Ancient Practice of Firewalking to Come to the High Country at Mystery Hill on Friday

Published Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Firewalking at Mystery Hill on Oct. 16.

Firewalking is an ancient practice, although no one seems to know just how old it is or where it began. It apparently has been practiced for centuries by shamans, priests, and ordinary folk, as a religious ritual and as a healing ceremony. There are also tribes of people who use firewalking as an entry point into man and womanhood. Firewalkers walk barefoot over beds of red-hot coals, and many have testified it was one of the greatest experiences of their life. The practice became popular in this country when Tony Robbins began using it at his live seminars back in the 1980’s. Robbins has successfully firewalked hundreds of thousands of people all of which did not burn their feet. Dave Albin, who recently relocated to Boone, can tell you first hand as he was there in the capacity as his Fire Captain and personally worked for Tony Robbins starting back in 1995 and just recently retired in March of 2014 to pursue his own firewalking business here in the High Country.


Firewalking at Mystery Hill on Oct. 16.

Dave sees firewalking as a technique for personal growth and believes that “knowing how it works can bring you better health and increased personal power.” He maintains that firewalking demonstrates how our thoughts impact everything else in our lives and that thoughts change brain chemistry and body function. In other words: if you can walk on hot coals and not burn your feet, your mind must have a powerful influence over your body. Firewalking is wonderful example of the mind-body connection at work, and a means of demonstrating that we do have control over the process.

Over the years a number of skeptics have come up with various theories about why firewalkers don’t get burned, I have personally been responsible for over 250,000 successful firewalkers, including my own children who firewalked at the age of 6 and 9 years old. Dave and his team have fire walked many celebrities, professional atheletes including names like Usher and Oprah. Dave has also facilitated firewalks for T Harv Eker who puts on a night and day different firewalk than Tony Robbins. Dave claims that his experience has convinced him that the only variable is the mind set of the firewalker, which is strongly influenced by the participants physiology, belief system and language pattern, i.e., what you tell yourself.

Dave is also an Executive Firewalk Instructor with the Firealking Institute of Research and Education based in Dallas Texas which is the organization that originally taught both Tony Robbins and T Harv Eker and many other motivational speakers the art of firewalking. There are many in the motivational industry that will tell you that Dave is the #1 firewalk Instructor on earth.

The coal beds used for firewalks are usually between 10 and 15 feet long and range from 1,200 to 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit, where the firewalker will take approximately 6 to 8 steps. If you’re really interested in this, I recommend seeking out classes conducted by someone like Dave Albin who has incredible skills and a track record to back it up. Bear in mind that even with the best training there is a risk of being burned. But if you succeed, you’ll join the ranks of millions of firewalkers who have been empowered by the experience.

According to Dave he believes that fear deprives people of more than anything else in life and the more we learn how to control our fear and stress the more enriched our lives become. Firewalk Productions was recently launched here in the High Country was founded by Dave Albin and offers many fear breaking skill sets like glasswalking, board breaking, brick breaking, arrow breaking (using the soft part of your neck) and many other metaphor experiences. Many large Corporations have used Dave to create paradigm shifts in their people and raise their awareness, consciousness, self esteem and self worth.

This last March Dave was hired by Google to facilitate a glasswalk for 138 Google Executives at their Corporate Headquarters in San Francisco. Dave and his team have also put on firewalks for companies like Microsoft, GE, Heineken, COKE, Burger King, RE/Max and Budweiser.

Firewalking has totally transformed my life and it has done the same for thousands of others who have firewalked with me. One think I know for sure, if you take the first step, you will definitely take the second, third, forth and fifth.

Dave’s vision is the Boone and Blowing Rock area will be the only place in America where the general public and tourist can come firewalk. Because Dave has already done several events for Corporate America it is his plan to use the many fear and stress related exercises he teaches to attract Corp America to the High Country creating seminars and retreats and bring in revenue to the local businesses in the area.

In 2005 Dave facilitated a firewalk in London for 12,300 people. Though the Guness Book of World record was not invited Dave believes it was the largest firewalk ever done. Dave is also talking with some of the community leaders here in Boone and Blowing Rock about creating a Firewalk Festival attracting thousands of firewalkers from around the world.

Dave says that people who have negative things to say about firewalking have never done it. He states that no one that has done it has ever said to him “I wished I hadn’t done that”, in fact it is the exact opposite. He has heard thousands of testimonials that it was one of the greatest experiences of their life.

The second of two firewalk events is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23 at Mystery Hill.

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