This week was the first presidential debate, and in just a few weeks is the election. This election cycle is like none other in our collective memory. Regardless of the outcome, what has been revealed during the process will remain: dissatisfaction, distrust, fear, bigotry, anger, and judgment.
The election will not resolve these maladies. Which has me thinking that while November 8 is an election, beneath it is another election.
Yes, this election is about who will be president. It’s about the balance of power in Congress and in state and local jurisdictions across the land. It’s about ballot measures. All are crucial. All require sober thinking, reflection, and the exercise of our sacred right to vote.
Yet, in, with, and under the November election, is a different election, a choice, about what we hold to be real.
Beyond Hillary or Donald, beyond our political affiliations, beyond American citizenship, is a deeper reality. This reality, infinite and beyond form, encompasses everything else we hold to be real. It is within the first inhale of a newborn and the last exhale of a loved one. This reality, beyond mind and emotion, is the Sacred Essence from which we are made, in which we live, and to which we return beyond this life.
This reality is a palpable Love that dissolves our fears and disempowering stories. It is a clarity of soul that breaks through the twin traps of comfort and discomfort to live more boldly, truly, and graciously. It is a vision that sees both the need for justice and the humanity of those who perpetrate injustice. It is the interweaving of compassion, self-compassion, forgiveness, and self-forgiveness. It is the Ocean rising and falling with each individual wave, yet existing beyond every crest and crash.
And so, we are faced with an election, a choice. Will we root our actions in a centered knowing of our own Being-ness, a Being-ness that also includes opponents?
Will we trust in a Reality so vast and so gracious that we surrender our drive to control everything and everyone? Will we let the Universe move through us and incarnate greater awareness, fairness, understanding, honesty, clarity, and generosity?
As we head toward this fall’s vote, will we take responsibility for our state of consciousness, and act in alignment with it, no matter who wins in November?
That is the choice we face. That is THE election.