The more we attempt to avoid the deepest fears within ourselves, the more we appear to get in our own way. What we are seeing in the 2016 United
States presidential election is the collective emergence of the shadow self: the underlying fears within us that have been consciously repressed to
the point of becoming unconscious. What we fail to address within ourselves is the way we view the external world all around us. What is repressed and
avoided will remain within us until it is finally faced and exposed as False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR). This is where we are at as a nation; as a
planet. Collective society’s unconscious fears are once again rising to the surface to be faced, and it is once again a time where we can come
together by discovering what lies beyond our deepest fears, or we can hold onto these fears and continue to destroy each other and our planet.
So wait, what does this have to with the US presidential election? I’ll get to that, but in order to address that we must first see what it is that
got us to where we are right now. When I discuss the ‘shadow self,’ many are not aware that they even have a shadow self. That is because these
are the deepest fears we avoid facing until they become unconscious. Once they become unconscious, they play a significant role within us that carries
out our daily lives without any conscious awareness. Most of our society today is living unconsciously which means we are living our lives from a
place of fear without the realization of doing so.
How do we do this? We mask our pain by redirecting our conscious awareness away from any fears that appear to be too difficult to face. We do this
through developing roles and identities of who we are. These roles/identities provide a false sense of comfort. Some call this the ‘ego.’ Others
call it ‘Satan.’ These identities we develop our self-concept around temporarily mask the underlying pain yet do not provide the everlasting peace
we truly seek. As a society, we see no other solution to this dilemma and therefore continue repeating this cycle any time we are faced with our
deepest fears and regrets. These fears continue to rise and we continue to push them away. Each time we push them away, we feed more energy to this
unconscious fear until it gains so much strength that it can no longer be controlled. We continue to repeat many of these same unconscious themes
generations before us have repeated, and we teach future generations that this is the appropriate way to go through life.
Our collective society today reacts to our environment in a fight or flight response. The phrase ‘fight or flight’ was originally coined from our
reaction to an immediate danger, but we have developed this response as a defense mechanism for our everyday lives. When we encounter everyday stress,
we either attempt to gain personal control over it (FIGHT) or we attempt to avoid it by sweeping it under the rug in hopes that it will go away
(FLIGHT). We repress our fears by avoiding them or by projecting them onto our environment. In order to do this, the roles we carry out share the
common themes of being a victim to life or an aggressor of life. The victim believes their external environment must change in order for them to be
happy. They sweep things under the rug and convince themselves that once everything around them changes, they will be happy. Until then, they are
simply a victim to unfortunate circumstances that they have no control over. They often spend their time trying to please others and make them
happier. This is because once everyone and everything around them is happy, they believe they will finally be happy.
The aggressor attempts to manipulate people and situations in their environment to provide them the happiness they seek. The aggressor has no problem
pointing out the flaws within others and has no problem blaming people and situations for their sense of unhappiness. The aggressor may even project
fear and anger onto others as a means of controlling their environment. The aggressor unconsciously believes that if everyone simply acted the way
they see fit, they will finally be happy.
Both the aggressor and victim themes operate at the unconscious level within our collective society, and they both depend on each other to exist. The
common ground that links the victim and aggressor is the need to change their external environments in order to avoid changing themselves. To truly
change for the better, one must face their fears. In order to face one’s fears, one must become aware of the roles and identities they have created
to mask and avoid their fears. Until one becomes consciously aware of this process, one will continue to unconsciously engage in the roles that have
When we are unconscious, we play one of the roles of the victim or aggressor and view the other as an opposition. Little do we know at the time that
the role we are playing is masking our underlying fears of the shadow self. As much as we oppose the other side, we are actually unconsciously
gravitating to them because we NEED them to continue playing the game of the victim vs the aggressor. One role cannot exist without the other opposing
it; therefore both roles enable each other. These unconscious themes also switch back and forth within us. The victim represses fear and guilt until
they can no longer handle it and then lash out at the aggressor. The aggressor may become frustrated with the inability to control their external
environment and eventually develop feelings of hopelessness and, as a result, turn to a savior to relieve them of their pain. As crazy as this may
sound, many of us would rather remain in a false sense of a comfort zone that at least temporarily relieves our suffering than to completely expose
our deepest, darkest fears that lie deep within us. The fear of the unknown and a sense of being completely vulnerable keeps us repeating these
unconscious cycles from generation to generation.
So, how does this relate to politics today in the United States? Well, many are frustrated that our country continues to suffer from an economic
decline and a shrinking middle class. Many can point out the problems but offer little in terms of solutions. We have three very polarizing
presidential candidates at this time. One represents the status quo while the other two represent unique choices that lie on the extreme opposite ends
of what many call “the Liberals and the Conservatives.” The walls of the bipartisan Democratic and Republican parties appear to be crumbling due
to the tension between party supporters and their political representatives.
Many appear to want real change and see that the system in place will no longer work, but there are few that agree on what it is that needs to change.
To understand what we are dealing with, we must observe the two dominant parties in the United States:
One party tends to promote diversity and equality as major issues. In today’s economy, there is growing tension between members of this party and
the problem of wealth inequality. The top one tenth of one percent of US households own the same amount of wealth (22%) as the bottom 90 percent of US
). They point to
this as a problem, and indeed it is a problem (continued on next post).