Inauguration Countdown Day 11 — Fifty Shades of Dread


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Imagine you’ve just been handed an assignment to write down fifty things you dread about Donald Trump’s presidency. At first you might be taken aback. Fifty? That’s a lot of different things. But once you started the list, your fingers would be flying over the keyboard or pad of paper, as your mind brought to the forefront of your memory words he has spoken, bigoted threats he has made, derogatory and misogynist comments, remarks about bombing other countries, deporting people whose skin color and religion he doesn’t like, and the list goes on.

 

It would be bad enough if Trump “merely” had a nasty temper, but his agenda truly is horrific the more you read and learn about it. I’ll leave it up to you how much you want to be informed.  I feel we must strike a healthy balance between learning what Trump and his administration intend to do–particularly those things they try to sneak in and get approval for by hiding it within other more benign issues—and overloading ourselves with fear and stress by being news junkies.

 

Worry never accomplishes anything good, and dread just keeps us in a helpless state (right where he wants us).

 

There are sites that provide email updates along with petitions to sign and share, and  fact-checkable summaries of what a given issue is and the qualifications of the people involved.

 

For example, CredoAction.com  (a network of 4 million activists) makes it very easy to find out the background of people Trump puts forth for approval. It’s eye-opening to read their CVs and see the kind of people they are and what their business history and prior association with Trump has been.

 

How people treat their employees is very revealing of how they intend to treat the rest of the country.

 

Not surprisingly, Trump’s nominees have something in common: they are more interested in feathering their own nests and enjoying power over other people than in creating progress and improving the quality of life for everyone in America.

 

The law of attraction tells us that what we focus on will increase. So I’d like you to take that “Fifty shades of dread” list and delete or tear it up. Otherwise, the more we pay attention to the things we dread and want to run from, the more powerful they become, and the more prevalent in our experience.

 

A sense of dread can be an important manifestation tool because it brings our attention to an issue or situation we would like to change. And then, once we have our focus, we can release the energy from the “dread state” and use it to empower ourselves for progressive action.

 

I think you’ll enjoy the following true story about a woman who confronted a situation she had been in dread of for years, due to a superstition no doubt taught to her by a well-meaning or unaware parent when she was a small girl.

 

From The Game of Life by Florence Scovel Shinn:

 

“I have a friend who said nothing could induce her to walk under a ladder. I said, ‘If you are afraid, you are giving in to a belief in two powers, Good and Evil, instead of one. As God is absolute, there can be no opposing power, unless man makes the false of evil for himself. To show you believe in only One Power, God, and that there is no power or reality in evil, walk under the next ladder you see.’

 

“Soon after, she went to her bank. She wished to open her box in the safe-deposit vault, and there stood a ladder on her pathway. It was impossible to reach the box without passing under the ladder. She quailed with fear and turned back. She could not face the lion on her pathway. However, when she reached the street, my words rang in her ears and she decided to return and walk under it. It was a big moment in her life, for ladders had held her in bondage for years. She retraced her steps to the vault, and the ladder was no longer there! This so often happens! If one is willing to do a thing he is afraid to do, he does not have to.

 

“It is the law of nonresistance, which is so little understood.

 

“Someone has said that courage contains genius and magic. Face a situation fearlessly, and there is no situation to face; it falls away of its own weight.

 

“The explanation is that fear attracted the ladder on the woman’s pathway, and fearlessness removed it.”

 

By the way, The Game of Life ebook is one of the gifts I’m making available for readers of America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters –the link is in my book.

 

We can all learn from the story about the ladder, and it is a helpful image to keep in mind when you realize you are feeling in dread of a situation ahead of you. Assuming the situation that scares you or evokes fear is something that will empower you in the confronting of it, think of ways you can walk up to a “ladder” and then walk boldly under it—to find freedom on the other side.

 

Affirm: I will walk up to that situation and do the thing that terrifies me.

 

I’ll get into all of this in greater detail in my new book America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters—coming on Inauguration Day. 

America's New Breed of Freedom Fighters book cover

Are you in? Okay, then put aside the panic, breathe mindfully, and realize this is an incredible opportunity for all of us to “fight” for the freedom and justice we desire.  More to come in the rest of this blog countdown to Inauguration 2017, and in my new book which will be released that day:  America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters: With Liberty and Justice for All

 Pre-order now on Amazon at:  http://bit.ly/NewBreedFreedomFighters

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Inauguration Countdown Day 12 — Narcissism Unmasked


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It’s ironic that so many millions of Americans voted for a man who has made it clear he doesn’t care about anyone but himself. Do they really believe he will make their lives better? I grew up in a family where one parent was a Democrat and the other was a Republican, but I can tell you that neither would have ever considered voting for an extreme narcissist like Trump. 

 

I believe it is important to understand the mental processes of narcissism, because this personality “type” evokes either adulation or revulsion, and sometimes both in the same person. I know, because I spent many years of my life tied up in knots trying to please the whims and demands of narcissistic men in my relationships.

 

You may share the assumption I once had, long ago, before daily experience shattered my illusion, that a narcissist is simply a guy who is a bit vain, kind of conceited, what you might call a clothes horse. He loves to dress up, and be admired. He thrives on being the center of attention. In a child, we call it being a show-off, but by the time a full-blown narcissist is swaggering around the business world, he’s got his act down pat.  He knows how to push buttons, and senses when he needs to back off, smooth things over with flattery or claim that he was only kidding (Hey, can’t you take a joke?).

 

At its heart, the behavior of a narcissist means controlling and manipulating others to get his way all the time. And when he feels thwarted, to erupt in rage and thus ease his inner turmoil.

 

A few traits common to the classic narcissist are: erratic behavior, shrewd, unreliable, predatory, disdainful, cunning, bigoted, offensive, and a formidable foe.

 

You can find many narcissists in the bloodied pages of history, stomping their way across nations and demanding fealty and gold.

 

However, in order to get what he wants, the most adept narcissists learn they have to play by our rules at least part of the time. This means showering people with compliments, particularly in public or in front of others whose esteem he is cultivating.

 

An example would be at a dinner party where the narcissist wants to impress his guests with the façade of a happy marriage. He’ll glowingly praise his wife—then, after the guests have gone and are safely out of earshot, he’ll lambast her for embarrassing him, being cold to the guests or not serving the food the way he told her to, or any number of invented reasons for blowing up at her. Why? It is his habitual, practiced way of releasing the tension which was building up inside all evening as he fretted that the guests might judge him unfavorably and thus withhold their esteem of him.

 

In order to get the love and friendships he craves, the narcissist is fully capable of being Mr. Dream Man, Mr. Nice Guy, Mr. Fantastic Boss…at least while it is necessary to do so. Then, once you’ve taken the bait, it does indeed turn out to be a bait-and-switch swindle.

 

The term bait-and-switch popularly describes an offer too good to be true, where the advertisement promises a fabulous item for sale, but when you get there, the skilled salesperson switches the offer and pushes you to buy a higher priced item, claiming they are sold out of the advertised merchandise.

 

In the narcissist’s game, bait-and-switch is a bit different. He lures you in with friendliness, with being such a great guy you can hardly believe your luck in meeting him. Perhaps the relationship is for business instead of a romantic relationship. That’s okay, the narcissist readily adapts like a chameleon when he scents admiration in the air.

 

Praise and attention are catnip to the narcissist: he can’t get enough, and panics when adoration is in short supply. In those moments, you can count on the narcissist to agree to trips you want to take, to authorize that new piece of office equipment, or even give you a raise. 

 

The “switch” comes about when the narcissist has tested you enough by jabs of sarcasm which you overlooked or readily forgave. After all, if you are basically an amiable person who wants everyone to get along, it didn’t seem bad enough to speak up and say “Please don’t talk to me that way.” You didn’t want to make a big deal over his being out of sorts, you didn’t want to rock the boat, you know he’s under a lot of stress so it’s easier to go along with his denial and reminder yourself it’s no big deal to excuse his behavior.  

 

You pass his frequent tests when you avoid confronting him or setting limits. When you go along with his program, and begin your part of the game which is to carefully watch him and try to head off his anger before he erupts in a full-blown rage.

 

Now he feels a great sense of joy inside: he can count on you to stay! He doesn’t have to be nice unless others are around, or unless he wants something. It takes a lot of energy for the narcissist to be generous with genuine affection, so he doesn’t bother unless he sees the advantage to be gained.

 

So here’s the switch: that sting of cruelty, the pain of physical, emotional and verbal abuse, the bruises from being someone’s verbal punching bag.

 

And yet, millions of people manage to cope with a narcissist in their life and keep on hoping for change, or taking any little sign of niceness that he has seen the error of his ways and is on the way toward treating you better. That “honeymoon” phase in the narcissist’s cycle is when he is feeling a release of his tension and is more relaxed. But the tension quickly builds because the narcissist takes everything (literally everything) personally, and so the cycle continues, endlessly. He has no motivation for personal growth or development, because he is the center of his world and it is running smoothly.

 

Inconsistencies of thought are rampant in the minds of a narcissist. He likes to believe the image of himself as a nice guy, someone admired and even loved by many. When he rages, it feels good to get rid of that inner tension, and yet since that kind of behavior is not consistent with Mr. Nice Guy, he has to simply pretend it didn’t happen.

 

When you get adept at watching a narcissist’s behavior and noticing the signs of building tension, you can learn to back away and spare yourself the explosion fallout as much as possible, and you can also figure out when to approach to have a more rational conversation with him. When would that be? I’m sure you can guess that it is when he is playing his favorite role, that of benevolent and beloved king.

 

I’ll get into all of this in greater detail in my new book America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters—coming on Inauguration Day. 

America's New Breed of Freedom Fighters book cover

Are you in? Okay, then put aside the panic, breathe mindfully, and realize this is an incredible opportunity for all of us to “fight” for the freedom and justice we desire.  More to come in the rest of this blog countdown to Inauguration 2017, and in my new book which will be released that day:  America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters: With Liberty and Justice for All

 Pre-order now on Amazon at:  http://bit.ly/NewBreedFreedomFighters

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Inauguration Countdown Day 13 — Hot Stress Relief


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Stress kills. If we could bottle up all the stress that erupted on 11/9/16 with the announcement about Trump’s electoral vote win, we’d need such massive vats to hold it that we’d be in manufacturing for years to come.

 

Consider this hypothetical question: Is it possible our nation (and the world) might be safer because Trump won?

 

When a narcissist is thwarted, all hell breaks loose. If that narcissist operates in a controlled arena such as his job at a factory, he might do some act of sabotage or vandalism or blow off steam in a pub brawl, then go home and abuse his wife and children. But when that narcissist occupies a high level of the public eye, we can only shudder to imagine his reaction and its repercussions. It might be like an atomic bomb test in the ocean, only not so far from civilization. If you think Trump’s behavior during the campaign and in the post-election days leading up to the Inauguration has been scary, what if he was in such a rage at losing that he called for a convention for the “red states” to secede from the Union?

 

I’m not saying we should feel grateful Trump was elected. Just sayin’…  it could’ve been even worse than what we are facing now.

 

Where does all that stress go? It doesn’t vanish. It seeps into every one of your 63 trillion cells. Other estimates of the number of cells in our body are higher, but maybe they make allowance for height and weight. In any case, that’s way more cells than we can count or keep track of. When someone is stressed out, it has a ripple effect and spreads out to family, friends, the workplace and more. You know what it’s like being filled with anxiety, and you know what it’s like to feel relief.

 

So let’s look at how we can invite relief to come on in and relax all that tension before there’s a massive epidemic of high blood pressure and other ills related to chronic stress.

 

In my stress management book, Forget Your Troubles: Enjoy Your Life Today, I explain all the ways being in a state of chronic stress is damaging to health. But more to the point for this article, I give in-depth examples of how to create serenity in your life and let go of all that panic. 

 

In fact, there’s a whole chapter on anxiety attacks called “Breathe, Dammit! – quick ways to stop a panic attack or meltdown.”

 

Here’s an excerpt:

 

Method #1 to stop a panic attack – deep breathing

 

Sometimes, simply noticing that your breath is too fast and shallow is enough to help you take a deep breath and slowly exhale, then relax and breathe normally. This will head off an anxiety attack by giving your brain the proper level of oxygen and nutrients.

           

At other times, you’ll need to mindfully breathe in and out, slowly and deeply.  If you are breathing in a shallow fashion when you are tensed up, you’ll feed an anxiety attack. It’s a vicious cycle. But you are in charge, and that’s the good news. Isn’t it great to know there’s an easy, painless solution and it doesn’t cost anything extra?

 

Here’s how to use breathing and affirmative phrasing as a crucial part of your life-changing, panic-reducing regimen:

 

  1. Count slowly and silently as you inhale, and then exhale. Be sure to do the counting and phrasing in your head, instead of wasting oxygen on speaking out loud.
  2. As you breathe, add empowering silent phrases: inhale on the silent phrase “I am”… exhale on the word “relaxed,” and repeat for at least several minutes… until you feel calmer.
  3. After you’ve mastered the “I am… relaxed” phrasing, add simple variations to your routine with affirmative phrases that involve a key emotion. For example, you could benefit from saying to yourself: “I am… serene,” “I am… confident,” “I am… happy,” “I am… stress-free.”

[end of book excerpt]

 

Related to thinking about Trump and the kind of ideas he comes up with to terrorize an entire population with pictures of what he’ll do next, I’m reminded of the popularity of horror films.

 

I feel that one of the reasons horror movies are so popular is that it is actually such a release of tension to get wound up to the point of sheer terror — and then get to the end of the film, heave a massive sigh of relief, calm your racing heart, and go out for a pizza. In comparison with what happened to the characters in the story, your own life’s ups and downs suddenly appear much more manageable.

 

The key to scaring ourselves silly in order to feel a sense of relief that things aren’t so bad after all, is to not linger on the frightening images long enough to build up worry that maybe they could happen or would happen. Drop that image, move on to something fun and pleasant.

 

I don’t advocate horror movies and books that have a really strong level of thrill that you absorb all that fear, but since people do watch and read these stories by the millions, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge that, and offer a warning: keep track of how you are feeling, and if you’re not bouncing back to cheerfulness after these kinds of thrillers, stop watching and reading them. 

 

I used to read a lot of espionage thrillers and action adventure stories but then I realized a few years ago that I was so full of tension while reading, I was undoing the calmness I had so carefully cultivated during meditation. I still enjoy a good mystery, but I choose the cozier variety rather than the more violent ones that can be very disturbing as they stimulate thoughts of anger, fear, and helplessness.

 

Always remember that we think in pictures and we create what we are emotionally imagining. Be careful with your mind power and don’t bring disaster into your life inadvertently by thinking scary thoughts, whether those thoughts are about imagining someone in your family getting into an accident, or worries about the Trump presidency. 

 

Learning to control our thoughts opens up access to truly manifesting what we desire instead of being the hapless victims of an angry narcissist.

 

 

I’ll get into all of this in greater detail in my new book America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters—coming on Inauguration Day. 

America's New Breed of Freedom Fighters book cover

Are you in? Okay, then put aside the panic, breathe mindfully, and realize this is an incredible opportunity for all of us to “fight” for the freedom and justice we desire.  More to come in the rest of this blog countdown to Inauguration 2017, and in my new book which will be released that day:  America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters: With Liberty and Justice for All

 Pre-order now on Amazon at:  http://bit.ly/NewBreedFreedomFighters

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Inauguration Countdown Day 14 — Law of Attraction in Action


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How did Trump win? This question has already been discussed in many circles, and no doubt will continue to be rehashed in the coming years and by future historians long past this century’s end. I would like to offer a different perspective about this. Donald Trump won the 2016 election because the law of attraction was working in his favor.

 

Seriously.

 

The same thing happened with George W. Bush. Twice.  That is one of the reasons behind my new book America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters and the sole reason for this 31-day blog countdown to the inauguration. I want to do everything I possibly can to ensure that Trump is a one-term-only president.

 

Very seriously.

 

We can ill afford him for four years, but re-election in 2020 is a possibility if we don’t take strong steps now to offset that eventuality.

 

I’m not talking about campaign issues and getting the voters out. All of that is of huge importance. But where we need to shift our awareness is in being much more in congruence with what we want (not AGAINST a candidate and his agenda, but FOR what we do want), and then deliberately use the laws of the mind to bring it forth into manifestation.

 

In other words, we progressives need to master the law of attraction, and there’s no time to waste. We think in pictures, and we react with our emotions, and the picture of Trump in office got stronger and stronger and more awful and terrifying and… we who wanted Hillary to win inadvertently poured our powerful manifestation energy into Trump’s campaign as surely as if we gave him our money and lifeblood.

 

“The inner movie that you have seen

with your mind’s eye

shall be made manifest openly.”

— Dr. Joseph Murphy

 

The accountants have finished the final tally of votes and we now see that 65,844,610 Americans voted against Trump – a better way would be to say we voted FOR Hillary.  However, we are so well trained as a society to think in terms of “battle” and “war” and “defeat” that many people are now repeating the summation as being votes against Trump.

 

 

 

We’re all living with unique paradigms that run our lives. The part of our mindset that deals with everyday preferences of ketchup over mustard, sweet pickles versus sour, driving a silver car or a white one, wearing lace-up sneakers or the kind with Velcro fasteners—all those are minor and hardly earth-shaking in nature.

 

But the assumptions that underlie our beliefs in politics created the result we are faced with today: a misogynist and racist entering the White House on January 20, 2017.

 

I don’t believe all Republicans are “evil” and that they must have agreed with all of Trump’s platform. I imagine that many of the people who voted for Trump were simply operating under the hypnotic influence of their decision to be Republican, probably because all their relatives and neighbors have been Republican since way back in the day when it meant a smaller government.

 

Today’s Republican platform is hardly recognizable from that of years gone by. When we have our mind pre-set to vote a certain platform, we reject ideas and information that try to penetrate the barrier.

 

This is an important skill in many ways, so that we can filter out extraneous information. But in the 2016 election, it meant that all the information flooding the airways and Tweet-ways about Donald Trumps’ corruption did not even enter the air space of the “red states.” If they got wind of something that caused a frown of concern, they no doubt instantly dismissed it:  This does not compute, it is not in congruence with what I want to believe, so it is not real.

 

While some Trump supporters chanted and screamed “Build the wall,” other supporters might not have even heard about the plan, or if they did would say, “Well I guess that’s a good idea, we need safe borders,” and never consider the cost and who would pay for it, let alone the ramifications of walling America off from one of our allies and important part of our culture. Others might have reassured themselves that it would never happen and there are always some extremists when people get hot under the collar in election campaigns.

 

Many millions of Republican voters really liked Trump’s promise to make America great again, whatever that means. To progressives, his plans mean making America a hell-hole. To rural white Christians it turns out to mean a magical fairyland where there aren’t black people in power and anybody who doesn’t go to your church can be run out of town by the local cops.

 

When we look at this election and try to understand how people could rationally choose a man with Trump’s lack of experience and his hair-trigger temper and his extreme narcissism, it seems like we’ve entered “The Twilight Zone” because it is illogical.  That’s the thing about humans: we run by our emotions, and our emotions are driven by the hidden beliefs deep in our subconscious. If you hate women and think life was better when they were barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen, would you even consider the qualifications of Hillary Clinton? Of course not; it would not compute with the program running your life.

 

Where we went wrong is in sliding into reactive mode. Without being aware of how dangerous it was, Hillary’s team began sending out emails with frightening subject lines about Trump outspending, about being scared, about needing to donate more money fast, about “we could lose this” – all of those statements are affirmations. They are requests to the universal law of attraction to bring back to us the matching experiences. So we got more scared, his spending skyrocketed, and we did lose it.

 

We are in a very important transitional time in human history, and you and I are here to help, so that this will be the last time a man like Trump ever gets elected in a free country. Last. Time. Ever.

 

But to do this, we need to start honing our skills in using the law of attraction in our own lives. When we learn to access the power of our thoughts, we truly think into the desired results instead of getting a haphazard mish-mash of sorta good and not so great.

 

My book is crammed and jammed with information on working with the law of attraction so that we can indeed neutralize Trump’s agenda of hate, and instead manifest progress with liberty and justice for all.

 

I’ll get into all of this in greater detail in my new book America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters—coming on Inauguration Day. 

America's New Breed of Freedom Fighters book cover

Are you in? Okay, then put aside the panic, breathe mindfully, and realize this is an incredible opportunity for all of us to “fight” for the freedom and justice we desire.  More to come in the rest of this blog countdown to Inauguration 2017, and in my new book which will be released that day:  America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters: With Liberty and Justice for All

 Pre-order now on Amazon at:  http://bit.ly/NewBreedFreedomFighters

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Inauguration Countdown Day 15 — Epiphany


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Today is Epiphany, the Christian holiday commemorating the visit to the baby Jesus by the Magi. These were three Kings or Wise Men who traveled from other lands, following the Christmas star to Bethlehem to bear witness to the birth of the new spiritual King. It is the “12th day of Christmas” known by the popular song and not always remembered for what January 6 means in the Christian religion.  The word “epiphany” is Greek in origin and literally means that Jesus was “revealed” to the world in this story of a long ago tradition.

 

What has been revealed to us in the election of Donald Trump? Do you believe he is worthy of the gifts that were given to the baby Jesus to show his importance? The gold symbolized his royal rank as the new King bringing love into the world, frankincense is an essential oil that is still much valued for its healing properties but in church language the gift of frankincense related to his divine birth, and myrrh represented his human mortality (myrrh was a holy incense burned in temples, and was also used to embalm the bodies of Pharaohs).

 

When we have an “epiphany” in modern times, we tend to think of it as a really big ah-ha moment. It’s as if we were in a darkened room and someone opens a door to the sunlight. An epiphany can feel deeply spiritual, such as gaining knowledge about your life purpose after struggling to figure it out. With the experience of an epiphany, we step out of our ordinary existence and, with the benefit of this new insight, we take a giant leap into a fullness of meaning that is far greater than we have experienced before. And in this new understanding of who we are and what we are capable of achieving, we look around and we see where we can be of service by living at a higher level of potential than ever before.

 

I believe that the 65,844,610 Americans who voted against Trump had an epiphany when he won. As a group, we realized that we haven’t come as far as we thought in bringing people on board with a healthier approach to citizen rights than just the right-wing white Christian desire for homogenized life in the so-called good ol’ days of the 1950s.  I grew up in the fifties in segregated Texas, a skinny blonde Catholic girl whose grade school butted up against the beginning of the “colored section” of town. I know that going backwards is never going to help this country. Mr. Trump has declared his intentions of creating mayhem and destruction, and is already gathering around him cabinet nominees who have Putin’s approval, and white supremacist’s blue ribbon as well.

 

What can we do? Are we simply going to have to wait it out and pray that nothing too awful happens, and that however bad it is, we’ll manage to regroup eventually and regain what we’ve lost during his tenure? If we take that attitude, well, in my opinion, we’re defeated right now, because we become inadvertent collaborators.

 

Let us pray for deliverance from Trump’s extremism, and remember that in our prayers and hopes for the next four years, we have the advantage of being people of diversity who can speak up for a new “epiphany” or “revelation” and that will be to reveal more and more progressive action in the coming four years, and not less. We will reveal our determination to protect the progress we’ve made to date and continue moving forward in all the issues of importance to Democrats, Progressive, Independents and others who want the country and the world to keep expanding in love, joy and creativity. 

 

I’m counting on all the people in the personal development and spiritual communities to step up and help lead the way for progress.

 

In his metaphysical books, Dr. Joseph Murphy often reminds us to be careful of our thoughts and to be sure that we are always thinking about what is true and of good report. This means we can’t fill our minds with thoughts of what Trump is up to. Avoid being a news junkie and following all his rants and threats.  Keep your focus on the desired outcome, and allow the powerful law of attraction to make manifest the good pictures in your mind of liberty and justice for all.

 

“Be sure that you think on

whatsoever things are true,

whatsoever things are honest,

whatsoever things are just,

whatsoever things are pure,

whatsoever things are lovely,

whatsoever things are of good report;

if there be any virtue,

and if there be any praise,

think on these things.”

Philippians 4:8

 

We can’t back down. There have always been times in history when it would be easier to just run inside and bar the door and  hope that the fighting going on outside passes you by. There is too much at stake to be passive and let Trump and his cronies trample on our liberties.

I’ll get into all of this in greater detail in my new book America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters—coming on Inauguration Day. 

America's New Breed of Freedom Fighters book cover

Are you in? Okay, then put aside the panic, breathe mindfully, and realize this is an incredible opportunity for all of us to “fight” for the freedom and justice we desire.  More to come in the rest of this blog countdown to Inauguration 2017, and in my new book which will be released that day:  America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters: With Liberty and Justice for All

 Pre-order now on Amazon at:  http://bit.ly/NewBreedFreedomFighters

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Inauguration Countdown Day 16 — The Shock Heard Round the World


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Students of American History will, of course, understand the intended reference in the title of this article to “The shot heard round the world” which marked the beginning of the American Revolution in 1775 to gain freedom from the tyranny of King George III of England.

 

The phrase comes from the opening lines of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Concord Hymn” written in 1837:

 

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

 

Of course the “shock” I refer to is Donald Trump’s win of the 2016 Presidential Election. This shock was truly felt and heard all around the globe as countless millions of people reeled in stunned dismay over the potential outcome of an avowed misogynist and racist in the White House.

 

In any disaster, we feel overwhelmed and unable to grasp the full scope of the issue because our expectation for good has been turned totally upside down. It takes some time for our heartbeat to return to normal, and longer for our sense of outrage to settle down.

 

However, it is vital for progress that we not stay in a state of shock any longer. It is time to keep moving forward, to proceed with the issues that are dear to the hearts of people who want this world to grow and evolve, not to return to dark ages and dark times.

 

Be a voice for progress. Throughout history, ordinary people have heard the call to action and in spite of the logical reasons to excuse themselves from doing things that were scary or uncomfortable or meant sticking their necks out, they found enough gumption to step up and fight back for what they wanted for themselves, their families, and their country.

 

We can do this too. We can fight back, with the power of positivity.

 

I am calling on all Democrats, Progressives and Moderates, and our friends around the world, to join in the new revolution and be Freedom Fighters to push forward with justice, education, environmental protection, clean energy, fair wages, and so many more issues that are vital to the wellbeing of our nation and of the entire globe.

 

“The Universe is all good; however, in difficult situations we are often not able to see the bigger picture. Even situations we call ‘bad’ actually have good underneath them. Look at any situation with new eyes and look for the good. If you look for it, you will most assuredly begin to find it, and then you will have burst the illusion of difficulty and allowed all the good  to come forth.” – Rhonda Byrne

 

It all comes down to saying yes to what we want to experience—and to stop saying no to what we don’t want. That “no” power we learned as two-year-olds was an important part of personality development of the individual, and we use yes/no throughout each day in even minor decisions about what to wear or eat, whether to go to that store or the one a block further but with better produce. The type of yes/no judgments that help us navigate the complexity of daily life are not the same process as powering up a big fat “NO, I DON’T WANT THAT!” which actually energizes the very thing, person, or situation we are trying to push away. This is why “resistance is futile” is not just a line spoken by alien monsters in a sci fi movie.

 

Resistance truly makes a hate agenda grow stronger and more empowered.  We learned that lesson with Hitler and apparently we must learn it again.

 

We must learn to direct our thoughts and the incredible power of our emotions towards what we want to build together: liberty and justice for all.

 

 

I’ll get into all of this in greater detail in my new book America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters—coming on Inauguration Day. 

America's New Breed of Freedom Fighters book cover

Are you in? Okay, then put aside the panic, breathe mindfully, and realize this is an incredible opportunity for all of us to “fight” for the freedom and justice we desire.  More to come in the rest of this blog countdown to Inauguration 2017, and in my new book which will be released that day:  America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters: With Liberty and Justice for All

 Pre-order now on Amazon at:  http://bit.ly/NewBreedFreedomFighters

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Inauguration Countdown Day 17 — Not My President


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While strolling Fifth Avenue in New York City to view the holiday window displays at famous department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Lord & Taylor, I couldn’t help noticing all the police and police barriers around 57th Street…the location of the “Trump Tower” where Donald Trump lives.

 

On the opposite side of the street, a man shivered on the sidewalk in the freezing cold of the dark evening, holding up a large hand-made sign that read: “NOT MY PRESIDENT.”  And I thought to myself, Yeah, I understand where you’re coming from, but… actually he IS going to be your President, and mine, too. 

 

This is a democracy. We elect our leaders, and we elect a President every four years. There has never been a year where the election was called off or postponed due to bad weather or a conflict with the NFL schedule. The election is held in an even year, and the polls are always open on the second Tuesday of November, without fail. On the heels of the election, but not so immediate that it’s too swift a change–giving the incumbents time to wrap things up and move out, and the city of Washington, D.C. to prepare for the ceremony, the president-elect is sworn in on January 20th, no matter what day of the week that falls on.  It’s a 3-step process that is predictable: registered voters make their choice, someone wins, and then that person gets inaugurated for a four-year term. 

 

Demonstrating and holding up signs that say “Not my president” is no doubt a way of stating your opinion, but it doesn’t affect the reality of Trump’s upcoming move into the White House. 

 

Trump is our president now. Even though he is not the People’s Choice, he was not the winner of the popular vote, the Electoral College declared him the winner, and we must make the best of a bad situation.

 

Whenever a really scary situation confronts us, we have three basic choices: 

  1. Scream and yell and rant. Refuse to accept it. Stay angry and worried and stressed-out. Decide we’ll all have to muddle through somehow for the next four years and hope things magically work out.
  2. Turn away. In this case, move out of the country and relinquish your citizenship so you can truly say “Not my president” and try not to wince every time you see Trump on international news.
  3. Do something about it. 

 

 

With my new book, “America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters,” I invite you to step up and be part of a new type of Resistance. You probably know about the freedom fighters in World War Two who were fought long and hard under desperate conditions, to help Jews escape Hitler, to speak out for freedom, to risk their lives while gaining intelligence to help the Allies, and to spread the word that they weren’t going to give up their dream of freedom for themselves and their countrymen.

 

We are under attack, from within our country.

 

Let’s not give up. Let’s not let Trump and his cronies stomp all over America with their jackboots. If you voted for Trump or you don’t understand what the big fuss is all about and think Democrats are just being “sore losers,” I urge you to look deeper into what is going on and what kind of man Mr. Trump is.

 

Trump is transparent about being an extremist with a hate agenda, but for dyed-in-the-wool Republicans, they probably never saw those “sound bites” on the TV channels they watch or learned about his actions in the newspapers and radio stations that censored such information. Maybe they even believe he finally turned over his tax returns (he didn’t–narcissists don’t have to follow the rules because they believe in their inherent superiority to the rest of us) and that he’s being hounded for no reason.

 

Lest you think I’m an alarmist, take a look at what’s going on already with Trump’s selections of white supremacists and right-wing extremists to be key players in his inner circle, as well as the smoke-and-mirrors efforts of Republicans to push through secret agendas while the nation is distracted by the holidays.

 

Enough about what we don’t want. You know what’s going on. We’ve got a challenge ahead of us. Together, we can picture progress and growth in America and for the rest of the world, too, and with the powerful energy of the law of attraction, we can manifest those positive mental pictures into reality. Start now, start today. 

 

Affirm: “My goodwill is a strong Tower around me. I now change all enemies into friends. All inharmony into harmony. All injustice into justice.” — Florence Scovel Shinn

 

I’ll get into all of this in greater detail in my new book America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters—coming on Inauguration Day. 

America's New Breed of Freedom Fighters book cover

Are you in? Okay, then put aside the panic, breathe mindfully, and realize this is an incredible opportunity for all of us to “fight” for the freedom and justice we desire.  More to come in the rest of this blog countdown to Inauguration 2017, and in my new book which will be released that day:  America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters: With Liberty and Justice for All

 Pre-order now on Amazon at:  http://bit.ly/NewBreedFreedomFighters

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Inauguration Countdown Day 18 — Dissolve the Wall Before Trump Builds It


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What happened when you first heard about the massive wall Trump plans to build at our southern border? We think in images, so I feel confident you didn’t see the letters “W-A-L-L” in your mind’s eye. Instead, you no doubt pictured a snaking wall between the United States and Mexico. That picture popped into your mind instantaneously, didn’t it?

 

Our images are powerful. The longer we think about that wall and add details to it in our horrified imagination, the stronger and more realistic the picture gets.  Have you ever used a Polaroid instant camera? Remember watching as the picture developed into full color right before your eyes? That’s just a small metaphor for how our imagination power works. 

 

If you are appalled at the idea of breaking the economy by building a huge wall across many miles, dividing our citizens ever more firmly into opposing camps, and becoming a police state, then we have to start taking action now.

 

I’ll leave it up to you to support the activist and political sites by signing petitions and helping to share messages from the Democratic Party and other progressive groups.

 

What I want you to do is to promise you’ll stop picturing that damned wall.

 

Okay, what happened? Did the image magically go away? Of course not. Probably it got even clearer because I told you not to picture it.  This is like the old joke: Hey, don’t think about an elephant in your living room!

 

The special trick to using the law of attraction is to turn our attention away from the result or experience that we do not want to create. Since most of us never learned to do this growing up, we have very well-established thinking habits, and it can feel like quite a challenge to not automatically join in the worrying and anxiety about all of Trump’s plans.

 

After all, he’s got so many of them, and not a single one is beneficial for our country. His agenda is to systematically attack our freedoms and change the landscape of our land into one reminiscent of a fascist regime.

 

Here’s the way to change the picture of what he plans into a beautiful picture of progress and freedom for all.  Each time you think about the wall, distract yourself with something else. Don’t try to force the image away, simply think about flowers, or puppies, or what you are going to have for dinner.  If friends and family and coworkers begin fretting about the wall, don’t participate in the conversation. Depending on who you are with, share the idea of turning your focus away from the wall and onto things that are positive and make you feel uplifted instead of frightened.

 

We can truly turn injustice into justice when we join together in creating positive images. Our thinking power means that we create the experiences and results we share. That means we’re either helping to build the wall by being upset and terrified about it…

 

Or we are dissolving it before Trump can even hire the architects, by virtue of turning our energy AWAY from the mental pictures of walls.

 

James Allen: “We think in secret and it comes to pass. Environment is but our looking glass.”  Memorize that quote. Read his book “As a Man Thinketh.”  Actually, you can pick up a copy of it as a gift from me when you go to the readers page link that is inside my new book “America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters.”

 

Draw on your bottomless reserve of courage and remind yourself that being a Freedom Fighter means we don’t back down to bullies no matter how outrageous their antics become. The election itself was a barrier to his plan to build the wall, but once he got in, fear crossed the barrier, and now we have a number of hurdles in front of us.

 

Trump attracts bullies and people who are fearful and angry. Some of his supporters are no doubt good people who were deluded into voting for him. After all, Hitler was elected in 1932, and many thousands of people adored him and thought he’d bring Germany to “greatness.” 

 

Trump whipped people into a frenzy of fear with all of his rants and ravings. He’s deadly serious about rolling back freedom, liberty and justice so that only he and his cronies come out on top.

 

Mr. Trump is an extreme narcissist. Narcissists hate being laughed at. Start laughing at Trump’s plan to build a wall at our Mexican border. Each time the image of Trump’s wall comes to mind, turn your attention to a peaceful Mexican border where sensible immigration laws prevail.

 

I’ll get into all of this in greater detail in my new book America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters—coming on Inauguration Day. 

America's New Breed of Freedom Fighters book cover

Are you in? Okay, then put aside the panic, breathe mindfully, and realize this is an incredible opportunity for all of us to “fight” for the freedom and justice we desire.  More to come in the rest of this blog countdown to Inauguration 2017, and in my new book which will be released that day:  America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters: With Liberty and Justice for All

 Pre-order now on Amazon at:  http://bit.ly/NewBreedFreedomFighters

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Inauguration Countdown Day 19 — Stop Badmouthing Trump


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The more we send out thoughts of hate and worry about what Trump will do on Day One of his presidency, the more we come into collusion with his agenda. I’m not asking you to say something good about him. Start with not saying something bad. It might feel strange. You may have to catch yourself mid-sentence and change the subject.

 

Here are some of the things we Democrats and Progressives and Republican Moderates should stop doing immediately:

–Hating Trump

–Wishing he’ll fail

–Hoping he gets kicked out of office

–Hoping he is scorned by our allies and world leaders (other than those like Putin who are thrilled Trump got elected)

–Worrying about the umpteen billion dollar wall Trump demands must be erected between the United States and Mexico (which, by the way, as any elementary school kid could tell him, used to own our southwestern states including California.)

 

Resisting Trump by speaking and thinking ill of him is actually the wrong way of going about things. It’s contrary to the way our thought power works. In fact, resistance is worse than “futile” as a hostile alien might intone to a hapless Earther—resistance plays into our opponents’ hands by strengthening the energy around their agenda.

 

The natural laws of the mind show us that it can’t be otherwise. We can’t continue to think unhappy thoughts and create happier results. It doesn’t work that way, even though we’ve stumbled along as a race for many thousands of years doing just that.

 

Wishful thinking doesn’t work either, not unless we amplify it with a higher level of expectation.

 

In response to our pushing-away thought commands (e.g. “I want Trump to go away!”) the Universe can only give us more Trump, and even worse – a bigger and stronger Trump.

 

The law of attraction draws together all harmonious elements to create the matching result. It’s like the children’s game of matching colored squares.  If millions of us are thinking negative, low sour-green frequency thoughts about Trump and his cronies, we actually align our energy with his because that’s where his platform is: on a low energy sour-green vibration of hate and discord.

 

You may be inwardly protesting that you have stepped up your positive affirmations and meditations since the election results were announced. And that’s wonderful. But take a look as well at how you feel about Donald Trump.  Do you walk around with a dull ache inside, with anxiety in the pit of your stomach, and fear in the back of your mind? That fear emotion is what the Universal Mind is “reading” and responding to.

 

It’s as if we operate with a stereo system in our mind. On the full volume track, we’ve got our beautifully crafted positive affirmations, and we repeat them, we listen to them on recordings, we watch positive videos, we write them in our journals and on sticky notes for the bathroom mirror.  Example: “I am so happy and grateful now that all is well and only good comes to me.”

 

But—let’s look at that other stereo track, which is actually our subconscious beliefs. Imagine it’s on a very low volume, so you don’t notice it consciously, especially when you’re going about your busy day. It’s the voice of your inner beliefs, and it might go something like this: “I am so upset that @#${&*^ man got elected! What are we going to do! I’m terrified what is going to happen next!”

 

That inner voice of anxiety and dread is the one driving your results—and when we all chime in together on that vibration of anxiety, we inadvertently create a big manifestation that’s all about stuff we don’t want and would never deliberately conjure up. 
The key is to change our beliefs, to get a sense of inner calm that good can come out of this, that together we are strong and will create the progressive change we desire, that we have hope for the future because we know a bully can’t defeat us unless we let him.

 

Tip: if you haven’t done so already, sign up for my Serenity Gift Collection which includes two meditation audios and the full chapter on removing negative labels from my bestselling stress management book Forget Your Troubles: Enjoy Your Life Today. Go here to claim your gifts: http://evelynbrooks.com

 

Once we get into the rhythm of speaking for what we want (instead of decrying what we don’t want and badmouthing the president-elect), we begin to see a shift in our results.

 

It starts first with feeling a bit better. Not as anxiety-ridden. Not as sleep-deprived.  Not as stressed-out. We start feeling that, okay, this isn’t the choice we prefer, this isn’t the candidate we voted for, he’s not even the one who got the most votes, but we still live in a democracy, we still have access to our Congressional representatives and senators to make our voice heard, and we can keep moving forward.

 

If we buckle under to fear, then Trump truly wins.

 

I’ll get into all of this in greater detail in my new book America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters—coming on Inauguration Day. 

America's New Breed of Freedom Fighters book cover

Are you in? Okay, then put aside the panic, breathe mindfully, and realize this is an incredible opportunity for all of us to “fight” for the freedom and justice we desire.  More to come in the rest of this blog countdown to Inauguration 2017, and in my new book which will be released that day:  America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters: With Liberty and Justice for All

 Pre-order now on Amazon at:  http://bit.ly/NewBreedFreedomFighters

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Inauguration Countdown Day 20 — Anticipate Miracles


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Happy New Year! Together, we can create lasting peace and a higher level of growth and awareness in our country than might seem possible at this moment, with the Trump presidency looming over us like a thundercloud.

 

Last night, I enjoyed the New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve concert at Lincoln Center, conducted by Alan Gilbert. At the end of the concert, before leading the audience in “Auld Lang Syne,” he said, “The opposite of war isn’t peace–it’s creativity.”

 

Let’s join together with our amazing creative thought power and bring about the positive change we desire in our country, and in the world. 

 

As one of my favorite inspirational authors, Florence Scovel Shinn, says in her book Your Word Is Your Wand (1928), “God makes a way where there is no way.” The full meaning of that seemingly odd statement is that we are not supposed to worry about all the “How can we do anything about this?” questions that leap to mind when we think about a racist taking office in less than three weeks as president of our great country.

 

When we look to Source (God, Universal Mind) to work with us, we can accomplish anything we set our minds to. By tapping into the true power of our creative thoughts, we create miracles.  A miracle, by the way, is the genuine outcome of using our minds the way there were intended, to create desired results—it’s the logical result of thinking deliberately about what we want, holding the feeling of already having it in our lives, and allowing it to manifest fully in the physical world we inhabit. But since we’ve all been trained to believe in things like good luck, bad luck, happenstance, and wishing on stars, it can really seem like a “miracle” when we get what we want instead of a pale imitation of it, if even that much.

 

Learning to use the universal laws gives us so much power in our lives. It’s like being shown how to drive a car for the first time. At first, there’s so much to learn and remember, and we grip the wheel in panic, muttering under our breath, “Seat belt! Check the rear view mirror! Turn on the engine! Release the emergency brake! Put it in gear! No, no—wait! Put your foot on the brake first!” And then, as if by magic, after practicing and practicing, and getting things wrong sometimes and doing better the next time…we’re driving like we were born to it. The same process works for using the law of attraction in a far more powerful and effective way than we ever have before.

 

Go ahead and let your wishes jump-start your engine—but don’t count on wish power to make results happen. We can’t “hope” that the next four years turn out okay. We have to get creative, and make sure they turn out better than just all right – that they turn out miraculously well because we anticipated great things and we brought them to pass in support of liberty and justice for all.

 

I’ll get into all of this in greater detail in my new book America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters—coming on Inauguration Day. 

America's New Breed of Freedom Fighters book cover

Are you in? Okay, then put aside the panic, breathe mindfully, and realize this is an incredible opportunity for all of us to “fight” for the freedom and justice we desire.  More to come in the rest of this blog countdown to Inauguration 2017, and in my new book which will be released that day:  America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters: With Liberty and Justice for All

 Pre-order now on Amazon at:  http://bit.ly/NewBreedFreedomFighters

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