This week’s blog post focuses on political apathy, and why being uninvolved is not an option.

“You can’t ignore politics, no matter how much you’d like to.”  ~Molly Ivins

I received an email the other day. It read: “I really wish you would stay out of American politics Ainslie!!!”

I have no plans to stay out of politics. Spirituality and politics are inseparable, and I believe it’s incumbent upon old souls to be involved, and not allow younger, less experienced souls to run the country and its institutions.

This month in my SoulWorld® Community membership program, we’re exploring politics. And how the soul’s journey, which takes it from a place of fear to one of love, shapes our social and political views.

I’m a political animal. I take an interest in politics because I see it as an opportunity to make a positive difference in the world. It’s in my life plan, the blueprint my soul created for this life.

I’m also a spiritually focused old soul, acting as an ambassador for the values expressed by my Spirit Guides (the kind of thing I’ve shared in both of my books).

I’m here in this lifetime to contribute in my own small way to the betterment of society. I want to reach the end of this life and look back on it with a sense of accomplishment—that I left the world a little better for having been here.

In the US, the political system is flawed and corrupt. The machines that count the vote can be opened with the key from a hotel mini bar and hacked within minutes. And the corporate influence over most candidates should require them to wear logos on their suits.

Faced with a system that causes them to feel powerless, almost half the population struggles with political apathy, and doesn’t even bother to vote. And who can blame them. As a friend of mine says, “It only encourages them.”

A lot of old souls have another reason for not voting. As a spiritual person, they feel politics is not something that interests them. Yet spirituality and politics are inseparable.

Sure, you can climb a mountain and spend your life in meditation, blissfully separating yourself from the rest of humanity. It’s your choice. But is that really spiritual?

Quick—name three great spiritual leaders! How’s about Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, and Jesus? What do these three individuals have in common? I’ll give you a clue—it’s not political apathy.

Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, and Jesus were all deeply spiritual beings. And they were major forces for social change. How different would our world be if these old souls had shrugged their shoulders in the face of injustice and said, “I’m not really interested in politics”?

Right now in America, Donald Trump, is galvanizing disaffected younger souls with a message of racism, division, and hatred. His rallies are regularly marred by outbreaks of violence from his supporters, who feel empowered by Trump’s encouragement to “Knock the crap out of them.” Sadly, many older, more spiritual souls look at this ugly behavior and feel helpless and overwhelmed.

I think of the current political situation in the US as a runaway train. We can sit back pretending nothing is happening, and justify our inaction by claiming that we’re helpless. We can look out the window with disinterest. But when the train jumps the rails, we’re going to suffer along with everyone else.

If we take initiative, however, and join with others to pull the brake and slow down the train, then it will benefit everyone.

Whether we choose to be a part of the political process or not is entirely up to us. We all have free will. It’s a question of choice.

But it’s important to be aware, when making our choice, that we’re all on this train whether we like it or not.

Practical spirituality is all about improving the lot of others. Can you be a truly spiritual person without applying your spiritual awareness in some way? I don’t believe you can.

You don’t (as my Spirit Guides frequently remind my clients) have to be Mother Teresa to make a difference. But there is a spiritual imperative to help create a better world. It may be something monumental like saving orphans in Uganda, or it may be as simple as standing up against a small injustice at work.

As an old soul, it’s incumbent upon you to act from a place of love as much and as often as you possibly can. Ignoring what’s happening in the outside world, while an understandable coping mechanism, is political apathy, with fear at the root. Being informed, and helping to make this world a better place is acting from a place of love. And when you take action, it creates a sense of empowerment. It is, of course, your choice.

My choice is this: I will stand up for what’s right, and add my voice and my vote (however cynical I may be about whether or not it gets counted) to support political and social change, in the hope that it will help create a better world for my fellow souls.

I will speak my truth as I see it, and I will not sit idly by while the sociopathic, damaged soul Donald Trump and his cohorts bring Fascism to the US. (And yes, I used the “F” word.)

Your soul came here to walk the path of love. I encourage you to be involved, to join me in standing up for higher values like peace, freedom, and love, and bring your efforts to create a ripple effect for good.

We live in an imperfect system but, as my Spirit Guides say, “It’s not meant to be this way. It wasn’t always this way. And it won’t always be this way.

Keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.”  ~Molly Ivins