busy making other plans.
- John Lennon
In moments of desperation—when hopes are unexpectedly dashed—or in a sudden discovery of grace, we make contact with the mysterious something that is steering our lives.
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Why should anyone be encouraged by the results of the US election?
On the face of it, the election of Donald Trump as our 45th President, brings disillusionment on all sides. It’s a shock that suddenly threatens our sense of stability. Even for those overjoyed with the results, they hardly expected it. Rumors of “rigging” were raised, many felt, as preparation for a Hillary victory.
That didn’t happen. The 60 million voters who chose Hillary, plus many of the 90 million registered voters who didn’t bother to choose, are devastated and, in many cases, refusing to accept the decision.
How could this happen? How is it possible that a man with such obvious character flaws could beat a career politician, a woman, dedicated—it would seem—to public service?
Waking up is often disruptive and that’s exactly what this moment is in U.S. history. What are we waking up from? Illusion. The price of deceit. Our habit of missing the obvious. And… that something else is going on behind the scenes.
We humans vainly believe we’re in control of our lives. So, when something like this happens, it challenges our basic sense of control. Now the genie is out of the bottle; Pandora’s box has opened. “If this could happen—which is beyond belief—what else is possible?”
This is the happening of consciousness. Life happens, often in ways strange to us. In this case, what is important is not who won or how they did it; who are you choosing to be in relationship to it? You can be encouraged or discouraged; this is your choice. You can complain, be outraged, take to the streets, or you can be a wakeful witness, watching the play of consciousness, curious about what else may show up to completely blow our minds.
In The Matrix, Neo was offered two pills. It seems that we—as a nation—have just chosen the red pill and will now find out “just how far down this rabbit hole goes.” We didn’t choose the blue pill, which promised more sleep, more of the status quo, business as usual.
But there’s a third pill. There is always a different choice than the polarized opposites presented as the only possibilities. In politics that would be a third party. In life, it’s choosing to align with Spirit.
What would this mean? For starters, it would mean acknowledging that that Spirit is real, that there is a force beyond the cleverness of our human egos and that this force, which is quietly beating our hearts and steering the stars, cannot ultimately be manipulated to suit our self-serving agendas.
The sun rises; the sun sets. The seasons come and go. And consciousness evolves, creates, guiding everything. This is a start, to acknowledge this all-encompassing power, but it’s not enough, it’s theoretical. What would the experience be? And wait a moment, couldn’t one question this premise and protest that manipulation is exactly what caused this result, in the form of FBI Comey’s unfair disclosure, media distortions, or the DNC cheating Bernie Sanders out of the nomination?
Obviously, everything has an impact. But, in the final analysis, life happened. That doesn’t mean we should give up and do nothing. But what do we do? It couldn’t be much simpler, as a friend of mine said the day after the election: meditate! Connect more deeply with Spirit.
And spirit is not serious.
There’s an epidemic of the Seriousness Virus sweeping the world right now; not just in America but everywhere. Life is increasingly grim and—seeing the world through that lens—this election only adds to the discouragement. Brexit, Trump… what’s next?
Could this be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, as they say, a final jolt to the system, a disruptive enough occurrence that we finally get it? What do we get? That something else is going on, that life is what happens when we’re busy making other plans.
Consciousness remains innately self-delighting, as veteran meditators know very well. Consciousness is not taking anything seriously. And, as Oscar Wilde said, “Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.”
Those with a shallow perspective freak out when what is supposed to happen doesn’t. But who said something or other was supposed to happen? The human ego, disconnected from the universal intelligence of Spirit. It’s an illusion, always has been. By the way, this is exactly what happens when we wake up every morning. Whatever dreams we were enjoying or dreading simply fade away. We lie in bed for a few minutes as our body adjusts to conscious experience again and then we get up.
It’s time to get up. It’s time to take the third pill and enjoy life! To be a curious, enthused witness to the happenings of consciousness, to flow with how consciousness is expanding and evolving, to enjoy the show. We don’t know, we can’t know, how it will all turn out; why can’t that be an exciting prospect?
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