Light your own Children’s Fire
Each year the Children’s Fire Movement (CFM) will be joining the Equinox and Solstice celebrations (though you needn’t wait for these dates to light a fire!) and asking every day folk, who are concerned about the environment and our future generations to light their very own Children’s Fire.
In a nutshell…
The children’s fire is a profound symbol, a reminder for 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.
The purpose of these events is two-fold…
The purpose of this event is two-fold…
- To spread awareness of the Children’s Fire and what it stands for.
- To bring individuals and communities together around a deep caring for life and our future generations.
Already have your own plans?
Perfect! The Children’s Fire, on one level, is such a simple concept that weaving it into any existing plans you may have will be easy.
You needn’t wait for an Equinox either!
You can light a Children’s Fire any day – or every day (lighting a candle at meal times for example). And, it also feels good to know that on a specific date you’re joining other like-minded people in making a collective commitment to leave a brighter legacy for our future generations.
Can anyone attend?
Yes! It’s called the “Children’s” Fire but it’s actually talking to all of us (whether you have children of your own or not) – of how we can co-create a brighter legacy for our future generations. Ideally we’d like to see community groups getting behind this and arranging their own fire events. Ultimately though, anyone can light a fire in their garden (if it’s safe to do so) or simply light a candle in the privacy of their own home. As long as it serves to evoke the Children’s Fire in our thoughts and conversations, and begs the question… what will my legacy be?
It all sounds a bit beardy-weirdy – is it a cult?
No, far from it! The Children’s Fire comes from a pragmatic body of indigenous wisdom of the Americas that actually encourages self-authority and self-responsibility among individuals. It is not dogmatic and inspires an open and questioning mind. The Children’s Fire was actually an integral part of the Circle of Law: an indigenous wisdom gathering and decision making structure (that inspired the original constitution of the USA!) and functioned as a ‘true democracy’.
Appear on the Children’s Fire Movement’s promotional video!
We’re also asking people to capture their fire events with still photography and video footage. The resulting material will appear on our website and Facebook page and selected content will also be included on our Children’s Fire Movement’s promotional video (which will be released later in 2013).
Earlier this year Antony Cholerton (the movement’s founder) and David Lawrie (a professional music producer from York and Connecticut) recorded a promotional song (called The Children’s Fire) with the intention of appearing on radio stations etc to broaden the reach of the movement and to raise much needed funds through MP3 downloads. David has offered to remix the song (for free!) to form a backing track to a short introductory documentary, including interviews, stills and stock video footage. It would be great to include as much footage of the fire events as possible – to demonstrate a sense of wider/community support and a global significance. Even if it’s just a still photograph of yourself (if possible by the fire/candle etc) that would be great.
Please note: it is very important that if you are taking footage to be used on our website, or promotional video, that you obtain permission from all those who appear in it.
Inspire others: record and upload your event
We’re also asking people to capture their fire events with still photography and video footage. The resulting material will appear on our website and Facebook pages to inspire others and show folks that they’re part of something bigger. But please note: it is very important that if you are taking footage to be used online that you obtain permission from all those who appear in it.
How to proceed…
If you are interested in setting up a community event, or simply interested in lighting a candle in the privacy of your own home, we’d love to hear about it. You can let us know via the contact form below. Please include your name and contact details and whether you’d like us to publish this on our website and Facebook page.
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