To The Young Woman Selling Shakes and Oils: I Want More For You.
I get it, believe me. I too have fallen, more than once in my younger years, for the alluring language of multi-level marketing (MLM).
The too-eloquent promises of enigmatic abundance, limitless opportunity, and financial freedom are hard to ignore; they weasel into the parts of your psyche that know your soul-deep passion for sustainable and fulfilling work.
There are parts of your working-to-survive dance that are increasingly mundane, and you know you cannot possibly do this work forever, so this business opportunity to work from home and be your own boss is intriguing in our time-impoverished society.
You are promised the chance to earn passive income, and it seems too good to be true. But these promises are often made by those women whom you admire. They are truly living the dream, it seems.
They have it all — the endlessly supportive partner, the angel-faced children, the time to get to the gym without letting anyone starve, the bottomless bank account to boot, and the Facebook pictures to prove it.
But I tell you this: I want more for them, and I want more for you. Every woman alive today has a soul-designed purpose that is sourced from her inborn gifts, her deepest wounds, her enduring desires, her most adamant values, and the needs of others.
Truly sacred work is based on these five things, and the forms this work takes are many and varied. The future of our global community rests precariously on every woman doing her sacred work, and I urge you to not fall for what seems like an easy way out of your survival game.
Finding your purpose is hard work, and it takes so much longer than you want it to take. I’m about to turn 36, and am just now starting to be able to support myself and my children with the same work I’ve done since I was 19 years old. Had I gotten into MLM too deeply, this journey would have taken much, much longer.
You see, it is a distraction, dear one, and it is a distraction crafted to consume every part of your entrepreneurial spirit.
Consider this: What if you took that initial investment you need to sign on as an ‘independent consultant’, and enrolled in training, or traveled, or bought materials to make your own product, or just took a few days off work to get some clarity?
I know my words evoke the response you’ve been taught to have toward your naysayers. You are thinking I’m a negative person, that I believe in a scarcity-based economy, or that I don’t want other women to succeed. None of this true. I want, with all that I am, for every woman to find her purpose and live it.
I want every woman to feel that fire in their belly when they wake in the morning, and know in their bones that they are an integral member of the warrior priestess tribe that will shape our future.
You, my love, are the Goddess embodied, and you are too good to sell someone else’s dream. Invest all of those resources in you. Figure out why you’re here before letting someone else tell you what’s best. Remember that your up-line is telling you what they’ve been told, and what they expect you to tell those who are under you.
Don’t spit back words that have already been said; you’re a mother-loving creatrix, and you were born for more. Think of the women who are true MLM rockstars, however self-proclaimed, and ask yourself what forces of nature they’d be if they had focused on their own, unique soul-work.
I believe in you fiercely. Do not let them spoon-feed you a future that’s nowhere near as extraordinary as the one you could brew on your own. Never let anyone talk you into staying somewhere too long after you know it is time to go. Do the things that nourish your soul, even if they don’t pay the bills right away.
Eventually, your sacred work will sustain you; I promise you this. Look in the unlikely, shadowy places for the opportunities. If the answers are right there in the sunlight, packaged with a big red bow tied around them, you aren’t asking the right questions.
Don’t ask what job is going to allow you to sleep in every morning, ask what work you can do that will make you jump out of bed on a Sunday. Don’t ask what job is going to let you retire at 40, ask what job is going to keep you vital and juicy in your golden years.
More than all of this, don’t ask what job is going to afford you the most freedom outside of work. Let your sacred work be the epitome of your soul’s liberation in this life. Do what makes you feel the most you (it’s not selling any body-shaming ideal of nutrition), and stop doing anything that makes you feel like someone else.
You have a lot to offer this world, dearest, and I want to learn from you.
Danielle Dulsky is a multi-passionate entrepreneur, energy-healer, Yoga teacher, multi-media artist, and magickal mentor. She holds the highest designation from Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT500, and is on a mission to inspire women to be fearless creators of their sacred work. She is the founder and creatrix of the Living Mandala Yoga teacher training programs, a Reiki Master in the Usui-Tibetan tradition, and long-time believer in Earth-based traditions. Her work is based on sensing and transforming energetic vibrations, empowering individuals to discover their potential for authentic abundance, using artistic practice intuitively, and holding space for women to unearth their inner goddess through the magick of sisterhood. Danielle leads women circles, witchcraft workshops, a teaching coven, and psychic development intensives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania where she lives with her partner Ryan, sons Bodhi and Sage, and pet-familiars Jeepster and Raven. She believes that all women alive today are meant to be instrumental in supporting the return of the Divine Feminine. You could contact her via email.