I was thinking about what a relief it would have been if only the Electoral College had done what the majority of voters wished for, and honored the popular vote, thus giving the win to Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump. We use the word “relief” rather loosely in America, for many different things. There’s the sense of relief when something bad doesn’t happen after all. There’s the relief we gain by taking an aspirin for a headache. The feeling of great relief when a long and arduous task has been completed. We also provide relief to people who have experienced a disaster or extreme privation for some reason in their life, by giving them food, shelter, clothing, and sometimes welfare funds to tide them over until they are gainfully employed.
The way I’m looking at “relief” right now, however, is not as something imposed upon us from the outside, or something that is meant to erase an unwanted event, but rather as a stance of empowerment that we can call forth, each of us individually.
Abraham-Hicks points out that “relief is the cure that all medicine is looking for.” It’s what we seek at the end of a tiresome day at work, and because we haven’t learned we have the ability to create our own relief, we look for the quick fix of food, alcohol, distractions, and so on.
As I see it, we progressives, Democrats and Hillary supporters can either drive ourselves crazy over the next four years, feeling anxious and stressed out… OR we can take action now towards creating relief within our own lives and for the country as a whole.
First, imagine something minor that you have felt relief over in the recent past. Perhaps you nearly knocked over a full cup of coffee or tea on your desk filled with important papers. But you caught it just in time, and steadied the cup. Perhaps a few drops splattered here or there, but no real damage was done. Whew! That nervous jittery feeling that popped up in the instant is now released, perhaps with a big sighing exhalation and even a little laugh, or a joke at your own expense.
Now, think about that happy glow of knowing disaster was averted. It felt really good, right? Keep recalling it, until you feel that glow all over, that sense of relief, of joy, of everything being good in your world for those few moments.
Capture that feeling, bottle it up in your imagination, and uncap it as needed to bring a sense of relief into your day whenever you feel anxiety try to take over. If we allow Trump’s agenda to terrify us, then we are victims of terrorism. If we allow his rants to scare us, then we are his mental collaborators and feed his type of energy with our fear, thus making the “Dark Force” stronger. And, if we grumble to each other and hunker down to wait him out, we become slaves chained to a feudal lord.
I believe the key to relief is to understand we have the power to create the change we desire, and we can do this no matter what Trump plans. But we have to join together, we have to be bigger than all that hatred. Never forget: love trumps hate. Always.
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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