Spirituality. It’s not a word we typically associate with words like chaos, loss and resistance. What can authentically spiritual people do in times of great chaos and change? Where can we find a perspective that helps? And what must we refuse to do?
After the U.S. Presidential election I heard from a number of people who were shocked by the results and wondered what I thought. Of course, just as many people were elated and celebrating – they had no reason to reach out to me for solace. I’m happy for their joy. And I did not write this post for them.
If Donald Trump was not your choice for President, it’s easy to see his election as a sign of the world falling apart. It’s easy to go into fear, outrage, a sense of loss or abandonment, and other negative emotion. It’s easy to believe the world has become a tangled, chaotic place.
But it’s far more helpful – to ourselves and our world – if we remember a basic Law of Attraction teaching: resistance brings us more of what we don’t want. Or as Carl Jung put it: what you resist persists.
Abraham teaches that negative emotion is our guidance system letting us know we’re in resistance.
The lowest states on the Abraham-Hicks emotional scale are: Fear, grief, depression, despair and powerlessness.
To say these states are “low” doesn’t mean we are somehow supposed to avoid all negative emotion or that negative emotion is intrinsically “bad.” There are times in life when these feelings are appropriate. In those times it helps to keep in mind that “contrast gives birth to new desire.” And new desire expands our Vortex.
There’s no need to judge yourself if you’re upset over Trump’s election or any other occurrence in your life that generates resistance in you. Self-forgiveness is a highly recommended practice. So is remembering that Spirit never judges you or stops loving you no matter how you feel.
At the same time, Spirit and its pure positive energy can’t hang out with you when you’re in resistance. You’re just not a match to it.
So what can we do when we believe the wrong candidate was elected or our partner wants to split up or a parent dies or we lose all our money?
We can admit our pain and then honor our spirit-given right to choose our own emotions.
We can honor the expansion of our Vortex that has just occurred for us even if we can’t see it.
We can choose to trust in the eternal beneficence, love and abundance of the universe. The evidence of beneficence, love and abundance may not be apparent to us in this moment, but we can still choose to believe in it.
We believe many things without evidence. We don’t question that thick gray clouds are hiding a brilliant sun. Why not believe in the universe’s love, even if circumstances seem to be going against you?
These choices aren’t difficult to make, we just have to decide to make them.
Any one of these choices to trust and love will instantly bust resistance and bring you back into alignment. If you slip back into resistance – and most of us do – re-commit to your decision to trust the universe.
What to do after a shock or loss?
- Stop your mind’s negative churning. (Just command your mind to stop and take a few deep breaths.)
- Remember your inner power and the love spirit has for you, its precious creation.
- Choose to trust that “things are always working out for me,” a favorite mantra of Esther Hicks.
Repeat steps 1-3 as needed.
Simple truth: the choice to trust and to remember your power no matter how bad things seem to you in this moment is what allows you to believe in and to attract things working out for you.