At 9:03pm last night, my daughter texted me “He will destroy education, healthcare, everything. I don’t know how we can function.” And then, “I am absolutely speechless.”
As you very likely know by now, Donald Trump has won the US election. I don’t know quite what to say. My heart hurts and is full of grief. The responses in the conscious entrepreneurship community range from fear, shock, hurt, anger and rage. Shock and grief are probably the most common responses.
Part of me wants to jump right into caretaking mode. To say to my daughter and to my clients and to my colleagues … to be ready to shout to the world … “It’s going to be OK. This is all part of the Divine Plan. Trust that.”
And, honestly, that’s not where I am. It would be inauthentic to pretend to be so.
In this wonderful piece titled Despair, the poet David Whyte says “The antidote to despair is not to be found in the brave attempt to cheer ourselves up with happy abstracts …” I’ve already seen posts on social media from well meaning colleagues that feel this way to me. Postive but not fully resonant sharing about trusting the Universe and it’s all going to work out and whatever happens is all for the best. That may turn out to be true. Honestly, I don’t believe most of the people posting this are fully, 100% there. I know I’m not.
What’s true in my heart of hearts right now is that it feels like we are being invited to look at disowned parts of our collective shadow. Challenging and sticky stuff that most people would rather avoid.
So instead of a false approach of “happy abstracts”, I am choosing this approach that Thomas Moore articulated:
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
I definitely don’t know where we are going in this new reality of Donald Trump in one of the most important positions in the world. And I do know 2 things:
1) I’m willing to look deeper. At myself and my own shadow material. At the ways the transformational world has been stuck in a bubble, disconnected from the pain and fears that a large number of people have been feeling. I am willing to be present with what’s coming in this new reality and to choose courage to the best of my ability.
2) That conscious business is more important than ever. In a world where Donald Trump is one of the most powerful people on the planet, we need clear and strong business leaders who are rooted in compassionate values more than ever. Entrepreneurs who know how to conduct business in way that is both profitable and life affirming.
In fact, I feel more committed than ever to exploring this intersection of consciousness and business. Whether you like Trump or not, one of the primary messages that got him elected is that he is a “successful businessman”. And he positioned his opponents as out of touch with the economic realities facing everyday people. It worked.
So, please feel what you need to feel. Let’s not pretend and create more disconnect in the world. Don’t try to spiritual bypass the emotions and insights that this poignant time is surfacing. The point is, for those of us wanting to do truly transformational work, to be able to go there.
And last thought – I don’t recommend walking this journey alone. There are powerful collective energies at work. You will need support to do truly transformational work. If you feel called to uplevel the support network for your work, consider one of my Mastermind groups. They are intimate circles where we support each other as entrepreneurs, spiritual beings and transformational agents.