The excerpts below are taken from President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address to Congress given on January 30, 2018.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Less than 1 year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American People — and to address their concerns, their hopes, and their dreams. That night, our new Administration had already taken swift action. A new tide of optimism was already sweeping across our land.
Each day since, we have gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission — to make America great again for all Americans.
Michael Richardson-Borne: To illustrate your confusion, let’s dive straight into the mechanics of your claim that you’re speaking on behalf of a nation composed of a group of people.
To do this, first and foremost, you must assume that the story of a separate self is the totality of your existence. You must believe that who you are is an independent body and mind amid a collection of other independent beings with their own self-directed bodies and minds.
From here you must assume that those you think you’re autonomously speaking to believe in the same assumption as you – the assumption of a separate self. Then, you must assume that the story of this separate self is accurately portrayed when attaching to a collection of self-defining concepts, a handful of which provide meaning as they attach to the concept “American.” This leaves your experience of “American People” completely in your mind – a conglomeration of concepts that is attached to a concept that is attached to yet another concept that is the story of a separate self.
Once all of this assuming and conceptualizing is in place, you have officially cultivated the separative conditions you need to speak on behalf of a nation’s population. So when you speak, you speak on behalf of an inwardly and outwardly divided people as a divided person that mirrors their assumptions and labels back to them in perfect focus.
Know this, if you know anything, as you begin the Path of Non-separation. Your division began as soon as separation was present – the moment a sense of individual beingness happened to you. Not noticing this original happening, you have grown to believe the layers of separation you added to a sneaky fiction is who you truly are. This belief in the layers of conceptual labels you’ve stacked on an extracted story of isolation is an illusion completely devoid of life.
What you are doing in this speech, without knowing it, is spreading dry sand, contaminated water, and harsh sunlight – the result being that only thistles of the culture of separation can thrive in and as the state of our so-called union.
Meanwhile, the remembrance of Non-separation is nowhere to be found – it’s a lost oasis resting under the desert sand as it silently accepts any amount of extreme weather as an expression of itself. Can you see how your belief in extreme weather is keeping you from the lush grounds of which your mind is only a dried remnant?
If you did, you would know that addressing personal concerns, personal hopes, and personal dreams, in essence, is just another layer of interwoven stories that are born from the belief in a personal self. Maintaining this belief in separation as the fundamental assumption from which you live your life will never lead you nor anyone else out of this desert. It will only walk you further into its heartless center where temperatures endlessly rise and the only water for finding the true self is a shallow mirage – the hazy image functioning as a small, distant flash that points to the possibility of pristine water.
And still, even in these harsh conditions, taking swift action to question the primary assumption that sets the stage for these conditions is rarely done. Instead, harshness is accepted as the norm, thought of as “just the way people are, and society is.” This is correct but not because of “human nature” – it’s correct because of the nature of humans under the spell of the belief in a separate self.
From separation, taking swift action is just a swift conceptual continuation of the separative. From Non-separation, taking swift action is understood to be a spontaneous activity which you watch as a simultaneous expression of this same spontaneous activity. Human nature is lived by Non-separation – and thus, at its core, is undivided, compassionate, open, and exceedingly quiet under all its rambunctiousness.
It’s rediscovering this quietness that will “Make America Great Again.” But pay attention here – the “again” isn’t a return to an ideal of the past, a return to ideal conditions outside of the self. “Again” is a remembrance of who we are as a pre-existing unity.
Realize that America’s greatness was never her own. Realize that it was never “ours” as a collection of self-authoring individuals under the common illusion of being “American.” Realize that it was never yours or something that you can bring back from the dead by autonomously offering your version of death.
America’s greatness belongs to the remembrance of Non-separation – all else is a distraction from the true greatness of America.
PRESIDENT TRUMP CONT’D: Over the last year, we have made incredible progress and achieved extraordinary success. We have faced challenges we expected, and others we could never have imagined. We have shared in the heights of victory and the pains of hardship. We endured floods and fires and storms. But through it all, we have seen the beauty of America’s soul, and the steel in America’s spine.
Each test has forged new American heroes to remind us who we are, and show us what we can be.
Michael Richardson-Borne: For you, incredible progress is undoing one version of separation and implementing another – one that fosters a more agreeable story for your garbled belief in an autonomous self that can forge new pathways in an external world. For you, incredible progress is overcoming the resistance of others that don’t exist. It’s something that happens outside of the self, a turning of a new page – but without noticing that what you call “incredible progress” is just different letters on the same page in the same book titled Separation.
From Non-separation, this book no longer needs to be opened – its story is seen through and known to be of a darker time. It rightfully has taken its place on the mantle next to the dusty Bible, sentimental knick-knacks, and dated golf trophies. From Non-separation, this book is put to rest as just another object in awareness. But what is true progress?
True progress is the realization of itself – from which the notion of progress fades. True progress is a society built on the application of the remembrance of Non-separation, what I call Applied Awakening. From Non-separation, it is recognized that policy changes lack a beating heart due to a conceptual nature that isn’t equipped to achieve anything except more separation. The separative culture in which your policy successes have sprouted are just translations of all that has come before. Amending the rules of the culture of separation creates the illusion of change on the surface structures that frame it – but fails to point, what you call Americans, to the truth that is living all policy. Not knowing this truth leaves change hidden under the stone of separation – with very few realizing there is anything to look for.
Which leads us to “extraordinary success.” For you, extraordinary success is an attribute of an individual or a grouping of individuals. There isn’t a hint of curiosity about knowing who can actually own this success while separated from the whole.
From Non-separation, success is merely a fluctuating concept that lives within the lexicon of the culture of separation. It’s a moniker worn by a boys and girls club that matches a definition constructed by a group of effete linguists who study separate autonomous individuals and unknowingly codify ways in which the separate self can falsely vivify its separative world. The beauty of America’s soul is haunted by these monikers – haunted by living up to the concepts of separation as separate autonomous individuals.
Even our heroes live with this separative assumption in their hearts. They, too, no matter their heroic deeds, have steel spines built strong enough for the resistance of truth. The result is the heroes of the culture of separation do not remind us who we are by their deeds – they remind us who we are not via conceptual packages that amount to little else than more marketable stories that the separate self can easily swallow. Every test of every hero, the world over, is an opportunity to notice who is living the dream of both hero and admirer.
Remember, the only thing we can be is what we already are – it’s not a becoming, but a remembering. A remembering of what you were long before your parents gave you the opportunity to open your eyes and to learn the concepts of incredible progress, extraordinary success, and the meaning of heroic.
So take this for what it’s worth – when the heroic is not separate from the cowardly, America will not know what she can be, she will know who and what she truly is.
PRESIDENT TRUMP CONT’D: Over the last year, the world has seen what we always knew: that no people on Earth are so fearless, or daring, or determined as Americans. If there is a mountain, we climb it. If there is a frontier, we cross it. If there is a challenge, we tame it. If there is an opportunity, we seize it.
So let us begin tonight by recognizing that the state of our Union is strong because our people are strong.
And together, we are building a safe, strong, and proud America.
Michael Richardson-Borne: Separation by comparison and attribute is a dead language that most everyone in the world continues to speak. How is this the case you ask?
Dead languages aren’t used – they’re studied by intellectuals. And this is exactly the world situation you find yourself in – a situation where you study life rather than understand you’re being lived as a reflection of Non-separation. You have forgotten that the only living language is that which is speaking the spoken – and that this language cannot be studied but only lived as it emerges into being.
Remember, any particular language taken as particular is an object validated by the culture of separation. Objects defining objects separated from the whole, including collections of words, are divided from their true being, and thus, dead. The one language shared by all is a spontaneous activity of the whole – where the knower and the known are in their proper places, distinct but not separate.
Climbing a mountain without knowing who is doing the climbing is not climbing.
Crossing a frontier without knowing who is doing the crossing is not traveling.
Taming a challenge without knowing who is doing the taming is not winning.
Seizing the opportunity without knowing who is doing the seizing is not advancing.
This lack of knowing the self leaves a society where the state of a union can one, be defined, and two, be interpreted as “strong” when its very existence depends on a flimsy conceptual acceptance of a conceptual artifact inside a global culture of conceptual separation.
So, the state of the union of which you speak is mired in mass confusion because its people are mired in mass confusion. When the primary assumption of humanity, the belief in a separate self, is the life-blood of most every action that makes up society, it is little wonder that safety and strength are imagined in economic and militaristic terms amidst a constant global standoff where the whole world is forced to sleep with one eye open.
Contemplate this – both safety and strength live as the impersonal. Personal safety and strength do not exist.
PRESIDENT TRUMP CONT’D: Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of Nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family.
We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American flag.
Together, we are rediscovering the American way.
Michael Richardson-Borne: A future personally directed is a future that arrives with an illusion at its core – the assumption of a separate self. You reveal more than you know when you speak confidently about being able to talk about particular outcomes that will arrive in the future. You reveal your embeddedness in a projection of your own mind which you have yet to experience as anything but the sole lens through which you see the world.
Rather than making great efforts to personally direct the future, I invite you to understand that predicting that which you already are is nonsense. Instead, put this same effort into discovering how to get out of the way of your desire to control. Put this energy into discovering the only way the future will come to a halt and how the culture of separation will effortlessly auto-correct. Put this energy into questioning the epidemic of separation. Put this energy into remembering the pre-existing unity of Non-separation – which is not to be conflated with what you mean when you say “all of us together,” “one team,” “one people,” and “one family.”
From separation, “all of us together,” “one team,” “one people,” and “one family,” means a mass collection of individuals who believe in a common palatable story of separation that defines an unseen story of separation that sadly defines a culture of separation that believes its deepest point of oneness or togetherness is the shallow spectrum of human experience. This is the depth at which connection, oneness, and unity stop in the culture of separation – which is not, and never will be, true unity or oneness. What the nation and its people are not seeing is before one.
But let me clarify that “before one” does not mean zero. Non-separation is before zero. From Non-separation, you don’t “share” the same heart and destiny – you are the same heart and destiny. And “the American way” is not separate from this destiny.
PRESIDENT TRUMP CONT’D: In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of the American life. Our motto is “in God we trust.”
And we celebrate our police, our military, and our amazing veterans as heroes who deserve our total and unwavering support.
Michael Richardson-Borne: The only valuable motto in the culture of separation is “Who am I?” And the only support is the support that comes along with inquiring into the answer to this question.
Later, if or when the center of American life is its true being, the motto may become something like “the impersonal existence of being that includes the personal.” That is the way I describe Non-separation. Its impersonal in nature and needs no support. So, in the culture of separation, total unwavering support is an individual, who no longer identifies as such, being lived as an unwavering offering of the inquiry into the self.
PRESIDENT TRUMP CONT’D: Americans love their country. And they deserve a Government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return.
For the last year, we have sought to restore the bonds of trust between our citizens and their Government.
Michael Richardson-Borne: Loving the self is the only way to love a country, as a country is just the self obscured by a concept. Throughout this speech, you support the culture of separation and its creation of false divisions between self, concept, and physical form – divisions that consciousness itself does not validate.
Divisive, tit for tat, love can only restore a temporary cessation of surface tension from time to time – but even then, the potential tension, that of believing in a separate self, remains locked in place. One point of a rubber band remains secured to separation – and the slightest movement in any direction brings about varying levels of renewed tension. This tension never goes away until Non-separation is remembered.
With this constant tension, bonds of trust only happen while in bondage. When there are no others, nothing in which to be bound, trust is the natural movement of the self.
PRESIDENT TRUMP CONT’D: As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free.
Thank you, and God bless America.
Michael Richardson-Borne: Failure is not your doing – but it’s still inevitable when success is a concept on the arc of separation.
Thriving is knowing Non-separation. Prospering is knowing Non-separation. Safety is knowing Non-separation. Strength is knowing Non-separation. Pride exists in separation. Mightiness is knowing your true being. Freedom is your natural state.
Know Non-separation and you will know that God blessing America is an object blessing an object – the transfer of God’s blessing being the pollination by an imaginary bee on an imaginary flower. Get to know the mechanics of the mind’s life cycle and you will see the circular hypocrisy of separation – life inside of death and death inside of life.
Not knowing this leaves you identical to the separative blessing of America – lost and forgetful of what Americans, and their country, have always been.