From the time he assumed leadership of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott in 1955 to his murder 13 years later, Martin Luther King, Jr faced hundreds of death threats. His home was bombed, with his wife and young children inside. He was hounded by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, which bugged his home and hotel rooms, circulated salacious gossip about him and even tried to induce him to commit suicide after he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
The defining moment of his life came late one night during the bus boycott when he received a threatening telephone call: “Nigger,” the caller began, “we are tired of you and your mess now. And if you aren’t out of this town in three days, we’re going to blow your brains out and blow up your house.”
Shaken, King went to the kitchen to pray: “I could hear an inner voice saying to me, ‘Martin Luther, stand up for righteousness. Stand up for justice. Stand up for truth. And lo I will be with you, even until the end of the world…’“
King, Martin Luther, Jr (1929-1968) American cleric, Nobel Prize recipient (Peace, 1964) [noted for his instrumental role in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s; for his eloquence and commitment to nonviolent tactics; for his leadership of many peaceful demonstrations (among them the 1963 March on Washington, at which he delivered his legendary “I have a dream” speech); and for his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee in 1964]
In general, most people don’t face the dangers that Martin Luther King faced in his day. Unlike Dr. King, most of the fears that we face are invisible barriers within our own minds. In Dr. King’s case, he contended against invisible barriers within other people’s minds. Invisible barriers of fear and hatred within these people resulted in acts of hatred.
Invisible barriers of fear and hatred within our own minds can also cause us to “explode” into fits of rage or “implode” into self destructive behavior. In most cases, of these invisible barriers, people tend to “implode” resulting in ubiquitous states of depression like self loathing and self neglect; in turn, neglect can be externalized like neglect of one’s environment (e.g. clutter).
All of this begins with invisible barriers of hatred and fear within the mind. Some fears are justified such as traumatic accidents during childhood discussed by Jim McElwee in this second installment on courage.
On the other hand, there are unjustified fears that are pushed upon us during childhood such as fear of other races, fear of being a minority race, fear of different people, and fear of being different. If we respect Martin Luther King Day in any way, we must face these fears beginning with our own.
The most unjustified fear that I would have to say is fear of sexuality. In the context of psychoneuroimmunology, fear of one’s own sexuality can lead to a miasm of chronic emotional and physical ailments.
Children are highly sensitive. No one needs to be emotionally abused, least of all children. Unfortunately, most adults, upon having children, carry on a legacy of emotional abuse based at the mistreatment of sexuality – because this is how they were raised. Dangerous pride tells them that they were raised fine, so they can go ahead and tell their kids that the sexual function is a dirty thing.
Yes, the sexual function is a dirty thing – for dirty people. Remember when I told you that human beings are basically spiritual beings inextricably connected to physical bodies? I still believe that.
As I explain at Sexual HealingMindN, the human sexual function is simply a function of convergence that can be found throughout all of nature. And all of nature is a good, life-positive place; it’s not a dirty place. It only becomes dirty when it’s treated dirty – by dirty people.
Invisible barriers of fear and hatred are created within the minds of children when the adults around them treat a natural function like a dirty thing that must be avoided or they will “have hell to pay.” Then the kids want to do it as an act of defiance if not to make themselves feel better from all the emotional abuse from adults and peers.
Kids will be kids: They want to “roll in the mud” in spite of adults screaming at the top of their lungs, “NO!”
On the other hand, when we overcome those barriers of fear and hatred within our own minds as adults, then we sit down and explain the necessary emotional and personal commitment that goes into true love with another person, wherein there is true happiness.
With real courage, we explain to our kids the necessary maturity involved in a true love relationship wherein promiscuous activities will only distract them from their life goals. See, isn’t that simple? It’s a matter of being sensitive – and having the courage to be sensitive.
Unfortunately, most parents don’t want to take the time to read any manuals or hear any speeches on how to raise kids with spiritual values of love and respect – because their dangerous pride tells them, “I was raised fine…” To top it off, preaching fear and hatred is easier – which is far from sensitive.
Should I bother talking about the fears of white men back in Dr. King’s days? The fears were based in racism, yes. But they were also based in potency versus impotence…
I will let you dwell upon the above discussion. Think about how invisible barriers of fear and hatred caused attacks on great people throughout the ages as you read the second part on courage by Jim McElwee:
Today as we continue our lesson on courage I’d like to take a look at how past experiences influence our courage and how we can work to use past experience in conjunction with our entrainment therapy to maximize our courageous new lives. As I said in our previous lesson, no one is born brave just as no one is born cowardly.
But let’s touch briefly on a character who is commonly associated both with the word courage as well as the act itself. The Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz considered himself by default very cowardly, but soon realized after confronting the wicked witch of the west that he was indeed quite courageous. Why? Prior to his altercation with the witch he had never had any major conflict that helped him establish himself as a courageous figure.
But after testing his own abilities in a heroic trial he found himself not only full of courage, but perhaps the most courageous of all of Dorothy’s companions. Of course this is just a silly little children’s story, but the allegory translates quite well to modern life in many ways. Of course with any luck we won’t be running into very many wicked witches of the west in our lives, so we will have to find different trials to overcome in order to establish our own courage as we bravely walk out on our quest of self improvement.
But trials can come in many forms, and interpersonal conflict is not always part of them. You may find that in some cases making a stranger your friend requires just as much courage as besting any opponent. Simply download our courage entrainment therapy, listen to it, and you will find yourself filled with the valor required to get you to the next stage. You can find it at Courage Isochronic. Once you’ve acquired your first courageous interaction and established your new identity, future courageous actions will soon follow.
But past experiences can damage our courage as well. In fact, many of our deepest fears are actually rooted firmly in past experience. What is it you fear? Someone who had been injured in a bicycling accident may grow up and eventually fear automobiles, avoiding them at all costs. If you had at some point in your life almost drowned, your fear may instead be of water. Both cases started as perfectly reasonable reactions to dangerous stimuli, but eventually grew into titanic boogeymen. Our entrainment therapy is specially designed to help you remove these limiting elements from your life as well.
As you sit down to use our entrainment therapy, simply focus your mind on the experience. As the recording takes your mind away from fear, you can soon experience life no longer tethered by these forces conflicting with how you want to live your life. If you don’t have it already, you truly can change your life and remove the fears from past experiences by visiting Courage Binaural and picking up a copy.
As the recording bolsters your courage and removes the fear you experience from past life experiences, you can find out just how powerful you truly are. Fear is the mind killer, but it is also perpetually imprisoned within the mind. You never need to look far to conquer your fear.
I hope you found this lesson on courage and past experiences helpful. By analyzing our own fears and overcoming them we open up a whole new world to ourselves. And when courage is present, we give ourselves more freedom to explore opportunities. Next time I’d like to finish up our courage entrainment by examining the all important difference between courage and a simple lack of fear.
Have a safe and enlightened journey!
Thanks for your time.
Randolph Fabian Directo