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The Conscious Voter's Guide
...a Unity Perspective by Rev. Alicia-Leslie

Why Vote?
        Galatians 6:7, 10 "Do not be deceived; God is
not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will
also reap. ... So then, as we have opportunity, let us
do good to all men, and especially to those who are of
the household of faith."

        Barbara Marx Hubbard: "Conscious evolution
inspires in us a mysterious and humble awareness
that we have been created by this awesome process
of evolution and are now being transformed by it."
  
         In a Presidential election, campaigns heat up.
Claims and accusations are made. Emotions often
rage. You may feel like going into hiding until it is all
over. But as a responsible citizen of the United States
of America you cannot. Why? Because it is our right
and responsibility to vote. It is our opportunity to
participate in the operation of our government. Don't
just pray, move your feet. VOTE
   
   Some people under the influence of apathy say
that their vote does not matter. It does. While the
Electoral College may cast the actual votes that
declare the President, their decisions are based on
the popular vote of their state. While in theory an
elector can go against this commitment, this is very
rare. Additionally, you will be voting to fill other
important positions. The people you vote for can make
a positive or negative change in your life and our
country. They are the decision makers we have
chosen.

The Consequences of Not Voting
           Mary Crowley:  "We are free up to the point of
choice, then the choice controls the chooser."

            Our first choice is whether or not to vote. If
you do not vote, you put your future in the hands of
those who do vote. Would you let a blind person take
you out for a drive? Would you let a circus clown
perform brain surgery on you? Do we really believe,
as Abraham Lincoln said, that we are a nation of, by
and for the people? If we say that we believe it, we
must do our part. We cannot abdicate our
responsibility to vote.

            Why is it that two thirds of eligible voters do
not vote? For one thing, it is not easy. Oh, it can be
easy if you go unconsciously, ignorantly, or
passionately misinformed to cast your vote. Typically
that would be putting personality before principle.
Laziness causes many people not to vote, and apathy.

            We in the United States of America enjoy
countless benefits of freedom. But there is another
side to the coin. It is responsibility. You are a part of a
greater whole. You are an organ, or a cell in the body,
or collective consciousness that we call American.
Your vote helps determine what that looks like,
whether it is healthy and whole or filled with dis-ease
and broken.

           The laws and programs that will impact our
lives are made and changed by the people we
empower to do so. Even if it does not turn out the way
you wish it had, you did your part, and now can do
your part to hold the feet of those who won the vote to
the fire of accountability.


How To Make A Conscious Decision

Joshua 24:15 "Choose this day who you will serve...as
for me and my house, I shall serve the Lord"

1.       Pray first. Our mind is our connecting link with
God - Spirit - Higher Consciousness. When we turn
first to our higher power, we are more likely to make a
conscious, rather than unconscious choice. Pray with
positive prayer, not begging or coming from fear.

2.       Educate yourself - Pay attention to news
articles, outcomes of debates, and yes, even claims
on the internet, PROVIDED you fact-check everything.
Ask yourself: is this fact or opinion? The following
sites are good sources, but the more important the
issue is, the more thoroughly you should check it out.
Sources: FactCheck.org, Politifact.com,
FactChecker.com

3.       Consider the source - Even news reporters
have conscious or unconscious prejudices and
opinions. Do not draw all of your information from a
single source. Do not become over-involved to the
point that your mind is saturated. The idea is to learn
and sort, not to drown in a sea of information.

4.       Which candidates reflect your own values? Is it
personality that draws you or principle - His or her
charm, or the intelligence and value in his message?
Are you voting a party line because your parents did?
Are you voting for a particular candidate because you
don't want to make another person angry?

5.       Know the Candidate - Is s/he:

a.       Qualified: Equipped, educated and
experienced?

b.      Independent National View with Interdependent
World View - Seeking peace, harmony, prosperity, for
all people everywhere, including but not just the US?

c.       Grounded in Ethics, Character, Values and
Conscience?

d.      Making achievable promises and goals?

e.       Courageous enough to go against special
interest groups and lobbyists?

f.        Honest - What they did in the past, will indicate
the future.

g.       Understanding, Knowledgeable, or Wise?

h.       Diplomatic?

6.       Watch your habitual thoughts. The thoughts we
hold in mind, manifest in and as our lives through the
Law of Mind Action. Are you holding thoughts of fear
or anger against the opposition, or positive thoughts
about the candidate or party you prefer? This will
influence your vote.

How To Know You Made The Right Choice
Jeremiah 33 ... "I will put my law within them, I will
write it on their hearts, and they will be my God, and I
will be their people"

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity: "The test of
Truth is that it satisfies the logic of the mind and the
longing of the heart."

         We all have built-in indicators that let us know
when we are aligned with Truth and when we are not.
We feel it in our gut when we are about to make a bad
decision, whether we listen to the warning or not. In
decision making: One choice gives you a sense of
urgency or anxiety the other gives a feeling of peace.
Go with the feeling of peace.

        Pray before taking action. Expect God to do
something, but do your part. Pray to make the right
choice, adding "This or something better."

        If you feel fear of guilt as you prepare to vote,
you are being manipulated.

The Bottom Line
By right of consciousness, the American people will
elect a person that will draw circumstances, events
and lessons needed for their collective growth. The
primary spiritual law is the Law of Cause and Effect.
The election is a cause sent forth. The result of the
election brings effects of that cause. The lessons can
be painful or positive. Everyone will be affected in one
way or another. Vote!
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