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Two hundred thirty nine years ago, fifty six men representing the thirteen colonies of the America States signed a declaration to “Absolve from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and all political connection between the colonies and Great Britain.” For the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, they mutually pledged to each other their Lives, Fortunes and sacred Honor.

In this pledge, all fifty six men and their families literally gave their lives, their sacred honor, and their fortunes for this greater good as the British army hunted them down, destroyed their property, and did whatever was possible to silence them, disperse and destroy them. They, however, never faltered. Rather, they inspired a small nation of ‘free people’ to rally against the British and seal their independence. They discovered their roots in equality, liberty, and a common life, They did the freedom dance . . .

Where are we today in this great nation of the United States of America? Are we aligned with the self evident truths that all persons are created equal? Do we agree that all people are endowed by the Creator with the unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Wellbeing? Do we rally together as one people to serve the common good? Do we respect the dignity of the web of life like Chief Seattle and many native Americans who also gave their lives for independence and freedom? What do we risk?

I ask myself, “What is the great purpose I would be willing to sacrifice my fortunes and sacred honor for? What am I willing to stand for, give my life for, knowing that great freedom comes with great risk. What calls to me with this kind of resolve?” How about you? What purpose inspires you to act boldly to create the good, the beautiful, the just?

This week-end, as we raise the flag of our United States of America, can we see ourselves as a catalyst for a United Global Community that respects the dignity of every human being and the web of life? Can we see the invaders as mind parasites sapping our energy, creating indifference, and distracting us from the exploitation of all that is natural, precious, wonderful, and alive? Can we recognize these energies within and without that seek to enslave us with propaganda, prejudice, and self possession?

I used to think the ‘enemy‘ lived in foreign countries, spoke with accents, and were far away. Today I see the enemies within ourselves, within our systems, and in our own mind sets. Knowing they are we causes me to look within. Can we ever have “Peace on earth and good will toward All without changing our thoughts, words, and actions? Seeing the enemy within, we can stop projecting, heal our wounds, and dance. The world is watching, looking for our next inspirational dance, and waiting to join in. So let’s start singing our songs, spreading the love and let the dance begin again. Are you in?

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