AmeriCAN Series Part 1: Our minds create our lives, organizations, and country

Posted on: July 2nd, 2012 by Laura Palmer 11 Comments

Can you see the beauty in the storm that lit up DC after the recent Supreme Court Opinion on healthcare policy?

Two trees in Old Town, Alexandria experienced Friday night’s swift and mighty storm: One still stands strong while the other was uprooted.

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No doubt, water saturated the ground beneath it, loosening its grip, and it may have also been struck by lightening. However, the other tree was on the same ground, so take a closer look:

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You can see that the integrity was compromised, as there aren’t really many roots, and they were not deeply embedded: too external and too far above the ground.

The day before this storm hit the DC Metro region, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion about an issue that strikes the hearts of most Americans on both sides of the aisle. Major conflicts around our nation’s health and heath care policies were highlighted and ripped open. Immediate reactions from many perspectives were voiced and separatism was magnified.

Shortly after, the shocking storm hit, trees and their branches went flying, lightning struck and the DC Metro was a little ripped open. Mass power outages and safety concerns forced us to turn our attention back to each other for help and also inward to creatively search for solutions to our problems.

Some had no real disruptions and were able to help others who needed some AC and power outlets to charge phones. Some activities were adapted: For example, some didn’t drive or buy gas, which helped to ensure there was enough for those who really needed to drive and also fewer cars to get caught in the detour maze from streets shutdown by the fallen trees. Even if your reason for not driving was just to avoid the mess, the positive affect on others was the same, so send some gratitude to yourself for listening to your inner-wisdom.

The storm also caused a heightened sense of awareness and gratitude for everything on which we depend (including: mobile phones, AC, light, grocery stores, etc.). As humans, we have created numerous, amazing inventions, and it’s interesting that electric power is a major underlying force that gives life to all of our inventions and makes our lives so easy. Yet, we forget this as we go about our day.

We also forget the times humans existed without the inventions and, more importantly, that we actually created them by harnessing our inner-intuitive and creative powers through thought and by connecting to the same force that brought the electricity. Like the fallen tree, there are times when we all get too far removed from our original core.

The storm and its effects remind us of the generating, organizing and distributing power that exists beyond us and within us. Even when our inventions malfunctioned in the wake of the storm, we harnessed the ability to recreate our lives again.

How many reminders do we need for us to remember we have this power?

  • We need it now more than ever as we face issues, such as healthcare, on a national scale.
  • This same power to recreate our lives in the wake of a storm can and must be applied here, too. Just as we had no technological inventions at one time, humans also existed without organized and civilized societies and governments.
  • It’s time to remember that we created the societies and governments as well as the situations that we are experiencing now.
  • Just as we were able to recreate our lives after the storm, we can recreate our social structures, even as they are being ripped open now.
  • We are not victims. We are not stuck. Those are illusions. We create from our beliefs, which can either uproot or ground us:

  • 1) If we hang on to negative illusions, we continue to create more evidence of their “truth” and become uprooted.

    2) If we let our roots go a little further into the ground and create from our true, core belief, which is that we have the power to create positively too, then we will create more and more evidence of this.

    Which tree do you want to be? It’s a choice. Do you want to be an AmeriCAN or an AmericaCAN’T?

    Click Here to Read Part 2

    Related blogs that explain how we create and expand or contract in the face of conflicts can be found here: March 1 and March 9.

    *Laura Palmer obtained her Law Degree and Public Policy master’s from the University of Chicago and is also a certified hypnotherapist. After practicing labor and employment law for several years, which includes a brief stint as political appointee, she now loves to help individuals and leaders of all spectrums expand in the face of conflict by wearing all of her hats, including with hypnosis, as an individual and organizational behavior consultant with Bridgenosis® LLC in the Washington, D.C. Metro. She is eager to engage in an open conversation with Americans, so please post your comments or Facebook page or email her at


    1. Mimi says:

      Great post. It’s inspirational. Sometimes, it takes a lightning strike to motivate us. I especially liked the American or American’t. Clever.


    2. Tom Cooper says:

      I believe that people can achieve far more than we generally perceive, and it’s powerful to help people discover those things.

      It seems to me that many times we don’t consider that we are individually and collectively more powerful than we understand.

      One of the frustrations I have is that we have so little public discourse on topics – more than 10 second soundbites.

      Many of the problems we face are multi-faceted, and nuanced – more than can be expressed in a few seconds.

      What can we do to raise the level of engagement and allow for respectful disagreement?

    3. Dave Deal says:

      With power out all over the region after this past weekend’s intense thunderstorms I was happy to see a giving community at work. When ice became scarce, Harris Teeter arranged for an emergency delivery and limited people to 2 bags free of charge. In my own community a few people had installed backup generators and made it clear that neighbors were free to tap their external outlets.

    4. Laura Palmer says:

      Thank you all for your supportive posts! My series is an attempt to lay the ground work for a more positive and meaningful discussion and thoughts around the conflicts that are surfacing, so I hope you will send it to your networks. The more people we can reach, the better! And, I love the examples of our community automatically coming together. Thank you for sharing. The more we talk about what we are all able and actually doing positively, the more such acts will manifest.

    5. robin says:

      Nice. Thank you.

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