Is the Immigration Ban A “Shock Event” Meant to Divide & Disempower Us?

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Like many, I was shocked at Friday’s executive order banning travel into our country from seven Muslim nations. I was so shocked I wrote a blog post yesterday about how this violates the very foundation of what our country has always stood for. My blog was a call to action for “We the People“, a Kali-esque attempt to remind us that we as a country have the opportunity to stand for love, unity, and equality of all beings.

I’m not one to get seduced by conspiracy theories. They usually strike me as breeding fear and fueling the story of separation—us versus them, the good guys against the bad guys. But what if my blog was part of a strategic plan by the new administration to divide and disempower We the People? What if I was playing right into a trap set by a regime that is strategically positioning to dismantle the checks and balances built into my beloved country, the ones intended to protect us from a dictatorship or make us vulnerable to fascism?

According to one history professor, this is exactly how regimes take over a country—by engaging in a “shock event” like the one we’re still reeling from. What if this is what the new administration actually wants—a shocked, divided nation tearing each other apart? What if my blog just fed right into the new administration’s plan, creating more “us” versus “them,” in spite of my best efforts to call us to come together as One? What if Trump voters who support the immigration ban, people who have strong feelings about protecting our borders, making American well-being the #1 priority, and keeping out the terrorists, get triggered and angry when someone like me quotes the Declaration of Independence and challenges a move like the immigration ban?

What if this is the whole point—to get us riled up and divided into the “right” side and the “wrong” side, the “moral” side and the “immoral” side, the “love” side and the “unloving” side? A divided nation is a disempowered one. In order to collapse a long-standing democracy enough to allow a hostile takeover by a regime that might be positioning to establish a white, patriarchal, “Christian” corporatocracy, you have to divide We the People along such hate-filled, separatist lines that they cannot come together powerfully enough to prevent the collapse of democracy.

Now is when we come together, beloveds. We need to stop the “us” versus “them.” We are them. They are us. Let’s not let anything pull us apart, not even a shocking executive order meant to destabilize our power as a collective.

A Shock Event

This morning, my friend Casi in Bali sent me this blog post—The Immigration Ban Is a Headfake, and We’re Falling for It.

I sent the article to my ex-husband Matt, and he sent me this post from Heather Richardson, professor of History at Boston College:

I don’t like to talk about politics on Facebook—political history is my job, after all—but there is an important non-partisan point to make today.

What Bannon is doing, most dramatically with last night’s ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries—is creating what is known as a “shock event.” Such an event is unexpected and confusing and throws a society into chaos. People scramble to react to the event, usually along some fault line that those responsible for the event can widen by claiming that they alone know how to restore order.

When opponents speak out, the authors of the shock event call them enemies. As society reels and tempers run high, those responsible for the shock event perform a sleight of hand to achieve their real goal, a goal they know to be hugely unpopular, but from which everyone has been distracted as they fight over the initial event. There is no longer concerted opposition to the real goal; opposition divides along the partisan lines established by the shock event.

Last night’s Executive Order has all the hallmarks of a shock event. It was not reviewed by any governmental agencies or lawyers before it was released, and counterterrorism experts insist they did not ask for it. People charged with enforcing it got no instructions about how to do so. Courts immediately have declared parts of it unconstitutional, but border police in some airports are refusing to stop enforcing it.

Predictably, chaos has followed and tempers are hot.

My point today is this: unless you are the person setting it up, it is in no one’s interest to play the shock event game. It is designed explicitly to divide people who might otherwise come together so they cannot stand against something its authors think they won’t like.

I don’t know what Bannon is up to—although I have some guesses—but because I know Bannon’s ideas well, I am positive that there is not a single person whom I consider a friend on either side of the aisle—and my friends range pretty widely—who will benefit from whatever it is.

If the shock event strategy works, though, many of you will blame each other, rather than Bannon, for the fallout. And the country will have been tricked into accepting their real goal.

But because shock events destabilize a society, they can also be used positively. We do not have to respond along old fault lines. We could just as easily reorganize into a different pattern that threatens the people who sparked the event.

A successful shock event depends on speed and chaos because it requires knee-jerk reactions so that people divide along established lines. This, for example, is how Confederate leaders railroaded the initial southern states out of the Union.

If people realize they are being played, though, they can reach across old lines and reorganize to challenge the leaders who are pulling the strings. This was Lincoln’s strategy when he joined together Whigs, Democrats, Free-Soilers, anti-Nebraska voters, and nativists into the new Republican Party to stand against the Slave Power.

Five years before, such a coalition would have been unimaginable. Members of those groups agreed on very little other than that they wanted all Americans to have equal economic opportunity. Once they began to work together to promote a fair economic system, though, they found much common ground. They ended up rededicating the nation to a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Confederate leaders and Lincoln both knew about the political potential of a shock event. As we are in the midst of one, it seems worth noting that Lincoln seemed to have the better idea about how to use it.

Let’s Transmute This Shock Event into a Love Revolution

I’m not saying don’t protest or stand up for what you believe. Go ahead. Protest if that feels right. But don’t judge those who support the immigration ban. Get curious about them. Ask them “What hurts?” Ask “What is it like to be you?” Open your heart. Try to understand why they want to keep immigrants out. See if you can feel what it feels like to be someone who supports the immigration ban. Or if you’re in support of the ban, see what it feels like to be an immigrant with a green card who lives in the United States and can’t get back into the country where she lives. Try to stretch yourself, rather than defending your position and getting righteous about your position.

Yes, I am shocked and appalled about the immigration ban, and yes, I felt like it was important to write about it yesterday. But let’s not let anyone smoke screen us into believing we are separate. We need each other. We need all of us. Nobody gets left out of a love revolution. Everybody is invited. Everyone is deserving of love.

We need to stop the war language, the us versus them, the good guys against the bad guys. If we stay in that consciousness and cannot come together to transcend it, we all lose. Hate prevails.

Nothing is more powerful than the open heart. Love transcends all division.

Words of Wisdom from the Elders of the Hopi Nation

The elders of the Hopi nation just released this statement:

To my fellow swimmers:

Here is a river flowing now very fast.

It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid, who will try to hold on to the shore.

They are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.

Know that the river has its destination.

The elders say we must let go of the shore.

Push off into the middle of the river, and keep our heads above water. 

And I say see who is there with you and celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves, for the moment we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over.

Gather yourselves.

Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.

All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. For we are the ones we have been waiting for.

Loving you,

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  1. melissaburchcchrshomna

    I am super inspired by the protests against the immigration ban. The Women’s March was also another way to show in a kind and peaceful way what democracy is capable of standing for human rights. I was around when President Reagan preached hatred against the Soviets and President Bush Sr and Jr preached so much hatred and invaded Iraq and there was hardly ANY protests of the kinds we are seeing NOW. And the PRESS was not covering the dissent and definitely government officials stood mostly quiet. I think we all (citizens, politicians and press) need to keep SHOWING up and STANDING up for kindness and wellbeing for ALL (everywhere in the world). IT’S WORKING!

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    • Andrea Gerák

      Except Madonna wanting to blow up the White House… and except that one of the main organizers (Linda Sarsour) of the Womens March has family ties to the terrorist organization Hamas and she is also a promoter of Sharia in America…

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      • Sally Casey

        Don’t forget how they put a kidnapper/murder/sodomizer on stage too. I’m all for women’s freedom and equality, etc., but there were many, many things about that made US women look really bad.

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        • Lissa_Rankin

          Something hurts here. I can feel it between you all. Can any of you tell me what hurts here? I’m curious- and I care.

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          • Sally Casey

            Thank you Lissa. What hurts is that people (including yourself) are accusing people of good will (like myself and the many others who fully support this administration’s decisions) of being part of a white supremacist conspiracy, instead of trying to dialogue or understand. Re-read what you wrote in your 2nd and 3rd paragraphs. As I mentioned above, I’ve spent thousands of hours– about 1/4 of my life actually, spending time with and helping refugees who came here to the United States. I know dozens of refugee families and we love and respect each other and spend time together as friends. We’ve been through more together than my own parents and siblings. That’s how close we are. And I know the system well. I believe there’s nothing wrong with what this admin is doing. I just got a newsletter from my Senator, Al Franken, at the same time I got your update. Same tone. No willingness to dialogue. Just condemnation and conspiracy theories. It sets a horrible example to people who look up to you.

          • Jess

            Why do you support these decisions Sally? No judgement here, I would like to hear you and understand. I believe in listening to each other. What do you think about the professor’s comments about shock events being designed to diivde us?

          • Sally Casey

            Thanks Jess. The professor has no basis for his assumption, and ironically, his claim that it’s a conspiracy only stirs up the pot. He should know better.

          • Sally Casey

            Oops- I forgot to explain why I support them. For one thing, the community I live in is overwhelmed with refugees. Maybe you read above how I’m very involved with helping refugees and count them as family to me. I see it and what’s happened here– a community of @150K, and not even a Sanctuary City. Many refugees would rather just go home. Many were lied to about life here to get them to come here. We probably spend at least $15K per refugee here– what if they had been able to use that money back home? We spend thousands of volunteer hours as well. Their children lose their heritage and parents are unprepared for the challenges of parents here, and there is really no way to teach them. I have a number of other very valid concerns and could give examples to illustrate, but since I accidentally put my real name on here, I’m not comfortable mentioning them here. Thank you for being willing to listen.

          • Gabe

            Sally,
            I too am from Mn and received that letter from Franken……I literally saw red, and wrote him a scathing response…….the response was a litany of ” where were you when………..”
            Yes, Mn has been overwhelmed with refugees, in certain cities, and that is not a good thing for anyone. I agree that we could better serve and help these people if we used our money helping them find refuge closer to their homes. But, better yet, we could simply stop being such a murdering bastion of hate across the globe and stop instigating constant war.

          • Phyllis Colmar

            Loss. We had the opportunity to elect a true leader who showed love whenever she touched someone directly. She was a workhorse not a show horse, uncomfortable spewing rhetoric or banner phrases, she was, is, of substance. I simply can not get over the pain of losing her, much less losing her to a lunatic. I do not want this world he is creating. The spinning out of control. The continual lies and now shock value events and smoke screens. I am trying to heal the loss of a woman who could have healed our divide and kept us safe as Obama did. Do l need to go into that loss too? I am sorry but l have too much grief to deal with to embrace insanity with love. I awaken every morning hoping to hear of the national security locking that entire snake pit up for treason. The least l should be able to expect is sanity in our leaders. Frankly I don’t give rats ass about his red meat supporters. I will not love neo nazies or facists ever. This Jewish woman has seen this criminal before. No thanks.

          • Sally Garber

            I’m really sorry for you if you actually think Mrs. Clinton would have been “a true leader and healed our divide and kept us safe as Obama did.” One only has to read a few pages of “Crisis Of Character” by former Secret Service Officer Gary J Byrne, to understand that exactly the opposite is true of Hillary Clinton! I am truly sorry for all those who believe, as she does, that women have a “right to murder” children in the womb or even as they’re being born!
            Another huge problem with what you say is that she would keep us safe, as Obama kept us safe! He actually stood by and left behind a “vaccuum” which ISIS quickly took over and made our world far more dangerous!
            Please go “American Center for Law and Justice” to see the truth about the so-called ban that you all are so in panic about! It’s actually going to lead to a much better situation for the refugees–safe zones in their own countries so that they don’t have to deal with coming here and not being able to stay in their own country.
            God bless all of you.

          • nigel yates

            I’m astonished by your post Madam. I suggest you read the book “Trancesformation of America” by Cathy O’brien with Mark Philips. Or do you only read that which supports your present understanding? I am not a supporter of Mr. Trump by the way although I can understand why he got elected. When I saw the two candidates battling it out my dominating thought was how on earth did two imbeciles like them manage to be put up for election for President. I mean it really shows the level of intelligence of the “masses”. If people had had their wits about them they would have laughed them out of the candidature.

          • Sally Casey

            I just realized that you might be referring to my kidnapper comment. Donna Hylton was a speaker at the Women’s March. She and two other woman kidnapped, brutally tortured, starved, and killed a man. It doesn’t appear that she ever expressed remorse or an apology.

          • Andrea Gerák

            Thank you Lissa for listening. I am a big admire of yours and the spiritual work and education you are doing.

            And I do agree with a lot in your writing here: about that it is Divide and Concure at play. And I love the Hopi quote!

            However, this topic of immigration is much deeper than a TEMPORARY travel ban issued by the President of the United States, or as a US topic at all.

            Here in Europe we are already experiencing terrible consequences of the enforced globalization, the so-called multiculturalism and uncontrolled mass migration. THIS is what Trump is trying to prevent, so that America doesn´t have to suffer the way several European countries already do.

            This has NOTHING to do with white supremacy, so-called conspiracy theories, xenophobia, stamping on human rights and so on.

            Those people who (having the bestest, nicest, most wonderful intention of helping those in need, like yourself) use these derogatory terms to the other side that supports the new US Administration in their new, more protective direction – simply don´t have access to or are ignorant of certain facts and processes.

            What facts? For example what I just mentioned in my previous comment: publicly threatening to blow up the White House is nothing peaceful. And anybody can check out this Womens March organizer and her radical Islamic connections and statements. Or, protesters agains this immigration ban beating a Trump supporter unconscious… – I don´t need to continue.

            There is a HUGE dose of hypocrisy in all this protesting, etc, against ANYTHING that the new, legally elected president of the United States is doing.

            This Shock Event theory indeed seems to be valid. But let us do not forget two things.

            1. When you start stirring up the status quo, there will always be some chaos first. Cleaning up a longtime mess does involve that you have to move around things and that will be uncomfortable for a while.

            2. It is the mainstream media (and those who control them) that are spreading chaos about Trump´s orders and deeds.

            The same things were being said about our Prime Minister in Hungary (fascist, nazi, etc), for his tough stance on immigration. For some time, was the Black Sheep that the media was trying to tear into pieces, for building a wired fence on the border and for similar statements and direction that Trump is taking. As a result of his protective, patriotic politics that were attacked so much, Hungary is ONE OF THE SAFEST countries in Europe today – unlike Germany, Sweden, France, …, the very liberal, tolerant, etc, states, flooded by uncontrolled (mostly Muslim) immigration.

            The Refugees Welcome immigrant policies of the West have clearly failed, big time. Trump is trying to correct it for America – and he is attacked for that.

            Oh, this is a long subject, the roots of the problem go back at least as far as the 1920s, with initial ideas of globalization and multiculturalism.

            If you or anyone wants to dig a bit deeper into it and understand more of what is actually happening, may I invite you to my blog? One post is Multiculturalism httpss://andreagerak.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/multiculturalism

          • nigel yates

            What hurts is waking up in the morning. Fortunately, the hurt wears off once getting up. It must be the dopamine kicking in. Then one sees an article like this one with a picture like the one with the article at the top; which could be a fake. So much of what we see on the media could be fake that we don’t know anymore what is or isn’t. And to alleviate the pain we feel we are sold this or that remedy in a thousand forms and end up broke and still with the same pain.Perhaps with a little more understanding…..but the pain is still there. Isn’t it basically because the vibration of the very earth itself is suffering from some kind of stellar influence that none of us can change; The very fact of being grounded by the earth means we are affected. The only pursuit worth while could be endeavoring to understand the nature of this influence. There is no doubt that there is a conscious part of us that is not affected but the problem is that all the rest is, and all the rest is a lot, the world.

  2. Sally Casey

    I’ve worked intimately with refugees for thousands of hours since 2007, up until today. Several immigrant families are among my dearest friends. Needless to say that immigrants and refugees are intertwined with my very heart. However, I completely agree with this administration’s decision that you’re demonizing. I’m grateful for your proposed resolution, but very upset to be categorized by you and by the media as being part of a hatemongering conspiracy. There are many valid reasons for what’s being done. This admin realizes that they will be crucified by the media and others who hate them no matter how fast or slow they go, so there’s no point in trying to please everyone.

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    • Sherril

      I hope and pray that you are right.

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  3. davobro

    Re: to shock, divide & disempower … “Divise pour mieux reignier” a French expression for a classic political ploy. Used for centuries this keeps frustrations & tensions directed between divisions within a group or populace instead of being united and directed towards a government or authority.

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  4. SEWSAVY

    I’m a half German and half American that spent years not being welcome anywhere. I am very well aware of history repeating itself. Divide and conquer is at play here. I was having this same conversation in some way with my sister today. We must stop condemning and start spreading loving energy. It’s what finally ended Hitlers hold. So many closing ranks to help one another. I don’t care who voted for who. We just can’t let the hate win.

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  5. Sheridan

    actually Lissa that Hopi elder statement was released in 2000 according to Margaret Wheatley’s book Perseverance, but this is also disputed. Certainly it’s been around since 2001 and the events of that time. However it’s hard with a brief search of the internet to ascertain if it’s really a Hopi elder statement as it seems to be obscured by it’s appearance across many websites. Some suspect it may have come from a Cherokee named Will Rockingbear. Regardless of veracity of the source it’s as pertinent today as it was in 2001 when the same shock tactic was used to turn citizens of the US against the Muslim world. Part of the same divisive story really. And whoever wrote it, whether it’s given gravitas by originating from Hopi wisdom or not, it’s definitely an apt description of what’s in process now.

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  6. Hannah Yurke

    Here is an enlightening article, along the same lines, from Forbes – written by a journalist who has watched the behavior of populist regimes around the world. https://www.forbes.com/sites/melikkaylan/2017/01/10/what-the-trump-era-will-feel-like-clues-from-populist-regimes-around-the-world/2/#78b5f2562f38

    Another good read: Christopher Steele’s dossier claiming to expose Russian intervention and hacking in the presidential campaign and to reveal compromising info on Trump: httpss://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3259984-Trump-Intelligence-Allegations.html P. 28 Trump supported by Kremlin b/c seen as divisive anti establishment candidate who would shake up current international status quo in Russia’s favor. I wasn’t sure about it’s authenticity but I recently read that a suspected KGB chief and informant Oleg Erovinkin was found dead in his car last month, although a cover up was attempted: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/27/mystery-death-ex-kgb-chief-linked-mi6-spys-dossier-donald-trump/

    I usually avoid conspiracy theories or look at them from a cultural point of view, but in this case, division really does seem to be the aim. You are so right to be careful not to walk straight into the trap although it is hard not to. Extraordinary times. Knowledge is power.

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  7. Jen

    I’m not a professed supporter of “either side” because that is exactly what both “sides” are doing… Obama did it, Bush did it, Trump is doing it, so did Hillary. First of all…the elephant in the room…we are BOMBING these people. Enough of “Muslim hate” we are killing them all over the middle east…5 out of 7 of these countries Obama has bombed… We need to wake up yes, wake up to the fact that we are a military dictatorship occupying bases in almost every country around the world, creating these refugees by destabilizing their countries and allowing rogue groups access to our weapons when we find them useful. Can the people freaking out about this take a look at these facts? I have felt this way for the last 20 years…we are in a perpetual war. Where are the tears, signs, protests over THAT??!

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    • Astrid

      thank you

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    • Adam

      Pres. Eisenhower’s speech 1961 warned of THAT :

      “This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms
      industry is new in the American experience. The total influence —
      economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every
      State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the
      imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to
      comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood
      are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of
      unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

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    • MMitch

      Jen, I could sit here and write for hours about all of the lies and propaganda being told to the American people. You are so right with what you have said however, you are only scratching the surface of all that has happened and will continue to happen unless the swamp is drained. The main stream media never covers the truth but that is by design. The nightly news will not cover the atrocities of what we (and I use that term loosely) are doing around the world. They will not report about who is really doing all of the bombing. The U.S. dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016 alone. They do not talk about who is arming/funding the terrorists. They will not show what is happening in Europe or Sweden due to the immense migration. They will not show the Radical Islamasists preaching about how they will inherit the earth. They will not show them teaching their very young children how to kill. They will not discuss the emails, the proven fake birth certificate or the fact that President Obama did the same thing with a travel ban in 2015 that no one even knew about. They will not tell you what’s in your food. That Big Pharma is the third leading cause of death in this country. Etc. Etc. But that is all by design. Say nothing about the swamp but condemn everything that President Trump wants to do for this country. He’s a liar, a nazi, a Russian spy, a racist, a bigot, a misogynist he just downright hates everybody and will blow up the world according to them. If anyone has actually listened to what he has to say, you will soon realize that he is not the one creating division. The protests that are seen daily, since that is what the msm wants you to think about, are not Trump supporters. They are either indoctrinated youth or paid rioters brought to you by George Soros and others. The American people need to wake up to who is spreading the Fake News. Once you know, you are distraught and angered by what they have done. God help our Children.

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      • Jennifer

        Yes, thank you…I’m not sure that Trump or any politician is in a position to make the changes necessary…but I agree and closely follow the poisons in the water and food supply…and “our” military presence worldwide, and the government sponsored media. It’s great that people are wanting to stand up for their beliefs, refugees or otherwise, but, it’s being done in anger, and, through manipulation via the corporate media. I appreciate movements like Thrivemovement.com because they work on informing the public while supporting solutions on all fronts.

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  8. Kristen Burge

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Lissa for continuing to share and explore these often painful and triggering topics. I’ve been struggling with conflicting feelings on my role and activism and also empathy and understanding for those who hold different views. I so greatly appreciate the discussion and your compassion for us all. Much love to you.

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  9. Jim-el

    As our President John F. Kennedy said, before he was killed (and long before he was vilified), “The hope shall live, and the dream shall never die.”

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  10. Cat

    Honestly, at the moment I’m sorta beyond shock and outrage, I’m just plain scared. One of my childhood friends posted recently on FB that she hasn’t felt like this since we were kids and were all sure that the nukes would fall before we ever got the chance to grow up, and I’m right there with her.

    I’ve given up trying to argue with people on the other side of the issue because it just feels pointless. We can’t even agree on the basic facts, so how can we ever come to consensus about what should be done?

    But I’m terrified of my own government at the moment, wondering which groups will be demonized next, and when will it be my turn to be a target? Actually, I already feel targeted since I’m self-employed and over 50 – meaning that in the very near future I can expect to be paying well over $1000/month for health insurance that will cover virtually nothing. But at least I’m healthy, I’ve got a friend with leukemia who’s already exceeded the lifetime limits on coverage that were in place before the ACA, so he’ll probably die once the law is repealed.

    And my situation is nothing compared to so many of my friends… friends who are Jewish, or black, or Latino, or gay, or Muslim. Our government has sanctioned hate, and the violence is already beginning. I feel hopeless. I feel afraid. I feel utterly and completely betrayed.

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  11. 九州套图

    又是一年,祝博主要啥有啥想啥来啥总之不缺啥!

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  12. Adam

    Jung’s notion of owning one’s shadow helps protect against the threat of becoming what you ‘hate’ & fight against. We also risk being divided against ourselves. By listening to everyone’s point of view, there is less shadow. Naomi Klein’s ‘The Shock Doctrine’ is more about asset stripping than corporate coup d’état. Expect more of this : httpss://theintercept.com/2017/01/24/get-ready-for-the-first-shocks-of-trumps-disaster-capitalism/

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  13. MMitch

    Lissa, Stick to what you do best. They are playing with your heart. The propaganda, the lies. The picture you chose confirms it. Without realizing it, you are the ones spreading division. Another poster, Jen, tells it like it is.

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  14. Astrid

    Well I’m European and look at the USA from far but I always thought that Trump should be watched carefully in sense that he could be very surprising. And I mean this positively. Please don’t get this wrong, I’m a woman, absolutely a freedom lover, living in a different country for choice and so on but i think exactly what Lissa is writing about the shock events. This is happening also here in Europe with all the immigrants coming in. Too many people- specially the not directly involved ones- are protesting and hating. Other example central Italy with the earthquake and snow emergencies and the government is not helping or very slow. Now happily I’m not involved personally but when people are arguing and making hateful polemics, I’m asking them: are you directly involved? No? So what are you arguing? Wouldn’t it be better to give a helping hand- directly otherwise you will never know where your money/warm blanket goes.
    Anyway I would like to end with M.L.K, junior: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. (I think I’ve found that at Christine Arylo’s blog ;-).

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  15. Sally

    I’m reading all of these posts and I just see and feel fear. Underneath anger there is usually fear. I believe that all of this fear comes down to our fear of change. We may want change, but we want it at our pace, not someone else’s. Change = “I don’t know what to expect, I have no control, and, apparently, leads to wondering what “could actually be going on”. None of us can know what is actually going on other than what is. Prior to this administration coming into office, I never took much interest in what the government was doing. Now, I am watching. And what I have seen is an administration carrying out campaign promises at a very fast pace. It is unsettling to say the least, even for administration supporters. Because nobody really likes change. Point is, let’s all keep watching. I also believe that a lot of our Senators and Congresspeople are afraid. They are used to moving at their own pace – slow. Making nice, nice all the time and making deals behind closed doors. This administration doesn’t make nice, nice and moves quickly. Let’s not forget that President Trump is not a politician and isn’t playing the political game. He is running the government like a business. I’m not defending, just observing. I choose not to believe the conspiracy theories, they are conjecture at this point and just breed more fear. I think that we the people need to keep watching and voicing our opinion. President Trump has a facebook page. I’ve read some of the posts by people who don’t agree with him and most of them are just calling him names and are highly emotional. That’s not going to change anyone’s mind. How about we watch and post with reason and respect for all. Get in touch with your Senators and Congresspeople. Let them know what you want. You all have a voice, use it wisely.

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    • Lissa_Rankin

      Totally agree Sally. Things are changing fast- and change is scary, even when it’s positive change. I see now that this is why I wrote The Fear Cure three years ago. Some part of me saw this coming and was preparing us for how to come into right relationship with uncertainty, how to grow in emotional resilience, how to trust the invisible forces of love that will guide us through this, how to calm our nervous systems when they are on high alert… We can do hard things together, and change is needed. But we can only do hard things when we unite in our hearts, rather than dividing, hating and “othering.”

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  16. Lissa_Rankin

    I am reading all of your comments, and I just want to express that I appreciate this respectful dialogue. Yes, it can be hard to talk about triggering issues and hold respectful space for alternative points of view. But I appreciate the way you all are dialoguing here- on both sides of the issue. Thank you for your trust in this container here for being part of creating a space where people can speak their truth and feel emotionally charged without getting attacked. This is how we weave a unifying field- by not making anyone “other” just because we have different points of view. I find that if I resist my initial impulse to get self-righteous and I’m able to just be curious about all of your points of view, I feel my heart open and I just want to know and understand you all more.

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  17. Lissa_Rankin

    This too. Someone else writing about the “shock event” as a well known political strategy for a coup in the making. Part of my daily practice is that I hike out on the nature trails in my West Marin home near the ocean I’ve been doing this for 9 years here, and the only time I’ve ever seen miliary fighter jets is during Fleet Week. This week, 3 of the past 4 hikes, there have been military jets flying overhead. Why is this? Aren’t you curious? I am. https://www.cnn.com/2017/02/01/opinions/bannon-trump-coup-opinion-ben-ghiat/index.html

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  18. Lindsey

    Thank you Lissa ❤

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