It’s been a long time since I’ve communicated with you.
In the last year-plus, I’ve watched the drama (yes, it’s a drama — important to remember) of the US Presidential Race unfold. I thought you might be interested in my perspective from a post-integrated place as Carol/Carruch.
As I’ve often said in Circles and classes, politics is not, in fact, what changes the world, ultimately. Instead, the political sphere is basically a psycho-drama that demonstrates the state of the collective psyche and soul-state of a given nation, collective of nations, and in some cases, the entire human world population.
This election is the first U.S. presidential race which has occurred since the great shift of December 21, 2012.
I am unsurprised that it has been so dynamic and dramatic. When viewed from the purely personal perspective, it can feel chaotic, dysfunctional, and fractious. When viewed from the perspective of psycho-drama of an entire nation, though, it becomes highly symbolic and informative.
We have all the characters, themes, and plot-twists to make a riveting play:
The idealistic and principled old man who seems young as he looks forward to a new potential world — his mirror in the old man who strives to appear young, but longs to take us back to the way it used to be — both considered “outsiders.” The woman who is loved and hated — who has been inside the system that has tried (and failed) to keep her out — yet whom no one seems to truly know, mirrored by the woman who has been outside the system and has no desire to be inside it — and whom no one seems to truly know.
And then there is the Greek Chorus of the Voters — seemingly disjointed and at odds with one another, wearing t-shirts and stickers and emblems that seem to cancel one another out — but when viewed from afar, sharing one universal gesture and cry — their arms extended to their candidate of choice, they plead: “Save Us!”
Boiled down to essence, all the campaign promises and platforms and programs and approaches distill to the most basic of human survival questions:
How can we be safe?
How can we be healed?
How can we become more (prosper)?
Again, it doesn’t surprise me that these questions are so prominently featured, and the discussions about them, so heated — as a nation, we have left these questions languishing for a couple of centuries, and now, they are bubbling to the surface in a fever of self-healing.
I think it’s important to remember that the concept of a “nation” exists only because we say it does — but once spoken of and identified with, that concept does become real. When individuals identify as “Swedish” or “German” or “American,” they are acknowledging themselves as part of a living body — just as individuals cells in my body are born, live for a time as “me,” and eventually die or leave.
This is an important thought to hold on to when viewing the “body politic” of this election — because it speaks to something about the process of evolution that we often forget: The only Cosmically-aligned way to evolve a species, construct, or “body” is to become a part of it. I’ve spoken about this many times, and about how, if we are to be aligned with the Cosmic Law of Sovereignty as we seek to evolve our own species, we must enthusiastically and willingly claim our identification as human beings, rather than shaking our heads and mumbling grumpily about “stupid humans” (as if we weren’t a part of our own species).
This is why humans who are considered to be incarnations of divine beings (the Dalai Lamas, Jesus Christ, Boddhisatvas, etc.) would choose to live as part of the human species — in order to be cosmically-authorized to evolve that species.
Eight years ago, the United States elected Barack Obama, the first Black President in its history. It’s worth noting that one of the most persistent complaints against him was the notion that he was not born in the U.S. –certainly an attempt to disqualify his presidency on technical terms, but perhaps more profoundly, a claim that he was not “one of us” — consciously or unconsciously, those who propagated this claim recognized the cosmic reality that the only legitimate force of evolution must come from within the body being evolved.
Think about the process of “natural selection” — a species moves through its environment — genes mutate and present new features — if a new feature proves advantageous to the individual bearing it, the gene is passed on and spreads throughout the species, sometimes eventually presenting in the entire group — if the new feature does not enhance (or even harms) the individual, the gene generally passes out of the gene pool with the individual.
Evolution is not an instantaneous process. Unlike Revolution, it does not seek to abolish what has gone before — it builds upon what is, relying upon membership within the body of the species or system being evolved, and slowly but steadily enhancing it, allowing what does not work to pass away, and embracing new developments only because they have presented something of value/advantage to the body or collective.
Let’s look at one of the festering issues in the body politic of the U.S. — income inequity. This issue is not new. It has arisen many times in the history of the body known as the United States of America. Viewed from an evolutionary perspective, the end-game of income inequity is clearly dysfunctional in terms of survival.
Imagine if you had a body where the brain had a high degree of power and control over all the other systems in the body (actually, this is true of your body) — and along with that power and control, the brain began to suck up the vast majority of the nutrients being supplied to the body. Eventually, the rest of the body would starve and die, and then where would that powerful, well-fed brain be, with no hand to lift a spoon to the mouth it depends on, no muscle to move it around, etc.?
So, the most important reason to evolve income equality is not based in some notion of “justice” or “fairness” — it must be evolved because it always ultimately ends up harming the collective body — it’s been proven, time and again, to be an unworkable approach to survival and thrival.
Now that I’ve set the stage in terms of my view of election cycles and this election in particular, I want to present you with another part of that view: The significance of the possibility of breaking a 240-year-old pattern of exclusively male leadership in the United States.
Love her or hate her, the potential election of Hillary Clinton is both historically and spiritually significant for the body that is the U.S.
The graphic below shows what the U.S. Congress looks like now (left) and what it would look like if it were truly representative of the various groups that constitute the body of the U.S. in terms of political party affiliation, gender, race, and religion.
Note that women (who currently comprise 50.8% of the US population) comprise only 19.4% of the U.S. Congress.
When you consider the physical body, we live as a constant cycle of yin/yang activities. We breathe in and breathe out. We receive and digest and then use the harvested and processed energy to move and change. These cycles must be balanced for the body to survive and thrive. Imagine how your body would feel if you only breathed in 19.4% of the time, and breathed out 80.6% of the time — breathing in only once for every four out-breaths.
In fact, this would be impossible, because every out breath is actually made possible by in-breath. The first breath a newborn takes? In.
The election of a woman as head of the body, no matter who that woman would be personally, would still be a symbolic in-breath after 240 years of breathing out — of holding the yang as preferable to and more important than the yin.
One of the most frequent complaints I’ve heard of Hillary Clinton is that she’s an “insider.” This may be entirely true, partially true, or completely false — in fact, I don’t think the facts matter in this case — this perception is present and very strong, which gives the concept a potent reality.
Yet from an evolutionary perspective, she would have to be an system “insider” in order to a) obtain enough votes to win the presidency in a country with diverse political and social views, and b) be authorized to evolve that system.
I am unsurprised at a spiritual level that the first major party woman candidate for President of the United States is an insider who has played the game of politics, who presents qualities which are often praised in men but criticized in women (serious, loud, strong-on-defense/hawkish, strategic/secretive, conservative, rich, etc.).
How not? Remember — evolution is slow and incremental, beginning within the species and bringing forth new features which are tested within the existing environment to see whether the feature is advantageous or disastrous.
I am equally unsurprised that the opposing candidate, Donald Trump, represents as an almost cartoonish representation of patriarchal attitudes.
What we are watching is a psycho-drama, and the psyche it belongs to is the collective body known as the United States of America. We are watching the inevitable explosion of the separated way in which we’ve collectively held yin/yang, female/male, woman/man, and in-breath/out-breath in our society for far more than two hundred years.
In this psycho-drama, we are viewing what has always been there — a part of our cultural environment that has been so present that we sometimes don’t even notice it, until it peaks in some extreme version of itself: the Oppressive Man blusters and roars, threatens and insults — and the Oppressed Woman takes power in the ways that she can — by capitulating in certain areas and manipulating situations to her advantage — by being furtive and biding her time — by submitting to humiliation externally and simmering inwardly.
I’m not saying that it’s functional, or that the description above is any kind of factual representation of the actual human individuals involved, or their actions in 3D reality — I’m saying that, if you were an alien who only had access to social media as an information source about the current election, and you had to write a summary for your boss, it would look something like ^^^that.
So this is the contest that has been living in our collective psyche, now playing out on a national (and international) stage for all to see. Each of us as individuals will see what is most important for us to change within ourselves, for each cell of the body has a different function and perspective.
Pay close attention to what triggers the greatest reactions in you as you watch this unfolding drama — for it is certain that these reflect parts of your own soul, crying out for evolution.
But let me return to something that I think is far more important than the main players on the stage. If you will, direct your attention to that all-important Greek Chorus of Voters, crying “Save Us!” to their candidates of choice — and let me state to you that I believe this to be the most opportune place to study the spiritual lessons of this election (and to observe the linchpin of the dysfunction that we all long to bring to functionality).
The Age of Pisces — the age of the Teacher/Messiah — is over. The Age of Aquarius was ushered in on December 21, 2012 — the age of Connection, Unity, and “We” rather than “I.” There is no Messiah who can save us. We are the messiahs we seek.
For the vast majority of citizens in the U.S., the questions — How can we be safe? — How can we be healed? — How can we become more (prosper)? — have become mere habit, rather than true inquiry, as we sit in our warm, safe houses, with clean water and plentiful food, more worried about having too much stuff than not enough, more worried about gaining weight than being hungry.
And in any case, these are not the questions we must answer now.
The most important question for this Age is: How can we connect? — with our selves, with our environment, with other members of our local, national, and world “bodies” — with the Divine.
This question is certainly being brought to us in its most challenging forms during this election. Can I still love my sibling who is voting for the candidate I loathe? Can I continue to treat someone else as I would want to be treated, even when they are yelling at me, calling me names, or worse? Can I bring myself to search for the humanity in a human that I really want to demonize? Can I put aside fear and demonstrate love, over and over and over again? Can I take up my responsibility in the collective and state without hesitation that I have consistently chosen actions of connection, mutual benefit, and cosmic alignment?
When I vote tomorrow, I will cast my vote based on the answer to this question alone: Which of these candidates is more likely to move us to connection? No candidate will bring that connection in one fell swoop — that is not how evolution works — but which one represents some kind of incremental, evolutionary shift that I would want to have pass on to the future of this body I am a part of?
At the level of the purely personal, and in the interest of full disclosure, I plan to vote for Hillary Clinton tomorrow — not because she’s perfect, not because she’s a woman (although I find it exciting that I might be casting a vote toward that break in a long outbreath-only pattern), not because I agree with her completely — but because when I look into the past, present, and potential futures — when I examine the energy paths that have led us all to this moment in time, I see that she represents the path of most likely evolutionary benefit.
It might amuse you to know that one of the strongest intuitive nudges I got in making this choice came as I examined campaign slogans.
In the maelstrom of Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” (as if America is something outside of us), Bernie Sanders’ (who I caucused for) “Not Me. Us” later turning to “Feel the Bern,” Jill Stein’s “It’s In Our Hands,” and Gary Johnson’s “Our Best America Yet” — I found that this one: “I’m With Her” — rang most clearly with a direct statement of connection for me.
Finally, remember to breathe (in and out), clear your energy field, and know that our evolution is inevitable. I am on this journey with you. I am joyful about that.