Trump’s Gift to the World

trump foxIn her song “What I need,” Karen Taylor-Good sings, “You don’t always get what you want, you get what you need.”

This is a lesson that the Republican Party is having to learn right now and they don’t like it one little bit. Let me explain.

The leaders of the GOP clearly don’t want Donald Trump to be their party’s nominee for President. They don’t want him representing the Party in any way at all. They are fervently praying for him to self-destruct or just fade away before he destroys the Party!

But just like the song says, he is giving them exactly what they need: someone who is able to reflect back to them the state of the consciousness of the GOP and all that is rotten within it, not to mention that of others who, like Fox News, cloak themselves in its mantle.

If you are familiar with the psychological theory of projection, you can probably see what is going on here. The principle states that rather than face what is unacceptable within ourselves, we find someone on whom to project it. That way we can continue to deny it in ourselves while making them wrong for it.

In the book, A Course in Miracles, projection is elevated to a profound spiritual truth which states that our salvation depends on us taking back (forgiving) the projection and releasing the self-judgment that gave rise to our need to project it out in the first place.

Once we apply this to our own lives, we realize that those who look like our enemies are playing the role of ‘healing angels’, enabling us to heal our self-hatred by being a mirror for what we have denied, repressed and projected onto them.

That’s the basis of Radical Forgiveness. By forgiving them, we heal ourselves.

However, in order to get our attention, the reflection is usually exaggerated and oftentimes outrageously acted out, oftentimes at some considerable cost and embarrassment to the one being the mirror.

Applying all this to the Trump phenomena, it is quite clear to me the GOP has created Donald Trump to do exactly that and to play the role of its own collective healing angel.

He is the perfect mirror for the Party in so many ways, and I love him for it. I am referring to his self-righteousness; his demagoguery; his vindictive demonetization of those who don’t agree with him politically; his sense of his own exceptionalism; his thinly disguised racialism; his obvious and twisted sophistry that could never stand up to rational or logical scrutiny; his bombastic egotistical behavior; his focus on problems not ;solutions, his greed and focus on money as the only thing worth fighting for; his fear-mongering; his hate speech; his manipulation of the media, and so on – all of these can be said to characterize the worst of the Republican Party.

I have to say too, that there’s a lot more besides these that Trump may or may not exemplify but which nevertheless reveal the toxic ideology of the GOP. A prime example is its refusal to support measures to save the planet and all its life forms from the effects of global warming.

This is nothing short of committing genocide of future generations. They are, it seems, willing to sacrifice their own grandchildren in the interest of maintaining their own jobs and the privileges that come with them, keeping their cozy relationships with corporate entities that have a vested interest in the status quo and therefore make generous donations to their re-election funds in order to ensure their compliance, and so on.

(I dare say one could say similar things about the other party too, but we are focusing here at the role that Trump is playing for the Republicans and trying to make sense of that. As of now I don’t see anyone playing the role of a healing angel for the Democrats, but there’s no doubt that the Democratic Party has its own shadow to look at and heal. They’ll get their chance!)

By the way, another thing I always look for in order to support the idea that some divine purpose is being served by whatever is occurring is if it seems really odd or doesn’t compute. With Trump, it seems weird to me that someone who is smart enough to achieve the level of success in business and especially in high-end commercial real estate development that he has, is capable of being such a buffoon in the political arena.

You figure it out. To me, it makes no sense and from that, I extrapolate that his Higher Self is having him play that particular role for the GOP.

That said, it is very clear that the Republican Party right now is in a state of existential panic. They are looking at the distinct possibility that Trump could totally destroy the Republican Party, probably forever. (Not that they draw much comfort from the prospect of Cruz becoming the nominee either, but it’s Trump who is at the forefront of their minds right now. He is the biggest threat to their survival.)

I for one would be delighted if the Republican Party was totally and completely obliterated. It has become far too toxic and if left to its own devices will take the country further down a path devoid of any commitment to social cohesion or caring of any kind except that which supports them and their friends making more money from it. It’s all about the money and the morality of the market for them.

What excites me about the prospect of the possible imminent demise of the Republican Party is the idea that it would open up space for a completely new political party to arise based on the kind of spiritual values on which this country was originally based.

The Founding Fathers would turn in their grave to see how those values have been perverted, watered down, corrupted and made into a creed that has within it only that which benefits a tiny elite section of society.

What a lousy vision for a country that was once seen as the beacon of equality and freedom for all.

Of course, that kind of replacement party can only arise if people like you and me who have a conscience based on spiritual principles take responsibility for speaking up for it and creating it. I am sick and tired of people saying spiritual people shouldn’t be political.

I know I will get emails accusing me of not being spiritual because I am speaking out against hypocrisy and hubris, but tell that to Gandhi or Martin Luther King. Some of the most spiritual people who have ever lived have been those who were the most human and therefore, by virtue of their moral and ethical leadership, unabashedly political.

Without we speak up against evil, and leave it to others with very different agendas, there is always the possibility that we could end up with something a lot worse than what we have now, even though it is clear that if we just stay with the status quo, we are heading in that direction anyway.

In the current fear-based environment that is gathering momentum in the wake of the ISIS threat, the imposition of martial law is not as unlikely as we might imagine. Fascist dictatorships happen very quickly, too, and always when the people are most afraid and feeling threatened by outside forces. This is another way in which Trump could be showing us the future. That’s why we have to step up and manifest the future we really want.

I have long argued that some sort of major breakdown of existing structures has to occur before any breakthrough into a new and higher level of consciousness can happen. It’s the shift we have all been waiting for and expecting since 2012, taking us from a three-dimensional model of reality based on fear, greed, violence and war, which is what we have now and which the GOP exemplifies for most of us at this time, to the 5th dimension of reality based on Love, oneness, fairness, respect, tolerance, humility and harmony.

If Donald Trump is helping to precipitate the breakdown by destroying the Republican Party, with the Democratic Party likely to be in cross-hairs soon thereafter, along with all the other corrupt institutions that want us to stay in the third dimension, then so be it. All power to him, I say.

25 thoughts on “Trump’s Gift to the World

  1. janis

    Interesting. Some very polarized emotions coming from you and your opinion of the world. Remember it is your mirror of yourself your anger towards Republican party you are experiencing. It is too your opportunity to love unconditionally your disowned parts. When we point our finger…3 are pointing back at us.

    1. Lorraine Devon Wilke

      I appreciate both your view on The Donald and your perspective on what has been, for me and many, a shocking spiritual realization of how much hate, xenophobia, disrespect, and unbridled rage has been bubbling just beneath the surface of a lot of bitter, FEARFUL people. I have turned off the TV, the debates, the chatter — which seem mostly focused on him and his latest buffoonery/outrage/hate-speech/demagoguery/fill-in-the-blank — and, in doing so, have been reminded of how positive and peaceful life and people can be when NOT paying attention to the toxicity of his and the GOP cabal’s brand. But we are a country with elected officials and, therefore, have a civic responsibility, so I do my best to focus on the best the other side has to offer, look forward to that person taking the position, and will continue to do whatever I can to inspire forward, positive motion.

      As for DT’s spiritual contribution to our being made more aware of the deep and dark side of the GOP, even the country-at-large: it’s a fascinating and, in many ways, unburdening way to look it. Though it saddens me to realize how many Americans have been “inspired” to unleash their own hate and bigotry via permission given by his own behavior and worldview. I’d’ve hoped my fellow countrymen were at least largely beyond such overtly hateful, petty, xenophobic thinking, but we’re discovering, with the racist reactions to Obama and now the spittle-flying, pitchfork raising hysteria pumped up by Trump, that that is not so. Maybe it’s better to have that on the table… no delusions or pretense of a post-racial, open-minded, compassionate society on that side of the political divide.

      I’m trying to find the requisite forgiveness needed for this guy, and I do find it a struggle! I’m workin’ on it! Otherwise, I turning off the media covering him, continuing to promote constructive, positive thoughts and actions, and living a life with as much compassion and empathy possible. And when it’s time to vote, I will vote for the candidate that, perfect or not perfect, reflects more of what I want to see in the Oval Office. Regardless of what may also be problematic with the Democrat party, their platforms regarding women, immigrant, gender orientation, and civil rights; education, climate change, and religious freedom, along with general umbrella attitudes about helping the poor and needy, etc., make that party a far more humane view than the GOP. Hence, my vote in that column… with with hopes that the “spiritual evolution” of which you speak regarding Trump, et al. will have completed itself so it can dispel and disappear. Along with him. 🙂

    2. Sallie

      Colin
      I have read your blog and you have encapsulated my thoughts and feelings perfectly. You have delivered your thoughts and feelings with a balanced view, in love.
      I have been concerned, when reading the American News regarding Donald Trump I thought that you’d had all gone mad. To even contemplate nominating Trump was a surprise. I hope sense and reason prevail in the US and all the intentions you mention (5th dimension) come to fruition, otherwise the knock-on effect for the UK and the rest of the world could be catastrophic.
      From a British perspective, is it possible the the US still has a touch of ‘Frontier Fever’ ‘right is might’ ‘money talks’ syndrome?
      After all we are reaping the vengeance from two powerful ego’s that started all this; Mr Bush & Mr Blair – unleashing the gates of Hell or our western Projections????
      Thank you for the thought provoking blog 🙂

    3. jane

      I AGREE WITH ALL YOU SAY TRUMP IS, ARROGANT, EGO CENTERED PERSON, WITH NO IDEA OF WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT.HE REMINDS ME OF A 5TH GRADER ANGRY AT HIS CLASS. SO HE CALLS THE BOYS NAMES, TELL THE GIRLS THEY ARE UGLY AND MAKES FUN OF THE SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS. i IMAGINE HE WAS THE SAME PERSON THEN AS HE IS NOW. hOWEVER, I CANNOT AGREE THAT I WANT HIM IN CHARGE. PLEASE. GOD, FIND SOMEONE WHO WILL LEARN THE LESSONS NEEDED AND TAKE US INTO A BETTER PLACE WHERE THE WORLD WILL AGAIN ADMIRE WHAT WE ARE AS A PEOPLE OR THE PEOPLE WE WANT TO BECOME, SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING.

    4. Claudia Underwood

      Yahoo! Thank you!
      I took the Radical Forgiveness course years ago, when George W was president. (I did the worksheet) Since I live in “Republican hell” ha ha (but true), it has not only helped me live well and better, but those around me and the people I interact with on a regular basis. Since then, my motto became; “Friends before Politics”. I made an agreement with those avid Fox watchers, (they tend to rant and repeat what they just saw or heard on Fox news as the truth), that we disagree, and for the sake of our friendship and love for each other it would be best to not go there. It’s worked out pretty good.
      I love and agree with what you say about Trump and also Gandhi etc. I also believe Isal is part of the lesson, even though I can’t wrap my brain around what looks like pure ignorance regarding being here in this realm and loving people. Yet there was Hitler and others, that were apparently here for some reason. Therefore I hold tight to Divine Order, even (and mostly) when I don’t understand it . Yet sometimes my heart says these global dilemmas occur when we need to get back on track and remember to love…everyone.

    5. Sharon

      Hello, I am from the Aboriginal community in Australia. Can I say that the foundation of our culture is spiritual. My journey has been a combination of spiritual intelligence. This allows me to make decisions for the greater good combining politics and spirituality. When you are born I to any Indigenous culture in the world you are automatically touched by politics and the multigenerational impact of those political decisions. We can embrace the understanding of these systems, work toward change, or, sit back and live in a bubble. Certainly, radical forgiveness is an amazing vehicle to speed along the shift of consciousness individually, in order to create the greater outcome for the planet. I believe that radical forgiveness is now the key to shifting the paradigms that have been imposed on our culture and reclaiming who we are as a people. As an Australian Aboriginal I see a greater future for the next generations if we can obliterate the multigenerational impact of politics with the use of spiritual intelligence which combines both an understanding of spirituality and politics. The two knowledge systems can cohesively work together if there is commitment to do so.

  2. Donna Ferrantello

    That is fine, Colin. I agree with most of what is wrong with the mainstream GOP.
    But, have you given the same scathing critique for the Democratic party which
    is far worse in important aspects? While tauting equality and environmental
    concerns etc., there are far more racial problems, moral problems, violence,
    unemployment, world catastrophies than ever imagined and all under a
    pro-leftist, now fascist incumbent Democrat. What is missing from the
    Democratic base? A standard of family values, morality and wisdom
    about the nature of evil and the problem of encroaching and expanding
    government becoming a big brother rather than the imagined savior of
    entitlement. The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing right here in America. Yes,
    I agree with you, we need a new movement that would be based on
    Godly and family values and true cooperation between races, cultures
    and creeds which does not come from the Democratic party that now
    is host to the violences against policemen, military, reverse racism against
    white people and Christians in our society.
    I have lived in the former Soviet Union and under our current “regime”
    it is highly likely that fascism and marshal law easily comes in. It is the
    left that is eradicating the very spiritual values that would protect this
    society. Religious Freedom is now most at risk and an endangered
    value now.

  3. Donna Miller

    Thank you, Colin, for your spiritual-political analysis of the rise of Donald Trump. It’s a cause for both hope and thoughtful activism in contrast to the droning, fawning coverage of the 24-hour news cycle which creates despair. This article is a keeper.

  4. MaryLee Russell

    I appreciate your vocalizing a lot of the issues – it would be helpful if your terminology included the phrase ‘current GOP’. Further, the radicalizing of the GOP is only in the recent decades, the tea party, does not speak for the silent majority republicans -of course they should be less silent.
    And while the Democrats appear to talk in a more common good based world, we have yet to see the fruits of such words where they have been politically active, i.e. Rahn closing public schools in poorer communities in Chicago ad infinitem. So, I do agree, the present 2-party system has to fall in its entirety to give way to new conscious way of being in community!

    1. A C

      The “current” GOP appears to me to be no more than a continuum of the “old” GOP.

      The venality of the GOP was described at length over 115 years ago by William Jennings Bryan in an address to Congress delivered 8 August 1900, Indianapolis, IN, in which he says, “I do not mean to say that all our opponents have deliberately chosen to give to organized wealth a predominating influence in the affairs of the Government, but I do assert that on the important issues of the day the Republican party is dominated by those influences which constantly tend to substitute the worship of mammon for the protection of the rights of man.”

  5. Donna Nelson

    Thank you. I’m sure this newsletter is going to create quite a debate between your subscribers. It’s so interesting to me how each of us as individuals can see things so differently. Everything really is perfect, isn’t it? To me, the fear that arises in me at the idea of Trump as president brings all kinds of my own related stuff into the light to be forgiven, so Donald has served me, too. (Damn!) And I shudder a bit knowing the Democratic party has to take the hit too, but I also want to stand in a protective stance in front of President Obama just because I can intuit his inherent goodness more than I am able to do so with many in the political arena. But, oh, God, can you just hurry up a little in bringing us all back into the space of peace?

  6. Andrea Lenzi

    Hey pal look within and who sits in the presidency of one of the greatest countries. You phony Liberals, open your fat pocketbooks and you can always double and triple the amount you pay in taxes to help all the druggies, and dead people you get out to vote ! You sir are quite judgemental. Trump love or hate him got there with his gumption and brains, just what has OB or Hillary shown anyone!

    1. Terrie Dell

      I’m still shocked from your article. With the forgiveness messages that you have tried to instill in your followers – this angry rant you have sent out is quite surprising. Someone responded that you delivered your thoughts and feelings with a balanced view….in LOVE. Really? You mentioned the book “A Course in Miracles” in your lengthy rant. Were you attempting to use the Course as a means of validating your concerns? The Course is a universal guide for spiritual transformation which has no ego at all. Your ego has certainly been at the forefront of your feelings. They have bubbled up to the surface even though you carefully tried to conceal them. It appears that now is the right time for you to begin a forgiveness process on yourself.

  7. RuthAnne Brown

    I do agree that the Reoublican Party is seeing its shadow and it is my view his hou have written demonstrates to me that DT brings up shadow for many. And it also demonstrates how one can choose to veil their shadow so as not to be seen

    There is one thing I would like to say about a post you made after your trip to London where I have a number is conscious and awake friends who could have been or could be wonderful a radical Forgiveness coaches. One of them was in your workshop. Though this world is large yet it is small. There is a desire of those I know in the UK have and are doing their own shadow work. They also assist others doing the same. Their is this collective energy forming to shift the stiffness from which you came and feel you observed in your time there a few weeks ago.
    I would like to say that you are Healing Angels for each other. I honor your willingness to read this message and to re-examine where your thoughts are generated from past experience

    Most respectfully and in gratitude for the tools you share and your own inner work

  8. Musical Joy

    You nailed it Collin. Thank you for having the courage to address the elephant in the room from a spiritual radical forgiveness way.

  9. Joy Germaine

    I was surprised at your post and you gave me more hope and that is what we all need to feel. Also to see our own shadow is imperative. Thanks!!!

  10. Krystyne Gohnert

    I agree with you, Terrie Dell. I, too, see mirrors expressing themselves. I also see the Values #6 (Spiral Dynamics) being expressed. I would highly suggest working on forgiveness AND moving to Values level #7 (Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership, and Change by Don Beck & Christopher Cowen) or higher. Values # 7 and higher is a more evolved level of thinking. They are in the second tier. We are looking at stages of development. Please Mr. Tippings, lead people to a higher level of being. You have the power of influence.

  11. Margaret Taylor

    Dear Colin, a brilliant essay on Donald Trump and his projection, but, Colin, that phrase “You don;t always get want you want, but get what you need” is actually from the Beatles song from the ’60’s played and sung by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus – way back then! Yes, I remember because I am a Brit now living in Canada, like you are a Brit living in the U.S. and we are around the same age!
    However, not to overlook your excellent description of Trump and the Republican Party – it is brilliant!
    Margaret Taylor.

    1. Ana Holub

      “You don’t always get what you want, you get what you need.” is ROLLING STONES. (not Beatles!!) Have we forgotten them already? I can hear them singing….Anyway, thanks for your post, Colin. I agree with you. And I will add that every aspect of humanity is within ME. And all of us. DT and others who capture the spotlight only show us our ego – as ugly as it can be – and also our beauty and glory. Which do we choose in every moment?

  12. Terrie Dell

    We are Vibrational Beings, every cell in our body, every thought, every feeling. We are designed to experience WELL-BEING. Emotions have various frequencies – with negative emotions at the lower end of the scale and positive emotions at the higher end. The words that we use are very powerful in manifesting in our physical world. Our bodies respond to all our thoughts and emotions. Using negative words can oftentimes find ourselves in circumstances that are less than desirable.

    It concerns me that you use the following words: (I am sick and tired of people saying spiritual people shouldn’t be political.)

    Please take time to reflect on your thoughts, words and emotions.

  13. DJ Lee

    The truth will find a way. Trump is the current vehicle. He’s just speaking the truth. Really. He doesn’t whitewash nor candy coat the ideals of the GOP. Though I find him an excessive, appalling and self absorbed human being, I must say that I’m thrilled that he is speaking the truth about how his party really feels on the major issues. He doesn’t hide behind family values and right to life etc….He doesn’t give a damn about what people think because money and control ard his gods. He is his own god. I fully support his expression of truth regarding the GOP agenda. I think the Republican party deserves Trump and I hope some Americans that are paying attention will see the light. He is speaking the underlying truths of his party and the democratic party should understand how valuable his words are in exposing the true ideals. The GOP is having a heart attack because this is totally against their methods of spreading propaganda. He’s telling the truth!

    1. Dean Monroe

      It all reminds me of something my Daddy used to say when I was a kid and asked him what were going to do today. He would laugh and say, lets choose up sides and go smell arm pits. For years I never really knew what that meant, but laughed anyway.

  14. Robin Marquardt

    The matter is how to stop a religion from using murder as a solution.
    With Trump I can say, HE’S MADE BILLIONS; IMAGINE WHAT HE CAN DO FOR AMERICA.
    His opponents are just doing what all 5 years olds do: talk smack, with no track, & hope for more snack.
    Re the R v D parties: here’s wisdom; the default is the fight, the dual; why fight it; CREATE IT.
    If for no other reason than Trump’s progress report (career record) he is the most qualified to help USA.
    Though we are on Earth as is orbits & rotates in heaven, this isn’t the heaven spoken of in H.Bible.
    Therefore friends, leave the place better than you came, & wish your neighbor 1000 blessings.
    Don’t forget to tithe (to the 4Cs to foresee: Charity Church Community Counsel).
    Love, R.E. Marquardt in my Savior, Jesus Christ’s name, amen!

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