“We don’t have to hate Donald Trump to stop his rise to power.”

Cover of A Course in MiraclesD. Patrick Miller, publisher of Fearless Books, this morning released a personal essay on the subject of Donald Trump which I consider immensely valuable and well worth the time (approximately 35 minute) to read. Basing his reflections on the teachings of A Course in Miracles, Miller begins with the observation that it is almost certainly true that The Donald is a narcissistic sociopath, then he applies the principles of psychology taught in the Course to an understanding of how to deal spiritually with such individuals.

Essentially, Miller cautions us not to overlook the fact that in exhibiting these undesirable traits, Trump is in some deep and important ways reflecting us back to ourselves. He writes, “It’s…important to realize that, no matter how much one may dislike Trump or fear his potential power, neither he nor his fans constitute an “other” who must be destroyed, persecuted, or walled-off (as he threatens to do to his own perceived enemies). That can never work because they are part of us, and for better or worse, we share one mind.” He goes on to explain, “I don’t mean this in a metaphysical way. I mean that any society or culture collectively represents all the beliefs and attitudes of the individuals who comprise it. Just like any individual constantly experiences a huge range of thoughts, from bitter and demonic to loving and selfless, so does a society. Donald Trump currently embodies an especially unhealthy aspect of our society’s thinking — and that aspect clearly threatens our overall well-being.”

And so, as with all problems, the attempted rise to power by the Trump community has a spiritual root and calls for a spiritual solution.

As hard as this idea is to swallow, it has a ring of truth about it. At the very least, it represents a fresh way of looking at Trump that prevents us from acting in ways that are contradictory to our spiritual beliefs. If we can see our way clear to adopting that attitude, we can maintain our integrity in the face of one for whom the very word integrity has a radically different definition from ours.

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