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Do You Have a Manifesto?

Ever wonder why people, organizations, even countries write manifestos?  It’s to be able to communicate their platform to the world.  A manifesto is a playbook for the person or group writing it and it informs, interprets, and guides the thoughts and actions of the individual or group providing a road map to what that person/individual considers success.

There are times that a manifesto is used to ignite a cause.  It creates tension-promoting controversy between the individual/group and those who are often in disagreement with their philosophy.  So why would it be important to have a manifesto?

As someone with a chronic or life-threatening illness, a manifesto is a challenge to the individual, the medical community, and the Universe that there is tension.  The manifesto is a way to stake one’s claim that health and healing is the primary objective.  Let’s examine one of the most prominent health and healing manifestos in the past decade.

Suzanne Somers noted for her role of Chrissy on “Three’s Company” was diagnosed with breast cancer.  At the time she refused conventional treatment and chose alternative healing.  Following her return to health, she made it her mission to create an environment that would promote this alternative, and often-controversial method of healing.  She went to write multiple books about her experience and about her views of how the medical community is trying to put one over on the public.  She may not call it a manifesto, but it certainly looks, reads, and acts like a manifesto.

How would you create your manifesto?  Start off my sitting and thinking about what your primary goal is beyond the obvious, getting better or getting well.  It’s as if you are writing a political platform, or branding yourself in the business world.   It’s a way to create a framework for how you will achieve your goal of getting better or getting well.  It’s a roadmap you can follow for your journey to health and healing.

There are many ways you can achieve creating this manifesto.  You can actually write your manifesto as part of a journal.  You can do something expressively that captures the essence of your manifesto whether it be visual or performance art.  Your manifesto can be shared in how and what you share in support groups.  It doesn’t matter how you express it, but having that essence of your determination and conviction is what helps solidify your stance in your body, mind, and soul.

What’s the first action step you’ll take to create your healing manifesto?  What do you believe in your heart of hearts will propel you forward on your journey to wellness?  What personal philosophy to you ascribe to that keeps you motivated to pursue health and healing even when there are challenges placed before you?  How will you share that manifesto with the world?

I’d love to see, hear, or read your manifestos…you can share them in the comment section below or email me at


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

One thought on “Do You Have a Manifesto?

  1. I will have to put some thought into this one. I have a chronic illness and I am challenging myself to believe in healing. Nobody knows what might just well be around the corner. You might enjoy my post about The Scream.There are a few others that also relatre to chronic illness.

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