Yesterday marked the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have a dream speech. He stood up and shared his dream with over two hundred thousand civil rights supporters at the Lincoln memorial. He dedicated his life to speaking up for what he believed. Now it’s your turn! But what’s in the way?
Forty years ago, the entire world faced a great trauma: three great men, John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy & Martin Luther King Jr. were publicly slain. Pretty much everyone on earth alive during Kennedy’s assassination can remember where they were when it was announced. That’s a trauma! It may be the only live televised murder in the history of the US! This created a global trauma that can be passed down genetically even to children not yet born.
Trauma’s take a great toll on human beings. They are peak emotional moments in which we evaluate the situation and make a life-long decision. We will actually re-live the moment when confronted with similar events to hold on to this decision.
First, why were they killed? Many believe, just as Lincoln was killed, their beliefs were so dangerous to some those people’s fear meant they had to stop the speaker. Change is the hardest thing for the ego to accept. What decision might an average citizen of the world make from such a trauma, now seen live with the glory of television? “Speak up for what you believe and it will be your end.” I’ve met thousands of people with this clear unconscious fear. Cheery stuff eh?
The point: It’s been 40 years! It’s time for all of us to let go of that trauma and heal. To speak up again for what YOU believe. As Neale Donald Walsh suggests: to be free means to be able to stand up and say, “This is who I am and this is what I believe!” without breaking stride. Let’s break the shackles of fear and speak up for what is right an just.
Click here for the 3-minute tribute to Martin: MLK Jr. Video