The 2016 US election has horrified many of us. The list of communities that Donald Trump threatens is long.
So how do we empower our voices when so many of us feel so violently silenced?
Yesterday, the day of the US election results, I was angry. Pained. Confused. Shocked. Incredulous. Fearful. And there were even moments I wanted to give up my belief and faith in the Universe.
As someone who very much believes in the Universal Laws such as the Law of Attraction, the Law of Karma, the Law of Gratitude, I questioned everything I believe in.
I angrily posted news articles showing us that we are going to hell. I wept. A lot. A whole lot. I cursed America. I had heated online debates with people.
And then I forgave myself.
Because a woman’s anger is powerful and should not be silenced. Because I needed to go through these powerful emotions to heal. And I needed to see they were not getting me anywhere if I continued to act on them the way I did.
And then something shifted. I started looking for that light. The reason why the US election needed to end the way it did.
And I found it.
“We realize the importance of light when we see darkness. We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced.” – Malala
I started to truly realise this event is what is called an “Extinction Burst” – a term in behavioural psychology used to describe a behaviour which, when on the verge of being extinguished, experiences a sudden and temporary increase before it starts to decline and clear.
And then I began to envision the change that was coming. Because I began to believe it was.
People waking up. Speaking up. Those who never spoke up before. Those who thought their voices did not count. Those whose voices have been devalued. Finally, speaking up. Because this US election happened as it did.
The light came slowly. As if through a crack. Small rays of hope. And then more. And more. And more…
- Over half of the voters actually voted for Clinton. She actually won the popular vote. There are actually more voters who did not want this. (And later many of these would take to the streets in peaceful protest.)
- The Senate at this point has gained 2 Democratic seats and while they did not reach a majority in the House, they did gain seats in the House there as well.
- Kamala Harris, the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica, was appointed to the U.S. Senate as the first woman of colour in that State.
- Japan-born Mazie Hirono of Hawaii will be the first ever Asian-American woman elected to the Senate.
- Hawaii also elected Democrat Tulsi Gabbard as the first ever practicing Hindu to the US House of Representatives – and she will take the Oath of Office over the Bhagavad Gita
- Illinois has elected disabled war veteran Tammy Duckworth to the Senate — the first Asian American woman elected to Congress in Illinois, the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first member of Congress born in Thailand. She is an Iraq veteran who lost both of her legs and her right arm during the war.
- Former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto also a Senate seat – becoming the first Latina elected to the Senate.
- Minnesota elected Ilan Omar as the country’s first Somali-American Muslim woman to the state legislature.
- Oregon elected Kate Brown, the first openly LGBT woman, as Governor.
- Georgia, is a typically red state, elected Sam Park – the first openly gay male, who happens to also be Korean-American – to State legislature.
(One moment, the tears are flowing again…)
- In one fell swoop, Obama protected Planned Parenthood – the one service that women can go to for affordable health care – from ever being entirely defunded.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel used her feminine leader’s voice to send a bold message to Donald Trump, saying her relationship with Trump would only succeed if he upheld “the dignity of man, independent of origin”, adding:“Germany and America are connected by values of democracy, freedom, and respect for the law and the dignity of man, independent of origin, skin colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political views.That she spoke this on the anniversary of Kristallnacht https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristallnacht is not just coincidence, but a beautiful sign to the rest of the world that we are capable of learning from history.
But also, beautiful voices starting coming out to speak stunning truths:
- CNN’s commentator, political activist, author and attorney Van Jones gracefully, powerfully and compassionately explained to Trump supporters what this means to those who do not have their privilege. Even his Republican colleagues could do nothing but listen and be touched.
- CNN commentator Danielle Moodie-Mills perfectly enlightened us that the election results was about more than misogyny. It was about “White Supremacy’s last stand in America”. Hatred on a level equal to Jim Crow. “We underestimated as Americans how deep our hatred was of the ‘other’.” We would rather have conversations about e-mails and e-mail servers than about gerrymandering, closing polls early, and the Supreme Court gutting the voting rights act.
- The amazing “secret, private Facebook group” Clinton referred to in her speech continues to uplift our spirits as women, men, LGBT, people of colour, disabled, elderly, people on deathbeds and even life-long Republicans came out to share their stories about why they chose to vote for her. It continues to be a confirmation that we are still here and we are still doing the work together.
- Women literally lined up for hours to put their “I voted” stickers on Susan B Anthony’s grave.
And then Clinton took the stage. With a grandmother’s heart, faith, gratitude and grace, she conceded the election and, as women often do, apologised for not succeeding.
Like her or not, you most likely could not stop the tears when she got to the most powerful message for women and girls ever to come from a US presidential candidate:
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor Frankl
In looking for and finding my light, I have been able to gain clarity about what the US election results are really about.
Suddenly, the Universe is speaking loud and clear. THIS IS NOT THE END. THIS IS THE GOOD FIGHT. AND NOW YOU ARE FULLY PART OF IT. OWN IT. IT IS ABOUT YOU AND MORE THAN YOU.
This is about waking up. About never taking our voices for granted again. It is about coming out of our own closets when it comes to speaking our value. About convincing others to hold sacred value in their own voices and equally hold that value in others.
We, women, need to fully embrace our value. Clinton tried to do this for us. She brought our plight into the limelight. But now it is our turn to do it for ourselves.
And even more importantly, we have to do it FOR OTHERS.
The US election has taught me that the good fight my parents fought in the 60’s and 70’s is not over nor can I take it for granted. It has taught me that I need to listen more, speak up more – also on others’ behalves. But above all, actively participate in the transformation and change.
Aside from speaking up when I can and voting during the Senate and House mid-term elections on two years from now – here are some other ways I (and you!) can add energy to the change we want to see.
As one of my mentors, Dr Eve Agee, put so beautifully:
Many of us here have more privilege and access to power than the majority of people who changed the world [throughout] history. Our environment, world and planet need us to step up now… Let’s join together and move forward and help the world”
And lastly, above all else, I need to use my voice to heal us all. With Kindness. I need to learn and own that my anger – as justified as it is and as much of a right I have to be angry as a woman – can be transformed into positive change.
Because right now, we need to put more kindness into the world than we thought possible – so we can even out the hatred that has been brought fully to the surface.
We need to practice the art of listening.
And we need to envision how our reactions and actions that will move us forward, peacefully, instead of ripping us apart.
Are you ready for your Superwoman’s Journey? I am ready to take you there. Contact me for a free session to discuss how I can help you on your path as a divine feminine leader. Or apply today to join a sisterhood of women ready to honor their voices, step into feminine leadership and write our success stories together.