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"I Have A Dream"
by Martin Luther King, Jr

Part of a speech delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963. Source: Martin Luther King, Jr: The Peaceful Warrior, Pocket Books, NY 1968

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring." And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"


Wisdom from the Elders

"To succeed in the new economy, we must operate by the design principles of the rainforest"

Mr Tachi Kiuchi - Managing Director of Mitsubishi Electric USA & Chair of Future 500 USA

 

Every gardener knows you don't cause a plant to grow ... Sooner or later we'll all wake up and realize that the industrial system is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nature"  ...... Peter Senge senior lecturer at MIT, chairperson of SoL

 

"I am working for the creation, I refuse to take part in it's destruction" - American Indian Elder

 

"These are our times and our responsibilities. Every human being has a sacred duty to protect the welfare of our mother earth, from whom all life comes. In order to do this we must recognize the energy there is within us. We must begin with ourselves." - Tadadaho Chief Lean Shenandoah

 

Keeping the water pure is one of the first laws of life - American Indian Elder

 

"When I'm on a high mountain, looking out over the country, my unggur (life force) flows out from inside my body, and I fall open with happiness."

 - David Mowaljarlai - Ngarinyin Elder

 

We must widen the circle of our love till it embraces the whole village: the village in it's turn must take into it's fold the district, the district the province, and so on till the scope of our love becomes coterminous with the world. - Mahatma Ghandi 1929

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end up by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning. - Mahatma Ghandi 1937

 

Our people believe that on the day we start communicating with dolphins and whales, great doors of knowledge and wisdom will be opened to us because these marine animals, the umkhoma (the conqueror) and the ihlengethwa (the redeemer) are custodians of knowledge that we wretched beings have not dreamt about - Credo Mutwa - African Zulu Elder

 

"Great Spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Albert Einstein

 

Perception depends on your energy and ability to receive - build your abilities purposefully

 

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed it is the only thing that ever has" - Margaret Mead

 

The great strength of prominent cultures is unity

 

Yoda - "My ally is the force and a powerful force it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the force around you, here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes even between the land and the ship."

Luke Skywalker - "You want the impossible, I don't believe it."

Yoda - "That is why you fail."  

  From "The Empire Strikes Back"

 

"The only significant things in life are how much you have loved, and how much you have let go"

- Buddha 500 BC

 

 

Nelson Mandela - About Personal Power

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous ?

Actually, who are you NOT to be ?

You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

You were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us: it's in EVERYONE ! And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others !

Integrating Love & Power

Power properly understood is the ability to achieve purpose ... Power is not only desirable but necessary in order to implement the demands of love and justice. One of the greatest problems of history is that the concepts of love and power are usually contrasted as polar opposites. Love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love ....

What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.

Nelson Mandela 1994 Inaugural speech

 

Inspiration

"Never give a sword to a man who cannot dance" - Old Celtic motto

"Integrity is the essence of everything" - R. Buckminster Fuller

Everything is Energy - Deepak Chopra, Albert Einstein et al

 

Thought (which is energy) creates your reality (physical and non-physical)

- shown by Albert Einstein & Quantum Physics

Approximately 95 % of thoughts are subconscious ie unknown to the conscious mind.

What's really driving you ? Increasing conscious awareness increases abilities & power.

We experience what we believe. If we don't believe that we experience what we believe, then we don't, which still means the first statement is true. - Harry Palmer

"For things to change first I must change"

"My health and wealth are created by my daily habits"

An unhappy man is never lucky - Arabian proverb

Clarity in the Present Moment - Leads to Power

"Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can"

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Choice, not chance determines destiny

Find the truth and the truth will set you free

"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow"

- Ronald E. Osborn

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to

excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor"

- Vincent T. Lombardi

"It's a funny thing about life: If you refuse to accept anything but the very best, you will very often get it"

- W. Somerset Maugham

Desire is our greatest motivator

There is always room at the top

True Power is not rigidity. True Power is a mind/body state (integrated) in which energy flows unrestricted towards a purpose.

Denial prolongs struggle

"The only significant things in life are how much you have loved, and how much you have let go"

- Buddha 500 BC

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