To all of those that have walked our trails we thank you and bless you.
To all of those that will walk our trails we welcome you to our family...
01/02/2000
One of our millennium event graduates writes:
Dear Gail

It's hard to find the words to adequately express my gratitude for finding Universal Remembrance University and participating in the New Millennium Celebration. In my short stay I discovered an amazing amount about myself.... and I came away with an incredible gift.... the gift of facing my fears and accomplishing things I never thought possible, never dreamed possible. That experience is opening a myriad of doors for me. I walked on fire. I can do anything I choose! What could be more empowering!

I arrived looking forward to a few days in nature and participating in the world peace meditation, unsure of what else my time in Floral City would bring. I knew nothing of your work... other than that an optional fire walk would be part of the program. Me? Walk on fire? Hmmmm... I wasn't sure about that... at all. I joined a group of strangers on Thursday and became one with them in an atmosphere of Spirit, incredible love, acceptance, growth, learning, sharing and joy. Each program was wonderful... thoughtfully and lovingly presented. Each built upon the preceding one.... until suddenly it was New Year's Eve and we were building the fire. I was truly facing my innermost fears as I broke through illusions of my belief system that have limited what I thought I could do. With the help of Spirit and the energy of the group I literally broke through my fears as I broke a board with them written on it. Then I broke a brick in half... with my hand. I could hardly believe it! I jumped with joy! My experience was beyond anything I ever thought possible. And that was BEFORE walking the fire!

Ahh... the fire... the crackling red coals. Beautiful. Stars were bright in the sky.... drums filled the cool night air, warmed by the hot coals, with wonderful sound and energy. We were getting ready to walk the fire. I wasn't sure I could do it... would do it... or should do it. It called to me but more fears also called... loudly. I've always been afraid of fire... since a shed burned by my window when I was four... and I have a strange disorder that has doctors considering lopping off my toes. I wondered how I could face them with feet burnt to a crisp from doing something so.... hmmm.... irresponsible as trying to walk on fire. But then I suddenly knew in my heart of hearts... deep in my soul... that it was right ...that my body would take care of me... that I could do it and should do it. And I did. I walked across the fire three times. There aren't words to express my exuberance or the joy and energy of those around me.... regardless of whether they walked in the fire or not. Unbelievable ...but oh so real. We were all so very connected... with love and energy and Spirit.

Something's changed inside of me... and it's showing on the outside too. Several people, unaware of my time at URU, have commented that something about me seems different. As your bumper sticker says "shift happens". I am so grateful for it. I brought home half of the board I broke. Each time I look at it I see half of the fears I wrote on it.... and I know that I truly can do anything I choose.

Thank you both for who you are and what you do. URU is wonderful and so are you!

Namaste,
Barbara Avicolli
01/02/2000
One of our millennium event graduates writes:

THE URU RETREAT IS A REAL TREAT FOR EVERYONE WHO VISITS. LOVE IS THE WORD THERE. IT IS THE ONLY PLACE THIS PERSON HAS EVER BEEN WHERE I CAN BE MYSELF AND KNOW I AM LOVED FOR WHO I REALLY AM. YOU CAN NOT ATTEND A FIRE WALK (WHETHER YOU WALK OR NOT) AND NOT REALIZE THAT LIFE HAS SO MUCH MORE TO OFFER THAN YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTING. WHEN I LEAVE URU IT IS WITH A RENEWED OUTLOOK ON LIFE, ONE THAT IS SO MUCH MORE POSITIVE AND ENABLES ME TO TAKE ON NEW AND MORE EXCITING CHALLENGES THAT LIFE HAS TO OFFER. I AM REMINDED OF HOW GREAT AND WONDERFUL I REALLY AM AND EVEN THE BAD THINGS IN MY LIFE ARE REALLY GOOD. I WOULD STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT WHAT THEIR FULL POTENTIAL IN LIFE CAN BE , TO ATTEND ONE OF THE PROGRAMS AT URU.. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER.

STEVE COCCOVIZZO
04/12/2002
A reply to an interested seeker:

Dear Faith,

I’d like to clear up some misperceptions that some people appear to have about the Firewalk.

It is a workshop in and of itself and one of the most powerful experiences that I, personally, have ever had. Firewalking is a cellular Shapeshift, I believe that is the reason that John was enthusiastic about having the U.R.U. team at the intensive. In meeting with them to plan their involvement at the Arutam Intensive, I was impressed with their dedication and professionalism.

A Firewalk ceremony is carefully crafted to raise the participant’s energy and connect them to their higher self/inner guidance. It is not a spectator event. If you have an agenda that you have to walk across the coals, you will not be allowed to participate. When one gets a clear message to walk there is no difficulty and for some the most empowering thing is to listen to the guidance that says no. There is also the knoweldge, for those that do walk, that anything is possible, a very empowering knowledge indeed.

I hope that this helps
Shungo
David Lowell
The Heart of Healing
1/05/2009

I can’t even begin to imagine what is going to happen in 2009 but this much I know; the end result is going to be amazing! I don’t think that it won’t be hard work or that it is going to go perfectly smoothly, but what does? All I KNOW is that somehow life is going to get back on track and I am going to take responsibility for MY life and start making it the life I want it to be, start figuring out who I am!

What brings about this change? This sudden positivety and KNOWING that ANYTHING is possible? I had the most positive, spiritual, empowering life-changing New Years ever. I’m still floating on a cloud, still emotional (in a good way) beyond anything I have ever felt. It’s like I’ve been blind for so long but now suddenly I can see with great clarity all the endless possibility life holds if only you can see it and BELIEVE it! Don’t just talk the talk but walk the walk! I spent New Years Eve at my second firewalk and it was even better then my first. WOW the thoughts are still swirling but I feel more alive then I’ve felt in months! There is a saying on the wall in the lodge where the firewalks are held that says “Shift Happens” and it does because that is what is happening to me/in me right now, I can FEEL it!

On New Years Eve I did the so called “impossible” I broke a board with my hand (and figuratively broke through my fears because we wrote them on the board to symbolize breaking through, and I feel like I am), I broke an arrow w/ my throat, I walked on glass and I walked on fire, not once but three times. The last time I walked was with my Aunt, just as we were getting ready to walk together it officially became 2009. How amazing to walk into the New Year doing the “impossible!!!”

The energy that night was amazing, I felt empowered and revitalized! I still feel as if I am floating on a cloud where I can SEE everything this world has to offer, if we just let it. Abundance, prosperity, peace, love, happiness all these things are possible, and EVERY living being deserves them, if only we open ourselves up to them!

On New Years day we had a closing ceremony, while I am sworn to secrecy about parts of it I can talk about the first hour of it. There was a very famous psychic at the firewalk and she went around the room doing brief readings. While I am always a bit skeptical about psychics, not that I don’t believe that some people possesses this gift but because there are so many people who pretend that just don’t, this lady was so dead on it was scary! She knew some of the people in the room but had never met me before & knew nothing about me. To summarize what she said: she asked if I took care of children I said yes & she told me that while I was caring and did a wonderful job it wasn’t what I was meant to do right now, that I needed to pursue my true talents. She told me I was stuck, that I needed to take responsibility for my life and making it my own.

This hit home in a major way. For the past few years I have been stuck, stuck in a life I didn’t want to be living, stuck in the past unable to imagine the future held anything but more misery, stuck in a self-destructive spiral. BUT most of all stuck in FEAR; but fear is simply “False Evidence Appearing Real”. I won’t be able to move through this fear over-night but I now KNOW that I can, that it is possible because I am capable of doing anything I put my mind to. For the first time in a long time, perhaps ever, I can say & believe that life is GOOD, maybe not perfect, rough at times but it is GOOD. Because life is filled with possibilities to do anything you want to do, to be anyone you want to be!!

For so long I’ve allowed myself to be trapped inside this bubble of fear. Fear of failure, fear of disappointment, fear that I must be perfect to be loved, that I must care for others more then myself, and fear that I was unworthy of life, love, and happiness. However I am NOT I’m not unworthy, I am NOT a horrible person. I need to break out of my shell, out of this bubble of fear and truly be the kind, loving loyal, trustworthy, caring person others see me as! And that means caring about/for ME!

As if all the amazing things this NY Eve made me realize wasn’t enough this morning my aunt and I were talking about how emotional and overwhelming it all was. How positive we felt about the future. Then we had a heart to heart.

How am I going to do all of this? I don’t know, but what I do know is that I am going to! 2009 is going to be the year that I start taking care of me, following MY dreams and finding out exactly WHO I AM!

1/06/2009

Thank you again for the perfect way to bring in the new year. It's hard to believe that we've been with you since 2003 walking the fire and beginning the new year on such a positive note. As we said, we could not have imagined a more ideal place to be than with your group. Each year our lives have become more filled with love, prosperity and wonder and we know that you and the firewalk gathering are a big part of it. How empowering and life-changing your event is and we are thrilled to see hearts open and consciousness shift in the attendees. Thanks again for all you do for the planet.

Armand and Angelina/International Classical Crossover Recording Artists and Performers.
http://www.armandandangelina.com
http://www.myspace.com/armandandangelina

10/6/2009
Hi Gail.

Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience Saturday night. The people and the energy of the group were amazing. I had never been exposed to board breaking or walking on broken glass before, and while both prospects were frightening and unnerving to me, that inner voice asked me to give both a try. Even the arrow breaking - I've seen it done, but I never tried it before and ended up trying it Saturday night as well. The atmosphere of the workshop was inspiring and enlivening, but also nurturing and encouraging. While I had doubts about my ability to succeed in my attempt at each of the exercises, I also somehow had a certainty (to use Cliff's word) that whatever the outcome, the three instructors and the rest of the participants would have helped me through it and not allowed it to be seen as a "failure." That made all the difference. Normally I'm very reserved and uncomfortable in a room full of people I don't know. While I was still nervous, there was a part of me that also felt at ease. We did, as a group, bond as a family.

I forgot to mention the angel walk as I filled out the questionnaire about the parts of the evening I enjoyed the most - that was a powerfully moving experience and reinforced the strong sense of one-ness already present.

The firewalk itself was everything I had hoped. It was especially touching for me that my friend was also moved to walk the fire because he was so certain that it was not for him even as we walked down to the fire that night. Which is perfectly fine, of course. But his inner voice told him otherwise at fireside, and he listened.

Please, please keep me on your mailing list for future events - firewalks and other workshops, too.

Last but not least, my friend took enough pictures that it might be easier to mail you a CD than try to email them all - I know when people email me a bunch of pictures it tends to bog down my system and becomes more of a pain than anything else. So if you don't mind a disk, I'll get one in the mail to you this week. There were orbs in his fireside shots, too! And one of the photos from the board breaking exercise showed an orb as well.

Thank you again for everything. I look forward to seeing you again soon!
Namaste,
Jane

Hello,

I hope this letter finds you in the highest and the best of sprits.
For those that do not know me, my name is Maria Nomikos. Over a year ago; Gail invited me to attend a firewalk. At first I thought that was crazy and I was rather fearful; however, my curiosity got the best of me. I attended her workshop only to find my passion. The fire has opened my consciousness to new realms of possibilities and in fact I was so inspired that I became a certified instructor through Gail and the Firewalk Institute.

Walking on fire is one of the oldest rituals of man, it is a rite of passage to a new level of consciousness and understanding of the world we live in. Things which in the past seemed difficult have burned away with this new awakening experienced at Gail’s firewalk and through my training. There is a new type of freedom one gains in breaking the paradigm by participating at firewalking event.

We are taught that the fire will burn. I have personally walked on hot coals over 100 times. I did not get burned; instead, I received a blessing and teaching which has opened my heart and soul. It is hard to place in words but I am vibrating at new level that has makes life feel simple and easy.

It is for this reason we are hosting firewalks. I strongly desire to bring and share the experience of firewalking with others; just as Gail has over this last decade. It is the opening of consciousness mind; that brings to us the energy of creation and to the wonders life has in store for us.

Thanks to Gail’s large heart she has provided me and my team with the sacred space needed & I am happy and excited to invite you, your friends, and family to attend this event on July 18, 2010 at 4:00 pm in Floral City, FL.

For further details please visit myfirewalk.com and click on the Events link. To make a reservation or if you have a question email Hearts on Fire at maria@myfirewalk.com or call at Danielle 941-592-4214.

Please make a reservation due to limited spacing. The fee is a suggested donation of $50. If you are unable to donate $50 please come and donate what you can so that you may experience this even.

PS, If you are unable to attend please assist us in spreading the word so that we may introduce the idea of firewalking to others in the community. I am planning on hosting these events every two months. Check out the website myfirewalk.com for future events.

My personal goal is to have 1,000 new firewalkers in the Tampa Bay Area by 2013. I believe that if we shift the consciousness of enough people and bring for the personal empowerment and freedom; then true transformation in our community and country will manifest. Transformation is change however this change can be driven by fear or love. I believe that if we infect Tampa Bay with an opening of hearts, realization of personal freedom, self love we will bring forth love based shifts into our own worlds and others. We are all one so as we take the time to open our ownselves we are in turn opening others to a new consciousness.

Can a city feel? What type of transitions will occur in a city where there are 1,000 citizens whom have conquered their fear and have stepped into their own personal empowerment? What happens when there is a community of humans feeling free, connected, grounded, and balanced? Is there a way we can infect our families, friends, communities, schools, jobs, cities, country, world with peace, love, joy and freedom from the limiting vibration of fear. FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL

Namaste,
Maria