A video + worksheet companion to The Fire Starter Sessions. Free for all seekers, groups… you.
Fire Starter groups are springing up from Fargo to London UK, in living rooms, cafes, via Facebook and Skype. I’m so thrilled and honoured. It’s one of my shiniest hopes that this book will bring people together in the spirit of clear thinking, feeling and encouragement to take action.
The gratitude you receive from other is a reflection of your genius.
The easy way is a direction that leads straight to your Creative Genius.
Getting clear on how you want to feel is the most creative thing you can do in your life.
If your goals aren’t synced with the substance of your heart — your Creative Genius — then achieving them won’t matter much.
Getting clear on what you’re scared of can instantly diffuse ticking anxiety bombs and release your creative power.
There’s Quality easy and cheap easy. We’re aiming for Quality, with a capital Q.
Your “real business” is your soul speciality, your Creative Genius.
Care more about being accurately, precisely who you are than caring what anyone might think about you.
A healthy relationship to prosperity makes for more free-flowing Creative Genius.
Time is precious— why spend it with the kind of people who make you crazy?
For The Fire Starter Sessions book clubs, meet ups, bloggers & posses of greatness — for virtual and in-person connecting
THE FIRE STARTER SESSIONS is more than a “book.” And your Circle of Fire will be more than a “book club.” But you knew that, already.
It’s whatever you want it to be. Highly structured or loose. Module by module, or session by session. A weekend in a cabin with girlfriends — or a year of discovery.
Your Circle of Fire is… a book club, fuelled by desire, devoted to freedom. A not-so-secret society of Fire Starters in your real-life ‘hood — or your favourite virtual haven. A gathering of seekers, entrepreneurs, 9 to 5′ers, mamas and their men, yogis, hard workers, light lovers… of people with a distinctly uncommon purpose — to define + create success, on their own terms.
A weekly potluck, a monthly meet-up, a seasonal solstice soiree, the event of a lifetime, or just a Thursday night ritual. Whatever, whenever, why-ever you want it to be.
Give it some thrust, but don’t overthink it. Make a date. Gather with love. And spark something awesome.
Amber McCue http://www.ambermccue.com
Some background: I had the idea to host a virtual, video book club. Of course, everyone who joined got a free copy of THE FIRE STARTER SESSIONS complements of my growing business (note from Danielle: Amber bought a whole lot of books, but don’t feel obligated to do that in order to start a group. Typically, people buy the book or audio themselves.)
More than 20 people expressed interest in response to my Facebook comment and I reached out to confirm, align on times, and get addresses using a Google form. 15 people committed to book club and 5-8 show up each week.
We are 5 weeks into it and loving meeting with each other virtually via video each week:
All and all you set this book up wonderfully for a book club. It is going so well I feel like it is a group coaching program of sorts where everyone is coaching everyone with you as the guide. For that reason, it really helps that this group bonded and built trust fast.
Love, Amber McCue
Kate Northrup http://katenorthrup.com
As human beings we are herd creatures. We crave connection, community, and a sense of belonging. Being part of a herd helps us feel heard (I couldn’t help myself) and helps us hear ourselves better too.
Part of this is biological: back in the day when there were saber-toothed tigers after us our survival depended upon us sticking together. That’s probably why we evolved to fear rejection (if the group rejects us we die, historically speaking). And it’s probably why we’ve evolved to relish genuine, heart-centered connection so much.
My mom often says that community builds immunity. She refers to a very interesting study that showed that the more varied, regular social group interaction a person has, the stronger their immune system. They counted the number of groups a person was a member of (a church group, the PTA, their immediate family, a yoga class, etc.) Then they measured the number of colds a person had during a year. (The way they determined whether or not a person had a cold was by weighing Kleenex. Disgusting and hilarious. Go science!) They found that the more social groups a person was a part of that they hung out with regularly, the fewer colds they had, and therefore the stronger their immune system. Move over Echinacea. I’m headed to my knitting circle to boost my immunity.
Last night I met with 12 incredible women in Portland, ME for our first Campfire centered around Danielle LaPorte’s new book The Fire Starter Sessions. It was a beautiful Maine summer night after a few days of rain and yet these women chose to circle up in the name of self-actualization instead of going outside to play.
Here’s why the evening rocked my world:
Here’s what I know about women coming together:
I’m nourished to the core from the gathering of these 12 incandescently beautiful women who came and put their hearts and souls on the line last night. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Do it for your immune system. Do it for your heart. Do it for your soul. She will thank you. And so will all the other souls you circle up with. Surrender to the herd creature that you are and connect.
(Note: if you’ve got anything to contribute in terms of how you’re running your group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it to the bucket of goodness.)
Jamie Ridler sums Book Blogging up like this: ”The concept behind book blogging is that a group of bloggers work their way through a book, sharing their experiences by posting on their own blog and by reading what other participants are sharing. You can choose to share as much or as little as you like. The process is free, self-directed and shared in community.”
In other words: Use THE FIRE STARTER SESSIONS as your art-making inspiration. It’s fodder for your blog content, fuel for your shareable teachings. Blog regularly as part of your group (or individual) process.
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Meet somewhere inspiring. With plenty of parking. After a two-hour hike, departure: at dawn. If you’ve got fragmented moms, consider somewhere accessible, central, with built-in childcare. Dining hall at IKEA, anyone? If you’ve got writerly, word-smitten people in your posse, go somewhere with tables and Wifi.
Or, keep it simple. Meet at home. Yours, theirs, or a new pad every time. Revive the art of the potluck — or the slumber party.
Consider: wheelchair accessibility. Temperature. Bathrooms. Noise level. Lighting. Neighborhood safety. Maximum comfort and joy. Welcome whine-free suggestions. Tune out any grumbling.
Start with the usual suspects. Your friends, family, and inner orbit of trust. Prag-o-matic: make a list of 20 people who adore you. Tap each one, with a lovingly crafted invitation. Shower them with praise. Be encouraging.
“Hey sister, remember that copy of The Fire Starter Sessions I gave you? I’m starting a reading-group-quest-for-enlightenment kinda thing. And you’re my first member.”
“Hey honey, you know how you’re always complaining that you don’t get outta the house enough? I’m starting a book club. And I found you a sitter for the night of our first meeting. Polish your boots. And no backing out.”
“Dude. You’re the most fiery, fabulous human I know. I’m leading a career + creativity circle, and I need you to be there and show us how it’s done. Life, I mean. Say YES.”
Facebook. Announce your intention to start a circle, on Facebook. Connect with others in The Circle of Fire Facebook Group. Once you find your people, you can branch off and start your own private Facebook Group and invite your friends to join it. Fan the flames with daily invitations, on your wall.
Head over to Twitter. Tweet your desire for some round-table revelry, and use the #FireSS hashtag. Your people will find you. Create an event on MeetUp.com. There are 8 million registered users on this social nexus — looking for things to do and people to meet. Forums, membership sites, e-course communities — all solid-gold recruitment fields for your future Circle. Got a blog? Invite your readers to step into the fray.
Whenever. Right now. Tomorrow. Tonight.
On your lunch break. Before yoga class. The third Sunday of every month, right after your Interfaith Seminary brunch. Baked into Study Hall. On Whiskey Wednesday, at your local dive. Instead of your bi-weekly manicure – or during.
If your circle members are ultra-busy-CEO-of-ME-nose-in-the-Crackberry types, offer them three date + time options, before your first meeting. Get a consensus. Firm it up. And email out reminders, a few days before each meeting.
A reminder: our next Circle of Fire meet-up is on DATE at TIME at PLACE.
We’ll meet for one hour. I’ll have vegan truffles. BYOKombucha.
We’re going to be diving into NAME OF MODULE / SESSION.
Read it already? Superb. Not yet? No worries.
I know — we’re busy. We’re fried. I, for one, could seriously use a root touch-up.
But this circle is about our LIVES — our desires, our dreams, our most urgent ambitions. Our circle matters. YOU matter.
Circles of Fire are springing up all over the world — and the master list is sitting in the Facebook group. Please feel free to add your group to the files section of the group or announce it to everyone on the wall.
Questions?: email@example.com has you covered.
Sending vibes of co-mingling courage and blazing connectivity.
With Great Love,