Trump Victory: Fear Begets Fear

So, we’ve made our choice? Donald Trump is the winner in the 2016 Presidential Election? As a bleeding heart liberal, I find this hard to believe and it’s a difficult pill to swallow (though Hillary wasn’t my first choice either).  Yet, I understand how and why Donald Trump won the popular and the electoral vote.  (To all those I love and deeply care for who voted for Trump – I love you and I honor the choice that you made.  Your vote (and I hope my vote) in no way, shape or form changes our relationship. PLEASE know this as you (if you) continue reading on.)

Donald Trump did not win because of his resume, his experience or expertise in governance, or his interviewing skills. We did not elect Donald Trump because we truly believed he was the best person to run our country and to represent the United States to the rest of the world. We chose Donald Trump because he spoke to our fears, while promising to rid the world of all that we fear:

  • Our fear of “the other” (blacks, Hispanics, Mexicans, the disabled, Muslim, powerful women, etc.)
  • Our fear of terrorism.
  • Our fear of losing our guns.
  • Our fear of losing our jobs to China and India.
  • Our fear of violence.
  • Our fear of losing our status as the “greatest power in the world.”

We chose Donald Trump because we are afraid and he capitalized on those fears. Fear begets fear.

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror... I fear something terrible has happened."

“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror… I fear something terrible has happened.”

Now let’s go to the other side of the presidential race – for all of you (me included) who voted for Hillary, wrote in another, or refrained from voting…..you may now be quaking in your boots wondering what the hell will happen to our world with a Republican controlled Senate with Donald Trump as President. Let me remind you:  as much as fear elected Donald Trump, your fear over his victory will only serve to produce more fear. In fact, the fear that drove many to vote for Hillary in favor of Donald may be exactly what produced the outcome some most feared.  Fear begets fear.

So, what is the answer as we stand in the outcome of a presidential victory that came forth out of fear and has the potential for producing more fear…….CHOOSE LOVE.

First choose to love your fellow human being.  We all voted with our conscience and made the best choice we could with the information we had and the choices we were given.  Love one another.  Do not allow the outcome of this election to create more separation between us, instead, let it become a bridge to love and understanding.  Find out what our mutual fears might be and support each other in calming these fears.

Supporting each other in calming our fears, begins with knowing how to manage our own.  In every moment of every day where you find your fears and anxiety triggered over questions about the future of our country and the future of the world….turn away from your fear and turn toward love.

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3 Responses to Trump Victory: Fear Begets Fear

  1. Dennis Fuhr says:

    Once again, you have delivered the right word at the right time. Yes, talking to one another now takes on new importance even more so after this election.
    . I want to recall in your mind the incident when a dozen or more Christians were beheaded lakeside by Isis. This was a graphic depiction of Evil personified. Fear held sway.
    . Laurie, can you speak about this incident. It seems so irredeemable and generates so much fear. I think that this powerful fear has played a role on determining the outcome of this election. We do need to hear your remarks. Thank you for being you and for shining your presence upon us.

    • Dennis,
      The incident you speak of – the beheading of Christians by ISIR, is indeed evil personified. There are really no words, from a human perspective, to make sense of such evil – actions indeed driven by fear. When I step out of my human viewpoint and try to see this from a higher perspective, this and other actions like this (Hiroshima, Nagasaki, for example), demonstrate the extent to which we are feeling the consequence of the human condition – SEPARATION. When we believe we are separate, we feel fear. This separation is 1) within ourselves. 2) between ourselves and God. 3) between each other. 4) between ourselves and all of creation. Separation = Fear. (perceived) separation is the consequence of choosing the human condition. And yet….the grain of truth, the seed of recollecting our original nature dwells within us in spite of this separation. Some call this the “God-spark” within us. This Divine light COMPELS us to search for our reunion with it – or rather, the recollection that we are not separate and that we never have been, we simply FORGOT that we are love. In our forgetfulness, we act out of this perceived separation and its resulting fear. We project this fear onto others, making them the “enemy” when in fact, the only enemy is ourselves – the part of us that resists our original nature as love and the oneness that this love dwells within.

      So, why do people do evil things? Because they are afraid. And in their fear they are “unripe” in their spiritual growth (“unripe” is the original meaning of the Aramaic word “bisha” which has been translated for us into the word “evil.” As such, evil doesn’t mean “bad, unholy, forsaken, unforgivable” it means UNRIPE. Do we condemn an apple when it is too green to eat for not yet being ripe? No, we wait for it to ripen so we can enjoy its fruit.). The loving response to “evil” is to wait. Or even better, be a source of support through which those in fear can find a way through their fear, moving from the place of perceived separation to a place of knowing that not only are they loved, they are the very nature of love itself.

      From a human perspective, this is difficult to grasp which is why Jesus gave us a simple answer: “Pray for your enemies.” When the opportunity is not there for us to be a source of support and healing for those in fear, all we can do is pray. Pray that they might find healing for the fears that cause them to commit senseless and hateful acts. Jesus also observed that we love our neighbor as we love ourselves. I do not believe he meant this as a commandment, but as a simple observation. We are only able to love another to the extent that we know ourselves as love. When our fears or hatred are triggered by another’s actions and we want to respond with hate, the answer instead is to work on healing our own perceived separation and its resulting fears. We can only have love and compassion for another to the extent that we have love and compassion for ourselves.

      “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”

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