Dr Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream speech
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… not ‘I have a complaint’

I listened to a broadcast  of Dr Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ and as always was moved and uplifted.

How wonderful to hear it echo down the generations and get another airing even as we teeter on the brink of conflict on a global scale.

I heard a researcher say it had taken him decades to mine the many layers of meaning and wisdom in the speech.

He pointed out that King said ‘I have a dream’.  Not ‘I have a complaint’.  

I was struck by how faithfully our inner worlds are mirrored in the outer, and how we each need to do the inner work so that we can, in Ghandi’s words, ‘Be the change’ we want to see in the world.  Then I caught a glimpse of my own dream.

I have a dream …

I dream of the day that all the scared little pieces of us that split away when stuff was happening that we couldn’t make sense of, come back together and know they are safe.

I dream of the day that all the warring, self-critical, judgemental parts of us lay down their arms and accept, with a huge sigh of relief, that there’s nothing about us that needs to be fixed, altered or healed and there’s nothing external we need to acquire to make us complete.

I dream of the day that we let go of the stories we’ve been telling ourselves and others about who we are in the world, stop pretending to be someone else and finally show up as the powerful, loving, infinitely creative Beings that we are.

I also noticed that I have a lot of complaints. I’m off to flip them over into dreams right now 🙂

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2 Comments on He Said ‘I Have A Dream’

  1. Ooh, love this Linda, what a wonderful way of flipping our complaint pancakes into dreams!
    I have a dream that when people ask our children ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ they’re able to answer: ‘what do you mean, what do I want to be? I already am.’

    So, they don’t have this sense that growing into adulthood is diminishing their spirit in any way, or having to lose those bits of themselves anywhere along the way 🙂
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