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Is Your Approach to Manifesting Trauma-Informed?

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Is your approach to manifesting goals trauma-informed?  Does it take systemic oppression and social injustice issues into account?  Does it recognize how trauma can shape our capacity to pursue and receive the things we want into our lives?

Here’s how trauma can impact our goals and what Trauma-Informed Manifesting™ looks like.

The Impact of Trauma on Goals

Trauma results from experiences that overwhelm our ability to cope.  A trauma-informed approach recognizes that while not everyone experiences trauma, it is still pervasive and often unacknowledged.

When it comes to manifesting, trauma can interfere with the healthy pursuit of goals by impacting our beliefs, emotions, and behaviors long after the threat is gone.  Trauma causes us to focus on self-preservation rather than healthy growth despite our best efforts to move beyond fear.  Studies show that trauma impacts our self-esteem, motivation, and goal striving.

A trauma-informed approach helps us feel safe and empowered enough to grow and pursue our goals in healthy ways.  Rather than focusing on our survival and the chronic trauma responses that we’ve had to rely on, we develop new skills and start to trust ourselves and the manifestation process.  This is when some of our long-desired goals finally become more accessible.

Trauma-Informed Manifesting™

Trauma-Informed Manifesting™ is an approach to manifesting goals that is empowering and supportive to all, but is particularly inclusive and responsive to the needs of people who have experienced trauma.  It explores the impact of popular manifestation advice on mental health and promotes an awareness of healthy practices.

I first discovered the need for a trauma-informed approach to manifesting when I completed my dissertation research on spirituality and reproductive trauma fifteen years ago.  What I learned is that traditional beliefs and practices around manifesting important goals such as pregnancy can actually increase feelings of anxiety and self-blame when someone experiences trauma.  What is needed in such situations is that manifesting be taught in a way that incorporates everything we’ve learned in the past two decades about neurobiology, psychology, and trauma healing.

As a Princeton University trained Clinical Psychologist who focuses on trauma and the psychology of spirituality, I created a specific trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive method for teaching manifesting.  I call this method Trauma-Informed Manifesting™.

Trauma-Informed Manifesting™ teaches people who have experienced adversity and trauma to:
  • Recognize spiritual abuse so that they aren’t vulnerable to manifestation teachers, communities, and teachings that use fear and shame tactics
  • Recognize how systemic injustice and historical, cultural, racial, and gender issues impact our access to resources and success
  • Exercise their agency when choosing beliefs, practices, and people that support them and their goals
  • Identify personal strengths, resources, and coping skills that support them and their goals
  • Release self-blame connected to manifestation beliefs, particularly when it comes to teachings around the law of attraction
  • Understand the impact that trauma has on the nervous system and on our ability to regulate our emotions while pursuing goals
  • Regulate their emotions using psychological tools and techniques
  • Identify chronic stress responses and how they impact our goal-seeking behaviors
  • Understand how trauma can impact our ability to be optimistic and hopeful and how we can rewire the brain for increased optimism after trauma
  • Recognize how trauma can affect self-worth and our ability to receive what we desire
  • Nurture self-compassion and reparenting as a part of the healing and manifesting process
  • Increase feelings of safety in the world and trust in the manifestation process
  • Use safe healing tools and techniques that release traumatic blocks to manifesting goals

Trauma-Informed Manifesting™ is a compassionate approach to manifesting that emphasizes safety, empowerment, and healing.  It fosters emotional healing and post-traumatic growth by teaching people that they can pursue meaningful goals in healthy ways.

If you’ve experienced trauma, have old wounds that interfere with manifesting goals, or have had negative experiences with manifestation beliefs or practices, this program is designed for you.

To join my next Trauma-Informed Manifesting™ Workshop, be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter.

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I would like to learn more about this. I have so much shame about abuse from childhood and I worry about how it’s affecting my life now. I feel stuck and hopeless when I think about the goals I have and I don’t trust that things will work out.

Thank you for sharing Sangita. Trauma such as childhood abuse can make it difficult to envision and trust in a positive future, but therapy and a trauma-informed approach to goals can help. I hope you sign up for the newsletter and next workshop.

Thank you Lisa! I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I signed you up. If you don’t get an email, please try signing up on the website opt-in.

I’ve been told by a spiritual teacher that I attracted abuse to myself because of my negative thoughts. It took me years to realize that this was not the case. I don’t know what to do because I still want to believe in the law of attraction. I just want it to be more moderate. Thank you for addressing this.

Hi Anita. I’m sorry to hear that you had that experience. The law of attraction is a belief that is sometimes taught in a rigid, shaming, or blaming way. And yet, that doesn’t have to be the case. It can also be seen through a moderate and trauma-informed lens. Please feel free to sign up for my newsletter or to check back to the events page to learn about any upcoming workshops on Trauma-Informed Manifesting™.

Seriously can’t wait to hear more about this. I have so much self-blame when I try to read manifestation books.

Popular manifestation advice can definitely lead to a lot of self-blame. And yet, there are some gems that people really love. I believe that we can enjoy the helpful and healthy parts of manifestation advice and make the rest trauma-sensitive. Glad you found the info! The next Trauma-Informed Manifesting™ Workshop will be announced on my events page and in my newsletter.

So glad you signed up Jess! You’ll be the first to hear about the next upcoming workshop.