During this harsh election season, a particular slogan rang so clearly, it is still resonating with me:
Love Trumps Hate
Love does trump hate. If love and hate ran for office, love wins every time. Even on planet Earth, there would be no competition because love doesn’t need a majority vote to win.
Abraham gave us an emotional scale. On that scale, where the highest = 1 and the lowest = 22, Love is #1…right at the top and grouped with Joy, Appreciation, Empowered, and Freedom.
In the book Power Vs Force, Dr. David R. Hawkins tells us how he actually quantified something similar, how he measured the energy (the power) of different emotional states. On his scale, Love is 500. Unconditional love is 540, Peace is 600, and Enlightenment is 700. And by the way, the top of his scale is 1000.
So where is hate?
Abraham places Hatred (and Rage) at position 19. Dr. Hawkins’ scale values hate (and anger) at 150.
So, Abraham tells us that Love is 19 positions above Hate and Dr. Hawkins tells us that Love is 350 logarithmic value points more powerful than Hate.
So, why, pray tell, did the campaign who used that slogan lose?
Love trumps Hate, but…
Hate and Anger trump Fear!
This campaign was not one of Love versus Hate. In my opinion, there was a lot of anger on one side, and a lot of fear on the other. And anger is more powerful than fear.
If you’re hating a hater, you’re still promoting (producing) hate. If you hate racism, misogyny, xenophobia, or homophobia, then you’re hating an act of hate and that solves nothing.
So what do you do now? Do you just give up? Are you going to tumble down the scale? On Dr. Hawkins’ scale, Fear is 100, Grief is 75, Apathy/Hopelessness is 50. Poking around Facebook, I see a lot of that floating around. Fearing the hateful behaviors of others feels worse than hating, so you don’t want to go that way either.
Don’t give up; let go!
The problem is not the person, people, or party that sits in the White House or controls the Senate. The problem is that many of you are imagining a future you do not want. You have placed all sorts of power and meaning into something that does not have power or meaning over your life. Your thoughts about it do, but it/they do not.
This morning is no different than a week ago. You have just as much power and potential as you did then…which is to say that your power and potential is unlimited. Dr. Hawkins would say your power (in the moment) is measurable, but that is a measure of the amount of potential power you are actually using in any given moment. The power source that you have right now is STILL unlimited, even if you are not accessing any of it.
No external force, election result, situation, or person can change your potential.
The first thing you need to do, right now, is expand (raise, evolve) your thinking. Love IS a source of power. You don’t need to love someone or something you don’t love in order to use it. That is a misnomer. It is not time for you to love Donald Trump if you hate him. It is not time for you to love anything anyone stands for that you do not agree with.
It is time for you to love what you love…that is all.
See, nothing has changed. You still love what you love and the election didn’t change that. If you love something, love it…right now. Focus on that love until you actually feel it inside of you. Walk the emotional scale. If you follow Dr. Hawkins’ view, it might look something like this:
- I Fear (the future.)
- I Desire (something good.)
- I am Angry (that something is blocking that goodness.)
- I Demand (a solution.)
- I have Courage (because I recognize my ability to participate in a ‘campaign’ based on my own values.)
- I Trust (that it will work out for me because so far it always has.)
- I Accept (the here and now.)
- I am a Reason-able person, (I am Smart, and I will use what I Know to make life good for me.)
- I still Love what I Love (and no one is going to change how I feel about those things.)
In order for love to win in your life experience, you cannot focus on hatred of what is unwanted or disliked. You cannot blame people who have a different perspective and different life experience. You need only stick to your own views.
And you don’t have to try to do anything. If you take action from your fear, hatred, or anger, what you walk into will not be very fun. You will have planted seeds of fear, hate, and anger and then face the fruits of them. It’s okay if you do this, but I suspect you don’t really want that.
You don’t have to face the opposition. You don’t have to tell your side. You don’t have to argue your perspective. That isn’t the way anyone is going to evolve. Have you witnessed anyone changing their life view as a result of all the arguing that went on this past year?
Accept that others have a different life experience than you do. Accept that if they are angry, that they have a reason to be angry…based on their own life struggles. Let them be angry, but give them a wide berth. If you try to set him or her straight, you’re gonna walk right into his or her anger and ignite your own. That could be fun for you, if you’ve been stuck in fear and/or hopelessness, but if you really desire love and/or peace and/or freedom, that is not the best avenue to take.
In my opinion, leaders do not lead energetically; they follow. They use the vibe of the collective and ride it for whatever ends they desire.
To change the vibe of the collective, start with your own shell. You want peace? Find peace in your own body…in your own house…in your own family…in your own workplace…among your peers. It will leak out all over the place.
And if you succeed in finding peace in your own shell, the rest won’t matter because when you have peace, it follows you wherever you go. When you have cultivated enough peace inside, only peaceful people can reach you. Even angry people will have a moment of peace while they are interacting with you. Your peace will then touch everyone around you, even those driving alongside and seemingly unaware of you.
One last encouraging comment. You don’t need to achieve peace (or love or joy or whatever) the majority of your day to improve your life experience. Fear has very little power. Ever notice how when you fear, you feel utterly powerless? That is because fear is powerless. Joy is powerful…oh so powerful. When you’re full of joy, you feel as if you can take on the whole world while simultaneously having no need to take on the whole world. A moment of joy in each day does wonders.
Laugh. Enjoy what is right in your life right now. Love what you love. And let go of worry. (And stop watching and reading and sharing those dramatic dissertations of fear, pity, and hopelessness. They are not doing you or any of your friends any good!)
For months now, I have been reaching for the experience of feeling good for no reason. I now get there often. In fact, when I went to bed election night, I felt excited. I felt completely satisfied with my day. I felt anticipation.
When I woke the next morning, and turned on the computer, I was surprised by the results. I honestly didn’t expect them. But you know what I felt next? That same excitement and anticipation as I did the night before. I felt not the slightest shard of fear. I know I can feel good without reason. If I can feel good for no reason, than I can feel good no matter what. I now know this experientially and experience this daily…not all day (yet), but daily.