Ok, as promised, more on the hippy dippy white women.
This feels like a confession now.
There are two hippy-dippy white women I returned to for my spiritual kindergarten. One is Gabrielle Bernstein and the other is the batshit-crazy Marianne Williamson. One, the latter had an unsuccessful run for Congress and yet through she may run for POTUS anyway… Two, neither of these women are intersectional at all. BOTH have made their fortune biting off of “A Course in Miracles.” That’s not a bad thing — many have tried, but for whatever reason, Gabs & Marianne have been successful at it. Whatever gets #ACIM out to the masses is a good thing. That’s the mission of the book, if you study it.
I shun the spiritual materialism stuff I see a lot of influencers engage in online. (Fancy malas and $90 gem water bottles, anyone?) I shun Gabs and Marianne most of the time, too. But they also had their place in my spiritual kindergarten. They were there for me when I wasn’t “woke” and delivered to me some “palatable” but lazy spirituality. You know how a good sushi meal should cost hundreds? Well, they are the grocery store sushi; pre-packaged, low-cost, and palatable to the masses..
With that said, I still had to return to their lazy and palatable teachings this week. I still like my old Audible “copy” of Gabrielle’s ‘The Universe Has Your Back” just as much as I still like my old copy of Marianne’s “Return to Love.” My vibe took a hit lately. It got low. My vibe got down to the level of grocery store sushi. Yup, I’ve been that broken. Hence, I needed to raise it up from the bottom. Hence, the return to spiritual kindergarten.
After recess, we’re coloring mandalas.
I may not completely like them as people or how they do things (Both have been straight called out for being spiritual white women who climbed up on the backs of others). Credit here to Torrie Patillo for doing this work, even if she took a lot of it down for her own reasons.
Gabs and Marianne’s teachings are good. And their teachings are good because — gasp — they aren’t original! So if you like them, you need to know that. Let me pull back the curtain. If you didn’t know that, go learn about intersectionality and read some more. Educate yourself as to WHY they are controversial and not liked by many. Don’t take my word for it.
Destiny Achitecture and the Fearless 5 Podcast are my babies — my intersectional babies. This isn’t a space for just a few — but for the many. This is a space for all intersections. We don’t do cultural appropriation here, we don’t burn sage, we don’t use the phrase “spirit animal,” and we don’t whitewash and take credit. If you like to take things with a grain of salt, I have the entire salt block!
The good news is this — if you cannot stand either Gabs or Mariannne, there are tons of other teachers out there who are diverse. There are plenty of people in this world teaching ACIM. Or you can just do it the old fashioned way and buy the book. That’s what I did. I don’t teach ACIM, even though the only way to learn is to teach…