American politics isn’t about American politics. Norma Gentile believes that it is about the patterns, beliefs and spiritual agents active right now within society that our (shared world-wide) culture is ready to look at. It is about what we as a global society need to make a choice about. We may choose to continue certain behaviors, or we may choose to change certain behaviors. But even the choice to continue certain behaviors will be made in a conscious manner because the American candidates and the ‘circus of it all’ is bringing it to our attention.
We are choosing between two distinct ways of living life. These two choices can most easily be summed up as questions:
1. Is this what we really want?
2. Is this what we are willing to tolerate?
Our choice will define society for the next several decades.
That old adage of choosing the ‘devil you know’ rather than the ‘devil you don’t know’ is at play here. What appears to be the ‘devil we don’t know’ only looks devilish because we don’t know it. Our tendency is to choose the discomfort we know, rather than chance a greater discomfort within the unknown. Of course, this keeps us in a constant state of discomfort!
But we have the ability to make a choice, and to choose something new. We keep forgetting that if we choose something new, and it is uncomfortable, that we can always make another choice.
However, our tendency is to assume that if we choose something new, (i.e. the devil we don’t know), that it will be worse than our current circumstances (the devil we do know). Our fear of the unknown creates a belief that there will be pain. Therefore we will not change because we fear the potential that lies within the unknown more than we fear the known pain.
Politics isn’t about choosing a candidate. It is about each person making their own internal choice. Do you choose to tolerate the devil you know in your life? Or do you choose to answer the question ‘What it is that you really want?’
About the author: Norma Gentile, sound shaman, specializes in healing with energy and sound. Her website offers nearly 50 meditation for spiritual growth, and her recordings of sacred chant are available at iTunes and amazon.com.