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Needless to say, it’s been a tumultuous two weeks. Never have I experienced — at least in my 47 years — a time when our country has encountered such a drastic and surreal shift that has essentially provoked the sleeping lion. It is an uprising, if you will – a calling of urgency to each and every one of us to not only pay attention, but rather to wake up and give attention to that which is most needed.

As a person who has always strived for love, kindness and equality for all human beings, I have found myself digging even deeper into my soul and asking, “what do I believe in? What do I stand for?” Because, as I see it now, there is no time to play the game of complacency any longer, thinking that someone else – in this case, the President of the United States — will “do the job” in making our lives better. What a joke when you think about it, since the only one who can make ourselves and our lives better is ourselves; it is no one else’s responsibility and the sooner we own this, the sooner we can get on with making a difference.

In the meantime, however, as our nation struggles with fear, anger and hatred, the suppressed wounds of our collective soul have painfully been revealed. Remember that rug under which we swept the many years of racism, prejudice and discrimination, conveniently pretending that it wasn’t there? Well… someone just lifted that rug, but not just lifted, rather ripped it off like a band-aid being ripped off a gaping wound. No more pretending we’ve “progressed.” Instead, it’s about getting a good, hard look at where our nation has suppressed. And as is true for the individual, is absolutely true for the collective whole that we call our country. Suppression isn’t healing; it’s denial. It’s stuffing all the things we don’t want to look at into a box and shoving it into the closet, thinking we don’t have to deal with it. But at some point, we do. At some point, whether it be as an individual or as a nation, we have to face and embrace our shadow, our woundedness, and the time is now.

No longer can we run away from ourselves or the situation at hand. Unfortunately it’s incredibly painful and extremely uncomfortable – as I, myself, wake up every morning in disbelief that this is really happening – but it is. This is at our doorstep. This is the “mess” we have to all take part in cleaning up. We can’t deny it any longer and the only way out is through. As citizens of the United States of America, none of us are exempt.

So, is it true? Have we really not come as far as we thought? I think it has been revealed that yes, it is painfully true, and yes, it sucks. And of course, we have progressed; there is no doubt about it when it comes to basic human rights. Our country has been the leader in this light for many years and it is the reason why people from all over the world have risked their lives, left their families, and traveled 1000’s of miles, to seek a better life for themselves with the American Dream. And most have contributed positively to this beautiful country of ours.

This is what the United States of America has been built on – the manifestation of dreams and possibilities. If we were born here, we don’t necessarily know what we have because we’ve known nothing different. As I was once told by a personal friend of mine – also an immigrant – we were born with a lottery ticket in our hands. Thereby, if we haven’t manifested our own dreams in the country where this is encouraged, the only one to blame is one’s self. Painful, but true. We are the creators of our lives by the daily choices we make, every single day. Self responsibility.

So, aside from that, here we are. All that has risen to the surface in the last several weeks in the form of outrage shows us the pains of our collective wounds and as far as we have come as a country, there is still so much more work to be done. And again, no one is going to do it for us, especially the President and in particular, this President. His values are clear and we’re barely in the infancy of his “President-Electness.”

Maya Angelou said it best, “Whenever someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

But, guess what? It’s actually not all bad, and in fact, it’s actually really good. Why? Because maybe this is just what we needed to wake up. To stop the outward search – the fantasy – that someone is going to do for us what only we can do for ourselves… that someone is going to give us a better job… that someone is going to make our life easier… that someone is going to heal the violence and crime in our neighborhood… that someone is going to take care of our health. Yes, our government should be there to serve the greatest needs of we, the people – this is what it’s purpose is supposed to be. However, in truth, the world around us is still just a reflection of what we believe about ourselves, so it’s in no one else’s hands, but our own. It comes down to each and every single one of us to make our town, our country, and our world a better place… to make it a place that treats it’s citizens of all races and facets of our society, equally and respectfully, and recognizes that we are all ONE. Because in the collective human heart where we are all connected, that is what’s right. Do unto others as you would have done unto you.

The world is not “out there,” it is only a reflection of how we see ourselves. Do we like what we see? If not, change it, but not by trying to change someone else, rather changing the ONLY person and heart you can change…. Yourself. This is the work and it is the only way.

In my own personal journey of life that has included many highs as well as lows, here is what I have found: Until we look at our own personal wounds – those wounds that we all unconsciously acquired during childhood – we will only keep recreating the situations in the present to perpetuate those wounds within us. Why? For the simple purpose of healing. Because what is finally revealed, can be healed. And what is suppressed becomes a mess. Until we feel it all, we can’t heal at all.

Healing our nation and our world comes when we finally drop our defenses – those ego devised walls that keep us separate and scared of each other. Healing our nation begins when we recognize that all of this outrage is because of fearing and not hearing each other. Healing our nation comes when we have the courage to turn inward… to heal ourselves of where we believe we are not already whole. Healing our nation and our world comes when we, as individuals, can be honest and recognize our own fears and the soul-destroying beliefs that we aren’t good enough, deserving enough, or worthy enough. If you don’t believe those feelings are in you, lift the rug. I dare you.

I’ve worked with thousands of people over the years, coaching them through healthy lifestyle change and I can tell you, these are the deep underlying issues that plague us all and the only journey to healing, whether it be ourselves or our nation, is when we admit them and address them. Our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health is intimately intertwined. Healing our nation and our world comes when we recognize that maybe we have abandoned ourselves and our own dreams. I believe this is the cause of more inner and outer conflict – along with dis-ease and unhappiness – than we have even begun to imagine.

The truth is, when we sift through and get down to the bare essence of what it means to be human, we aren’t unique in our issues; we are all the same. But the good news is, that when you do, the healing has already begun. Humility is a profound healer and awareness is the first step.

So… all of this in the biggest picture – a picture that we can’t see with our limited human eyes, rather it must be with our spiritual eyes – is that everything that is happening right now is a gift. I know it may feel difficult to grasp that concept and it’s important to honor your feelings and where you are in this process, but as soon as you are ready and able, the world needs you. Your fellow brothers and sisters need you. You need you.

I challenge us all to rise out of the ashes, to dust ourselves off and to step up and be the light. Be the hope. Be the difference. Stand up for what you know is right in your heart. Stand up for what you desire for yourself and that every other human being deserves as well: Love, equality, “freedom and justice for all.” That is what is right. THAT’S what has made America great, and always will make American great.

Thank you, Mr. President-Elect. Thank you for being the instigator… for stirring the pot… for holding up the mirror and reminding us of what is really important when it comes to humanity. Thank you for serving as the “energy of contrast” so that we can passionately and undoubtedly stand up for what is right, because it is only in the presence of that which we are not, that can ultimately know who we are (a concept clearly explained in Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations with God.)? Thank for making that really clear. You have just awakened a force that your money, your ego, and your degrading words to human beings has never had to reckon with – that force is the power of LOVE.

The planet is shifting and love is the truth, the way, and the life. Love is and always will be the answer. Always and in all ways.

I love and believe in us all!

Lisa

NOTE: A special thanks to all of the spiritual teachers out there, Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Abraham-Hicks, Wayne Dyer, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Jesus, Buddha, Michael Jackson and so many others, including my greatest teacher of love, my precious horse, Little Miss. Thank you to you all who have dedicated and given your lives to helping humanity wake up to our Divine Beauty and Truth! I have paid close attention to your teachings and it has inspired me to live and hopefully be an example of hope and inspiration for others. After all, as the saying goes, “we are all just walking each other home.”

Heal your heart, heal the world!” – Lisa Brisse

God/Love bless us all!