I walked outside last night and prayed to God.
“God,” I said, “Why Trump? I’d prayed Hillary would be elected. Why didn’t you listen to my prayer?”
And God said, “I did listen. I always listen. But there were so many of those Evangelicals who prayed so much.. I had to listen to them too.”
“All right,” I said. “What advice do you have for me?”
“You know what to do,” God said. “Give up your resistance to what is. Eckhart said it so well: ‘To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness.’ [From The Power of Now]
“It is what it is,” God said. “You can’t change that. All you can do is let it be. And enjoy this beautiful evening. And find what you can to celebrate tomorrow: The beautiful weather, your work in the world, your family, your friends... the list of things to be grateful for is endless. Be grateful. Love it all.”
“Love is the answer, love is the key.
It can open any doors, give us eyes to see.
In our hearts lies a secret, and it sets us free:
All we need is love.”
“All we need is love!”
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Christine Hassler, author of Expectation Hangover:
Half the country is experiencing a massive Expectation Hangover. As I deal with the shock myself, I am reminded (and comforted) by the fact that sometimes a massive Expectation Hangover is needed to create massive change. This is a time when those of us who continue to choose love instead of fear are needed even more.
So take a bit of time to feel your feelings about this — but please do not stay there too long. Judgment and anger will not change things in a positive way.
And, no joke, as I am typing this post a song came on with the lyrics “there’s a better world that’s a’coming.” Yes. We may not be able to see it or grasp it now, but we must not lose faith. And we must not stay so divided.
Sending so much love to all of you, our country, the world.
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Echo Bodine, author of Look for the Good and You’ll Find God:
Last night I did a meditation on all of this political stuff, and that same calmness I felt the morning of election day came over my whole self and I stayed in that calmness all night. Woke up with it this morning. My inner voice never lies, so what I can tell you today is that this is going to turn out better than any of us think. Republicans, Democrats, and Third Parties alike. There is such a huge divine plan going on right now, and it feels masterly created. I want to keep this brief for today and simply say, IT'S ALL GONNA BE OKAY. We can all exhale.
I wish I could give all of you this calmness, but it’s up to you to find that calmness inside. You just have to force yourself to let go of the fear and move into wonderment about what’s coming next.
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Bernie Siegel, author of The Art of Healing:
Stop whining and do something to make this a better world where we are all one family. Maybe this election will actually do more good by shaking things up. Spiritual flat tires can do a lot of good by changing your schedule and life.
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Karen Maezen Miller, author of Paradise in Plain Sight:
Your grief is real and your fears are valid, and yet we must not get ahead of ourselves. Please just stay here for a moment longer, and a moment longer, and a moment longer.
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John Welshons, author of When Prayers Aren’t Answered and Awakening from Grief:
We will get through this... together. And with regard to all of the catastrophic thoughts that may be passing through the mind, perhaps you can cultivate what my dear friend and teacher Stephen Levine used to call “Don’t Know Mind.” In other words, letting go of the need to know what is going to happen and how it is going to affect you. Perhaps to cultivate the ability — each time the mind presents some terrible scenario — to say to yourself, “You never know.” It is possible that what is now perceived as a terrible difficulty might just turn out to be an opportunity... or a blessing. You never know. Namaste.
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SARK, author of Succulent Wild Love:
Welcome to the beginning.
This election has thrilled me because of the enormous shadow-clearing that’s going on — the biggest one ever. So many rocks turned over and creatures scuttling out.
So much pain unearthed and released.
So many voiceless given voice. So many communications of all kinds.
This election has dismayed me because of the divisiveness, anger, hurt, and unresolved pain. So many misunderstandings, nonunderstandings and lack of joyfull solutions.
This election uplifts me and reminds me that we are electing to speak and be seen, whatever our beliefs.
So many people speaking, some have prompted reactions of rage and blind anger, all have contributed in some way to the universal condition called life, and reminds me of these lines from the Rilke poem “Before the Beginning” that says, “Nearby is the land they call life, you will know it by its intensity.”
It is in this intensity that choices have been made, actions have been taken, and the seen and unseen miracles are arriving every instant, and will continue to arrive.
I voted for Hillary Clinton and am infinitely glad to have this freedom.
I welcome the integration and all the healing that is coming, and the further clearing of the obscuring shadows and lifting UP of us all.
“Before the Beginning” by Rainer Maria Rilke
God speaks to each of us as we are made,
then walks with us silently out of the night.
These are the words, the numinous words,
we hear before we begin:
You, called forth by your senses
reach to the edge of your longing.
Become my body
grow like a fire behind things
so their shadows spread
and cover me completely
Let everything into you;
beauty and terror.
Keep going, remember
no feeling lasts forever
Don’t lose touch with me.
Nearby is the land they call life,
you will know it by its intensity.
Give me your hand.