Welcome welcome, America’s new president, Barack Obama!
This afternoon he gave his inauguration speech in front of roughly 3 bazillion people all crowded along the Washington Mall.
Thank goodness there was so much body heat going around, because it was a cold day today, yet the human popsicles came out regardless to watch our new president be sworn into office.
One of the big buzzwords these days is “Change.” So, setting this context, let’s highlight a few of the changes that he mentioned in his inauguration speech today that specifically tie into the idea of spiritual change and Oneness.
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
Love over fear. Unity trumps separation. Let go of outdated belief systems that no longer serve us.
Unconditional Love is just that: UNCONDITIONAL. That means without condition. Regardless of race, culture, history, or belief systems, you are Loved just the same. You need do nothing to earn it, nor can you lose it. You Are Truly Loved, unconditionally and infinitely Loved. It is Love that is our foundational bedrock, our core of being.
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
Our differences may exist on the surface, and we all play unique roles within All That Is, but it is our variety that makes us special, and our diversity that, when fully honored, paradoxically draws us together as One.
You and I all fit into the puzzle of All That Is when we are fully being who we are: unique expressions of the One.
To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
If you have a bunch of blocks lying on the ground, it takes power to creatively put them all together as a building. Yet when you have a building constructed of blocks, it takes virtually no power to destroy the building.
Power lies in Creation. Only the powerful can create. Anyone can destroy because it takes no power.
For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.
You are your society. You are the people. The All are the One and the One is the All. We are one nation.
It is up to you to take responsibility for your life, to create your reality, and to serve yourself through service to others, for you and the other are One.
It’s time for change! Let’s sing it with Here II Here!