Re: sacred fire community
Date: June 17, 2008 04:44AM
I'm posting the following on behalf of David Wiley:
I’m writing to set the record straight regarding the posting here by “Iron1.” The Sacred Fire Community acts as a clearing house for people investigating and exploring a variety of spiritual traditions, usually ancient or indigenous approaches that have existed for many hundreds of years. There is no core “religion”, leader person, “inner circle”, “movement” or expensive multi-level classes. People can meet various tradition holders and explore the value and connection of the various “paths” at organized fires or conferences. By modern vernacular these tradition holders would be considered part of a continuous lineage. There are no geographically located “smaller communities” like a commune or common housing grounds and therefore no “group” to live with. It’s a network of people in their own homes who see the value in the perennial wisdoms of these traditions that deserve to be preserved, studied with, understood, or practiced. The community is family oriented, promotes community and discourages substance abuse. The traditions are not mainstream and therefore probably considered “alternative” but we don’t deal with new or “new age” spiritual movements. Because people exploring alternative spiritual directions can sometimes mask past trauma or psychological wounds there is a network of independent counselors, therapists and healers that are available for referral. What I’ve described here are just some of the basics in which the community in no way deserves the now widely denigrating use of the label “cult”.
I could also go into the other claims from the posting that are bewildering such as the “worshiping” “Grandfather Fire”. As David Wiley I would certainly know if this was happening and besides, I can’t even get my wife to do what I say much less supposed groups of brain-washed adherents. Then there is the claim of drugs, sex, mind control, leaving job, husband, giving money, etc., etc.
What was this about? Then I did some research and found something chilling. Whoever posted these statements designed a carefully crafted, classic description of a “cult”. Then they carefully selected a particular set of organizations to mention. Then it struck me. There is no “daughter”. I checked with the lineage holder that could be considered the closest to the negative description provided by the posting person. Nothing. In actual fact, there are no conditions that exist within the Sacred Fire Community or the related organizations where someone could do any kind of disappearance.
I am, and the organization is very open to inquiry and would not hesitate to help facilitate the reconnection of a missing family member. But no one has tried to call, write or look for anyone despite the publishing of the list of websites which the original poster could have easily discovered on his/her own.
From what I can see, this posting appears to be designed as either a terrible prank or a malicious attempt to damage my reputation and the reputation of other good people when people do a Google search on me or those organizations. For me it is impossible to understand the motivations for “Iron1’s” actions. The only thing that is clear at this moment is the premeditated design and the lack of basis for the posting.