2016 will likely go down in history as unprecedented election… one in which reality TV came a little too close to home for many of us. And so I find myself reflecting, as many are right now, what has happened to get an electoral vote such as this….
In New Zealand, where I am from, they abolished the First Past the Post system of voting in the early 90’s in favor of the MMP voting system – Mixed Member Proportional. This means that seats in Parliment can be a mix of MPs from single-member electorates and those elected from a party list, and then the country ends up with a Parliament in which a party’s share of the seats roughly mirrors its share of the overall nationwide party vote, but here in America, we still have the First Past the Post system in a two horse race where an electorate can become President, even if that person didn’t get the popular vote…
And thats how we ended up with Donald Trump as our elected President. Initially for me this result held some fear… a lot of surprise… some trepidation… a lot more surprise… some surrender… then a bit of an opening started to occur… more surrender… more opening… and then, dawning…
Apart from that this was the result of an old system that cannot reflect that nations true stance… and apart from the fact that half the nations eligible voters didn’t vote, notably because the two choices were unfathomable options, what we have here is the cries of our collective shadow reflected back at us in what has turned out to be a vote for change. This wasn’t a vote for Donald Trump. This wasn’t a vote against woman, or colored people or the LGBTQ community. This is our own darkness, the darkness that we hold inside ourselves, that we project onto ourselves in the beliefs and thoughts that we hold about ourselves and towards others. This is the reflection of our own insecurities, fears and our mentality of scarcity. This is the notion that there is not enough and we are not safe. This is the fear that speaks from deep within saying mine, not yours. We are separate.
But we are not separate.
We are not you and me and him and her, and them and they.
We are ONE.
America said: “Look at what is going on inside of you. For we shall mirror it here in our choices. And we shall not vote for the old paradigm. Hear our pain. Hear our cry. No more can we tolerate. Any vote for change is better than going another term in that old way.”
It is certainly a window of humanity that is now demanding our scrutiny and attention. This is our chance to create change by Being the change we want to see in the world, more now than ever before.
Fact: The candle does burn brightest in the dark.
This election is an invitation to delve into our own shadow, and to, through that work, shine our light and our love stronger and brighter than ever before.
You can make your vote again and again every single day by how you spend your money and how you walk your talk. Align with your own deepest values. Remember that you are not separate from the whole. Know that you are me and I am you and that every child in the world is your child, just as every woman on the planet is your wife/daughter/mother/aunt/
We are all ONE.
This is not a time to run away. This is a time to drop in and show up more. Shine brighter. Fuller. Be more of your True and Sacred Self. This is our chance to shine brighter and bolder and more aligned with our deepest values than ever before.
I have to believe there is a silver lining in this scene that is here unfurling before our eyes…. This is not about making America great again… America has always been great. This is about making humanity WHOLE. And, as in any progression, regression, chaos and turmoil, is a necessary part of the path. This too shall pass. Evolution is indeed a messy, messy process.
TRUE POWER lays in your heart.
TRUE LIGHT shines through your Soul.
Let your heart and your soul lead the way. Make choices not from fear, not from convoluted beliefs, but from the energy that flows through your heart and soul.
You will know a good and aligned choice because it will make you feel good. Your heart will expand and your Soul will soften. Anxiety will be absent.
You will know a not so good and not so aligned choice because it will create anxiety and contraction and make you feel uncomfortable within yourself.
It’s time to SHOW UP and BE the CHANGE more now than ever before!