There’s an election looming in this country and there’s a lot of talking going on. Parties are making their case for national leadership and the media is well and truly making its opinions known on who they think you should vote for.
Having a background in policy and legislation (the back end of the political process if you like), I’m always fascinated by how people vote. It gives me a sense of what really matters to them, and how they view the world and their place in it.
It’s not always inspiring. Often it’s depressing or hysterically fearful. Like the evening news or those commercial, current affairs shows.
Working as I do now to support people to simplify the drama of their lives, to slow down, to clean up their busy minds, and to live from their souls, I often imagine a world where spirit, heart and soul leads the way in all aspects of life, including our social and political lives.
I imagine a world where we vote based on love rather than fear and in so doing, require politicians to run heart based political agendas.
I’m saddened when people assume they have no power, that it doesn’t matter what they decide at the polling booth, that it’s all bigger than them anyway. I’m saddened when people don’t take the time to educate themselves on what the parties really stand for. I’m saddened when people vote for a party because it’s the way their parents have always voted or because the daily tabloid said to.
Democracy is the sum of its parts. If the parts feel powerless then they invite governments who will take advantage of that. If the parts feel strong and clear about what they want, then the government it elects will be held accountable to the people.
In essence; each individual counts.
We are all important contributors to the collective consciousness. You are constantly influencing it and you always have a choice about what to focus on.
When you focus on fear and choose from that place, you hurt yourself and you hurt everyone around you. Fear based decisions never work well. They never lead to the highest and best for humanity.
Decisions based on love always do.
The most empowered thing you can do for yourself and for your loved ones at election time is to vote from a place of love. To vote with your soul.
That doesn’t mean we’re all going to vote the same way but it does mean that everyone’s vote will positively influence the future. It means that whatever the outcome, all will benefit.
When you vote from fear, this doesn’t happen. There are winners and losers. Fewer benefit.
Your mind is a fear based system. It’s designed to protect you, to keep you safe. It will give you 1,000 reasons to close down, to put up barriers, to look after yourself at the cost of others.
Your heart is a very different entity. It doesn’t focus on taking, or on what it can get. It asks you to give. To give first to yourself. To fill yourself up. To shower yourself in abundant love, compassion, understanding and empathy, and to act from there.
Then, when you’ve taken the time to give to yourself, guess what? Your cup runneth over and you’ve ample left to give to others.
It’s the people who don’t know how to care for themselves who fight so hard to keep what they have. They live in a state of scarcity and their world view is a reflection of that. They’re terrified that there’s not enough to go around and that if they give to others, there’ll be nothing left for them.
So when you next enter the ballot box, take a moment to consider, am I voting from a place of fear or a place of love?
Your body will tell you if you’re unsure. When you act from fear, your body contracts. You feel upset, defiant, angry or resistant in someway. Often you’re voting against rather than voting for. When you choose in this way you’re not helping the collective consciousness. You’re weighing it down and actually, you’re actively creating the very thing you’re fighting against.
When you choose from love however, your body will also let you know. It feels open. It feels free. It feels accepting and compassionate and… yep, loving!
People have different opinions on what’s best for their country. This is as it should be. That’s what the founders imagined when they created this democratic experiment.
The choice then is whether to engage in debate from a place of fear or love. Whether to create policies based on fear or on love.
Love says everyone matters. Fear says no one matters.
Politics in this country runs on fear. The media in this country generates fear. People absorb it mindlessly. They don’t imagine they have a choice. They don’t realise they can ask for more.
We change things by changing ourselves. By changing our vision. Politicians will follow. They have to – it keeps them in a job.
Ultimately the decision you have is a simple one; do you want to live in a country which operates from a place of love or one which operates from a place of fear?
Each time you vote you get to make that choice. Please choose consciously.
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