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Reconciling Spirituality and Social Justice in the Age of Trump

As a student of A Course in Miracles, the Trump presidency has created a bit of cognitive dissonance for me. As a student of the Course, I deeply believe that what we focus on we create. This means that if my focus is on opposing the Trump agenda in all its various forms, I actually give energetic power to the very thing I am opposing. For instance, rather than opposing the Muslim travel ban, the border wall, and all his various policies of hate that are designed to further disenfranchise the poor and vulnerable, I should be advocating for policies that elevate the human condition for those who are disenfranchised and at the greatest risk of harm by this presidency. Rather than spending my energy working against something that harms others, I should spend my energy working for something that elevates peace and healing.

The challenge with this belief system is that those who are currently experiencing very real harm need to see their allies actively standing up against the wrong-doer. Those who are suffering need to know that they are not alone. They need to have their harm recognized, named, and acknowledged, and they need to have those wrongs put right. In order to do that, we must place our focus on the wrong while simultaneously focusing on the paradigm shift we want to create. We are called to be spiritual agents of change and physical agents of change. We must live in the ethereal and in the physical. It is not an either / or scenario.

Too often I see individuals in spiritual communities take a hall pass on the suffering of others. They believe that by focusing on the suffering, they will inadvertently create more suffering. And so they bow out of the conversation along with the activism necessary to end the suffering. Instead of engaging in social activism, they stay home and engage in spiritual activism. In the quiet (and safety) of their own homes, they meditate and pray. They send positive energy, thoughts, and prayers to those who are suffering, and they pray that those who are suffering be surrounded by love and light.

By all means, I believe we should all spend time each day channeling the Divine and asking for the individual and collective healing of our brothers and sisters who are suffering. But that is not enough. If we want to be agents of positive change, we must also accept that even though we are spiritual beings having a human experience, we chose to have this human experience for a reason … so that we might grow spiritually. This means there is no hall pass. We must put our physical bodies in the line of fire while our spiritual bodies work on the ethereal plane.

Please pray for peace. Please meditate. Please call on the Divine to surround us all in love and light. And also, please put your voice and body to work. We are the answer to our prayers. We are the cavalry we’ve been praying for. We are the ones to bring about peace.

We must channel our spiritual energy to empower our physical bodies and quite literally stand in the path of destruction. Let your spiritual life serve as a guide for how you show up in this world as an activist for justice and a protector of the vulnerable.

An international speaker, peace-building trainer and mediator, Robyn works with individuals, corporations and nonprofit organizations in discovering the root causes of their conflicts, so they may transform their relationships and create new and productive paths forward individually and as teams. She also works with community leaders and political and governmental leaders to develop grassroots efforts for building sustainable peace in areas of historic conflict. In this capacity, she has been featured in news outlets internationally. @RobynShort / www.Facebook.com/DrRobynShort

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