Yesterday Britain filed for divorce from the European Union, Brexit has been set in motion. Across the “pond in our global village” Donald Trump too is very busy unraveling years of progress made by others.

As a shamanic teacher it is my belief that we human beings are all teachers for each other – but often both parties are not aware of this! Therefore I have been asking myself the following question: What are Trump’s Teachings? Those may well be teachings he is utterly unaware of – but teachings on the global stage nevertheless…

When we, collectively do NOT do our shadow work – meaning that we do not own our dark side (the parts of ourselves we are ashamed of hide from view) we are actively creating a powerful vacuum that someone will step into. In that sense “we have ALL created the Trump phenomenon”, the Shadow Leader, the Nightmare Politician, all of us together.  World history has already served up this lesson many times (think of world war II and how no parent today calls their newborn baby boy Adolf). Did we listen? Did we learn?

Trump is teaching us how NOT to be a true Elder of the Community passing on the hard-earned knowledge and wisdom of our ancestors. This is a lesson we badly need in Western society. We are youth-obsessed and old age-phobic. Maybe a few years of Trump will mean learning (urgently, for once and for all!) why indigenous peoples have Elders and why they play such a crucial role as leaders of their villages and communities?!

I have read articles claiming that Trump displays telltale signs of “narcissistic personality disorder”. If this is so (and medically speaking the diagnosis has not been made), isn’t he mirroring our own self-obsession right back at us? We have, frankly, never had it so good in Western Society. And we have never complained more, ignored issues of global importance in favor of our own lifestyle, personal luxuries and comforts. So yeah, sooner or later we will have a world leader who embodies those values. Are we willing to look in this brutal mirror?!

If Trump, as a man in power, will not model the Healthy Masculine, we women have only one option: accessing and activating the healthy masculine within ourselves. (This is a big theme on all courses I teach right now on two continents, Europe and the USA).

As for men: hopefully they too see clearly what is not working and they will conclude that “Male Medicine” is leadership from a place of integrity and spiritual maturity, always in service to the Highest Good for All. It’s not unlike abolishing slavery: it takes both a higher level of awareness and activism, but it is not impossible. American history proves this!!

If we cannot trust decisions made on our behalf on a global level (the level of world politics) it seems to me we have only one option: taking our power back and putting our focus on building strong and healthy local communities.

If we no longer believe in the decisions made about Education for instance, we may need to look at home schooling and local apprenticeships for young people.

If Trump abolishes “Obamacare” (and here in the UK we are rapidly dismantling the NHS or the National Health Service) I see all of us being forced to make a move back to cheaper and safer medicine such as herbalism, homeopathy and shamanic healing. (Personally I’d prefer not to lose mainstream medical care altogether, it has its uses!)

Last but not least…

If we cancel all measures protecting the environment it seems to me that the Earth will survive and cleanse herself through earthquakes and tsunamis – but the ultimate loser will be the human race. Plants and animals will adapt, given the truly vast time scales of geological Earth Time. However human beings might not make it. And would that be bad news for our planet?!

Actually I think so… because Mother Earth herself wishes to evolve and I believe that she is doing so through her relationship with the whole Web of Life – the human life form not prioritized over all other life forms. Our Mother does not want any of her children to die but, like human mothers, she gives her teenagers and young adolescents space (and says a heartfelt prayer).

To sum things up: I think we have  a powerful Teacher “on stage” and on our screens. (Trump is not alone, obviously there are many politicians on stage right now!)

The question is not: what is he doing? The real question is: what are we going to do about this? How are we going to respond?

Do we, perhaps, hold the Trump Card?!

Imelda Almqvist

About the author:
Imelda Almqvist’s book Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit For Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages) was published by Moon Books on 26th August 2016.  She is based in London,UK and teaches shamanism and sacred art internationally.