2020 De Kunstwei, The Netherlands

General Info Letter

Fire Dance The Netherlands 2020
25-27 September
De Kunstwei

The Fire Dance is a 3 day Ceremonial Medicine Dance.  This Dance will ignite the passion and creativity within you to live your life fully as intended by Spirit. This dance is about stepping into life fully and completely. It will burn away the thing inside that blocks you and holds you back. The energy of this Fire Dance is incredibly powerful! We dance with 5 fires within a Medicine Wheel. The Spirit Keepers of the Directions are Dancing too! Spirit is Dancing in the Fire. It is tangible.

Whether you are called to be a Fire Dancer or to serve the Dance as part of the Support crew, your life will be forever changed.  This Dance will open your heart in a new way and create connections to Spirit and Community.  I thank you for considering being a part of this Ceremony.

General Information:

Once you decide whether you will Dance or serve on the Crew, additional details will be sent to you via email for your preparation for Ceremony.

We will offer a Pipe Ceremony on Thursday the 24th of September for those who would like to join. This is not part of the Fire Dance Ceremony but a gift from the Chief to the community. If you would like to join the Pipe Ceremony, please arrive before 5:00 PM on Thursday 24th of September 2020. And let us know that you are attending.

Dancers and Crew should arrive on Friday before 10:00 am there is much work and preparation to be done in Community.

All meals will be prepared and served for the Crew from Friday lunch thru Sunday lunch.

Crew camping is available on the grounds.

Crew rooms are available by reservation (15 beds available) 

Dancers will sleep in the Dance Arbor (bring what you need for personal comfort)

Donations:
Dancer Donations are on a sliding scale between ………………………………€391 – €515
*it is up to the Dancer to know where they are in their prosperity for a donation

Crew Donations  (Friday-Sunday during the Dance)……..….€171*
Includes Food, lodging and donation

Before and after the Dance…………………………€10 person per night Includes food and lodging

*All donation made via Paypal to Otter Dance by 1 September 

Crew Positions:

  • Fire Keepers – Hold the energy of the Directional Fires and the container of the Arbor
  • Drummers – Drum from the heart and keep the rhythm that “carries” the Dancers
  • Dance Guardians – Guardians of the Dance who work quietly to ensure all needs of the Dance are met
  • Kitchen Angels – Hold the Heart of the Dance and nourish and nurture the Crew
  • Fire Mother – Holds the feminine space inside the Arbor and works directly with the Dancers as they process and Dance
  • Fire Father – Holds the masculine space inside the Arbor and works directly with the Dancers as they process and Dance
  • Elders – The Wisdom Keepers of the Dance and council to the Chief
  • Chief – Leader and Keeper of the Vision, Dance, Dancers and Crew

“It is time. Time to let the spark within our hearts grow and spread into a fire. Time to dance through that fire and let it burn away everything that does not serve us. Forged in heart-fire we re-emerge into the world and step fully into ourselves, ready to share the warmth and lead the way. Let’s DANCE!”……….Trai Hill

Support Crew Information

Fire Dance The Netherlands
De Kunstwei
25-27 September 2020
Support Crew Preparation Information

Saying yes to serve the Fire Dance is a commitment. This is a calling, like any Spiritual work that we do. Spirit calls and we answer! There is power in saying yes!

There are no passive roles on the Support Crew, while some are more physical than others, all require a certain level of stamina. Most often the Chief will ask that you serve in a particular role, but it is still important to let the Chief know if you feel especially called to one position more than another.

“What I have learned as Chief is that it is not up to me to place people in the positions of service.  It is always up to Spirit.  As we approach the time for the Dance I will sit with Spirit and allow the guidance to come through.  My hope is that the people who feel called to crew will not hold any attachment to what position they serve in.  I think the bigger picture is that we all serve the Dance and Mother Earth in whatever way Spirit asks. Much Gratitude!”……Robbie, Otter Woman Standing

 

Crew Positions:

  • Fire Keepers – Hold the energy of the Directional Fires and the container of the Arbor. Each Fire Keeper will connect in and carry the energy of their directional Fire. The East is the Cleansing Fire, the South is the Soothing Fire, The West is the Call to Action Fire, the North is the Guardian Fire and the Spirit Fire is inside the Arbor. I encourage the Fire Keepers to bring and use whatever personal Medicine Tools you feel called to use. You will be moving and Dancing and encouraging your Fires. Drumming is a wonderful way to connect with the Fire, but it is important to be mindful that you are not Drumming for the Dancers, but for your Fire. The connection to your Fire will be incredibly powerful and you may be asked to “Dance” that energy into the Arbor from time to time. Look to the Chief for that request. The Fires are connected to the Shrines and hold the container of the Arbor energetically. Each Fire has a specific herb to be offered for connection and prayer. These herbs will be available to the Dancers for their offering to the Fires. The East is Sage, South is Cornmeal, West is Cedar, North is Tobacco and the Spirit Fire is Sweetgrass. These herbs will be provided for the Dance.A video message to FireKeepers https://vimeo.com/314309248/2d18c05695
  • Drummers – Drum from the heart and keep the rhythm that “carries” the Dancers. Each drummer will have their own individual beat that may shift and change throughout the Dance. I encourage the Drummers to FEEL the energy and play from your heart. The Drum Chief is crucial to keeping the energy of the Drum contained in a way that serves the Dancers. There will be rattles, drums and other percussion instruments. I encourage all the Drummers to bring your personal Drum if you have one. There will be many Drums available to play. The Dancers rely on your energy and your love and compassion to move them through their Dance.A video message to Drummers – https://vimeo.com/314601460/df4c80d4f8
  • Dance Guardians – Guardians of the Dance who work quietly to ensure all needs of the Dance are met. In the Dance, the Dance Guardian team will ensure that all the supplies are in order and ready. You may carry wood for the Fire Keepers and repair the Arbor. You escort the Dancers when outside of the arbor for a break. You keep watch in shifts during the night so the Dancers are never alone and the Dancers feel safe and cared for. You are the quiet presence that keeps everything moving. Most importantly, when a Dancer goes into that place of surrender to Spirit and may collapse into Grace, the Dance Guardian will gently and lovingly carry that Dancer back to their space in the Arbor. The Alpha Guardian is the head of the Dance Guardian team and will hold the energy of the crew outside the Arbor.A video message to Dance Guardians https://vimeo.com/314598568/b4cc310973
  • Kitchen Angels – Hold the Heart of the Dance and nourish and nurture the Crew. The Kitchen Arch Angel will handle the planning of all meals from Friday lunch through Sunday lunch and guide the kitchen crew in caring for the rest of the Crew. We find that all the energy from the Dance Arbor moves through the Kitchen during a Dance. This means that the Kitchen Crew not only needs to be able to prepare meals, but also deal with the energy that moves through in a good way. You will be holding the Heart of the Dancers while you nourish the Crew. Sometimes the crew may have cravings for food that they don’t usually eat……this is because a Dancer is craving some special food. We say the Crew actually eats for the Dancers who are fasting so the love put into the preparation of the food has a direct effect on the crew as well as the Dancers.A video message to Kitchen Angels – https://vimeo.com/314308339/df0b46c8cc
  • Fire Mother – Holds the feminine space inside the Arbor and works directly with the Dancers as they process and Dance. The Fire mothers will be inside the Arbor whenever the Dancers are moving. You will hold the container from the inside and connect energetically with each Dancer. As Dancers begin to process their emotions and clear out old experiences, you will help them and love them through the process. As a Fire Mother, you will be working directly with the Dancers and physically moving the energy of the Dancer as needed. You will need to use a Feather Fan when working with the Dancers. It is important that you are also available during the breaks if a Dancer needs attention. Sometimes the processing will happen when the Dancer stops moving. As a Fire Mother you are directly connected with each Dancer to serve their highest good in whatever way possible.A video message to Fire Mothers & Fathers https://vimeo.com/314600523/4d343e1a6a
  • Fire Father – Holds the masculine space inside the Arbor and works directly with the Dancers as they process and Dance. The Sun Fathers will be inside the Arbor whenever the Dancers are moving. You will hold the container from the inside and connect in energetically with each Dancer. As Dancers begin to process their emotions and clear out old experiences, you will help them and love them through the process. As a Sun Father, you will be working directly with the Dancers and physically moving the energy of the Dancer as needed. You will need to use a Feather Fan when working with the Dancers. It is important that you are also available during the breaks if a Dancer needs attention. Sometimes the processing will happen when the Dancer stops moving. As a Sun Father you are directly connected with each Dancer to serve their highest good in whatever way possible.A video message to Fire Mothers & Fathers https://vimeo.com/314600523/4d343e1a6a
  • Elders – The Wisdom Keepers of the Dance and council to the Chief. As an Elder, you hold the wisdom and experience that few others in Ceremony have earned. It is important that you read the energy, not only of the Dancers, but also the Crew in order to advise the Chief. You may be asked to work with a specific Dancer as the Chief needs. The position of the Elder is an honored position and not to be taken lightly. The wisdom and experience that you carry is crucial to the energy of the Dance and how the Chief may make decisions. You will only be asked to move into the Arbor on rare occasions while the Dancers are Dancing, but may be asked to work with a Dancer who is resting. The Elders highest service is as the Council to the Chief. A video message to Elders – https://vimeo.com/314307699/719646af14
  • Chief – Leader and Keeper of the Vision, Dance, Dancers and Crew. As the Chief, I will make decisions for all aspects of the Dance in order to allow the Dancers to receive the highest and best for their individual Spirit work. It is the role of the Chief to hold the container of the Dance is a sacred and honored way. All who are called to the Dance put themselves in the care of the Chief. It is up to the Chief to hold to the Vision of the Fire Dance and make sure that all is well. This happens with the help of the entire crew as we all work in Community. Creating the space for a Sacred Medicine Dance is not an easy task and never to be taken lightly.
    • Chief of the Fire Dance in the Netherlands Bregje van der Zouwen – Blokx, Strong Heart Medicine Bear “Do you want to reconnect?” the Spirit of the Fire asked, while the last stone of the lodge caught fire. After I had answered YES, multiple times, out of the Fire came the words “I’ll give you a Dance!” Even though I had been to many Ceremonies & Dances, I had never even heard of a Fire Dance, before the Spirit of the Fire asked me that question. I did however see Fires burning in every Wind direction, when I was dancing inside Arbors before, even though they weren’t there physically. Things moved fast after this, within a couple of weeks I was dancing my First Fire Dance in North Carolina at the Sacred Grove. We call that Dance the “Hurricane Fire Dance”, where the Dutch Ancestors kept on asking me to ask Robbie, amongst all the Beautiful Dancers and Crew if the Fire Dance could come to the Netherlands. Despite all that I could have never imagined that the Spirit of the Fire, Great Spirit as well as Robbie as Vision Keeper & Chief of the Fire Dance would ask me, on Red Dragon Mountain, years later, to Chief the Fire Dance here in the Netherlands. It is a great honor to hold space for Al who are present, the Dancers, the Crew, the Ancestors & All the Spirits, as the Chief of the 4th Fire Dance in the Netherlands. To work together with Spirit & the Spirit of the Fire, the Five Fires & Crew, to hold space in a good way for the Dancers and all that are present. Because you all are a present & and are the bearers of great Gifts. Working together during this deeply transformative Dance, everyone gets a chance to develop your own Medicine, and to release whatever is blocking you, to do so. The connection with the Fire, will ignite your Inner Fire & strengthen you on all levels. Please feel welcome, nurtured, safe & free, to let go of whatever is holding you back during this Dance & with that receive all that will help you flourish & grow, while walking or dancing your Path. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or feeling to share about what is coming up for you even if you would like some more specific info, I’ll love to help you! Sending Love & Blessings to you and All you hold Dear! I honor you for who you are and everything that you have over won to come to this point in your Life!” Bregje van der Zouwen – Blokx Strong Heart Medicine Bear Email address: info@finnenco.nl
  • Vision Keeper & International Chief of the Fire Dance Robbie Warren Robbie Warren, as the Keeper of the Vision of the Fire Dance and Chief of many Fire Dances, and having been a Fire Dancer many times, and serving in several Crew positions. Robbie loves to share with you, what it means to be the Chief of the Fire Dance: “As the Chief, I will make decisions for all aspects of the Dance in order to allow the Dancers to receive the highest and best for their individual Spirit work. It is the role of the Chief to hold the container of the Dance is a sacred and honored way. All who are called to the Dance put themselves in the care of the Chief. It is up to the Chief to hold to the Vision of the Fire Dance and make sure that all is well. This happens with the help of the entire crew as we all work in Community. Creating the space for a Sacred Medicine Dance is not an easy task and never to be taken lightly. It is a true honor and I am humbled to have been asked by Spirit to bring the Fire Dance to the People.”
  • Dance Coordinator – While this is an administrative role, it is only a part of the work of the Coordinator. Coordinator will of course be intimately involved with making sure the details of the Dance are given to the Crew and the Dancers. Works with the Chief to make sure the supplies are on hand and ready for the Ceremony. Will be communicating with the Dancers, Crew and Chief in order to keep everyone up to date. Coordinates all of these aspects of the Ceremony, and holds the space for all involved. Becomes connected and energetically a part of the Dance well before it begins. Serves as advisor and council to the Chief and leaders in other positions. This is not always an easy task as you are dealing with the emotions and issues that may come up as we get closer to the Dance. It is important to stay well grounded and focused on the Dance as a whole.
    • Dance Coordinator As the Dutch Dance Coördinator Willy Boomsma, also handles a lot of the Communication, other than I as a Chief has with Dancers and Crew. You can contact her for all correspondence and questions concerning logistics or any translations. While this is an administrative role, it is only a part of the work of the Coordinator. Coordinator will of course be intimately involved with making sure the details of the Dance are given to the Crew and the Dancers. Works with the Chief to make sure the supplies are on hand and ready for the Ceremony. Will be communicating with the Dancers, Crew and Chief in order to keep everyone up to date. Coordinates all of these aspects of the Ceremony, and holds the space for all involved. Becomes connected and energetically a part of the Dance well before it begins. Serves as advisor and council to the Chief and leaders in other positions. This is not always an easy task as you are dealing with the emotions and issues that may come up as we get closer to the Dance. It is important to stay well grounded and focused on the Dance as a whole. Email address: info@willyboomsma.nl
  • International Dance Coordinator As the International Dance Coordinator, we are very thankful for Brandy Winn she is the Wonderful General Coordinator that overlooks all of the Fire Dances all over the World. Brandy helps to hold and support all the dances in an Amazing way, as well as being a Fire Dance Chief herself! Email address: firedanceinfo@gmail.com
  • Supply Coordinator– Works closely with the Dance Coordinator, Crew Leaders and Chief to ensure that all needed supplies are present and in order. This will involve working within a budget and placing orders or shopping for botanicals, tarps, first aid supplies, and other needed items for the entirety of the Dance. This means focusing on the needs of the Dancers as well as the crew to ensure that all supplies are accounted for and purchased. Although very task oriented, this is also a very energetically connected position. The Dancer and Crew welfare must be kept in mind first and foremost when considering what will be needed for Ceremony, comfort and any situation that may arise.

Locatie: De Kuntswei:  Perponcherpolder1, 4471 RX Wolphaartsdijk, The Netherlands

Information about Venue and Donation:

*You will be able to camp on the grounds in designated areas with tent or camper. You can also reserve a indoor sleeping space in the De Kuntswei. Those places are limited (max 15) and available based on physical necessity or first reserved.

*Plan on arriving Friday by noon (latest) and remaining on the dance grounds until Sunday late afternoon. All meals are provided. You may arrive as early as Monday 2 October if you would like. And stay till Monday 9 October

*Bring an item for the Giveaway Ceremony after the Dance. This is an item that has had some importance to you but is time to give to another person.

*Bring all items needed for personal comfort and weather conditions – we dance rain or shine.

Donations:
Crew Donations  (Friday-Sunday during the Dance)……..….€171*
Includes Food, lodging and donation

Before and after the Dance…………………………€10 person per night Includes food and lodging  

*All donation made via Paypal to Otter Dance by 9, September

If you would like to make payments you can go to www.firedance.earth and pay through the Paypal link.

A few logistical notes for the Dancers and Crew:

  • We will offer a Pipe Ceremony on Thursday the 24th of September for those who would like to join. This is not part of the Fire Dance Ceremony but a gift from the Chief to the community. If you would like to join the Pipe Ceremony, please arrive before 5:00 PM on Thursday 24th of September 2020. And let us know that you are attending.
  • You will be able to camp on the grounds in designated areas or reserve an indoor sleeping place in one of the guest houses. The beds are limited and on a first reserved basis or physical impairments. Always bring your own single person air mattress or sleeping- mat and your sleeping bag and pillow!
  • Bring all items needed for personal comfort and weather conditions – we dance rain or shine.
  • Plan on arriving before Friday 10 AM and plan on staying until Sunday late afternoon, so that the Ceremony is complete. Lunch Friday is provided as well as the Feast on Sunday.
  • Bring an item for the Give-away Ceremony after the Dance. This is an item that has had some importance to you but is time to give to another person. (See attached information)
  • Crew Donations is €171,- this includes food, lodging and fee from Friday lunch up to and including the feast on Sunday afternoon.
  • You are welcome at the venue from Wednesday 23rd of September till Monday morning the 28th of September.

Much gratitude to you for your courage and determination to be in Service to the Fire Dance! A Medicine Dance is not a simple thing to do. Spirit requires much of us who say YES! I am honored to have you present at the Fire Dance Arbor.

It is not always easy to be on the outside of the Dance Arbor holding the sacred space for others to do the work. Each support position is vital to the Ceremony from the Dog soldiers to the Kitchen Angels to the Chief.

Serving the Fire Dance will change your life.
It will change the planet.
You are a powerful FORCE!

Fire Dancer Preparation

Fire Dance The Netherlands
De Kunstwei
25-27 September 2020
Fire Dancer Preparation Information

Dearest Fire Dancer,
Much gratitude to you for your courage and determination to move into your most passionate and creative life!  A Medicine Dance is not a simple thing to do.  Spirit requires much of us who say YES!  I am honored to have you in the Fire Dance Arbor.

It is important that you prepare yourself mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually for the Dance.  Now that you have committed to the Ceremony focus your thoughts on the sacredness of the Dance.  Remember that you are stepping into a sacred state of being. There may be emotions that start to come up for you before the Dance, this is normal. Your Higher Self is already in the Dance Space and preparing your body to release the things that no longer serve you.  Allow the emotions to come and know that this will pass and the Dance will burn away anything that is blocking you emotionally.

This is a fasting dance. This means you will be fasting from food and water for the duration of this ceremony. The idea of fasting for a few days may bring up some fears. Be assured that this form of fasting has been carried out for many centuries by thousands of Dancers and Visionaries.  I myself have done this many times. You will be held in a sacred space and Dancing with Spirit; you are safe! To make this process somewhat easer is it suggested that you begin preparing your body the week before the dance. By removing toxins from your body during this time, it will make the fasting easier. We suggest that you taper off of sugar and caffeine and be sure to hydrate yourself during the days leading up to the dance.

Your spiritual preparations have already begun……you said YES!  Just remember that you are entering into the safest space, The Dance Arbor, and that you are held in the arms of the beloved.  All who are present to support the Dance also support the Dancer for the Sacred work being done.

The Fire Dance has a Sacred Fire in each of the 4 cardinal directions and a 5th Fire in the arbor, the Spirit Fire.  Each Fire holds its own energy and intention.

  • East Fire – The Cleansing Fire
  • South Fire – The Soothing Fire
  • West Fire – The Call to Action Fire
  • North Fire – The Guardian Fire

As you dance around the arbor you will build the energy and create vortex with the other Dancers.  Once this energy is built up and ready to be released out to the Universe, one by one, we will ignite our own flame from the Spirit Fire and release the energies that have been built up. I will ask the Fire Keepers to create a Bridge of wood next to the Spirit Fire.  Once the Bridge is crossed, the energy vortex that has been building is released and spirals upward and out to the Universe.

This is a most beautiful moment in the Dance!

A few logistical notes:

Brandy Winn ( firedanceinfo@gmail.com ) is your International Dance Coordinator.

Willy Boomsma (info@willyboomsma.nl) is your local coordinator for the Netherlands. She will be handling all the logistical details and helping you to plan for your Dance.  If you have any questions about donations, beds, food and timing, she will have all those answers for you.

If you have any questions about the energy or the Medicine of the Dance and what you may be going through please reach out to me, Bregje van der Zouwen – Blokx (info@finnenco.nl) directly.  I am here to help you step into your ceremony as a Dancer.  If we need translation between English and Dutch, please let us know, and we will assist you.

Location: De Kunstwei: Perponcherpolder 1, 4471 RX Wolphaartsdijk, The Netherlands

  • As a Sacred Dancer, your body is your tribute to Spirit! Your clothes (regalia) should reflect your commitment to the Dance and what you may be working through. Be creative! When I Danced, I painted my face, tied cloth in my hair and chose colors and clothes that honored the energy of the Fire.

Prayer Ties and Regalia – https://vimeo.com/314305604/6cc0dbe816

  • All Dancers will wear a skirt or sarong (including men). This is tradition and an honoring of the Dancer as Sacred.

Ceremonial Skirts  – https://vimeo.com/315319116/86fe020308

  • You will be sleeping in the Dance Arbor, please bring what you need for your comfort, a sleeping mat or pad , pillow, sleeping bag, a tarp for ground cover, Please try to keep items to a minimum so we can accommodate space for all the Dancers. DUE TO LIMITED SPACE IN THE ARBOR, A SLEEPING MAT/AIR MATTRESS CAN BE NO LARGER THAN TWIN SIZED.
  • Plan on arriving Friday by noon (latest) and staying until Sunday late afternoon. Lunch Friday is provided as well as the Feast on Sunday. You may arrive anytime between Monday 2 October and noon 6 October.
  • Please bring 2 white flat sheets for donation (twin or full are best)
  • Please bring 2 white hand towels for donation
  • Bring 1 yard (meter) of RED fabric (cotton), cotton twine and lose tobacco – these items are for your prayer ties. (see above video and also attached information)
  • Dancer Donation is on a sliding scale between E391-E515. It is up to you to decide where you are in your energy exchange and your prosperity. You can begin to make payments now or you can pay in full upon arrival on Friday. If you would like to make payments you can go to firedance.earth pay through the PayPal link.
  • Bring an item for the Giveaway Ceremony after the Dance. This is an item that has had some importance to you but is time to give to another person. (see attached info) Please know that there is an entire crew to support you, your Dance and your needs.
  • If you forget something, or need something, we will be there to make sure you are taken care of.

A few logistical notes for the Dancers and Crew:

  • We will offer a Pipe Ceremony on Thursday the 24th of September for those who would like to join. This is not part of the Fire Dance Ceremony but a gift from the Chief to the community. If you would like to join the Pipe Ceremony, please arrive before 5:00 PM on Thursday 24th of September 2020. And let us know that you are attending.
  • You will be able to camp on the grounds in designated areas or reserve an indoor sleeping place in one of the guest houses. The beds are limited and on a first reserved basis or physical impairments. Always bring your own single person air mattress or sleeping- mat and your sleeping bag and pillow!
  • Bring all items needed for personal comfort and weather conditions – we dance rain or shine.
  • Plan on arriving before Friday 10 AM and plan on staying until Sunday late afternoon, so that the Ceremony is complete. Lunch Friday is provided as well as the Feast on Sunday.
  • Bring an item for the Give-away Ceremony after the Dance. This is an item that has had some importance to you but is time to give to another person. (See attached information)
  • Crew Donations is €171,- this includes food, lodging and fee from Friday lunch up to and including the feast on Sunday afternoon.
  • You are welcome at the venue from Wednesday 23rd of September till Monday morning the 28th of September.

Thank you again for saying YES!  What you do in the Fire Dance will change your life. It will change the planet. You are a powerful FIRE DANCER!                                    

Fire Dance Chief

Chief Bregje van der Zouwen – Blokx, Strong Heart Medicine Bear

“Do you want to reconnect?” the Spirit of the Lodge Fire said…

I was flabbergasted because I was looking at the Stone-people, the Ancestors, as they were gently placed in the Lodge by the Fire Keeper. When all of a sudden, the last Stone spontaneous caught Fire even before the Water pourer got a chance to Bless it. Igniting all the other Stones a big Fire suddenly lite up. So bright it brought an amazing sight to the otherwise pitch dark Lodge. This Fire seem to last a lifetime, but looking back I guess that it was only there for a few seconds, maybe not even that

These few seconds however, would change my Life and that of my Family, forever… “

Would you like to reconnect?” The Fire asked, I was startled by that question, almost tried to look around and behind me to see who the Fire was talking to, because I was filled with amazement. I had been to Lodges before, and to Sacred ceremonies, to Dances, I’ve seen amazing things, but never saw this before. Even though I was often in awe this was completely new to me. As I tried to turn my head and look around me, but I couldn’t. I realized that it was like time stood still, there is for me no other way to explain it to you.

The sounds the people around me made, surprised about the Stones continued, I could hear them, because I was there with them, looking at the same Fire but I felt like I was in a bubble. With a Bubble I don’t mean the Lodge herself, but I could sense and see a bubble around connecting me to the Fire. It was like something turned my head back even before my body actually followed the impulse to look around. “I’m talking to you the Fire said, Yes you. Do you want to reconnect?” Before I new it I said uhhhh Yes!”

And to be honest I was surprised about my quick answer, and I wanted to talk to myself about that like when your Friend makes rush decisions and pulls you in to something. I wanted to have a good long talk with myself and say: “what the bleep did you do, why didn’t you take some extra time to consult with me?”

But before I could have that conversation, Fire asked again: “Do you want to reconnect with me?” Not sure if the Fire sensed, saw, heard, what was going on inside me, but when she spoke those words for the second time, a lot of images rushed through me. Happy, Beautiful Ones, that made my Heart lite up, it was like all the Joy my body could handle was filling me up from inside & Tears of Joy stream down my face. And after that Sad, Horrible Ones, breaking my Heart while I saw them and brought forth Tears of Great Sadness, Sorrow & Shame filled my body up. The images finally moved through me one after the other, it seemed in cycles before she finished her question. Felt like I had all the time in the World, to take those and her words in. And Even-though they weren’t all pretty, I could feel something inside me, saying Yes in a big way.

The words that came out of my mouth, didn’t sound like that, they sounded like now my Friend was hesitating. So I could hear myself say:”YYYYYYessssss uhhhh I would uhhhhh!”

The Fire shifted, seems like she was looking at me from all angels, perhaps all wind-directions, measuring me up and down. I felt totally Naked, which I can assure you I was not. She looked at me, very stricken, came right up to my face and asked again: “Do you want to reconnect with me? I am Fire…” she spoke sending shivers up and down my physical body and beyond as she send different images, Colors, sounds, through my Body & Soul, bringing huge vibrations that rocked me to my Core. A big sigh exited my mouth, it was a huge release, like the vacuum seal was taking off. Releasing a lot of baggage, I could feel my Love of Fire and remembered that I secretly tried to connect to it when I was a young girl in my Grandparents’ toilette, because I felt like Fire had something to say to me. Something important. That wasn’t strange to me when I was young. Speaking and listening, to everything in the seen & unseen World was Natural to me. Everything had a Voice, Animals, Stones, Trees, the wind, the Water, the Earth, loved Ones that had passed on, even secrets people desperately tried to keep, everything had a Voice. But in this Lodge the Love came rushing in, or finally had room to flow through me because the pressure that held the seal in place of fear and angst that was put on it was flushed out with the sigh. And I feel confident & humbled, deeply touched & also a strange familiarity. Like Fire was a long lost Friend or actually very close Family member, like one of my Grandparents. I felt all of this and spoke with Great confidence, that other than being pregnant with my Children, as an “grownup” I’ve never heard from me before:”YES, I would Love to reconnect!”

In this moment it was like the Flame of the Fire moved through me, and she said: “ I’ll give you a Dance!”

And as she spoke those words the Fire Flamed up and started to come down, I was actually trying to get more info moved by what just happened and trying to get things right. “Wait, when, where, how?” With the last Flames she Painted a picture, that looked like a treasure Map, that pointed towards America. And with that the bubble faded and my Life, our Life would never be the same, again!”

Within half an hour after that, Spirit guided me to the Toilets again, funny & true story, but to make a long story “short” two Beautiful amazing American Women that held Great Medicine and that I have never met before until that day, invited me to a Dance that would take place in a couple of weeks. And it probably doesn’t surprise you now, That Dance was called…the FireDance!

So here I am, Bregje van der Zouwen – Blokx, the Spirit name my Teachers & Ancestors have given me is: Strong Heart Medicine Bear. And this is how the Fire found me again & how I said Yes, to Dance the FireDance. Which actually took place during a Hurricane, that is why we call it the Hurricane Fire Dance. Where unknowing before I came danced with Chiefs, of the Fire Dance and other Medicine Dances.

As a young girl I felt, very fortunate to grow up with the Love and Kindness of my two gifted Grandmothers, one could say they were my first Teachers. And I’m very Thankful to basically grow up alongside of my partner, my Love for over 30 years now, Sybrand, since we met when I was very young.

Deeply humbled by all the Teachers I met along my journey, Elders from different wind-directions & Animals, all of Nature, even wise bear named Apple, old Teachers, young Teachers, Ancient Ones. They always concluded their Teachings with the words that it is important for us in these times to remember who we truly are!

And exactly that is what the Fire Dance brings, this Ancient Dance holds space for all that come to the Dance, to remember who they Truly are. Beyond limitations or judgement of yourself and others. Everyone is welcome to uncover their own Medicine, not only the Dancers, but all present. And that is such a Gift and much needed in this time, brings forth deep healing. Magical to see, hear, feel the excitement of the Ancestors of the land, the countries where the FireDance travels to. Like in the Netherlands, a huge release happens every-time. Not only in the people, but in everything that is connected to the land, Country, Earth, Ancestors. So happy that this Medicine is held in a good way by Robbie as the Vision keeper & Chief, and all the other Chiefs, who bring their Unique and own Medicine to the Dance. Holding space in such a Wonderfull way.

Because you have to bear in mind, that we all bear Great Medicine. You are the bearer of Great Medicine!

My wish is that we all remember who we truly are, and it is a Great honor to hold Space for you here in the Netherlands as a Chief, but also all over the World in every way that Spirit asks from me. Even if I can’t be there physically, know that you are Loved all across this World and far beyond by many and that they cheer you on, are so proud of you stepping in to your own Medicine in your own Unique way, Dancing your Medicine in to being! Thank you for your Dance!

Even if you Drum, Sing, Cook, are a Fire Keeper or Wisdom Keeper, Fire Mother & Fire Father, physically present or not, you are welcome, Loved and honored for your Dance! For we are all related!

Prayer Ties

Dearest Fire Dancer,

I had a Dancer ask me recently about making prayer ties.  This is a Native American practice of intentional prayer and meditation.  I believe that making Prayer Ties prior to your Dance will help you to focus on the Dance and your individual healing and releasing work.

You can work on Prayer Ties a little each day or sit quietly and do them all at once.  There is no set number for you to make prior to the Dance, but please if you can, make a few.  Some Dancers make thousands before a Ceremony such as this, others may make only seven.  It is up to you as the Dancer to know your prayers and the work you will be doing in the Arbor.

Usually the fabric is cotton and the string is a natural fiber as well.  We say the prayers in accordance with the energies of the seven sacred directions.

East – Yellow – Cleansing, new beginnings, ideas and clarity of thought, your mental body,     transformation, the Butterfly is the Spirit Guardian of the East

South – Red – Soothing, childhood, emotional body, trust and unconditional love, relationships, connection to Mother Earth, the Turtle is the Spirit Guardian of the South

West – Black – Call to action, manifestation, physical healing and the physical body, placement, the Bear is the Spirit Guardian of the West

North – White – Guardian and protector, ancestors, Spiritual body, elders, the Eagle is the Spirit Guardian of the North

Up Above – Blue – Connection to the Star Nation, Father Sky, and the cosmos

Down Below – Green – Mother Earth, Animal Guides, creation

Within – Purple – Connection to the Spirit within, higher self, soul, your unique being

Creator, Great Spirit is in all Directions and colors, ever present

As you make your Prayer Ties, please be mindful that you will be bringing these prayers and intentions into the Dance Arbor with you.  Put your prayer into each tie, and when you are finished please smudge each tie.  It is easiest to keep a little sage or (imphepo in South Africa) burning while you are working on your ties.  If you find that you have many Prayer Ties to make, you may want to wrap them around a stick of some sort to keep them from being tangled.

I have also asked that you bring red fabric and string to the Dance so you can work on additional Prayer Ties when you are resting in the Dance Arbor.  Please have these precut so you will not have to worry with scissors in the Arbor (you may feel a little altered).

Click here for a PDF created by one of the Dance Elders here that shows the details of how to tie the prayers.

I am holding you all in my heart as I tie my Prayers for the Dance as well.  I will be praying for each of you and setting my own intentions for the Dance.  We are all connected by the Fires!  Loving you all for your bravery and strength!

The Give-Away Ceremony

(from Robbie, Otter Woman Standing – Visionary of the Fire Dance)

The Teaching

One of the most important ceremonies in Native American teachings is the Give-Away, or Potlatch, Ceremony. In this ritual, giving away of useful or loved possessions is a form of sharing with others. It is also a sign that the giver is willing to make a sacrifice and surrender a gift to another person without attachment or regret. The Native understanding of sacrifice originally meant “to make sacred”. To make any act or any gift sacred, one has to complete that action with a joyful heart and a humble attitude. Giving is only one step of the process and allows the giver to look within so that he or she may examine the growth potential associated with the Give-Away.

In Native Tradition, no one is ever abandoned, orphaned, or left without food, dwellings, or help. The understanding among Native people is that when one shares all that one has, in order that the People may live, honor and abundance is brought to the giver. Indians have extended families that adopt many relatives and care for one another. Those who are blessed with possessions and food have always shared with those who are lacking. The Medicine Wheel may turn tomorrow and the ones who are in need today, may be blessed with abundance that they may share.

The purpose of the Give-Away is sharing. The lessons connected to this ceremony teach the people how to release possessions and to let go the ideas of importance connected with those belongings. The more prized the possession and the greater the sense of ownership, the more potent the lesson. The Give-Away Ceremony is never used to get rid of belongings that are no longer functional or badly in need of repair. Some gifts of the Give-Away may be made especially for the occasion. To give cast-off items is a disgrace to the giver and shows a lack of respect for the receiver.

If one cannot give without strings attached, there is no true release and the sacredness of giving without expectations has been destroyed. Among the Tribes of Native America, if everyone was not taken care of, the People lost face. There was never any justification for some to live in luxury while others of the same tribe starved.

The teachings of the Give-Away are basic to Native understanding. Many other lessons are learned each time one has the opportunity to share and is faced with personal feelings that arise when a decision to Give-Away is made. As we free ourselves from the need to give with strings attached or the regret that sometimes follows, we are able to release our spirits and allow them to soar beyond the limited understanding of our former Selves.

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