Like many, these post-election days find me stunned, heartbroken and nursing a huge emotional hangover. I feel clobbered by the reality of what is and queasy at trying to making sense of our new, rapidly-changing world.
How could this be? How do hate and fear win? I feel like we have stepped back into a dark time.
New ideas are dandy, I am open and I will listen. But racism, misogyny, bigotry, dishonesty and corruption topped with a sweet tooth for revenge and a predilection for smoke and mirrors leave me reeling. I am not alone. Protests have erupted across these broken red-and-blue United States.
Less than 24 hours after the victory has been declared, this is what I encounter in my small world: The lady who works the counter at my dry cleaners is in big tears and worries for her family. A national news guy tells me he met the TrumpCat and our fears are rational. A gay teenager is afraid to go to school. A mom adds future war bombs to her list of worries. Someone wonders if they need a gun. An individual who makes $10, 000 per year is afraid of losing her health insurance. Women are being encouraged to get IUD’s as soon as possible. Children are crying. Trauma has been reactivated in many who were abused and victimized; they are feeling unnerved and powerless about what the future portends. The threatening promises of politicians are terrifying.
Collectively, many of us are a mess. People are scared –and with good reason.
Who is this TrumpCat that bellowed vitriol and threats during his campaign, refuses to be transparent with his business dealings and taxes, awaits court on a corruption charge, and was benign and inclusive in his victory speech?
If you believe in history, the TrumpCat has showed us who he is. Do we think or hope or pretend that he can change his stripes? On one hand, never say never. On the other, let’s be awake and aware.
What can we do to survive The Term of the TrumpCat, if he doesn’t change his stripes?
1. Be vigilant and vocal.
Pay attention to ourselves and our world around us. We are going to need to be awake and aware; in other words: more conscious. And what is our primary journey here on Planet Earth? It is the Journey of Consciousness.
We need to be vigilant with ourselves and our world. We cannot, we will not be stunned into silence or withdrawal or mowed over with hateful rhetoric. Many voices decrying injustice can change the tide of history. Think Viet Nam. We have fought — and won — civil rights, women’s rights, and LBGTQ rights. We will not drop the ball now.
2. Vote for the Light.
This is the one and only real vote. As Rob Brezny says, vote for what will expand compassion and decrease human suffering. This is how we vote with our feet and take action. Practice kindness, compassion and caring. Shine your Light where needed to eradicate fear, injustice and disharmony. Light does tip the balance of energies in our cosmos.
3. Use your heart as a power tool.
The heart holds huge intelligence. Practice HeartMath exercises to find emotional resilience and to level out anger and other feelings. Using our heart powers wisely is the fastest way to finding more peace and less stress.
Divisiveness is the anethema of what we need to heal as a country.We share one blue-green planet. We are all here together. Envision world peace.
4. Be creative.
When we use our creativity (in whatever shape or form it takes), we are in the here-and-now, and present time is where we get all of our juice. When we shift into our creative space, we connect with our Higher Selves and refill our souls, balance our brains and expand our abilities to deal with daily world concerns. Creativity is a vital healing ally amidst worry and fear.
The power of prayer has been well-researched by scientific communities and firmly established as change-agent. Prayer is a power and an influence. Talk to your face of the Divine. Call in the Angels. Speak to the Elements. Prayer in any form or denomination carries more good juju and bigger benefits than you realize.
To encourage you, a small Padre Pio (Catholic priest who became a well-known healer) story:
In a small town in Italy during World War II, townspeople beseech Padre Pio to do something, The Allies have warned the town that they will be bombed as part of a tactical procedure. The day and time are set. Padre Pio and the town pray fervently. The bomber pilots head up into the skies to do the deed. As they approach their target, they report they saw Jesus standing there in the skies with his hands raised. They could go no further. They felt they had no choice, but to turn around. The town was saved.
Perhaps, the TrumpCat will be more flexible and compassionate than anticipated. If not, consider these five ways to help you deal with the uncertainty and feel more empowered with your place in the world.
Of course, we will get through this. The important thing is to chip away, every day, some of the fear (our own and others) and spread some of the goodness. Bit by bit, increment by increment, we can make a difference. Let’s connect with our tribe of light. We are in this together.
There is an African expression, “You eat an elephant one bite at a time.” Perhaps that will work for a TrumpCat’s term of office.
Go in peace.