Peeling Back the Layers of Privilege, Fragility and Entitlement – as part of Shadow-Work and Spiritual Development

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD


A friend forwarded me a conversation on race today with eerily similar dynamics to a conversation I was part of the day before. Essentially, a white woman takes up conversational space in a discussion on POC perspective and makes it about herself. And then makes the claim that she knows herself and her intentions and is therefore justified and ´content´in her opinions and actions. And runs away from the conversation with the words ‘ love and light’ – or something similar. Or claims she is a victim of the POC and demands that her pain be heard, acknowledged and/or validated instead.

In this article, I would like to establish how being unwilling to face (especially if a white person) concepts such as ´white fragility´and ´white privilege´actually impedes your spiritual growth – and why these concepts express a core layer of perspective in the shadow of the Self.

Before we begin…

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