Martin Luther King dared to dream of a world that was healed. He planted the seeds of change when he shared this dream. His dream seeded the garden of the civil rights movement. Protests are revolutionary. However, unlike revolutions of the past that were violence, Dr. King’s nonviolent protests were about awareness, education and dialogue. Both protest and revolution are about change. But they are often sown in the soil of anger and frustration and are from seeds of fighting for equality and justice. However, Dr. King’s dream were seeds for a new world. These seeds were of hope and healing. His dream went beyond the notions of protest and revolution. His dream was beyond differences and recognized that we all have the capacity to heal ourselves and make the world a better place in which to live. Dr. King’s dream was about evolving.
In recognition of the Martin Luther King holiday, consider the possibility of an evolutionary act. When we dare to heal ourselves and hold sacred space for others to heal, this is evolutionary. Many of us know prayer or meditation with intention works miracles. When we pray, meditate and believe; change happens. Furthermore, when we gather and pray or meditate with common intention, change can occur beyond our wildest imagination. Perhaps we open our hearts and acknowledge the soul of another. Maybe we find that we all desire peace, health, love and life. This can happen in a few moments of silence without a single word of anger or frustration.
I wonder if….cell phones, internet and social media could be tools for evolutionary change. In an instant, we can set a gathering time and place…anytime and anywhere. We could “flash mob” a gathering of peace, love and light for the evolutionary act of healing.
I wonder if…the various mass shootings and police involved shootings are an opportunity for evolutionary healing. In the case of a mass shooting, after the shock and the grieving, the community could come together to heal.
I wonder if...in the case of an officer involved shooting, the community could come together with the purpose of healing and change. Imagine a community encircling a police station. Holding hands and at a designated time of silence, pray/meditate for the deceased’s family, for the healing of the officer and of the community. During the moment of silence, imagine and send peace, love and light. Perhaps afterwards, there is a "holding of sacred space" for a dialogue about change that is based on hope and healing. Imagine a community taking the opportunity to open our hearts and souls to our brothers and sisters in uniform. Image that we all realize that we are a community grounded and related in peace, love and light.
A couple of side notes:
Let’s not forget what we ask young men and women to train for combat in our military. That these young folks have experienced combat in foreign arenas and are trained to respond as a militarized police force. Many return home with varying degrees of physical, emotional, mental and existential wounds. Some of these young men and women return home and become our police officers. However, they have fought in hostile environments. Now, at home we ask them to be a part of our community. How do we ensure that these young men and women with many valuable skills and experiences make the adjustment or transition to protecting and serving in our community?
The other note, major media focuses on differences with very little analysis. This leads to polarized factions of our society and world. This media seems to promote “the frenzy of blood in the water.” The problem with this frenzy is that it is diversionary, trite and only of a brief news cycle but with lingering effects…this is disingenuous. Without active, informed and studied dialogue, there is very little opportunity for non-violent resolution. It may seem there are no other options available except for armed revolution. Yikes! Is this what we want? Perhaps the armed militia, the military industrial police state complex; and most certainly the war profiteers are licking their chops. Have not we been doing this revolutionary/war thing long enough?
If you are reading this, you are already an evolved revolutionary. On this Martin Luther King Day, take a few moments to dream and imagine peace, love and light.
Turn on your lovelight, let shine!