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,  (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

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