For most of you who read my blog regularly, you know I generally stick to posts about chronic illness, mental health, and natural health. It’s only every once in the while that I go off the beaten path. This is one of those times.
It is my very strong belief that there is a spiritual significance to the Donald Trump win.
Many years ago, I had a strange dream. In it, there were beings walking around me in a darkened room. Some were human, and some were not, but they all appeared beautiful. But something was wrong, and for some reason, I was the only one who could see it.
When I put out a hand and quietly whispered, “reveal”, the ones who were not human glowed an incandescent green, turned to me with rage, and the masks slipped from their faces to reveal the demons within.
That dream stayed with me, and it only confirmed what I’d known about myself all along: I see things from a much different perspective than a large majority of the population.
You see, I am autistic. This means my brain processes information in a different way than someone who is neurotypical (not autistic). I often see, sense, and feel things that others do not but have difficulty seeing what is ‘obvious’ to neurotypicals.
This is my perspective (both autistic and spiritual) on the Donald Trump win:
This had to happen.
You see, despite the horrific acts of brutality against African Americans, the blatant subjugation of women, and the vehement hatred against those in the LGBT community (with a big emphasis on the “T”), we, as a nation, still managed to turn a blind eye.
That isn’t to say that groups weren’t organized, protests weren’t held, or petitions weren’t signed. After all, according to the election results, half of us saw what was happening and desperately tried to do something about it.
The problem is, the other half, according to the election results, either did the exact opposite or nothing at all.
Hillary Clinton supporters never believed that Donald Trump could be elected president. Many of us believed he would never even gain the nomination. We believed with all our hearts that Clinton would triumph over Trump because “nobody would vote for that guy”, and when she didn’t, our hearts were crushed.
But, despite waking up to a devastating shock, we learned something incredibly valuable and important:
Racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia are not only present in our country, they are alive, well, kicking, screaming, and grabbing their pitchforks.
There is a deep, seething hatred that has been brimming below the surface for so very long, biding its time, waiting for the right moment to reveal itself. A hatred born out of fear, ignorance, confusion, and frustration.
Had the emotions that created this hate been dealt with when they first appeared, we could have solved this problem before it got out of hand. However, once the hatred began, it took on a life of its own and injected itself into the very fabric of our nation.
Donald Trump is the result of that hatred.
He is the symptom of a disease. He is a cry for help. He is a painful and guttural scream.
There is one good thing that has come out of these election results, and that is awareness.
Those of us who wanted a country built on fairness, equality, and love can no longer hold our noses and hope for the best.
The numbers are right there in front of our faces, and they don’t lie. The best can no longer be hoped for, wished for, or dreamed of.
The best must be fought for.
I don’t mean a verbal or physical fight. The fight we are in now is a spiritual one.
Just like in my dream, the hidden demons of racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia have been clearly revealed, and now that we see them, now that we have been made painfully aware of them, we can finally do what we have to do.
Those of us who are bursting with light, love, and peace in our hearts must come forward as one and shine that light so bright, it not only cancels out the darkness, but transforms it into something better.
There is no giving up now. Shine. Shine brighter than you ever have before. Take stock of the unique gifts you’ve been given and use them to the best of your ability to make this world a better place.
You are a valuable asset, and no contribution is too small. Whoever you are and whatever you do, you matter.
So, write, vote, sing, dance, make art, get involved, sign petitions, contribute to charities, speak at events, share positive social media, stand up for the marginalized, and make your voice heard.
The appalling results of this election showed us the door. It is now up to us to walk through it.
Featured image credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0