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I have seen posts, videos and articles from a number of people telling us to be more balanced about our responses to Donald Trump becoming president of the USA. Let me re-phrase that, I have seen posts, videos and articles from a number of white men telling us to be more balanced about the Donald’s rise to that position!
I have heard a lot of these people, particularly those in the ‘spiritual’ quarter, attempting to tell us that the more ‘conscious’ response to Donald Trump is to essentially not engage. To not protest. To not allow the rage to come forth.
I agree that there is a lot of fear being spread in relation to Trump and his presidency and that is not something we need to engage with. Fear is not a place we want to act from. That is a disempowering place. There are some areas of the media now holding him up as a cartoon villain, totally irredeemable and full of hate.
I don’t think he is irredeemable. I don’t think he knows enough about how he feels to know whether he is full of hate. I think he saw an electorate where a large percentage were fearful of and angry at the world. This percentage have been left behind in terms of education and resources in a grossly negligent manner, mainly by the party they all, heart-breakingly, have been taught to believe are doing the most for them. He played on their fears and insecurities and said whatever he thought they wanted to hear. I don’t think he has any kind of agenda. I think he saw this election as a pantomime, a game, and all he wanted to do was win it just so he could say he won it- and as an ‘everyman, outsider’ (never mind his gilded apartment and living the lifestyle of an incredibly wealthy individual, unlike 99% of Americans).
Looking at the pictures and video of him on the day he met Obama in the White House after he won, I actually felt sorry for him. He seemed absolutely shell-shocked and it seemed like he was just realising that he would now actually have to be president and do all the work that that entails. I think if he was given an ‘out’ where he came off looking ‘well’, he would grab the opportunity with both hands.
So, no. Fear is not part of the equation for me personally. I don’t fear Donald Trump. I don’t care about Donald Trump. What I do care about though is that we are living in a world where in a developed country where human rights is purported as being the most important thing, “Land of the Free”, there are people willing to encourage their community to quieten down and accept the injustice we are seeing Trump wants to bring through the governmental systems, for people to shrug and say ‘oh well, it’s happened, not the outcome I wanted but sure let’s move on’…..
ARE YOU KIDDING??
What these people- mainly white men or white women from a specific socio-economic demographic- do not seem to understand is that it is all very well speaking as a white person, with all the privilege that that provides; especially in the modern American society; to tell the millions of women and people of colour around the world how we could be viewing things differently. It is very easy when you come from a place of privilege to not see how much easier some things are for you.
I am a white woman from Ireland. I come from a family where I never knew lack. I’m well-educated. I had parents who encouraged their children to be interested in the world around them- whatever that meant to each of them. My sisters and I have a father who views his wife as his equal. Who treats each of his daughters as equals and see them as having their own, valid opinions and rights equal to their brother. I am privileged in so many ways. I am also currently a female immigrant living in Trump’s America. Since his election win, I have been witness to racist incidents where I have been the only one who has stepped in and spoken up, I have seen swastikas and racial slurs painted on walls, I have been harassed with those now infamous words recorded during the conversation between Trump and Billy Bush, and witnessed sexist incidents where thankfully in all but one, a number of people stepped in with me and spoke up. I have seen and experienced that Trump’s hateful rhetoric has mattered in everyday America. There are people who feel emboldened to act in ways that in civilised societies we felt we had made clear were unacceptable.
I do not subscribe to the idea that all Trump supporters are racist and sexist. I do however see the fact that he made a litany of racist remarks and that his racist actions (I mean a ridiculous amount that are easily searchable) did not matter to his voters. The only conclusion I can draw from that is they are ok with racist behaviour.
That he said many sexist things and has assault cases against him from many women did not deter people from voting for him, meaning they are ok with sexist and misogynistic behaviour.* And by ‘they’, I mean men AND women. Because unfortunately sexism is so deeply ingrained in the mass consciousness, there are many women who do not understand that they are embracing their oppression.
What the so-called moderate Trump voters don’t seem to grasp is that racism and sexism affects all our lives, whether we are male, female, white or a person of colour. All injustices and inequalities impact the society as a whole.
A lot of people in this community- of spiritual growth/consciousness expansion/spiritual warriors/light-workers/whatever term you care to use- don’t seem to grasp the difference between the dualistic concepts of right/wrong and the idea of justice.
Justice relates to Universal Truth. It relates to the idea that we should not be allowed to infringe on someone else’s life. It is the idea that we all get to live our lives as we want so long as the things we want to do are not impacting on the life force of others.
The truth is, no one outside of ourselves has power over us. No one can make us feel anything we don’t want to feel. If we want a world of beauty and light, we can create that world for ourselves and live there. That does not mean we let go of our responsibility to the community around us and not speak out where we see injustice. Especially those putting themselves forth as teachers/mentors/guides/coaches in our community. The role of justice and standing up for it is essential to growth within each of us and within the community.
It is important that the glossing over that I see so often by people in these roles does not occur. Truthfully growing your consciousness requires work and requires you to be willing to see where you are allowing the idea of ‘being spiritual’ give you an inflated ego and sense of “right-doing” when you are actually ignoring the 3D part of our world. Where you ignore the part you play in the propagation of untruth because your privilege blinds you to seeing it.
My advice to men who want to grow their consciousness and engage fully with the Divine Feminine that is within us all: check your privilege at the human, 3D world level before you speak. Listen and hear before you comment on things like the Women’s March and how people directly affected by the election feel they need to engage with the world now that the Trump presidency is real. LISTEN to the women around you. STOP mansplaining. To the white men: LISTEN to the people of colour around you. To the white CIS men: LISTEN to people from the LGBTQ community.
To white women: LISTEN to your sisters from other races. Their experiences need to be heard. We do have privilege given to us and we need to listen and then act in ways that will help their stories come forward.
The Divine Feminine is raging and demanding to be recognised in its rightful place of equal power with the Divine Masculine. And that rage is righteous. That rage is enabling a lot of people to wake up and realise they must change their attitudes and behaviours if we want to bring about a world where everyone gets to live their lives in peace.
Anger is valuable and important. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The anger that all who see the injustices of the world feel is a beacon, alerting us to where something is out of alignment. It is a fuel that we can use to enact positive change.
In the end, no matter what happens, everything is happening as it must. I truly believe this. Yet, if we want to expand and grow our consciousness, we cannot put our heads in the sand and be blind to the areas of privilege we have in our lives. We cannot pretend that there is no such thing as righteous anger. We cannot ignore justice.
We all need to be loving towards one another but remember:
LOVE IS FIERCE. JUSTICE IS CRUCIAL. LISTENING IS IMPORTANT. SPEAKING OUT IS VITAL.
BE THE CHANGE!
With love and light,
*A small aside that could go on much longer-
As I am speaking on sexism, I need to at least mention that so many people seem to be pretending it did not play a vital role in this election. It has gotten to the point of being hilarious how little people grasp that their level of embracing all the negative campaigns against Hillary Clinton was because she is a woman. She was held up to a standard that zero- and I mean ZERO, including Bernie who yes, I love and would have loved to see in the presidency- politicians across the globe could have ever lived up to. It was like the public realised for the first time that there is corruption in American politics. It was totally baffling to me how people were screaming about her ties to big money- do you really think ANY successful politician would not be tied to corporations in this country?!! This is an incredibly consumer-driven country, of course the government workers will have ties there. That’s not in any way an endorsement of that behaviour, I’m just saying it is very obviously going to be true-just as it is in countries around the world. And listening to liberals (which seems to be a label for those who believe in equality over here) regurgitating the latest attack ad on her in self-righteous indignation, again entirely missing the sexist attitudes in their acceptance of the media’s ‘villain’ persona given to her, was rage-inducing.
And I don’t mean to say Hillary would have been my first choice for the Democratic candidacy. Bernie would have been. But that Bernie was not the Democratic candidate is the system’s fault, not Hillary’s. And to try in any way equate Hillary Clinton as a candidate with Donald Trump is ridiculous and to me, wilfully ignorant.
She is an intelligent woman who has fought for equality throughout her career. Do I agree with a lot of her stances? No. Do I think she is competent and would allow herself to be held accountable by her colleagues and the American public? Yes. Do I think Trump is intelligent, cares about anyone but himself, will be in any way willing to work with people who think differently to him? Absolutely not.
In truth, I am an idealist. I don’t want any of the current systems to stay as they are. I want them all to fall and change.
If I were a voter in the US elections however, I would have of course voted for Hillary Clinton. Not because she is a woman. Whether I liked her or not also beside the point. I would have voted for her because she was the most competent and qualified candidate. A huge number of people say they voted for Trump despite disliking him and disagreeing with all he was saying in relation to women and people of colour. Why? Why did the ‘likability’ factor only matter with Clinton? And don’t get me started on the commenting of her clothes, or her tone of voice, or her hair, or whether she was smiling or not…..the list goes infinitely on…..
Good to catch up with you while still at the first month of the year and wish you greetings of the season, Laura. I do not want to really comment on the post-election scene in the US, save that it is really unfortunate if Trump has manoeuvred his way to presidency just for thrills and prestige of the office as an entire constituency of ordinary Americans who believed in his rhetoric are up for disillusionment and consequent wave of unrest it is bound to unleash. In the end, as you appear to concur, everything settles down the way it was designed to. A thought that has its resonance in the Gita where Krishna says that whatever happened, happened for the good, whatever is happening is happening for the good and whatever will happen, will also happen for the good. There is no need to live with fear as the body that houses you, like all your possessions, does not belong to you. The body composed of the elements of earth, water, Fire, Air and Ether, and will return to those elements after your death. One’s temporal possessions of today belonged to someone else yesterday and the same will pass on to another tomorrow. The only thing that one really owns and controls is work in the here and now and not even the rewards thereof. Thus each one of us may simply perform to our potential and move on…
Beautifully put, as always Raj! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I hope 2017 has started beautifully for you!
But the people who do not think spiritually, and who now are more vulnerable, have every reason to fear. There has to be a better way to help those who are afraid than to point out that their bodies are temporary. The fear comes from the heart & mind and cannot be wished away by a reminder that this life is temporary. You know that’s what they used to tell slaves?
Amazing post, Laura. Thank you so much for speaking out here. You have inspired me to speak my own truth about this… not just on the blog but ‘out there’ in 3D world with other human beings. It’s time to get out of the comfort zone. It gives me hope when I read posts like this. Thanks again, sister! ❤ Aleya
Thank you Aleya! Yes, the time of the ‘comfort zone’ is well and truly gone- I think 2017 is going to be challenging but very exciting globally!! Much love.x
So much to rage about already!
Don’t get me started! 😀
Very good article. I think the Americans could have learned a lot from the First Nations: they elected the most experienced and wise as chief and not the most psychotic.
What an empowering speech you have given us here within your narrative upon a subject we all should be engaging within and you couldn’t have said it better when you said
“What the so-called moderate Trump voters don’t seem to grasp is that racism and sexism affects all our lives, whether we are male, female, white or a person of colour. All injustices and inequalities impact the society as a whole.”
and when you went on to say
” That does not mean we let go of our responsibility to the community around us and not speak out where we see injustice. Especially those putting themselves forth as teachers/mentors/guides/coaches in our community. The role of justice and standing up for it is essential to growth within each of us and within the community.”
And Bravo to this part
“The Divine Feminine is raging and demanding to be recognised in its rightful place of equal power with the Divine Masculine. And that rage is righteous. That rage is enabling a lot of people to wake up and realise they must change their attitudes and behaviours if we want to bring about a world where everyone gets to live their lives in peace.”
Oh so well written Laura.. Well done you..
“LOVE IS FIERCE. JUSTICE IS CRUCIAL. LISTENING IS IMPORTANT. SPEAKING OUT IS VITAL.
BE THE CHANGE!”
I hope to continue to do my part 🙂
Love and Blessings dear Sister of Light..
Thank you for the words of support and encouragement Sue! I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. Love and light.xo
You are welcome Laura
I appreciate this, esp where you acknowledge white privilege. It is commendable of you to extend compassion to all peoples, including the president himself – although to me he looks more like a narcissist who is thrilled to be playing God. It is tough seeing such a nation as America turn a blind eye to character in her leader.
It is indeed a very challenging time on many levels. I do hold hope in the fact that much of what he represents has always been there but hadn’t been acknowledged by a huge segment of American society. Due to how blatant his prejudice and ignorance is, so many who were blind to injustice are waking up to it. I am heartened to see people beginning to come together and try to be proactive about changing things to being more positive and just.
This part meant the most to me…
“If we want a world of beauty and light, we can create that world for ourselves and live there.” I am trying to create that world, but it’s harder than it seems. Especially for people without privilege.
Loved this article and hearing your voice in it!