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Transpartisan Nation-Part II

conflict-300x202.jpgIs the transpartisan strategy the way forward?

There was once a man who set off to change the world, then discovered he didn’t have enough power to change the world.  So he decided to change the country...but again failed.  So he decided to change his own community with no more luck.  He returned home to change his family, who resisted all attempts.  He decided to change himself...and succeeded!  

As a result, his family was transformed, and that spilled out into his community. His community became a role model for other communities in the country, which was positively changed.  And as his country shifted priorities and policies, the world was changed.  

We started this conversation three weeks ago in Transpartisan Nation Part 1. Questions we asked on that show included, “Can we let go of the point-scoring, win/lose paradigm?  Can we trust each other, provide compassion instead of competition and control our fear long enough to be the change we seek?”

In this blog and corresponding radio show, we explore how does one becometranspartisan” and what does this really mean?  Let’s start with what Coffee Party means by transpartisan.

Transpartisan / Independence

We engage in political and social bridge-building for the sake of finding solutions to common problems, working above and beyond ideological dogmas, putting the country first. (from Coffee Party Core Values informed by the work of CitizenNow)

How does transpartisan forward the the action of seeking common solutions?

  • creates a safe space to explore differences
  • no one party is always right
  • no one party is always wrong
  • evidence based facts and metrics
  • challenge ideas not the person i.e. name calling is out, denigration/dehumanisation is out and mutual respect (civility) is in.

We asked ourselves how might we move from polarization to shared outcomes?  From disengagement with each other to engagement and results?

Stepping Stones from Disengagement to Engagement
  • we can't hear each otherwe can hear but do not understand (controlled narrative, talking points, code words)
  • we can understand but not discuss (blame or ridicule)
  • we can discuss without blaming (empathy)
  • we can hear each other (compassion)
  • we can problem solve together
You might recall trying to share an experience with someone, and they simply cannot understand.  Or you really love a family member or friend...but just can’t talk about certain topics.  Which stepping stone would you be experiencing?

Just as the man who wanted to change the world failed until he changed himself, how might we each, individually, need to change?  What is the attitude, emotion and actions of people who work (or play) together?  

We referred to the Abrahams/Hicks emotional scale.  Abraham-Hicks has come up with a sequence of emotions that will help us work from feeling bad to feeling better about whatever we are experiencing. What do you normally experience when you are engaging in political action?  If you find where you are emotionally on the scale, you can then look for and practice thoughts that feel just a tad bit better. In other words, we only move up or down, one step at a time.  It can take seconds or months.  Practice allows us to shift quicker.  Here’s the scale:

  1. Joy/Appreciation/Empowered/Freedom/Love
  2. Passion
  3. Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness
  4. Positive Expectation/Belief
  5. Optimism
  6. Hopefulness
  7. Contentment
  8. Boredom
  9. Pessimism
  10. Frustration/Irritation/Impatience
  11. Overwhelm
  12. Disappointment
  13. Doubt
  14. Worry
  15. Blame
  16. Discouragement
  17. Anger
  18. Revenge
  19. Hatred/Rage
  20. Jealousy
  21. Insecurity/Guilt/Unworthiness
  22. Fear/Grief/Depression/Despair/Powerlessness

What are the emotions of transpartisanship?  Our supposition is that transpartisan conversations become available when we reach contentment and higher, because that is where we are “safe” enough to engage.   

So when you engage in political conversations, activism or even comment on Facebook posts, what is your emotion? Anger?  Blame? Optimism? How do you change your emotion or mood? How long does it take? 

At the end of the day, wherever you are on the path to a transpartisan lifestyle, you are fine. Keep exercising the muscle that will move you up the levels of the emotional scale and up the levels of engagement. Exercise gratitude when people show you that you have stumbled. Exercise humility when you dust yourself off. Apologize if needed. And stay on the path. This republic’s democracy is counting on you.

Join us today for a BIG topic of transpartisanship and our role in creating our future.

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commented 2014-01-16 21:34:46 -0500 · Flag
I am SO excited and inspired to read this post, thank you so much. I have been actively seeking a more harmonious/less belligerent way to think about and participate in progressive politics, which I enjoy, but become discouraged by overly partisan rage. …It seems trans-partisanship is it, thank you!

Furthermore, I actually write a popular Law of Attraction expert informational website, and am very familiar with Abraham-Hicks, but surprisingly (to me) had never really considered applying the principals directly to politics and political communications — thank you so much for opening my eyes to that connection! I am thrilled to have a new way of marrying two of my interests!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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