Fire walking has existed for thousands of years, going back to 1200 BC. In some cases it has been a rite of healing, initiation or faith. In modern physics, understand that the short amount of time a bare foot is in contact with the ground is usually not enough to create a burn as embers are not a good conductor of heat. If you watch film of fire walking, including Oprah Winfrey, she walked very rapidly through the pathway for the fire walk. Tony Robbins uses fire walking as an inspirational tool, in part to overcome one’s fears. Understand that the mind is not able to turn off pain, heat, or their damaging effects that simply is not possible. A fire walk serves some socializing function, cohesion, and strength of groups or teams. In a group it can have an inspiring quality, but it has nothing to do with the supernatural, nor the paranormal. The key factor is, that when embers cool down, even though they are glowing, their temperatures sink below the burning point and no new heat is really being generated. Fire Walkers must keep moving so they do not spend much time on the embers. This doesn’t mean that running is a desired action because doing such will cause one’s feet to push deeper into the embers and this could result in part of the feet being burnt.
In the case of the Tony Robbin’s disaster in Dallas with a couple dozen people burnt, there is a possible contributing cause that was unheard of in the last decade, let alone centuries ago. It was hinted in reports, that many were taking selfies or pictures while they were fire walking. Their pausing to do this, could cause those behind them to be delayed, forcing some to be standing a second too long in one place. This one second momentary pause could result in a deep burn. It is a sad commentary that a cellphone could jeopardize the safety of Fire Walking.
This tragedy could serve as a warning, as God forbid, this same inappropriate action could take place during a critical accident or an intense military conflict, where safety is more important than videos.