This past Monday we celebrated the work and the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Perhaps one of his most quoted speeches is titled "I Have A Dream". What he outlined in that 1963 speech was both the reality manifesting in the world and the possibilities he envisioned, worked for and believed in.
It is easy to become overwhelmed by what we see manifesting in the world. We may feel injured, depressed, and hopeless that change can really come. Yet change does come. Slowly but with the efforts of each and every one. Surely Germany under the rule of the Nazi's was an oppressive environment and yet some of the most miraculous stories are of individual's who took action to save the lives of others. Watching the movie "Harriet" I was reminded of the power of a single individual, Harriet Tubman, to manifest a different reality than what others expected was possible.
A less quoted line in King's speech says, "We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force."
At Unity of Lehigh Valley we have a vision statement that says, "We co-create an awakened world of peace, harmony and abundance." That is our dream. It may not be what we see in the world right now yet we continue to hold to the possibility of it in our hearts. We manifest it first in ourselves, then in our spiritual community, then in the Lehigh Valley, then in the United States, and then in the whole planet. Dreams are the vision of possibilities we see with the eyes of spirit. Let us always hold to our dreams and act with dignity and discipline to bring dreams into manifestation. Rev Joy