Friday, November 18, 2016

Flower Essences for the Trump Presidency for Activists and Those Who Need to Be

I wish I knew who to credit for this photo!
It's been shared so many times I haven't been able to track it down.

It’s a hard time right now in Internet land. Hoo boy! The most understated post from a friend of mine: “I’m feeling negative about the election.” A bunch of people chimed in and one said “Did you really think a woman was going to be elected after a black president? There’s always a pendulum swing!” And he said “This time, I think the pendulum just swung clear off!”

Ain’t that the truth?

I’m not even going to get into the most upsetting incidents that have happened this week with Trump being elected. People are calling for “unity” and for us to “Give him a chance!” But all week long all we’ve heard about is one cabinet pick after another of white supremacists, right-wing extremists, corporate lobbyists and deep Washington insiders—the dwellers of the very swamp he claimed to want to drain. I guess he wanted to drain the swamp so they could climb out and go to town easier! Oh, well, I guess I just DID get into it, but that’s enough.

What do we do now?!!! And, given that this is not a short-term proposition, how do we work with the inner processes that are likely to come up along the way?

Step One: How do you feel now? Are you sleeping, eating, dealing with YOUR physical and emotional well-being? The world needs us well-cared for (nourished, strong and getting enough sleep) to be able to think straight, take action, see what happens, regroup and do it again. And again and again and . . . as long as it takes. 

We all wish this was a short-term project. But even if we somehow win a BIG victory and keep Trump out of office (through lawsuits, impeachment, whatever), we still have right-wingers in the White House and Republicans in control of both the House and Senate with the Supreme Court in extreme danger. Basically, fewer checks and balances than any time in living memory! So, we need an action plan that nourishes us, focuses us and brings us back to the task at hand over and over as much as possible. 

Flower essences we may wish to consider are Angel’s Trumpet, Gentian and Blackberry. 

Angel’s Trumpet: I groaned when I came up with Angel’s Trumpet! That’s the essence for spiritual surrender at times of great transition. Surrender, being the last thing I want to feel. But in cases where we don’t have the BIG picture, really, when we feel a bit lost or even in despair, it’s best to get out of the way and let the impulse to move or create come from a much more centered place. This might mean acknowledging those really painful feelings (sure to trip you up) instead of attempting to leap over them without regrouping first. So surrender to the reality of the moment before determining exactly what to do. Be with what is . . . as a starting place.

Gentian: This is for resilience and the confidence to persevere despite setbacks over the long haul. You need to feel like there’s hope, especially if Donald Trump gets to follow through on some of his most awful plans. Gentian helps you take the long view, knowing that the worst feeling setbacks provide a gift in forcing you to get to know what REALLY needs to be addressed in order to climb back out and win. For example, can we do this WITHOUT the part of the population that voted him in? Not right now! They’ve been held down for too long themselves! But if that’s what we NEED to address (and I can’t be sure of this—he may disappoint them all on his own), you can be sure that in the short-term we won’t win (for long) without dealing appropriately and compassionately with them.

Blackberry:  This is for the ability to take our good ideas and put them into action! We need to be able to formulate intentions (what we need to accomplish) and then walk backwards to determine the best steps for achieving those goals and follow through. So easy when the road is clear but not so easy when there are overwhelming feelings, resistance to the status quo, or roadblocks to navigate in our way. That’s why Angel’s Trumpet and Gentian are included in this flower essence formula, too. 

I made a formula of this for myself and I’m still working with it. My first experience was a sudden upwelling of grief and despair. I had been feeling angry and frightened — in fight or flight mode — but those other feelings were lurking underneath. This is not my favorite type of flower essence experience, but I’ve learned that it is sometimes best to uncover those hidden feelings so I can recognize how they are affecting me and work with them directly. If I force them underground (as I usually do), they don’t get healed. Instead they fester, get worse, and might even rise up in a blind rage and drag me under when I least suspect it (sort of like the white people who say they felt disregarded and forgotten in this election). 

Trust me, I don’t like feeling sad! In fact, at first I felt like I couldn’t do any of the things I wanted to get done either in regards to Donald Trump or in regards to the equally troubling concerns I have in my personal life. (Job hunting, for example, or business expansion or new business or career directions.) The ONLY thing I felt like I had any energy for was housecleaning, a simple concrete set of tasks I knew I could accomplish. So that’s what I got done. 

And I felt better! I actually took an action with beneficial and obvious results. A tiny thing—after all, it’s not going up against the fascist who just took the reins of the free world—but it made me feel better. And today, I had regained the courage to take political action by calling my state senators and the U.S. Oversight Committee to urge them to do their jobs in regards to opposing Trump’s appointments and investigating his financial conflicts of interest. I wrote encouragement to others on Facebook, sent emails, and passed on petitions. And I’ve just written this blog post, too. Nothing earth-shattering here — tiny steps, for sure. But tiny steps, taken by 100s of thousands of other people can do A LOT! 

But only if we take care of ourselves. We’ve only just begun.

I also recommend my stress reduction formulas for Grief, Anger, Fear, Support for Troubled Times or letting go of the concerns of the day so you can get some rest.

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