Here are 5 Perspectives on Donald Trump as the New President of the United States:
As I go through each of them, notice which perspective aligns most closely with yours. Also, I’m writing this essay with a liberal point of view. The underlying message is nonpartisan and should be relevant no matter what you believe.
This country scares me. I don’t even know who these people are— where did these voters come from? Do I see them on a daily basis? What about all the progress we’ve made? All for nothing? I’m over this. It’s depressing. Real question: what’s the point of voting? Of participating? Of making an effort at all? This makes me feel like my voice is meaningless. Like I have no control. None of us do.
Everything is going to shit. This country is crumbling. I’m disheartened and offended. Where did we go so wrong?
Donald Trump? Are you kidding me? That perverted narcissistic imbecile? I’m humiliated by my own country. I’m disgusted. I’m pissed. It’s sickening. We could have chosen between the first woman president of the United States or this revolting dirtbag and we chose him?
The people who voted for him are wrong. Simply wrong. They’re lost or gullible or ignorant. And to the people who didn’t vote at all or voted independent… where is your brain? This is unjust and unfair. He’s a fraud and a racist and a bigot and a prick. He didn’t even win the popular vote. Hell no. It’s not over. I’m going to fight. Let’s all fight.
This is tough. But this is a democracy. We voted for him. My fellow citizens voted for him. He won fair and square. That’s how this works. Hopefully he’ll chill on some of his more extreme ideas now that he’s not campaigning. Plus it’s only 4 years…
So now what? What is the most useful way for me to spend my time and energy? Certainly not by complaining. I’m not interested in getting lost in the drama of this. I’m not going to be a victim and I’m not going to let myself get worked up. What’s here for me to learn? How can I grow from this? How can we handle this responsibly and productively as a nation?
What an amazing election. So much stirred up emotion; so much unstuck dirt. So much catalyst. People around me are hurting. Others are livid. Others are shocked. Others are silently glad. Others are euphoric. People are coming face-to-face with their own limiting beliefs; their assumptions that their wellbeing depends on the state of our government. This is an important step. Folks have to see their own limitations in order to transcend them. Breakdowns lead to breakthroughs…
I want to remind people that they are free of their circumstances. I want to remind people that this is perfect in its own bizarre way. I want to support people as they transition from depression and fury to curiosity and excitement. This is an important time to be of service as people all over the world overcome their triggers and disempowering definitions. What is the most impactful way for me to help?
This is exciting. Transformation is happening. It’s ugly as hell but what’d you expect? Buckminster Fuller said, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” We are seeing live evidence of the old model becoming obsolete. In other words, we are seeing proof that the new model we’ve been building—one based on trust and love and sustainability and transparency and unity and freedom—is taking hold. That’s beautiful.
This isn’t about republicans vs. democrats at all. This isn’t even about racism or sexism or capitalism. This is about growth and transformation. It’s about divesting our collective energy from a system that doesn’t adequately represent us or serve us and investing that energy into our own personal empowerment.
This is disruptive—but disruptive is good. Especially with the climate crisis and other enormous impending catalysts. Catalysts like these force people to reconsider the way they think and live and relate to the world. Yes, of course it will have short-term externalities. But long-term, this could be one of the climactic events that represents our collective transition to empowered, conscious co-creators of the world we truly want.
Here’s how these perspectives work:
They’re based on the 7 Levels of Energy outlined in Bruce D. Schneider’s book, Energy Leadership. I only went to 5 but they go up to 7. These levels of energy (or perspectives, or attitudes, or vibrational frequencies) go from lowest to highest— the lower levels correlate literally with lower vibrations, or worse attitudes. Level one (Perspective 1) is the level of victimization. Level two is characterized by anger, three is tolerance, four is love, and five is opportunity.
Each level is a step up from the last. So while anger might not seem productive or useful, it’s better than feeling like a victim. Plus, it’s far easier to improve your energy by moving up through anger, and then through tolerance—than it is to leap directly to love or opportunity.
The lower your level of energy, the worse you feel. The worse you feel, the less capable you are at making decisions. The worse you feel, the less competent you are in general. At lower levels of energy, the thoughts cycling through your mind are self-reinforcing or destructive. When you feel bad, you’re not helping anyone. At low levels of energy, you’re less effective at having the impact you want to have.
The higher your level of energy, the better you feel. The better you feel, the more aligned and energized and clear you are. When you feel clear and confident and aligned, you’re more creative and constructive. You make better, faster decisions. You’re more impactful. The better you feel, the more equipped you are to make a difference in the world.
If you’re angry about the election, you’re in a less powerful position to make a real difference than you would be if you felt enthusiastic and activated.
It’s in everyone’s best interest, especially yours, to raise your energy.
This entire election process, I’ve been back and forth between Perspective 4 (love) and Perspective 5 (opportunity).
I see the tweets and posts and memes and videos that come from Perspective 1 (victimization), 2 (anger), and 3 (tolerance). I understand these perspectives because I’ve had them many times before. I see them as little emotional traps that I used to get stuck in all the time. Now, I recognize them instantly and use them as reminders to consciously choose a level of energy I prefer.
I feel good about this election because I know better than to feel bad about it. I’ve learned to see love and opportunity where I used to see oppression and ignorance.
As a result, I have more mental and emotional bandwidth than many of the people around me. I’m not energetically limited to lamenting or resisting what I don’t like. I have access to insights and possibilities and connections that energize me. I feel creative and free.
All 5 of these perspectives (and higher) are available to you right now. There are only two prerequisites for accessing them:
- Know that ALL circumstances are inherently neutral. Everything “out there” is empty and meaningless. The only meaning something has comes from the definition you give to it. The definition or story you have about something comes from and informs how you feel; your attitude; your level of energy. If you insist on the realness of something, and refuse to change your definition, you’re depriving yourself and the world from a more enlightened perspective.
- Have a genuine willingness to raise your energy. Once you’re more committed to adding value to the world than you are to wallowing in your own righteousness, try moving up one level. It’s easier than you think.
Thanks mom for teaching me about the 7 Levels of Energy and inspiring me in a billion other ways.
Thanks Jamie for the photo and for being my brilliant, loving, change-agent sister.