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Marching toward the land of freedom

“Let us hope that in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty. ”—Martin Luther King Jr.
In America today, we pause to celebrate one of my top heroes. Sorry Wonder Woman, you’re on the list, but Martin Luther King Jr., who has such a remarkable way with words, snags top billing in my writerly heart.

Everyone knows about his “I have a dream” speech. I’m betting your community has organized an event today where somebody’s going to read it. But this great man gave something like 450 speeches per year and wrote five books. Having a dream is only the beginning.

One of his key beliefs was spiritual purification. You can’t go out stirring up change until you’re clear inside, until you’re speaking Truth as the universe sees it. This is where A Course in Miracles comes in.

Lesson 15 says My thoughts are images that I have made.

It’s pretty hard to believe that what we’re seeing out there is the product of our thinking. Good news is you don’t have to buy it as this point. You just have to do the simple lessons. And to trust that in some not too distant tomorrow, as we surrender more and more of the past (all the stuff we so stubbornly believe is damned well true) our thoughts will begin to create a new dream.

Because as Martin Luther King Jr. so eloquently professes:

** Love transforms enemies into friends.

** Trust triumphs over hatred and fear.

** Spiritual upliftment is a better expenditure than defense.

** A person-oriented society out trumps a thing-oriented society

Let’s honor my man today who once said, “we are in dire need of creative extremists.”

Here’s to his dream of a beloved community.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

24 Responses

  1. MLK was a towering presence whose vision of equality and freedom in our social, economic and spirit realms is unmatched.

  2. pam i just had to let you know, hope you get this email. how much i am enjoying your daily posts, inspiration as a student of ACIM i cannot thank you enough for providing this service. love light and peace lolo

    1. I’m doing it as a service to myself (helps me stay on track) and as long as I’m enjoying it, I’ll keep going. It’s so heart-warming that others seem to be enjoying it, too. Funny how that works!

  3. Hi Pam

    I’ve been receiving your emails for sometime now and at the beginning of the year I decided that this year would be the year to work through ACIM. Funny enough, you decided to do the same thing in your blog. Yesterday you said you would persevere so long as you were having fun. I hope you do persevere because I love getting your email Ag the end of the day! (I’m in the UK).

    Just a question that you have probably mulled over too. This by the way is the question I would ask Abraham Hicks if I was in the Hot Seat- why do some people just seem to be naturally in alignment? Why is it that for some people being happy, successful, wealthy is just second nature and for others (myself included) it takes work. At what point does it just become easy? I have friends who have never heard of you, Abraham, ACIM etc etc and who are literally thriving and yet I find that many days I cant even find a better feeling thought!! I will however persevere because I truly believe that we create our own realities. It’s just taking me a bit longer 😅


    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Dear sweet beautiful Michelle,

      What a beautiful question.

      I don’t know if you’ve read my book, Thank & Grow Rich, but it addresses this very question. When we work really, really hard (persevere, as you called it) and believe that we must jump through all these hoops, follow all these steps (even if the steps are leading toward alignment), we create resistance and static.

      It’s much more fun to just let the universe carry the burden.

      Gratitude is a good way to get there. And so is dancing.

      Sending love and ease,


  4. A bullet killed MLK, the man, but his Truth will endure because it was a universal Truth he spoke. Nothing can silence his words.

  5. In honour to you Dr. Martin Lutheran King, I will have T-shirts made that say
    Raise Kind children.
    As a student of Dr. Wayne Dyer, (who saved my life) with his book your Erroenous Zones. I send Love only to the planet, when my old self would like to slap DT in the face.
    Be well
    Have Fun
    Be outrageous.
    Thank-you Pam for taking the torch from my beloved friend Wayne.
    Marianne Kenny
    AKA Marianne Funny


  6. I love your blogs about the lessons. Thank you so much for including Martin Luther King into this one today. I look forward to your blog daily!

  7. Did a life map once was major turning points in my life directions. MLK’s assassination was one. I was sitting at the kitchen table with my three, very nice Kansas roommates who all agreed it was a tragedy, but maybe for the best… MLK was a trouble-maker after all. I got up from the table and left not only the apartment, but the path I was on. I’ve never looked back.

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