Personal Development and Spirituality Topics

with Karen Scheel

What Rules Life?

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. on January 17th. This man was a bit before my time – I was a young girl when he was murdered. Like many, I merely thought of him as a major civil rights player for African Americans. It was not until years after his death that I began to fully comprehend and appreciate his profound spiritual wisdom and teachings. I think the most important aspect for me was learning through his literary works that what rules life (God) was the ultimate force governing his life, and his strength and courage to do what needed to be done came directly from the very same source referenced in our Bible.

From my perspective, his work was not just about breaking the chains of racial injustice, as this was only a symptom for something that goes much deeper. Like Jesus and many other prophets that came to begin our liberation process, I believe Martin Luther King was another messenger sent to this Earth to continue this transformational healing work on behalf of the divine, loving presence that binds us all.

With the very same vision and conviction as his predecessors, his underlying message seemed to be more about inspiring people of every race and religious persuasion to see God in our lives and practice love and forgiveness. He challenged us to become conscious thinking people rather than just followers. He encouraged all people to walk a non-violent and compassionate path that is open to new truth, along with warning that our nation would lose her soul if it continued its involvement in war, which still rages on today in various forms.

Beyond any doubt, what ruled this man’s life and death is something to celebrate. May we all learn to take the messages of Jesus Christ, and employ the strategy of Mahatma Gandhi to establish peace and unity in our world, which is the legacy that Martin Luther King Jr. left for all people.

  • “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
  • “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
  • “We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
  • “The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”
  • “The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”
  • “The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”
  • “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
  • “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
  • “If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

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