I’ve said before that to initiate means to spark something- to put forward or create in a way that is solely one’s own, without influence or direction from others. As the only type that is is here to initiate, Manifestors are the innovators and pioneers of the world. Manifestors have a connection (through defined channels) from a motor center (Heart, Solar Plexus or Root Center) to the Throat Center. Motor centers are our engines: they fire us up; and when there is a connection from a motor to the Throat Center, there is an ability to act on or communicate that energy that is pure and clear, and often produces works or words that are original and sometimes revolutionary. It also means that Manifestors have a straight shot from what they want, to what they do or have. They have the ability to manifest their desires for themselves, and often the only thing obstructing them is other people.
The strategy for Manifestors is to inform. This strategy was designed to help Manifestors include and engage with others. Manifestors have a strong, repelling aura- one that pushes their energy out instead of inviting others in. The strategy of informing was designed to help Manifestors to invite others into their world. This is difficult for Manifestors for a couple of reasons. First, Manifestors have the ability to act on their own, and it doesn’t really occur to them to tell others about what they are doing because they don’t have to put a lot of thought into it. They are who they are and do what they do without a lot of self-consciousness, second guessing or hesitation. Manifestors also have a deep need for solitude- time to themselves to discharge the energy of others and get in touch with and manifest their own pure energy. Aside from this, Manifestors learn early on that informing someone of what they are going to do will lead to that person trying to stop or control them.
The story of the Manifestor child goes like this: the Manifestor child looks out the window and sees a tree down the street and thinks, “I want to check out that tree.” The Manifestor child, being wired to act independently, gets up, opens the door and walks down the street to look at the tree. Before their parent even realizes the child is gone, the Manifestor child has already gone down the street & climbed to the top of the tree, at which point the parent has to call the fire department to rescue the child. Right away the parent of the Manifestor thinks, “I have to put some controls on this child.” This sets the Manifestor up for a life-long struggle- a power struggle. Parents of Manifestor children can feel threatened by their child’s independent and powerful nature. The more that they try to put restrictions, rules and controls on their Manifestor child, the more angry and defiant the Manifestor will become. Parents of Manifestor children have to teach them to inform others and to ask for permission. Once Manifestor children understand that this is a formality, and a way of getting to do what they want, they will go along with it and will learn to inform others as they grow into adults. If their parents do not teach them this and instead are constantly involved in power struggles with them, the Manifestor will get the message that informing others will only bring them difficulty.
Many parents of Manifestor children have elaborate plans for their children- ones that include a vision of how the child will behave, what they will be interested in or what they will pursue academically or as a career. These parents have been given the ultimate teacher by having a child who is a Manifestor. Parents of Manifestor children can feel like their child does not respect or need them, and can react by not only putting rules and controls on the child, but also by putting emotionally charged guilt trips on the child. Manifestor women receive conditioning from their parents, people in charge and their partners about their powerful, independent energy. They may feel that they must edit or suppress their strong voice, and relinquish their power in order to receive love. Manifestor women are often told to be lady like, polite, refined or reserved, and all Manifestors are told that they need to tow the party line or fulfill their obligations to others. Ultimately the potent motor center energy within them must be expressed, and if Manifestors allow themselves to be controlled and try to suppress that energy, that energy will turn into anger. Anger that is not expressed or resolved can become trapped inside their bodies, and may then manifest itself physically in illness, injury or symptoms of depression.
Expression is truly the purpose and gift of Manifestors. That powerful motor energy going directly to the Throat Center means that Manifestors have strong, clear, distinct voices that can make an impact. Whether they use their actual voice, or they create something, Manifestors have a need to put something into the world that represents them. Manifestors like Henry Miller, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, Lindsey Buckingham, Gwen Stefani, and Susan Sarandon use their voices to speak about everything from sex & sexuality to failed romances, to socioeconomic issues and social injustice. They each have a unique perspective and style with which they deliver it. Manifestor artists like Willem DeKooning, Nan Goldin, Frida Kahlo and Frank Lloyd Wright were innovators and true originals with styles that stood apart from the work of their contemporaries and pushed the boundaries of the worlds they worked in.
Manifestors all have the Sacral Center open (more about that here), which means that they do not produce the sustained workforce energy that the Sacral provides. Manifestors take in and amplify the Sacral energy of those around them, but this energy is not consistent or reliable. This doesn’t mean that Manifestors are lazy, or incapable. It means that Manifestors are here to get things started, to rev the Generators and Manifesting Generators of the world up and give them something to respond to so that they can use their productive Sacral energy to take the ideas and concepts that Manifestors come up with and build on them. Manifestors need Generators and MGs and their Sacral energy, but they they are not here to manage or direct others.
Because Manifestors have the experience of power struggles in their childhood, they can grow up to either become power hungry, or to be the people speaking out about people in positions of power- these two things are often closely related for Manifestors. Many dictators have been Manifestors- including Adolf Hitler, Sadam Hussein, and Vladimir Putin. These men established their positions of power by speaking out against people, laws or systems that were in place, and then built armies to keep them in power. Manifestors have an attraction to the role of dictator because it means that their power and actions are not questioned and they cannot be controlled. Manifestors are rarely interested in climbing the corporate ladder, directing others or working within a democracy because they have little patience for the democratic process. Following the rules, schedules and procedures of others and being forced to shake hands and kiss babies does not appeal to Manifestors.
One of the only four Manifestor American Presidents was Grover Cleveland. As a young lawyer Cleveland got into politics without trying- easily becoming mayor of Buffalo New York and moving on to President within 3 years. He had a reputation for honesty and for exposing & taking on corruption, and vetoed what he saw as extravagant spending and mis-use of funds. He was the first President to use executive privilege to refuse to hand over department files to Congress, had a record-breaking number of Presidential vetoes, and was known as an Imperialist. He was also the only American President to ever serve two non-consecutive terms, and actually won the popular vote in three different elections. Another Manifestor President was Teddy Roosevelt, who holds the record for youngest President. Roosevelt split from the Republican party and formed a third political party- the Progressive Party, which Roosevelt said he formed in order "to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics.” Roosevelt’s legacy was his passion for conservation, and during his Presidency he frequently used executive privilege to protect forest and wildlife lands. Prior to Roosevelt, only one president had issued over 200 executive orders- Grover Cleveland (253). The first 25 presidents issued a total of 1,262 executive orders; Roosevelt issued 1,081.
Another Manifestor President was George W. Bush. GW Bush has open G Center, which is the identity center. With no fixed identity of his own, Bush was enormously influenced by his political family and his father- whose strong identity revolved around being a politician. It has been said that a reluctant Bush aligned himself with career politician and taskmaster Dick Cheney- with whom he made an agreement that Cheney would handle much of the workload of the Presidency. Once Bush was in office, he lead a crusade against fellow Manifestor Sadam Hussein with claims that he had weapons of mass destruction. Bush refused to back down, even when it was made clear that he was wrong. After Bush’s presidency he devoted himself to helping veterans of the wars that he instigated. As a politician Bush was a notably bad speaker (struggling to recite the speeches written for him by others), but after his presidency revealed that he is actually a painter, and has spent much of his post-Presidency painting portraits of veterans and world leaders.
Interestingly GW Bush narrowly (and arguably) won the Presidency over fellow Manifestor Al Gore. Perhaps Gore’s most famous contribution as a Senator was leading 1985 Senate hearings for the PMRC (lead by his wife Tipper). This essentially censored the voices of musicians by requiring a warning label to be placed on records that the PMRC deemed explicit. Ironically Gore would go on to win a grammy for his spoken word recording of An Inconvenient Truth. Gore went from using his power to control the voices of others, to using the power of his voice to call the country and the world’s attention to global warming. As a Manifestor with Ego Authority- the power of Gore’s voice is heightened, and it is through having his voice manifested out into the world that his true purpose and power was realized. Gore devoted himself to speaking to people about global warming, spending decades doing speaking engagements that ultimately lead to the making of An Inconvenient Truth and resulted not only in Grammys and Oscars, but the Nobel Peace Prize.
These themes of power struggles, power abuses, and speaking truth to power are all part of the journey of the Manifestor. When a Manifestor can learn to disconnect from these struggles and return to a place of solitude, the clarity of their voice shines. It is by speaking their own truth that Manifestors tap into their awesome power.