Inauguration Countdown Day 5 — I Have a Dream

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We the Peaceful have the opportunity to stretch and grow, to become bigger than we were before, to expand beyond the point in history where we are now, instead of retreating to lick our wounds.


When we access the power of the universe, when we plug into progressive ideals, then our motivation to improve life works with that power the same as plugging a lamp into a socket. We come alive! We light up! We feel joyful and energized.


Let’s imagine future historians are looking back on the aftermath of Election 2016. What will they report? Will they say there were strong ongoing protests to Trump’s agenda and his nominees for the cabinet, and the progressives held him accountable?


Will they say that we never gave up? That we kept moving forward with our dream for all that this great country can be? Will they praise the progressives for refusing to be rattled by the threats of an extremist?


Years ago, in the early days of the Civil Rights movement to gain freedom for people of color in our country, Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birth we celebrate today, commemorated by a  national holiday in his honor, delivered a speech on August 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C. as part of a nonviolent march on the capital. The initial title of his speech was “Normalcy, Never Again” but due to his repetitive use of the phrase “I have a dream” that became the name of this, his most famous speech.  Dr. King was assassinated less than five years later.


These words are excerpted from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech:


“In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”


If we worry that it’s going to be too hard to fight Trump and neutralize his extremist agenda,  or that it’s hopeless anyway, so we might as well hunker down and wait out his term, then we are becoming part of the problem in our nation instead of standard-bearers in the realm of solutions.


When we abandon disempowering thoughts, then we create space in our hearts and minds to harness the energy of the universe and use it to manifest the results we want.


Affirm:  “I do not resist this situation. I put it in the hands of Infinite Love and Wisdom. Let the Divine idea now come to pass.” Florence Scovel Shinn


I believe in the cardinal virtues of a true statesman:


> Self-control

> Capacity for listening to others and considering new ideas

> Ability to compromise

>  At ease with himself

>  Deeply spiritual and aware of a power greater than himself

> Desire to be of service to others

> Healthy ego, acts like the parent on an airplane, taking care of his own oxygen need first in order to be of use to his children

> Compassionate and kind

> Self-discipline

> Soft-spoken and well-mannered

> Even-tempered

> Interested in other people’s point of view


At every time in history when oppression reigned there have always been freedom fighters and resistance movements. The weight of fear and the inertia of despair caused prolonging of tyranny, but eventually we as a race always move upward into a higher level of awareness and freedom. The bondage of fear keeps us entrapped. Instead of titling my next screenplay “Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue” I’d rather write that dreams do come true when we work together and focus on progress.


Here is the dream I have for our country:


I dream of a nation where our leaders and citizens work together to create greater good for all.


I dream that we the people enjoy and expand our material wealth and enjoy a healthy and vibrant social structure that allows all individuals to prosper and to express their natural gifts.


I dream of a time when everyone lives in peace and harmony, having abandoned the old ideas that we must compete against each other in order to survive and struggle to afford the bare necessities. I dream that all schoolchildren learn how to use the laws of the mind and have ready access to all the support they need from their local communities and states, and at the federal level too, in order to fulfill their destinies and create more love and expansion in our great nation.


Peace in our time? Yes it is possible. If we want it enough, we can create peace. However, it won’t come by decree from outside of us. It starts within, in our own hearts. Releasing your emotional reaction to Trump’s election is the first place to start. Replace it with a sense of calmness and surety that all is working out, and together we will indeed triumph.


“This one simple change—seeking and finding peace within—could, were it undertaken by everyone, end all wars, eliminate conflict, prevent injustice, and bring the world to everlasting peace. There is no other formula necessary, or possible. World peace is a personal thing! What is needed is not a change of circumstance, but a change of consciousness.”  Neale Donald Walsch, from The Complete Conversations with God


We fly our nation’s flag at half-staff (some say “half-mast”) as a sign of mourning, such as on Memorial Day in honor of our war dead, on the day before and the day after a member of Congress dies, and by proclamation from the President as well as from the Governors of individual states. The proclamations include the specific days for the flag to be at half-staff, and when the flag should be returned to full-staff, sometimes from sunrise to sunset on the same day and sometimes to be lowered to half-staff and not be returned to full-staff until a week later.


On Wednesday November 11, 2016, the day after the presidential election, I noticed that the American flag atop Belvedere Castle in New York City’s Central Park was flying at half-mast. No doubt it was a “coincidence” and there was an official reason for the signal of grief. But it seemed a providential coincidence indeed.


Over half the voters of America were in deep mourning, shocked and dismayed that our fellow citizens would actually elect a reality TV show host known for his utter disregard for the rights of others to be President of the United States. As a whole, it seems that Trump’s party is deep in anger and they want to spread it around as much as possible. I’ve been attacked (via email and social media) for writing my countdown blog and writing this book. Seriously? You can’t tolerate a writer who is offering stress relief to others?  


A signal of dire distress: flying the American flag upside down. 


Let us do everything we can to be sure we never need to display that signal.

I’ll get into all of this in greater detail in my new book America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters—coming on Inauguration Day. 

America's New Breed of Freedom Fighters book cover

Are you in? Okay, then put aside the panic, breathe mindfully, and realize this is an incredible opportunity for all of us to “fight” for the freedom and justice we desire.  More to come in the rest of this blog countdown to Inauguration 2017, and in my new book which will be released that day:  America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters: With Liberty and Justice for All

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