Is unconditional love in politics an oxymoron?
I SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES
1 SPIRITUALITY AND POLITICS
It’s possible to be both spiritual and political.
This is still a relatively primitive world in terms of spiritual, emotional, and intellectual development. Realizing this can help us have accurate expectations and no longer be surprised by bad behavior, allowing us to be more compassionate and less outraged.
Non-attachment is a key to unconditional love.
4 TRUTH, LOVE, AND BEAUTY
Truth sets us free. There is no truth without love and beauty; these are the three inextricable forces underlying the cosmos.
Rules are training wheels that can help keep us upright but only wisdom can guide us to making the best possible choices.
Humanity is inevitably awakening; we can choose to make it easier or harder.
II RIGHT OR LEFT?
This symbol illustrates the symbiotic relationship between right and left.
8 FEMININE AND MASCULINE
Feminine/masculine correlate with yin/yang and can help further illuminate the relationship between right and left.
9 THE MICHAEL TEACHINGS
Roles and overleaves also help explain people’s draw to the left or right.
We all want freedom, although the right and left see it in different terms. Our challenge is to find the sweet spot where there is maximum freedom for all.
III TRANSCENDING DARKNESS
When we face our shadows, we stop projecting them onto others.
Learning to handle anger skillfully would help humanity advance more quickly.
13 RESIST NOT EVIL
Evil cannot be destroyed; it can only be integrated and healed.
14 BEYOND DOCTRINE
Doctrine can offer starting points for looking at the world, but if rigidly adhered to, it blocks solutions.
IV A BETTER WORLD
15 HEALING DIVISIVENESS
Simply listening to those with differing views can help neutralize conflict. Communicating our views without attacking and not reacting to others’ attacks are also keys.
Could a politician practice unconditional love (and truth) and be successful?
17 CO-CREATING OUR FUTURE
Left and right must work together to create a better future. We cannot control the choices of others, but we can love unconditionally to the best of our ability. That is the greatest contribution we can make.
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