Are You A Child of God or a Man or Woman God?

27 09 2014

In Genesis 1:26, it states “Let us make man/woman in our image.” Since God is an Infinite Spirit we know that the image that is being spoken of is not a physical one, but refers to the immortality of man and woman’s soul.  This means that man and woman were created to be gods and goddesses. Now a lot of theologians like to pussyfoot around this subject because they are afraid of the truth, so they will say that this is true but Adam and Eve forfeited their divinity when they ate of the forbidden fruit.  But, this is a response from individuals that have no knowledge of Self.  Let me explain.

Adam & Eve by Haitian artist Gabriel Alix http://www.artshaitian.com/Pages/haitianartgalix.html

Adam & Eve by Haitian artist Gabriel Alix
http://www.artshaitian.com/Pages/haitianartgalix.html

We’ve been told that when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, God commanded them not to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.  As the story goes, Satan disguised as a serpent persuades Eve to eat of the fruit and to give some to Adam. When God learned of their wrongdoing, God cast them out and forbade them entry.

Ok. We’ve heard this before, but what if this is not the full story? What if we are missing some valuable parts that could explain a lot of things?

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Think about this. If we say that God is omniscient (all-knowing) and omnipotent, wouldn’t God had known before commanding Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit that they would eat it anyway? Wouldn’t God had known that Satan was going to tempt Adam and Eve because after all, He is All-Knowing, Right?  I mean let’s look at it from an adult perspective. If we say that God is all knowing then we need to ask ourselves why God would command Adam and Eve not to do something, knowing all the time they were going to do it anyway. I mean this is like a mother baking a cake and putting icing (and all of the trimmings on it), and then putting the cake right in front of her child and saying, as they lick their lips and eyes glimmer with delight, “Don’t touch this cake or you won’t get any of it at all.” No good parent with commonsense is that cruel, so why are we led to believe that God is cruel like this?

Don’t answer that, because it will take you away from the point that theologians keep missing. The thing is this, if God is all knowing, and God knew that the devil was going to tempt Adam and Eve to eat the fruit, because God knew they were going to eat it anyway and that God was going to kick them out of the Garden of Eden even before Adam and Eve were conceptualized. Then, this means that Adam and Eve’s expulsion was part of a Divine Plan.

Now what was this plan?

Well, again, we have to think about some things. Imagine God, I know you can’t get a clear image, but it would be fair to say that if God is all knowing and omnipotent, then God is Perfect, right? That means there is nothing that God creates by accident, which is why there is no such thing as coincidence. Everything has a purpose according to God. This would mean that Garden of Eden was perfect as well.

Ok you got that. Now, imagine being in a perfect place. In this perfect place whatever you desire is at your fingertips. You say, “Hmmm…I would like this” and voila it appears. There is no struggle, no worry, because all of your needs and wants are taking care of. Remember, Adam wanted a woman, and God was like “Shazam! Here’s a woman Adam…call her Eve.” Alright? (Laugh.)

Here’s the thing. If everything you wished and wanted was at your fingertips, because your Daddy is doing everything for you.  Yet you are being told you are created in the image of God, life in the Gardens gets pretty boring real quick. The reason is because you ain’t doing anything, you are free loading off of your Daddy.

Let me give you another example. Imagine you go out on a basketball court and shoot from the baseline and it goes in the basket. You run to corner pockets and shoot and you score. You run to the paint, shoot and score. You run to the free throw line, shoot and score. You run to the three point range, shoot and score. Now you are half court, you shoot and get the same results. You are all the way on the other side, you shoot and score. You decide to go into the bleachers and you shoot, and you score. You go to the concession stand, shoot and score. You are now in the parking lot and you shoot and score. Ok. By now you see that there is something odd about this scenario. You guessed it, there is no Opponent, not only that, there is no opposition or resistance at all.  You are already thinking it, that if you had to practice and work hard, to score and do this in the face of an opponent that was trying to achieve a similar goal. Voila! Now, we got a game.

So, what am I saying?

I am saying that Adam and Eve got bored in the Gardens, so the devil came and said, “You want to play? Eat the fruit.”

That’s right! Adam and Eve wanted some “DRAMA!”

Think of how people in these contemporary times live their lives. Have you noticed how people with the most problems, the most DRAMA are always jumping around doing things? What is the aim or goal that people with DRAMA have? Isn’t it to find peace? Yet, people with peace find their lives to be boring because they have nothing to do? Think about the saying, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”

It was all about wanting some DRAMA. Sounds radical huh? Well, consider this, there was no such thing as good and evil in the Gardens, but after they ate the fruit there was. Not only that, there were no children or any signs of pain, because there was no struggle in the Gardens, which means that the whole Adam and Eve story was an attempt made by some poorly imaginative individuals to explain how God was going to allow us to exercise our will.

In other words, we couldn’t be gods and goddesses in a Perfect World and God knew this. We needed to live in an imperfect world so that we could exercise our divine abilities and prove that we were gods and goddesses. This was the only way we could not only know God but truly understand and appreciate who and what we are, because nothing is more satisfying then accomplishing something yourself. Want proof? Talk to an individual that survived and beat a debilitating ill-ness. Most of these individuals overcame the illness by becoming spiritual people who know God personally. It was through this relationship with the Divine they became resilient, strong willed, determined individuals.

What this means is that there is a difference between a Child of God and a Man and Woman of God.  A Child of God is just that a “child” and like any other child, they depend upon others for their salvation. True Children of God simply follow the dogma and do what they are told out of fear that they will be punished. The world is full of Children of God, so long as they attend church or mosques, say their prayers, repent, follow the tenets of their religion, etc. they believe they will be saved. Anything else outside of these guidelines they have to seek advice or guidance from a leader, just like a good child would do when asking his or her parent permission to do something.

A Man or Woman of God knows that what makes him or her an adult is responsibility, so they take responsibility for their own salvation. They don’t stop studying and working on their spirit because it is not Sunday or someone didn’t tell them to do so. They consider the consequences of their actions and weigh how it will affect those around them. Unlike Children of God, a Man and Woman of God talks to God everyday either through prayer, meditation, divination, ritual, and especially when making decisions, because they understand that talking to God is Self-talk.  A Man and Woman of God know that their salvation is a seven day a week, 24 hour process or way of life.

In summary, a Child of God is an individual with a lot of DRAMA in their life that is trying to become a Man or Woman of God. But, the thing is, you ain’t going to become a Man or Woman of God by following another man or woman and doing what someone else tells you to do. You have to navigate or sort through your own Self-Created DRAMA in order to become the ruler of your Kingdom, and that is the point of Garden of Eden story.

There are many traditional African beliefs that tell us that we chose to be here at this time. We chose our parents before we were born into this earthly existence. Other teachings tells us we created everything that is in our life at present with our thoughts and beliefs. Why? So, we can navigate and become the Hru (Hero) of our own Story. If we think about how many times we ignore our divine consciousness in opt for for DRAMA, we will get the idea. For instance Ladies, your Spirit told you that that man wasn’t good for you because he doesn’t pay bills, treats his momma and sisters bad, etc., but you got with him anyway. Why? DRAMA. You wanted to experience that crazy DRAMA situation. Now, you need to figure out why in order to get out of it. You need to figure out how are you going to change this situation that you are in with this crazy man that you “fell in love” with for the wrong reasons. Dilemma…this is why you have to seek the Power of God within.

Same can be said for you fellas. Your Spirit told you that that woman had her priorities all wrong when you saw her “eyeing” your ride, eating junk food all the time and not taking care of her health. So, don’t complain that she won’t take care of your seed (child) like Momma Oset. That’s not what you asked for and even if you did. It was not like the Sister was going to be an incarnation of Oset (Aset, Auset, Isis). No, you got to get her there and you can’t make her do it because the more you force the issue the more she will rebel. Dilemma…this is why you have to seek the Power of God within.

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Understand, this is not about right and wrong. This is about problem solving.  You created the DRAMA in your life for a reason. You got to understand the reason for the DRAMA. If you keep approaching your situations from a Child of God perspective, then you want God to come in and save you or clean up your own mess. If that happens (which it rarely does), you will only get a temporary break, because eventually you are going to get back into the same self-created situations again. This is why so many of us get out of so-called “non-constructive relationships” and get right back into another, as if you are going through a revolving door.  It is also the reason people with financial problems, who all of sudden get a financial boom, shortly after lose all of their money and are deeper in debt than they began with.

This all stems from Child of God complex, because this infantile perspective will always convince you that it is everyone else’s fault and everyone else has the problem (but heaven’s no…not you), thus relieving you of responsibility of your own decisions and actions. Yeah, “He’s not a good man. She’s not a good woman. It was their fault why I loss my money” but you’re the one suffering – they are not because (that’s right) it is a grand allusion created by your ego.  You are in the hellish situation you are in because you’re spending all of your time dwelling in TASETT – the Red Lands, the physical realm, the land of the devil or Set (Ego).  You’re not getting the full picture or seeing Maa, only a child’s perspective – hence the reason Set is the youngest child in the Kamitic legends and his limited power is symbolized by Right Eye of Ra or the Aakhut (the Solar Eye) at the Ra moment.

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But, if you approach your DRAMA from a Man of God or Woman of God perspective, then you will ask the hard questions, “Why did I put myself in this situation? What was I hoping to accomplish? etc.” These questions will lead you to see what’s “right” or “wrong” with YOU. That’s right because you made the decision to get into your own DRAMA, so these questions will help you to see what works or what is in balance and out of balance within yourself, hence Maa. You will understand and know the Power of God or Rau for yourself because after identifying the imbalance (or problem) you can now address it, now that you have spent time in KAMTA – the Black Lands, the spiritual realm, the land of the gods and goddess, your divine self or Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiris), contemplating the situation in order to get a full picture about who you are and the decisions you made, hence the Left Eye of Ra – the Aabit (Lunar Eye) at the Amun Ra moment.

Yes, Children of God need rules (commandments, dogma, etc.) when it comes to their development. Men and Women of God make their own rules based upon Maa. So, I don’t know about you, but don’t you think it is time to stop being a Child of God and time to be a Man or Woman of God?

Well if so, let’s put down the toys and start being a Man or Woman of God today.

Hope that helps.





How Does Your Coffin Look? (What is the Object of Your Imprisonment?)

21 09 2014

Hetepu Family.

Have you ever wondered how Africans were enslaved? I mean Family I have looked at this from every perspective, but I think I finally figured it out after so many years of study and contemplation. But, before sharing with you my theory, let’s take a trip down my religious memory lane.

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Now, when I was a kid around 13 years of age and first becoming aware, that’s when I started having some strong opposition against the church. This was partly due to the rising crack cocaine violence occurring in the streets of Detroit, but not happening Dearborn, Southfield, Bloomfield, Royal Park and other nearby suburban communities, which made me ask, “Why is this happening to us?”

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When I asked the ministers at my church, I remembered being taught that Jesus saved us all when he died on the cross for our sins. When I asked how did we become sinned in the first place and I was told about Adam and Eve’s fall, and how we were not God’s “Chosen People” but Gentiles. Not knowing a lot about history, biblical history or anything about Jewish people at that time.  “Chosen People” in my young mind meant non-black and brown people, and Gentiles meant black and brown skinned.

Zeus on Mt. Olympus molding the lives of men

Zeus on Mt. Olympus molding the lives of men

To escape the onslaught occurring in Detroit, the thought came to mind that I needed to be saved, but when I gave myself Jesus he didn’t accept me, at least not for long. My faith was not strong enough because I couldn’t just accept that I was meant to be a pawn in some Divine scheme, so I left the church and began reading about the ancient Egyptians.

Kamitic Ethics

Kamitic Ethics

The ancient Egyptians fascinated me as a kid despite the popular belief that they were idol worshippers and the so-called enslavers of the Children of Israel or God’s Chosen People.  It was something about them that attracted me to them, and now when I look at it, it was because they were also considered to be Gentiles in my young mind.

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To me this meant that out of all of the biblical civilizations, while the “Chosen People” wandered from dessert to dessert.  These pagan idol worshiping Gentiles called the ancient Egyptians stood as the greatest nation of all during this time.  It was at that moment I realized that there was more to meet the eye about the ancient Egyptians and that they probably were not idol worshippers as everyone had claimed in Sunday school.

That’s when I received divine instructions to study everything I could about the ancient Egyptians.  Twenty or so years later, I discovered the Maa Aankh and that’s when I realize that the reason I was given that instruction was to rid or reprogram my mind with constructive and positive images about ancestry. Since that time, thanks to history and metaphysics, I learned that there is no such thing as a “Chosen People.” Every race of human beings believe he or she is “chosen” because one of the faults of being human is our ego, but the Divine does not pick and choose or play favorites. As I have said before, the same air fills my lungs just like it does my enemy’s, which means God doesn’t put anyone on a pedestal. In God’s sight, we are all the same.

Therefore, this “Chosen People” idea is a manmade conception.

So how did the descendants of Kamit become slaves?

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Well, with a better self-image and a better understanding of history, I began to read and study how the Transatlantic Slave Trade began.  I remembered hearing that the Africans were forced into Christianity but after careful study, I found that this was a myth.

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The truth is that when the first Europeans stepped foot on the West African Coast, the first people they encountered were the BaKongo people.  The relationship and history between the BaKongo and Portuguese is similar to the relationship that occurred across the Atlantic between the various Amerindians and other European colonizers and settlers. Initially it began with the BaKongo people at first noticing the different physical traits and strange customs of the foreigners and gradually evolving to marveling at the foreigners advance technology. It can be said that it begins first with fear, followed by wonder.  The BaKongo like many Native Americans were simply amazed by the Europeans gunfire, which was a technology they did not possess. As soon as they began to admire the Europeans’ weapons, they began to admire other things brought from Europe including religion. Even though most people believe that Africans were forced into Christianity, the truth is that the BaKongo people willingly converted to this new faith, just like a number of Native Americans had done. It all began with the envious desire to possess European weaponry to defeat one’s enemy.

If we look at this from a superficial perspective we will be led to believe that slavery began over the use of guns, but that is only a piece of the puzzle. Yes, eventually it led to the trade of ivory, gold, sugar, cotton and of course people, which means money, but those are still pieces of the puzzle.

I beat my head trying to figure this out, until I remembered the Story of Osar, and in the Story I was reminded that after Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiris in Greek) came into power his envious youngest brother Set killed him and usurped the throne. How did Set kill his wise and powerful brother? He dangled in front of him a beautifully decorated chest, which became the model chest used in all royal funerary rites in ancient Egypt.  It was an elaborate empty chest – meaning it had no real power – which everyone desired.

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That’s right. It is the allusion and illusion of power.

Osar was already powerful and could have easily made the chest himself, but he fell for Set’s trick because of the allusion of power the chest represented, which is the ability to cheat fate.

I hope you see that Set has numerous elaborated chests.  In pre-imperial and pre-colonial times, Set’s elaborated chest was the European gun.  In another period, Set’s elaborated chest was religion.  Today due to social media, it is fame and money, and doing what is “good” or “right” in order to receive social acceptance.  In other words, Set’s chest is anything that you think will quickly give you peace, prosperity, power, love, success, etc.  Anything that leads you to compromise your principles at the risk of harming yourself and others is an elaborate and beautifully decorated coffin created by your ego.  There is only one way to get peace, prosperity, power, love, success, etc. No one and no thing can give it to you because they are ethereal.  The only way to get these attributes is to within.

Hope that helps.

Hetep.





Practicing the Maa Aankh (Kamitic Righteous Living)

20 09 2014

Hetepu (Peace) Family.

You know, since the conception and creation of the Maa Aankh, I have found this simple yet complex diagram to be remarkably beautiful and powerful in its ability to guide me to more profound truths. First, the Maa Aankh cosmogram is based upon the surviving Bantu-Kongo philosophies that were brought to North America via the slave trade and syncretized with Pentecostal Christianity, which has been combined with Kamitic (Ancient Egyptian) and traditional Kongo philosophy in order to restore one back to his or her glory.

Kongo Yowa Cross

Kongo Yowa Cross

 

You see, I learned contrary to popular belief, that early African Americans did not lose all of their cultural practices as initially thought. It appears this way only because a substantial amount of African American culture (language, beliefs, foods, etc.) has been absorbed by the greater and dominant American society.

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Kongo Cross on Colonoware

 

Archaeological artifacts and historical documentation reveals that a substantial amount of African American culture survived the enslavement period primarily because of the Bantu-Kongo cosmogram known as the Dikenga, Yowa or Kongo Cross.

Kongo Cross used for Ventilation during Underground Railroad

Kongo Cross used for Ventilation during Underground Railroad

This is the reason generally speaking African Americans unconsciously continue to engage in similar cultural practice that have been found throughout the Afro-diaspora (especially in regards to honoring the dead), despite not having any knowledge of other African and African derived traditions.

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 This is because what I discovered was that early African Americans did not lose their culture. Instead what early African Americans loss was their cultural philosophy and theology, which is the indigenous, traditional or ancestral explanation that explains the purpose behind the cultural practice. To compensate for this loss and combat the cruelty of slavery, early African Americans adopted and borrowed concepts from Protestant Christianity.  Today however, the concepts of Christianity have outlived their purpose which explains why the number of churches and temples within in our steadily declining communities, is steadily rising, but none of the problems that exist are being solved. (Hence, “Everyone believes they are called to be a preacher or some other religious leader.” In truth they are just ego-tripping.) As a result, this has inspired many (myself included) to search for an unadulterated cultural philosophy.

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Portuguese ship

Unfortunately, when I tried to research the traditional philosophy of the Bantu-Kongo, I discovered that because the Kongo- Angolan region was the first to encounter the Europeans.  They were also the most devastated by the Transaltantic Slave trade, imperialism and civil discord, which meant that most of the traditional Bantu-Kongo philosophies was lost (especially with the passing of the great Kongo scholar Dr. Kimbwandende Kia Bunseki Fu-Kiau).

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Thankfully, the Kamitic (Ancient Egyptian) Amun Ra tradition had similar beliefs as the Bantu-Kongo.

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So when I combined the Kamitic beliefs with the existing Kongo Cross information that survived in North America; through channeling it led to the creation of the Maa Aankh.

Maa Aankh with Utchat

The Maa Aankh like most sacred cosmograms or medicine wheels found around the world, can be interpreted a number of ways depending upon how you use it. The following are some of the most common interpretations:

From a personal perspective, since the Kamitic word “Maa” meaning balance, order, righteousness and truth, and “Aankh” means life or to swear an oath. The Maa Aankh can be translated as “To swear an oath to live truth” or “Righteous Living.” From a group or tribal perspective the Maa Aankh could be interpreted to mean the “Order of Life” or “Holistic Living.”

These different interpretations are all based upon the basic understanding of the Maa Aankh, which consists of land above and the land below symbolizing Earth surrounded by four discs.  These discs symbolize the four moments of the sun described in KiKongo as – Sunrise (Kala – Black), Midday (Tukula – Red), Sunset (Luvemba – White) and Midnight (Musoni – Yellow, when the sun is believed to be shinning on the other side). The four solar discs also symbolize man and woman’s soul and correspond exactly to the Kamitic Amun Ra divinities birth – Khepera (Creative Ra or Creative Power), life – Ra (Authoritative Ra or Overseeing Power), death – Ra Atum (Complete Ra or simply the Power of Revolution) and rebirth – Amun Ra (Hidden Ra or Hidden Power).

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Amun Ra

Thereby indicating that the Kamitic gods are not gods at all but are abstract concepts and attributes of God describing the evolution of one’s soul and consciousness.

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From a metaphorical perspective the Maa Aankh provides deeper insight into the Kamitic Story of Osar when the land above is symbolized as TASETT – the Red Lands or Lower Kamit ruled by Set, and the land below is symbolized as KAMTA – the Black Lands or Upper Kamit ruled by Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiris in Greek). According to legend Osar came into power when humanity was at its lowest, but he managed to uplift his people by teaching them Maa. All loved Osar but his youngest brother Set had grown increasingly jealous of Osar and eventually killed him.  Thanks to the loving devotion of Oset (Aset, Auset, Isis in Greek), Osar’s beloved wife, Hru (Hrw, Heru or Horus in Greek) the heir of Osar was born, who after surviving many attempts on his life as a child. Hru grew to adulthood but after being visited in his dream by his deceased father Osar who instructed him to avenge his wrongful death. Hru challenged his evil uncle for the throne. Finally after numerous battles and litigation, Hru finally defeated his uncle and united the kingdom.  This is why he rests in the center of the Maa Aankh, wearing both crowns, indicating that everything extends and everything returns.

Again metaphorically speaking, the Story of Osar can be interpreted a number of ways. Consequently, some see the story as a metaphorical retelling of historical events, while some others may interpret it as a prophecy.  In either case, because the Story is a great story, no interpretation is incorrect because each interpretation communicates a deeper truth about the fight between good and evil.

Hru Osar and Set

Hru Osar and Set

However, metaphysically speaking which means going beyond the physical.  When TASETT is used to symbolize our subconscious self or the division of our being that functions on autopilot in our daily visible life, while KAMTA (since black also refers to invisible) is is used to symbolize our superconscious self or the intuitive part of our being, and Hru is conscious self.  The Story of Osar due to the Maa Aankh takes on a more profound meaning. It indicates that since Osar is the ruler of KAMTA or our intuitive superconscious memories (ancestors, spirit guides, angels, spiritual energies, hidden forces, etc.) and Set is the ruler of TASETT or our habitual, personal subconscious memories (all the conditionings, habits and learnings we have acquired in this present life time, etc.).  In other words, it is the conscious use of our subconscious that leads to our divine awakening.

Osar as Lord of KAMTA (the Black Lands)

Osar as Lord of KAMTA (the Black Lands)

The Story of Osar therefore becomes an allegory about the constant daily fight we all must undergo between our higher, superconscious, divine self and our lower, subconscious, ego self. Meaning our salvation or spirituality is all about learning how to surrender control to our higher spirit, higher self or Osar, instead of being controlled by our lower spirit, lower self, ego or Set.

The Maa Aankh from this perspective is a visual reminder what all the great sages of humanity have told us since the time of immemorial, that the Kingdom of God is found within. In other words, peace, happiness, prosperity and power are all ethereal concepts, which mean they can’t be found externally. These attributes can only be found within by looking beyond the physical. In other words, the only one who can save you is yourself and as soon you realize this, is when you will be free.

Hope that helps.

Hetep (Peace)





Dear Mom, The Reason I Don’t Go To Church…

13 09 2014

Dear Mom,

I have wanted to have this conversation with you for the longest time but, I kept deferring it because I didn’t want to hurt your feelings.  But when you came over to my house and saw my shrine, I figured the time was right for me to tell you the reason why I don’t go to church.

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As you know, you raised me to be a thinking man. Well, I have done just that, and I thought about a lot of things that I have been taught when I was younger, which led me to discover a branch of philosophy called metaphysics. Metaphysics basically means beyond the physical, which in this case deals with looking at things and events from a more profound perspective.

Well, it was through metaphysics that I discovered that the human mind is composed of three parts called the conscious, subconscious and superconscious. The conscious mind is the part of our mind that makes decisions on what we want to do, so if you want to get a drink of water for example, then you simply make a decision and go get it. The subconscious is the part of the mind that governs all of our autonomous body functions, like the digestion of our food, the regulation of our heartbeat, the pumping of oxygen through our bloodstream, etc., and all our memories.  I will discuss the superconscious here later.

Usually when things are going well in our life, it is because we consciously make a decision to do something like what we want to eat, what we want to do, etc. and our subconscious is on board.  For instance, you want something to drink, the subconscious part of our being stimulates our body to get up and get something to drink and so on. When it comes to more serious issues like going to school, finishing a task, etc., the same applies. The conscious part of our being says, “I want to go school, finish this project, “etc. and the subconscious, which governs our body complies with our conscious mind’s will.

But there are times when the subconscious refuses to follow the commands given to it by the conscious. For example, when it comes to dieting, creating a constructive habit like exercising or breaking a destructive habit like overeating or late eating, and so on. These are prime examples of the subconscious refusing to follow the conscious’ commands. You see, the subconscious can only do what it has seen or learned from others. This means if a child grew up in a household hearing their parents argue over money. Then most likely, out of habit when the child grows up he or she is going to do the same thing rather they realize it or not. You see the subconscious will tell the child to do these things because it stores all of our memories based upon good and bad feelings, and this is where all of our problems begin. It is how our subconscious classifies or categorizes good and bad experiences based upon how we feel.

The good thing about our subconscious classifying good and bad based upon pleasure and pain is that when we feel fire we know to move our hand, which is good. So usually any time we get a sense that we are in danger, our subconscious gives us the motivation to get out of harm’s way, which is great.  The bad thing is that whenever we feel bad or depressed, our subconscious interprets this as danger as well and wants us to get out of harm’s way.  It wants us to feel good by any means, so it will tell us to overeat, indulge in sweets, have a drink, take some drugs, explore a sexual perversion, etc. to make us feel better. All because the subconscious lacks the ability to reason and make decisions, because remember, this is the function of the conscious part of our mind. This is the reason when we hear of people doing something that doesn’t make sense, it is because they were acting or better said reacting and responding to their subconscious emotions. As grand dad used to say, “They didn’t think.”

This means metaphysically speaking that most of the people who are suffering from some ailment, illness and having some problem in their life, it is because they are under the influence of their subconscious, which has made them slaves to their emotions. To be more specific we could call it habits and addictions.  So, when a person can’t control their anger it is because they are in the habit of acting out and flying off on the handle. An individual that overeats, overdrinks, etc. has basically developed a habit of using these behaviors as vices. So, the question that comes to mind of course is how do you stop it? How do you break a destructive habit? Well, the only way to break a destructive habit is by replacing it with a constructive habit, and here enters the superconscious.

The superconscious mind is the intuitive part of our being. It is the part that speaks to us and tells us that we probably shouldn’t engage in a particular behavior or should turn down another path to avoid an accident. The superconscious is the divine spark that exists within us all and whenever we make a decision to do something and stick to it. It is this part of our being that gives us the power to overcome any destructive habit we have partaken in.  It is the true problem solver in our life that gives us solutions to whatever troubles us through our dreams, hunches, visions, prophecies and even messages from others. So basically, in order to break a subconscious destructive habit, we simply need to replace it with a constructive superconscious habit.

How does this work?

Well, remember that time when I was ill? As you will recall, I was ill for several months, which meant that subconsciously my mind was in the habit of being sick. Consequently, I began to have ill thoughts along with feeling ill. As you can imagine, it is hard to pick yourself up and get back on the horse when you feel ill and everything around you seems so bleak. It is sort of like trying to stay optimistic and tell yourself that you will get better around 20 people who believe and will verbally say that you won’t get better. Yes, talk about developing will power.

Well, the remedy is to imagine how you would live if you were never ill.  In other words, what would you do if you weren’t ill? What are all the things that you would do if you never were ill at all? One of the things I imagined that I could do when my body was ill was running and dancing, because remember I could barely walk a few steps back then.  When you imagine this on a continuous basis and begin to act on faith of this prayer request. Healing is right around the corner. I remember when I sent forth my real prayer request and kept it in mind, one day I found myself dancing to some music that I liked and running down the stairs.  Now, this is not something that someone told me that works. It is something I know for a fact that works because I have used it several times on two different occasions and it worked for me.

Part of the reason why it worked is because the subconscious is very impressionable and will believe anything if it is convincing enough. This means that most people whose prayers go unanswered is not because God doesn’t approve of their request, but simply because most people don’t believe that their request will be fulfilled in the first place. They simply don’t have any faith, and regardless of what anyone says, “Seeing is believing”.  Most people will only believe that they are blessed after they are blessed. They will believe that they are healthy, after they are healed. They will believe they are prosperous after they get money and prosperity, which is all wrong.

You are supposed to see it first and believe it. Imagine being healthy and you will be healthy. Imagine being prosperous and you will be prosperous. Imagine being successful and you will be successful and so on, because the Divine works specifically through our superconscious mind. But, sometimes it is hard to keep your mind focused on your objective. Imagine having faith you will be healthy and your doctor tells you otherwise or some people you encounter aren’t encouraging. It is hard because the last thing you want to hear is what you can’t do from people who don’t have any faith in the superconscious, the divine spark of God within you or simply no faith in God.

Colosseum & Mega Churches

Mega Churches

The last place an individual that is sincerely praying to better their life wants to be is around a bunch of people who are believing and telling them that the reason they are ill, having problems controlling their anger or overcoming any destructive habit, etc. is because they have sinned, cursed, the wretched of the earth, etc.  Frankly, I didn’t need anyone theorizing to me why they think I got ill.  It wasn’t important because I just wanted to be healed, but the most negative, depressive and pessimistic people in our community are church going people. This is the reason our communities have at least ten churches within a mile radius, meanwhile poverty and crime are steady on the rise. Everyone it seems wants to be a pastor and wants to fight over who is right and wrong, but it is clear they have no spiritual power.  Going to church has simply become an empty tradition where people just go every Sunday or numerous days of the week, out of (subconscious) habit.

So, when you are trying to overcome an illness or some other destructive thing occurring in your life. You don’t want to hear about the drama going on in the choir, the kitchen, the drama between Deacon so-and-so and Missionary or Usher So-and-So, etc. You need to truly worship the God within you, which means keeping your mind stayed on your superconscious request and avoiding as many distractions as you possibly can. Including negative churchgoing folks. Yes, it is hard to live righteously.

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Thankfully, Africans and other non-Westerners like the Native Americans, Chinese, etc. developed cultural ways and practices to help us focus and overcome this little dilemma, by tapping into the superconscious and utilizing it like a sixth sense. Understanding that one of the best ways to impress an idea or thought on our mind was by using symbols, various non-Western cultures created elaborate myths and legends full of archetypes. For instance, metaphysically speaking the subconscious was symbolized as the evil or bad part of humanity and the superconscious was seen as the good part.  Almost every non-Western culture has a version of this concept.  In fact, there is an old Cherokee story where a grandfather was sitting by the fire with his grandchildren and trying to teach them the difference between good and bad. The grandfather tells his grandchildren, “There is a good wolf and a bad wolf living inside each of us. The good wolf is love, compassion, courage, generosity, fortitude, discipline, laughter and every worthy virtue a human being is capable of. The bad wolf is anger, hatred, laziness, jealousy, envy, greed, sloth and other vices a human being is capable of. In each and every one of us, these two wolves are engaged in a fierce battle.”

The grandson asks, “Which wolf wins?”

The grandfather answered “The one you feed”

Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiris) the Ruler of the Superconscious and Spiritual Realm

The one culture that made extensive use of symbolism in order to impress or program the mind were the Kamitic (Ancient Egyptians).  In the Kamitic culture, the good wolf is Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiris) and the bad wolf is named Set (Seth, Set-an or Satan).  In the Kamitic legend, the righteous king Osar is overthrown by his envious youngest brother Set.  Set rules the kingdom with fear but is defeated only because the hero of the story Hru (Heru or Horus in Greek) relies on his Osar.  In other words, just like the Cherokee wolf proverb, Hru feeds or honors Osar instead of giving into Set.

Set of TASETT (from Maa Aankh 2)

Set (Seth, Set-an or Satan) the Ruler of our Subconscious and the Physical Realm

I know this may seem strange, but the reason evil was personified was because many non-Western cultures understood evil to be man and woman’s ego, which is the part of our being that is excessively prideful, fights change (lazy) and lives in fear. (See Why is the Devil Winning?) So when a person wants to overcome an addiction, a negative habit, control their anger, etc. and is failing to do so, it is because they haven’t learned how to overcome their own devil. They are fighting their ego.

So, when you looked in my room and saw various statues on an altar, what you were actually seeing was a spiritual play that was designed to impress or program my subconscious and help me to overcome my own devil, my Set. I know it is not what you raised me to believe in or to do but, as I said in the beginning. I am a thinker and after considerable thought I had no choice but to practice the tradition that produces the best physical results.

So yes Mom, I still believe in God, but the reason I stopped going to church is because I have taken responsibility for my own soul and have chosen to cultivate my own spirit, in order to get the things I want out of life, instead of leaving it in the hands of another.

Hope you understand. Sincerely your loving child.





The Science of Honoring Your Ancestors

1 09 2014

Hetepu (Peace) Family.

I am writing this post because venerating the ancestors has become a very popular tradition lately and when I first started honoring my ancestors. Since, there was no one around to assist me I simply followed what everyone else did without having any understanding of the purpose. This is therefore, my understanding of the process based upon my experience.

For the record it is humanity’s most ancient and oldest traditional practice. Humanity has been honoring their dead ever since the first man and woman wondered what happens after death.  In fact, the caring for the dead is one of the significant factors that distinguish human being from animals. Although animals do grieve for their dead, animals lack the mental capabilities of caring for their dead as human beings do.  This is why human beings are the only species on the planet that perform elaborate rituals wishing that their dead find peace in the hereafter.

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It is for this reason every culture has some type of ritual practice in place assuring that their dead loved ones find peace in the hereafter because it is one of the features that makes us human.   That being said, there is no right or wrong way to wish that your deceased loved ones rest in peace. This is the reason regardless of our culture and ethnicity, we all can identify with the various ways of honoring the dead rather it be a moment of silence, the setting a deceased body aflame, the setting a light out to sea, etc.  Without even having a full understanding of another’s cultural beliefs.  The is due to the fact that the ritual transcends logical thinking because we all have one thing in common and that is that we will all eventually face Death.

That being said, any sect that does not abhor or support this basic essential human practice is a cult that is not only created to control and dominate your thoughts in the living (and in death), but is also trying to deny you of your humanity and ultimately your free will.  Let me explain.

The most powerful organ human beings have is our mind, which consists of a superconscious, subconscious and conscious.  Although, the mind is composed of these three parts, technically speaking there is only one mind, it just moves into these three states of awareness. For instance, right now you are consciously reading this post, while subconsciously your heart is pumping blood, which transfers oxygen and vital nutrients throughout your body; as ideas superconsciously pop into your awareness. Hence the human being is kingdom within.

This is because your subconscious was created to help you to physically survive and it does this by governing all of your memories, which it plays back automatically or what we call a habit. This means that your heartbeat, the digestion of your food, breathing responses and everything that your body does automatically is technically a program or more like a computer program.  Your conscious mind is the part of your being that makes decisions of what is passed or impressed upon your subconscious. In other words, your conscious mind also called the soul is what determines if you should read something or not based upon what you believe and think. The superconscious is responsible for taking what you believe and making it a reality.

So, when the first human beings died, their loved ones were at a loss because they had never encountered death. All they knew was that there was a great emptiness and sorrow that they felt. Every culture around the world experienced this same loss when they first encountered death and described pretty much in the same way how they coped with this strong and painful emotional that they felt. Many cultures, including the Kamitic culture explain that the early human beings not understanding how to clearly express the sorrow they felt in death and the desire in their heart for their loved ones to be a part of them, resulted to cannibalism. Understand that ritual cannibalism was humanity’s desire to express that one’s deceased loved one was a part of them. It was an extension of the hunting ritual in which a hunter consumed the heart of an animal to absorb its’ prowess and strength.  This is the origin of the Eucharist or Holy Communion, which is the most important religious ritual practice in Christianity.

Catholic Relics

Catholic Relics

Other cultures resulted in taking body parts of their deceased loved ones, properly known as relics. To this day, there are a number of relics possessed by the Roman Catholic Church. Again, as bizarre and macabre as this may sound, the whole purpose of this ritual is to cope and subdue the overwhelming emotion of loss caused by death.

The reason these various rituals dealing with death came into existence in the first place is because our subconscious you will recall is the most logical part of our being and its purpose is to help us to physically survive based upon our beliefs.  Since death is a natural phenomenon that we will all experience but there is no logical explanation as to why we die. Our subconscious, which processes everything that we experience like a logical computer, would have concluded that since there is no explanation as to why we die, there is no real explanation as to why we should live.  Therefore, when early humans consumed part of the remains of their deceased loved ones or took a relic (body part of the dead), they in essence was trying to impress upon their subconscious a higher purpose of living rather it be to provide sustenance or to continue to provide life, to  the community, as the meat of an animal did.

Kamitic Statues

Kamitic Statues

It is not officially known why ritual cannibalism fell out of practice.  It is believed most likely that the tradition fell out of practice due to the rise of transmitted diseases (most likely through pests and rodents) and/or the lack of relics that could be shared by the living, which consequently resulted in humanity mummifying, burying and/or burning their dead. (It should be noted that the reason a few cultures continue to burn the body of the deceased is because they have not consciously evolved past the ancient global belief regarding the dead.  Some more evolved cultures on the other hand reserved the burning of the deceased body to members of nobility in order to ensure that relics were not stolen from their enemies. The last thing one wanted in ancient times was to fight an opposing tribal clan who possessed the skull, right hand or femur bone of a beloved dead leader. The psychological impact of such occurrence would have been devastating).Whatever the case, a new way of wishing the dead peace was needed to relieve humanity of the horrendous emotion caused by death. Consequently, enters religious thought to address the haunting question what happens after death.

Viking Funeral Pyre

Viking Funeral Pyre

Since the Kamitic (Ancient Egyptians) were one of the first cultures to address this psychological problem and provided the foundation for Western religious belief, we will use them as a model to explain how humanity tackled this daunting issue.

Early Kamitic Mummies

Early Kamitic Mummies

It must be understood that prior to this moment, all of humanity cared for their dead the same way. All of humanity faced the same psychological issue with the rotting bodies and desire to rid themselves of the emotional pain due to death. So, in response, some wise Kamitic men and women conceptualized that there was a part of the human being that continued to live after death, which is the reason we all felt some sort of loss when our loved one died. This part that continued to live they conceptualized as being the soul, which was separate from the physical body, thus making the physical body a vehicle for the soul. This made it possible for the body of the deceased to be cared for and grieved but at the same time not consumed or kept as a relic because the soul of the deceased was the vital element and it continued to exist outside of the body.  It was also due to this new global belief that it became possible for the living to wish their deceased loved ones peace by simply keeping an item that contains a fragment or piece of the soul, such as the last items used by the deceased or some image of the deceased such as a statuary or figurine. It was from this idea that ancestor veneration was born.

Venerating the Dead

Venerating the Dead

Some scholars I have noted will try to claim that Kamitic people worshipped death but, these are individuals with a limited understanding of the human psyche.  The idea behind the conception of the soul meant that human beings no longer needed to consume the flesh or take a relic in order to relieve themselves of the emotional pain caused by death.  All they needed to do was to physically acknowledge and respect death by providing a memorable burial either by burying and or mummifying their dead, which signified that their loved one was indeed physically dead.  If they were still consumed by the heavy burden of grief, they could remember their deceased loved ones in thought. Technically speaking, because the dead do not have a physical body they cannot be hungry or thirsty since food and drink is meant to sustain the body that they no longer possess. The belief that one’s ancestors are hungry and thirsty is simply an individual’s way of coping with the death experience.  The idea behind saying that one’s ancestors are hungry and thirsty is to remind an individual of the reason why they should continue to live because of the sacrifices that other’s made for the benefit.

Honoring the lives of soldiers

Honoring the lives of soldiers

 

So the main purpose of honoring one’s ancestors is to remember the sacrifices that those who lived before you made.  If you do not remember the sacrifices that were made, then you will live your life based upon the erroneous belief that you and you alone are responsible for your evolution and survival.  Not only that, you are not reminded of the purpose of living or inspired to live for a higher purpose such as to improve the quality of life for your loved ones or humanity overall. It should now become clear why Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiris in Greek) was considered the most important ancestor or Lord of the Dead in the Kamitic tradition, and why Jesus is considered the Lord of the Dead in Christianity. You will also find this same reference in other cultures such Buddha the Lord in Buddha, Yama in Asian mythologies and so on.  By the way, this is the reason every culture has a day to honor the dead rather it be Memorial Day, Hungry Ghost Day, Day of the Dead, etc.

Buddhist Obon Festival to honor the dead

Buddhist Obon Festival to honor the dead

Now, some cultures like the Africans and many of their descendants, many Asian and Latin Americans take the remembering of the dead a step further because they understand the psychology behind the practice.  It is in their celebration of death, that you see from a reverse psychological perspective the beauty of life and vice versa.

They know that by honoring the dead on a monthly, weekly or even daily basis, one is able to inspire ethical and moral behavior among the populace.

Second Line aka Jazz Funerals in New Orleans. http://www.knowla.org/entry/860/&view=image-gallery

Second Line aka Jazz Funerals in New Orleans. http://www.knowla.org/entry/860/&view=image-gallery

This is because since we all will physically die one day, most of us do not fear death. We have been comforted by the belief that our soul will continue to exist after death, so we do not fear death. We do however fear how we will die. Will we die peacefully in our sleep or painfully kicking and fighting as we are dragged off to the other side?

Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico

Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico http://coasthwytraders.com/tag/day-of-the-dead/

So, many Africans and Asians continued to explore upon the concept of death in an effort to relieve us of the burdensome question of how to secure a glorious afterlife.  It was discovered for some that they need to honor their dead every day, while others only needed to honor their ancestors once a month or a year. In some cultures, honoring the ancestors was the responsibility of the head of the household usually the men (or the eldest son) since traditionally it was the men who maintained law and order.  In other cultures, it was the responsibility of gifted men, gifted or barren women, who viewed as shamans, because of their responsibility to guide the tribal community. All of which, later developed into a cultural practice, which is the reason there is no right or wrong way to honor one’s ancestors and one does not need to belong to a particular religion to honor his or her ancestors. Honoring one’s ancestors is a human spiritual tradition.

Chinese burning money for the dead.

Chinese burning money for the dead.

The cultural practice that developed was to put one’s mind at ease by ensuring that their ancestor was at peace if they sense were not forgotten, remembered for his or her honorable deeds, and believed to continue to be a vital member of the community. Hence the rituals that developed from this understanding, was the offering food and drink to the ancestors, burning money for their ancestors so that they will enjoy their afterlife, and so on.

For the same reason, those who honor their ancestors, altars reflect what they believe the afterlife will be for their deceased loved ones and them in return.  Many Asian ancestor altars like African and African descendant altars are usually either close to the floor or mid – ranged level, consisting of foods and other gifts that the dead will enjoy. My own altar is a reflection of my Kamitic and Kongo inspired beliefs, indicating that when I physically die my soul will return to the house or village where all my deceased loved ones dwell. I will be able to see my grandparents, great uncles and aunts whom I briefly met in life.

As you can see, this is a non-Western cultural thought, which is not taught but developed as a result of honoring the dead.  In addition to this, many believe that if the ancestors are well taking care of they will in return assist the living. This simply means that the ancestors will relieve them of the emotional pain – particularly fear – brought upon them by death.  In other words, after honoring one’s ancestors one should be happy or feel at peace, because in the process or remembering one’s ancestors, they are being reminded that they are spiritual being that is having a physical experience. And, in the end, because they honor the living memories of those who died before them, they will have a glorious afterlife as well. This is the reason most people who honor their ancestors do not fear death. Many will attest that they are more courageous because they feel that their ancestors protect and guide them from danger. The general belief or explanation is said to be that the ancestors continue to have an interest in the life of the living.

Afro-diaspora ancestral altar

Afro-diaspora ancestral altar

So, if you do not honor your ancestors or are simply honoring your ancestors out of tradition with no real explanation as to why you are engaged in the practice, you are not addressing the basic question regarding humanity, which is “What happens after death?” With no clear and practical explanation as to what happens after death, you will not have any purpose or reason to live. You will feel as if your purpose is to simply exist at the whims of the forces of nature or even God. With no purpose, you are not only, not fulfilling your destiny but on a course to eventually self-destruct because your subconscious mind, whose purpose is to physically survive. Will literally do whatever it can to stave off death, for example the numerous unnatural practices behind cosmetic and plastic surgery. In traditional non-Western culture, we look forward to old age because it is sign of peace, prosperity and maturity.

Hope this helps.

Hetep (Peace)

For more information on The Science of Honoring Your Ancestors, check out: Maa Aankh Vol. 3





I Am Divine, No Need to Be Black Enough!

30 08 2014

Hetepu (Peace) Family.

I have tried to avoid posting this dialogue for some time now, but after watching a documentary, seeing a disturbing incident and having similar experiences, I had to say something. As most of you know, I am the eldest son to a Pentecostal preacher. My mother was the first in her family to get her high school diploma, bachelors and master’s degree in teaching. After my father supported my mother in getting her degrees, he went to school and got his college degree. Both of my parents are college educated because they came from parents and grandparents who didn’t have an education, but understood that it was essential in order to make it in this society, they needed an education. Consequently, I have a college degree and one of my brothers has a degree. Not only that, most of my extended family, close friends and associates also have a degree, which is reflective of two popular ideas that stems from post slavery.

W.E.B.DuBois

W.E.B.DuBois

One was from W.E.B. DuBois and the other was from Booker T. Washington. Both of these men were brilliant, but their brilliance is constantly overshadowed because Booker T. Washington inspired Marcus Garvey’s movement, which to date was the most successful African American movement in the history of the country and Afro-Diaspora.  Because DuBois’ ceased agreeing with Garvey and both attacked each other in the media (DuBois for the NAACP and Garvey for the UNIA), DuBois was painted as being a sellout, which has indirectly branded just about any Black man or woman that gets an education and works for some major organization outside of the community, as a sellout as well.

Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey

It’s not stressed that DuBois was the first African American to graduate from Harvard, the leaders of an African American activist group that advocated civil rights, who was also an advocate of Pan Africanism. What most people know about him is that he was one of the founders of the NAACP and believed to be a conspirator to Garvey’s demise.

Was DuBois a sellout? Is anyone that gets a college education a sellout? Hell, for that matter, is Barack Obama a sellout or a house Negro?

Ok. Before we answer that let me share this story with you. I use to work at this job in the oilfield and there was this kid who just got hired. Now, he knew when he got hired that they required him to be on call, because he worked at a similar place of employment. So, the job would call the entire crew about two to three hours prior before the job.  Now, this kid on several occasions when called was late getting to the work site. Finally, the manager decided he had enough and called him and fired him.  In the midst of him being fired, this kid yells out for me to save him from getting fired and when I refused. He called me a “Sellout.”

Okay. What was it that I did that resulted in me being called a sellout? Did I do anything wrong? Should I have jeopardized my employment, me putting food on the table for my loved ones, etc. for him? Would this kid have done the same for me? If I lost my job, would this kid come to my home and shell out some cash for me to put food on my table for my family and provide a roof over their head?

No. I don’t think so.

Let’s revisit the scenario. This kid knew ahead of time that he was going to be on-call. Why was he late arriving to several jobsites is not important. The fact is that he was not RESPONSIBLE period.  I was called out as being a sellout because I was RESPONSIBLE and taking care of my business.

Now, that United States has their first African American president, we have seen an increase in African Americans in the media, but we can all agree.  They haven’t been the most positive images. Well, several decades ago, there was a few actors that tried to address this issue. Do you remember him? His name is Bill Cosby. Cosby was a well-known comedian and actor who had traveled all over the world, so when he created the Cosby show, he knew that this was the image that would be broadcast all over the planet.

The Cosby Show

The Cosby Show

What happened? Cosby’s show after numerous seasons was canceled because “It wasn’t Black Enough!” What was the complaint that many of us said, “No one in our community lives like this, with a father that works as a doctor and a mother as a lawyer.” We claimed that it wasn’t “Real.”

Tyler Perry

Now, I must admit that I appreciate what Tyler Perry has done in regards to building his studios, creating jobs and everything, but it is another example of someone not looking at the whole picture. You and I know that the Madea and Brown from Meet the Browns, image is not the norm, but people who don’t live in our community around the world, don’t know this. And my God! If they have an all day marathon, imagine these images being shown for 24 hours what an individual would think? The crazy thing is that I have actually had some white people ask me if certain things that were done in his movies were true.  Again, this doesn’t make Perry a bad guy.  He is fulfilling his dream and doing what he was destined to do, which was to make films from his perspective.   He has done a good job at it and has a knack for story writing, after all he made “Daddy’s Little Girls” followed by “Dairy of a Mad Black Women,” which I think were his best films ever.  So, there’s nothing wrong with what he is doing. The Divine within me helps me to see that Perry just isn’t seeing the whole picture and doesn’t see how certain images affect the greater whole, and that’s when someone with a better script is supposed to come into the picture.

Now, let’s return back to the DuBois and Garvey scenario. DuBois came from a much different background than Garvey, which is the reason he saw life for his people differently. This did not make him a bad man because he had a different perspective. He was just a man that had a different perspective than Garvey and saw things differently.  In fact, when DuBois proposed his Talented Tenth theory, what he was saying was that he understood that not every African American was going to be able to go to college, but those who did manage to do so were the ones that would help the remaining 90%.  But, what happens all too often, because of our warped ideas of what we should be (in someone else’s image) combined with our lack of knowledge of our history, and narrow perspective of the world. When our loved ones get a higher education, we ostracized them, tear them down and ridicule them for thinking outside of the box. This is what happened to DuBois.

As a matter of fact, did you know that one of the ideas that Garvey supported was that Africa be ruled by African Americans, which prompted DuBois to declare that Garvey was reckless.  Not only that, did you know that part of the problems that occurred in Liberia, Africa were due to migrating African Americans imposing their American ways on the indigenous Liberians? This is the reason DuBois was against this concept in the first place. Understand that I am not saying that Garvey was a bad man, because he surely was not. At the time, he was rash and rough around the edges.  Not a bad guy but I think that he didn’t see the whole picture and most of us are missing it too, we will keep getting stuck on superficiality and refuse to see each other’s divinity.

When we look at both DuBois and Garvey objectively, it can be said that DuBois wanted all black people to take responsibility for their own wellbeing.  Garvey on the other hand was about nation building, which focused on centering or focusing upon a leader. Both philosophies were needed, neither was better than the other. One however was able to outlive the other because it was well planned and organized, while the other fell apart, inspired other groups, which had the same results.  I wish both of these men would have had a chance to collaborate before their death, because it would have been phenomenal, but one of the points that I am making and hope you can see is that there is a difference between thinking and doing.  In other words, there is a difference between being proactive and reactive.  Our enemy fears us realizing the difference.

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 We see the same problem played out between Malcolm X and Martin L. King Jr., both were two different men that had different perspectives on how to reach a similar goal.  But, the man most identify with is Malcolm because we love his direct, brash; I don’t give a damn approach over Martin’s alleged passive approach. This is why in earlier recordings Malcolm called these individuals approaching the situation as such “house Negroes.”

Malcolm X and Shirley Graham DuBois, wife of W.E.B. DuBois and Director of Ghana National Television, at her villa in Accra, Ghana during Malcolm's visit in May 1964. DuBois had thrown a reception in his honor.

Malcolm X and Shirley Graham DuBois, wife of W.E.B. DuBois and Director of Ghana National Television, at her villa in Accra, Ghana during Malcolm’s visit in May 1964. DuBois had thrown a reception in his honor.

What people don’t understand is that Martin was a brilliant revolutionary that looked beyond the superficial.  Martin understood that no matter how much black people in the 1960s wanted to have an arm revolution; it was not possible because of various factors. For instance, where would the elderly, women and children live while people were fighting? Who was going to supply the money for food, ammunition, etc.? This is why Martin didn’t agree with everything Malcolm was saying and for this reason Martin was branded as being a “sellout” or “House Negro” initially.

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Malcolm & Fidel

Malcolm didn’t understand this in the beginning, but when it finally dawned on him.  All of a sudden you find him visiting world leaders. Question, where do you think he got that idea from? I am not suggesting that he got it from King but, I am suggesting that he finally came to his full senses with the help from fellow intellectuals.

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Josiah Henson the Real Uncle Tom

What we need to understand is that everything is not as it appears.  We fail to realize that racism has been so apparent in our lives that it has affected even how we perceive one another. We call everyone that doesn’t live in the hood, talk the way we talk, dress the way dress, etc. an Uncle Tom, without realizing that this was a fictional character meant to further sabotage our efforts. If would spend time investigating our own rich heritage we would learn that Uncle Tom’s Cabin was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, who was inspired by the former slave Josiah Henson who fled into Canada and started his own community to help other former slaves. This means that the real Uncle Tom was a revolutionary that made sacrifices to build and develop their own.  Just like Uncle Tom is a fictional character, the so-called idea of blackness is a fictional idea as well that was created to prevent us from progressing.  This is why I have seen Somalian men come over to this country, strive to rebuild their lives by getting jobs and an education, then all of a sudden start sagging their pants for respect and credibility. Not only that, today we have young people deliberately “dumbing” down their intelligence to appear stupid because they got the idea that to be smart is not cool and not “black”.

This stupid idea of blackness is causing us to exclude our own throughout the Afro-Diaspora (particularly those in Latin America), just because they didn’t grow up in the United States. Assata knew that blackness was silly, which is why she is dwelling in Cuba to this day.

Assata_Shakur

Assata Shakur

We need to learn and teach each other to see one another’s divinity, so that we help each other grow. The 1960s and 1970s was a powerful time and the reason we all keep referring to it is because that’s when everything changed from the better to the worse. Most of the progress that was made even in those bad times was due to Harlem Renaissance era, which occurred prior. During that time we had numerous intellectuals and that’s when the attacks began because we were focused on us. Some of the people during the 1960s and early 1970s remember those glorious times because we didn’t control all of our community. We did control a lot of it because we respected who we were regardless of status and education.

It was about intellect and muscle, and that same attitude existed in the 1970s.  For instance, when Assata Shakur was rescued and exiled to Cuba, it was a collaborative effort on several parts. I heard the story several times from my late history instructor Imari Obadele (born Richard Bullock Henry May 2, 1930 – January 18, 2010), the former president of the Republic of New Africa and strong advocate of reparations, who was wrongly imprisoned himself, but was freed after serving five years thanks to the help of Rep. John Conyers, a Detroit politician, and Amnesty International.

We need to get rid of the idea of blackness and replace it with Divineness. I do not believe that there are people in this world that hates their own kind. That’s contradicts the laws of nature. I do believe that there are people in this world that have different perspectives due to different cognizance and a lack of knowledge. This is the reason, every time we base our decisions on this superficial quality, we get played because the other party goes through this song and dance, of trying to prove how “black” they are. Clinton did it and Obama did it.

Barack and Bill 818_0

If people would have focused on one another’s divinity, they would have avoided being tricked and saw through the individual’s real intentions.  For instance, if they would have looked at President Obama as just another man with a divine spark, instead of as a black man, they could have avoided seeing him as a savior that so many people perceived him as being. And instead, saw him as another politician. Now to be honest with you, this is not to say that I was not happy that he won the election because I like comedian Chris Rock mentioned. It meant that I could stop saying that stupid mantra, “You can be anything you want. Even the president of the United States,” but I didn’t expect anything drastic to happen as a result of him becoming the president either.  Because he is a politician and politicians, politic for money.  That’s politics, so stop being angry at him for being a politician and get angry at yourself for allowing yourself to get duped, again. Obama is doing his job and that is to be a politician. He fulfilled part of his destiny, so calling him a sellout is just like the kid who called me a sellout.

We have to stop putting our faith in other people and start putting our faith in ourselves. If you have in your heart to go in one direction and you come across another who claims to do the same, you will know because it will show in their actions. When you focus on your divinity and see the divine within them, you see what they are all about because they can’t hide it. You will always know a bird by the way it poops.

Maa Aankh with Utchat

I had to see the divine when the young kid called me a sellout.  It was hurtful only because I couldn’t reveal to him that I was a Spook Who Sat By the Door, striving to improve not only my own but his as well. If he had only been responsible and did his part.  Who knows what we could have accomplished together. I was only able to forgive him because I understood that he was young and like most young people who are rash, doesn’t think.  The youth corresponds to the Ra moment on the Maa Aankh, which if not managed correctly would lead to one’s demise because they are always acting or reacting and not thinking before they act.

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 We need to appreciate one another regardless of what level of consciousness we are on and see the role it plays in our own development. It is not meant for us all to travel the same path and have the same experience, because we all have different purposes.  I have said it before and I will say it again, that if you read about Malcolm’s childhood, you would know that there was no way he was going to become a Christian. It was going to take a miracle for that to happen, and it was only because Master Fard appeared to him miraculously that he found Allah (God) in the first place, and became the great man that we know today. Just because someone doesn’t take the same path in life as you did doesn’t make them of less important. This is a trick from the enemy. Nothing happens by coincidence, everything happens for a reason but if you no plan, you don’t take no responsibility for your life and just wait for someone to save you.  You will never succeed or achieve anything in life. We need to understand that we each play a role in our growth and development, which means you have to do your part.

You never know that that kid you insulted for walking upright might be the lawyer to save your behind from being incarcerated, or that guy you see as street thug may actually be a community organizer that rallies youths against joining gangs.  We all have a stake and the only way to accomplish it is by seeing the spark within.

Don’t let the enemy lead you into believing that you are better, worse or not enough of anything. Invest in the understanding that you are a divine being surrounded by other divinities. Now go out and make the world you want.

Hope that helps.

Hetep (Peace)





How to Embrace Your Divinity Pt.2: Overcoming Your Fear of the Dark

29 08 2014

Hetepu (Peace) Family.

In “How to Embrace Your Divinity,” I mentioned that if you repeat an affirmations before retiring that it is sown into the superconscious part of your being, which is referred to as fertile grounds of KAMTA. The reason for symbolizing the superconscious part of your being as KAMTA because it is fertile ground, meaning that it has the potential to develop and grow anything you want in your life.

KAMTA - The Black Lands. Literally also known as the fertile region of Upper Kamit in the southern part of the country. Metaphorically, it symbolizes our Higher Self.

KAMTA – The Black Lands. Literally also known as the fertile region of Upper Kamit in the southern part of the country. Metaphorically, it symbolizes our Higher Self.

The reason we refer to the subconscious part of our being as TASETT is because our subconscious is already in the habit of doing things. In other words, it is the part of your being that functions on autopilot. This is why the perfect analogy of the subconscious part of our being is a desert because the ground is hard and dry.

TASETT - The Red Lands. Literally also known as the desert region of Lower Kamit or Egypt. Metaphorically, it symbolizes our Lower Self.

TASETT – The Red Lands. Literally also known as the desert region of Lower Kamit or Egypt. Metaphorically, it symbolizes our Lower Self.

Just to recap, some of the affirmations I suggested could be sown into the fertile part of our being – the superconscious or KAMTA – are “I am happy. I am at peace. I am healthy,” but if you really wanted to jump start something in your being repeat before retiring, “I am God.”

As I stated before, when I repeated this the first time, something remarkable occurred, because all of a sudden I began to realize that I was the creator of my reality. I came to understanding because I had a dream and it was little frightening at first. That’s right, I repeated the affirmation, “I am God” and I had a scary dream.

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In the dream, I was in a basement and I heard some moaning and wailing. It sort of reminded me of my near death experience when I was in the hospital laying on the gurney hearing other patients cry out for Death to take them. Anyway, in the dream, I was kind of in a pit in the basement, then I levitated out of the pit and hovered around above the basement floor. I remembered I did a couple of flips and loops as if I was trying to become familiar with my flying abilities. Then, I flew up a flight of stairs to a bedroom that was above the basement, which was brightly lit. Afterwards, I awoke from the dream.

Maa Aankh with Utchat

As I said, it was scary at first until I began to interpret what the dream meant and realized that it was referring to the Maa Aankh. The basement corresponded to my superconscious self or KAMTA. It was scary at first because Western society teaches us to fear the dark and everything that is unknown.  Everything that is not physically visible we are taught to fear and categorize it as evil, not understanding that this is society’s way of programming us to fear our ancestors and see them as evil ghosts, fear our spirit guides and fear our divinity.

The watery like pit that I was raised out of was none other the chaotic waters of Nyun. Those familiar with Kamitic cosmology will recall that according to Kamitic creation theory, in the beginning there was nothing but a watery chaotic abyss. Chaos simply means no order, which is why after God created Him/Herself, the next order of business was to bring order or Maa out of chaos. Me hovering above the waters was a message that Maa was now being put into my life.

After I hovered above the waters in the basement, I did a couple of flips because it symbolized that I was free, not bound by anything. In other words, when you tap into the superconscious part of your being, you can achieve anything. Then, I flew up into the habitual, visible or subconscious part of my life that functions on autopilot, which was confirmation that I create my reality.

Judgement Scale

Judgement Scene

Now, some of you might be asking why this important. Well, the answer is for several reasons. First, the point of telling you this is to give you proof of a shamanic dream. If I had thrown into the story some animal headed figures or some other grotesque images you would have a read the first pages of my Book of the Dead. That’s right, the Kamitic Book of the Dead or Pert em Hru is basically an individual’s dream diary. Again, most Western scholars just don’t get it because they don’t understand the mind-spirit.

 

The second reason is to help you understand your own dreams. Your dreams are a reflection of your reality in symbolic form.  The way to interpret your dreams is to determine how a symbol makes you feel. We have heard it time and time again, that the only thing to fear is fear itself. Why do you fear becoming a god? Who told you to fear your divinity? Do you think it is blasphemous to state, that you are God? Do you think something is going to happen to you because you state that you are God?

 

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are not living your life according to Maa. I know that Egyptologists and armchair metaphysics and spiritual folks will tell you, “Maa(t) means balance, law, justice, order and righteousness,” but a lot of these people are talking about ethics and morals or right versus wrong. In other words, they are speaking about good versus evil from a Western perspective, which is not a Kamitic or traditional African concept. According to our ancestors along the Nile, good and evil are two sides of the same coin. What is good for one person may be evil for another, and vice versa.

 

When you are living your life based upon good versus evil, you are in essence living your life based upon what you fear may or may not happen, and this is simply chaotic. Why? Because, if everything that you are trying to do is contingent on what may or may not happen. You will never progress. Okay, that seems a little over the head, so let’s break it down to everyday scenario.

 

You have read your history. You have learned that your ancestors accomplished great things. You believe that you are a child of God, but there is some evil conspiracy holding you back or plotting for your demise, and this is the reason you cannot seem to get ahead.  You just contradicted the fact that you are a child of God or a god yourself, and empowered your enemy.  In other words, what you are saying is that the reason you can’t progress is because some evil conspirator(s) are more powerful than God.

 

I didn’t say it. You did and this is what you believe because you are afraid to go into the dark. This means that you are afraid of the devil because you are afraid to be God. If you want further proof, go into a pitch black room and sit there. Most of us will not, because it sounds spooky and society taught us to be afraid of the things that go bump in the night, but I have some good news.

 

That’s right people. This is the Gospel of Aakhu (the ancestors) that Hru had to discover for himself.

 

Guess who is waiting in the dark?

Answer: It is your Osar (Asar, Ausar or Osiris. This is why the southern part of Kamit or KAMTA was symbolized by the white crown of Osar.)

 

Osar from Maa Ankh 2

Osar Waiting in Kamta

If you will recall that the devil is a liar, then everything that the devil says, you have to learn to do the opposite. If the devil says, the dark is evil you have to consider the source and realize that the dark is the answer to your liberation. Understand that when I am talking about the devil or Set, we are not talking about some specific person or group of people.  We are talking about the devil inside of you a.k.a. your Ego – and not just the arrogant part of you. No but, the energy that is telling you right now “You ain’t God” and saying everything in its power to prevent you from embracing your divinity.

Hru and Set - Fighting the Devil Within

Hru and Set – Fighting the Devil Within

 

The devil or Set resides within our subconscious self or TASETT and will always make you fight yourself. This is why he knows so much about you because if you will recall, the subconscious governs all of our memories. That’s why politicians already know how you are going to vote.  It is the reason the media usually reports inaccurate stories because the devil within them is encouraging them to give discouraging, meaningless stories that generate fear and panic. If reporters don’t comply, then they aren’t paid, so they do so out of fear. Fear is the main reason most people do things, and the reason most of us respond or react a certain way is out of fear. This is why survey polls are routinely conducted in order to measure the public’s response. Of course, if they don’t like the direction you are going, they will tell you something to make your feeling go in the other direction.

 

But, when you face your fear and go into the dark to meet your Osar. You will learn that the true voice is full of love. It doesn’t force or strong arm you into doing something. It is patient and long-suffering.

 

It is only after you have gone into the dark and embraced your divinity that you realize that the reason the devil keeps winning is to force you to play your “spade hands” and become who you were meant to be.  Set, we have to remember is Hru’s uncle, and I don’t know about you but my uncles when I was growing I thought were bullies. They taught you things that your father either couldn’t or didn’t.  It wasn’t until I got older that I appreciated my uncles and realized that they were mean and played the antagonist to help me develop certain character traits in order to become who I am today.  This is why Set exist, because if he didn’t oppose everything we said and believe, we would not develop the traits needed to succeed.

Hru Osar and Set

Hru Osar and Set

 

What this means is that Set will continue to dominate your life because he is a god and you are fighting him from mortal perspective. Not only that, he will continue to beat you silly until you decide to do something about it.  And the only thing you can do to beat another god is to become a god or goddess yourself.

 

Hope that helps.








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