Our Commitment to Anti-Racism 

June 12th, 2020

Aloha Shining Ones,

We stand at a powerful time of transformation and change, and I am deeply feeling these changes within myself, and in how I want to do business and life. 

Since learning about the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others a new chapter has opened for me. I took the invitation to pause, listen, unlearn, and amplify the voices of the Black community very seriously on both a personal and a professional level.

During this time, I watched more videos of overt police brutality against black people than I ever thought my empath-nervous system could handle. I felt all the things. I donated, signed petitions, painted signs, protested in the street, listened to audiobooks, watched IGTVs, had challenging conversations, and had many moments of being educated and educating others. I have looked up every term, name, and event that I did not know or understand. There has not been one conversation that I have had in the last week that has not focused on racism. It has become the last thing I think about when I go to bed, and the first thing I think about when I wake up.

I cannot unsee what I have seen. I cannot forget what I have learned. I do not want to look away. I am here.

Some have asked why is this just coming up for me now, especially when the Black community has been sharing about racial injustice for years. 

I’m going to be really honest with you about my journey with advocacy and my past history of using my platform politically:

I advocated for Black Lives Matter back in 2016. It was my first time using my voice on social media against racism or anything political (which I know is my privilege in action). I became increasingly political during the time of Standing Rock, and ended up being called out for cultural appropriation for a post that I shared with my best intentions to help.

At that time I didn’t know what white fragility was and went into the full experience of it – shutting down and going silent for months. I decided I didn’t want to speak politically anymore (more privilege) bc of getting called out. I had friends who were/are deeply involved in anti-racist work but I was more comfortable (privilege) watching than engaging. I am not proud of this – and I am committed to doing better from here on out.

In our current time, when the video of George Floyd went viral, I wanted to help, and I got schooled by a friend who pointed out that the way I wanted to help could cause more harm than good. I was so surprised by how ignorant I was that I couldn’t see what she saw, and so I committed to opening my eyes to what I hadn’t allowed myself to look at (bc of my privilege) and began learning about white fragility, systemic racism, white supremacy, unconscious racial bias, and so much more.

I’m not proud of this journey, or that it’s taken me this long to wake up to the reality and lived experience of the Black community. I have learned so much about the white supremacy culture I have been living in, and I am committed to doing my own internal and external work to dismantle this system within myself and within our society. I know I am in an unlearning process and this response might be messy, and I am willing to learn how I can do better. 

I have been deeply changed by everything I have experienced on a profound level, and I am committed to doing the continuous, internal work to make these changes sustainable and long-lasting, both within myself, my business, and my community. I know that this is a messy process, and I am here to learn so that I can be a better ally and advocate for the Black Community, People of Color (POC), and the Indigenous. (BIPOC is used to identify the communities of those who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).

This is a long journey, that I want to step into with intention and deep respect to the Black Community and all POC.

As I begin to share my own content and offerings again, l am also committed to:

  • Continuing my personal practice of anti-racism education and dismantling my privilege with humility and willingness to learn & grow. I will continue to share my journey and all the things I am learning in my posts/stories and add them as Highlights on my Instagram page, so we can all unlearn together.
  • Creating a safe space for BIPOC in my community, my company, and in my life by speaking up for any amount of discrimination or racial injustice by educating others and/or removing them from my spaces if necessary.
  • Centering and sharing the work of BIPOC artists, leaders, and educators, and investing in them personally.
  • Continuing to have anti-racist conversations with my team and to continue to shift the ways in which we conduct business in order to be the greatest support to the BIPOC community that we can be. 
  • Continuing to donate to organizations that promote the dismantling of White Supremacy.
  • Learning more about my local government & policies, and using my voice & my vote to create constructive, catalytic, political changes. 
  • I am going to continue to share about my courses and offerings, and do the necessary work to make sure there are no microaggressions, assumptions, or unconscious bias in the things I share. If you see any of these things (and any other racist actions/words on my part), please let me know, I am open to receiving feedback so that I can do better.
  • I am intentionally working to create and build more heart-centered connections with BIPOC Creatives, Sound Healers, and Astrologers to bring more of a full spectrum of teachers into the courses I share. If you are or know one of these people, please reach out, I would love to meet you/your friends.  NOTE: I am establishing these relationships with mutual respect, trust, and love so that they can be sustainable and empowering for everyone involved, and this process takes time and intention.  I am excited to share more about these collaborations as they unfold. 

If we are to talk about spiritual evolution and Ascension we ALL need to be part of the conversation, and that is not possible while there are those who are still suffering at the hands of White Supremacy, and those who are benefiting from it (myself included). We all need to lift each other up. We are not going anywhere unless we all go together, and I am committed to doing whatever it takes for as long as it takes until this New Reality is established with integrity, inclusion, and compassion.

 

If you are feeling inspired to join me in the work of becoming Anti-Racist, here are several resources that have been helpful for me, as well as places where you can sign petitions, donate, and advocate for justice for those who have been murdered by law enforcement. 

 

RESOURCES

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
How to be Anti Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

I just watched the movie 13th and I highly recommend it. You can watch it for free on YouTube here.

http://antiracismforbeginners.com

>>>  Take Action and Fight for Breonna Taylor

**Breonna Taylor’s case is especially important to me, as she was killed in Louisville, KY which is where I went to college and lived for 7 years.  You can read more about her story and sign the petition here. As of today, the officers involved in her murder have not been charged and are simply on administrative leave.  Please consider signing and donating for her cause. 

 

Bail funds and memorial funds  

Or go here on ActBlue to split your donation among bail funds across the country

To find petitions to sign, simply google any of the victims’ names above. 

A Growing Resource List for the Movement for Black Lives Matter (continually updated)

 

You can find more resources with new additions added regularly in the Highlights section of my Instagram page. Here are the most recent:

Anti-Racist Resources 1

Anti- Racist Resources 2 

 

Thank you so much for choosing to be here on this planet at this time of powerful transformation and change. Together we are healing humanity and the Earth on a deep and profound level. I am so grateful for you.

With endless devotion to our eternal empowerment,
Rakai’el 💗

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