ON THE PATH: Walking in Beauty. A Magical Life.
Let the healing begin! Female survivors of sexual assault, be healed & made whole again. You are loved. This was never your fault. Hold your head up high.
Spiritual awakenings are not always pretty. We need to open our eyes & look at the facts.
WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY…The Spiritual Awakening of America
This is a speech given by President Lyndon B Johnson on slavery & affirmative action. He was instrumental in helping establish programs that created affirmative action for descendants of slaves.
Oddly enough, Johnson was a notorious racist for many years. However, after receiving pressure & speaking with civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr & Bayard Rustin he began to see that the playing field was not level.
He came to understand that America amassed it’s huge wealth and became a super power quickly because of slavery. Slavery was not just a southern thing. It was a northern thing too. He understood that descendants of slaves needed access to the same opportunities white Americans had been given by government but had been largely excluded from such as a loan to buy a home, low-cost access to higher education, government contracts for their small business, a loan to start their business in the first place, the ability to buy a home in the neighborhood of their choice & move into the middle class.
All of the things I mentioned were government programs. The government put those programs in place after the great depression because they saw white American’s struggling. They understood that white American’s could not do it alone & needed help. They put pressure on local government to create jobs for the Irish & Italian immigrants so they could be lifted out of poverty. They were given the police force & fire department. That is why you will often find so many Irish & Italians in those fields today.
In the entire history of America, there has never been something like “pull yourself up by the boot straps.” The government routinely stepped in to help it’s White Citizens.
Lyndon Johnson wanted to do the same for descendants of slaves but unfortunately, the policies were changed to include all minorities & now a program meant for freed slaves and their descendants largely goes to white women.
Did you know that slaves helped build many of our colleges and universities? Not only did they help with the construction, they also cooked the food & maintained the grounds.
I am saying all this to say, we have got to learn our history.
REFLECTIONS ON THE PATH: 2015 TO THE PRESENT
When I began my journey almost a year ago I knew that I was searching for something that would change me for the better. I wasn’t exactly on a journey to find myself. I have always known who I am, despite what others would like me to believe.
Looking back, almost a year ago now, I think the point was to become bigger than my body. I think the whole point was to become bigger than my country and more expansive than the confines of race, religion, or the status quo would allow.
I suppose I was on a quest to fully accept myself and embrace the divine energy that flows through my spirit and gives my body life.
I learned a lot and received some great revelations along the way. Time has shown me what I cannot change and for that I am grateful.
I have come to realize that despite my best efforts I can’t shatter people’s perceptions of me. I can’t take away their judgments. I can’t prevent someone from seeing me as they want me to be.
Try as I might I can’t prevent someone from seeing my beauty, spirituality, or bravery as a threat to their very existence or ability to feel alive in this world.
I can only be who I am. I can only shine and be refined into an even purer version of myself. I realize that the light will blind some people. Their eyes will refuse to adjust. They may become violent, angry, or dismissive in act to maintain a sense of balance and control.
I cannot allow their behavior or their ignorance to prevent me from growing. I cannot allow their lack of self love to prevent me from honoring myself.
I now understand that the ability to love myself and be true to myself is the most revolutionary and radical act I can ever take.
I don’t have to denigrate someone else to appear strong. I don’t have to go where I am not wanted. I don’t have to share space, conversations, or my bed with anyone who refuses to acknowledge my brilliance.
I don’t have to, I don’t want to , and I won’t. I won’t do it.
I will not hide.
Not in Europe. Not in Africa. Not in any part of my life.
I refuse to be silent.
I am here.
The journey taught me that.
I am here.
**This message is for me but it also for you: Don’t hide. Be who you are**
Love from Florence,