I very rarely write about spiritual matters. I have also not commented on the current U.S. election campaign, except to share some tweets. Yet, like many other women around the world, I have been deeply disturbed, spiritually and mentally, by the growing atmosphere – the scornful hatred and the focused disrespect against women (AND girls) and vulnerable members of society – initiated and indeed nurtured by Mr. Donald Trump. It is as if he has set a fire of misogyny and lies, and is fanning the flames. Is he a good role model for our boys and men? I watched the two presidential debates with a sense of disbelief and growing anxiety. What is happening? Women are very used to being discriminated against, humiliated or simply ignored by men. It has happened to us all. But when I see a photograph of a woman Trump supporter at a rally – wearing a home-made T shirt emblazoned with the words “You can grab my…” with an arrow pointing downwards – I feel overwhelmed. I am depressed by it all.
So the First Lady saved us with a speech in Manchester, New Hampshire – just two days after the International Day of the Girl Child. It was an emotional speech. Emotion is fine. We must own our emotions. You can watch it here and read the transcript of this powerful speech here. On Donald Trump’s crass behavior, “it is cruel…and the truth is, it hurts,” said Michelle Obama. Thank you for this, dear Mrs. Obama. Like you, I believe in “basic human decency.” This is not moralizing; this is simply the way we humans have to treat each other. With love. And it’s funny, Mrs. Obama even used the word “depression” in her speech.
So, Michelle brought me tears, inspiration and hope. My feelings were expressed (much more eloquently than I could) by my friend Suzanne Haik-Hynes, who wrote this long post on Facebook in response to the speech, this week. I thought I would share Suzanne’s thoughts with you. Alongside, I have shared some beautiful images kindly contributed by Max Earle. I hope this gives you – sisters AND brothers – some hope and comfort. Perhaps, as Suzanne suggests, this is indeed an opportunity to “go high” and soar above the dirt and degradation.
Whatever any or our public, or private, opinions are about Michelle Obama, or the politics of the USA, that speech of hers yesterday was one of the most formidable, spiritually uplifting, fundamentally good, that I have heard and felt in a long, long, time as it pertains to the dignity of womanhood, and our expectations of how we expect to be treated by the men in our lives, and, as importantly, how we choose to guide our children in nurturing the greatness and goodness within themselves.
However, make no mistake about it, it does not belong to the way forward for Americans only, and we need to understand that. Jamaicans, and many in our region of the world need to, deeply, look within themselves as a culture (home and abroad) at how old habits of male domination and control are wrecking the very fabric of a wholesome society. Some of the very same ones within the island are critical of Donald Trump, to the core, yet, unable and unwilling to look within themselves to the harm that they, too, continue to create of the healthy relationships between men and women and their children, at home, and in the workplace. They are some of the same ones who have no reservations about using the ‘kitty cat’ word, and other colorful language, in lashing out at others, men and women alike, in ways that disrespect womanhood. No woman can appreciate the use of that kind of language that degrades the very essence of her dignity and sacred nature. It is enough!
When I hear comments from businessmen that “this is Jamaica, it’s not the USA,” therefore sexual harassment and inappropriate conversations and behaviours in the workplace are not prosecuted here and those behaviors – direct approaches of a solicitous nature, or casual inappropriate conversations in the workplace – and elsewhere may be expected to continue as usual, I cringe, at such an undignified and reckless response from those who have the capacity for understanding that a professional and holy environment cannot thrive under such conditions.
When we observe cultures across the world where fundamental women’s rights are denied, sometimes in atrocious ways, and their health endangered in matters of physical and mental (and because of it, spiritual) mutilation of their beings, by their male partners, family, and national leaders, we know that the sacred elements of the male and female humans of this world are critically out of balance.
When we allow men to curse at us as women, in the most sickening ways, whether in the home or workplace, in ways that would curdle the most precious Soul, we know that there is a place within those who do so that they need to look deeply within themselves, and know that they are not on a path that is in synchronicity with the Divine nature of Life. And because of it, they are like Mr. Trump, on a steep path of destruction for self, others around them who cannot help them heal and grow, and ultimately, business. With all that is being exposed, Mr. Trump’s business interests will never be the same again.
Make no mistake about it, the sacred feminine is stepping into its rightful power and loving direction, towards a world that is wise and loving for themselves, their children, and the environments that they share – one woven from deepest gratitude, respect, and reverence for the very essence of life, itself.
What is the purpose of life? It is to be lived as gladiators of old male dominance and harshest warfare and dissension, disrespecting the unquestionably sacred nature of womanhood? Or, is it to create the richness and resonance that both men and women are able to bring to the greatness and magic of life, where our children learn good and wholesome values, with the tools that they may use to carry on when we are long gone. When our men continue the patterns that a world of others now see in Mr. Trump, can our male children have good and wholesome role models for their lives, and, can women expect and look forward to a more joyful and wholesome life, because we who are studying these issues of our times, understand the deep need for meaningful changes in our world?
I was out on business, yesterday, and was distressed at the number of rude and unwanted solicitations that male strangers tried to bring to my peace and serenity, by intruding into my quiet space with gestures and innuendos such as grunting like a billy goat, and stalking me in the store until I turned full face to glare at him, to cause him to leave. And, in that short time, another male made a personal approach in interrupting what I was doing. Ignoring some of it did not help, as so many of our males here seem to have become so accustomed to crass and invasive behaviors that another of those men, the young security guard, continued to press for me to converse with him, even as I kept, silently, reading the product label that I was looking at.
We have lost a sense of decency and dignity in a society that seems to present the embedded impression that men can do whatever they please; say whatever comes to minds that are devoid of respect and lovingness; and, do with women as they wish, because there are so many others who will accept those behaviours. It is enough, and, perhaps we need some new, dynamic attorneys-at-law who will, in earnest, now seek to protect women whose rights and persons have been, and continue to be, violated by these continuing issues.
This is about each individual male human stepping into their highest energies; about them realizing that the world that they are criticizing and holding others, like Mr. Trump, accountable for, cannot change until all of the divine masculine choose to heal this planet from the harsh, demeaning, reckless place that women have lived with, and fought to bring honor and dignity to, for eons. It is time for a change, and that change must be embraced by every male in our world (at home and at the workplace) if we are to heal and become whole again. The women and children of this island nation, and a global cosmic family, have, for far too long, endured the kinds of behaviors that I am very happy that Mr. Trump has brought to the surface so that we can find a state of healing, for all time. Our children, and our women are manifesting extreme illness, molestation, degradation, and persecution, by behaviors that need to be of the past, and cannot continue, if we are to become a well balanced, healthy island nation. It, ultimately, affects us all, as a global family, because we are ONE energy, though we often forget it. It affects our places of business, also, as it must.
So, let’s take lessons from Mr. Trump, and Mrs. Obama in these moments, as we choose – with loving and deep responsibility – the life that we DO want for now, and generations to come. Let us find grateful respect for the ALL of life, and expect the divine masculine presence in our lives to choose to walk with the sacred feminine in ascension. Let Trump be a powerful mirror into our own Souls: the Souls especially of the divine masculine that has for far too long, misused, and abused that magic within themselves to bring about a peaceful and honorably loving world, protecting their women, their children, and the ALL of life.
Thank you Michelle Obama and other men and women speaking out during these moments, for articulating the values that this human race needs, especially now, in crafting the way forward. It is time. We may not leave the healing of this world to our children. It is up to us, and, now.
Sacred Feminine, stand now in your truths about the ascension of these moments in history, in going high, during this time in the history of the planet where the male of the species frantically clamors and fights to uphold a status quo that must change, if humanity is to survive as a wholesome civilization. It is time to gift the world with the essence of our innate goodness and lovingness, fearlessly.
Suzanne added later:
All that I shared came from a heart that has, for many lifetimes, seen, heard, and felt the abject disregard for the magical essence of women: the wombs that bear the children of this earth, and balance so much in the natural order of family, community, business, and in support of our male partners in life … and yet, so little respected, revered, and honoured for it all by so many. We had once forgotten that power and sanctity within us as women – powerful, intuitive, loving, devoted Souls – and now rising, soaring, energized, to our fullest aspects in healing a world that has witnessed so much imbalance. It is time to heal, and begin the divine choreography of the holy unity of masculine and feminine energies for the healing of this planet, and wider cosmos. The dance has begun: a fiery, passionate dance of awakening from a slumber of many, many moons.
As for me, I am listening to our Northern Mockingbird (the Jamaican “Nightingale”) who has been singing so hard since early morning that I think he wants to break some records. Let us awake with the birdsong, and soar higher.
P.S. As some of you may know, I am an “old hippy.” I am ending with this excerpt from lyrics by Joni Mitchell (the song “Woodstock”):
We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil’s bargain
And we’ve got to get ourselves
back to the garden