Like so many in our community, I write with a fierce and heavy heart.
Regarding the events in Charlottesville, I am shocked, outraged, sickened, saddened, overwhelmed, and determined.
Like so many in our community, I feel so very deeply about all of this.
Never have I been so aware of my white privilege, and my own contribution to the CRAZY situation we find ourselves in today.
Never have I been so present to the implications of my privilege, my responsibility as global citizen and woman with a platform, and of course the choice as to what to DO about it all.
As magician, priestess, and teacher of manifesting and Universal Law… I have long considered the tough questions inherent in what I practice and teach.
Now is the time to speak to these, directly and unequivocally.
It’s not unfair to say that the study of the Laws, manifesting, creating your reality, etc – as we know it in America today – is a part of white privilege.
New Thought rightly comes under fire for not speaking enough to the discrepancy between the teaching that we create our own reality, and, well, the reality.
That in 2017, a large segment of the population lives with discrimination, extreme poverty, diminished choice, deplorable acts of violence, and enslavement. And that here in America we have white supremacists committing acts of domestic terrorism, and a KKK-endorsed president who has yet to fully acknowledge that fact.
How can a teacher like me SAY so loudly and with such conviction that we create our own reality, that we have power… when so many people are stripped of theirs, daily?
And really, should we be going for our biggest, boldest Desires when so much of the world is in suffering, when our own country is so divided, when things are so f’in insane?
These questions, and many more, have long been inherent in this work, well before current events.
I don’t have all the answers. I never will.
But I do think, study and practice this stuff. Every day.
It’s my job to put just about every teaching point that comes out of my mouth through the wringer of due diligence. Over and over again.
So here is what I know.
One, the Laws / principles / Truths / facts of how we create our reality, both spiritual and scientific, are what they are. They be what they be, regardless of race or circumstance. What differs is the availability to the information, and the awareness.
In magic, the secrets are hidden in plain sight. But the reality is that the opportunity to even discover this wisdom is denied to 99.99% of the population, by virtue of their environment and circumstances.
That being said, denying truth because of circumstances will never change the truth. Ever.
Circumstances are never truth. The Laws are what they are.
Two, the first Law is that of more life to all, less to none.
This is the natural state of all things. It’s also THE standard to hold yourself to as a creator, manifestor, magician. Developing your creative powers will never deny anyone else theirs when you hold yourself to that standard.
Three, we ALL have the shadow inside of us. We are ALL capable of sickening acts. We all have a dark side.
White women of privilege, like me, need to own our part in the problem. And stop with the “othering.” At the end of the day, we have more similarities than differences.
There has never been a more important, pivotal time for women to really, truly understand the power we DO have, and how to use it.
For those of us with privilege (and that includes just about everyone reading this), we have the responsibility to use our power to create more life for all, and less to none. To honor and integrate our shadow. To be an example of the vision we hold.
And we must speak.
In the face of hate, bigotry, violence and discrimination, our first magical tool is our voice. All words have power. You create as you speak.
So speak up. Speak out. BE with the discomfort of difficult conversations. Keep having them.
And we must act. For some of us that means getting out of our entrepreneurial hide-y hole. To quit using our empathic nature, sensitivity, “high vibes only” or discomfort as a reason to NOT show up.
Ditch the bullshit and use your tools to manage your energy. Be willing to be imperfect. Be willing to get into disagreements. Be willing to look like a complete idiot. (You won’t, and there are far worse things. Hello.)
I have said this before and I’ll say it again now. I stand against hate and acts of violence, period.
I have always welcomed, and will continue to welcome, different beliefs and viewpoints into our space. (Both of my parents are hardcore conservatives. I’ve been walking in two worlds for a long, long time.)
Hate and intolerance is where I draw the line.
To all the people of color in my community, I see you. I love you. I own my role in where we are.
I will continue to uncover the places within me that are racist, even when my mind tries to explain it away. I will do my work to bring my own shadow to light. I will speak up when it’s uncomfortable. I will educate my child. I will put my money where my mouth is.
And I will keep the conversation going. Not just on racism, white privilege and the gaps in manifesting teaching as it shows up in the world, but on another, similar issue: how none of us manifests in a vacuum. On how OUR manifestations and goals affect the people and the planet.
Dear reader, it is my wish is that YOU do the same. To that end, I have some resources.
Here are some of the “must read” articles that have crossed my path in the past few days. (Thanks to friends Dr. Carla Stokes, Christina Morassi and my husband Leland Purvis for bringing these to my attention.)
- 8 Ways To Help After Charlottesville (A Cup Of Jo)
- I Need To Talk To Spiritual White Women About White Supremacy (Layla Saad)
- Dear White Woman: This Is Definitely Us (Renegade Mothering)
- The White Flight of Derek Black (Washington Post – this is magic in action)
If you are white and this resonates, here is an excellent list of actions you can take now, courtesy of my dear friend Joanna Lindenbaum:
- Donate to organizations that are fighting for racial equality
- Speak to your children about the importance of standing up to bullies of all forms and the importance of doing good with their privilege
- Listen to what people of color have to say. Read what people of color are writing
- Put pressure on your local politicians to stop supporting any kind of racism or white supremacy
- Honor your experience if you come from a religion, economic class, sexual orientation or any other background that has been persecuted…but also embrace the fact that you show up white in the world
- Do the tough and challenging work of looking at your own racist shadows
- Use your business, healing or coaching practice as a vehicle to help others see their own shadows, to question their own assumptions about privilege and race, to create more open communication and self-knowledge about all of this
For those who are committed to teaching the Laws and the art of manifesting, please read these two books, both written by my friend and soul brother on the path, Mitch Horowitz:
- One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life
- ￼Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation
Despite all the emphasis in the entrepreneurial world on using these principles for success, the real history of New Thought is far more rich and complicated.
The founders of New Thought were committed to social causes and applied the principles to justice and elevating poor and marginalized people. The business and success focus came later.
Wallace Wattles, author of The Science of Getting Rich (the book behind The Secret), was a socialist. Yes, really. If you teach this stuff, you need to know the history.
Finally, as we move forward… please, keep embracing Desire. Stay on your path. Go for what you really, truly want.
Desire is the urge for life, for growth. It is the soul reaching for full self-expression. You were born with Desire, and to deny it is as unnatural an act as to deny someone else their right to choose.
Grow. Expand. Say YES. Become more. Then use your powers to help others become more, too.
Long have we dwelled in darkness. It is time to quit the night and seek the day.
May we who are called take this opportunity to forge a new path.
May we use the art of magic and manifesting for this purpose: to create more life for ALL – regardless of race, color, gender or sexual orientation – and less to none.
All my love,