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The Fire Circle of Healing

They come to the circle and gather around the fire.

They come in the early morning hours, they come late into the night

And all day long...one by one, they come alone.

It is, indeed...a procession of pain and sorrow

Each carrying pieces of their shattered lives

And the gut wrenching pain of loss and shock

They come with their stories and their loss.

Their tears flow into their words, each and every word

Drenched with sorrow and agony,

Tortured- they reach out, many for the very first time.

They come wrapped in a pain none knew existed

And as they reach out to each other,

As they accept and listen and understand with a

Compassion deepened by the very pain they share,

Healing begins...ever so slowly...imperceptibly slow,

Ever so tenuous...so fragile, the membrane that forms

Over and through an amputated limb, a shredded heart

Is translucent and ever so thin.

It seems the journey is all up hill

Just getting out of bed each day drains what little energy

Each member of this tribe has left in a reservoir emptied

By noon each day....every day...day after day.

Running on fumes, each one trudges on believing what

Those who go before them are learning and what

Their gentle leader teaches out of her own pain and losses

and experience...and as each obstacle is

Met and each mountain, treacherous and risky, is scaled

Belief and hope deepen, even though no member

Can see their road or where it leads. They walk on

Blinded by loss, believing in each other and in life.

And each day and all night the fire burns brightly

Warming and comforting those who come

Lifting spirits, sharing a load no one should have to bear.

It is a circle of love, a circle of hope, and a circle of healing

...Grief healing!

How grateful these members, how trusting in the life force,

In hope rebuilt- pebble by pebble...even after tsunamis of grief

Appear to destroy the very structures so painstakingly built.

They think they are starting over, but lessons learned are

Never unlearned...and when the waves of grief subside

The bridges they built to a hopeful and meaningful life,

To healing and growth and transformation,

Are still there...healing is taking place...hope triumphs.

This journey never ends, even as members leave the circle

Each day they learn to carry their grief, to discover joy again

If even for a moment.

And as they take each step, they come to know, they do not walk alone

Their loved one walks with them and within them

The members of the circle walk with them and within them

And the fire keeps burning, reaching out to new members

Embracing those who left and return.

It is a circle of love, of compassion and of non judgment,

A circle of understanding, of knowing each member's pain,

Of listening to each one's story with its threads common to their own,

Of sadness, of joyful memories, of loss...such deep loss.

In this circle people hear and feel and weep and vent

They grow, they see, they learn and they begin to hope.

May the fire keep burning as arms welcome those in pain

How grateful are we, each and every one of us

For this fire and each other.

mfh 20 June 2013

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I came on tonight to catch up to what was happening with our 'tribe' and read your beautiful reflection, Mary. Beautiful. Nothing more to say.

Thank you for your thoughts. Thank you for your presence here. Thank you. anne

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And to you, Marty...thank you for birthing this fire, for bringing the first of the wood and for striking the match that started this fire... this circle, and to each person who has ever been here, to those present now, and those to come for keeping the fire going...this circle has been an incredible gift to me....and so many.


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Very sweet indeed Mary,

Thank you.

Sometimes when I wake in the middle of the night, I come here................... and then I get to read this. A nice way to start my day.

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Mary, thank you for putting to pen what all of us feel. It is so special! It's good to have writers here...

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To all of you, thank you. I am so glad you liked my interpretation of our fire circle. It is all so real.

Mary with peace for you.

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Dan, thank you. I am so glad my words comfort. Peace, Mary

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Beautiful Mary.

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