USA Elections and Responsibilities to Vote 
by Dr. Kenn Gordon 
  
"The Spirit can do for us only what It can do through us.  Unless we are able to provide the consciousness, It cannot make the gift.  The Power behind all things is without limit, but in working for us It must work through us."  -  Ernest Holmes      
 
This fall, citizens across the United States will have the right and the responsibility to go to the polls to elect federal, state and local officials and participate in the US democratic process.  The word election means choice.  Democracy relies on citizens exercising their right and responsibility to make their choice known through their vote.  The Science of Mind teaches that we are responsible for our choices, and every election represents an opportunity to choose, to vote for a world that works for everyone.  
 
Elections offer us an opportunity to bring our spiritual principles to the policy table and our values of diversity and inclusion, accountability, love, compassion and caring, financial health, prosperity and integrity to the national conversation.  We believe that Science of Mind principles provide grounding, bridge-building, wisdom, and guidance in so many important areas in which the US seems culturally stuck in divisiveness (evidenced by either/or thinking, left/right labels, and conservative/liberal divisions).  
 
It is important that our vision and values are present in elections, and so we support and urge our US community members to participate in exercising this powerful right and responsibility.  The outcome of elections across the US will be determined by those who register, go to the polls and cast their ballots.  Each vote, each voice, each choice matters. As we vote, our individual power is focused on healing political and cultural divisiveness while creating a world that works for everyone.  
 
I know there may be fear, apathy, anger, or general mistrust around what's going on in the world today.  This can cause us to lose hope or simply withdraw, but the Science of Mind is a practical and applied philosophy that informs our daily life.  This means taking responsibility for participating in that life, up to and including the sacred act of voting.  
 
As spiritual leaders, we are well within our spiritual priniciples, our moral obligation, and our legal boundaries to encourage our US community members to vote.  Centers for Spiritual Living supports its US communities in having voter registration materials available and in speaking to their community members about the value, responsibility and importance of the sacred act of voting.  
 
It is not enough to sit on the sidelines in apathy, anger, complacency, or spiritual withdrawal. We must take responsibility for our choices and actions.  We must vote.  
 
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."  -  Alice Walker