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Nov 10, 2008 12:13 amI Am SO Proud to Be an American Tonight#

Marilyn Jenett
Feel Free to Prosper Newsletter - I Am SO Proud to Be an American Tonight

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Marilyn Jenett
I Am SO Proud to Be an American Tonight
Wow, did I open a can of worms and push some intense buttons when I posted a message on a women's business network on election day (prior to the voting results).
The initial replies to my post were appreciative and supportive, but suddenly there were some very caustic replies and it was obvious that those readers just didn't "get it" - the intention of my message.  My post was NOT intended to be a political one. However, it soon turned into a political thread with lots of crossfire. I was not involved in the crossfire - I did however return to post a couple of more messages to attempt to return peace to the thread and to further clarify my initial meaning. But would you believe - they're still at it?
I cannot help but wonder if you, my subscriber, will "get it" and understand the true source of my pride. It will be interesting to see any responses to this issue, if any.
Without further ado, here is my initial post as well as the ones I posted in reply to the offended readers...it's not necessary to include their posts here and you would have to join that other network to read them. I think you will be able to intuit what I was responding to. But the purpose of this issue is to see if can offer the value to you that I intended without any political provocation...
Posted before the election results...
I Am So Proud to Be an American Tonight
I am so proud of Americans and this country tonight.
It's not about the winner of this historical election.
I am proud because it has been just a mere 145 years since Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and 143 years since the Constitution abolished slavery. And in that short span of time, the citizens of this country have put aside racism and its traumatic consequences and have evolved to the point of considering, nominating and potentionally electing an African American to be President of this country.
I am certainly not an historian, but I doubt that such a quantum leap in consciousness has taken place in such a short duration of time in history.
Even as late as the 50s and 60s a mindset remained and atrocities experienced that would have precluded a black from becoming the U.S. President.
I am proud of Americans tonight.
Whether or not Obama wins the Presidency, African American children have just entered an entirely new world of opportunity and will grow up in a much greater society and world than their parents did.
I am proud of Americans tonight.
My Reply #1

Please don't distort my statements. I never wrote "145 years of oppression."
I suggest you read more carefully.
Your statements would appear to mean that you would prefer to live in a time when blacks had no freedom or opportunity in this country. When blacks and whites could not share a restroom or even a restaurant or a white child could not bring her black friend into her home. Or lynching and attacks were commonplace.
Is that what you would prefer to the consciousness of our country at this moment?
You can focus on the cup half full or the cup half empty. Perhaps if you lived in those past times, you would better understand the point. It's not about the politics. It's about our nation's willingness to overcome faulty conditioning and beliefs. The election was just the avenue of expression - and impact.
Speaking of which, I just heard that Nostradamus predicted this election 400 years ago.
I am still proud to be an American tonight. :-)
So for those of you who are not proud, why bother to open this thread?
My Reply #2
Interesting how this turned into a political thread when it wasn't intended to be.
My sentiments were spiritually based, not policitically based. I think I am reasonably articulate. And I'm truly surprised that it was misinterpreted by some of the most intelligent women I know.
But yes, Connie, emotions may be sensitive at this time.
I posted my thoughts BEFORE it became obvious that Obama was going to win.
I was not embracing the question of whether he was the right candidate or the right president. I also didn't reveal my vote. :-)
My pride had nothing to do with whether Obama was the right man for the job - although he may be and that will only be revealed to us in time.
I thought I was articulate enough to get the point across that I was amazed at the short span of time, historically speaking (and yes, probably the shortest span of time in history) that such a shift in consciousness had occurred that would even place such a candidate in the running. And he was in the running because of an incredible shift in consciousness by the masses in what I consider to be an extraordinarily short period of time.
Extraordinary indeed. I have lived almost half that time period.
The shift I refer to has nothing to do with whether Obama is part white and part black.
Would the KKK have cared a few decades ago whether the target of their attack was part white? Would a part white who looked like Obama be allowed to enter a "Whites Only" establishment? Would a marriage between a white woman and a man with Obama's heritage and appearance been overlooked as interracial?
Perhaps my own emotions may be sensitive at this time, but in a different arena. Perhaps I watched way too many episodes of "Anyday Now" - the fantastic TV series about the two best female friends - one black and one white who grew up together. The program took place in modern times, but in each episode there were flash backs to when they were young girls and the historic situations going on around them and how it affected their relationships and family interractions. It was an amazing series and very eye opening.
Perhaps I am too enamored with Abraham Lincoln and his spiritual view of humanity and our equality.
Or perhaps my own vision of ourselves as spiritual beings having a human experience (instead of physical beings having a spiritual experience) and my silly belief that human beings are inherently good and decent and compassionate prevents me from understanding how historical injustices could ever take place in the first place (whether it's in the form of prejudice, slavery, dictatorship or whatever).
So I may be having a sensitive emotional moment myself.
But at least it's authentic and I am proud. That's not to say I was not proud to be an American before - I have always felt tremendous gratitude for being a citizen of this country despite its warts. I could have been born in Germany and being a Jew had a far different fate.
But my mind and heart have a special feeling for the overcoming of a tremendous spiritual hurdle that this election represented.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :-)
~ Marilyn
Footnote: Do you understand the relationship of my message to spiritual law and prosperity?

UPDATE: Following this newsletter issue: I received so many beautiful, profound and poignant responses to this newsletter issue that I am now posting this on my own Feel Free to Prosper Network along with the wonderful replies.

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Nov 10, 2008 12:27 amre: I Am SO Proud to Be an American Tonight#

Marilyn Jenett

Feel Free to Prosper Network Members,

I decided to make this a special topic for the network because I believe it is related to the spiritual evolution and ultimately the prosperity of all mankind. Our acceptance of the fact that we are all part of the vast ocean of Spirit also impacts our individual ability to prosper. This ignited my passion and I hope you understand my true meaning.

I am posting below many of the replies from my newsletter subscribers to the issue above. I will post their responses anonymously until I receive permission to use names. I will also invite others who responded to my post on the other network to bring their meaningful words here.

And I welcome you to post your comments on the subject. We can all contribute to shifting the vibration of this planet. Each of our voices IS heard by Spirit.

~ Marilyn

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Nov 10, 2008 6:17 pmre: re: I Am SO Proud to Be an American Tonight#

Vera Regelbrugge, MVA, GVA
Although I am not an American but a European with a very big heart for America, I am proud as well. Proud that Americans have voted, that so many Americans have voted. We see this as a huge leap forward and hope that you all will take the road ahead.

Vera Regelbrugge

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Nov 10, 2008 8:28 pm I Am SO Proud to Be an American Tonight#

Kathleen Jaap, CPA, MA
Hi Marilyn,

Thank you for sharing this. I was filled with joy and pride as I watched Obama make his acceptance speech and then was surrounded by his family.

Here's one for you....I did not vote for Obama and I never will. Our political views are 180 degrees apart. I cannot say that I support much of anything in his political philosipohy. HOWEVER, I can see the color of the man without regard to his political views. I am very proud that we, as a country, have evolved to the point in our free elections, that we can release old worn out thoughts and beliefs about race that do not serve us a nation.

Thank you bringing out the spiritual level of thinking required for anyone moving forward toward peace and prosperity today.

Private Reply to Kathleen Jaap, CPA, MA

Nov 10, 2008 10:47 pmre: I Am SO Proud to Be an American Tonight#

Marilyn Jenett

Following are some of the wonderful replies I received from my newsletter subscribers...


I am in full agreement with your viewpoint and article.

I do think this was a long overdue correction in the American approach to the world and themselves which has been now set in motion by this set of election results.
The path is long and the task ahead is onerous ..Obama is just a messenger in this journey ..the message and the action have to still evolve ..and all Americans and the global citizens who are concerned about making the world a better place to live in both for ourselves and our progeny ..should look at the future with better expectation and conviction that "yes we can."




Thank you for your post - I do "get it." Do you have a link to the message board with this discussion? I'm interested in seeing it if it is still live.

I am proud as a future American (still only a Canadian).


Hello Marilyn,

Thank you for your message. I too felt this election was a huge leap forward for our Nation, regardless of the candidates, who won or not. I feel something huge shifted energetically for the whole nation, and I feel so much Light pouring in. It was actually a very emotional for me in a very spiritual way. I AM so grateful. Just SO Grateful! To be on the planet at this time, to be part of this great nation that was so divinely inspired from the get go. It is true, we have come SO FAR in such a relatively short time.

I feel so much gratitude about so much. Thank you again for the part you played in my awakening to rise up and be willing to do my special part in the whole play.

Lots of Love to you, Prosperity Queen!

Shondra ~ Rose of Light

I Love you, M.

ROCK on ...


Thank you, Marilyn.

My history thoughts don't go back to Lincoln, but to the 1960's when a generation realized the difference between what people thought they were doing and what they really were doing. I think my pride in this country began to wane when I saw on our tiny television screen the violence "down South"--a land far away from Maine where I lived. I was horrified when Mom told me these dogs and beatings and the passive resistance were happening in my own America...my God Bless America, salute the flag and cheer America. I remember replying to Mom, "But these are People!" She got real quiet and left the room.

One summer I came home from college with a friend. Mom hadn't asked about skin color and I never thought of it. I should have I suppose. My friend didn't stay long and I left home a couple days later. Home was never "home" again.

There are only, what? Thirty to fifty years between the "60's" and today. With all so very much hate in all skin colors for every other skin color in this country, it is TOTALLY AMAZING that this election has even happened.

This Presidential election has not only given me hope that maybe I can begin to believe in my country again; but maybe I can begin to have real pride again. It's only a tiny seed just now, but planted. Rain comes.

I did vote for Mr. Obama. This is the beginning of what I meant when, in the 1960's, with tears streaming down my face I sang with others, "We shall overcome, we shall overcome. We shall overcome some day. Oh deep in my heart, I know that I do believe we shall overcome someday. Black and white together, Black and white together....We shall build a new world, we shall build a new world, we shall build a new world (today) Oh deep in my heart I know that I do believe we shall build a new world." November 4th about 10pm I stood and with fresh tears of joy, honor and pride, I sang again. We shall overcome. We shall be one nation of many peoples, races, beliefs, and personal worlds...we shall become "America" again.

Marilyn, I'm weeping again... :-)

Affirmations, positive thinking, staying in the now, being filled to overflowing with the Light of Love--- yes.

Thanks so much for sending this newsletter. May you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.

Love you.

(Patricia AJ Allen)

Dear Marilyn,

Just saw this. I read your original post, I didn't desire to read the "arguments." I get it. Reading your post makes me tear up all over again. Everyone I was "tweeting" with election eve gets this. This is amazing. Every time I see a picture of the new First Family my heart splits wide open and love pours out. I want to shout "we have a First Family of color! How beautiful they are!"

This is a new level of vibrational reality. This is spiritual evolution. Five years ago this could not have happened, the vibration was not right.

An African American man has won the highest office in the land only 145 years after the time when President Elect Obama could have been sold as a slave. How far we have come. In addition he doesn't even have an American name... his name has been the target of many detractors during the campaign. Barack Hussein Obama our President Elect. We have come so far.

What is also historic is that the Administration is continuing the transparency (via websites, blogs and twitter) of the campaign during the transition and the Administration. Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel has twitter feed and Al Gore just set up shop on twitter a few days ago and indicated that he (a good friend of Barack Obama's) will have a (yet to be announced) Cabinet position presiding over eco-friendly alternative energy solutions. The President Elect and the new Administration has set up a website and a blog with an RSS feed. This is truly going to be an accessible Presidency. Historic.

I can't wait to watch it all unfold!

Blessings and Love


Dear Marilyn,

I am sharing this from a friend. I just saw it again clearing out emails, she says it so perfectly:

"Yes, the Obama family will be living in a house that was built by slaves. I heard that and started crying and thought---what a transformation for this country. I'm hoping that racism ends and people will look through colorblind eyes."

Beautiful, amazing and I am glad I am here witnessing this right now. We are One.

With Love,


Yes, Marilyn, I am right with your sentiments. Although I have not had access to the thread, I believe that you have been misunderstood by any who responded with vitriolic comments, etc.

God bless,


Back in Boston …could not find your post or replies on Ryze anywhere… however, read your newsletter and I FULLY understood what you were saying on a spiritual level. And I can understand also how some people, with their filters and beliefs could have misunderstood what you wrote.

My former partner said he never thought he would live long enough to see a black man elected president! McCain’s final concession speak was utterly and totally amazing as well. It IS all about a SHIFT in consciousness. Most of my friend KNEW it did not matter who won. We were here to support, with love, the new shift we knew was coming. It is beautiful it happens to be Obama, however, I would have supported with loving visions, the other side as well…because in order to create Unity, I must LIVE it first.

Love, Morgine

The Animal Translator

Yes, Marilyn, I do understand your point of view. I understand, also, the people whose nerves were so on edge they felt the need to politicize your comments. If they, like I, were the odd person out in their family or community, and if they, like I, heard the vehemence that was pouring toward them from the mouths of people they loved and cared about, no doubt it was quite hard to stand grounded spiritually and emotionally. It is unfortunate and sad for me to realize that politics since the days when Lee Atwater opened a Pandorah's box have sought to make that very connection, resulting in those remarks on the post.

The idea of linking our deepest emotions directly to politics and making the politics not about facts but feelings has created a firestorm that even Attwater regretted. (As a native New Mexican I can't help but link the similar comments made by the scientists after they witnessed the first Atomic Bomb test in Alamagordo, NM, when they realized they'd let the genie out of bottle.)

Anyway, back to your statement and my reply...The comments your post elicited certainly point out that the need for coaching and spiritual foundation work is alive and well. Many are rotating off their grounded center and may not even recognize it

My wish is that at the end of this commentary fire storm, those who have participated will step back and realize their need for getting back to their spiritual and emotional basic training, perhaps seeking your wisdom to do so!

All the best, Marilyn, and keep up your wonderful work.


Marilyn, I, too am proud to be an American in this day and age where anything is possible. I am so proud of my country. I think this is a new beginning for us all. Thank you for your comments. I know a lot of people are so disappointed, but we are in good hands.

Gail McFadden

Private Reply to Marilyn Jenett

Nov 10, 2008 11:03 pmre: re: I Am SO Proud to Be an American Tonight#

Marilyn Jenett

Vera and Kat,

Thank you for your posts and adding your energy to this thread.

Vera, I wanted to hear from international members because unity and the ultimate peace of our planet is not a local topic - it's a global one. Thank you.

Kat, you understand why I did not want my message to be about political views. You got it (of course) :-)

Some have asked if that original post on the other network is still live.

Leslie, the moderator of that network, was away at the time but she wrote to me and said she saw the "heat" and deleted the thread temporarily.

When she returned, she put my thread back up with my initial post and appropriate comments, but she deleted the political posts.

So if you want to see the thread on the Women in Networking Network (WIN), you can, but keep in mind that all of those "hot" posts are gone - and there were a lot. You can imagine how many there were with almost 500 views on that thread :-)

I believe her network settings require you to join the network before viewing.


~ Marilyn

P.S. I re-posted the responses from my subscribers because they had written and given me permission to add their names. :-)

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