“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.