Please click on the link below to my YouTube video of a return visit to that speech and then come back and finish reading this post.
That was then.
What would I change in that address if I were to speak to students now?
Well, first of all keep in mind that I worked at a public school. So I would make no mention of spiritual beliefs. Morality, yes. Character, yes. Use the words Spirit, God, Source, Holy Spirit, Master? I couldn't. And I wouldn't out of respect for, and belief in the Separation of Church and State.
So, taking into account my parameters, I think I came close then to what I have come to remember now. If I were given the honor to speak to a group outside of public school, I would likely replace certain words and phrases. In place of "Look into the eyes of the child," I would say, With your spiritual eye look into the heart or soul of that person and see the Christ within them.
When I said, "We tend to have one of four reactions to someone who is different than ourselves," I omitted something from my listing that I would include today: We judge them. And that judgment is really a projection of our fear onto that other person.
We think it's safer that way because then we don't have to own it and try to heal from it.
I said in that address, "We need to look beyond the differences into the alikeness." Today I would say, We need to recognize that we are all one. One with our Source and one with each other.
When I said, "I believe that human beings crave survival, equality, balance..." today I would change that to, I believe that all of us crave LOVE. We are either offering love or putting out a call for love.
Then, I said, "I see each of us as a child hidden within our various bodies." Today, I remember that each of us is one with the Spirit of God merely masked by the illusion of the default-vision from our wrong-mind. Right-minded vision sees only truth, oneness, love and joy.
I did score a "BINGO!" I hit it on the head with identifying fear as the motivator for committing unloving acts.
So, after having watched my video and read the changes that I would make. I invite you to let me know by your comments what you would change. See if you think that the presentation that I made in the late 1990s is something that would lead junior high students and teachers to at least think about moving from fear to love.
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