Our survival as a species depends on our recognizing that Donald Trump is our greatest teacher.
Paul Browde

Paul I hear the call to not get caught in identifying with the “shadow” and what “we must” do.. the question, as you so clearly identify with “should we find a way” is how?

How about if our “shadow” responses were viewed as valid, legitimate responses to a scary man who might wield a scary amount of power? These aspects of ourselves are reacting powerfully to that fear; invoking other aspects that want us to mount a different response.

How about if we acknowledge these two polarised aspects then focus on, and bring compassion to the fear. Let the fear know we are there. That we hear it. That we get how very scared it is. Perhaps ask it more about how long it has been around — does it connect to other times of real or perceived powerlessness? Did this aspect of ourselves become a repository for our fear a long time ago? Does its frozen-in-time helplessness inform the aspect that wants to protect it (by, as you so clearly pointed out, mirroring the dominant presenting aspect of Trump)?

And if we fully hear this aspects story, is it possible that it can release the distress it holds; thereby freeing the protective aspects from their role so they no longer inform our view?

If so we can look at this man perhaps with the same compassion we bring internally and get curious about what would drive such a presentation. What profound insecurity must exist within his system to drive him so far from the peaceful, gentle enjoyment of life that is available to many of us with the capacity to do the work required to attend to our personal distress. And what might be going on in the lives of many of his followers living the American broken dream; with similar aspects of themselves railing against the perceived unfairness of life as a four year old will manifest its rage when bedtime is imposed over his/her favourite TV show.

Maybe the “how” is to continue to attend internally so our individual and collective lights may continue to shine, awake and aware, and provide an alternate: perhaps allowing us to embrace the frightened children in adult bodies who remain stuck in dark lonely places and only know how to act out.


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