Power Tip of the Day: Open your heart to love and forgiveness.
Forgiveness can feel like we’re being weak, like we’re saying “Oh, yeah, no big deal that Trump played a very dirty game and won even though Hillary had the popular vote.” It can feel like we’re being asked to say it doesn’t matter what Trump and his campaign did to manipulate fear throughout the world, and to rile up rural Americans nostalgic for a trip back in time to the nasty days of white supremacy where “faith” meant believing in a vengeful God and it’s okay to put the Christian injunction to “Love thy neighbor as thyself” on hold while you hate anyone who looks different from you and doesn’t attend the same church.
In an article I read years ago about Dorothy Bridges, the actress and poet who was the wife of Lloyd Bridges and mother of actors Jeff and Beau Bridges, she was quoted as saying that she raised her children to understand if they ever felt a challenge in believing in “God” to simply add another “o” to the word…and believe in “Good.”
We can all understand and relate to “good” and we can state an intention to create more of good and less of its opposite, and to hold our elected officials to the same standard.
We can’t hold grudges and also profess that we are transmitting love in response to hate.
“When they go low, we go high.”– Michelle Obama, First Lady
The process of forgiveness is actually a simple one. It involves letting go of the thoughts and feelings that you have clutched to yourself with rage, anger, resentment, and wishes for vengeance. Wherever you feel those negative emotions, it’s an indication that forgiveness will free you from that slavery to hatred.
Release the anger. Release the desire to get back at the person or organizations who have hurt or upset you. Let go of your grim determination to make someone pay for what they’ve done.
Stop looking in the rearview mirror of life. Instead, free up that energy to create good, harmony, and growth.
Transmuting fear into love is a powerful process. This goes for all issues where there is strife in our lives, not just this election debacle.
When we open to allowing love to flow and goodwill to flourish, we become aligned with the emotional vibrations of joy, peace, bliss, happiness. And in that alignment, we find our true power to create our desired results.
On the other hand, when we hang onto vengeful thoughts or the angry rehashing of events, we stay chained to emotions that, by virtue of the laws of our universe, can only bring us more things to feel angry and resentful and upset about.
Here’s a trick to making forgiveness more palatable: you’re taking the high road, you’re taking a superior position over the “you” who has until now been less aware of your own thought activities. Congratulate yourself on being willing to grow.
Once you gain the forgiveness habit, I think you’ll discover, as I did, that it makes life so much easier and more congenial to let the anger go and focus instead on what you are doing today and how you can be of service to others.
If you feel challenged to forgive and understand friends and family members who voted for Trump, take the important step of making love more important than politics. Calm your breathing, get still within, and ask for help in being a channel for universal love. Remind yourself that in one hundred years, all of us who participated in Election 2016 will be long dead. Don’t allow the anger over the election to spoil the rest of your life, don’t let it harden into bitterness or hatred. Remember always that love trumps hate, because love is of a higher nature than hate and fear and worry.
Send compassion to people who voted for Trump, and realize they followed their own hidden beliefs that are obviously fear-based in nature. They are a dying breed. As our world evolves, and the mental laws are more freely and readily understood, more and more individuals will transition upward into a greater level of awareness. People like Donald Trump will never be allowed near positions of power.
We can let go of them now, without sharing in their narrow Old Worldview of struggle and domination, of control and fear.
“When we come to see that Thought is a force —a manifestation of energy —having a magnet-like power of attraction, we will begin to understand the why and wherefore of many things that have heretofore seemed dark to us….When we think we send out vibrations of a fine ethereal substance, which are as real as the vibrations manifesting light, heat, electricity, magnetism.” — William Walker Atkinson
Here is something else to consider about loving others, in spite of their opinions and behavior. When we try to make the other person or group wrong, the natural reaction on their side is to push back and prove that they are right. That clash can quickly escalate into angry shouts (and Tweets).
The higher road is to understand everyone has the right to their own opinion. We can turn away from what we don’t want and pour our mental energy into what we do want to create. It’s amazing how much freer we can feel when we stop pushing against something undesired. Even though at first it may seem the only logical recourse that we have, that isn’t true. We have far more power when we take inspired action for what we want, than when we angrily push against what we dislike or fear.
From adventures to explorers to people seeking greater freedom and prosperity – America has ever sounded the clarion call as the land of opportunities. Let us take full advantage of the freedoms we have: the right to free speech, the right to vote, the right to get a job and be paid for it, the right to create your own business and set your own prices, the right to live where you desire without discrimination, the right to life, the right to due process of law, the right to the pursuit of happiness.
Many rights and freedoms are at risk due to Trump’s election. Get involved now and let’s keep moving forward in service to the greater good.
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.
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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