Magical Misconceptions are when we hold tight to a notion about how something, someone, or we SHOULD be… but that is not the way it is.
The contrast between what we believe should be and what is creates an inner conflict – which our primitive brain experiences as a threat. We’re then left reacting to the threat, often by avoiding or getting angry or feeling flooded and overwhelmed.
Magical Misconceptions significantly impact visionaries and optimists and sensitive people in ways that often keep them from expressing themselves and being calm and confident.
See also: Acceptance, Primitive Brain, Limiting Beliefs, Concepts for Thriving
- Significantly reduces inner conflict and overwhelm.
- We stop should-ing on ourselves, loved ones, and even the world at large.
- By accepting “what is” we are then free to find creative adaptations that allow for thriving while also positively influencing our we-spaces.
But it is not. Now what?
When we have this misconception, we’re imagining a magical world where things are different. But they’re not right now.
Perhaps you’re tired. Perhaps you’re really early in the learning curve. Perhaps you’ve witnessed others appearing (!) to do it easier, and you feel “less than” (a threat for the primitive brain’s status receptors).
Anytime we assert that it “should be easier,” we are likely to “bounce off” – get distracted, avoid, quit, hate on ourselves. Or, we’ll push ourselves! Coerce, force, or feel really trapped.
Ugh, this is not thriving.
With some EFT Tapping, we can accept this “unwanted reality” that it is harder than we hoped, and that’s the way it is, and it’s okay. We can be calm and confident… anyway.
Ah, but people DO!
You’re probably noticing that the word “should” often indicates a magical misconception. We find ourselves looking out at the world and declaring, “This is not how it should be!”
What happens to our calm and confidence when we do this?
Sometimes we can get anxious, angry, or fearful – not calm.
Sometimes we can feel really disempowered and helpless and despairing… because things are not as they (magically) should be!
Can you feel the trap?
Discerning when we’re arguing with how people actually are and pausing can give us some space to reflect.
- I prefer when people ____. Not everyone does, or does all the time.
- When people don’t ____ (and some people won’t), I feel ____.
- I invite myself to be calm and confident… anyway. This is the way it is, and it does not have to stop me from thriving.
We humans should on ourselves.
Like the magical misconception that something should be easier, we can activate a conflict in us (and will) every time we fall into a notion that we shouldn’t have to or should be able to do something right now.
Such assertions are depleting. When we’re depleted, we lose vitality and creativity. When we’re depleted, it’s harder to generate confident energy.
Imagine if the concept we’re operating from is one of Awareness. That looks at the same situation with:
I’m noticing resistance to doing that right now. Is it actually a no for me to do? Is there a different approach? Or am I objecting even though it is a normal part of being a human in this culture?
I’m noticing that my current energy and state of being isn’t a match for what I’m wanting to do. I wonder how I could shift my state right now?
We invite you to share life examples where this concept has played a role.
Am I should-ing on myself or others in a way that conflicts with how things actually are?
If I am the type of person that imagines a better world, am I not offering my heartistry because magical misconceptions are causing me to turn away or distract myself?
How would this change if I both accepted the unwanted reality AND at the same time calmed my distress while deepening my confidence?
If I Pause to remind myself before an important conversation, a night out, a vacation, a date etc. that things seldom happen exactly in the manner that I imagine wanting them to happen, can this help calm me in the very likely event that something will occur that I didn’t plan on or want to have happen?
What other questions come to mind for you? Please reply and share your wisdom.
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