…agers never talk about the parental/spousal support they’ve garnered in order to “manifest” things? They want you to believe they either did it by magical laws of attraction, or that they have the support because they are “blessed” or special. The injustice of class privil…
Erica Louise Shugart
I have seen this sometimes, and I think, to be honest, that the people in question want to believe the same about themselves. As for the other aspect of privilege in the New Age community, I remember having discussions with a spirituality-minded friend in Shanghai about how working with privileged people would be very interesting; there are a lot of people in privileged positions who can’t understand why they aren’t able to access a deeper sense of meaning, and yet they have a deep and authentic desire to do so. Maybe someday I will be able to help people like this. Maybe not. :)
Given that New Age spirituality is far from monolithic, I’m lucky that my own New Age friends (primarily people I met outside of Shanghai) are open-minded and down-to-earth types who appreciate and advocate true personal empowerment: thinking for yourself, and grounding in love. Their influence was an invaluable barometer while I was in Shanghai; having such grounded, warm-hearted connections to fall back on as a standard honestly helped me re-orient myself many a time. It was a weird period in my life, but one I’m very thankful to have experienced and processed as I did!