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RESPONSIBLE MANIFESTATION

Mimi Young

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For the last two months, I've been probing the shadow side of the spiritual notion called the 'Manifestation Principle', and the potentially dangerous misuses of the Law of Attraction, particularly by leaders, healers, and teachers in the wellness and spiritual community. (For those who are just joining this discussion, feel free to read April's story HERE and May's story HERE).

I closed last month's newsletter with the question of what does the term 'manifesting' mean to me and what does it look like in my own practice, since I offer an Aura Mist product that is called Transcendental Meditation Mist, set to the frequency of Manifestation. I'd like to use this month's newsletter / blog post to share.

When a practitioner of earth magick and shamanic healing performs their craft, the first commitment is to harm none. The second is to see oneself as part of a greater, vaster expression of Life, some of which are Seen and others Unseen. The practitioner honours both these Seen and Unseen dimensions, and humbly accepts that she cannot possibly be aware of, see, or understand it all. She knows that this Mystery is what makes magick magickal. For this reason, when she sets off to connect with spirits, to do divinatory or healing work, or casts spells (energized intentions done in a traditional or ritualized container), she firstly acknowledges the process and outcome are collaborative, and that she cannot take full credit for the positive or healing that transpires. Put it another way, she knows she cannot succeed alone.

For me, I call in my loving ancestors (named and unnamed), plant spirits and animal spirit allies, the directions and elements, the stars and planetary bodies, archetypes, and sometimes other specific entities when I engage in rituals. I have cheekily called these rituals 'staff meetings'. But in all seriousness, that would actually be incorrect. It's more like me approaching my board of directors. I seek their wisdom, their counsel, their blessing - not the other way around.

We may work together to bring clarity around a certain wound in a client or a situation, and discover ways to restore harmony. We may call for a blessed door to open. We may ask for protection, provision, and prosperity. But whatever we do, it's done in the spirit of the commitment of harming none and always in the context of teamwork.

Which brings me to the idea of the manifestation principle. What's problematic about this spiritual idea is that some use it as a decoy to flex their muscles (delusions of grandeur) or as a disguise to judge or exploit others of lesser means or lesser privilege. This violates both commitments of magick practice.

So what exactly is the Aura Mist formulation I've named Transcendental Meditation Aura Mist, set to the frequency of Manifestation? It's designed to be a tool a committed seeker or practitioner uses to assist with inner clarity. The plant medicines of Lemon and Peppermint offer this wisdom (and yes, all plants offer medicine, not only exotic ones from far away places - stay tuned - I'll be discussing this in another newsletter / blog post). The Aura Mist is designed to promote a sense of bewildered awe of the Great Mystery and consequently a sense of compassion that radiates from the inside out. Frankincense has been used for centuries to support this. Recent studies indicate that Frankincense has a profound effect on Gamma brain waves, the brain waves associated with big picture thinking, compassion, and bliss - what is conventionally accessed via longterm meditation can be accelerated via this plant medicine. The Aura Mist contains Palo Santo, which is the 'networking' or 'social' wood. The smallest drop of mist or smoke has the ability to hail spirits.

Considering the aforementioned, the synergy is designed to provide the necessary conditions and ingredients to participate in the collaborative process of manifesting. The more I work in and with the Great Mystery, the more I realize how little I truly know, and whether I know anything at all. This waking, consensual reality is undeniably a brief and limited taste of something inexplicable and limitless.

As much as we each need to take radical responsibility for the choices and the stories we live out on a daily basis, part of the responsibility is also to realize that we are merely co-creatrixes/co-creators, and not all knowing, absolute beings that can objectively say we have "manifested" our [insert desirable thing / experience / outcome]. This is not to diminish the commitment, the grit, and the long hours of dedication to our goals, but is simply a reminder that if we are using any spiritual principle for self-deceit or misrepresentation, then it would be wise revisit the Golden Rule.


Lastly, thank you for reading and for being part of this space.

Yours,

Mimi Young
founder, shamanic medicine teacher + ritualist

This article was first published on my monthly newsletter. If you enjoyed this post, and would like more, please feel free to share with your friends. I also welcome you to follow Ceremonie on Instagram or the email list! My neurofeedback work can be found via Open Minds Performance, also on IG.

Image credit: Iulia Agnew for Ceremonie

THE SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLE THAT MOST PEOPLE NEVER QUESTION – BUT SHOULD

Mimi Young

Perhaps the most used word that ‘woke’ people use these days – whether they are in spiritual circles, wellness circles, or even personal development / business coaching circles – ‘manifesting’ is the ubiquitous buzz word and ever the dangling carrot for many.

Manifesting as a principle is not new, though has become more mainstream in recent years. Individual healers, coaches, teachers share some subtle differences in how the principle works, but pared down, manifestation is where your sense of personal value, feeling, thoughts, or general energy can create your reality. It is not unlike the Law of Attraction or even some tenets of positive psychology, but these days, the talk of manifesting has taken centre stage in mass consciousness.

I want to continue this conversation from April’s newsletter, and wanted to include two paragraphs from it for some context:

Many of us have had issues with security (financial), many of us are actively working on cultivating an abundance mindset. If you were to scroll through all the offerings on social media and general digital media, you will notice that most leaders are focusing on the topic of manifesting. It may seem like a new-age term, but it is not too different from the business coaches and self-development programs from the 80s and 90s. It sounds dated one when sells their program as 'how to make millions', 'how to retire by 45', so now it's called, 'how to manifest your dreams', 'be magnetic and attract the life you want', 'become an influencer and travel', and so forth.

Many of these offerings are looking to the law of attraction and self worth as a basis for drawing luck, money, and abundance. To a point, I agree with that. But to another point, I completely don't. It is problematic when someone says that we have attracted poverty, struggle, health issues, disadvantage, or anything else undesirable as a blanket statement, because it does not address the systemic issues of many socio-economic, political, cultural and other factors that have contributed to these situations. It also rids a community's social responsibility and shifts all ownership on the individual.

And from here, I’d like to elaborate and provoke your own relationship with the manifestation principle:

It’s easy for someone who is wealthy, successful, healthy, and generally in a position of advantage to take credit for their privilege by saying they attracted those desirable things. Suppose an immature, superficial person of privilege wants to flex their muscles. If they did it in an obvious way, it would be called out as cocky/distasteful. But if they used some spiritual lingo as they shared how they “manifested” their external markers of privilege, then they are called a spiritual badass boss. All this reveals is how culture prefers false modesty over overt bragging, and how we have stretched a basic principle that can be applied sometimes to explain certain outcomes — we have added sophistication and extremities— to hide the bragging, snobbery and made it fashionably concealed.

Folks, be discerning. Just because someone has a lot of followers does not mean what they are saying is truthful and helpful for you. There are people who call themselves coaches, healers, teachers of energy healing or the quantum, who say you aren’t as rich, healthy, or successful as you’d like to because you lack self worth (even if only at a subconscious level). And it’s all your doing because only YOU (without acknowledging systemic or cultural or socio-political factors) are stopping yourself from getting what you want, even though you don’t know how to get there. (But, conveniently, their coaching program or modules or whatever else will… Be wary of these figures. They will continue to tell you there is something wrong with you so that you continue to purchase their manifestation program, training, membership, etc). And to treat healers, gurus, teachers, coaches and the like as the gatekeepers of your well-being and happiness is an archaic idea that guards the status quo of dominant social norms and protects people of privilege.

If one can feel, fake-til-one-makes-it, or raise one’s vibration to match the frequency of peace, health, stability, safety, and other fundamental human rights, then tell that to an orphan in a war torn region. Tell that to a child sex slave. Tell that to a child struggling for life at BC Children’s Hospital or their parents. Tell that to any child who has been bullied, marginalized, ignored, neglected. I cannot imagine anyone having higher vibrations than children – so tell me, where is the manifestation principle now?

As many times the manifestation theory can be applied to explain desirable outcomes, it can also be refuted that many times. When people take credit for their successes in such a way where they are not considering and acknowledging a number of factors that may have contributed to their said success outside of their own control, it can be more of a confirmation bias than the law of attraction. It’s dangerous correlating the wrong things.

All that consists to make life or the Universe is vast, complex, and nuanced. To use a principle to explain why you have what you have or why you don't have what you don't have is suggesting that the Great Mystery can be explained in a linear, cause-and -effect way. We have come to assume that successes and failures are "manifested" acts for which an individual is responsible. Likewise, the manifestation principle becomes problematic when we use it as a measure to form opinions or judge others, such as "you must be 'bad' or of 'low self worth' since you have attracted any given shitty situation".

Equally dangerous is when we combine the manifestation principle with other spiritual ideas, such as past lives, to avoid our responsibility to confront social injustices. I am not denouncing past life work - patterns can be identified from past/parallel lives that can present healing in this life, but it's important to examine agendas. To blame the undesirable that one is supposedly "manifesting" because of a past life rather than confronting classicism, oppression, and injustices TODAY in this present life, is spiritual bypassing.

It is also dangerous because then one can abuse the manifestation principle and use it to say something monstrous, such as saying the Holocaust obviously wasn’t that disgusting, horrible, and traumatic for multiple generations because look at Viktor Frankl— he not only lived but also became a bestselling author...

Are those that you are following perpetuating inequality? Are they reinforcing, using spirituality and the manifestation principle, as a framework for exploitation or to avoid their own responsibility? I am also always very curious about these same spiritual teachers who claim to hold the manifesting keys to our happiness and vitality. Where is the evidence of them sharing their manifesting powers to 'up level' others? To bring healing? To root for the underdog?

I have yet to meet someone who is disadvantaged or has experienced trauma say they have attracted it. In many ways, manifestation, if one is not careful, can become a harmful weapon used by privileged people to shame others and justify their arrogance. In short, abusing the manifestation principle is spiritual rape culture.

I have focused my energy in this article on the dark side of the manifestation principle and what happens when it is misued. You may be asking how I relate to the force of manifesting and why I even have an aura mist that is set to its frequency. More on that in next month's newsletter. :)

Lastly, if this piece has been of value to you, please share it with your friends.

Yours,

Mimi Young
founder, shamanic medicine teacher + ritualist

This article was first published on my monthly newsletter. If you enjoyed this post, and would like more, please feel free to share with your friends. I also welcome you to follow Ceremonie on Instagram or the email list! My neurofeedback work can be found via Open Minds Performance, also on IG.

Image credit: Iulia Agnew for Ceremonie

UNDER THE NEW MOON: DECOLONIZING, GROWTH, MANIFESTING

Mimi Young

Sometimes, my own fears and irrational habits surprise myself. I have internalized oppression of general Chinese/Taiwanese culture (not to mention cultural purging that modern China has experienced) and Christian patriarchy; being a female in a white-centric worldview also adds nuanced complexity. So many painful and limiting layers. So much living small and self-oppression. But I'm hopeful. I think the first step is awareness, then release, and lots and lots of patience and self-love. I find using shamanic and ritual-based practices effective in identifying the limitations as well as work through them. (For those who know me and my work, I’m all about integrating the spiritual with practical, everyday life. Spirituality without real-life application is lip service).

I did a powerful New Moon ritual last month and invited spirits allies I have a relationship with, and my deceased grandfather (who had escaped China during a tumultuous and pivotal time and fled to Taiwan to seek political freedom) to surround me with support. It was as much of a spell to commit to personal growth as well as a surrender of me being comfortable enough to walk with my demons and call them my friends. You’d think my personal and professional work shamanically journeying would make me more open to Spirit, but this lesson of trust, trust, trust, is something I am still learning how to do.

I then wrote down some goals - all of which were completely impossible to achieve in my rational mind. They were (in my mind) lofty goals - some likely would take a year to achieve. I had deliberately put down ambitious goals because it was a challenge to live big - to show up in a way where I am not downplaying who I am, where I can embrace where I came from. What's incredible is that I just reviewed my goals these past couple of days (as I prepare for a New Moon ritual tomorrow), and all but 2 goals (there were 8) - have manifested - shifts in how I relate to work, to my relationships, to my health. I am overwhelmed with breathless awe and inexplicable gratitude. I am also pinching myself ever so often wondering why I waited so long to show up fully. What was I so afraid of? How can I call those demons ‘bad’, when the devil’s work in whispering lies is to invite us to explore our greatest truths? Releasing duality, layer by layer, is so liberating. As I let go of what I cling to, my hands are freed to invite new, prosperous, and loving realities in.

Happy New Moon, beloved tribe.
 

Mimi Young
founder + plant spirit medicine practitioner

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WHAT SAMHAIN (OCTOBER 31) MEANS TODAY

Mimi Young

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Samhain (pronounced as 'sow-in'), is originally a Gaelic pagan festival marking the end of the harvest season (summer) and beginning of the 'darker half' of the year (winter). It is traditionally celebrated from sunset on October 31, and is also known as the start of the new year for pagans. The veil between this physical reality and other realities are thinnest during Samhain. For this reason, witches, shamans, seers, prophets, medicine people, and the like conventionally seek to connect with ancestors, plant spirits, power animals, angels, and otherworldly beings. Though much of what is understood and practiced of this immensely spiritual and powerful season is lost to the masses (the reasons for this can be discussed in another blog post), I'd like to share a few points about Samhain that is still relevant for those who seek spiritual (and practical) meaning today.

1. The weeks leading up to October 31 is a prime time to discern what it is that you would like to have clarity on, resolve, or experience significant change. On the Samhain Sabbat, via shamanic or Wiccan ritual, prayer or even quiet visualization, set your intention. Invite your ancestors, angels, animal or plant totems to assist in manifesting the intention. Remember, magic is all about intention.

2. As a general Samhain practise, use this time to connect with your spirit allies. Say hello to them. Thank them for being with you. Use this opportunity to also say goodbye to energies and themes that no longer serve you. Commit to making choices that support your highest and best.

3. Samhain involves two key themes - to acknowledge and appreciate the year's work and abundance, and to allow what is necessary in the Earth and one's life to pass onto another form, traditionally symbolized as death (as the Death card in the Tarot tradition). To give oneself the permission to acknowledge death in one way or another is immensely empowering, nourishing, and liberating. Death is indispensable in the cycle of life. Rebirth is the natural outcome. As the saying goes, the Tomb becomes the Womb.

4. The Samhain Sabbat is when God is within the Goddess (the two are united) in the Underworld. Both archetypically romantic and neutralizing (as in the balancing of Yin and Yang), consider what you would like to give tenderness to or balancing in your life. To further the symbols of Crone and Hunter reigning together, what have you mastered or would like to master? 

5. Use this time to physically and spiritually clean your home and possessions. Declutter, smudge, chant, and anoint. Physical manifesting is optimized when thoughtful actions are consistently taken and physical space welcomes it. 

6. Honour your holy of holies - your gloriously beautiful body - your personal, sacred temple. Eat and drink gently, bathe in salts and herbs, apply healing facial and body oils, and speak tenderly to yourself no matter what, cast spells, and embark on shamanic journeys (or seek a shamanic practitioner who can do so for you). Start and end the pagan new year with the commitment of self-compassion. Let your highest vibration attract both the purest of deaths and most divine of rebirths.

So mote it be. 

Mimi xo
Founder

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INTERVIEW WITH THE WILDCARD

Mimi Young

Back in December 2015, before Trimaran Botanicals even had an online presence, I had a chance to catch up with Alli Hayes, the brilliant darling behind the local, Vancouver-based indie blog The Wildcard Wins, featuring highlights on art, culture, sex-topics and beyond. With all my discussion about shamanism and vegan beauty, she also wanted some insights about botanical ingredients, particularly essential oils, and how Trimaran Botanicals sources for our handblended, toxin-free, made with mantras, shamanic skincare. Steep a cup of tea and enjoy the read. Happy Sunday.

Mimi xo

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A Shamanic Journey for a Friend

Mimi Young

A friend turns up in the afternoon; too late for lunch, too early for dinner, and wanting me take a look at her skin, which has been suffering extra sensitivities from Winter’s over-drying elements. I face map, ask standard dermatological questions, and then prepare us to shamanically journey.

I offer her a large mug of tea of silently simmering nettle tops and burdock root, earthy and nutty, grounding and reviving. She sits and sheds her layers of wool scarves whilst I smudge ourselves and the room. Sweetgrass incense and flower hydrosols welcomingly decorates the space. We rattle and dance to invoke the spirits; set intentions for self exploration and discovery, and boldly tread new landscapes. We are met by majestic birds of prey, glistening devs, puddles of melted colours, foliage with bursting breaths and exchanges of friendly howls. Humbly, we receive generous blessings, often in riddles, but timely and truthful. The drums call us and we retrace our steps, return to this realm, knowing that the goodbyes are always just temporary…

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