Dreaming of better days | Midway Como Frogtown Monitor
By Melvin Giles [email protected]
“Dreams and expectations are two very different things. Dreams require a leap of faith, trusting the Spirit to hold the net, so that you can continue in re-creating the world with your energy, soul, gifts, and vision. Expectations are the emotional investment the ego makes in a particular outcome: what must happen for that dream to come true … Living your life as a dreamer and not as a “wait” is a personal declaration of independence. You can seek happiness more directly when you don’t get caught up in the details of the delivery. Dreaming, not expecting, allows Spirit to step in and surprise you with connection, completion, consummation, celebration. – Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance
Happy readers of the July Monitor,
Hope you are all enjoying the summer and dreaming of better and brighter days. I also hope you feel the liberating energy to learn and accept hard truths such as the meaning of Juneteenth or the cover-up of the horrific Black Wall Street bombings of 1921 and the citizens’ bloodbath. black and brown from Tulsa. Hearing and then accepting facts that have not been taught to us can be difficult and confusing, especially when we have been educated with false and omitted historical information alongside truthful and proud information and facts.
Yes, often new knowledge and undiscovered documented evidence is hard to swallow or just hear, even when we see or feel the truth / reality. For example, climate change, or the attempted treasonable January 6 revolt on our National Capitol, or the current massacre of Mother Earth by Pipeline 3 and the direct inhuman assault on the mothers, fathers and children of our First Nation. However, we can continue to uplift ourselves and let our best angels help us come to terms with the jubilation of undoing and dismantling the deception of past and present wrongs of our country and state and unjust actions and policies. For example, when we can recognize facts such as the largest mass hangings on December 26, 1862 in US history in our own Mankato, Minnesota of 38 Dakota warriors or the mob lynching on June 15, 1920 of three young black men by the people of Duluth, Minn., we release the shame and guilt that makes it difficult to digest new information and truths and we receive renewed hope that we can handle the reconciliation and restoration of the misdeeds and tragedies of our past and our present time.
It was great to see so many people eager to honor and celebrate the significance of Juneteenth after decades of requests and petitions; all that remains is to link the points of Juneteenth to the law on voting rights! Likewise, many people, especially white people, are reading or learning the most authentic July 4 speech that Fredrick Douglass gave on July 5, 1852. Please research “What is the slave is July 4th? I think this will give additional background and context to accept and recognize why ‘Black Lives Matter’ and why ‘Pipeline 3′ needs to end / stop! Here are a few lines from Mr. Douglass’ speech:
“I say this with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included in the glorious anniversary! Your great independence only reveals the immeasurable distance that separates us. The blessings you rejoice in today are not shared. The rich legacy of justice, freedom, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought you light and healing, brought me scratches and death. This July 4th is yours, not mine. You can rejoice, I must cry. Dragging a chained man into the great illuminated temple of liberty, and inviting him to join you in joyful hymns, was inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony… I do not despair of this country. There are forces in action, which must inevitably bring about the fall of slavery. ‘The arm of the Lord is not shortened,’ and the punishment of slavery is certain. So I leave where I started, with hope. While drawing encouragement from the Declaration of Independence, the great principles it contains, and the genius of American institutions, my mind is also encouraged by the obvious trends of the time.
Let us also be encouraged by the evident trends of the times and our period of knowledge and of new and old facts uncovered, and of our continued mutual bending towards justice. Together, we can continue to take steps of faith and continue with optimism in recreating our beautiful, just and environmentally friendly world that we want. Dream and believe !!!!!!
May there be peace in the communities of Rondo, Frogtown, Hamline / Midway, Como and surrounding areas …
May peace be in our homes and communities …
May peace prevail on earth MPPOE) !!!!
BE SMART! DO YOUR PART! Get your vaccines !!!