Things didn’t turn out well last week for Tony Robbins, the guy made rich and famous by inspiring you to feel good about yourself, if only briefly.
He burned some clients, but not how you might think.
Seems part of his big-ticket seminar is having participants walk over a bed of red-hot coals. This is to demonstrate that we worry too much, that lots of stuff we “know” is dangerous turns out to be nothing of consequence.
Sometimes the universe is not what we deeply believe.
But last Thursday, 21 people did get hurt, letting them know that worry often is justified, sometimes to the point of pain. Whoops!
The fire pit at Robbins’ event was 10 feet long. I was particularly interested in this story because I have walked barefoot across a bed of red-hot coals myself.
During a low point in my life — most every minute between 1995 and 2000 — I did a number of New Age things, and firewalking was one of them.
It was an event on the outskirts of Houston, Texas. There were about 20 people in the group, and we all walked over the coals. Nobody got burned.
Instead of a rectangle 10 feet long, we faced a circle of glowing coals about six to eight feet in diameter. The circular configuration gives participants the option of choosing how far to walk — right through the middle or just cutting a corner.
I walked straight across the center, the full-faith stroll. What you feel is simply a shocking sensation, not specifically one of heat. Many of the participants walked across the middle numerous times. I just did it once.
I may be bold, but I’m not crazy.
I found it very helpful. Some impossible things are possible.
This is good to know.
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(Here’s the story about the Robbins event.)