20 Jan

I have a Dream

This week we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In the late 50’s and early 60’s Dr. King began his campaign to end desegregation in the US which resulted in his arrest and incarceration.  Thrust into the national spotlight, he organized a massive march on Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963. His partners in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom included religious and labor leaders, as well as black organizers. The assembled masses marched down the Washington Mall from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, listened to music from Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, and heard speeches by actor Charlton Heston, NAACP President Roy Wilkins, and future U.S. Representative from Georgia, John Lewis.

Appearing last, his closing speech was carried live on major television networks. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King evoked the name of Lincoln in his “I Have a Dream” speech, which was credited with mobilizing supporters of desegregation and prompted the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The next year, Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

In that speech, Dr. King shared his dream of equality for all men and women in the US, black and white.  He related the frustrations and human degradations perpetrated upon the black race by many white citizens and “unlawful” laws that kept the black race from experiencing the freedoms guaranteed to all those living in the greatest country on earth.  We were already experiencing hostilities as blacks fought for their rightful place at the American dinner table that they supposedly were given after the bloodshed of the Civil war, fought a hundred years earlier.  Dr. King implored his followers to pursue the dream of equality through peaceful demonstration and protest and to quell the anger and rage seething inside them as he knew violence never produces a lasting legacy of change.

I too have a dream.  My dream extends well beyond the borders of the US.  I dream of a world in which we explore and celebrate the similarities and differences in all cultures, people, religions and traditions.  I dream of a world where diplomacy is the only option for resolving differences of opinion and conflict between nations.  I dream of a world where generosity and compassion replace greed and violence.  I dream of a world that realizes the bounty of beauty, unity, and oneness over monetary gain and lack. I dream of a world where war, violence, and human degradation become fading memories, not comprehending how we could have ever engaged in such atrocities.  I dream of a world where we treat each other as brothers and sisters, not enemies.  I dream of a world where the collective consciousness recognizes we are all connected one to another, where we see each other through hearts of love instead of through eyes of distrust and discontent.  I dream of a world where we recall our Divine origins.

I invite you to help me make this dream a reality.  No you don’t have to protest.  You don’t have to speak to your friends, family, and neighbors.  You don’t have to proselytize. You don’t have to do anything except accept these dreams as your own and live your life with them as your guiding principle for relating with people in your day-to-day experiences.  Dr. King had a dream.  He was willing to sacrifice his life (and did) in pursuit of that dream without shedding the blood of his opponents.  Can you and I do any less?

17 Jan

In Honor of Gabrielle Giffords and Christina Taylor Green

The recent tragedy in Tucson took the life of nine year old Christina Taylor Green and has Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life from a bullet that passed through the left side of her brain, exiting out her front temporal lobe.  Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been lobbying for moderation of language to both the political left and right for some time.  Young Christina Taylor Green, had shown great faith in the American system until her tragic death.  The young man responsible for this heinous crime, Jared Loughner, suffers from inner demons that few of us could ever imagine or understand and deserves our sympathies just as do the families of Gabby and Christina.

The political left accused the right, especially Sarah Palin, of influencing this troubled young man through their rhetoric, vitriol, and images of hate, violence, and war. The right retaliated and denied that their attacks on the left are to blame for the unnecessary bloodshed in Tucson.   In fact, both are right. We are all responsible for the environment that allows crimes of hate, violence and war.  You see, the present collective consciousness, which has existed since time immemorial fosters these kinds of actions through our thoughts, words, emotions, symbolisms, and actions that promote violence as a means to resolve our differences.  This collective consciousness gives permission to those with a penchant for violence and to those who are mentally or emotionally unstable and easily manipulated by others’ words, rhetoric and symbolisms to engage in acts of violence.

Jesus Christ understood the power of words.  He cautioned us that thoughts of hate, violence, and killing are just as “sinful” as acts of killing.  He knew that thoughts and words, even though not acted upon by the owner of the thoughts and words, gave permission to others to commit what we, as a group, are thinking.  The Koran states that murder of any kind is tantamount to genocide.  I’m sure the Torah and holy books of all religions reflect this same message.

The Law of Attraction states that wherever we direct our attention and intention becomes manifest.  It doesn’t matter whether the outcome is perceived as good or evil.  What is true for the individual is also true for the collective consciousness.  If we want this bloodshed to end; if we want an end to violence, and end to war, an end to man’s dehumanization of man, then we must alter our thoughts.  If we want to experience heaven on earth we must adopt language that fosters love, respect, and honor, especially for those who disagree with us.

But this change cannot be legislated.  It cannot be demanded. It can’t be fought for.  It must occur because of personal responsibility.  As Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”  If we want to live in a world where these kinds of senseless actions do not occur, we must become aware of our own thoughts, words, and emotions that evoke feelings of anger, hatred, and violence.  We must then commit ourselves to replacing them with thoughts, words and symbolisms that project love, peace, harmony, and unity.  I commit myself from this time forward to be observant of my thoughts and words, replacing those that evoke hatred and violence with those that strengthen a collective consciousness that promotes peace and unity.

If you accept your responsibility for the present collective consciousness and want to become a force for love, peace, and unity I ask you to make this change as well.  Debbie Hampton in her latest blog provides an option for helping anyone who wishes to alter their thinking.  Its a relatively new modality called Brainwave Optimization(BWO) developed and offered by Brain State Technologies.  She states, “BWO is an effective, holistic and non-invasive method that guides the brain to a natural, healthy, balanced state.”  While I am not familiar with this specific company I was involved in brainwave biofeedback research that helped athletes alter their dysfunctional thought processes. 

You can also use the Remote Control for Change protocol that I have spoken about in previous blogs.   Or you can use any other method that helps you alter your thinking processes.  If we do, we will honor Gabrielle Giffords, Christina Taylor Green, the other victims of the Tucson tragedy and their families.

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