My ALS Ice Bucket Failure
Look, I still think that counts. (What are assistants for if not to do the jobs we don’t love?)
Besides, I made a donation, so technically, doesn’t that mean I don’t have to get dunked? I thought it was ‘donate’ or ‘get wet.’
Anyway … that’s not the reason I see my ice bucket challenge as a failure.
See, I recently made a promise to myself to stop pretending to be a muggle.
Because sometimes I put up the charade of being a “normal” person in order to not rock the boat of whomever I happen to be interacting with.
Deliberate creators may know what I mean …
… how often times it seems we straddle two worlds. There’s the world where we’re empowered creators manifesting reality through our focus, and the other world where:
- we tuck our beliefs safely away while pretending to agree with someone’s traditional perspective of how the world works. (“You’re right, that’s terrible that that thing happened and yes, the world is going to hell.”)
- or we say things we’re expected to say, even though it violates every LOA bone in our body. (“I’m so sorry for your loss.”)
- or we do what anyone else would do, because it’s easier than explaining why we don’t agree with it. (Like accepting an ice bucket challenge.)
But what else are we gonna do, right?
I mean most of us live amongst folks who believe we have to protect ourselves against the evils of the world, that we have to work hard to survive, and that our value lies in how selfless we can be in service to others.
These conventional-minded folks (I’m trying not to use the word ‘muggle’) are our neighbors, family members, bosses, sometimes even our spouses and best friends. They’re everywhere!
How are we supposed to live side by side with these guys, right? Other than to just placate them and keep our opinions to ourselves.
Well, I decided playing that game was detrimental to my manifesting health.
So I promised to stop pretending to be a muggle. I would stop playing along with the limitations others placed on themselves and the Universe just to stay in their fold.
(Because if I have to pretend to be powerless in order to be included, that’s not a game I want to play anyway.)
And there I was – called out on facebook by a good person and a good friend to help raise awareness for a disease.
He even had a family friend who was suffering from it.
What kind of jerk doesn’t accept the ice bucket challenge? Certainly not me.
Which is why I found myself posting a video and sending money to an organization whose mission is to “fight to treat and cure ALS.” Not my finest manifesting moment.
Actually, the second part of their mission is cool: “empowering those … to live fuller lives by providing compassionate care and support.”
Okay, we’re just gonna say that my little donation went to that part of the mission.
But still, conscious creators know we don’t eliminate disease by raising awareness of it.
Instead, we use our powers to enhance health and well-being.
(In case any muggles are reading: that’s because we can’t get rid of anything by focusing on it! All that works is shifting attention to what we prefer instead of what we don’t want.)
Conscious creators know to take the emotional journey and find better feeling thoughts and take inspired actions and all that other LOA savvy stuff …
… which is often in direct contradiction to what mainstream society asks of us.
I want to get better at honoring what I know about attraction and focus.
And not just in my circle of conscious creators.
But out loud and proud in the “real world,” too.
Where normal people might take offense. Where they might call me crazy. Where they might roll their eyes and dismiss my opinions and unfriend me.
(Shoot, all of those things have already happened to me many times!)
To be clear, I’m not saying that conscious creators should avoid ice bucket challenges or shouldn’t work to raise awareness of whatever cause matters to them.
I can’t say what feels best to you – I can only seek that out for myself. (I personally have signed online petitions that many a savvy creator would walk away from, simply because signing felt better than deleting. I’ll work on that.)
So I’m not saying I know what’s best for you.
But with my “coming out of the LOA closet” declaration, I commit to ending my manifesting sabotage that’s fueled by hiding my LOA practice from the uninitiated.
They’ll catch up or clear out.
I don’t expect to change my habit of walking the muggle line overnight, but I do intend to have a higher awareness and more aligned response next time someone invites me to something that doesn’t jibe with how I know the world to work.
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