Reassurance and Recourse After the U.S. Election
Usually I limit what I put out through my newsletter and blog to those things related to the concepts and practice of finding inner peace through an awareness of Truth. But in my work one-on-one with clients I often find myself reassuring and giving practical advice about very worldly things. Lately I have had to reassure and suggest courses of action to help my U.S. clients deal with their anxiety after our recent national elections. I find I’m repeating myself several times a day so I decided I would just put these ideas out there in one fell swoop.
(If you voted for Donald Trump or are not a U.S. citizen you can disregard this email or just read the spiritual practice advice in the last two paragraphs).
If you voted for Hillary Clinton remember you are not alone. In fact, you are with the majority of voters. She won the popular vote by what may turn out to be a significant number of votes. (More on recourse for this below). On the surface this may not seem comforting because it does not change the outcome. But it may help for you to realize that there has not been a sea-change in American values. She won the voters; Trump won the game called the Electoral College.
Much of what the President-elect has suggested is impractical and unrealistic and is opposed by his own party. Moreover, the U.S. Senate requires a super-majority of 60 votes to get many things done. The President-elect’s party holds only 51 seats in the Senate.
Every two years in the U.S. one-third of the U.S. Senate and all of the U.S. House of Representatives is up for re-election. (More on this below).
The paradigm shift that threatens here is the normalizing of the President-elects attitudes and behavior. However, you can choose to not adapt to or to accept these. If enough people refuse to find these acceptable the paradigm shift will not occur. If you are concerned about your children you can use the next four years to teach them your values when issues come up.
The world may be a pseudo-reality rather than Reality but it is what you are experiencing. As A Course in Miracles points out, if you deny this you depreciate the power of your own mind. Until you reach a point where Reality is more real to you than the world you can take action to empower yourself and mitigate your anxiety. Here are some ideas:
The election outcome is not certified until the Electoral College meets on December 19. You can add your name to the petition at www.change.org that asks the Electors to abide by the popular vote. (Scroll down on the home page to find the petition).
If you live in a state that voted for Donald Trump you can find out who your Electors are so you can put pressure on them to abide by the popular vote. It is not likely that the Electors will change their vote since they are chosen by the winning party and are very partisan. But at least you will feel that you tried.
You can get involved to change the Senate and House in 2018 to make the President a lame duck. And after that you can get involved to elect a new president.
You can go to www.nationalpopularvote.com to write to your state legislatures to change the Electoral College so that in the future it validates the popular vote rather than chooses the President itself.
You can forward this email or the links mentioned in it to others who feel as you do.
As I reminded you in last Friday’s article, use the world to grow your awareness of Truth. What is loving reminds you of Truth. What upsets you, no matter the source, by contrast reminds you to turn to Truth. Only the Truth is true. When you touch that awareness you can detach from the world and just watch it unfold without judgment. If you find that you have a hard time connecting to Truth then you have an opportunity to take your blocks to the Teacher of Truth (Holy Spirit) in your mind so you can undo them. If you need help with this then call (702-878-3274) or email me (Liz@acimmentor.com) for an appointment.
You will for a long time vacillate between detachment and attachment. But this is a cumulative process and the more that you invite Truth into your awareness the more you will detach. Look at it this way: You’ve got four years of intense practice ahead of you!