I have restrained myself from blogging too soon after the election because I wanted to make sure I was calm, clear-minded, and appropriately reflective before I did. The day after the election, I had to talk a few crying people off the ledge. And I was feeling kind of numb and shocked myself.
I have to say that my understanding of Seth’s philosophy has helped me tremendously. Not only does it explain the rise of Trump and Trumpism (see my earlier blog on Trumpism here http://sethsays.org/index.php/category/politics/), but it also outlines next steps that could help us mold a good probable outcome starting from where we are today.
As the exit polls revealed, everyone who voted for Trump did not necessarily like him, believe him, or endorse all of his ideas. Many people voted for him despite their misgivings.
Why? It seems clear that they were trying to make a statement about the “system,” which includes the government, corporate America, the “elites”, the media, and the “establishment,” in general. I made a list of the words that have been used to describe their emotional attitudes, which includes:
These people felt that the system was so broken, so stuck, and so irreparable that only someone as brash, outrageous, and iconoclastic as Trump would have the nerve and the audacity to knock it all down. As far as I can tell, electing Trump was equivalent to them giving the whole world the finger.
Yes Trump’s campaign did indeed unleash some apparent racists, misogynists, and paranoids which we will have to deal with. But beyond that subset, whatever its size, I believe the majority were really saying that the status quo was no longer tolerable and they acted in the only way that they felt empowered to.
Now, before we move on to Seth’s comments, let’s take a quick look at the Clinton supporters. Again, the exit polls showed that there was still a great deal of reluctance in choosing Clinton because of personal distrust, wariness of her corporate connections and involvement with big money interests, and her overly political cautiousness in terms of policy. During the campaign we saw within the Democratic Party a similar populist uprising to the one on the Republican side, with many of the Bernie Sanders voters indicating that they also thought the system was broken.
Now that Trump has won, there have been protests, outcries, and all kinds of fears and worries expressed by the public, the mainstream media, and social media. I decided, once again, to make a list of the words that were being used to describe the emotional states of the distraught Clinton voters. My list included:
Isn’t it interesting that my two lists are almost identical?
Now, for Seth’s take on the situation. . .
If you look to The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events (Amber-Allen, 1981/1995), which will be my source for this entire blog, I contend that you can find everything you need to understand what is happening.
First of all, this election was and is a very powerful mass event–one that people from around the world, not just Americans, have followed and participated in on various levels. As you know, Seth says repeatedly and forcefully that we all create our own reality, individually and collectively. We could have chosen from an infinite number of probabilities, and yet this is what we all created together.
As you know, Seth says that every event we experience has its origins in Framework 2 and that Framework 2 is a mental space where all thoughts are known, all information is contained, and in which all probabilities can be analyzed at lightning speed. Our thoughts in Framework 1 (our physical world) feed into Framework 2; there, they mix and merge to direct the probabilities of our mass reality.
Now think about the two lists above. Americans of all stripes are pouring fear, anger, disdain, hopelessness, despair, revulsion, and sadness onto the vast, mostly unconscious, mental palette that is Framework 2. The psychological climate, in other words, is extremely turbulent. A major drama was bound to unfold from that condition.
You may be able to accept this much from Seth’s teachings. But there’s more that he says about Framework 2 that may be a bit more difficult to swallow.
You cannot gain what you want at someone else’s detriment, then. You cannot use Framework 2 to force an event upon another person. Certain prerequisites must be met, you see, before a desired end can become physically experienced. (p. 76)
In other words, we were all in agreement on this. What? How can I–not a Trump supporter–believe that this outcome wasn’t forced upon me? I can hardly imagine someone I’d less like to see as the leader of our country and the free world than Donald Trump. How did this happen?
You usually think, for example, that your feelings about a given event are primarily reactions to the event itself. It seldom occurs to you that the feelings themselves might be primary, and that the particular event was somehow a response to your emotions, rather than the other way around. (p. 148)
Seth asks us to see our thoughts as real events. So the questions we might ask are “Do I think, believe, and expect that minorities inevitably have to get screwed in our society?” “Do I believe that women always get the short end of the stick?” “Do I carry a hidden belief that bold, cocky people are more likely to get what they want in this capitalistic and media-obsessed society?” You can add other questions to this list based on your own beliefs. However, it seems like the answer to all of these questions is “Undoubtedly, yes.”
Seth reiterates that we cause the events that we perceive; and then, of course, we react to them. The appearance of these events seems to “prove” that these things are happening outside of us and are mostly out of our control. But it is really because we continue to hold our mistaken beliefs, that we keep getting more and more “evidence.”
For those wo believe Donald Trump’s presidency will be a disaster, here’s what Seth has to say:
Often . . . individuals use disasters quite for their own purposes, as an exteriorized force that brings their lives into clear focus . . . Those involved in such disasters –the survivors–often use such ‘larger-than-life circumstances in order to participate in affairs that seem to have greater import than those possessed by previous humdrum existences. They seek the excitement . . They become a part of history . . . For once, their private lives are identified with a greater source–and from it many derive new strength and vitality . . . The range of private emotions is given greater, fuller, sweep. (p. 99)
It seems to me that the preceding quote applies to both the Trump and Clinton supporters. The Trump people saw “disaster” before the election; the Clinton supporters, after. They all want change, they want to deal with problems that have remained suppressed for too long, and they want to have a say in the kind of country they live in.
We could have chosen a different probability; Clinton could have won; but while things would play out differently in terms of the specifics, the same dramatic elements would be involved. There are issues that need to be dealt with and clearly we all want them out in the open and addressed. I wonder if on an unconscious level the Clinton supporters believed that they would be better able to cope with a Trump victory than the Trump supporters would a Clinton victory.
Somehow, in Framework 2, we all agreed that we could best deal with our goals via a Trump victory. And I do mean best. For Seth assures us that the source (or the force) that animates Framework 2 is always on our side. Framework 2 is the medium through which our growth and development occurs. It is not neutral, in other words. All of the atoms and cells that create our universe contain “a positive intent to cooperate . . . to fulfill themselves, and they [are] predisposed not only toward survival, but with an idealization leading toward the best possible development and maturity” (p. 121) So, we are getting help; we get a little push in a particular direction that might lead us to our goals. Sometimes, though, the path seems convoluted.
The way I look at it is that we decided to give this a try. The Trump supporters have been awakened from their helpless state and now have to take part in improving their own lot through a different belief system than the one that made them stuck in the first place. The Clinton supporters have to re-arouse themselves to take positive steps toward change. They can’t cling on to victim mentality. The engagement that should result will shake things up, which nearly everyone wanted in the first place. We’ll see.
But even if this experiment fails, the nature of reality is such that we will create another event to try to move us in a better direction, and another, and another. That’s what evolution is. Individuals need to feel that their actions count. We all need to come awake into the realization of our own power to create the world.
All particles are psychological particles, with their own impetuses for development and value fulfillment. That is why atoms join together to form matter. They seek the fulfillment of themselves through form. They cooperatively choose the forms they take
If the simplest particle is so endowed with impetus, with hidden ideals that seek fulfillment, then what about the human being? You have the propensity to search for meaning, for love, for cooperative ventures. You have the propensity to form dazzling mental and psychological creations, such as your arts, and sciences and religions and civilizations. Whatever errors that you have made, or gross distortions, even those exist because of your need to find meaning [in] your private existence and [in] life itself. (p. 269)
So what are we to do now? Well, firstly, we need to change our thoughts, expectations, and beliefs.
Your changed beliefs will affect the mental atmosphere of your nation and of the world. (p. 303)
In my next post we will look at the specific steps Seth outlined on how to follow your natural impulses in order to become a practicing idealist–one who really can change the world for the better.
To summarize, Seth says:
- We create our own reality as individuals and collectively
- All probabilities exist in Framework 2
- Our thoughts, beliefs, expectations, and emotions feed into Framework 2 and contribute to the probability that is made manifest
- No event can be forced on anyone; there has to be acquiescence on some level
- All events are propelled by value fulfillment, i.e., they are inclined toward our growth and development. And that nudge in a particular direction will always be for the good of all–never at the expense of one for another
- Once an event materializes, it is up to us how to respond to it
- We must examine our beliefs and determine which ones involved us in this particular creation.
How should we respond?
You do not dwell upon the unfortunate conditions in your environment, but you do take steps in your own life to express your ideals in whatever way is given. (p. 290)