Karen Aldrich

Once we got out there and watched the coals flicker in the moonlight, everyone was excited and eager to shed the fear and limiting thoughts. I stood there to watch and celebrate their victory all the while I was willing to stand in my limited thought of not walking. My son was there, who is 12 years old, and he asked if I was going to walk, I shrugged and said I don’t know, but of course I was not walking (in my head).

My son Keith, just kept telling me that I should do it and I would be fine. As we watched others do it, I stood in awe at the flames. That is when my husband walked over and did it; I was so proud and began to think maybe I could too. I still stood there stunned and unable to fathom walking over coals of fire. I stood there as Charles called for more walkers, but still so deathly afraid I did not move.

I began to move closer to the entrance to walk, just for a different viewpoint. I began to ask myself why I could not do what they were doing, what is my husband and son thinking of me right now, or what would my students say if I told them I did walk on fire? I began to ponder the example I want to be, and with that I took my shoes off. I stood there crying, shoes off, pants rolled up, staring into the flames and hot coals, Charles came over and talked with me and asked did I want to walk, I shouted through my tears “yes”! With that statement he took me closer and told me to give him the 3 yes chant and go…. I went! As I crossed over to the other side to victory, I hugged who ever was there to hug in celebration! I think it was Nikki, but I did not look. I just was so relieved that I made it without pain. At that moment I knew I could do it, I could do anything I wanted to! I ran over to my son and hugged him (still crying) and whispered in his ear not to let anyone every tell him he can’t do some thing; he could do anything that he set his mind to. Then I hugged my husband standing there too so proud that I did it! This was his birthday and we both received a phenomenal gift of freedom to achieve anything we set out to do.

Of course after this they lit the sidelines of the coals to get picture perfect…so was I going to have to do it twice for a picture? Yep, sure did! I was not going to leave the fire walk without a picture I could blow up and show my students and family that I walked on fire so they too can achieve their own goals when they put their minds to them.

I was so emotional that I cried during our ending circle, during our testimonials in the room and even driving home. I felt so wonderful and truly blessed for being in a group like Charles’ group and can’t begin to thank him and the group for all their support and guidance. My husband and son were my inspiration and Charles has provided the opportunity to seek new ideas and successes that I may have never thought were possible.

Thanks Charles, you are amazingly brilliant.

My life will never be the same after walking across the fire!!!!!