“The choice today is no longer between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1960
Last week, Wednesday, April 4th, we all took a pause to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his assassination. This quote from Dr. King in 1960 came from Michael Eric Dyson’s book on the life of Dr. King, I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr. In this book Mr. Dyson examines Dr. King, the man. What is evident is that great people, brilliant people are still people and every person has internal struggles, no one can claim perfection.
In the second part of my video on contemplation, I outline the art of contemplation and why this is necessary; for each one of us has a spark of greatness within us. And each one of us has in the Hebrew term, a Yet Zer Ha Rah, the inclination towards non‑truth or evil. And life gives us paradoxes that we will never understand. Many times we simply do the best we can with a situation that seems untenable to resolve. Other times we know we have to make a clear choice between right and wrong.
It is through contemplation that you become the warrior of your own justice. This is why to be on a spiritual path we must examine our motives and our desires every day. For in knowing yourself, your weaknesses, as well as your strengths building a powerful resonance of truth births clearly and evidentially a beacon of actuality out of a mire of confusion. So keep the faith and continue to study your inner mind and heart. What you will find under the belly of your ego is the purpose of your soul. And then even as flawed as you may be, as we all are, your truth will etch a new language into our culture, the language of inclusion, tolerance and grace. These are the voices we need to hear. Now is your time. So in the memory of a man who stood up and sounded the bells of fierce change – let his wisdom extoll a higher calling from each of us as we are being tested now on the battlefield of decency.
Dravon James is a powerful peacemaker and I had the joy of being interviewed by her on her Unity Radio show, Everyday Peace. Dravon is a powerful spiritualist asking the tough questions and providing the wisdom needed for our complex lives today. I hope you check her out! Also this week my article, “Calling in the Heart of Your Beloved” is in Finer Minds magazine and Wisdom magazine.
Have a wonderful week. Now go spread the light!