by Barry Kerr
Regarding the current U.S. presidential election cycle, everyone can agree on this: Thus far, it’s been full of surprises, raw and revealing, and highly polarizing, even within each party. With ecological, economic and social disasters on a global scale looming before us, there is a groundswell of demands for radical change, increasing people’s passion. The tensions between the established status quo and the forces for change, progressive and otherwise, are starkly apparent.
For those of us who have been on the path of universal spiritual consciousness (and you know who you are), the choices may seem obvious. The political agenda that Bernie Sanders presents is remarkably aligned with the enlightened concepts and values that long-time new agers, mystics, healers, progressive activists and other visionaries have been tracking for decades as part of the more comprehensive evolutionary shift from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. As the planets Uranus and Pluto have squared off with each other seven times in the last five years, the shadows and secrets behind the paternal façade of the established powers and institutions have been revealed for all to see, informing the popular consensus for what needs to be changed. Younger people, who were born into this shifting consciousness and with no sentimental attachments to an older, white-washed version of Americana that confuses capitalism with democracy, and who are free of any psycho-emotional involvement with the old religions, have no problem identifying the inevitability of what the Sanders movement represents for humanity’s future. At this point, one needn’t be a spiritual sensitive to feel the relevance of the Aquarian vision permeating the gestalt of human consciousness. It’s only a question of time.
And indeed that is the fundamental factor for us spiritual types to wrestle with, isn’t it? Time? On the one hand, as we become more and more attuned to our soul and to divine consciousness, we come to know, without doubt, that everything is already in perfect order, all is well, and there is nothing to fear, personally or collectively. We are all loved and safe beyond imagination and this world is but an illusive journey we experience to inform and individuate our evolving souls. And in that context, though humanity may be evolving into the new Aquarian Age, and the stark contrasts of the current election cycle may truly be signals of some readiness for the collective consciousness to manifest those ideals at a practical, political level of our existence, how much importance to time and timing shall we give?
Personally, I waiver on this from day to day, or more like hour to hour. Sometimes, as I read about the latest developments or read an opinion that doesn’t square with my own, I feel an urgency to participate in the political debate, make another donation, or help get out the vote. In those moments, my sense of timing tells me that this is the election when enough people have awakened to the illusions of the status quo and that the seemingly impossible can actually happen. The synergy of collective consciousness and personal wills can conspire in integrity and intention to override the past patterns of political fear, hopelessness and manipulation. If enough people will vote from faith, and not from fear, the slow wheel of human progress can turn a notch or two. If enough of us who have seen past the illusions and limited thinking of Newtonian physics and victim-based spirituality can join our souls’ awareness together and make use of the powers we have discovered as individuals to create miracles in our own individual lives, then together, we can make real the “hundredth monkey” principle, and spread a contagious virus of hope and awakening. Such action, by necessity, flies in the face of “common sense” and “political practicality” and “seasoned” political wisdom, which themselves are well-intentioned postures within the old paradigm of fear and limited thinking. Thus, the choice is starkly present.
At other times, I pull back from the frantic fray of politics and gauge it, and everything else for that matter, with that sense of timelessness that removes all urgency. Again, I know it will all turn out ok. All our souls will survive and all wounds will heal. Yes, perhaps this is the time and the election where a major shift will appear in the political and social contract, but maybe it’s just an opening blossom, not an actual fruition, but necessary as a prelude to what’s next.
And here’s where it gets tricky, right? If the Sanders movement does not prevail this time, then what IS next? What needs to be next? How the heck can we know? More importantly, as part of the current set up for what’s next, do those of us who see the inevitable needed changes stay focused on those changes with the personal power that constitutes each of our votes. In other words, do we continue to lean into the power of integrity and faith as we vote, applying our hard-earned knowledge of the laws of creative and conscious manifestation, sticking with Sanders in the general election, or do we retreat, for the time being, to the old fear-based reality, voting for Clinton as the lesser of two evils. If not Sanders, what? How afraid are we willing to feel? How hopeless can we be in the face of a seeming darkness to come? Is it all doom and gloom? Or is there a divine possibility for change and evolution that can spring from either dark scenario, in ways that defy our logical abilities to predict?
Having long ago been disillusioned of the idea that our purpose in being human is to transcend our humanness, most of us in the universal spirituality movement have come to understand that our fulfillment, both as humans and as divine souls, is to embrace our humanity and learn how to open our bodies, minds and hearts to allow more of our divine soul to stream through our human being. This requires an ability to stay consciously connected to our much larger spiritual self while at the same time be willing to fully engage with life, with people, with relationships, with society, and with the messy political realities that are part of that fabric. Passively watching as the rest of humanity determines a future is not an option. However, believing that I am responsible for all that happens is also not an option. I must participate. Indeed, I have no choice. Even if I don’t vote, my mere attitude, passionate or neutral, is an energy that I contribute to the collective whole and which plays its part in creating the outcome. So what do I do with my little piece of energy? Limited thinking, based on a past paradigm? Or proactive intention, drawn from our soul’s unity wisdom? Fear? Or love?
Some say only “privileged” people can afford to think like this. I think they’re correct. We have chosen to incarnate at a time in human evolution when we can make a huge difference by applying the wisdom and courage we’ve attained through countless lifetimes of experience. To play that role in the human collective history is certainly a privilege and a responsibility that would be a shame to waste. Do we all need to vote the same? Not necessarily. The universe has an elegant way of connecting our lives in ways we cannot yet comprehend. Following our intuition and hearts is key to our effectiveness, whatever that implies for each of us.
Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.