Yesterday was a holiday here in the United States in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You might not know that this daily blog, my daily shot of spiritual espresso, originated with the writing I began in 1998 in conjunction with A Season for Nonviolence which honored the life and work of Dr. King.
At that time, I joined with many other people across the nation celebrating the work of King and also Gandhi. We were honoring their legacy and the teachings of nonviolence. I began to feel that I was walking and talking with them, and the field of energy, the angels and Ascended Masters who walked and talked with them.
It was a true Joy to honor their legacy of Love.
Both King and Gandhi were profoundly inspired by the teachings of Jesus, as am I. Both Gandhi and King inspired a revolution of civil rights within their country. Both men, their teachings and their lives continue to inspire me and many others who desire to live a life of service and recognize the power of Love to transform our hearts and minds as well as our world.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a hero of mine. I’ve loved listening to and reading Rev. Dr. King’s speeches. And I love reading them as well. They never fail to inspire and uplift. He had such a gift to move, inspire and motivate people to their better nature.
One of my favorite teachings of Rev. Dr. King is his “Loving Our Enemies” sermon. It’s so powerful and beautiful, and I’ve made it a part of both my Finding Freedom and Masterful Living curriculums. You can click here to read the sermon and you can listen to the sermon and read along with this video:
I believe you’ll find the speech is just as powerful now as it was then, and it speaks to our hearts just as clearly now as it did then. The same lessons apply to our life every day.
As King demonstrates for us so clearly, Love is the way, Love is the answer, Love is an act of service, Love is our redeemer.
Love is redemptive. Hate is always destructive to the one who hates. I’ve heard people say they hate certain people, some political figures, and I invite them to change their mind. Love heals, Love reveals, and Love redeems.
King said, “love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. That’s why Jesus says, ‘Love your enemies.’ Because if you hate your enemies, you have no way to redeem and to transform your enemies. But if you love your enemies, you will discover that at the very root of love is the power of redemption. You just keep loving people and keep loving them, even though they’re mistreating you. Here’s the person who is a neighbor, and this person is doing something wrong to you and all of that. Just keep being friendly to that person. Keep loving them. Don’t do anything to embarrass them. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with bitterness because they’re mad because you love them like that. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies”
It’s a great reminder at a time when there feels like a lot of divisiveness. The time is always right to do what is loving. What’s loving is always what’s right.
The time is always right and RIPE for us to answer the call to Love, to forgive and to be of service. When we live in this way, from our heart, then our life is an inspiration to all. This is our destiny and our calling. All are called.
I invite you to listen to the speech, to savor it and apply King’s teaching to your life. You’ll find that if you do, your life will open up in ways you never imagined!
It’s not everyone who is willing to take a stand for Love. It’s not everyone who so values Love and understands the power of Love to heal and to redeem, that they’re willing to forgive, truly forgive, release all judgment and Love. But there are more of us. And, it is the Light within us that cannot be hidden.
We can all live to serve the Light within us. All are called to shine their Light. All are called to forgive. Every day offers us new opportunities to let the past go and to choose our Freedom.
A Course in Miracles tells us “To have, give all to all.”
To have Love, strength, courage and faith – give compassion, which is Love, which is ALL, to all. Having compassion for all is our divine opportunity to rise above our humanness and to transcend the limitations of a mundane life. All are called every day. We are called, every day. Let us answer the call every day and leave a legacy of Love.