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Alternative healers, spiritual gurus weigh in on VP nominee Palin and the presidential race

Posted Oct 01 2008 5:07pm

In “Obama and the Palin Effect,”Deepak Chopra,MD, inspirational speaker, best-selling author and a leader in forming a bridge between Western medicine and natural healing traditions, writes:

“Sometimes politics has the uncanny effect of mirroring the national psyche even when nobody intended to do that….She [Palin] is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his idealism and turning negativity into a cause for pride. In psychological terms the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight, countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of “the other.” For millions of Americans, Obama triggers those feelings, but they don’t want to express them. He is calling for us to reach for our higher selves, and frankly, that stirs up hidden reactions of an unsavory kind... I recognize that psychological analysis of politics is usually not welcome by the public, but I believe such a perspective can be helpful here to understand Palin’s message. In her acceptance speech Gov. Palin sent a rousing call to those who want to celebrate their resistance to change and a higher vision.” 

Debbie Ford, a transformational life coach and author of five books, including NYT bestsellers, developed the‘Shadow Process’to explore how our shadows -- the disowned parts of ourselves -- affect our relationships, health and ultimately, our success in life, explores the shadows of Palin in her “Shadow Blog:”

“As I've watched the Sarah Palin phenomenon unleash itself on our national airwaves, I've been thinking a lot about her, searching to find what parts of my light and what parts of my darkness she holds. The questions I always ask myself in that search are, "What are the qualities that I am seeing in this person?", "Where am I that?" and "How can I take responsibility for the parts of me that I am seeing in her?" With Sarah Palin, I find myself drawn to her -- her ability to command attention, her sheer determination to get to the top, and her sexy womanish facade that shows us we don't have to give up our sexiness to be powerful and strong in the world. On the other hand, I also find myself sickened by the thought that this woman might have the right to represent me and influence my, my family's, my community's and my country's choices. And most of all, I am appalled that that today, on September 11th, a day when we should all be in mourning and have our attention on those who died in the most horrific terrorist act in American history, our attention instead is turned to the governor of Alaska who until now has kept herself sequestered from the press and chooses to use this most opportune day for her own self-interest. I thought about what kind of person would do that -- smart or manipulative. Either way, I thought I'd give her the attention she is seeking. 

… In this critical time, I invite us all to look not just at Sarah Palin but all our political figures, to find the light that we might have projected, to find our own darkness, and to use what we see not to beat them up but to find a bigger voice, a voice for true change, a voice for moving forward instead of backward, a voice that respects women, all women, and all their choices.” 

Neale Donald Walsh, a “spiritual messenger” and author of the immensely popular “ Conversations with God,” a book which led to a series of books and videos translated into 34 languages and a foundation, has written many articles about religion and politics. While many of his readers have implored him to get back on track and focus on spirituality, Walsh continues to explore the topic of God and politics on hisBeliefNetblog, explaining:

“But let me ask you this...If God should have nothing to do with politics, would it be conversely true that politics should have nothing to do with God? If so, then why all this talk of how Sarah Palin's candidacy has awakened, aroused, and excited the Religious Right?” 

Walsh said Palin’s statement that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a "task that is from God" – is ‘scary.’

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