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Interview: Deconstructing the Coaching Industry

I did an interview with business coach George Kao last week. Some of the things we talk about include: asking your clients for feedback, emotional manipulation in marketing, how our culture breeds narcissism, abuses of power in coaching dynamics, business cults, and the negative effects of branding too personally. Check it out!

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Interview: Deconstructing the Coaching Industry

Interview: Deconstructing the Coaching Industry

I did an interview with business coach George Kao last week. Some of the things we talk about include: asking your clients for feedback, emotional manipulation in marketing, how our culture breeds narcissism, abuses of power in coaching dynamics, business cults, and the negative effects of branding too personally. Check it out!

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Social Justice Best Practices for Business Owners

Social Justice Best Practices for Business Owners

As the owner of a conscious business and someone in a position of power and privilege, you have a duty to your audience and clients to let them know where you stand on social issues that directly affect their well-being. Here’s some best practices to help you respond to these kinds of situations.

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5 Ways Coaches Use Emotional Manipulation

5 Ways Coaches Use Emotional Manipulation

The coaching industry is rife with toxic business practices and harmful industry standards. Here’s five ways that coaches use emotional manipulation in their content marketing to coerce you into committing to their programs.

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How to Spot Spiritual Frauds Online

How to Spot Spiritual Frauds Online

If I’ve done anything over the eight year span of writing this blog, I hope I’ve taught you discernment. Today I’m giving you a few tools to help you discern whether or not you should be putting your trust in someone online, whether it be a spiritual teacher or coach.

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Performative Vulnerability

Performative Vulnerability

“Vulnerability porn or performative vulnerability” looks like sharing highly curated intimate details of one’s life for the sake of engagement, virtue signaling, and at the end of the day, sales. This brand of faux authenticity still only shows you a small piece of the whole picture. As with everything, it’s often not the action itself, but rather, the motivation behind it. Let’s explore.

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How to Transition Into a Full-Time Business

How to Transition Into a Full-Time Business

Question from a reader: “One thing I genuinely struggle with is the part about financial scarcity and if you’re pressured to need to get money from this work then it loses integrity. Is it wrong to make any of this a sole source of your income?”

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Check Your Spiritual Elitism

Check Your Spiritual Elitism

It’s important that we recognize when and how systems of oppression and classism show up in our community and in our own spiritual and business practices. Here’s a few ways that may be happening and what you can do about it.

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Passion is a Contagion

Passion is a Contagion

Fuck rules. And fuck sales. Fuck the strategies. Fuck the funnels. Fuck all the bullshit. Passion is contagious, and that’s all the marketing you really need.

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The Success Trap

The Success Trap

I realized a while ago that material success is an ego trap. A shiny distraction from what really matters.

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Western Individualism and Spirituality

Western Individualism and Spirituality

I reference individualism frequently in my posts and point to it as one of the underlying problems with Western spirituality. I wanted to take some time to do a deeper dive on this so everyone understands what I’m talking about.

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Buzzwords Are Bullshit

Buzzwords Are Bullshit

Have you ever noticed how the latest new age buzzwords seem to trickle down into spiritual business coach marketing jargon, but they have absolutely no meaning attached to them?

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Your Perspective isn’t Valid if it Contradicts Objective Reality

Your Perspective isn’t Valid if it Contradicts Objective Reality

A common misconception that many spiritual people have is that spirituality tells us that we each create our own reality. What many often don’t realize, however, is that reality isn’t what is subjective –– your experience of it is what is subjective. The personal beliefs and opinions formed by those experiences are may not be valid, particularly compared to someone else’s.

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Health and Privilege in the Wellness Industry

Health and Privilege in the Wellness Industry

I’ve noticed that a lot of people have been led to believe that health is something that is equally attainable to anyone who simply chooses it. Today I’m talking about why this is a misconception that has been inceptioned into your brain by a $4.3 Trillion industry that needs you to believe it in order to get you to pay the unfairly high prices they are asking.

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How Patriarchy Shows up in Spirituality

How Patriarchy Shows up in Spirituality

You might think spirituality is supposed to be void of cultural programming. After all, it’s supposed to push us to question all of those things. But does it, really? Especially when it comes to the Divine Masculine and Feminine, patriarchy seeps in. Here’s how to identify it.

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How Ableism Shows Up in Spirituality

How Ableism Shows Up in Spirituality

I made a post on Instagram last week about ableism and spirituality which has sparked some conversations that further demonstrate how ableism is so deeply embedded in our beliefs and culture. I’m going to really dig into this today and ask you to critically examine some of your own spiritually-based beliefs and biases.

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Why You Don’t Feel Aligned with Modern Marketing

Why You Don’t Feel Aligned with Modern Marketing

One of the most common complaints I’ve heard from spiritual entrepreneurs is that they feel completely repulsed by modern marketing, and yet, they always believe there’s something wrong with them and end up investing thousands of dollars with business coaches who attempt to mold them into a carbon copy of themselves: another soulless marketing machine. And it does nothing but dim their light.

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Disembodied Spirituality: Is it Really Zen or is it Dissociation?

Disembodied Spirituality: Is it Really Zen or is it Dissociation?

Spirituality and holistic wellness is supposed to be about the mind, body, and spirit, but a lot of toxic, ungrounded spirituality completely ignores the entire body part and only focuses on the mind or the spirit. Here’s how to discern whether or not a spiritual teacher/teaching is disembodied (and thus, not holistic).

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How to Know if your Spiritual Teacher is a Narcissist

How to Know if your Spiritual Teacher is a Narcissist

Spiritual professions are an area ripe for manipulation due to the lack of structure, cohesion in teachings, no governing body to regulate them, and a host of wide-eyed people in pain seeking answers from gurus. Here’s some tips on identifying patterns of behavior from a narcissist disguised as a “light worker.”

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Why QAnon Infected The Spiritual and Wellness Communities

Why QAnon Infected The Spiritual and Wellness Communities

I’ve been receiving a lot of comments on my posts lately from people within the spiritual community and outside of it all saying the same thing: “I don’t understand how people got from spirituality to QAnon.” Hold my beer, I’m gonna draw you a diagram…

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Speak Your Truth, But Be Forewarned…

Speak Your Truth, But Be Forewarned…

I originally wrote the first half of this post in 2015, but I came across something on Facebook last night that reminded me of it and I had some additional thoughts to add. The phrase “Speak your truth” comes with a couple of important caveats. I’m diving into a new one in the second half of this post.

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How To Know If A Spiritual Teacher Is Credible

How To Know If A Spiritual Teacher Is Credible

The concept of credibility came up in my post on critical thinking and spirituality yesterday. I think part of our issue today with all of the misinformation floating around is that a lot of people don’t really understand what credibility means. Today I’m going to give you a rundown of what makes someone credible in the realms of science and journalism, and how to apply that to spirituality.

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I Quit

I Quit

The day I thought would never come has arrived. This the end of In My Sacred Space.

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