Hola Relatives -
Today we celebrate the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, assassinated over fifty years ago In 1968, the same year his last book was published, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? His clarion call echoes even louder today with the tumult of white supremacy-based racism and discrimination ravaging our land.
Listen to his counsel: “Every society has its protectors of the status quo ….but today our very survival depends on our ability to face the challenge of change. The large house in which we live demands that we transform this worldwide neighborhood … Together we must learn to live as brothers and sisters or together we will be forced to perish as fools. We suffer from a poverty of spirit for the richer we become materially the poorer we have become morally and spiritually.”
Today’s threats of revolution from the reactionary right makes it more evident than ever that our material and technological abundance does not produce peace of mind. The revolution we need today is a revolution of consciousness towards a new value system, a new way of living that recognizes our interconnectedness with each other, with the Earth, with All of Life. One that deconstructs the militarism, the materialism and the racism that so characterizes our society.
Martin's call from long ago reaches down into our souls. He called us to grow a worldwide fellowship that “lifts concern beyond ones’s tribe, race, class and nation into an all embracing and unconditional love for all for it has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of humankind.” He pointed out that love is an often misunderstood and misinterpreted concept and that what he meant by love is " that force which is the supreme unifying principle of life, the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality…..Humanity’s last chance to choose between chaos and community.”
Today we are all called to envision and pray for a peaceful, healthy and just world of equity for all but as the Elders say, “We have to meet our prayers halfway”. We need to cultivate awareness with the spark of divinity within us and take action coming from love to transform our society so that it lives up to its professed values which we have not done. It starts with each of us deconstructing the mythic untruths of our history and taking action to create social, economic and environmental justice for all because the only way it is going to work is that it works for us all.
We are all together on Lifeboat Earth and a leak anywhere in the boat sinks us all. We all make a difference. We all have gifts to give. We all carry the sacred medicine of love and deep inner peace beneath the chaos of swirling waters of fear, anger and reactivity.
Our time on this precious body of Mother Earth is limited but while we are here we can each show up to do our part accessing the infinite potential for fullest blossoming and greatest good that is our birthright. It is our challenge and our opportunity. We took birth in this incarnation to do precisely that so let us get on with it honoring the beauty, wisdom and power available to us when we remember that we are love and our love is for giving.