Firewalking entails walking on hot coals, across blazing flames, or on hot stones with bare feet. It is performed all around the world, with some doing so to prove their religious faith, for purification, or other rites and religious ceremonies.

It is purported to have started in Central Asia, though there were ancient ceremonies all over the world involving variations of the firewalk.

In the 1930s, scientists explored why people can do the firewalk without burning their feet. Spoilsports!

Without describing it here, I expect you can understand that there is a scientific explanation. However, if you came on a camping trip with me would you walk across hot coals at the end of a night around the campfire? Probably not!

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins introduced the Firewalk to his events in 1984, and I was lucky enough to participate twice during the 90s, once in L.A. and once in Sydney. He teaches that we are trained to be scared of fire, so walking through fire is an expression of “moving beyond one’s fears”.

Our fears can create artificial limitations. They can keep us safe, but they can also stop us from stepping out of our comfort zone. If we don’t have to walk across hot coals, then maybe those fears should be challenged.

What fears do you want to challenge?