I wake up. I allow my spirit to reunited with my physical body. As I come to life I think of all the exciting things that I will do today. I play the day ahead of me in a positive light. I project joy in every situation that I will encounter. I sense state of unconditional love surrounding me. I give it and I receive it.
I see abundance and prosperity following me throughout the day. I will enjoy the positive side of everything I do. My spiritual journey never ends. I will watch and enjoy the day as it unfolds before me. Beauty will surround me. All that I desire is within reach. I will ask, I will receive.
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I will get comfortable and close my eyes. When I close my eyes, my sight is infinite. My body comes to life as I relax. I will inhale and relax. I will allow my body to come to life with the light of the Universe. I will begin my journey.
I ascend to a state of deep relaxation. I enjoy the sense of feeling weightless. I feel like I am floating. Bright light is all around me. It’s brilliant rays energize me. Something is coming-something wonderful. I feel it growing inside of me. It is small but it feels magnificent. I know the feeling. It is joy. The joy grows until is surrounds me. It is infinite. I am now surrounded by infinite joy. I will attract all good things today. The light has given me the wisdom of the Universe to bring peace and love to everyone I encounter. I will experience an abundant life. Today there is no limit to what I can do. Serenity will follow me throughout the day. I am ready to greet the world.
I believe that it is my personal responsibility to give the world my best. It is my joy to live, love and give of myself. I owe it to everyone I encounter to be professional, courteous, friendly and honest. I owe the world my attention. If I see something beautiful I will savor the moment. I will help make the world beautiful. My contribution to the world shows the gratitude that I have for an abundant life.
My personal responsibility will evolve over time. I will give of myself at deeper level of consciousness. I will share with my community. I will give of the knowledge and abilities that I receive. I give back what the Universe has given to me. I give what I would like to receive. I will align my thoughts with generosity, kindness, and the welfare of my community. My community will prosper by the contributions that I make. My personal responsibility will create a magnificent world.
My vision is corrected by meditation. Amazing things are happening all around me. I need not change my environment. I will change my vision instead. There is a positive side to every person, place or thing in the Universe. I will give the positive all of my attention. There are many ways that I can change my vision through meditation. I will practice every one of them that feels right to my child. My child is my visionary. I open my mind, heart and spirit to everything that is magnificent. I aspire to nothing less than magnificence.
I will close my eyes and see beautiful things. I will feel serenity at the deepest level of my consciousness that I can reach. I will give these things that I see and feel all of my attention. I will nurture these thoughts and create my own experience. I will align my thoughts with all the comforts me. My vision will manifest the life of my dreams.
I will visualize success. I see great things in my life. I see magnificent things in the rest of the world. I will go on a journey. I will see my beautiful home. I will see my beautiful garden. I see abundance. I visualize peace and prosperity all around me. The people have risen to greater heights. When I visualize success, it is for everyone.
I see great things on my journey. I see the my relationships are harmonious. There is a great light all around me. I am aligned with the Universe. There is order. I enjoy peace and understanding. I open the floodgates and I become one with Magnificence. When I visualize success, I see unconditional love for all people, places and things in the Universe.
I am receiving the gifts of the Universe. I will ask the Universe to provide all things. I will ask the Universe for abundance and prosperity. I will close my eyes and visualize an abundant life. If I believe that I am attracting all good things I will receive. I will live the life of my dreams if I align my thoughts with a magnificent life. I will feel all the sensations of peace, love, joy, serenity and prosperity. I will feel the joy that I feel because I am blessed with a life without need.
I will align all things with the life of my dreams. I will align my actions with those of a productive life. My thinking will reflect the attitudes associated with abundance. I will thank the Universe and I will express gratitude in every way. I will think of all the things that I am blessed with and why these things are a blessing to me. I will love the people in my life. I will show them that I love them. I will be kind to strangers. I will smile. The gifts of the Universe are all around me. My gratitude will attract the gifts of the Universe.
Risks, worth taking, enrich my life. Although there are many variables, life is not an equation. I will take risks because I have faith in myself. I have faith in myself because I derive my power from the Universe which is infinite. I will enjoy wonderful changes in my life when I do not try to predict the outcome. The Universe holds many wonderful opportunities that are beyond my imagination. The only way to welcome them into my life is through taking risks.
Life can be an amazing journey. If all of my actions create predictable outcomes, life has no mystery. I am limited to my imagination. I will take risks that make my heart beat faster. I will feel a tickle in my belly. There will be anticipation. Risks, worth taking, will give me the life that the Universe offers me. I will walk through life with wonder and excitement. I will keep my eyes and my heart open. I will take a deep breath and jump. I will land in the life of my dreams.
I will honor the person I have become. I will treat myself with as much grace and dignity as I would a guest in my home. I will eat foods that nourish me. I will bathe myself with care. I will like what I see when I look at myself in the mirror. I will keep my home beautiful. I will honor the work that I do by doing it well. I will honor the Universe by treating everything in it with respect.
The highest form of honor is love. My primary purpose in life is to achieve unconditional love for all things. I will achieve this task by starting with myself. I will give myself a big hug one hundred times a day! I will give myself the great accolades. I will earn them by doing amazing things. Above all, I will accept myself exactly as I am, from the mistakes to the crowning achievements. I am a child of the Universe that deserves to be honored. Love Yourself
I will speak to my inner self, the one who listens, the one who acts. I will not listen to the voice that criticizes everything I do. Every day I wake up, I will wake up to the miracle. I will feel unconditional love for everyone and everything. I will tell people that life is good when they ask how I am doing. I will offer kind words to everyone I talk to. I will allow my inner self to do all the thinking and planning. I will act on the suggestions of my inner self.
My inner self is delighted that the flowers are blooming. He only thinks of things that inspire joy. He knows that I have all my needs met and that I will continue to be abundant. Today I will give him the job of personal coach. He is the one who I want to guide me through the day. He will keep me aligned with the universe. I will enjoy peace because my inner self is all about that and he will provide all that I need. I love my inner self. I will travel through life knowing that he is there and taking care of me, now and forever. My inner self is joy, spontaneity, love, ambition- he is gentle beyond words. My inner self will always be part of me. I will never be alone.
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.
But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition.
In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now.
This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.
Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.
I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
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