What is Donald Trump?

Like many people at the moment, I am curious to understand what makes Donald Trump tick. And as a student of the Michael teachings, I want to do so from a spiritual perspective.

The Young King

To begin with, I have little doubt that Donald Trump is what we would call a Young King in essence. In other words, his soul energy is that of the commanding and decisive ‘King’ archetype, while his level of awareness (as it appears from his perceptions and attitudes) is very typical of those in the third stage of soul evolution, the ‘Young Soul’ stage.

Young souls are naturally ambitious, competitive, opportunistic and enterprising, perceiving life as an opportunity to assert themselves and to prove themselves right as individuals. Their motto is: Do it my way.

King souls (regardless of the level of awareness) have an imposing aura of authority and are naturally suited to positions of power, pulling other people’s strings.

Young King souls, therefore, are usually formidable characters — extremely self-assured, uncompromising, assertive, and intimidating. Typically, they do not suffer from soft, internal issues such as self-doubt or existential angst. Others around them, however, can certainly feel the effect of their endless empire-building and occasional lapses into tyranny.

We often see Young Kings in high-powered roles as corporate CEOs, media tycoons, and army generals. Some well-known Young King souls in history include the ancient world’s Alexander the Great and Mark Antony, the medieval sultan Saladin, the Russian Empress Catherine the Great, US President John F Kennedy, the Christian evangelist Billy Graham, Saudi Arabian terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, and the Italian tycoon/politician Silvio Berlusconi.

Young Kings have the makings of very great leaders. They also have the potential to become horrendous bullies and egomaniacs.

Alexander the Great
Alexander
Salah-ad-Din
Saladin
Catherine
Catherine
Mark Antony
Mark Antony
Billy Graham
Billy Graham
John F Kennedy
John F Kennedy

Profiles of Trump

Donald TrumpI have so far found four versions of Donald Trump’s personality/spirituality profile via Michael channels, all of which agree that he is a Young King in essence. There are, however, uncertainties as to his more human personality traits (overleaves) — a reminder that channeled or intuitive readings are not necessarily 100% accurate.

According to Emily Baumbach in her 1989 book Michael’s Cast of Characters, Donald Trump is a Young King soul with:

  • goal — Dominance
  • attitude — Pragmatist sliding to Stoic
  • mode — Observation
  • chief feature — Arrogance

Emily adds that Trump is at the 4th level of the Young-soul stage.

According to Stephen Cocconi, Trump is a Young King soul with the following overleaves:

  • goal — Dominance
  • attitude — Cynic
  • mode — Power
  • chief features — Arrogance and Impatience

According to José Stevens, Donald Trump is a Young King soul with:

  • goal — Dominance
  • attitude — Realist
  • mode — Aggression
  • center — Moving
  • chief features — Greed and Arrogance.

The most detailed profile comes from Troy Tolley. In this reading, Trump is a Yong King soul with:

  • goal — Dominance
  • attitude — Pragmatist sliding to Stoic/Cynic
  • mode — Observation sliding to Aggression/Power
  • center — Moving, Intellectual part
  • chief features — Arrogance and Stubbornness (that also slides to Greed and Martyrdom)

Troy’s reading adds that the soul age is 7th-level Young, but manifesting as 5th-level Young.




From my own limited observations of Trump, I would probably go for goal of Dominance, attitude of Pragmatist, mode of Power, Moving center (Intellectual part), and certainly a chief feature of Arrogance very much in the negative pole.

There is also some casting information in Troy’s reading: i.e. the soul of Trump is a Sage-cast or 5th-cast King (which makes sense given the showmanship), and is from a Server-cast or 1st-cast Entity, which would indicate an ability to support the common good (as the personality perceives it).

Overall, these profiles suggest that there is a huge drive for preeminence going on here. An ambitious Young King still seeking to demonstrate his dominance over all competition at the age of 70, evidently with a great deal of success (at least in his own eyes). But add to this a strong undercurrent of Arrogance (needing to appear invulnerable to avoid displaying any actual vulnerability), and a narcissistic character style seems almost inevitable. In fact, psychologists have started using video clips of Trump to demonstrate a textbook case of narcissism.

Focusing on Trump’s personality from an everyday perspective, it is easy to be judgemental and lose both objectivity and compassion. There is nothing wrong with that per se (we are all free to judge one another as we like). But I personally cannot feel satisfied in my understanding of someone until I have appreciated their individuality from a spiritual perspective. After all, Trump is a divine being like all the rest of us, finding its way into ever-expanding consciousness by participating in the often harsh lessons of human life.

At the spiritual level, I suspect that the soul of the man called Trump has a pre-life plan to participate in a massive drama that will highlight certain choices now facing the American psyche. Collectively, the USA has had a victorious ‘Young King’ self-image for more than a century. But if (say) John F Kennedy personified the positive aspect of that archetype as a bright, bold, heroic leader, Trump appears to personify its negative potential as a bullying megalomaniac.

As the world in general gradually moves from a Young-soul-centric phase into a more Mature-soul-centric phase, the USA appears to be struggling with how to begin reconciling those two worldviews, and doing so very loudly and visibly on the world stage. My guess is that the prospect of a President Trump is part of our collective grand plan to understand where we have come from over many centuries, recognise that we are at a potential turning point, and decide where we want to go next.

I am also curious to see if there are any Mature souls in Trump’s entourage undertaking the key developmental challenge of the Mature soul stage: honourably serving a corrupt master.

“Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred.” — Donald Trump (describing himself)

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PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILES — updated 21 Nov 2016

I have just stumbled upon this psychological personality profile of both Trump and his rival candidate Hillary Clinton. To clarify, I drew the graph below myself based on trait scores for each candidate as esti mated by ten personality experts using the 6-factor HEXACO model of personality.

The HEXACO model is an extension of the standard 5-factor model used by many psychologists to asession personality. The six components of HEXACO are:

H – Honesty/Humility (v Selfishness)

E – Emotional stability (v Neuroticism)

X – eXtraversion (v Introversion)

A – Agreeableness (v Hostility)

C – Conscientiousness (v Impulsiveness)

O – Openness (v Closedness/Resistance)

We have no way of knowing if the experts’ judgements are accurate. They are, after all, based upon the candidates’ public behaviour rather than their private thoughts and feelings. But to me at least, they seem to intuitively make sense.

Trump/Clinton HEXACO scores

In summary, Clinton scores as fairly ‘normal’ (average for the population) on Extraversion and Openness; a bit higher on Conscientiousness; a bit low on Agreeablenes; distinctly low on Emotional stabilty and especially low on Honesty/Humility.

All of Trump’s scores are far from ‘normal’. He scores very high on Extraversion, very low on Conscientiousness and Openness, and extremely low (next to zero) on Honesty/Humility and Agreeableness.

The Character Project: Templeton Foundation funds study into the nature of human character

University awarded $3.67 Million to study the nature of character.

The Character Project

The past 30 years have seen a resurgence of interest in character, particularly in the areas of psychology, philosophy, and theology. This work has given rise to a number of challenging questions, such as:

  • Do character traits such as honesty or compassion really exist?
  • If they do exist, how prevalent are they, and what is their underlying psychological nature?
  • Should character traits such as the virtues be the centerpiece of our best ethical theory?
  • How should we go about improving our characters and overcoming our character flaws?
  • For those working in theology, should thinking about human and divine character be central to theological ethics?

The goal of the Character Project, a research project funded by  the John Templeton Foundation, is to address these questions and to foster new advances in the study of character.

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