By KATE JEGEDE
Well, not quite, but I have taken the step of revisiting the somewhat cautious optimism I felt at his election victory back in 2016 and come up with a persuasive “New Thought” perspective on why a Trump presidency is far more useful than it may at first appear.
I was on vacation with my husband back in November 2016 when Donald Trump won the US Presidential race. I remember we were lying in bed, awake all night, watching the results pour in. Dej who disliked Clinton’s support for legislation authorizing the Iraq War was a Trump supporter, whilst I (grudgingly, after the way the Democrats had treated Bernie) was team Hillary. As it became clear that Trump would win, I started to feel that this outcome might have something positive and meaningful to teach us, US citizens and observers alike.
Today, I feel exactly the same. I should mention here that this piece doesn’t make some thinly veiled attempt to denigrate Trump, and doesn’t attempt to endorse him. This is a New Thought opinion piece, which means I won’t be sharing my personal views on Trump’s performance or policies. With a New Thought perspective, we are given the opportunity to look beyond the surface of things and potentially discover some hidden message, some hidden lesson, or some deeper hidden truth. On that basis, I firmly believe that Trump’s role is ultimately for our good.
President Trump is unlike any other world leader of recent times, certainly no one else in his position has evoked such powerful visceral reactions, (whether you’re for or against him), neither has any challenged us to take back control over our lives so forcefully or quickly, by shaking the systems of security that we have all come to rely on so heavily. In fact whichever side of the argument you land on, President Trump has led the United States and by extension the world into uncharted territory.
Famed mystic Neville Goddard often spoke in his lectures, about the importance of our reactions to the conditions and circumstances of life, most notably that “the sum total of these reactions defines the individual’s state of consciousness,” and that “it is the individual’s state of consciousness that attracts the situations and circumstances of his life.” And so in practical terms, “the starting point of true metaphysics… is self-observation in order to discover one’s reactions to life, reactions that form one’s secret self – the cause of the phenomena of life.”
Who we are in consciousness is evidenced by our circumstances, our actions, our possessions, and our interactions with others. In actuality this means that if, for instance, you’re conscious of being lovely you’ll not only have lovely experiences, but also some unlovely ones too. The lovely experiences don’t solely reflect your consciousness of awareness back to you, rather they work in concert with the unlovely experiences, which serve to prove or disprove – depending upon your reaction to them – that you truly are who you are conscious of being. You may not believe this, but it is certainly worth investigating.
In this example, one must turn to the psychology of Trump’s presidency, not the symptoms of it in order to learn its hidden lesson. To focus solely on President Trump’s failings or, to blame him for the misbehaviour of others, misses the point. Whatever you may feel about him personally he is playing his part with impunity and it is with proportionate courage, passion, and determination that we should approach our response to this for the next four or eight years.
The Trump presidency is undeniably a catalyst for change, but more importantly it’s a catalyst for positive change because ultimately our challenges are for our good in a gold-being-purified-by-fire sort of way.
We can all agree that President Trump is an intriguing personality who has demonstrated an unprecedented amount of humanness, either good or bad depending on your point of view. To me this means that he is probably far more reachable and less autonomous than the general consensus suggests. The fact that he is less ideological and capable of changing his views can be seen as a positive.
For those familiar with New Thought concepts of mind metaphysics this is not as peculiar as it sounds. Some have already demonstrated that they believe in the possibility of mentally influencing others and that they have done so in this very instance. Remember James J. O’Meara? He’s the separatist leader who famously hijacked Neville Goddard’s powerful thoughts become things philosophy and characterised it as the secret to Trump’s success.
With President Trump in office, Americans and others alike have a unique opportunity to learn about inner strength, to grow as communities, and to overcome division by learning to become indifferent to anything that repudiates these things.
Now, under no circumstances am I diminishing the negative impact of insufficient healthcare, the stress of an immigration dispute, the reduction of one’s civil rights, abuses of power, or the frustration of a low income, but I am suggesting that without the need for external agency, every individual can bring to mind some particular personal challenging circumstance (preferably one they feel is worse or new under Trump), observe their reactions to this circumstance and completely change it for the better by becoming indifferent to it. And this equally applies to those who are in full support of the President.
There is a very simple method provided by Neville Goddard, which you can read more about in his lecture Fundamentals available online. I can attest to its truth and potency. Try it and see.
How these changes come into effect we’re not to concern ourselves with, but we should instead take the courageous step of believing that it can be so.
I’ve worked with the Metropolitan Police Service in the UK both as a documentary film researcher and as an administrative assistant within the force itself and throughout my time with the force (an agency routinely accused of hostility towards people like me), I was highly regarded and well liked. I also made wonderful friends.
Why? Simply because I reacted as one who is conscious of being highly regarded and well liked and completely indifferent to anything to the contrary. The circumstances and the people around me automatically bore witness to my consciousness of being.
When we turn our perspective inward to observe and alter our reactions to life, engage with the events that confirm our highest ideals and become indifferent to those that contradict them, we’re able to access our human similitudes and commonalities.
And yes, I am staking my claims about President Trump from a safe distance but that makes no difference to the fact that our reactions to life determine the circumstances of it.
Whether President Trump achieves his objective to Make America Great Again remains to be seen, but from a New Thought point of view, every individual American or not, can starting now use this unique opportunity to achieve greatness within themselves.
Kate Jegede is a British television presenter and author with a background in science. She was first introduced to metaphysics as a teenager by her mother, a former yoga teacher and education specialist. She developed a penetrating and enduring fondness for the self-empowering teachings of Neville Goddard, and remains just as steadfastly devoted to spreading his message today. Her book on Goddard will be published by Tarcher Perigee in 2018. After completing her studies, Kate moved to Switzerland to work at the World Health Organization, developing educational resources for rural communities in Sub-Saharan African. In addition to her academic science career, Kate has worked with the BBC Science Unit and BBC Radio Oxford, and served as news editor of the international journal Africa Health, for whom she has conducted research trips, helping set up a learning resources and study center at one of Nigeria’s forefront teaching hospitals. She has been published in the internationally acclaimed science journal, Nature. Kate has also presented two science series aimed at young adults for Channel 4 in the UK, earning a BAFTA nomination. She lives in London.