“May The Truth Force Be With You” By Reverend Lola Wright

reverend lola wright speaking at bodhi spiritual center chicago - 03.26.17

On Sunday, Rev. Lola concluded our “Truth Force” series with her message, “May The Truth Force Be With You.”

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Message Notes

Opening:
The New Colombia – Guerilla Marketing for Guerillas (lowcost and unconventional marketing strategies)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnBXpwKBiiU
Civil War for 50 year – FARC
Non Negotiable in the human spirit are freedom and happiness
“Guerillas are as much a prisoner of the organization even as much as the people they hold hostage.” – Jose Miguel Sokoloff
“LUZ!” – military command
6,823 christmas globes/2000 lights down river
They were not born guerillas
“Eres mi hijo” – provoke the spirit and the soul
We don’t have to be enemies. We can be contradictors.
Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Uganda

Objectives:
Remember the power that lives IN you!
As a member of the Truth Force you are here to serve as a reminder of wholeness and of oneness as the TRUTH
Awaken the conscience/Stirring of the soul/Remembering

Keywords/Stories/Points:
Nonviolent Resistance – to stir the conscience of one’s soul.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. strategically provoked to affect change, to illicit the human capacity for compassion and connection

Your worst enemy is your mind!
SLIDE: You have to watch your thought force as carefully as you would watch the most valuable possession you have. It is all you have got. People’s enemies are those of their own household. – Love & Law by Ernest Holmes

Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau on Slavery and the Mexican War
SLIDE: Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn. – Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

Do you call forward wholeness or brokenness? Righteousness or woundedness?
SLIDE: The soul’s communication of truth is the highest event in nature. – The Over Soul by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where do you place your attention?
SLIDE: If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions. Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

YOU ARE THE ONE!
SLIDE: Many of the critical advances of the last century and a half – the end of slavery, women’s suffrage, the restriction of child labor and implementation of workplace safety standards, and the outlawing of many forms of discrimination – owe less to the legislative endgame that formalized acceptance of these causes and much more to the social movements that put them on the map. – “This Is An Uprising” by Mark Engler & Paul Engler

Cultural practices of singing community members back to recognition of Truth – YOU MAY NEED TO DO THIS WITH YOU!
Reminding them of all the incredible things they have contributed, accomplished, etc.

Westboro Departure (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVV2Zk88beY)
The power of engaging the other
If we want change we have to make the case for it.
SLIDE: One person who refuses to indulge these destructive seductive impulses. We just have to decide that it is going to start with us. – Megan Phelps Roper

Christian Bible – Adultress
Brought to Jesus to tempt him into judgement so that they may accuse him.
SLIDE: He who is among you without sin, let him first throw a stone at her. And again as he bent down, he wrote on the ground. And when they heard it, they left one by one, beginning with the elders and the woman was left alone in the midst. When Jesus straightened himself up, he said to the woman, Where are they? Did no man condemn you? John 8:7-10 Llamsa
You judge according to the flesh; but I judge no man. John 8:15 Llamsa
SLIDE: He met the woman where she was, and he treated her as if she was already where she now willed to be. In dealing with her he “believed” her into the fulfillment of her possibilities. He stirred her confidence into activity. He placed a crown over her head which for the rest of her life she would keep trying to grow tall enough to wear. – Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman

Summary:
Don’t ever underestimate the power of your word. The impact of speaking truth despite circumstances or conditions.

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