of how badly indigenous peoples have been viewed and treated - and still are today (and one reason why I support Survival International." ) However, it will still be a very useful tool, and I'm trying to get my hands on a real copy rather than just the ebook - but they aren't cheap!
I've also come across some very interesting information regarding ceremonial use of friction fire in different traditions and also the comparison of friction fire with the divine coupling of male and female.. So there is a lot out there to cover..... I just need to structure myself! All very exciting.
Also, at some point in the future I would love to hold a "workshop" around fire, ritual and story. Encompassing the ritual lighting of fires using friction fire, weaving in stories and the practical teaching of friction fire but in a sacred way with awareness. For now, I will just start to gain experience by continuing my practice and gaining knowledge, holding demonstrations of friction fire, supporting people I know on their workshops, and gaining experience through my involvement with Spirit Horse.
Exciting time ahead.....