Deeply Challenged

I’d like to start by saying it doesn’t matter who you voted for in the 2016 election. I recently joked, “Half the country thinks we’ll go to hell if one candidate gets elected, and the other half thinks we will go to hell if the other does.” Little did I know just how accurate that statement would turn out to be, nor just how divided we appear to have become as a nation.

The statement “it doesn’t matter who you voted for” seems an apt beginning for this blog because it reflects just one of the many ways I am deeply challenged today. In keeping with my promise to always be transparent, open, and honest – I admit I can be as guilty of being polarized as those I may criticize. Self-awareness isn’t always an easy thing for the ego to stomach.

I’m here feeling some deeply visceral emotions and being challenged to the core to put my spiritual beliefs into practice. I am also being called to go even deeper because I recognize that my core spiritual beliefs aren’t shared by everyone. And what we need now more than ever is connection, not division.

How can I proclaim to believe everything happens for the highest good of all and simultaneously feel deep depression and grief at a President-elect I did not choose? How can I stay connected to my brothers and sisters who are celebrating a victory today instead of mourning a loss? How do I straddle the chasm between those who strongly believe one way and those who believe another?

Most importantly, how can I remember that we are all one? How can I keep from getting sucked into the energy of sadness, fear, separation or anger? How can I stay centered?

I AM being deeply challenged. And for this I am deeply grateful.

I am grateful for my awareness which helps me restrain from bringing my own preconceived notions, beliefs and thoughts into contribution of a divisive discourse. I am thankful for the reminder to return to my essence and the basic message with which I started awakeninginlove: “Let’s join together in the movement to awaking into the Divinity of Love and awareness of our connection with All That Is, the I AM.”

The I am that I AM right now IS deeply challenged to remember this message. Facebook posts are replete with comments full of either glee, shock, disappointment, fear, bewilderment, celebration, remorse, sadness … etc. This forum presents a tangible temptation to separate ourselves further into “us” and “them.” Seemingly logical arguments from both extremes are filled with emotional sentiment.

In the midst of all this, there are a few voices reminding us to return to heart-centered consciousness. There are a handful of reminders to stay curious and non-reactive. There are calls for us to join together and unite.

But this unification must not be a fight. We have had enough division. We must seek to find ways to communicate and to encourage one another to remember a core component of most of the great religions and spiritual teachings of this world is UNITY.

I want my voice to be a call for the remembrance of our shared humanity and a plea to love as our highest and truest most universal law. Return to love and remember collectively it is our day-to-day choices and how we treat each other that ultimately will make this world a better place.

Whether you voted for Clinton, Trump, a 3rd party candidate — or choose not to vote at all — whether you are in celebration or mourning at the results of the 2016 United States Presidential Election … you have the opportunity to make a difference in your world. Right here, right now.

Choose love.


As always, thank you for being a part of my journey. I share freely so that I may assist those who can relate to what I’m saying. We are not alone — each connected to one another in our own unique and individual ways, a part of a greater cosmos beyond understanding. I am committed to this connection — to unity, to growth, and to love. This, I know.

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Shannon Crane