As the Obamas bid their final farewells and we wait in anticipation for the next administration to take their place, there are many holding out hope that the new administration will usher in better days, making good on their promise to “Make America Great Again!” If they are able to make positive, life-giving change which is for the good of all Americans, I will be the first to shout “hurray!” Unfortunately, this promised change is highly unlikely. As long as policy decisions are made on behalf of the 1%, by those whose pockets are being filled by the 1% (who have acquired their wealth through fear, power and control and who have done so on the backs of those they loathe (the poor, immigrants, people of color, Muslims)), nothing is going to change. In fact, it will likely get worse – a lot worse!
God Bless Donald Trump for believing he will have the power to restore our country to greatness, but he does not and will not have the power to do so. Why? Because the President is not in charge. There is a power much greater than our elected officials guiding policy – and we need only look as far as the failed Affordable Care Act to see how quickly great visions, intended to meet the needs of the collective, serve only to meet the selfish and greedy desires of the 1% (in this case, insurance and pharmaceutical companies).
The change that we are looking for will not come from the top. Positive, life-giving change, on behalf of the greater good, NEVER comes from the top because those on the top have too much to lose. Those of us on the bottom, however, have reached the point where we have literally nothing left to lose. Blood cannot be extracted from a turnip and with an economy based in debt there is no money to be gotten from those who are already so far in the hole they can barely see the light of day. So how, may I ask, does the incoming administration think they are going to pay for all these great programs, new jobs and walls they promise to build? Print more money that is backed by nothing but air? Good luck with that!
Instead of the change from the top many are looking for, what I suspect is coming our way is complete systemic collapse. And thank God! It is long past time that the world model based on fear, power and control, met its demise so that something more loving, kind, collaborative and unifying can take its place. But first…the collapse. How are we going to survive as the world we have known crumbles around us and the world we have been waiting to build has not yet found its legs?
We start by making a choice. We choose how we will respond to the world out there while making a choice in support of the world in here.
The world out there is that which is displayed in the media, which manipulates us through fear, which continually tells us we are not good enough, and then tempts us with “lifestyles of the beautiful, rich and famous.” The world out there is reflected in the words and actions of our incoming president who perfectly reflects the shadow of our culture which we must now face – the shadow of racism, sexism, ageism, all matters of prejudice, scapegoating, white patriarchal and hierarchical privilege, greed, gluttony, lust (for power), arrogance, pride and wrath. You name it, he embodies it…as do those he is gathering around him. (For the record….I’m not sure things would have been much better for Hillary….ultimately, both of them are puppets for the larger powers that govern policy).
How we going to respond to the world out there? Are we going to allow it to manipulate us and throw us into terror? Or are we going to recognize that what we are seeing out there is simply the old world dying. The closer it comes to its own death, the louder, more extreme, more violent their tactics will be. Our job is to see it for what it is, be conscious of how it might be triggering our own unhealed wounds, inner shadow and unacknowledged fears. Then we make our second choice: We go within.
The change we all hope to see in our world will not begin from out there. That change can only start from within. THIS is how we will survive the collapse while being vehicles through which the new world is being born.
- We will support ourselves in naming, claiming, and taking responsibility for our fears as they are triggered by the world out there in its death throes.
- We will employ the resources we have for being present with, healing and moving through our fears.
- We will gather in community with those of like-mind who also feel called to be a part of ushering in the new world.
- And….we will be hospice to the dying world.
People will be afraid, very afraid. The world they have been led to believe they could count on is in the midst of its own collapse. The structures they thought they could rely on for support will crumble at their feet. If they have benefitted from the system of fear, power and control, what they have reaped will be torn from their grasp.
The world out there will need our help as they struggle to let go of what they have known in preparation for that which has not yet been revealed.
But, we can’t help them all. Many will cling to the old with their last dying breath. Some will refuse to see the dying that is happening around them while clinging to the nostalgia of times long past. Many will fear the work of going inward to the place of their grief as it might make them feel. Some will prefer to believe that there is someone to blame and will seek ways to project that blame outward. We can only be support for those who want our help.
But first, we need to help ourselves:
- Choose to recognize that the world out there is dying and that the fearful things we see out there are merely symptoms of its death.
- Listen to the deep inner knowing of our hearts that remind us a new world is being born in the midst of the old world’s collapse.
- Use the resources and tools we have for maintaining clarity, peace and hope in the midst of change.
- Gather with like-minded folk who also know they are here to help usher in the new world while being hospice for the world that is dying.
- Search your heart for how you are called to support those who are grieving the death of the old world.
- Share your vision of the new world with anyone who cares to listen.
- Be the love that you are and be that love in the world.
If you are living in the Oshkosh area, Authentic Freedom Academy provides many options in support of those who are here to help bring forth the new world while being hospice to the old as it is dying. Join us Monday evenings at 6:30 for our Weekly Service.
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