the following quote jumped out from martin luther king’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” it drew out of me what i have come to feel are foundational aspects of right relationship with earth.
“… In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self purification; and direct action. …”
the quote seems especially true and important for us (friends, quakers, friends of truth), when exploring root causes and major influences; while recognizing that transformation on the deeper, underlying levels transforms everything one does on the physical level. this has to do with spiritual relationship with earth.
collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist
, is the first step, and could be understood as: exploration, collection, of the “facts” to determine what underlying influences, factors are involved in “injustices” in our relationships and actions with each other, other, nature, earth, universe, all life spirit.
exploring the underlying, “spiritual level” or “spiritual relationship,” from the very beginning of friends (quakers) and unity with nature, two and a half decades ago, was, and i feel still is, the special and unique, fundamentally important area that friends had/have to offer.
i wish us well on this continuing, exciting, engaging, effective journey!
in and seeking light
eric maya joy