How To Make Friction Fire In Nature
As you have seen over the last couple of days, making fire by friction in nature is a very connective sill that anyone can learn. It is through this practice that you can learn a lot about who you are as a person as well as how you operate in the world.
In this article you will learn how to discover the inner teachings of making primitive fire with your bare hands. Plus you will also learn more about the philosophy of making primitive fire as a way of increasing your skill of making fire with two sticks via the hand-drill.
Inner Teachings From Making Fire
For example, for the first three weeks of trying to make fire I was unable to create my first coal.
This brought up a lot of feelings such as self-doubt about whether I could actually make a fire with my bare hands and the gnawing question whether I was doing something ‘wrong’.
However, upon self-reflection I was able to see this as an underlying pattern in my behavior and was then able to let it go.
That is when I was able to fully enter into a space of ‘no-mind’, connect with the creator through the ‘spirit-of-the-fire’ and allow spirit to guide my actions to create in the world. That is when I was finally able to create the spark of creation and bring my first coal into the world.
Symbolically this has had a huge impact on my life because now whenever I feel like I am ‘struggling’ in an area of life I will reflect upon this lesson and go back into a space of no-mind and simply allow the creator to bring forth inspiration to guide my actions.
Another time on my journey of creating fire, I was getting coal after coal after coal and at one point made twelve consecutive coals in one day. That’s when I started getting ‘cocky’ about making fire because my ego jumped in and said ‘Yeah, I know how to do this.’
It was right at this point that no matter what I did, I just could not get a coal. I thought I knew it backwards – but again it was a humbling to go through self-reflection and see that I had gone back into my ego around creating primitive fire.
That’s when I again re-connected with the force that moves all things and the spirit of the fire, and again the coals started to come once more.
So as you go through your journey in creating primitive fire through friction with the hand-drill technique, I invite you to journal about the inner teachings that this ancient skill is giving you.
For example, if you find yourself becoming frustrated at not being able to create fire a good question to reflect on is:
‘What is this teaching me about what’s happening in my life right now?’
Making primitive fire is a true opportunity to learn a lot about yourself and how you operate in the world because it is an almost immediate mirror of what’s happening in your life.
Primitive Fire Philosophy
The lineage goes back tens of thousands of years across all cultures from the arctic circle right down to the southern tip of South America.
There are many philosophies and myths surrounding the creation of fire, however one I resonate most strongly with is that creating fire is almost like giving birth to a child.
In this philosophy it can be seen that the spindle is much like the masculine – in that it’s active and has a lot of ‘yang’ energy associated with it – with the rotation and the downward pressure.
The fire board can be seen much like the feminine – in that it receives the masculine energy and it is from this place that the ‘conception’ and creation of the coal takes place.
Then the coal itself is like a living being within the womb in that it is created and lives by breathing the oxygen that is present and also survives by eating the food of the wood dust.
The tinder bundle can clearly be seen as the womb from which life gives birth – and like all life it needs to receive nurturing energy and be inspired into life through the breath. All life begins and ends with a breath.
Then to stay alive, we all need continual food and energy to stay alive. This can be seen as symbolic of placing kindling and tinder on the young flame such that it may grow strong and healthy.
Then, like all living animals – they all eventually die and return to the place from which they were created.
So as you go through the journey of creating primitive fire, it’s important to personally reflect upon these ancient teachings and too see how they relate to what is happening to you at this moment in time.