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How Can Our Spiritual Practices Help in the Current Political Climate?

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Dear Meli,

In case you didn’t already know, we recently elected a sexist, racist pathological liar as President of the United States. WTF? I consider myself a spiritual person, but it’s really hard for me not to hate this guy. Not only that, I feel despair about the direction our country is going in. How can we stay true to our spiritual vision when this guy is in charge?

Terrified of Trump


Dear Terrified,

I don’t personally know our President Elect, not that I’d care to. Here’s what I mean. His history has shown that he is, indeed, a liar much of the time.

From watching him (granted, I have done so as little as I can while remaining a responsible citizen), it seems that he likes to get people riled up. He wants attention. And he’s good at working our country’s media in order to garner attention. But that is all he seems to be consistent with.

I don’t trust that he is any one consistent person. I don’t think he stands for anything in particular.

The unfortunate thing about this is that it means that he won’t be an acting president. And this means that whomever he is surrounded by will be the people actually in command of our nation. And it is looking like those people might indeed be racist, sexist, homophobic (and then some).

But here’s the thing. Historically, we have had many presidents who were racist, sexist, homophobes. Not to minimize the possible damage that can be done. But I’m just saying…he wouldn’t be the first one. And yet here we are.

I believe we, as a nation, are in the midst of a healing. And yes, sometimes healing can be painful. But I do believe that there is an evolution of consciousness taking place here. Always.

The thing about evolution is that it takes time. So while one might say that this president looks embarrassingly bigoted, one could also posit that this is simply a reflection of the underbelly of our country. It’s the dark side showing itself. But it’s not a new dark side! It’s simply showing itself in a way that is more visible, more overt.

And overt is good. Overt can be taken on, talked about because it’s in the open.

So what do we do? We do our spiritual practices so that we are better able to stay present. For while we are present, we are available to ourselves. And when we are available to ourselves, we will know what is ours to do and/or say in any given situation. And there may very well be situations ahead where we will want to make the right choices in the right moments.

We do our spiritual practices and we stand for what we believe in. We stand strong in the face of racism and sexism even if it’s scary. We withstand (stand with) our feelings, while staying true to our integrity. Even if it’s hard.

The great news is that conversations are happening. More conversations are sure to be asked for. And we may be the ones to have them. So to prepare, we do our spiritual practices. So that when we feel reactive, we don’t lash out with our feelings, unless that is what is called for from our deeper knowing.

We listen and follow. And in the meantime, we cultivate our ability to listen and to follow. How do we do this? We practice. And we stay true to our conviction to do so. By doing it.

On the other side is a greater humanity. We may or may not see it in the short term. But that is what is happening here.

Meanwhile, we protect those we can from hate. We stand for love and respect, for all sentient beings, to the best of our ability. Including love for those who are ignorant. We send them love, too. I do not mean we agree or acquiesce! But we send love. This is where the proverbial rubber hits that ol’ proverbial road.

We love the haters. Because Love will win.

Always.

Eventually.

Blessings and Love to you in all you do,

Meli

How have your spiritual practices helped you deal with this year’s political unrest? Share your comments below!

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7 Responses to How Can Our Spiritual Practices Help in the Current Political Climate?

  1. Daniel Celidore November 30, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    Dear Meli and Z. Thank you both so much for your Spiritual posts. I find them grounding and encouraging, helpful and entertaining.
    Breathing better,
    Daniel

    • Z Egloff December 2, 2016 at 11:53 am #

      Hi Daniel, Thank you for letting us know. And I’m glad that you’re breathing better… :) XOZ

    • Melissa Phillippe December 2, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

      Awwww…Sweet Daniel. What an honor that you would say so…take the time to write…and all this. SO grateful to hear that they are a good thing for you! We love you. <3

  2. julane jazzique November 30, 2016 at 10:22 am #

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Yes more conversations, we must be able to have respectful debates. Not name calling shutting the so called opposition.
    Unity can only happen when fear disappears.
    Seeing the differences only and reacting to that…
    Well nothing but divisive unrest continues.
    Let’s relearn listening skills, responding w questions not assumptions, ideas not name calling, understanding instead of righteousness….
    Love you both ❤️❤️
    Thank you for your on going wisdom posts

    • Melissa Phillippe December 2, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

      Yes! I totally agree with each thing…and I believe the time is coming. It is sure to come…maybe even in our lifetime. :-)

      Love you too, Julane! <3 <3 <3

  3. K Whitefire December 3, 2016 at 7:58 am #

    When I first heard of the election of he-who-shall-not-be-named, my first nanosecond thought was “Now, I really got to make a lot of money, so I can leave the country, if I want.’ lol I decided to do the make money thing, but not for that reason.

    I have no fear of this person, the peeps who could be in action behind him.

    Why? Because my nanosecond later thought, from my TRUE inner voice, was and is “This is about LOVE. This is about learning to love, care, connect with and appreciate all life.” I knew/know LOVE is in charge. You and Z speak the truth I felt then.

    Did I bypass my feelings? No, not then. I felt LOVE. I did not have to manufacture it. Love from that inner core that always tugs me into action is always there. But, sometimes I miss noticing it. This time it was loud and clear, so I celebrated it and took action. More about action* at the bottom of this.

    But what if you don’t feel love or are feeling fear? My friend saw/felt the value of love and asked how she could love a certain person who she knows to be not nice, off mentally, etc.

    Not my job. It’s LOVE’S job. Love is always in me/as me.

    My job is this: l get to align with the Divine One. I know it’s the only thing happening here. The One is infinite, no spot where it is not. The powerful-over-all- else qualities of Love, Life, Beauty, Joy, Peace and Wisdom prevail. So I speak to that Divinity in everyone.

    Am I always there? Of course not. I am human. I back up until I find a truth I can feel to be true and feel the relief of that feeling.

    It might be, “Whew! It’s LOVE’S job to handle this.” The next gives relief and empowering thought and feeling might be I choose to stand up for all life. *Feeling brave, I wear a safety pin to tell others I am a safe person to go to if anyone is harassing you for who you are or what you believe. I phone decision-makers to stand for kindness, inclusivity, religious and personal freedom, in support of furred, finned and feathered ones, . I sign petitions and rewrite them to focus on what I DO want. I truly feel what I do want as being what is.

    If I don’t feel it, I return to the truest feeling-held positive thought.

    Might have to sing John Lennon’s “Love is all there is.’, talk to a friend, see nature as truth –> The sun shines on everyone, clouds bring water to everyone, trees respirate and fill the air with what we need for everyone. These are ways to know LOVE is all there is.

    So peeps, be powerful. You can start at home, with self-care, family care, with a friend, or in public whereever and in whatever way works for you. Whatever you do, it will be enough.

    • Melissa Phillippe December 10, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

      Hi Whitefire! Sorry for the delay on this reply – I didn’t get a notification of your comment. Thank you for sharing your approach to this – this is definitely helpful. I appreciate that you talked about what is Love’s job to do and what is ours! And that you added actions that you/we can all take. BIG love and blessings to you!! Meli

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