#4964 - Thursday, July 4, 2013 -
Editor: Gloria Lee
Celebrate true freedom. Freedom from ignorance and hate.
photo via Lois P. Jones on Facebook
Only here - in this land of freedom, lies the flower of life:
Love. Only here,
can love be. And: "Without love there is no freedom:
without love, freedom
is merely an idea which has no value at all."
Matters not what you comprehend, believe, understand, know - or
know. Only, through moment-to-moment awareness of Self, is there
Our thoughts are on Mandela these days as he nears the end of
Every time I hear his name I think about this exchange
former US President Bill Clinton and Mandela.
"That was pretty smart of you to have your jailers come to the
Inauguration and all of that, but let me ask you something." I said, "Didn't
you really hate them for what they did?"
He said, "Oh, yeah, I hated them for a long time." He said, "I
on hate for 12 years. I broke rocks every day, and I stayed
alive on hate."
And he said, "They took a lot away from me. They took me
away from my
wife, and it subsequently destroyed my marriage. They took me
seeing my children grow up. They abused me mentally and
one day," he said, "I realized they could take it all except
my mind and my
He said, "Those things I would have to give to them, and I
not to give them away."
And so so I said to him, I said, "Well, what about when you
out of prison?" I said, "The day you got out of prison in 1990,
Sunday morning, and I got my daughter up early in the morning, and I
her down to the kitchen, and I turned on the television, and she was
little girl then, and I sat her up on the kitchen counter. And I
'Chelsea, I want you to watch this. This is one of the most important
you'll ever see in your life.' "
And I said, "I watched you walk down that dirt road to freedom."
"Now, when you were walking down there, and you realized how long
been in their prison, didn't you hate them then? Didn't you feel
hatred?" He said, "Yes, I did a little bit." He said, "I felt that."
said, "Frankly, I was kind of afraid, too, because I hadn't been free
But he said, "As I felt the anger rising up, I thought to
myself, 'They have
already had you for 27 years. And if you keep hating
them, they'll have you
again.' And I said, 'I want to be free. And so I let
it go. I let it go."
The world will never have peace until we all realize every
on this planet has the right to exist. Not only do all people
deserve to exist,
I have friends who are vegan, animal activist and will say
things like "close
the borders, get rid of the damn Mexicans, if they are
here illegally and
they are in this country, they don't deserve to survive.
They are not my
problem, they broke the law, get rid of them." To me this is
ignorance, but I hold no hostility, because how many times
have I been
ignorant in my life? Thousands, we all have. I used to believe
were lazy, God how fucking stupid and ignorant was I? My eyes
closed, but now I see. Maybe that's why God put me through my whole
experience with illness.
I love you all, especially those with bigotry, ignorance and
hatred in your
hearts. Why especially those people? Because I have been you,
I am you at
times and I know you need love most of all.
I challenge you to explore thoughts that might not be from your
power. Put your hand on your heart and say a belief like "Mexican
are not my problem, they are breaking they law, if they die, they
does your body feel, how does your heart feel, bet not too good.
our thoughts is how we heal the world, not listening blindly to
messages of hate. I invite everybody to explore your thoughts and
they bring peace to your body and heart. If they don't, I invite
you to let
them go. Peace.