Around 35 years ago, I founded my first clinic in Norwalk, CT. It was there that I met a young breast cancer patient who forever changed my life. Working with her ultimately led me to a life of service, compassion, and an unwavering pursuit of knowledge to help cancer patients heal with natural medicine.
She ignited a passion within me that continues to motivate me to apply all that I can to tirelessly support and guide those with cancer. Her name was Sinclair, but everyone at the clinic came to call her “St. Clair” because of the strength, beauty, and kindness that emanated from her.
In this exploration of the life and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr., (MLK) we delve into his profound insights on humanity’s place in the universe, our spiritual journey, and how we can find a sense of divine purpose. Drawing from his speeches and writings, we uncover the lesser-known aspects of Dr. King’s wisdom that transcend time and offer guidance for future generations. As we endeavor to understand the depths of his vision, we shall see how it transcends beyond civil rights activism and provides a timeless perspective on our existence within the cosmos.
Our Divine self, or our soul, must find its Divine purpose (telos) and have the courage to embrace and live it. Martin Luther King knew this and boldly lived his purpose without compromise.
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.” –MLK “A Proper Sense of Priorities,” 1968.
Plasma science is now shedding light on the possibility that our soul may exist as our plasma self. While plasma is invisible to our physical eyes, our spiritual eyes can perceive it. It is our plasma self that often senses the energy of others.
Plasma science and the exploration of the soul reveal that everything matters, and we all have significance. Embracing our divine-plasma selves while in our physical forms might lead us to give unconditionally (love), as it connects us to the Creator and unifies us as one. We are unique individuals, yet we are all interconnected and inseparable.
Space is primarily composed of plasma. In fact, 99% of matter in the known universe is plasma. Derived from the Ancient Greek word πλάσμα (plásma), meaning ‘moldable substance,’ plasma is one of the four fundamental states of matter – the others being solid, liquid, and gas. Plasma is characterized by the presence of a significant number of charged particles, such as ions or electrons.
Martin Luther King Jr. often contemplated our place in the universe and emphasized the importance of equality among humans, especially as we venture into the cosmos. As a visionary civil rights leader, he recognized that our journey into space would require a united front, with people of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds working together towards a common goal. Dr. King’s teachings urged us to see beyond the boundaries of our own world, to recognize the interconnectedness of humanity, and to strive for a future where we are all equal not only on Earth but also among the stars. His wise words still resonate today as we continue to explore the vast expanse of the universe and seek to create a harmonious existence for all.
NGC 2264, also known as the “Christmas Tree Cluster.” In space
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. understood the transformative power of love when he said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.” – MLK (Strength to Love, 1963). This profound statement encapsulates the essence of King’s nonviolent approach to social change and his unwavering belief in the power of love to overcome even the most deeply ingrained hatred and prejudice.
As a champion of civil rights and an advocate for equality, Dr. King recognized that change could not be achieved through violence or anger. Instead, he called upon the power of love to bridge divides, mend broken relationships, and heal the wounds of a fractured society. The power of love, as understood by Dr. King, is not a passive or sentimental emotion but rather a courageous and active force that has the potential to transform individuals and communities.
By embracing love as a guiding principle, Dr. King’s message continues to inspire and challenge us today to confront injustice with compassion, understanding, and an unwavering commitment to building a more just and equitable world.
One of my favorite cartoons is where Charlie Brown and Snoopy are discussing beliefs and theology, while Charlie writes a book called “Did You Ever Think You Might Be Wrong?” I interpret this to show that it’s not so much about what we believe that ultimately matters, but rather how our faith turns us into loving beings who radiate that love to the world.
“Love is the greatest force in the universe. It is the heartbeat of the moral cosmos. He who loves is a participant in the being of God.” – MLK (From a handwritten letter, mid-1960s)
Brimming with kindness, the divine mystery of the ONE (God) is a love beyond our imagination. This message resonates throughout the history of ancient Israel, where from the beginning of their liberation from slavery, people encountered “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Exodus 34:6).
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” MLK – The Drum Major Instinct, 1968.
Christian Theologian Elizabeth Johnson, states that if the heart of divine mystery is turned in compassion toward the world, then devotion to this God draws persons into the shape of divine communion with all others: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). To deny one’s connection with the suffering needs of others is to detach oneself from divine communion.
“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” MLK – Speech at Cornell College, 1962.
Just like the roaring ocean surf, plasma waves create a rhythmic symphony that, with the right tools, can be heard across the cosmos.
When lightning strikes the ground, the electrical discharge can trigger whistler-mode plasma waves. Some of these waves escape Earth’s atmosphere and bounce along our planet’s magnetic field lines between the north and south poles. The lightning creates a range of frequencies, with higher frequencies traveling faster, resulting in a falling pitch – giving the wave its name: a whistler.
John Coltrane’s music in his later years became unlistenable for many, as he began to explore the outer realms of jazz and ventured into avant-garde territory. Perhaps his soul was evolving to such a point that he was already communicating with the Cosmos and the Universal One, tapping into a stream of consciousness that was simply beyond the comprehension of mere mortals.
As his music grew more complex and ethereal, it started to challenge the traditional notions of jazz and pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable in the genre. This made it difficult for some listeners to appreciate his work, but for others, it opened up a whole new world of musical possibilities.
Experience Coltrane’s Evolution
To truly experience the evolution of Coltrane’s sound and spiritual journey, check out John Coltrane’s final album, “Expression.”
This album showcases his transcendental approach to music and serves as a testament to his unwavering dedication to pushing the limits of his art form. Give it a listen and decide for yourself whether Coltrane’s later work is unlistenable or simply a glimpse into the mind of a musical genius communing with the Universe.
‘Interstellar Space,’ John Coltrane’s bold duo LP with drummer Rashied Ali, launched its own mini movement in jazz and beyond.MICHAEL OCHS ARCHIVES/GETTY IMAGES
Please check out this YouTube link, by Steven Rowland, on the song Alabama by John Coltrane played behind MLK eulogy recited at the funerals.
My prayer is this: May the inner strength of his soul and the kind heart of MLK live in each one of us. May we have the courage to seek to be Divine as he.
“The important thing is not to think much, but to love much; do, then, whatever most arouses you to love.” – Saint Teresa of Ávil
In today’s world, where divisiveness and discord often seem to take center stage, the wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the concept of our divine-plasma selves offer a beacon of hope for humanity. By recognizing our interconnectedness and the power of love to transform individuals and societies, we can work together to create a more inclusive, compassionate, and just world for all. As we continue to explore the cosmos, let us also delve deeper into understanding our own souls and the profound connections that bind us, transcending our differences and embracing the unity that lies at the core of our existence.
Hannukkah, Christmas, and Winter Solstice share the theme of bringing light into darkness. However, before illuminating the external world, we must first embody that light within ourselves, even though it may sometimes be concealed.
I firmly believe that all humans have the capacity to be spiritual , , , accessing an inner “flame” that radiates goodness and light into the world. This manifestation becomes evident when someone lives virtuously and acts accordingly, as opposed to merely acknowledging the concept.
Our identity, originating from God, is grounded in the divine image we bear (Genesis 1:26–27). Spirituality connects us to “phronesis,” a higher state of consciousness or spiritual intelligence. This intelligence provides guiding principles and insight, shaping us into who we are and driving us towards our “Telos” or divine purpose.
Aristotle conceptualized phronesis as the practical wisdom guiding us to achieve the good end (or telos) using the right means. Phronesis transforms what is seen into insight and that which is perceived into truth. Pope Francis urges us to seek truth, beauty, and love.
Rabbi Joshua Boettiger, a friend and teacher of Mussar, challenges each of us to reflect on bringing more light to those around us. We embark on a quest to rediscover our unique divinity, sharing universal Agape Love “Until God (Love) is all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28). The scriptures emphasize that everything, including the world, life, death, present, and future, belongs to us, for we belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God (1 Corinthians 3:22–23).
Etty Hillesum, despite facing the tragic reality of Auschwitz in 1943, accepted the “cruciform nature of reality” and consciously chose love. Her life and words inspire me to become a better version of myself in relation to my telos, my divine purpose.
“Something has crystallized. I have looked our destruction, our miserable end which has already begun in so many small ways in our daily life, straight in the eye and accepted it into my life, and my love of life has not been diminished. I am not bitter or rebellious, or in any way discouraged. I continue to grow from day to day, even with the likelihood of destruction staring me in the face. I shall no longer flirt with words, for words merely evoke misunderstandings: I have come to terms with life.…
“By “coming to terms with life” I mean: the reality of death has become a definite part of my life; my life has, so to speak, been extended by death, by my looking death in the eye and accepting it, by accepting destruction as part of life and no longer wasting my energies on fear of death or the refusal to acknowledge its inevitability. It sounds paradoxical: by excluding death from our life we cannot live a full life, and by admitting death into our life we enlarge and enrich [life].
So let this be the aim of the meditation: to turn one’s innermost being into a vast empty plain, with none of that treacherous undergrowth the impede the view. So that something of “God” can enter you, and something of “Love,” too. Not the kind of love-de-luxe that you can revel in deliciously for half an hour, taking pride in how sublime you feel, but the love you can apply to small, everyday things.”
Moments of awe, wonder and beauty are right in front of us.
In moments of awe, wonder, and beauty, we find opportunities for flourishing in life. However, true alignment with our divine purpose, opening our eyes to wonder and awe, may not necessarily coincide with mere happiness.
During this season, with short days and long nights, we are called to deep introspection and a new awakening.Saint John of the Cross, a Carmelite priest and a great mystic, taught the monks a humble exercise; to sit and contemplate where they could view the open sky, hills, trees, fields, and growing plants, and to call upon the beauty of these things to praise God. This simple meditation on Nature reminds us of the Divine Power, wisdom and goodness that exist in Her.
What brings joy and amazement to you?
St. Francis of Assisi’s perspective on animals and nature as spiritual beings highlights the interconnectedness and necessary harmony in the world. He found wonder in everything, preaching even to the animals, emphasizing their gratitude to God.
St. Francis found wonder in every aspect of life, maintaining a perpetual sense of awe. His profound connection with nature led him to even deliver sermons to animals. In one such homily addressed to birds, Francis expressed gratitude on their behalf, acknowledging their freedom to soar, their vibrant plumage, and the melodic gift bestowed upon them by their Creator. He emphasized how these creatures neither toil in fields nor harvest, yet God provides for them. From flowing rivers to towering trees, nature offers a bounty of provisions. St. Francis urged the birds not to take these blessings for granted but to consistently praise God for His abundant love and care..
This beautiful prayer by Carlo Carretto, who was a member of the Little Brothers of Jesus, a community of contemplatives who lived and worked among the less fortunate in Northern Africa. emphasizes the transformative power of love, slowly turning us into God. Sin, resisting this transformation, underscores the importance of being judged based on our ability to love.
God does not hurry over things; time is [God’s], not mine. And I, little creature, a man, have been called to be transformed into God by sharing [God’s] life. And what transforms me is the charity which [God] pours into my heart.
Love transforms me slowly into God.
But sin is still there, resisting this transformation, knowing how to, and actually saying “no” to love.…
You will be judged according to your ability to love.
Applying Kenosis or “self-emptying” to our daily lives opens us to divinity within and around us. To be the light, we need the courage to reflect cosmic consciousness, shining the light to all, irrespective of circumstances.
As we soften ourselves towards others and believe in the possibility of transformation, full salvation leads to universal belonging and connecting—our concept of “heaven.” The prayer echoes the beginning of our world’s awakening from darkness to cosmic consciousness through the words “Let there be Light.”
May each of us find the light within, shining it for all to see, bringing love and goodness to all. As we enter the new year, may you discover and embody your telos.
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Music has always been a profound way for me to express my innermost feelings and my connection with the Divine. During these times of profound connection, I find myself inspired to create music, channeling my spiritual experiences into artistic expression. These past few years, I have channeled that expression into two albums of original compositions, “Heaven Awaits” (2020) and my newest release, “Cosmic Force” (Fall, 2023).
A silent crisis has emerged after the global COVID-19 pandemic, affecting many survivors long after their initial recovery. Long COVID, a term used to describe the lingering and debilitating symptoms experienced by individuals weeks and even months after their acute infection, has become a pressing concern in healthcare. In the face of this prolonged health crisis, a beacon of hope emerges in the form of adaptogens—natural substances with the potential to offer relief and support for those recovering from the debilitating grip of long COVID. Leveraging the power of adaptogens can unlock long COVID recovery.
Before delving into the transformative power of adaptogens, it is essential to comprehend the gravity of the issue and the urgent need for effective solutions in the realm of long COVID recovery.
St. Francis of Assisi, born in 1182 as Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, hailed from a wealthy family. Despite his early life of privilege, he eventually realized the emptiness of material wealth and chose a life of simplicity and poverty to fully embrace his Divine calling.
The Potential for Divine Fulfillment
We all have the capacity to be fully Divine. But we must see it, feel it, desire it, be fearless, and have the courage to live this divinity in our own unique and authentic way. When we find this courage, our lives become a testament to kindness, and we spend our time on Earth spreading God’s goodness to all.