Our Leader Demonstrates What We Must Change Within Ourselves

 A framed chalkboard message says, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning howe to dance in the rain.”
A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Am I pointing out the obvious or can it really be that lots of people truly don’t see that when our president labels a black female reporter as stupid or racist or calls something fake news he’s really just pointing the finger at himself? Understanding that we almost always point out in another what is true in ourselves–the mirror reflection– is one of the first things we learn on the spiritual path. I know it doesn’t take formal learning to figure this out especially when we have such a loud and animated figure like the president demonstrating this to us every day many times a day. And this may be his true role—to make inauthenticity and dishonesty so unmistakably perceptible that we consciously choose to live the very opposite. Certainly, our world has been rife with dishonesty, cheating, lies, greed, hate, envy, pridefulness and just plain sloppiness. Maybe it’s time we come face to face with the ugly parts of our character that we deep down truly desire to transform.

In Goethe’s quote, “A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart,” is true for you, for me and for Mr. Trump. What we carry in our hearts is the basis of our entire character. It can morph and evolve over time. It can expand and become ever more beautiful and it can devolve into the negative.


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Around 1806, Goethe wrote this line in his tragic play, Faust. Dr. Faustus was a fictitious character devised two hundred years earlier and has been the subject of many literary works and movies so compelling a lesson he presents. Another way of putting this is that we see everything in our world through our own set of lenses. One person can perceive an event as tragic and forever awful while another sees the very same event as beautiful in a certain way and a powerful learning.

In my own life, what I’ve always always found without exception is that every “bad” thing that has ever happened in my world ended up offering me an enormous and beautiful gift. In Kabbalah it is said that the darker something is the more light there is inherent in that event waiting to burst outward.

While I do not feel comfortable with so many of the behaviors of many people in power today, I also know that there are unseen elements at work and they can all work for our highest experience. I can hypothesize that while Mr. Trump regularly displays profound unkindness and greed directed toward segments of the population, he is teaching us how not to be. If there are dark forces behind such people in power, including in the business and religious arenas, they are grossly underestimating the soul which animates the human being and which guides us along our evolutionary paths. That is our purpose—to evolve, expand and become—and nothing can ever stop that. It can be temporarily impeded, yes, but not for long so they will not win.

We can keep uplifting our view by focusing on the upliftment of our beings. It doesn’t mean we’ll be Pollyannas. What it does mean is we’ll be Christs and when a critical mass number of us touch this we’ll no longer have to experience such darkness of heart in others or ourselves.

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