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™ 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.
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