The Collapse of Leadership in Government and Business

This is one of my longer posts that I hope that you will take the time to read. I have learned more about the fundamental essentials of leadership in the past 12 months than in the prior 40 years by watching local, state and national politics. Our politics is a solid case study of the blatant absence of societal-economic-political leadership.

While I’ve been saying this in different ways, leadership comes down to consciously and actively enacting the foundations of human relationships that enable unity in diversity. I have talked about care, understanding, respect, and responsibility. Going even deeper, I now understand that underlying these, True Leadership is about ensuring truth (honesty, morality, ethics, and integrity), transparency and accountability; truth and accountability define leadership. Here is the local story that revealed this.

The “Story”

About a year ago, to great fanfare, our First Selectman (FS) announced that we were purchasing a vacant office building to consolidate and house our public safety professionals. They are in 2 or 3 different locations, the police department in a leased building that the FS/Board of Selectmen (BoS) had intentionally allowed to deteriorate over a number of years to the point of becoming “deplorable.” It was a manufactured “crisis” to create an emotional trigger to justify what was proposed. Had the building been maintained, while smaller than needed at 7K square feet, it would have been functional until the integrity of process dictated that we do something else.

There were presentations at town meetings. During the meetings, we were given vague descriptions of what needed to happen with the 30K square foot building. Here are a couple of key things: The building is over 30 years old and not up to CT state public building codes and it is out of compliance with ADA.  But it was a “great deal.” For $6M, we could purchase the building for $2.8 and for the remaining $3.2M, we could renovate, upgrade and have a “new” building with room for expansion for other town functions. As we are finding out now, the claims were bogus and had no foundation in facts.

No due diligence was done. There was no professional, written appraisal by certified commercial appraisers. We were given photocopies of “comps” provided by cronies of the FS with a hand-written estimate of its value. Since the commercial real estate market locally is “dead,” the building was more than likely overpriced; even the town’s own appraisal was $500K less than we paid. There was no professional inspection of the building. There was no list of what would be needed or cost estimates.

The FS met with the Board of Finance (BoF) on January 23. They pointed out all these as being irresponsible; the FS was evasive and stonewalled them (my husband watched the 5 hour meeting live). The BoF cut $1M from the budget (cost of sally port and cells) and at nearly midnight passed a $5M bond authorization to go to referendum. The FS assured the BoF that due diligence would be done before closing. It was not. The entire process was blatantly disrespectful of the BoF, BoS and the rest of us. Democracy, shared power, is collective leadership which is impossible when an objective is to manipulate facts and keep as many secrets as possible.

Despite the best efforts of some of us to publicly point out the obvious deceptions and implications, it passed referendum in late February. All we wanted was the truth. The FS retaliated against my family through a town department head; an abuse of power and misuse of town resources for political purposes.

The town closed on the building in May and the committee appointed to oversee the project sent out an RFP and hired an architect.

Fast-forward to late September. While the architect knew that our budget was $1.7M for renovations ($500K was set aside for communications technology), they presented a plan with an estimate of $5.8M. Pre-election, the FS and committee chair had been saying that they are confident that this will come in on budget. Post-election, they are now scrambling to cut back:  It will be on one floor instead of two and they plan to ask the state for waivers for compliance with structural codes for public safety buildings among cutting a laundry list of other big-ticket items such as an elevator and other ADA compliance issues, sprinkler system, roof, HVAC unit, parking lot and driveway. The person chairing the committee is an executive in facilities management for a large corporation. If this had been done there, he would have been fired.

It’s been a scam, manipulation, gross mismanagement, and intentional irresponsibility. We were gaslighted: Told what we were supposed to believe despite facts and evidence to the contrary. What is most sad for me is that in betraying us, they betrayed themselves as human beings. The lights were on illuminating truth but few were paying attention. The time and energy spent on spinning BS could have been spent doing things in the right ways and now we all have to live with the lies and those in “power” have to continue to spin a cover up. We can’t have the right discussions or make the right choices founded in deliberate deceit and intentional irresponsibility.

When we continuously double down on deceit and irresponsibility rather than admitting what was done was wrong, it eventually becomes willful stupidity. This is where we are with the public safety building.

Here Are Some Underlying Psychological Drivers that I Observed

Some politicians believe that being elected gives them “ownership” and the mandate to do whatever they want. The FS was re-elected by a very slim margin. The closeness of the vote clearly reflects “no confidence” in the FS, our direction or how decisions are made that affect everyone. He is without mandate. I am grateful that the opponent stood solidly and courageously for honesty, integrity and transparency, shining a light on the ongoing deliberate deceit.

People whose moral code is to “win” at all costs rather than truth and accountability which are fundamental to every human relationship, to love, don’t belong in elected office. They game the system and we all lose.

With the mentality of “winning-at-all-costs”, we create a huge pile of “you-know-what” and then step into it up to our knees. It can’t be scraped off; we track it everywhere. We have abdicated our integrity. The only way out is through with full acknowledgement and ownership of the crap of our missteps. The only way forward is truth.

Reflecting on the election results, I asked myself: In the era of DJT/DC, have we become so desensitized to the deceit, dishonest, immoral, unethical and corrupt actions and manipulation by our politicians and their loyalists that it has become “acceptable” to undermine our democracy and violate sound governance practices to the point that we look the other way and vote for them anyway believing that we are getting something out of it?

It’s up to all of us who believe that politics is intended to be a public expression of our personal and collective morality, ethics, integrity, and accountability and to keep this in the forefront of everyone’s awareness. This is only “partisan” when a party relies on corrupting the integrity of our democratic process and our societal-economic-political system to “win.” Anything based in deceit fails, so then who “wins?” The collapse of leadership is a symptom of the collapse of human truthfulness and accountability to one another that result in the collapse of our society.

Demanding truth and accountability of our elected officials starts with each and every one of us… demanding truth and accountability of ourselves. When evaluating people for leadership roles, the ONLY qualities that MATTER are demonstrated truthfulness, transparency and taking accountability. This applies in business as well as government. In the 1990’s, business treated “ethics” as an afterthought, an add-on to leadership development. As we are learning now, this was a huge mistake.

After the vote, the FS described demands for truth and accountability as “ugly” and labelled those of us who did “nasty” because we called him out and weren’t subservient and compliant. The real ugliness was the demonstrated dishonest, immoral, unethical, and corrupt processes and practices that we have been subjected to for this and other decisions in town.

This ugliness as acceptable is the example being set for our youth. Silence and “playing nice” are complicity; it is how the patriarchal structure maintains power and control. We betray ourselves and abdicate our own integrity. Exposing ugliness restores the possibility of the beauty of truth to life.

Truth, honesty, morality, ethics, integrity, transparency, and accountability are not “nice to haves.” They are the hallmarks of psychologically healthy and mature human beings. They ensure that our public and elected officials keep Oaths and serve us. They ensure that executives do what is right for all, not just shareholder/owner profit. They ensure that we engage with others in the right ways so that we make the right decisions with the right outcomes for ALL of us. There is no other way. Flawed process. Flawed outcome. The ends NEVER justify the means; the means are the ends. All deliberate deceit is being outed, everywhere. Truth is uncomfortable and inconvenient but it is what liberates us.

3AM Observations of a Heavy Heart

What do WE do in the face of the pathological power paradigm of the patriarchy? How do WE deal with these significant pathologies whether they are in town hall, the WH, Congress, or SCOTUS, megalomaniacs obsessed with their own power?

These are profoundly unhealthy people who are fixated on their pathologies. They project these and create a pathological society and culture that exploits, manipulates and traumatizes all of us as human beings. This is the root cause of our epidemics of hate, cruelty, poverty, and homelessness, of addictions, overdoses and suicides to cope and escape our wholesale dehumanization to meet societal expectations of status, privilege, entitlement, power, control, and wealth used fill the void made by their separation from their souls, the absence of Spirit.

There is nothing healthy about being well-adjusted to a profoundly unhealthy society.

This void is the collapse of Leadership, the collapse of our humanity. Leaders’ purpose is to hold the space for Sacred Trust for our growth, evolution and actualization of Life as Love.

If something is too good to be true, it is not. In Leading Life and so others, there are NO substitutes for truth and accountability, they are the foundations of Love.  Leadership is defined by the higher level consciousness of human principles that are the foundations of and establish unity: Truth, honesty, morality, ethics, integrity, transparency, and accountability. Leading as Love is Truth and Accountability in Service to Life.

In Truth we are HUman BEings whose Purpose and Accountability are our Actualization as Souls, as Spirit, as Life as Love. When are we going to stand for ourselves, our truth and accountability as human beings? This is Leadership.

Leadership is Soul Actualization, your own and so others’. It requires the Self-Respect, Self-Awareness and Self-Love that are Truth and Accountability founded in honesty, morality, ethics and integrity as a Human Being.

What’s on the inside shows up on the outside in our collective life experience. If goals are externally-focused on status, position, privilege, entitlement, power, control, and wealth of personal achievement and success, we ALL fail as Human Beings.

The choices that we make today create our experience. What do you deeply care about? What really matters to you as a human being? What choices are you making to create, establish and sustain a thriving future for all of us, here and now? Or, are you looking the other way hoping it all just goes away? The only way forward is Truth and Accountability by ALL of us. Truth Matters.

Reflections on Letting Go

November 8, 2019

On yesterday morning’s walk, the remaining leaves were gently drifting and falling in a light breeze with their wonderful damp, musty smell permeating the air. Each step was taken carefully as they crunched beneath my feet because they hide rocks and roots on the trail which I have tripped on and fallen more than once.

In this walking meditation, I contemplated what it means to “let go” and what I am letting go of. For me, letting go means allowing Life’s emergence and unfoldment in and through me. It is a “death” to the old patterns. It means relinquishing control because Life has a Purpose and Plan for everyone and everything. Just like me, you and everyone else are an integral part of that Plan because all of Life is connected and interdependent. When we are aligned and attuned to Life, harmony, coherence and collaboration are nurtured for the greatest good of Truth of Being and Accountability.

As I walked, I silently chanted the mantra, “Praise Love.” Trust allows for Surrender. Surrender invites Gratitude. Gratitude establishes Praise.

As a punctuation mark, this afternoon I received:

You’re flying blind a little bit at the moment.
You don’t know things are going to shake out.
You can’t see how Life is going to land.
 
Your job is to get still with yourself and
Clean out any shadows that contribute to you
Presuming the worst and wanting to flail about that.
 
You’re not in control of everything.
There are possibilities you haven’t even consider.
Something bigger than you is at play.
 
Let Life do its job and orchestrate how it needs to.
You get very honest about how you feel and
Face what needs to be faced so that
 
You can continue to bravely allow for the Unfolding Unknown. ~ Susan Grace

 

Praise Love for Life. Praise Truth for Freedom. We Are the Grace of All That Is.

The paradox is that in Trust, Surrender, Gratitude, and Praise, We Lead Life. This is the Sovereignty of our Center to meet Life on Life’s terms with all its discomfort and inconvenience and to move with It with Love. We Lead as Love.

We are watching the death throes and collapse of the toxic masculinity of privileged entitlement, status, domination, power, control by the patriarchal paradigm and world order. Its essence is dishonest, immoral, unethical, and corrupt and violates Life itself. It is self-destructing.

Let it go without fear and step into and welcome the Freedom of your Sovereignty as a Human Being so that Life can restore Life to ALL. WE ARE the ones we’ve been waiting for.

Leaders consciously act in Service to Life as Love.

May Blessings Be.

Our Contempt for Life

April 27, 2019

Everyone is my Teacher. Everywhere I go, I’m a Student.

Everyone is in some way my Informant, my Revelator, my Healer, my direct Connection to the Who-Knows-What. ~ Rob Brezsny

We Observe. We Learn. We Grow. We Evolve to Actualize our Integrated Wholeness, our Integrity as a Human Being. This is what it means to Be Alive and our Purpose to Lead Life.

It’s been since November that I’ve shared my observations and it’s time once again to look in the Mirror of Life at what we continue to collectively create. Failure to do so and reflect means that we fail to learn, fail to grow and so we devolve as human beings, negating and regressing in our Self-Respect, Self-Awareness, Self-Love, and Self-Actualization, living in disintegration.

We are in a collective “dark night of the soul” as a catalyst to generate radical renewal and activate passionate engagement and opportunities to align with our true nature from deep within.

Where Are We? How Did We Get Here?

While this is not about DJT/GOP, it is. DJT and the GOP are highlighting and reflecting back to us the breakdown of our society through our betrayal of the tenets of the Constitution which is our social contract as a nation. We are literally out of integrity. Many of us do not hold ourselves accountable as active citizens and so we are not holding anyone in positions of authority of political governance or business stewardship accountable either.

DJT embodies and represents the toxic patriarchal world order, our ever-present dark side and shows us what we have become. What we disown as individuals and as a nation wreaks havoc which is the chaos we are observing and experiencing.

DJT reflects our contempt for people of color, our hostility toward outsiders, our toxic misogyny, our ignorant bigotry, our sense of supremacy.

DJT reflects our own disdain for and disrespect of honesty, morality, ethics, integrity, the rule of law, and the Constitution.

DJT reflects our own insatiable need for and worship of status, privilege, entitlement, power, domination, control, and wealth, the patriarchal world order which is inherently destructive.

Exposing our societal corruption is his purpose to show us what WE have become to Wake Us Up and make the Choice to BE in Integrity with our individual and collective Humanity.

And “good people” don’t support him or his enablers who defend, support or stand in silent complicity. As we look the other way, remain silent and “play nice”, we are directly complicit in validating and maintaining the patriarchal world order that oppresses us and destroys our dignity, well-being and humanity. Birds of a feather…

Deeply embedded in our culture is the “acceptance” of dishonest, immoral, unethical, corrupt, and criminal actions by those in authority. We conform and comply with the powers that be. We’ve reached a point so that many no longer care; believe that it no longer matters. We have broken with our Souls, the Essence of our Humanity. We are dehumanized. We can never know unity when we compromise our own integrity to “play nice” with the expectations of the patriarchal world order. And it matters greatly: We are enacting an abysmal legacy for our children, grandchildren and future generations to come.

Anyone entrusted with a position of authority who betrays this trust through dishonest, immoral, unethical, corrupt, or criminal actions incurs Karmic Justice. If they then enact cover-ups and/or retaliation, Karmic Justice is compounded, accelerated and amplified in a blow-back. This includes not only DC, but also state and local politicians and corporate executives. We have quite a show ahead of us. Depending on where we choose to stand determines how we weather this karmic blow-back. Silence, apathy and indifference stand complicit with deceit and betrayal; those in public office are in direct violation of their Oath to support the Constitution.

Politicians have failed at governance. Executives have failed at stewardship. Both have abused the authority entrusted to them. Politicians have become predators that serve parasitic profits and the mainline addictions of wealth and power of corporations and oligarchs. They don’t care if we are destitute or dead. These are blatant crimes against our humanity. Ignoring this – willful ignorance – results in reckless choices and actions.

We ALL live in chronic trauma of being dehumanized as commodities for wealth and power. We are either mainlining for ourselves or we are actively participating as co-dependent enablers/victims. There is no other way to truthfully describe it. We are self-corrupted, destroying not only others’ lives, but also our own. Our deep-seated cultural trauma is reflected in our escalating epidemic of depression, addictions, overdoses and suicides to cope and escape our dehumanization.

There is nothing healthy about being “well-adjusted” to a profoundly pathological society in a trance of normalcy. There is nothing “spiritual” about silence and “playing nice.” These are abdications of our responsibility for and accountability to Lead Life as Human Beings.

The Significance of Notre Dame

Our supposedly invincible societal-economic-political system and empire of the patriarchal world order in service to power and wealth is in its death throes desperately trying to resurrect itself. This agenda of stupidity, ignorance, bad judgment, narcissism, lack of integrity, immoral and amoral behaviors, and criminal actions is burning and collapsing in a funeral pyre like the phallic spire of Notre Dame that lorded over Our Lady. The Divine Feminine calls us through Love to expose and end the moral bankruptcy of our societal-economic-political system that is in Contempt of Life.

Seeking facts and truth is part of our human contract and covenant with one another. Truth is both a legal and a moral obligation. The mark of Intelligence and Integrity is the relentless Pursuit of Truth. Truth. Always. Wins.

We need to “rescue” ourselves and end this abomination by actively and visibly standing for truth, equality, equity, shared power, justice, dignity, and well-being that our Human Spirit deserves and demands.

Perpetuating the status quo is Contempt for Life. There is no excuse other than our fear of taking responsibility and accountability. Nothing will change until we confront ourselves with ruthless honesty and acknowledge what we have participated in creating and make different choices with the courage of humility. This is our choiceless Choice: To Lead our Lives as Love.

The moral and ethical choice that is in integrity with our status and value as human beings: Societal, economic and political dignity and well-being for all. We no longer tolerate parasitic capitalism that exploits workers and customers in the self-serving self-interest of enriching executives and shareholders. Agendas, policies and practices (avoidance of taxes, stock buybacks, poverty wages) that cause anyone to struggle to survive are dehumanizing and so inherently immoral. It comes down to this: Companies and politicians do not respect any of us as human beings because they do not respect themselves.

“Good people” can get sucked into the destructive vortex of addiction to greed and power as they seek quid pro quo. It takes a robust and committed effort to see through the barrage of delusional narratives and outright lies, immense moral grit in the face of overwhelming pressure to conform, and the willingness to give up everything to take a stand against legitimized immorality.

Where We Are Going: Leading as Love is the One Change that Changes Everything

Love is Embodied as Care, Understanding, Respect, and Responsibility and Accountability for the Whole of Life.

Love is Lived as Honesty, Morality, Ethics, and Integrity.

Love is Enacted as Truth, Equality, Equity, Shared Power and Wealth; and Societal, Economic, Political, and Legal Justice, Dignity and Well-Being for ALL.

Love is what Generates and Sustains a thriving and prosperous life for ALL of us as Human Beings. Nothing else can or will. This is the foundational Essence of the Constitution. Holy Week and Easter highlighted this as what Jeshua taught and lived that actively, explicitly and visibly countered the abuse of power of oppression and corruption of his time. WWJD: Love as Truth is REQUIRED for Leadership. Only Truth Heals. It is the Source of Self-Actualization of Unity within: The Integrated Wholeness of Mind, Heart, Body, and Soul, our Integrity and Sovereignty as a Human Being. The paradox is that standing in our own Sovereignty with the Grace of FreedOM is what Unites us with all “others.”

True Leaders aren’t takers, predators or parasites that manipulate and exploit for their own status, privilege, entitlement, power, domination, control, and wealth. True Leaders know that greed is the root cause of system collapse that takes them down as well.

True Leaders have the expanded and deeper Intelligence of Life which is “systems thinking” that encompasses the whole.

True Leaders want and actively GIVE to others the same things that they want for themselves for the Fulfillment of a Life of Dignity and Well-being.

True Leaders consciously establish the foundations for the True FreedOM of Self-Actualization for every person as a Human Being: Safety, Security, Belonging, and Esteem (Maslow).

True Leaders enhance life for ALL.

WE ARE ONE.  We Are the Ones we’ve been waiting for, here to midwife the rebirth of our Democracy which is Life as Love.

At the end of the day, ANYTHING not based in Love Fails. Spectacularly. We are watching our societal-economic-political system collapse in Karmic Justice. We are in breakdown to break through to Life as Love. Leading as Love says what need to be said: Truth of Love, Truth of Life, Truth of Spirit. Truth is both uncomfortable and inconvenient.

Choices have implications. Actions have consequences. What is your choice: Continued contempt or the Commitment to Honor, Serve and Lead Life?

Leading is Love in Service to Life. Love Makes a Leader a Leader. May Blessings Be.

 

Leadership and Soulitude

November 14, 2018

Leadership is the qualities of character and mind that makes us worthy of the trust of others. Solitude – Soulitude – is the most important necessity of true Leadership.

Many people we call “leaders” are those who simply make it to the top. They are people who can climb the greasy pole of whatever hierarchy they decide to attach themselves to; they are excellent sheep who conform and follow along in loyalty to win the approval of those above them. They are people who spend their lives scrambling for status, privilege, entitlement, power, control, and wealth. They keep the routine and false narratives going and originate nothing. They sell out their Souls and so lose their Sovereignty, FreedOM and Integrity as human beings.

Our “leaders” are the mediocrities. Excellence isn’t usually what gets you up the greasy pole. What gets you up is a talent for maneuvering. Kissing up to the people above you, kicking down to the people below you. Pleasing your teachers, pleasing your superiors, picking a powerful mentor and riding his/her coattails until it’s time to stab him/her in the back. Getting along by going along. Being whatever other people want you to be, so that it finally comes that you have nothing inside you at all. Not taking stupid risks like trying to change how things are done or question why they’re done. Just keep the routine going. What is rewarded above all is conformity and compliance. Leadership means finding and establishing new directions, not simply putting yourself at the front of the herd of lemmings that’s heading for the cliff.

We have a crisis of leadership in America because our overwhelming power and wealth, earned under earlier generations of leaders, made us complacent, and for too long we have been training and assuming people are leaders when they have position of authority yet they only know how to maintain and compound the false narrative of the status quo of the patriarchal world order:

God above man
Man above nature
Strong above “weak”
Rich above poor
Employer above employee
Adults above children
Western culture above other cultures
America above other countries
Men above women
White above nonwhite
Christian above non-Christian
Straight above LBGTQ.

These beliefs are driving choices and actions that strive and fight to preserve this regressive, repressive ideology and agenda. What the majority of us see as dishonest, manipulative, exploitative, and corrupt is valued as what matters and takes precedent as the way things “should” be to conserve power, control and wealth.

They can answer questions within this false narrative, but don’t know how to ask questions that open us to new possibilities. They can fulfill goals within this false narrative, but don’t know how to set us on a more constructive, mutually beneficial path. They can think about what gets done within this false narrative, but not whether it should even be done or done differently. What we don’t have are Leaders.

In other words, what we don’t have are thinkers. People who can think for themselves. People who can formulate a new direction for the country, a new way of doing things, a new way of looking at things from a cultural and societal perspective based on the wisdom of evidence and experience. We have the Constitution that defines our ideal social contract as citizens and shared values of equality, equity, shared power, justice, dignity, well-being for all. Yet most of us disregard our personal responsibility and accountability to make this reality for ALL. Standing for our shared national values is Leadership.

“From the very earliest days of this country, leadership was built on the model of citizenry and reflective of democratic ideals; leadership was to be different. They were to be possessed of a democratic spirit marked by independent judgment, the freedom to measure action and to express disagreement, and the crucial responsibility never to tolerate tyranny.”~ Colonel Scott Kracwczyk, West Point

All the more so now. Anyone who’s been paying attention for the last few years understands that the changing nature of the world means that those in leadership roles are required more than ever to be able to think independently, creatively, flexibly. To deploy a whole range of skills in fluid and complex situations. People who know how to do more than follow orders and execute what they already know.

What makes us all Leaders is precisely that we are able to observe, look for factual evidence and think things through for ourselves that includes benefits for all others and so derive wisdom from our collective experience. And because we can, we have the confidence, the courage, to argue for ideas even when they aren’t popular. Even when they don’t please those above and around us. Wisdom gives us moral courage; the courage to stand up for what we know is true, good and right for our common, public benefit as citizens. Standing for our nation’s ideals as Leaders is both uncomfortable and inconvenient.

What are you doing as we are confronted with our national situation of contempt for our Constitution by those holding national, state and local offices? Are you remaining silent to “play nice”? Do you have the courage to do what is right? Do you even know what the right thing is? Will you find the strength and wisdom to challenge what is happening in this nation? It’s not easy.

In this polarized, volatile time, it’s perfectly natural to have doubts, or questions, or even just difficulties. The question is, what do you do with them? Do you suppress them, do you distract yourself from them, do you pretend they don’t exist? Or do you confront them directly, honestly, courageously?

If you decide to do so, you will not find that the answers to these dilemmas on FB, Twitter or even in The New York Times. They can only be found within — without distractions, without peer pressure, by listening to your own Soul, in Soulitude. In doing so, your find YourSelf and become a Leader. Leadership is Integrity: Integrated Wholeness of Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul.

Democracy is collective Leadership. At its essence, as citizens our Leadership is Soulitary Work: Leadership requires the Truth of Spirit that only our Sovereignty of Soul Knows. In the end, it will be our Leadership of human progress in our evolution towards our Destiny: Life as Love. Our fundamental values/ideals as a nation and rights as human beings will prevail.

Leading as Love is Service to Life. Leading is Love in Service to Life. Love Makes a Leader a Leader. ~ Adapted from William Deresiewicz

Life Demands Your Vote

October 29, 2018

Though you may feel alone in a world gone mad with violence and hate, do not stop speaking the Power of Truth, the Love in your Heart. As domestic terrorists wage their war with bombs and guns, I remember what I need to Stand For. I need to BE what I Stand For. And I need to not back down from what I Stand For. What I Stand For is what they are systematically trying to destroy.

In whatever way I can, I shall be the Power of the Love and Truth in my Heart, and Stand For that in all I that I am and all that I do do. I know I am not alone, even when it feels so. ~ George Herrick

We are standing on the precipice of a choice that will determine our own lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren for many years to come. Today I am holding up the Mirror of Life.

We only alleviate our guilt, shame and Karmic Justice as we Face OurSelves and what we have collectively created. Until we confront what separates us from OurSelves as Souls within, we cannot and will not come together. Failing to go deep means a Failure to Heal and so a Failure to Lead.

Those who say, “I don’t care about politics.” Think again. Your life as a human being and everyone and everything that you care about depends on your vote. We are ALL accountable. Our Power emerges from comprehending the deep Truth of Spirit that others prefer not to face or even name.

In 2012 before the presidential election, I wrote, “Who Can We Trust to Lead?”  Today the words are more refined and deeper but the answer hasn’t changed: OurSelves. We Lead our Lives as we Trust WE are the Truth of Spirit, Sovereignty of Soul and FreedOM of Grace that is Love.  While I outlined the societal-economic-political issues in 2012, I didn’t want to “offend” anyone so I avoided naming political parties and candidates. I’ve learned not to care who I offend and just say what needs to be said. Truth may be uncomfortable and inconvenient; it’s time that we wake up to the totality of our own creation that is our societal-economic-political system.

Just after the 2016 elections, I wrote, “Embracing the Unthinkable.” DJT’s election was required for us to come out of denial and acknowledge the deep structure under the surface. Observing our nation for the past two years, we can thank the DJT/DC agenda for exposing the underbelly of our entire societal-economic-political system as an intentional psychopathic, soulless syndicate:

Dishonest, deceitful, immoral, unethical, corrupt, cruel, manipulative, and exploitative processes and actions for the inequality, inequity, abuse of power, injustice, struggle, and suffering of the many to conserve the patriarchal status, privilege, entitlement, power, control, and wealth of the few. These are crimes against humanity.

When highly committed parties strongly believe [in] things that they cannot achieve democratically, they don’t give up on their beliefs — they give up on democracy. ~ David Frum

This contempt for the Constitution is destroying our democracy. Elected officials who openly support or who stand as silent enablers in endorsement of and complicity with this contempt are violating their Oaths of Office and their integrity as human beings.

Our local Republicans in a conspiracy of silence say that DC is not their concern and what happens in DC doesn’t matter here are also in violation of their Oaths. The silence of politicians who claim to be leaders in the face of corruption is the collapse of their integrity as human beings; it is intentional deception.  Silence is how the patriarchal structures of domination enforce conformity and compliance, the loyalty that is followership. There are no leaders. Silence is willful ignorance and denial. Silence is the loss of our Sovereignty of Soul and FreedOM of Grace.

The collapse of individual integrity that fails to take responsibility and accountability for the whole has preceded every societal, economic and/or political collapse in human history. We are on the verge of one or more collapse.

Our vote is this choice: Be informed and take responsibility and accountability for your choice, its implications and consequences. We must demand that candidates demonstrate transparency and the integrity, the moral compass and courage required of Leaders.

Since we all co-create life, if WE look the other way and are silent about our elected officials’ support or silence, we ourselves are directly accountable and complicit in what is unfolding as well. Our “playing nice” is abdicating our responsibility as citizens and accountability as human beings. We violate the Constitution. We fail to respect ourselves. We fail the honesty-integrity-decency test as human beings. This is not Leading our Lives. This is cowardice that empowers tyrannical oppression. Leading Life means that we embody and enact moral courage.

We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. ~ Elie Wiesel

Collective Leadership is personal and societal conscience and consciousness in Service to our mutual well-being of Life as Love.  Love is Truth of Spirit: The embodiment of Care, Understanding, Respect, Responsibility, and Accountability; Empathy enacted as Compassion. The public face of Love is Honesty, Morality, Ethics, and Integrity that Stands For our Constitutional Human Rights of Equality, Equity, Shared Power, Justice, Dignity, and Well-being for ALL. This is what it means BE an American and a true patriot.

Leading Life means we take this stand for the common and greatest good: All For One, One For All, ALL IS ONE, no matter the cost. Love always speaks Truth to the abuse of power. The failure to Love is the failure to Lead. Leading as Love means Liberated not liberal.

If you are a DJT/GOP follower, I ask that you think about the implications of what is happening. There is no middle ground. There are no ends justifying the means. No tax cuts. No deregulation. No scores of conservative judges can be worth destroying our democracy and your own loss of humanity. DJT/GOP cannot be taken a la carte. If you support this, you have to take the entire package that includes the hate, division and stoking violence. Your GOP vote validates, endorses and further enables this agenda.  Have the self-respect and Self-Love to not give away your power and integrity as a human being to loyalty to a label. We are known by the company we keep. Lead Your Life.

Our darkness as a nation has been brought to Light. As human beings, it is not only our right but also our moral duty to take part in the shaping of our destiny, to expose and oppose obvious wrongs… Our origin as Love is our Destiny.

For both voters and candidates, this election isn’t about politics. This is about who you are and where you morally stand as citizen and a human being. What are we going to tell our grandchildren, “I didn’t think it mattered”?

YOUR vote Matters Greatly. By not voting you silence yourself in compliance and conformity with the patriarchal abuse of power. Together we send a message and eliminate the false power and narratives of those who devalue, traumatize and dehumanize our hearts and souls because they don’t care about their own. Your vote is a catalyst to create a Wave of Truth of Spirit that unleashes the Power of Love. WE created this by our choices or apathy. Only WE can rectify it. WE must take this first step.

Make YOUR vote count towards a thriving future for everyone in our nation and on this planet. Let us ride this Wave and Bless ourselves with Truth, Sovereignty, FreedOM, and Love.

Leading as Love is Service to Life. Leading is Love in Service to Life. Love Makes a Leader a Leader.