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I had been feeling guilty over the last few months because of one thing—my privileged life.

I was born into a family with plenty enough of smarts coming from both the father’s and mother’s sides to keep us out of proverty. Inherited enough of those same smarts to get me into a prestigious school, which in turn led me to easy, high-paying jobs right after college.

To the outside world, that pretty much sums up my entire life.

Privileged girl born into a privileged family yakking on about creating reality with the power of the mind and all those things skinny crystal-toting white chicks talk about while sipping vegan, gluten-free milkshakes. On the mother’s side, privilege extends as far back as the Spanish colonial times since my great-great-grandfather was said to have been a high-ranking officer of some sort picking up young women from far and wide and bedding them one after the other.

I had been ashamed for months to write about one of the things I love to write about the most. Because, good lord—there are so many other pressing things to write about! There’s a deadly virus on the loose. There’s poverty. There’s corruption. There’s fake news. There’s the impending end of the world, for god’s sake! I couldn’t dare write about something so tone-deaf as creating reality with the mind!

And yet, of course, I know that’s not true.

When you take out all the noisy voices in and outside of my head competing for my attention, I still deeply and firmly believe that which I have always believed since I was a 14-year-old high school girl writing about love for the high school newspaper and when I was an idealistic 18-year-old college student writing an essay for a public governance class.

That the solution to the world’s problems isn’t in changing the political, social, or economic systems from the outside. That the solution to the world’s political, social, and economic problems can be found by turning within to find that inner creative power we were all born with.

And there is no better time to turn within than now. Now that much of the world is on pause to keep you from trying to distract yourself from the real work that you should be doing. Now that Tiktok has lost its initial appeal and you’re raring to move on to better things. Now that you’ve finally given up sifting the news for what’s real and what’s not. Now that you’ve finally—finally!—realized that there is more to this pandemic than the warring poliltical sides bickering over who’s right and who’s wrong.

I can offer you all the proof you need to start believing you can actually create things with your mind.

I can explain to you in clear, simple English how you are 99.9999999% energy and that this is a fact mathematically proven and generally well-accepted but politely dismissed by physicists who refuse to add this scientific truth into their equations because it would turn their worlds upside down.

I can cite the hundreds of well-done random, double-blind scientific experiments showing how the different forms of prayer and meditation have helped people heal from illnesses, minimize crime, and see themselves in a better light.

And I can write about epigenetics, or how external factors—including your state of mind—actually changes your own genes, the very same genes you thought you’d have to deal with for the rest of your life.

I can talk about all those things until I’m blue in the face, but people aren’t ready to listen until they are. And if you haven’t gotten the memo yet, multitudes of people all over the world are waking up, thanks to this thing called a pandemic.

They’re waking up to truths they refused to entertain just a few months ago. Truths like:

  • Things aren’t black-and-white, people aren’t just good or just evil, and there’s always more to a situation than meets the eye.
  • We don’t need to be ruled by some external force to make us do the right thing—we have the power to make that choice ourselves.
  • Even in seeming prison, we still get to exercise one of our most fundamental freedoms—the freedom to choose how to react to any situation that’s put before us.
  • It is simply by recognizing this freedom that we realize we can create a reality we actually want to live in, a world that we’d be proud to say, “Hey! I helped create that world. I pitched in.”

We never really needed a pandemic to uncover these truths about ourselves. They have always been within us all this time. But we humans are pissy, hard-headed little creatures, and many of us refuse to start cleaning up after ourselves until we hit rock bottom.

And here we are. Some people haven’t realized it yet, but here we are. And there’s no better place to start confronting yourself but here, now—in the emptiness of having nothing productive to do, in the solitude of being stuck alone inside your house for weeks.

There’s much about yourself you need to confront. You need to confront your fears and doubts and everything else that’s kept you nothing more but a shadow of who you truly are. But more importantly, you need to confront that which you’re so much more scared of—that part of you that’s silently, patiently, and, annoyingly so, also amusedly waiting for you to recognize its presence.

For to do so is to come face to face with who you really are. And when you do, there will be no going back.

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