What is it about Donald Trump that triggers such a strongly negative reaction in certain people?
Why are they so appalled by his words and actions? Why do they get so infuriated at his supporters’ inability to see through him?
The answer is that Donald Trump upsets old souls in the deepest way possible—by violating the ten core values to which all souls, not just old ones, aspire.
Described as core values, paths, and goals, these ten principles guide every soul’s behavior. A core value such as love is eventually embodied as a result of walking the path of love which, in turn, leads to the goal of love.
Over the span of many lifetimes, your soul’s journey takes it to an awareness that we’re all connected—that no soul is better or worse—that everyone deserves to be treated with compassion and respect.
At roughly halfway through his journey, and suffering from severe personality disorders, Donald Trump is about as disconnected from that understanding as is possible.
It’s important to state that the purpose of this article is not to bash Donald Trump, but to help better understand him, and the effect he has on others.
In many ways, he is someone to be pitied—a broken soul. Unfortunately, like many spiritually blocked, ego-driven leaders who’ve gone before, the potential for him to inflict damage on others is virtually unlimited.Trump offends spiritually conscious older souls in all ten of the soul's core values. Click To Tweet
To understand why his words and actions are so offensive to so many, it’s important to understand what those core values are.
Equality: No soul is intrinsically better or lesser than any other. Donald Trump’s inability to recognize that all souls are equal is demonstrated in is comments about Mexicans being rapists, as well as in his hiring of Steve Bannon, a white supremacist as an advisor, and his choice of Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions as attorney general. Sessions’ own challenge seeing the worth in everyone has led to a pretty shameful record of opposition to such things as same-sex marriage and voting rights.
Cooperation: All souls are meant to work together. This means sharing our wealth and resources. Not, for example, pushing a budget that would, if Trump has his way, increase his wealth by millions at the expense of those at the lowest end of the income scale. Of course, he did warn us: “I like money. I’m very greedy. I’m a greedy person.” His words.
Respect: Old souls have learned through experience that all humans, regardless of gender, are worthy of respect. Trump, however, like many male young souls, sees women as inherently inferior to men. His comment, “Grab them by the pussy,” is not just a sign of disrespect. It reveals a hatred of women (and would have been enough to sink his political ambitions in a more spiritually mature society).
Justice: Lifetimes of draconian punishments, false accusations, and traumatic executions teach the soul about the importance of justice. When five black and Hispanic teenagers were falsely accused of raping a woman in New York’s Central Park in 1989, Trump took out newspaper ads demanding they be executed. After DNA evidence proved their innocence, Trump not only refused to apologize, but also doubled down on his original accusations.
Knowledge: Every old soul knows the importance of knowledge and a good education. Trump’s hiring of Betsy DeVos as education secretary is appalling for many reasons, not least of which is her desire to destroy public education to promote for-profit schools. That she bought her way into the job (with her family’s massive donations to the Republican party), despite having absolutely no knowledge of the world of education makes this one doubly offensive to old souls.
Understanding: We’re all here to develop a deeper understanding of one another. Over millennia, we develop empathy to enable us to put ourselves in others’ shoes. Trump’s empathy is blocked by his narcissism. After mercilessly mocking disabled reporter, Serge Kovaleski, he denied ever doing so, which leads us to…
Truth: Honesty is of vital importance to old souls. It takes many lifetimes to develop the ability to sniff out BS, and that’s why Trump’s lies are so offensive. No one saw “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating the events of 9-11, but Trump swears he did. If your 5-year old told whoppers like this, you’d send him to his room. On the campaign trail, Trump promised there would be no cuts to Medicaid. Now he’s in the White House, he wants to cut it by $800 billion. That’s “billion” with a “b.”
Freedom: After lifetimes of economic disempowerment, slavery, imprisonment, and lack of opportunity, old souls want maximum freedom. This includes freedom of the press, something Trump has undermined by accusing the media of being “fake news,” and allowing Russia’s press into a White House meeting, while locking out the US media.
Peace: Death on the battlefield, starvation, displacement, and hands-on experience of all the other effects of war have taught old souls how important it is for all of us to live together in harmony. On his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest funder of ISIS, and a country that still executes gays, did Trump promote peace, or stand up for LGBTQ, rights? No. He sold the Saudi government weapons.
Love: The ultimate goal of every soul (and the value most treasured by old souls) is love. On a personal level, Trump has cheated on his spouses, and displays an almost reptilian degree of warmth towards his current wife. On a macro-level, Trump seems to simply hate people. His supporters are treated as mugs to be used to his advantage, while he has amassed a fortune with no regard for the wellbeing of his staff or contractors, stiffing them out of millions of dollars.
It’s hard for many young souls to understand the negative emotional, and even visceral, reactions that old souls go through when they hear Donald Trump speak, or why they view his behavior with disdain, and his motives with suspicion. Without the necessary lifetimes of experience, it’s difficult for them to see through the lies and flimflam.
As a spiritually conscious person, it’s important for you to stand up for those higher values that are the sign of an old soul. And it’s incumbent upon you to model the ten core values as an example to those who have still to learn how to embody them. Because, unfortunately, it appears they’re not going to learn them from watching the president.
As an old soul I have a different perspective on Trump. I see him as a vehicle for change that could not possibly have taken place had Hillary Clinton become president. He is a wrecking ball who is ripping apart the structure of both political parties. They are both equally rife with corruption and old ways that do not serve any of us anymore. From total chaos comes an opportunity for real change. Being a libertarian I voted for the libertarian candidate who I realized had no chance of winning but I supported him nonetheless as those are the ideals I embrace. True individual freedom and no engagements in foreign wars. Self defense, yes, but that should be the extent of it. That being said, I realized the importance of Trump being elected in that i feel that total disruption of the systems is the only way for real change to happen. As far as him personally, he serves a purpose that only a man of his outrageous and destructive character could. I am excited that this will produce real change in many ways.
I have felt the same. We don’t change unless we need to.
Thank you Sylvia as I feel so much of the way you do. At the same time, I can hardly stand to see him or hear him talk. I also sometimes wonder if I am crazy to believe we needed such a drastically destructive character to enable this change but my soul always says, “Yes, this is the path to a more enlightened society.”
Thank you, Sylvia! I have often felt the same way. As much as I detest Trump, I feel that Hillary would have been worse simply because she would continue to do what has always been done.
I’m glad to hear that I’m not alone.
Ummm that didn’t happen last time around when Hitler behaved in similar manner. I see no reason to believe change will magically happen. Indeed it seems that Trump’s supporters are emboldened and encouraged to express all that is reprehensible in the leader. This is a sad sad time.
Much of what you say is true. It is not a peaceful way, but then this all is an illusion. The ignorance I think has been buried and shared by all for some time. This brings that shared ignorance to the surface for healing, and forgiveness. I think we will see many perish from war and decimation that may soon come. Remembering that we are souls having a human experience and beings of peace and love… blessings
I agree with you… an old soul will see deeper. They are not hating anyone or getting angry with anyone, doesn’t matter political side. An old soul would have emphathy even for people they dislike.
That makes so much sense! My husband has questioned why I am so repulsed by Trump and I’ve struggled to verbalize EXACTLY what annoys and sickens me to my core about him. You crystallized my feelings perfectly. So, I’m printing this post on actual paper so my husband will actually read it and sharing it with him. Thank you for helping so many of us understand why our reactions to him (I can barely type his name) are so intense.
Thank you, Kathy. I’m happy the article resonates for you.
All that Trump is is written on his face. It seems amazing to me that his supporters cannot read that face – and that voice! Even watching him on the news here in the UK, I feel revulsion. And yet somehow I pity his supporters. I hope their time to do damage to the world is limited.
We have to keep reminding ourselves that younger souls are still learning.
Hi! I suppose what saddens me the most and presents a greater challenge of maintaining my aura of unconditional love is just how many people support our current administration seemingly no matter what.I have all of the visceral reactions described and know that I need to step up my game to be a better example that all of my lifetimes have bequeathed. I have found that Love can spring easily from the sadness of the big picture when I can smile and hug what is right in front of me.
I agree. Important to model old-soul values.
or …. maybe …… “in the last days the anti-Christ will come”
I can’t abide him. I feel repulsed when I see and hear him.
I can’t help but wonder about the silver lining in all this… (I try to make lemonade a lot.)
What if his presence is such a disturbance to the energy we have created to bring him here that the only way to balance things is through him… (not with him), but because he’s such a disaster that people / humanity will collectively decide love must win…?
I don’t know when that would shift, because there is still so much infighting amongst even the opposition, but maybe it’s worth considering…?
Great discussion! My mother and I were discussing this just yesterday. What is his purpose? I have wondered if his purpose is to disrupt so much and raise our awareness of so many injustices. He infuriates me to my core and I truly cannot understand how anyone can stand behind him. But is his purpose to raise our consciousness as a whole? I also struggle with those who wholeheartedly defend him. I know people who are Republican who agree that he’s a jerk. But then there are some who are just blind to him. They persecute others who would do the same but when Trump does it-it’s okay?? I also can’t imagine how evangelical Christians would embrace him. I have heard that some are struggling with this. All that he stands for/represents is so counter to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Thank you for posting this! I love the insight that your provided and it really does help me understand my negative feelings toward him.
Amazing how he cons the younger souls despite his blatant hypocrisy. I’ll continue posting on the subject.
It has been so difficult for me to watch this despicable person spit on every value that I hold dear and try to incorporate into my every living moment. I have had to develop a method of clearing my heart and mind on a regular basis from the way he affects me so that I rise above it all and continue to choose to live the life that can be an example to my children and those around me, but I am feeling drained from the effort. I am finding that I want to be surrounded by kindred souls who are experiencing this same challenge. Thank you for your insights, the only thing that has always helped me not only with Trump but always in my life has been humor, so I strive to laugh as much as possible and I will confess that this involves many videos of cute puppies doing funny things but whatever I need to get through this I will do. Light and Love to all.
Humor is a great way to stay sane in a crazy world!