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Self Publishing Diary : Create your own destiny

Updated: Jan 3

A few months ago I created a new instagram account for our children's publishing business (@wiseasstories) and started following what seemed to be related hashtags - #wisdom, #consciousness, #spiritual, etc. Within the day I noticed that these were overtaken by spiritual charlatans selling no-fail 'manifestation' processes - the 21st century snake oil. As a career strategist, let me put it to you that there is nothing spooky about 'manifesting' an outcome; it comes down to setting goals, having a plan and working systematically through it. It's called planning folks but if that isn't sexy or appealing to you, call it manifesting - just do yourself a favour and DIY it! In fact lets do it together. Here's what I will manifest for our children's publishing house in April, as we set out to create beautiful picture books that plant seeds of wisdom.


There seems to an endless number of posts on manifesting floating on social media these days.


Every post on 'manifestation' seemed to be creating, exacerbating or tapping into an underlying sense of lack - for wealth, for comfort, for companionship, for love.


When there is a sense of lack, it's easy to replace that with a seed of desire. Water that with the temptation of 'secret' knowledge of making it all come true... and you have a product.


The 'spiritual' corners of the internet seem to be dominated by this; modern day spiritual charlatans selling quick fixes for the human condition - for a price of course.

Typical 'call to action' on manifestation posts includes:

  • At the cheaper end of the scale, hit 'like' or leave an 'affirmation'

  • Join an online course (at a price that makes my masters degree look cheap)

  • Pay for a subscription plan (often at a higher cost than my health insurance)

  • Pay for a 'reading' or 'consultation' (at a rate that makes my endocrinologist's charges seem fair)


I love the spiritual movement and I detest spiritual charlatans


Spirituality reminds us that there is more to life than what meets the eye. It's a mystical and beautiful dimension that reminds us to be kind, compassionate and caring.


Spiritual charlatans take what is mystical and beautiful about this life and spin it around to take advantage of people when they are at their most vulnerable.

We need to take back control from such people

Business planning in a Halloween costume


When I look through the process of manifestation, it looks very much like a good old fashioned business planning:

  1. Set yourselves goals

  2. Create a plan to get there

  3. Follow through with the plan systematically

For those who find planning boring and a lot of work, and would prefer a magical manifestation pill instead ... well there is a simple solution to that.

Don't call it planning - think of the exercise as manifestation.


In fact lets do it together - after all, there is a lot of planning involved in the current work we are doing to start our own independent publishing house, creating beautiful picture books that plant seeds of wisdom and make early childhood learning effortless.


Let's begin each month by writing our 'horoscope' for the month.

This will entail entirely of things we would like to achieve (short term goals) and the work we'll do to get there.


And I will bet my bottom dollar, that even the simple act of clarifying in your mind the things you want to achieve will already mean that you are most of the way there. This is not because of anything spooky - rather at an intellectual level you have sorted out your priorities and you will find that even unconsciously the choices you make will be geared towards these priorities.


Don't believe me? Give this a go and see how it works out.


So without further ado, here's my outlook for April 2021. What's yours?


 

April 2021: The Taurean bull shall raise it's horns in your favour


This is going to be a month of epiphanies, realisations and resolutions.


The month will start with a surprise. A project that you have been involved in for months shall come to an abrupt end. It will feel a little disconcerting at the time but in your heart you have known that this was coming and is for the good. Know that you did your best, paid your dues and now it's time to move on.


As one door closes, it creates space for another one to open. A heart project that you have been working on for months will take a life of it's own. As the month progresses, you will receive answers to all the questions that the you have meticulously laid out.


It will seem as if the answers have materialised out of thin air - like you have somehow managed to tap into that 'akashic' intelligence that is said to have all the answers there all the time.


This may be so or it could also be that all the thoughts, ideas and inspirations from months of research, analysis and critical thinking has finally found the space to settle. In settling they have created a unique set of insights that will help you move closer to realising your goals.