What's Holding You Back?

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S.

July 30, 2013, 12:26 p.m.

By Dr. Ramtin Kassir

Firewalking has existed for thousands of years and in dozens of different cultures. The experience is a powerful one for the evolving human. For me it served as an incredible opportunity to challenge myself and change limiting beliefs and fears.


“It was taking action despite your fears, being totally focused, centered and strong – like surgery! The firewalk to me was much more than walking on hot coals, it was symbolic of the fires we walk through in our lives, a metaphor for breaking through limiting beliefs and what you think you can’t accomplish. “

The week leading up to the event most people I spoke to said “you’re a doctor, what if your feet get burned?  Why are you doing this?”

During the 2 hour drive the doubts were mounting.  But when the time came I stepped out… and walked. And when I reached the other side, I looked back at the coals and smiled.

What did I do next? I got back in line. I thought to myself: this is for all my self-doubt and for those people who told me I would burn myself and thought I was crazy. I walked over the fire twice that night. I didn’t run. I walked. I wanted it to last forever. And no, I didn’t burn.  I guess it was my time to let go, and the only things glowing red were my eyes with jubilation and excitement.

So my question is: what’s holding you back?

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