What is the Children’s Fire?
The children’s fire is an ancient and powerful symbol that reminds us to put the continuation of life, (in all it’s diversity) and the well-being of our future generations, first – before power, profit or personal ambition. It reminds us to constantly question…
…will this action, this purchase or this statement, truly support a healthy, life-affirming future for my children and their children’s children?.
Where does it come from?
No law shall be passed that will harm the children – The Children's Fire
Many generations ago, our ancestors understood that the balance and wisdom observed in nature should be reflected by our systems of governance and institutions of power. The Children’s Fire comes from such a system – a system that flourished long ago predating the Mayans of Central America and extended as far north as Canada (now globally). Ironically, this system even inspired the original constitution of the USA! These people established a deep democratic system of governance known as the Circle of Law and implemented a circular structure, known as the Council Wheel, to facilitate this.
In the very centre of this structure they placed a small fire which was to remind the eight pairs of representatives (or Chiefs as they were known) that the primary consideration should always be the continuation of life. They called this fire The Children’s Fire. The Children’s Fire represented two naturally aligned laws that were held sacred by the people (you can read about these later - see the link below). We have condensed these into one statement – one simple, yet profound way of being…
…to put Life First – for our future generations!
We use this phrase as a foundational principle of the movement: to bring focus to our future generations. To hold the question, “what kind of world do we want our children, and our children’s children, to inherit?”.
Please note: this life-first principle should not be confused with the pro-life movement – the Children’s Fire Movement can be described as being pro-choice!