From election

SPIRIT IS AT THE POLLING PLACE

In the midst of early voting this week, I had a magical experience at the Polling Place. You just never know where little miracles are waiting for you!  I arrived, eager to vote, only to hear that the internet had just crashed as I was walking up to register at the ballot-giver’s desk. The crash, it turned out, delayed voting for about half an hour. I was at the head of a forming line of other puzzled voters. As the minutes ticked by, some people were wondering if they should stay or go try to vote elsewhere. What an unexpected experience to have when voting!

In the midst of the confusion, I struck up a conversation with a very friendly volunteer, who came out from behind the desk. She, of course, was stopped in her efforts to register, and went on a forced little break .

The unexpected timing of this event seemed to invite a somewhat uncomfortable invitation to ponder if this crash was some kind of planned “sabotage.” With the horrific shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue last week, we were, perhaps, initially a bit on edge. But that settled down as the technical glitch was identified and handled.

Soon, a palpable, unifying sense of togetherness kind of unfolded.  Almost everyone was chipper in the face of this uncomfortable obstacle, except for a few disgruntled, would-be voters. But I don’t think anyone left to go vote elsewhere. It was kind of like we surrendered, together, to the helplessness of the moment and then found it quite pleasant, actually. At least I did!

The friendly volunteer on her “break” began to share some of her thoughts and observations about the political scene with me, while we were all waiting for the internet to resume. Her story was fascinating.

She was an older woman, and said she’d been a passionate political activist “back in the day” —  in younger, more agile years. Oh, she was deeply involved. But now, she said, though she still volunteered politically, she was feeling somewhat cynical and bitter. She told me, with great frustration, that only about 1/3 of Americans voted in the last midterm election. Yes, this particular ward has really good turn-out, but she thought that over-all statistic should be much higher by now, after all the effort and work to change things. The trouble, she said, was in the lack of education of children about the government.

We wondered, together, why things have changed so much and why more people don’t vote. She expressed sympathy about the ones who were so busy with kids and had jobs which didn’t give time off to vote — like struggling single mothers working for minimum wage, as she pointed out. She was also compassionate about the ones who believe that the whole system is rigged, or say, “what’s the point?” They believe their vote doesn’t matter because their needs don’t seem to matter to the politicians. These are the disempowered ones and there’s terrible suffering because of this.  But she was not sympathetic to the ones who really just don’t care enough to take the time to vote. She was angry about that.

Busy or not, rigged or not, I heartily agreed with her that we all should vote. We also agreed about how grave the situation in the world is now. It really is.

Then, from my mouth emerged a pep talk about not giving up. This is the time, I told her, to dig down and try harder. Keep persevering, amidst the obstacles and craziness. I said, and this is the time to pray.

There was a big silence for a second, when I said the “prayer” word.  It really was apparent that The Universe had brought us together for this beautiful, deeply connected moment. We had heard each other’s heart-felt despair and agreed, this is, indeed, the time to pray. “Yes,” she said quietly, “I’m praying.”  To me, our brief, but authentic connection was a prayer.

Oddly, at that moment, the internet suddenly came back on. A big buzz spread through the room. I looked behind me in the line, and there were perhaps 25 people in back of me, some patient, and some impatient, to do their early voting.   I was so impressed by the turn-out at this time, mid-morning. Then I was handed a ballot and trotted over to vote.

But in the last few words of that exchange with the volunteer, I saw some new hope in her eyes. I feel hopeful, too, because I believe people are waking up to their togetherness and their importance….the importance of their voice, their ray of Light, their contribution.. As each person realizes how significant she or he is, and how much their energy affects the health and happiness of so many others, then the world may change as we each take responsibility for our creation.

As it’s always said, transformation starts in the heart and mind of each individual first.  We each need to do our inner work to become judgment-free, bully-free, compassionate, respectful, wise, forgiving, and most especially, appreciative of others and our Divine, Infinite Self. It’s a powerful inside job, and it’s yours to do, and mine to do…for the benefit of us all.  For we are One; One consciousness, one heart, one being on the most fundamental level.  All this belief in separation is a really bad dream.

So, will you go vote? Can we effect change by voting? I think about it like this:  every vote is an intention. Every vote is an energetic impulse into the collective consciousness.  Why not make every effort you possibly can to do it?  By the way, I think early voting is still available all this weekend!

Together we can evolve, so don’t give up.  Identify the mental saboteur within, and keep aspiring to open your heart. This is the time.  If you need some help, remember to meditate, pray, visualize, whatever suits you, and, by all means, reach out. My job is to help. We are each an emanation of Spirit.  Spirit is in the house and at the polling place near you!

Claim The Power Within!

AkashicrecordconsultWhat a wake-up call for many people who were hoping that the presidential election would turn out differently. Many of us want change, no argument there – but everyone has concepts about how that change ought to take place. As it turns out, the saying, “expect the unexpected” has never seemed truer.

I have to believe that what is going on now, in the aftermath of the election, will turn out to be for the higher good of all, in one way or another, even if it is expressing as grief, depression, anxiety, and fear for many folks right now. Yet, what I know is that the President of this country, like each of us, is a channel for Spirit to move through….and Spirit moves very unpredictably, quite often. Like the Hindu Goddess Kali, Spirit sometimes heals by way of destruction in order to create change. So don’t doubt that somehow, in some way, Spirit has a plan in operation. Often we only see the value of an orchestration of events in hindsight. It’s too soon to fully grasp now, but let’s have faith that more will be revealed.

In my own life, Kali energy has taken away much of the identity I formed from societal conditioning. I understand now that those unconscious beliefs that have shaped me needed to be recognized first, and then released, in order for a more authentic expression of the Higher Self to emerge. The process has been very challenging at times. Some spiritual paths consider this process a death of the ego. It has expressed for me as disillusionment, loss, and grief at various times.

Many people are in despair and disillusionment now. My heart breaks for the younger generation, including my millennial daughter and the young, vulnerable television watchers, whose trust and faith in equality, respect, and justice has been thoroughly rattled in this election campaign.

Herein hides the gift amidst the disillusionment and chaos following this election: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Let’s not let unkindness, accusations, mistakes, and lack of respect break us. To the best of your ability, please keep looking within to claim the gold treasure that ever renews us with hope, strength, perseverance, and faith. This is the real victory; to find that eternally creative, resource-rich spark of consciousness that survives in each of us, in every generation, in every disappointment, every travesty, and every slaughter of what is just and loving. The victory lies in finding the sacred, eternal spark within, and claiming it as your own.

When each of us discovers, for herself or himself, who we really are outside of the ego’s parade of power and the mind’s fear of the unknown, what we shall have is collective spiritual power. This power can never be destroyed. The win is that we are being challenged to stand in our individual and collective spiritual power that comes from finding our way home to center. We find our way home to inner peace, balance, and acceptance. Action will emerge, in the right time and in a perfect way.

Sometimes we just don’t know what we have until we lose it. Many of us, en masse, have just seen what we’ve lost. We’ve had to be collectively awakened from unconsciousness and the stuckness of patterns of reactivity. This time in history is our wake-up time.

So please work on you…find your inner Light and shine it so that others may know the way. Many others need to awaken. Sometimes it takes that proverbial thump on the head to get through. Consider yourself trumped and thumped.

Moving forward, try this:

  1. When you react with fear, negativity, and anger, first just observe your reaction. You may notice as you practice observation how automatic is your typical response to events you don’t like – to the “what is.”
  1. Notice also, that there’s a story rumbling around in your mind when you react to the “what is.” The story usually involves blaming someone or some thing for whatever unpleasant is going on within your self.
  1. Breath and observe your story. Yes, your mind has made up a story – an interpretation – of what’s going on. Invite yourself to remember that you are not your story. It’s not necessarily a true story. It’s probably based on some old wound you’re still stuck in. Who are you if you let go of the story? You are that witness self who observes the story. You are That. I am That. We are That which is a living, creative consciousness – free, eternal, fully alive in the present moment. Claim That! This is your authentic self, your Higher Self. This is your spiritual birthright of creative, energetic power.
  1. Open to your Higher Self. Identify with the Higher Self, rather than the victim of your story. Allow this energy of Higher Self to radiate through you. You can make this your practice, and you will be the channel through which Spirit expresses its brilliance in this world.

Let what is not real fall away — for it will. This is a time to allow the power of Spirit to work through you – to be the most open channel for Spirit that you can be. This is a process. This is the spiritual path, and be gentle with yourself as you make your way.

It’s really about accepting the “what is” now. Yes, there’s that spiritual directive again. We can’t create change until we first accept the “what is, ” as opposed to resisting it. The “what is” takes many, many forms, and it’s so often the form of the unexpected. It may not look like what you’ve wanted. It may break your heart. It may bust your illusions. Let them break wide open, and just put one foot in front of the other. Keep looking within to anchor in your guiding Light. And Chop wood, carry water… ancient wisdom sounds like a perfect place to land right now.