Manipulation in this world is often seen as a “bad” thing. Or its bad to be manipulated or if you're a manipulator you're “evil” and not a good person.
My point of view is there is no such thing as NOT being manipulated. Every ten seconds you're manipulating yourself or trying to get someone to do something or create something or someone else is manipulating you. So if you took away all of the good or bad and the judgement of manipulation how fun can it be and who or what would you like to manipulate you today!
Even me being in Australia I was asking “who got me to come here?” Well...I DID! I manipulated myself...
Sometimes you can make choices without having too much manipulation of yourself to do something.
There are different ways to manipulate what you are asking for. Who or what would you like to be manipulated by that would create a greater future for you? AND What can you be or do to manipulate others to create a greater future for you and for everyone else?
What if true manipulation was being or doing something that was a benefit for you and everyone else and the planet. If you choose to do something that also benefits others, people are going to want to support you in that thing that you chose and you are manipulating them into supporting you, therefore the thing shows up greater and faster.
Who or what can you manipulate to create greater for you and that thing and for everyone else. Whether that's manipulate yourself or get other people to join in. Thats the lightness of manipulation. Or the contribution of what manipulation can be.