Watching the fallout from the Trump-Putin summit was painful. It reminded me of the image by Alex_Po: One goes along a rope and the other cuts it. Nobody could make a difference. But everybody’s watching.
The world must know now that men like DT and VP couldn’t really help themselves. They learned and agreed, consciously or unconsciously, to betray humanity’s Soul and enact “treason from within” in broad daylight. Did we learn to be victims? After the summit, a colleague sent me this quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero, titled, "A Two-thousand Year Old Warning against Donald Trump."
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
Donald Trump does not work secretly and unknown in the night. He does what he does in broad daylight. Is “the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men” a desire to get away with mocking and betraying creation’s heart and Soul to benefit the small self?
I asked colleagues and friends, and ask you as well: “What is it like to live inside a self-obsessed President and travel down a path to see where it all started? What is it like to live inside Americans who stand behind him, even now, and travel down a path to see where it all started? And what is it like to live inside you? Where did you start “feeling betrayed?”
A friend commented, “These are deep questions, not easy to answer and what is the reason for (the benefit of) delving into this line of inquiry? Perhaps, if you really think it would be of value to do so, say why.”
What can I say? Why would it be?
Because all of us were babies before we became actors on today’s world stage. We all depended on our environments to actualize our best selves and help us recognize and transform our worst selves. For many, our environments failed us terribly and strategies to survive corrupted our relationship with power. When we have it, we tend to use or abuse it. When we don’t have it, we feel like victims who are caught in collective repetition compulsion and we repeat what traumatizes us.
The poison is collective darkness, alive not only in Trump or Putin, but also in our human Psyche—in all of us!
All of us being Mother Nature’s children, we are all free and permitted to fall into enactments and roles that violate our True Selves. As witnesses, we empower a traitor, when we play roles the traitor needs us to play to feel real. Traitors need victims, resistance fighters and impassive bystanders. Martin Luther King, Jr. understood, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
I imagine only a few hearts would consciously agree to play a role in betraying humanity’s Soul. Most who agree, agree unconsciously. The ones who learned to use and abuse their environments look guiltier. But the ones who learned to defend and protect themselves are guilty, too. We all play a part and can use some Mercy.
The poison is collective darkness, alive not only in Trump or Putin, but also in our human Psyche—in all of us! When we turn our vision inward and begin to recognize that we don’t need to play roles that make “treason from within” possible, we begin to land in our bodies. Every time we gather and land in our bodies with others, we are helping our Psyche heal repetition compulsion and achieve integration. It’s in this way that we generate collective light and evolve.
To understand and transform “treason from within,” our face and arguments need to draw from the well of compassionate witnessing.
Compassion knows that the traitor is not a person but collective amnesia, which has the power to compel us to enact “treason from within” and watch it happen. Why does life tolerate leaders who threaten to destroy what we believe in and value? We must wake up!
In situations in which Christ/Buddha/Krishna/Allah/Soul-consciousness is betrayed, we all are traitors, victims, resistance fighters, or impassive bystanders. But in moments when we recognize and own this, we are free to express our True Selves.
My friend asked, “How can we own it? What would that look like? Can you make this finish stronger?”
We own it, when we remember that all actors on today’s world stage were babies once. For all of us, it started when our early environments betrayed us. The ones who ended up in a darker place won’t likely take collective responsibility and help us generate collective light. But the ones who landed in a lighter place must be willing to take collective responsibility. To go deep and represent the Soul, we must cultivate the discipline to focus on integrating parts of self that react to daily news.
Because creation’s Soul flows through all of us, there can be awareness that most of us were served beliefs by our parents and ancestors that created the illusion that the traitor is a person we must fear and fight.
We forget that we can awaken instead and learn that betrayal is an agreement we are called to study and change.
Jesus was a rebellious Jew who knew that Judas would betray him. His two hands were still open to all disciples during his last Passover Seder—before he was betrayed and crucified.
Could two open hands reveal that nothing other than Mercy is Real?
Surely, Christ’s/Buddha’s/Allah’s/Soul’s freedom to offer light in the midst of darkness can be ours, when we’re open.