As many of you have heard the United States elected Donald Trump to be our next President. Some Americans are in deep shock, mourning, and grief. The reason is President-elect Trump used hate speech, negative rhetoric, and sexist statements and behaviors in his campaign. Many Americans are deeply disturbed and distressed by the election results. How is it possibe that this man has been elected by the majority of our country?
As many of my readers know, I work on a college campus on sexually assaults and discrimination matters involving our students, faculty, and staff. Many of our students have expressed fear for their safety. Our college president recently spoke to the campus to reassure us and to ask for tolerance and civility. I will be meeting with our international students next week to educate them on where and how to receive assistance, protection, and support on our campus.
Amist all this turmoil, my higher self has risen to the challenge. Her voice is louder than ever, and she is no longer a faint voice in the background, but a thundering voice of reason. I believe that my personal spiritual journey of emotional healing has prepared me for what my country is about to face. One by one, countries throughout the world have devolved into hatred, violence, and corruption, even the ones we never expected.
Last Tuesday’s presidential election was the Dark Night of the Soul for America. We are realizing that we don’t live in the country that we believe, we tolerate hate and violence, and we are complicit in oppresssing and marginalizing the less powerful and fortunate. It is a dark place indeed.
As I have personally faced the dark night of the soul more than once, I too reflect on my personal losses. It is through these losses that I realized who I was and what I had become due to my life circumstances. My life had devolved into victimhood, powerlessness, suffering, and perpetual physical and emotional pain. One of my greatest losses was my friend Patricia. She is a spiritual, compassionate, and kind woman who helps the less fortunate.
I was so consumed by my abuses, traumas, pain, suffering, self hate, and negativity that she no longer could tolerate being my friend. This is who I had become, and I lost someone I loved in my life. To this day, I do not blame her for leaving me, as I had become intolerable to be around. It was through these difficult losses in my personal life that forced me to take a deep, hard look at myself, and I did not like what I saw. Patricia reflected back to me who I had become, and I needed to take action to change myself and my life.
Five years ago, I worked in earnest to turn my life around. I left my addictions, negative patterns, rage, and pain behind by confronting my past traumas, abuses, and negative patterns. It was a dark five years for me, but I am now finding light in my life, although all of this is new and unchartered territory for me.
It is a brand new day in my personal life, and with this new found power, I shall share it with my students, community, and country. This power is within each of us, but we must first face our own darkness, before we can find our power and light. (Copyright 2016 Awakening Journey with All Rights Reserved)