When the airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001, I was living in Norfolk, Virginia. My husband’s parents and grandmother were visiting us because he was leaving on a six month deployment the following week on the USS Theodore Roosevelt. My mother and his mother were really afraid for his safety after that. I saw no difference in him flying here or in the Persian Gulf, so I didn’t think his risk changed, even though the mission did. I had a great trip with a friend to Austria, since the ship cancelled the port visit where I was planning to meet him. I believe that deployment still holds the record for the most amount of days at sea without a port call.
The emotional impact of September 11 and my husband leaving immediately afterwards on a military deployment to be part of the U.S. retribution for the terrorist acts pales in comparison to the emotional impact I felt from Donald Trump winning the election. I cried. I had a difficult time getting out of bed. I went to bed early. I didn’t want to snuggle with my husband. I am not sure I have ever been so upset about anything, even the death of others. I could attribute that to being more emotionally connected now than I ever have. However, part of me died with Trump’s election, and it was both necessary and good.
At the time of the election I was reading David Hawkins’ book Letting Go. The quote that got me through the weeks after the election was this:
I have spent a lot of time releasing suppressed and repressed feelings the last few months. When I talk about my traumas (even before this election) I often say I wouldn’t wish them upon anyone else, but wouldn’t trade them for anything, either. For as difficult as the last few months have been, it has also been amazing and it has even led to full resolution of my left heel pain and some much-needed weight loss for me. Even in the days after the election, I talked with friends about how having the patriarchy in full view may be the best way to transform it. There is nowhere for it to hide, as there would have been if Clinton won the election. Now that I have a bit of distance between me and the election, and have used it to clear out my consciousness some more, I will offer these reasons that we all needed this trauma (If you haven’t been traumatized by Trump yet, just wait – even if you supported him, your trauma is either coming, or is what kept you from seeing him as a trickster). There are many calls to action in all of this.
- This is a call to go deep within and transform your own trauma. Jim Gordon, MD, presents how trauma’s hidden gift is that it helps you discover who you really are. I have recently gone beyond this level to remember my soul with Susann Shier. It has been powerful work and the intervention that resolved my foot pain and started my effortless weight loss. I did a lot of things to prep me to get to this point. Susann’s guidance may not be your answer, but it was a part of mine.
- This is a call to heal generational trauma. In shamanic cultures, when you heal yourself you heal your ancestors seven generations back and your progeny seven generations forward. Organized religion took away the healing rituals of our ancestors, so we have a lot of pent up trauma looking for a way out. This is why mind-body skills have become so popular recently. This does not necessarily mean you have to give up your religion, but broaden your awareness and find rituals that work for you.
- This is a call to bring healing to a global scale. Other versions of Trump have risen in the U.K., France, Denmark, South Africa, and more. When you heal yourself, it ripples out into your family, your community, your country, and the world. In physics, they call these ripples interference patterns. They can make noise or they can sing – our task is to get in harmony together. Also in terms of physics, you are omnipresent. The technical term is non-locality. The re-release of The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot has been very popular, and has a lot of information to assist with this process.
- This is a call to embrace other paradigms. This is where you might end up giving up your religion, or at least changing the way you view parts of it. In my business coach training, one of the ways to get someone who is addicted to being right to broaden their perspective is to ask what else is true. In the words of Carl Sagan: “The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” Consciousness is indeed ascending. In Conscious Capitalism, John Mackey, Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market and Raj Sisodia go over how things that were common practice many years ago, like slavery, voting restrictions on women, and more, have made huge shifts on a global level. Literacy is way up from what it used to be. We have much further to go, and embracing other paradigms is the path to get there. (It’s how we got to this point as well).
- This is a call to let go of history. If you look at history in terms of the Law of Attraction, you can argue that the reason history repeats itself is because we focus on it, not because we forget it. Purging the history from the level of your personal trauma, to your generational trauma, to your community, country, and global trauma, allows for new roads to be paved. Any paradigm that does not evolve is not worthwhile. It doesn’t matter if it is your ancestral traditions, such as in Native American or other shamanistic cultures, or your big-corporation and institutional traditions. Keeping them in solid forms limits progress. We need to write a new story – the story that makes everyone successful within their lives.
In what part of your story are you stuck?
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