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As you now know, we are gearing up for a very busy April. Our marketing team is moving nonstop right now filling the final seats for our Ignite the Secret event on the 23rd. Don't forget that Ignite the Secret is just one piece of the puzzle for this intense month of April. We get things started with our EFIT on the 19th and only speed up from there. On the 23rd we have our FIT students come and join us for Ignite the Secret and continue their empowering training for the next three days. So when you add it all up, we have 9 straight days of continually learning, filled with life-changing events. If you aren't attending anything we have going on this month, we look forward to seeing you at future events!  If you continue to look on the website, we are sure you will find something that is right for you and yours!
The ATL"Straight Line Principle"
Above the Line/Below the Line 
above the line
Imagine that a straight line separates every polar force that we know of.  Within the force of economics, poverty lies below the line, whereas affluence sits above this imaginary line.  We can make this comparison with many different polar extremes; Good-Bad, Light-Dark, Hot and Cold.  To further examine this, let's take a look at the example of hot and cold.  On a scale of one degree to one hundred degrees, the balance line (half way between the two extremes) is 50.  Everything below the line demonstrates a degree of coolness and everything above the line is described in terms of heat.  This simple example is what causes a central heating system to turn on when the ambient temperature reaches a break point of more than 50 degrees.  This same break point will also turn off the heating mechanism when that same ambient temperature falls below the 50-degree calibration mark.
This concept and theory of balancing polar extremes is known as the "Straight Line Principle."  This principle applies to virtually everything calibrated in the form of measurement.  All things fall into one of two categories, which is either ABOVE THE LINE or BELOW THE LINE.  Although most calibrations of measurement apply to tangible and measurable things, some do not.  These are things such as thoughts and emotions.  When we are thinking negative thoughts and experiencing feelings such as sadness, jealousy, pessimism and hopelessness, these thoughts and emotions fall BELOW THE LINE.  At the other end of the spectrum, when we focus on positive thoughts and choose to experience emotions such as joy, hopefulness, happiness and love, these specific emotions and the thoughts that accompany them, move us ABOVE THE LINE.
All things in the universe operate at a specific rate and frequency of vibration.  There is an old saying that says, "As you think, so you vibrate."  Every thought and emotion carries with it a frequency of vibration and this frequency is sending out a message to our unconscious mind and out to the universe.
It is just like planting a seed in the garden.  If we plant corn, we will not reap tomatoes.  If we are planting the seeds of lack, the fruits of abundance will not grow and flourish.  On the other hand, if we are planting the seeds of abundance there is simply no room for the harvest of lack.  The weeds of our mind are simply choked out just like weeds that surround your newly planted flowers.
As a person on the road to self-discovery and desired outcomes, your job is to recognize this.  Plant only the seeds that you want to realize the benefits from.  A positive expectation of a healthy garden is the first step in realizing a bountiful harvest.  This is the framework of ABOVE THE LINE thinking.
On the other hand, left unattended (just like the garden of your mind) the weeds will take over.  The weeds are an example of BELOW THE LINE thoughts and emotions.  Pull the weeds, feed the flowers and reap what you sow!  It sounds so simple, but weeds are what will flourish in the garden of our mind if we don't pull them as soon as they pop up.  Better yet we need to make weed abatement a priority and keep our thoughts ABOVE THE LINE!  We must use our garden tools to eradicate the weeds immediately and eradicate the habits of negative thoughts that we are sending out to the universe.
This understanding of universal law will transform illness into health, poverty into wealth and failure into success.  The vital operative principle in all success and manifestation is to keep our thoughts and emotions ABOVE THE LINE in order to bring positive and fruitful circumstances into our life.
In December myself and some of the FIRE teams were hired by FIRE certified instructors Ed Plentz and Kevin Palais.  They developed this "above the line" concept and offered it to me to use and share.  I was impressed.  It is a simple way of explaining some of the concepts of the Law of Attraction.  Iadded it to my seminars immediately.
Kevin and Ed run a consulting business for Chiropractors.  If you're a Chiropractor and want Above the Line Growth, I suggest you contact them at or 800.525.3879
Weather Conditions and Firewalking
The outside elements can predict the success of your event to an extent. So how do you get prepared and what do you need to think about to pull off a firewalk event during bad weather? What time of year it is and where you live can add some extra factors in preparing for a firewalk. Before committing to holding an event, ask yourself what will the weather be doing outside and what precautions will you need to prepare for it.
Let's run through a list of weather conditions you could come across. You have sleet, rain, drizzle, snow, freezing cold air and a combination of all of these at one time. (Reminder: wind is something that you do not want to challenge. You also do not want to risk people being struck during a severe lightning storm. This is covered in another section of this book: On things to never do)  Let's talk about freezing outside temperatures first. 

You will want to have plenty of old blankets that you can throw around the fire site and also use to make a path from the area where attendees will take off their shoes and walk to the fire. The blankets should not be made from furry type material or anything that is easily flammable. You can always give a light mist of water to the blankets and still make it more bearable for the walkers. You can also use old carpets or moving tarps. Cold feet are one thing; cold feet standing on freezing cold ground is downright painful. You are not trying to freeze their feet to motivate them to walk across the hot coals. 

Another suggestion is to have little fires around the main fire site that people can stand around while waiting for their turn. Make sure they are a safe distance from the fires and a short distance to the Firewalk. You can build these fires right on the ground or have them in small fire pits you can get at home centers. After the main fire burns to coals and is ready to walk, the outside air temperature will start to drop. Standing around small fires will add extra lighting for pictures and also give people some warmth. Having a place with some folding chairs is also a nice little touch to help people to take  their shoes off before they firewalk and get them on quickly when they have finished walking. 

Make sure to keep attendees in a peak mental state. When in this state they are less concerned with distractions and can focus on their event. Layers of clothing also help, even though this seems like common sense to do. Most people have not attended a fire walk event. You need to help them with the little details, what to expect and what they need so they are prepared. Last point to help people manage cold temperatures on their feet is to have some towels they can use to wipe their feet with. You can have someone hand the towels to the people as they enter the location to get their shoes back on. Just the thought of a towel makes people think 'dry'. If you have some towels they can take home with your company logo and number on it, this can be good inexpensive marketing.  No one throws out a good towel.

Let's get into sleet, rain and snow or all three. The fact is how do we prepare when the sky wants to shed some excitement on us?  Leading up to the event, always keep a close track of the weather. There is a point where you have to face the possibility that the fire portion might not happen. That is okay. Have a backup plan. They will not complain if they break arrows with their neck or walk barefoot over broken glass. There is always another day. If it does look like rain, just have attendees add a jacket that repels water over layers of clothing if the weather is also cold. 

A nice thing to have is a 10'x 10' fold-open canopy, something that can be set up very quickly. If a lot of people are attending, you can break into groups and have more than one canopy ready. This will keep people out of the elements while they buildup to the firewalk.  

Pulling off any event in the long run depends on how much you will lose if it does not happen. You can always get large canopies for outdoor events and move the fire with metal covered wheel barrows. If you must cancel the event, why create a lot of extra overhead, when you can just reschedule to another day. Be sure to budget for these contingencies when deciding on prices for your events. I am from the school that nothing is impossible with the right mindset. 

Now let's talk about the fire when the weather is just pouring cats and dogs and everything else. The fire can go out. The thing to remember here is timing, pure timing. Make sure for this firewalk, you have the fire built a little heftier than you would normally build it. You can have the stacked wood covered with large tarps till it is time to light. It helps if you extend the tarps out past the fire at least 5'. This keeps the ground under control from getting too wet. Once the fire is lit and burning down some, you will want to throw some fresh wood on top, about a half hour in or when the logs get about half their size from burning. Having a trained fire crew is very important when it comes to a weather situation. The fresh wood will start to burn and protect the lower layers of coals from the weather. Once the fire is burning full force, it can withstand a serious downpour within reason. The rest is up to timing. The fire tenders need to keep in close communication with the presenter to let them know when the fire is ready to walk. When ready, you need to get the attendees to the fire quickly and be ready to walk. Those prepared to firewalk, need to bring their peak state outside with them. You can't wait to create it around the fire. Make sure they are prepared and they understand what will happen. This means, let them know where they will walk, where to take off shoes, where they will stand, what they will do after they walk. When they get to the fire, the tenders will pull the big logs to the outside, check the bed and let the presenter know the fire is open.

Before they walk, it is a good idea to hit the large logs and pit with some kerosene; this will get rid of any perceived concept that the fire is not hot just because it is wet out or raining, snowing or sleeting. At the end of the walk, hit it with kerosene again. When dealing with these types of conditions, you will want someone to get them moving onto the fire and someone at the end to make sure they do not slip getting off. Even with blankets, it can get slippery at the end. The fire tenders need to make the call if they need to stop the run for a minute to rake out some fresh coals. The other reason for beefing up the fire is to have a nice pile of extra coals to one side. You can pull coals from the side if the bed starts to get moist at all. Always remember to err on the side of safety first.

The next most important thing is communication between the presenter, each fire tender and the attendees. Like Tolly says, "PAY ATTENTION."
Let's get into the ground now. How do we deal with snow, ice or wet ground? Control before it happens is one of the best measures. If you can have the ground covered with tarps long before the bad weather arrives, you are half way there. If you have snow on the ground, you want to shovel and move it as far away from the fire as possible. This will keep it from melting and running into the fire. This also applies to ice, when practical get rid of the ice. If the ice is too thick, just plan for how and where water will go when that ice melts. This will help you prevent a small tsunami from putting your fire out. If the ice is thick, hit it with sand and then put the blankets right on top before the attendees come out to walk. Make sure to sand any place that might be slippery where they will walk on their way to the fire. There are also many little things you might want to keep dry at the site, like rattles, fire torch, sage or towels. You can use Tupperware you can just open and get what you need. This also makes it very easy to get stuff out to the site and back in and also keep all little items in a centralized location. Yellow Tupperware is good; it is easily seen even when it is dark out.
Okay; wow this seems like a lot of information. Guess what?  It is. That is why it is being laid out for you. The saying goes like this; fail to plan and plan to fail. This information will help you take action, be prepared and be ready for the next event that will change lives forever. Just remember to run through every detail in your head and write it on paper well before the event is near to always be on the lookout for the small details. It is a great idea to train all the people who will help you with your event ahead of time and even have a small fire event for yourself or friends and family. No better way to learn how to deal with these things than at your own little event. You can never replace experience.
Fire walk with love and play full out,
Mike Agugliaro
Certified fire instructor

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Above the Line
Weather Conditions and Firewalking
Upcoming Firewalking Events
Upcoming Firewalking
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