Anyone living in the US who has any relationship with the news, knows that we are living in dark times. Tuesday evening marked a new low where the President of the United States mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony of sexual assault which she courageously gave before the nation last Thursday. And the people at the Trump rally in Mississippi laughed. A laughter that undoubtedly echoed the laughter of Dr. Ford’s assailants, just as the process of ramming through an investigation and vote mirrors the violation of a sexual assault victim saying, “Stop. This is too fast. I’m not comfortable.” All of which Dr. Ford and her attorneys were telegraphing.
Our country, and certainly our political system, is gravely ill. This is the same week that Republican Senator Kennedy of Louisiana said, “This is about winning. This is about power. This is just, win, baby, win. It doesn’t matter what the cost.”
This same ruthlessness is evident when corporations like Exxon and Shell hide their research about how their activities are disastrous for climate change. It’s in the oil and gas industry here in Colorado where it spews out lies about the campaign to limit fracking, just as their operations spew out dangerous methane gas–regulations around which the Trump Administration is busy dismantling.
I heard best-selling author Caroylyn Myss this week say we are now hostage to the darkness, as we have lost our moral compass. We have become untethered, and the darkness within each of us or which we are vulnerable to has a chance to run loose.
I had a taste of this when I participated in some Social Constellation work last year. This is a variation on the Family Constellation work of Bert Hellinger, where we step into the energy of other people or forces to learn more about the underlying dynamics of a situation. On this evening, I was assigned to step into the energy of “Corporation.” I believe what I felt as I did this is the energy underlying many of our biggest corporations. In retrospect, it was very much like the energy behind Senator Kennedy’s remark. I felt like I was on a bender, raiding and plundering, unconcerned with anything but grabbing what I want. Drunk on power.
Whew. Can you feel the energy I’m talking about?
It is absolutely without concern for anything but immediate self-serving goals. Not self-serving goals of a broader kind that might take into account one’s grandchildren or the interconnected web which we are all part of. The absolute narrowness of these goals is like cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Whether the underlying motives get categorized as greed, power, vengeance, or even bonding, as I’ll reference next, what is important is to recognize it as darkness. Darkness that slips in, Myss contends, as we lose our connection to our deeper nature as Light.
The bonding piece is important, so I’ll take a moment for it. In “The Cruelty Is the Point,” Atlantic staff writer Adam Serwer, places the cruel events of this week against a backdrop of other American cruelty and posits the primary motive is that of finding a sense of (badly needed) community through unleashing our darkest impulses together. That’s been true for some time, but being normalized by the president takes it to a new level. “Once malice is embraced as a virtue,” Serwer writes, “it is impossible to contain.”
As many have asked this week, What have we come to? It is a sad and sobering question.
The companion question of course is, What can we do? Here is my list.
1. As much as we each can, face the truth of what is happening. I know we all need breaks, and some find it too destabilizing to add this awareness to their lives, but for those of us who can, we need to face into the ugly truths. Truth wants to be seen.
2. Hold tightly to our Light. By Light I mean our inherent Goodness, our deeper spiritual nature. Look for Light. Reflect Light. Be that Light. Darkness only wins when Light goes away.
3. Act. Make phone calls, volunteer, vote. Inaction allows the darkness to spread.
Living in dark times is not easy. It is heartbreaking for anyone who is awake to it. While that can feel intolerably painful, it was my experience this summer that the more I allowed this heartbreak, the more my heart opened. Heartbreak is not fatal if we keep anchored, as we must, in a greater love.
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