Obama and The Palin Effect (Part 2)

My post a few weeks ago on Sarah Palin acting as Barack Obama’s psychological shadow triggered a lot of people. I thought it would be worthwhile to talk about how one deals with the shadow once it breaks out and begins to disrupt things. But first a short recap: The emergence of Gov. Palin wasn’t simply startling — it was inexplicable. How could 20 percent of women voters suddenly turn toward her when Palin stands for erasing forty years of feminism? How could the mentality of a small-town mayor morph into a potential President making global decisions? To explain her meteoric rise, I offered the idea that each of us harbors a shadow, a place where our hidden impulses live. By appealing to fear, resentment, hostility to change, suspicion of "the other," and similar dark impulses, the Republicans have been the shadow’s party for a long time. Sarah Palin put a smiling face on feelings that normally we feel ashamed of.
The shadow is irrational; it thrives on gut emotions. (A recent Fox News poll ran with the headline, "In their gut, independents choose McCain.") Bringing the 2008 campaign down to the gut level means bringing it down to the level of the shadow. Instead of listening to an intelligent, persuasive, charismatic man with one African-American parent, people get to say, "I just don’t like blacks. They’re scary; they’re not like me. It’s a gut thing." Only it’s not. It’s a shadow thing that each of us, not just the right wing, must deal with. Reacting to Palin with fear, confusion, panic, and lashing out also comes from the shadow.
People who were shocked and dismayed by The Palin Effect generally don’t know how to handle shadow energies. Here are a few salient points:
1. Don’t panic — The shadow is built into your psyche, and when it brings fear, hostility, and resentment to the surface, those feelings want to get out. They cause disruption, but your panic only makes them stick around longer.
2. Try not to be overwhelmed — Eruptions from the shadow are transitory. If you don’t encourage them, these energies dissipate naturally. If you are overwhelmed, however, the net result is exhaustion and loss of energy.
3. Remind yourself who you really are — You are much more than your shadow, because your aspirations, hopes, and dreams keep advancing despite the shadow’s apparent power. Pay the least attention to these disruptions as you need to calm down and no more.
4. Keep a clear focus — The shadow creates disorder and runaway emotions. If you focus on your purpose and remain rational, you will anchor yourself to a more stable reality.
5. Don’t fight fire with fire — If you sink to the level of dark energies, you will be fighting on their terms, and the likelihood is that you will lose.
If we translate these points into current politics, they are clearly applicable. The Democrats were triggered by Palin because they fear losing and that fear runs deep. The bogeymen that frighten us the most come from a primitive level; they stir a sense of childish helplessness. But your mature self, like Obama’s campaign organization, is coherent and knows how to carry out its purpose. Realize that American politics have been dominated by shadow issues for decades, so it’s only natural they still have claws and teeth. But their game has gotten old and tired. If you are able to see past the appeal to fear and resentment, have trust that other people can, too.
The bottom line is that the 2008 election isn’t about change versus experience or a noble candidate who may lose to one who plays dirty. This election is about consciousness. Since the Reagan revolution, consciousness has been sleepy and dull in politics; ideals have been tarnished by cynicism; inner decay has sapped the party in power of its original purpose, leaving only a pointless morass of defensiveness that expresses itself in negativity. If the majority of the electorate wakes up and feels inspired to turn the page, that will happen. Obama has sounded the call; few people missed the message. Now it’s a matter of dealing with a phase of fear and resistance before we discover if stuck consciousness is ready to move ahead.

Restful awareness is impossible

The recent things going on in my life is starting to affect my health problems. I know I should be dealing with what is going on in many different ways, but the problems are with my daughter and I am all she has when it comes to helping her through this. Instead of doing all the things I have learned in the past 5 years to control my health, it seems I am doing the opposite. I am overwhelmed with frustration and fear of wondering if I am making the right choices.
I do think there is a difference now over when these emotions flooded me years ago, and that is awareness. By being aware that I am hurting myself and those that love me with these emotions I can hopefully start to control them better. With this awareness of what I am feeling I can then go a step further and start to make conscious choices. When I make a decision about helping Lily I look into my heart for a feeling on whether I am making the right choices. Deep down I feel like I am helping her in the right way, but part of me still feels the frustration and fear. I can hear the medical director of the Chopra Center, Dr David Simon ask me the question he always ask me when my health starts to fail again. He says,

Healing the Earth through Global Sound

We are in the midst of so much change and uncertainty about the world we live in today. It can be challenging to keep a positive outlook with all that is happening around us. The beautiful thing is that as we come together and awaken to the opportunities that exist we co-create new and abundant ways of living, in harmony with all that is.

Jonathan Goldman shares his perspective on his blog on the power of global intention to make a positive shift on our planet and human consciousness. Here is a paragraph from Jonathan’s blog.

Together, these two elements of sound and the consciousness encoded in
the sound combine in a synergistic manner to create a truly potent
force that can move mountains. It is no accident that most prayer on
this planet is chanted aloud-the ancients knew of the ability of sacred
sound to amplify and empower our prayers. We are once again beginning
to rediscover this.

With the power of sound to enhance our ability to focus our consciousness grows. Through meditation and prayer with sound the effects of our intentions are maximized.

This September 21st Jonathan Goldman and friends are intiating Global Sound Healing Day. Global Sound Healing Day is occuring this year in conjuction with the U.N.’s International Day of Peace. At noon on the 21st I will be coming together with people from around the world to sound the "AH" – the universal sound of love and appreciation in order to assist the creation of peace on the planet.

If you would like to join me you can read more about Global Sound Healing Day on Jonathan’s blog or go directly to the Temple of Sacred Sound and enter the "AH Toning Chamber" and share your positive intentions for the planet while sounding your love and appreciation.

National Organization for Women Endorses Obama-Biden

National Organization for Women PAC Endorses Obama-Biden

Chair, National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (NOW PAC)

September 16, 2008

It is with great enthusiasm that I announce today, on behalf of the nation’s oldest and largest women’s rights organization, that the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (NOW PAC) proudly endorses Sen. Barack Obama for President of the United States.

It is no coincidence that I am joined in this announcement by so many allied organizations that collectively represent a broad and diverse cross-section of U.S. women. From teachers to social workers, from business owners to college students, women in this country are lining up behind the candidate who is out there every day standing up — clearly and consistently — for women. Women of all ages, races and ethnicities are coming together in support of Sen. Obama and his pledge to fulfill this country’s promise of equal opportunity for our daughters as well as all our sons.

Although it is very unusual for us to endorse in a presidential election, this is an unprecedented candidate and an unprecedented time for our country. The NOW PAC reviewed Sen. Obama’s record and public statements on issues that disproportionately affect the women of this nation, and I spoke with him at length about his commitment to women’s equality. For example:

On pay equity.

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

"I should …"
"I would have …"
"I could have …"

Does the beginning of those three sentences sound familiar?
Let me flesh them out a bit more in case you don’t recognize them.

"I should lose weight."
"I would have lost weight a long time ago if only I had the will power."
"I could have lost weight if I had the money to join a gym."

What do you think now?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret; they are really familiar to me, like an old pair of shoes two sizes too small. I used to shoulda, woulda, coulda all over myself all the time when it came to goals and intentions. As a matter of fact, I still catch myself doing so every once in awhile. When it comes to goals and intentions, believe it or not, the shoulda, woulda, couldas serve a valuable purpose; they are great little indicators as to how important what we are trying to achieve is to us personally. Yep, that’s right, they are our own little pocket gauges but sadly we don’t use them as such. We often use them as the proverbial 2×4 upside the head. OUCH! A means to make us feel wronged or worse, feel like failures.

So I’d like to ask you to do me a HUGE favor right here, right now (it’s a three part favor, by the way). The first part of the favor is to step away from the 2×4, put it away, shred it in the wood shredder, burn it on a bonfire. Do whatever you need to do, just get rid of it. The next thing I would like to request is that you become aware of your shoulda, woulda, coulda vernacular. And the last part of the favor is, if you are shoulda, woulda, coulda-ing all over yourself, please ask yourself one of the following questions;

– "On a scale of 1-10 (one being a low score) how important is this goal to me?"

If your response is a 5 or less, please be honest with yourself, how likely are you to carry out whatever it is you are shoulda, woulda, coulda-ing yourself over? Things that score low on the importance scale also score low on the priority scale and are more likely to be placed on the backburner, in the back of the closet, or stuffed in the back of our minds.

– "Is this something I wish to do or something someone said I should do?"

Let’s face it, when we are trying to accomplish a goal that is someone else’s and not our own, we are less likely to see it through to fruition. Why? Because it’s not ours. It is not in alignment with who we are and our core values.

– "How will this serve me in being my best self?"

If your answer is,"It won’t" then please reconsider your reasonings for trying to take action on a goal that will not serve you.

Here is to using the shoulda, woulda, couldas as goal setting success tools, (as opposed to the opposite) until you don’t need them anymore.

Mallika Chopra: Managing the Stress of Financial Uncertainty

When I was in Business School at Kellogg, investment banking and getting a job at a company like Lehman Brothers or Merrill Lynch meant that you had succeeded. The thought that Lehman Brothers has gone bankrupt is mindboggling.

Today, I flew from LA to NYC and watched five hours of dire news on the state of the economy. Endless soundbytes of McCain saying the “fundamentals of the economy are strong” were contrasted with Obama proclaiming that McCain doesn’t get it. The reality is that this is a complex situation, and my very limited understanding of economics makes me feel incompetent in understanding many of the nuances of what could have, should have, and should be done.

What I do know is this.

When the market crashed in 1999, I had a good company that did not survive. Today, I believe I have another good company — Intent — and I am raising money in a difficult climate. (That said, this time around I will make sure we survive!)

While my husband’s income is stable, others in my family are being faced today with trying times in their work. As the founder of Intent, I may not have an income today, but I am responsible for a team that relies on me, which personally only makes me more committed to succeeding.

I think my money is safe, but I ask myself — should I just spread it around hoping for the best? Should I invest abroad?

There are difficult times ahead for us as a nation, and I for one want to be prepared. I want my family in a stable situation, so I will be minding our financial commitments for some time. I want my employees to have stability, so I will focus on milestones that position us for success in the short term, as well as the long term.

But this will not just be about the U.S., millions of people around the world are now affected by a global economy. We must lead by example in finding a new balance.

In challenging times, great companies are built. If we believe in what we are doing and we can manifest our intentions, we can and will succeed.

But then, I ask you, what can we as individuals and as a society do to help one another in this time of stress? What is your intention? How do we support each other, and create optimism and prosperity for the the years to come?

Worry Much?

As Olivia told me the other day, the Notes from the Universe email s are among the best to hit my inbox. I got a kick out of this one not just because it is funny, but because when I originally subscribed, the site asked me for one of my dreams. I answered to have a condo in Boulder. So in this message, "The Universe" made a mention of it, and here I am in my condo in Boulder reading it. We are powerful little creatures, aren’t we? 😉 Gives me chills to think of the thousands/millions of people coming here, to the Intent site, to write down their intentions and dreams… look out, you may just surprise yourself!

The email:

"What happens when someone worries?

Basically, they think of 100 reasons why something might go wrong. And all of those thoughts then struggle to become things, sometimes overriding their more constructive thoughts.

It’s like a train wreck. Ain’t pretty. But that’s the power of worry.

Now, let’s say you want something fantastic to manifest in your life, David. Hypothetically, let’s say you want a condo in Boulder.. (I know you.)

Have you sat down yet and listed 100 reasons why it might come to you easily, fast, and harmoniously?

I think you should.

Today works,
The Universe"


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