Sympathy for the Devil

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.” -Buddha

The U.S. presidential election of 2016 will be one that the world will never forget. It will forever live in our history as the moment we became aware of the human condition that either we pretended didn’t exist, or we truly didn’t realize the severity of the present darkness. For me, it was the latter of the two. I was unaware and naive that so many of my fellow humans lived out their days with such cold hearts. For a short season after the election I was spiritually broken in a way I’ve never experienced. I felt my core ache for the first time. This core of me was something I didn’t know existed, but it’s a place inside everyone. It is the source of all that is:

Energy. Connection. Humanity. Life. Existence.

And this place I had found,  the home of the collective spirit, was suffering and so was I.

I had to find a way to get through watching hope and progress slide through our hands. I realized I could not spend the next four years being so angry at the rabbit hole we have found ourselves in with every day being more bizarre and disheartening.

I had to let go.

I had to realize that some humans are awake and some are not. Everyone is on their own path to learning. Currently, we are watching one of the greatest catalysts for global awakening of all time. The world needed Donald Trump. He is removing the masks that everyone and every broken system was hiding behind. The truth is exposed. I am no longer angry. I am no longer letting my peace be disturbed by this nonsense because it must go on before the world gains the insight that we are all one. Love is the path and unity is our destination.

Perhaps in time we will see that the transparency given to us from this election was a gift. We cannot fix what we don’t know is broken. Restoration isn’t possible without first recognizing the extent of the damage. The age to come cannot come without this present time of exposure. We can still resist, but from a place of trust for the beautiful future to be.

Jesus and Buddha both teach the art of letting go. When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, they were given many instructions, but specifically in Matthew 6 and Luke 11, He told them:

“Pray then in this way:

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And do not bring us to the time of trial,

but rescue us from the evil one.”

It is a prayer of trust. It is a prayer of serenity knowing the Kingdom/Age to Come/Restoration will come by any means that the Spirit deems necessary. Perhaps the “Devil” or “Evil” is part of the plan and that is why it exists in the first place. Personally, sin in my life has been just as crucial to spiritual growth as bread and water. Sin serves the same purpose collectively, as darkness is a catalyst for light. Therefore, I can have sympathy for Donald Trump, because I believe in restoration of all people. Maybe not in this lifetime he will be restored. However, the Spirit will go after every lost sheep until all of creation bows to love.

Even the lost sheep serve their purpose.

Even the devil serves its’ purpose…

so have some courtesy, have some sympathy, and some taste,

but still resist.

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