I’ve been thinking a lot about faith since reading The Scalpel and the Soul by Allan Hamilton. He is a Harvard-trained neurosurgeon and tells about many experiences he had during his years in the field that are unexplainable by science as we know it. The last story in his book blew me away and really challenged the skeptic in me. I don’t know what I believe exactly in terms of God or past-lives or any of that, but I am finding a growing desire to explore.
Mostly my desire is driven by the sense that if we accept limitations–our own and those of the world–they become reality. Even if they aren’t true. Openness and exploration give us a chance to find out for ourselves how big and rich and full our human experiences can be.
A powerful article I read today discussed Martin Luther King, Jr. and how mainstream society minimizes and waters down the contribution he made to our country. More than the Civil Rights Act or the Voting Rights Act…he encouraged black people to do what they were most afraid of doing for fear of retribution by whites–because when blacks faced those fears together and survived they found true freedom.
To honor him today, I offer thanks for his brave and loving heart that inspired black people (and ALL sorts of people) to stand up for their freedom, their families, and their right to justice. I am inspired by his work and his words. I don’t know what God is, but I know that love and opening my heart are central to whatever’s important about life.
As King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Start from love. Even if you don’t feel it or know it. Pretend. Explore. Ask for it. See what happens.