Wit over Passion

So, it’s been a week after the national election and things are starting to calm down…at least for some. After the initial shock, we basically had two options: to accept or not to accept. Accepting any situation is at the core of any form of healing. It is also the only prerequisite if you wish to learn how to manage your emotions. Accepting doesn’t mean you agree with a situation, it is just recognition of a fact. Otherwise, you will be in denial and, being in denial, equals to continuous suffering.

 

Regardless of your position, you can still voice your opinion, and for that, you also have two options: You can take the path of fighting or you can take the path of expressing your ideas without animosity, belligerence, or defiance.  I have been hearing a lot of messages this week containing words such as “fight, battle, oppose, protest, etc”. If you opt for the first route, it is very likely that your opponent will grab his weapons and fight back. And remember that a war always leaves casualties no matter who the winner is.  So, again, not fighting doesn’t mean we agree with the current situation, it means that we’d rather be firm but peaceful when expressing our opinions. A good example are the many demonstrations happening daily all over the country as long as they are peaceful and respectful.

 

Egotistic people are not happy under constant criticism since the very nature of ego is to be liked, admired, and revered by everybody. So, nobody with a big ego is going to be happy with a 50% approval rate. And being liked by others is not something you can really force so maybe there is a chance that, with the right strategy, the scales will balance out even before the real game begins. On the other hand, a direct confrontation or provocation will likely ignite either the pride or the survival mechanism, dwindling the ego’s desire for overall acceptance and increasing the chances of a more radical stance.

 

This game needs to be played out with clarity, patience, astuteness, and goodwill. We should strive for a situation where everybody gains something and nobody is too badly injured. A head-to-head confrontation will result in radicalization of postures, more animosity, and even more separation.

 

The sun always shines after the storm but first we need to weather the storm. So, let’s be patient if we get wet. Storms are also part of life and they normally teach us much more than a peaceful, sunny day. They have the ability to provoke fear and to disturb or annoy us. So, use the storms to understand your inner self. Ask yourself why you are so afraid or so distressed or so angry. Sure you will get some invaluable lessons. Storms are great teachers despite their unfriendly countenance.

The Great Catalyst: Metaphysical aspects of the presidential election

We haven’t even had time to digest the result of yesterday’s election and there are already a million predictions, mostly ill-fated, about what is going to happen in the next four years. It seems we haven’t had enough with all the predictions made a few hours before the vote recount, or those predictions that assured us that the Brexit was a far-fetched dream.

 

There is a fatalistic tinge pervading all opinions expressed by those who don’t like Trump. There is, in fact, a lot of fear about the years to come. So, I guess I will be blogging a lot about this topic in the weeks and months to come, for I can tell you it is not going to be as we think and it is going to be good for all of us who are willing to flow and do our homework.

 

To our sheer amazement, Donald Trump has emerged as the great catalyst in the world orchestra. He has been able to survive a myriad situations that would have put any other politician not just out of the presidential race but out of politics. How could this happen? What’s so unique about him? The answer is NOTHING. He is not that special. What is special is what is going to happen through him: OUR BIG TRANSFORMATION. People are looking for change and Clinton represented just much of the same. We are unhappy, not just economically or socially but also emotionally and spiritually; we don’t know what we want yet but we know we don’t want the same. And that is the simple reading of her defeat.

 

Through Trump, we have already seen the real nature of millions of people all over the world. The real nature that had been buried deep inside because our cultural and religious upbringing had taught us that it was not nice to be admitted. If you voted for Trump, then, it would be fair to say that you resonate with the views, values and feelings he has shared during his campaign. So, this means that, on a daily basis, you are operating those views, values and feelings in your relationships with your family, neighbors and other beings on this planet. This is not BAD, this is simply the dark side present in all of us but normally suppressed in the dungeons of our consciousness so nobody can see it. Now that it is out, we can see how it operates and we can work on it. So, this is a good scenario as long as we do our job.

 

If you hate, despise, fear, or are disgusted by his opinions and values, then those are also part of your dark side; the difference is that, in this case, you don’t want to admit them in you and therefore you project them in the outside reality (person or situation). Let me give you an example: if you accuse him of hatred and you hate him, aren’t you both on the same side of the coin? So, if we can admit that we also have that dark side that we are seeing so clearly in the outside world, we will be favorably working on our evolution. So, this is also a good scenario as long as we do our job.

 

Mind you that working with the dark side is neither denying it (Trump’s haters) nor indulging on it (Trump’s hardcore supporters). But the dark side merits long hours of contemplation and discussion so we will leave it for another day.

 

In either case, we will be stirred to transform ourselves, which is nothing but the CHANGE we have been yearning for so many years.  It will be a tough ride for sure but just because we needed a rough awakening. And, a little hint, the awakening will happen when we stop trying to change the outside reality and focus on changing what we are. Only then, we will begin to see great things happening around us. Gandhi said it (“Be the change…”), we all love to quote him, and now it is time to practice it.