It was recently brought to my attention via a person on social media that I am not addressing an invisible reality and the full spectrum of concern when it comes to manifesting. This is the issue of privilege and how “success” coaching and making a living inspiring people to manifest greatness can be perceived as ridiculous in a world that is suffering.
The person that pointed this out actually stopped me in my tracks and made me think. I thanked her profusely. Her words held serious power and I knew that I needed to dive into this concept at a deeper level to get other people thinking about it as well.
She wrote a series of specific affirmations in a mocking (yet thought-provoking style) such as:
“May white privilege & the leg up it gives me bolster my attempts to manifest abundance & prosperity without me ever mentioning them. Amen!”
She also mentions me posting photos on my Facebook page of my brand new SUV, presents under the Christmas tree and my large house here in Las Vegas. This woman was right. I did need to stop and take a look at the issue of privilege. I also felt the need to explain myself, to let her know that I'm not better than anyone else or even special.
Instead of blocking her, I could feel her call for change. Instead of taking it personally, I remembered that assumptions can be misleading – sometimes dangerous. This is the blessing of inquiry behind the truth we can feel.
It’s an invitation for perspective and to rise up.
As a teacher in the spiritual and personal development space, it’s important to make the distinction between what manifesting actually is and is not. This awareness could bridge the gap between cultural and social issues and how manifesting (creating abundance) directly impacts our ability to help others in need and cultivate compassion.
Being of service expands our capacity to create change
There seems to be a flawed perception out there that as “gurus” teaching the Law of Attraction it’s ALL about money-grabbing, vacuous and shallow pursuits to manifest materialism and not give two hoots about anyone else or where they have originated from. This is simply not true. I can’t speak for everyone else out there, but there is a deep mission and purpose behind my work to educate the masses to rise above adversity and define and create abundance on their own terms. I have students from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds.
I'm not in the business of selling magic beans to swindle people. I'm in the business of transformation and self-empowerment to guide your consciousness to expand. If we help ourselves, we can help and inspire others.
I hold the belief dear to my heart that anyone can manifest. This is why I have never addressed the issue of privilege as a hindrance before because I truly believe that manifesting and the awareness of conscious creation is for everyone and the betterment of humanity. I'm honestly perplexed as to why it's taken me so long to write these words and share them here in this space. It's probably because I've been challenged and feel the need to explain myself. But here's what I believe…
Manifesting is not mutually exclusive to the color of your skin, your gender, your sexual preference or your socio-economic background. Everyone manifests – we MUST in order to keep a roof over our heads, food in our bellies and breath filling our lungs on a moment to moment basis. Yes, the effortless blessing of breathing is a powerful manifestation. Just think, in the time you have read this article hundreds of people have drawn their last breath somewhere on this planet. In fact, 151,600 people die each day, to be precise.
It’s also important to remember that manifestation is the purpose of existence, and that the conscious practice extends way beyond using the Law of Attraction to get a car, a house, a shit-load of cash or a hot spouse. It would be morally questionable for me to lure you into thinking that materialistic objects can create happiness.
It’s also important to articulate that wanting those things is not wrong, it’s merely perspective, a stage or a choice. In fact, I’ve seen many people go from so-called “selfish” pursuits to the realization that generosity of spirit is powerfully transformative by nature.
From my personal perspective, the reality is that I am a white woman that was born in New Zealand, raised in Australia and now resides in America. I can empathize to a certain extent, but I will never fully know the impact that the issue of privilege encompasses. However, I hold deep compassion. I do hope that I haven't offended anyone with my words or perspective and that I am shining a spotlight of awareness to rise above discrimination and the danger of assumptions.
My mentor recently encouraged me to go out there and speak at women’s shelters here in Las Vegas as a way to build my platform speaking skills. I won’t be trying to sell anything or make them feel broken because they haven’t manifested a perfect experience. I’ll go there and speak about my own story of rising above domestic violence, financial oppression, living in poverty as a single mother and reminding them to just take one day at a time. That's all we really have.
In conclusion, manifesting is about self-belief, trust, ditching the assumptions/labels of others and holding the fierce intention that our souls are limitless entities of consciousness.