Exploring Privilege in Spiritualism: Making Spirituality Accessible for All

We hear a lot about privilege these days. My husband and I talk about it frequently. As I explore the history of Spiritualism, I see it played out. Spirituality is for everyone, but it is not easily accessible to everyone.  There are so many things that can be barriers to spiritual seekers.  Yes there are physical barriers including handicap accessibility, but I want to focus on the financial barriers that are out there.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of teachers out there leading classes, workshops, and retreats. I have found them to be expensive, excluding those who need them the most. This exclusivity can create barriers, preventing people from accessing the spiritual growth and community they seek.

As a teacher in this space, I struggle with the cost of these events. I want them to be inclusive, which means low cost. What is interesting is the thought that my class is somehow less valuable because of the low cost.

In our society, we often equate cost with value. If something is expensive, we assume it must be good. If it is affordable, we may question its worth. This mindset can be particularly harmful in the realm of spirituality, where the true value lies in personal growth and connection, not in the price tag.

My Role in Accessibility

To address this, I focus on creating accessible and affordable spiritual experiences without compromising quality. I believe that spirituality should be inclusive and available to everyone, regardless of their financial situation.

By offering low-cost classes and workshops, I hope to break down the barriers of privilege in Spiritualism. My goal is to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for all seekers. It is important to remember that the value of a spiritual experience is not determined by its cost but by the transformation it brings to the individual.

Spirituality is a journey meant for everyone. By making it accessible and inclusive, we honor the true spirit of Spiritualism. Let’s challenge the notion that cost equals value and embrace the idea that every individual deserves the opportunity to grow and connect spiritually.

Rev. Colleen Irwin
Reverend Colleen Irwin is a Spiritual being having a human experience as a Blogger, Wife, Mother, Mentor, Healer and Public Speaker living in Rochester New York. Colleen, a Natural Born Medium, teaches, lectures and serves Spirit when called upon. She remembers speaking with Spirit as a child and learning how to share this knowledge with others has been an adventure that she captured in her book “Discovering Your Stream”. Colleen has been mentored by Reverend Jack Rudy, and ordained as a Priest in the Order of Melchizedek by the Reverend Dan Chesboro through the Sanctuary of the Beloved. When she is not doing her Spiritual work she is a volunteer docent sharing Susan B. Anthony's history to visitors of the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester. Her trust in Spirit gave her a new title – PREVIVOR. She now uses her platform to educate others about the BRCA genetic mutation and how one can take control of their health and well-being.
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