The Fire Ring sits at the highest point of Bald Mountain which is also the mountain’s center. The Fire Ring claims itself as the first structure built on a mountain top previously stripped and cleared of almost all life. In the evenings now when alive with flames, the Fire Ring becomes a beacon for community gathering. Imagine drum circles, storytelling, ceremony, and celebration as they interact with the fire in the hopes of transfiguring energy and shifting perspective. On a clear night, the fire crackles as flames reach over the mountain, to the moon, and up to into the stars. The Fire Ring summons us to both destroy harmful ways and ignite our passions. It is destruction, creation, and transformation all in one element. The Fire Ring at Elohee symbolizes what passions, when manifested, can create. The structure becomes even more significant when remembering that Elohee was forged during a nightmare to create a beautiful dream. This ring of fire stands atop of Bald Mountain beckoning each of us to burn bright, to breathe life into our passions, and to honor the fire elements’ reoccurring power as it burns inside each of us – creation, destruction, and transformation. Cycle upon cycle upon cycle.
The heart of a human being is no different from the soul of heaven and earth. In your practice always keep in your thoughts the interaction of heaven and earth, water and fire, yin and yang.
– Morihei Ueshiba, creator of Aikido