Political Turmoil: A New Age Empath’s Thoughts on Coping

Greetings, fellow Seekers. Right now, the USA is squirming within the grip of a political circus. There are tremendous principles at stake, regardless of which side of the aisle you find yourself on. The media is saturated with the 2016 presidential race, most of it seeming to focus on the worst, dirtiest, sensationalized bit of tripe that can be dug up and exponentialized. Are there deep issues on the table that need to be sorted out? Yes. Are we on the threshold of tremendous change or tremendous regression? Yes. Does everyone care on some level about what’s going on? In my heart, I do think so.

But what about those of us who can’t seem to fall in line with the actions or speech that are taking place right now? It’s not that we don’t care. We fully understand that we wouldn’t have a country in the first place if not for people who were passionate about their views for a better tomorrow. We want to live in a place that reflects our highest good as a human tribe. We find the common threads of hope, dignity, and a desire for peace even in the most contentious arguments. But, many of us find ourselves unable to engage. The possibility exists that we are not apathetic nor uncaring, but that we care too much.

I feel deeply about the things I would like to see in our future as a nation. I will vote, or perhaps not vote, as my conscience dictates. But I cannot (CANNOT. Full Stop.) direct my energy toward the modalities that others are employing to create change at this time. The more I force myself to join the ranks, get out in the street, shout down the opposition, the less I can physically or emotionally do so. My very being seems to shrink from this fracas, and I find myself turning away from it in order to focus on things that feed my emotional peace and stability; things that I can share with others in the hopes of promoting their own emotional and spiritual well-being.

Does this feel familiar to you? Like the more you try to jump in the pool, the stronger the feeling is not to? I think there are more of us experiencing this than we realize. To attempt to put it in some perspective, let’s explore this situation in regards to our particular and individual human experience. Let’s take a look at the very long game.

I offer up for your consideration, that this political inferno may not be meant to be part of your experience this time around. This idea may be at the root of our emotional and spiritual incapability to throw ourselves in the mix. Regardless of whether you believe in reincarnation, this current climate may not be one you’re supposed to be a part of. It may be outside the realm of direct lessons you’re scheduled to learn, and this may be an exercise in stepping back and observing, or perhaps focusing your efforts on other things. Of course, die-hard reincarnationists aren’t sweating any of this. From that point of view, they’ll live this life as it’s meant to unfold, and come back at another time when the atmosphere may be a bit sweeter. (Or perhaps not come back here at all, but that’s a whole other discussion.)

This situation will unfold as it is meant to, with or without us entangling our emotional and spiritual resources. And as the Universal Intelligence has informed me, we will all continue to make our way regardless of whom gets elected. Not to say that this election and the issues surrounding it do not matter, but in the long view, this is a ripple in a much larger pond. Our lives will move on, and we will experience any situations relating to this race as we are meant to, or not meant to, as your individual case may be. And if you really want to get out there, in the very large scope of the human story, this is just another civilization scrapping about whose champion beetle gets to sit at the top of the dung heap. It’s been done before, and will be done again, and again, until the sun goes down on our species.

So what to do? Firstly, shut off the television. Turn off the radio. Unfollow the people on your FaceBook who post political content. (It’s not that you don’t like them, you just don’t need to hear it right now. Re-follow when they’ve settled down.) If you need to know about what’s going on in your area, your local newspaper might provide more relevant content. Pick up the phone and call your loved ones in order to connect with them, so that you can avoid the extraneous commentary that comes with logging into social media. Go the freak outside and listen to the earth and sky. Get reconnected with the air, dirt, and water. They are the primary source of everything that sustains the human body, and it can be argued that in the end, that’s all that you need.

If you feel like you need to do something, it may serve your highest self right now to keep it local and direct. Volunteer your time and resources to a local, non-political organization that has a direct impact on your community. If you’re a gardener, plant an extra bed of veggies to donate to your local charity kitchen. Get the neighborhood kids to help you! Volunteer at the library, the senior center, the hospital. There are a thousand worthy causes that you could make a difference for by being present.

And as for the legions of people that seem to have a need to chastise you for your “non-participation,” I have a few choice words in my head that I won’t print. In polite terms, you can simply let them know that you’re an empath. Because you are. The anger and hostility out there right now is just overwhelming, and you’re having a hard time finding a place to put it so that you can stay balanced. You’re focusing on other good works where you feel you can make a difference. And if they find fault with that, walk away. Far and fast. They’re up to their ears in the dung heap and cannot hear you.

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