Have you ever felt like you were being held hostage by a highly charged situation not of your own making? It might have been an extended family argument that went ballistic, an issue at the office where people were taking sides and the atmosphere went beyond unpleasant into toxicity. Or, perhaps, you are feeling torn emotionally by the results of the recent U.S. presidential election and its aftermath filled with Mr. Trump’s threats (“promises,” to his devotees) to destroy freedoms that are integral to healthy American lifestyles, and even to immediately (“on Day One”) begin building a massively expensive wall at our southern border. (Hey, anyone remember the Berlin Wall erected by Communists in 1961, and then in 1989, President Reagan’s famous words, “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”?)
It’s not much fun feeling like a hapless ping pong ball being batted around by what someone else is threatening. However, it is crucial to not allow anyone, including (or especially) Mr. Trump, to dictate your emotional state of mind.
When we gain a fuller understanding that we do indeed create our own daily experience in this world, we can more readily see that if we allow ourselves to feel yanked around like a puppet on its strings, and be terrified one minute, in tears the next, and then angry the following hour, then that person manipulating the strings is the one in charge of your life as completely as if you were enslaved.
Stand up for your own freedom. Join this new movement to be a new breed of Freedom Fighter in America—and our international friends are welcome, too. There’s no cost to participate. All it requires is a desire to feel better, to help make the world a better place instead of a worse one, and the willingness to experiment with a few simple methods of deliberately using the law of attraction to improve your results instead of accepting what comes you way by seeming happenstance.
Mr. Spock (Star Trek) had the right idea about emotional discipline, although of course his practice was carried to the extreme to be a more exotic and unfathomable alien from the (fictional) planet Vulcan. But we can learn from Spock, that we don’t have to leap every time someone says “frog.” We don’t have to let our hot buttons get pushed again and again.
Let’s deliberately turn our attention away from the rants and threats, and towards the good that we want to create for ourselves and our fellow citizens.
The election results may have you feeling like you are stumbling around in the dark, afraid you’ll never find the door out. It feels disorienting. It feels like you aren’t in charge of your own life anymore. It feels scary that a man who talks the way he does could actually get elected. (Aside: how on earth do rational parents explain to their children that a man with so much hatred for women, for people of color, for people of a different religion than his preference, actually got elected to the highest office in our country?)
When you take a look at the progression of what you observe and what you feel, and what you do next, you can detect the cycle: thought produces an image, the image immediately produces an emotion, and the emotion leads us into action. From the action, we then step into re-action to our results and to what others are doing and saying, and the cycle continues, endlessly.
By the way, action can mean a physical or mental activity or direction of thought; it doesn’t have to mean you get up and go do something. Most of our actions take place in our minds. When we gain more control over our mental activities, then we can create order out of chaos. And when we are thus more calm and in charge of our thoughts, there is no stopping us from creating tremendous growth both in our individual lives and for humanity as a whole.
Let’s start appreciating our opportunities to produce great expansion and greater freedom for all in the coming four years. Out of great disaster, we can produce great growth.
Now, breathe. As we breathe slowly, deeply, mindfully, it becomes a type of meditation that invites calmness and discipline into our thought processes. It becomes easier to dismiss the threats and focus instead on the action we can take to create more liberty and more justice and more freedom for all. Breathe in: allow Spirit to flow into you and refresh, revitalize and remind you of exactly who you are and why you are here.
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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