I read a great blog last week by my friend and colleague, Ellen Debenport. I realized right away I had to share it this week.
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In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,
Who is currently the greatest spiritual teacher in your life?
Good chance it’s Donald Trump.
Stay with me on this, because it’s true whether you like him or not.
A spiritual teacher doesn’t have to be spiritual himself. He doesn’t even have to understand his role as a teacher. The learning happens within us.
If you don’t like Trump, the spiritual challenges are pretty obvious. Acceptance, forgiveness, patience, understanding, finding the good and even being grateful for some things. These are familiar spiritual tools to traverse upset.
But what if you like the new president? Let’s say you think he’s making some long-needed and beneficial changes. How is he a spiritual teacher then?
I believe we find spiritual challenges whenever we are winners or in the majority. Your majority might be political or racial, you might be a winner in terms of money or education, or even when your favorite sports team wins a game.
What do you do when a great many other people are disappointed and left out of your joy or privilege? That’s a spiritual challenge.
NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN
If you approve of the new administration’s undertakings, you must be aware that half the country doesn’t approve.
Conflict and division seem built into every policy decision being made in America, no matter who makes it. Half the people will believe Trump is wrong regardless of what he does.
This really isn’t an unusual situation. All new leaders have to overcome resistance to change – new bosses, new ministers in churches, even new stepparents.
Having authority over people who may not like or trust you is a spiritual challenge. How do you innovate with integrity? How do you bring the old guard along and get their buy-in for new ideas?
Well, it’s not, “Nanny nanny boo boo, you lost and I won.”
It’s not, “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”
And it’s not necessarily, “I’m in charge. Do what I say.”
Personally, I think it helps to find out exactly what is already being done. Now that you’re on the inside, you might find there are good reasons for the way things are handled, which you couldn’t see when you were criticizing from the outside.
That’s true whether you’re the new majority party in Congress, the new teacher in a classroom or a new member of a church board.
Ask and listen. You might hear some good ideas and avoid some missteps.
You can also appreciate the old guard for their years of service, rather than making them feel obsolete and in the way. Introduce your ideas in a way that enrolls them, rather than accusing them of wanting to destroy the country (or company, school or family).
That’s all standard management advice. And it’s true, the old guard might continue to be resistant, and you might eventually part ways.
But there’s another way to handle being in a new position of authority or majority: Pray a lot.
ONLY THE HIGHEST GOOD
Pray for the highest good of every person concerned, especially the ones who are angry and obstructionist.
Pray that everyone finds his or her perfect place of service, here or elsewhere.
See each one as enlightened and well-meaning, someone who loves the country, company or church as much as you do and wants the best.
Notice, you’re not praying for specific outcomes.
In the case of Donald Trump, one side might be tempted to pray he leaves office while the other affirms he’s the best president ever. That’s no different than praying your sports team beats the opponent. It’s your ego’s preference.
The advantage to a truly spiritual solution is that everyone can win.
As you hold a strong vision of harmony and understanding, the molecules of the universe will begin to rearrange themselves into that pattern.
And one of two things will happen.
Some people will begin to change and grow in what seem to be miraculous ways. They will not create the problems you expected. They might astonish you with their newfound creativity and accomplishment.
Or they will drop away. Those who can’t match the frequency of a new undertaking will leave it.
That’s true whether you believe the new frequency is higher or lower than the old. It’s a new vibration, and it will attract only those things, people or ideas at the same frequency.
Picture a hot air balloon rising off the ground. It has been held in place by heavy sandbags, but those bags can’t rise with it. Their perfect place of service remains on the ground. They have to be released.
People who aren’t a match to a new consciousness, whether it’s in a political administration or an office complex, will find other places to be.
Do you see what I mean? You can rearrange the circumstances of your life by affirming the highest good of all, without taking a position on whether the people involved are good or bad.
I once prayed a difficult boss out of my life. I affirmed the best for him in whatever form it might take, while searching for good in him. (I learned he was a great dad.)
Eventually he was promoted to a job that took him away from me. Win-win.
So I’m not suggesting you pray for or against Donald Trump. Just affirm his highest good, in whatever form that takes. And could we also agree to affirm the highest good for the country?
When we all start doing that – giving up vociferous opinions and affirming a bright future with enlightened leaders – it will be interesting to see who stays and who goes, which bills pass and which don’t, who rises up and who fades away, how the courts rule, how the agencies operate, and who becomes the majority in the next go-round.
This is basic spirituality: Set an intention for what you want – peace and prosperity, health and harmony, justice and freedom – and hold that vision while the universe figures out how to bring it about.
You will have done your part as a citizen and elevated your spiritual consciousness. And you might be surprised how well things work out after all.
Ellen Debenport © 2017