Understanding Maa, Maat and Karmic Debt

15 10 2013

Hetepu (Peace) Family,

Something quite interesting just recently occurred where an individual felt like they were being harmed by another, which inspired me to write this post. I noticed that too often people make the concept and principle of Maa out to be something extraordinary and out of this world. When in fact, it is a very simple concept.

Maa-The Path of the Feather

Maa-The Path of the Feather

To get an idea of how Maa worked imagine this scenario. A man is with his wife and they are having a discussion. In the midst of the conversation, the man says something that gets him in the hot seat with his wife.  He tries to apologize but it is too late, his wife is angry with him. Her anger is not to the point that she wants to divorce him, but she doesn’t want to be in the same room with him. So, our apologetic husband has to sleep on the couch tonight.

 man-in-doghouse

Seeing that he has seriously upset his wife, he decides to get out of the doghouse by buying her some flowers and candies. If it doesn’t work, he decides to go a step further by treating her to a romantic night out in town or taking her to a concert. If that doesn’t work, he tries to do something that she really likes in order to get out of the doghouse.

Now why would his wife accept his gift and his apology? If you were in this situation, why would you accept a person’s apology and gift after they have wronged you? It is because you sense that they are sincere, you will see that they have empathized with you and they realized that they have seriously hurt you. The purpose of the gift is an offering to right the wrong that they have done and to remove the stain of guilt.  You see, if our apologetic husband didn’t give his wife a gift along with his sincere apology, she would never forget what he had done.  Ok, so you see why some people hold on to an ill memory so long is because they have never let go of that negative energy.

So we see that Maa is really all about not hurting others with your actions and behaviors. When you hurt someone, you have sinned and created an injustice, thus causing the individual not to feel whole or complete.

 scale-of-justice

The thing about injustices is that they don’t last forever. They always have to balance their way out.  For instance, there’s a guy I know that was in dire straits awhile back, so he stole some things from his man he knew. He knew what he was doing was wrong but he did it anyway. Well, when he got on his feet and was doing a lot better. The guilt of him stealing still lingered in his spirit and made him feel bad, which caused him to sabotage himself subconsciously, thinking he didn’t deserve blessings because of what he did several years ago.  When he asked me what he should do, I told him that he had to make what was wrong right.  So, he decided to replace all of the items that he had stolen and purchase some new items as well to give to the victim, so that the person he stole from didn’t feel like he was a victim.

You see, no one likes to be victimized and when we disrespect another, abuse, misuse or take advantage of one another, our sahu – lower spirit (subconscious), remembers it all, but it knows that since we wouldn’t want anyone to do the same in us. Our sahu creates in us a feeling of guilt and shame, which has us looking over our shoulders and wondering when we are going to be victimized.  When you are constantly thinking about something you did in the past, you worry which brings about stress and paves the way for accidents and illnesses.

Maat (the Personification of Maa)

Maat (the Personification of Maa)

This is why to right the wrong; along with apologizing we must do whatever is physically possible to make the person feel whole again and not feel like a victim.  This is not only therapeutic for the victim but for yourself as well.  So what we call getting out of the doghouse is actually a contemporary way of saying ridding yourself of karmic debt in the present. Understand, just saying “I’m sorry” is not enough when you have seriously hurt someone’s feelings, damage their reputation, etc. No, you have to make amends and if you don’t do it now, you will in the future or the next lifetime.

Hope that helps.





Have You Been Called? Understanding African Cosmology and the Calling Amongst African Americans

6 05 2013

Hetepu (Peace) Family.

Hope all is well. This is something that has really been on my mind since Malcolm X’s birthday is nearing and the rising disturbing actions and behaviors perpetrated by our youth in their desperate attempt to make money.  I have also wanted to address this issue about because some people have been asking if Kamta is a New Age thing.  So I have been letting this subject run around in my mind for a minute in order to address is appropriately.

Kamitic priest in leopard pelt

Kamitic priest in leopard pelt

Because shamanism has become such a very popular term to throw around by anyone claiming to be spiritual and not religious or refusing to follow the order of organized religion. I have decided to write this post to clarify, specify and distinguish Kamta from the New Age shamanistic movements. Please understand that I have nothing against New Agers because everything has its purpose, but I want to make it clear that this is not a trend.  I have to keep telling this story in order to raise consciousness, not because it is the trendy thing that is in fashion now, but because it is a Way of Life pertaining to my survival.

Portuguese ship

Portuguese ship

Kamta is a Spirit – led shamanic tradition based upon Kamitic (Ancient Egyptian) philosophy and Afrospiritual thought.  When the Africans were enslaved and brought to North America, unlike those taken to the Caribbean and South America, they were unable to maintain and retain all of their religious beliefs because their formal introduction spiritual system had been disrupted or simply destroyed. This along with the fact that there were various ethnic groups with different cultures and spiritual beliefs also made it difficult for the spiritual systems transported to Protestant Christian North America from Africa to survive. Fortunately, prior to the advent of the Slave Trade, many of the people from the Kongo region had willingly converted to Roman Catholicism or were at least familiar with the Christian faith due to their encounter with Portuguese merchants and missionaries.  Consequently, those Africans brought from the Kongo Angolan region were able to retain majority of their spiritual beliefs under the guise of Christianity. Although, they were not able to create or recreate a formal initiation system such as the ones that exist throughout the Afro diaspora, they were able to maintain an informal initiation system that follows what is commonly referred to as the Rule of the Sun.

Kongo_Cross

Kongo Cross (also called the Dikenga or Yowa)

The Rule of the Sun is based upon African Cosmology particularly the Yowa, Dikenga also called the Congo or Kongo Cross. The general understanding of the Kongo Cross is that the human soul like the sun rises, zeniths, sets and is reborn again to create another dawn. Spiritually speaking, we rise and peak in our awareness, but when we experience problems, setbacks, calamity, dishonor, illness, etc.  It is because we are spiritually dying or our sun/soul is setting in the West. The reason we spiritually die is because we have picked up impurities (egocentricities) from dwelling amongst the living in the physical world like selfishness, egotism, fear, etc.. So, spiritual death occurs in order to purify our soul. If we survive the problem, illness, fall from grace, etc.  It is believed that we have traveled to the spiritual world and were reborn like the dawning sun. So along with this core belief, early African Americans believed that when someone experienced a spiritual death.  It was because they were being Called to the spiritual world to obtain their spiritual gifts.  Although good and evil existed in the Kongo mind, the whole battle between the good and evil was seen as a way in which one finds his or her true Self.  In other words, it was seen as way to establish and maintain balance, so that an individual could learn to stand on the edge of both worlds.

Basic Kongo Cosmogram

Basic Kongo Cosmogram

Now the Calling in the African American community was similar to other shamanic societies, in the sense that those who were called at an early age displayed unusual birth signs such as being breeched, born with a caul over their head, having uncommon birthmarks and so on.  But, the most common form of calling in the African American community  was the fall from grace in which the individual after experiencing problems had some sort of epiphany or revelation.  This is because all adversity was seen as an individual going through a dying phase, because as one elder told me “You have to go through something, in order to get something.” This something that the individual must go through is of course the adversity and hardship of the physical world.  The something that the individual is going to get refers to their reward, their talent, purpose, destiny, etc. that will be obtained spiritually (or from the spiritual world).  This is why it is not uncommon to hear of individuals within the African American community today being “Called” to the pulpit to be a preacher.  In the olden days, the Calling was not just about being an evangelist.  The Calling pertained to doing any type of ministry (God or Spirit-led) work in regards to helping people in the community such as being a seer, a healer, prayer warrior, and so on.

Robert Johnson the Blues Musician Who Supposedly Sold His Soul to Play the Guitar

Robert Johnson the Blues Musician Who Supposedly Sold His Soul to Play the Guitar

Those familiar with African American folk beliefs will not understand the basis of Robert Johnson’s Crossroad Ritual and will now understand the reason what Johnson did was considered evil is because his blues music was not helping his community. It was only going to make him richer, which is why the man who allegedly teaches him was called the devil.

The Transformation from Malcolm Little to Malcolm X to  El Hajj Malik Shabazz

The Transformation from Malcolm Little to Malcolm X to El Hajj Malik Shabazz

The Calling is a form of initiation based upon the Kongo Cross and it refers to being initiated and inducted into the spiritual fold to help the community. Like most initiations, which end of something old and the beginning or start of something new. It was understood that anytime an individual experienced any sort of unusual hardship, setbacks, obstacles, problems, etc. the individual was being Called.   This is the most accepted undocumented belief in the African American psyche.  It is the reason those individuals that have undergone a complete transformation such as the legendary Malcolm X (and a host of others), are so cherished in the African American community.  It is because African Americans like most people love a “comeback to grace” story and it is because the basis of our culture centers on the Rule of the Sun.

Because the Church became the most respected institution that white America during slavery (for the most part) would not meddle with.  Many of the people that were Called were given regular titles within the institution such as deacon, evangelist, missionary, etc. but there were also those who were known as Father, Papa, Poppa, Uncle, Brother, Mother, Momma, Auntie and Sister “so – and – so”.  Each of these individuals at some point in time assisted in the healing services that occur inside the church.

Contemporary Ring Shout

Contemporary Ring Shout

Like most shamanic traditions, African American religious service usually consists of a form of ritual called praise and worship, which consists of songs, music, dancing and trance called, filled with the Holy Ghost.  Next, the preacher that gives the congregation a message from God and at times can also include being prayed upon for healing using blessed oil.  The reason most people don’t think of it as being a shamanic trance induction service is because it is so norm and most people think that shamans are spooky witchdoctors running around with masks and bones in their nose chanting some unpronounceable language. A true shaman mediates between the spiritual world and physical world for his or her community. Everything that the shaman does is for the community because their spiritual development and advancement depends upon the people they serve. This is why typically those who were called in the African American community also did and continues to do something in regards to the church.

It is because of the Kongo Cross, anyone can participate in any form of African American spirituality (spiritual tradition, spiritual practices, folk practices, etc.) because it all centers on you going through something and surviving. It is simply put a spirituality that is based upon survival, which celebrates one’s success or victory over adversity.  And, this is what makes African American spirituality a form of shamanism.

Disney's Shadow Man of New Orleans

Disney’s Shadow Man of New Orleans

But, this form of spirituality has been steadily suppressed because in the early twentieth century, African Americans were routinely harassed and even imprisoned because of their religious beliefs. Today when people think of African religions or spirituality, it conjures up images of evil sorcerers. As a result, older African Americans familiar with this form of spirituality have often denied any association with it out of fear of being ostracized. Because African Americans were separated from the Motherland, in general unfamiliar with African cosmology and the old Kongo spiritual systems are nonexistent due to slavery and colonization. Slowly but surely, this system has continued to fade into extinction as the elders that followed and taught the system transition and are not able to pass their wisdom on to younger generations.

Emmett Till and Lil Wayne Controversy

Emmett Till and Lil Wayne Controversy

Today, a great cultural tragedy is occurring on several fronts. From one perspective, because of the lack of a cultural spiritual tradition, youths unfamiliar with their own ancestral history are mocking and ridiculing their heritage.  (i.e. the entertainer Lil Wayne).  This is also due to the fact that many still suffer from Afrohagiophobia, which according to http://www.mamiwata.com/part2.html.

“A pathological fear and irrational intimidation of African spiritual and esoteric science, ancestral veneration, and its ritual and cultural expressions. The simplest spirit manifestations that were once understood in their cosmological context, now “spooked” the newly conditioned generations of African-Americans.”

On the other hand, many people are exploring, searching, investigating, embracing, imitating and mimicking spiritual systems that are foreign to their culture and wondering why these systems are not working and helping them to bring money, peace of mind, or harmony to their relationships.  I am very well aware of the latter because I have put in my time researching and dabbling in various faiths and traditions myself. I have firsthand experience and know that if you do not belong to a particular cultural group, contrary to what anyone tells you. You are not going to get everything as the individual who is born into that culture.   There is going to be a lot of information that is going to be lost in the cultural translation.  A person born and raise Baptist, COGIC, Pentecostal, etc. and converts to Catholicism, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, etc. is just not going to get everything because those spiritual systems are tailored to the cultures they serve.  I have even witnessed and talked to people who were involved in various African and Afro-American religions and they have told me about the indifferences that exist there as well.

Colonoware

Kongo Cross on Colonoware

So, here comes Kamta to save me.

After doing all of this research and studying all of these philosophies years ago. After trying to make a dying relationship with a “spiritual person” work and trying to incorporate all of these metaphysical ideas, I became deathly ill. Meaning, I almost died twice. How I survived was by throwing out everything that didn’t work and relying upon what I knew that did. I always have to tell people my story so that they can understand what happens when you don’t accept your calling, because it is real.

Queen Nzingah

Queen Nzingah

While I was undergoing my own rebirthing process that is when I began putting rhyme to reason and that’s how I learned about the Kongo people and our ancestral tradition, which can be traced back to the Ba-Ntu people who dwelled in Kamit/Kemet (Ancient Egypt).  It was because the original Kongo systems for the most part is nonexistent that Kamit/Kemet became the inspiration behind this system and I discovered the Maa Aankh cosmogram. By the way, this is totally within the Bantu-Kongo thinking because Kongo traditions have survived throughout the diaspora by adapting and modifying existing philosophies to fit their purpose.

Maa Aankh

So, the battle between good and evil is not seen as an eternal conflict between God and the devil, but between man and woman’s higher and lower selves allegorized as the battle between the Upper and Lower Lands of Kamit. It is the same Kongo concepts of the physical world above and the spiritual world below where one has to travel and meet Osar in order to be reborn, so that he or she can be stand on the edge of both worlds.

Unify Your Kingdom Within

Unify Your Kingdom Within

Now, the key differences between Kamta and other shamanistic systems is that everyone is called to do something because the Rule of the Sun is a way of introducing and inducting everyone into the cultural fold of communal service.  For instance, I have a cousin who just celebrated being drug free for 15 years now.  His ministry is helping other drug addicts.  He had to undergo that little experience in order to fulfill his purpose in life.  As I have mentioned before, since I have overcome and survived lupus. My responsibility has been to help others to do the same thing. This is one of my callings. There is a saying and it holds true for Kamta and it is, “Everyone is Called but only a few will answer.”

Maa Aankh Cosmology

Maa Aankh Cosmology

The point that I am trying to make is that we have our own spiritual traditions, our own ancestors, our own spirits and guides that we can work with and are willing to assist us out of this bind that we find ourselves in.  We do not have to make up, create or mimic another’s cultural tradition especially when they do not share our concerns and would not dowse us with water if we were on fire.  Our ancestors left us with all sorts of guides and maps.  We just have to use them.  So, I am writing this post to help you all to understand that if you have been called what you need to do, because the only ones who can tell you about it have either transitioned into the spiritual realm or are refusing to talk about it because they are suffering from Afrohagiphobia. Hopefully, this post will help you to understand why certain systems aren’t working for you and what you need to do to find your Maa (Way).

Sincerely, I hope this helps.

Hetepu (Peace),

Rau Khu

Copyright 2013





How to Be Saved Kamitically (Kemetically Speaking)

24 03 2013

Hetepu (Peace) Family,

Commercialized Easter

Commercialized Easter

Today, as I went to the grocery store and was bombarded by all of the candy eggs, chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks and duckies blocking the aisle.  I was reminded that Easter is approaching and so much of what was sacred has been made profane because of materialism. I of course, have no problem with making something sacred an enjoyable celebration for children, but the commercializing of the concept of rebirth is a bit disturbing given the state of affairs we find ourselves in.  So I wrote this post in response. In all sincerity, salvation is salvation, meaning that there is no one group that has a monopoly on salvation. I use the title “Saved Kamitically (Kemetically)” to distinguish between the popular notion of salvation and the more profound meaning according to the Ancient Egyptians, where the concept originated. Please note: The made-up word Kamitically/Kemetically is being used purposely to describe the metaphysical process that occurs in rebirth.

What is Salvation?

Well, the term salvation is derived from the Latin word salvare, which means, “to be saved”.  Thus indicating that one’s life is in danger or peril.  When we speak of salvation in regards to spirituality, we are referring to one’s soul being in danger. This means that there is an aspect of your life that is going in a particular direction, which is leading to your soul’s demise.

Sidebar: Of course, there are some that will say that the purpose of being “saved” is to be “saved from sin,” which separates us from God. This is true, but I have yet to meet anyone define truly what sin is, or at least specify what is and is not a sin without attaching to it some dogma. For instance, like it is a sin in some organizations to smoke cigarettes. In others, it is okay to smoke cigarettes but a sin to drink alcoholic beverages. Other groups claim it is a sin to do both and to consume pork. Then again, you can find some groups that claim that they are all wrong. This discrepancy is due to not having a true understanding of what Truth is, which we will address later.

But for most of us, we have been taught that “to be saved,” means to be delivered, rescued or taken out of some grave situation that we are in at the present moment.And, for most people because of the popular notion of what salvation has degenerated to.  We have been taught that in order to be saved one is to give their life to Christ and all will be well.

asaved

I remembered when I was younger, I wanted to be saved from the rising crack epidemic and crack related crimes that were claiming the lives of so many young Black and Latino people in my native city of Detroit. Today some of our youth are fleeing from similar issues such as the gun related violence in Chicago and other urban cities across the United States. Some may be praying, “to be saved” from random acts of violence that seems to be spontaneously occurring in public spaces. At the same time, others might be praying, “to be saved” from some domestic issues or abroad to be saved from some type of conflict.

asaved2

Whatever the case, we are told that the way to be saved is to give your life to Christ. The giving of one’s life to Christ ritual has worked for some but not for the greater majority, as we see in the rapid decline of our society’s ethics and morality. Also, because of a lack of spiritual science, for those individuals that were successful in giving their life to Christ, for him “to save” them from whatever danger they were fleeing from. Their life may have suddenly improved for the moment, but after the zeal has died down, they find themselves in a familiar powerless situation.

asaved3

The reason this spiritual remedy is a temporary fix is because nothing occurs suddenly.  According to Ancient African cosmology, everything happens for a reason because we live in a Cause and Effect universe. You might not understand what you did to get in the predicament or situation that you are in. In fact, the actual cause of you being in the present situation you are in could have taken place in a past lifetime, no one knows but God. The point of the matter is that you are in the Effect stage right now, meaning you only see one part of the universe – the physical realm.

The Right Eye of Ra (also known as the Solar Eye corresponds to the literal, physical sight and the left hemisphere of the brain. Associated with the TASETT perspective.)

The Right Eye of Ra (also known as the Solar Eye corresponds to the literal, physical sight and the left hemisphere of the brain. Associated with the TASETT perspective.)

Right now, according to Ancient African cosmology, you are going through the storm.  You are in a living Hell or in the Devil’s workshop, which the ancient Kamitic/Kemetic people allegorized as an arid, red and desolate desert they called TASETT – the Red Land of Set (the Kamitic/Kemetic devil), who is said to be the author of confusion, illusion, chaos, conflict, war, etc. It should be noted that it was the desert where Jesus was tempted by the Set-an or Satan.

TASETT - The Red Lands. Literally also known as the desert region of Lower Kamit in the northernmost part of the country. Metaphorically, it symbolizes our Lower Self - represented by the red Deshret crown of Kamit.

TASETT – The Red Lands. Literally also known as the desert region of Lower Kamit/Kemet in the northernmost part of the country. Metaphorically, it symbolizes our Lower Self – represented by the red Deshret crown of Kamit.

If we were to draw from Jesus’ experience while he spent his 40 days and nights in the desert. We would note that he did not pray to be delivered or saved from the living Hell he was in, nor did he ask to be saved when the devil visited him.

Jesus being tempted by Satan - http://www.jesusmafa.com/

Jesus being tempted by Satan – http://www.jesusmafa.com/

Have you ever wondered why?

Well, think about it. If you were saved from placing your hand over a fire when you were a child, would you have learned how to respect this force yet, master the ability of using fire for constructive or destructive purposes? Answer, probably not. The point that people miss is that the whole meaning behind the temptation is that the devil was offering Jesus a shortcut to Power.

What Am I Saying?

To put it plainly, the situations that we are in is the metaphoric fire meant to transform us, just like it did Jesus. Fire tempers metal and then it makes it resilient.  This means we are not supposed to be praying for salvation, which is the reason so many of us are not having our prayers answered. We are supposed to be praying for the power and strength so that we can overcome the devil within us and outside of our being.  That is why we are in these present situations.

So How Do We Get Saved Kamitically/Kemetically?

Maa Aankh Cosmogram: Being Saved Kamitically Means Do A Complete 360

Maa Aankh Cosmogram: Being Saved Kamitically Means Do A Complete 360

Understanding that we cannot and will not be totally “saved” from a situation, means that it is part of our destiny that we are in this situation in the first place.  We were placed in this situation so that we can observe what the problem is from the inside and out. We must complete the cycle or the revolution. Many of us get lost because we get stuck or we stop in the RED – TASETT. We have to continue on and make it to the BLACK, because Rebirth takes place on the other side.  So, how do we get to the other side? Well, this is where those three classic steps come in – Repent, be Baptized and Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, but I am speaking Kamitically/Kemetically:

  1. Repent – means that you see the error in your ways due to your ignorance and you ask for forgiveness.  This is usually hardest step because many of us do not believe that we are part of the problem. Sometimes part of the problem can simply be you not willing to accept the fact that your perspective of life is limited to your personal experience; and that you must learn to rely upon your intuition.  This requires you having faith in the unknown.  As stated earlier, everything happens for a reason regardless if we recognize it or not.
  2. Baptized – means that you make a commitment to God (and your ancestors) not to engage in the destructive act ever again. It is a form of initiation. Spiritually inclined people know that you can be baptized by water (the literal way) or baptized by fire (strictly metaphorical, referring to initiation by life, where you have to spiritually evolve in order to survive).  In the olden days, this was the original purpose for people ritually bathing themselves. Nowadays they sell colored and perfumed waters in grocery stores with the title “Curios”, but when you understand the concept. You can make your own ritual bath like our ancestors did prior to the commercialization of our spiritual practices.
  3. Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost  – means to receive Rau, Spirit of God, and allow it to empower you. In the beginning it may seem like a struggle, but eventually roads will open, opportunities will present themselves, etc. assisting you in your objective. This is when our netcharu (neters, angels, etc.) like Npu (Anpu, Anubis, etc.) come to our aide as he did with Oset (Aset, Auset, Isis in Greek).

Now, just like Jesus, you will be tempted by Set to return to your old ways. Whatever the devil held over you, he will bring it back up because he is the only one that causes you to worry about your past, present and future. But true victory comes when you can stare your devil in the face and not be moved or swayed to follow him back up that familiar path.  You will know when you have been truly “Reborn (a complete change in consciousness – hence Amun Ra see the Maa Aankh – Ancient African cosmogram above)” when you don’t fear the devil.

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 - represented by the white Hedjet crown of Kamit.

KAMTA – The Black Lands. Literally also known as the fertile region of Upper Kamit/Kemet in the southern part of the country. Metaphorically, it symbolizes our Higher Self – represented by the white Hedjet crown of Kamit/Kemet.

You see, rebirth according to Ancient African cosmology, takes place in the hidden, unknown, spiritual realm called KAMTA – the Black Lands where Osar – our Higher Self and the Spark of God reside, deep within the recess of our mind.  It is Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiris in Greek or in Christian lore Jesus) that makes us see how we are connected to each other in our community (hence comm-UNITY).

The Left Eye of Ra (also called the Lunar Eye corresponds to intuition, spiritual sight -  hence insight and the right hemisphere of the brain. Associated with the KAMTA perspective.)

The Left Eye of Ra (also called the Lunar Eye corresponds to intuition, spiritual sight – hence insight and the right hemisphere of the brain. Associated with the KAMTA perspective.)

This is what it truly means to give your life to Christ. It is what the ancient Kamitians (Kemetians) referred to as Maa Kheru, which literally means “True of Word.” We call it nowadays, “Show ‘N Prove”, but it refers to speaking truth and living truth because you now see the Absolute Truth or Maa (holistic).  You have a clear vision because now you have both your Eyes (the Solar and Lunar Eyes of Ra).

Together the Solar and Lunar Eyes of Ra (Provide a Holistic Perspective as both the right and left hemispheres of the brain are united.)

Together the Solar and Lunar Eyes of Ra (Provide a Holistic Perspective as both the right and left hemispheres of the brain are united.)

Another way of saying Maa Kheru is “To Be Made Whole Again”, meaning you have received the double Pschent crown – the white crowns of your KAMTA and the red crown of your TASETT.

The Double Pschent Crown (White Crown of KAMTA and the Red Crown of TASETT)

The Double Pschent Crown (White Crown of KAMTA and the Red Crown of TASETT)

It is interesting that after saying this I am reminded of a documentary that broadcasted about some ex-gangbangers who turned their life around and now sponsor antigang events and programs, to prevent young people from falling into trap laid by Set.

Unify Your Kingdom Within

Unify Your Kingdom Within

The difference I hope you can see in being “Saved Kamitically/Kemetically” is that your salvation is not based upon one ritualistic act, but every time you find your self (soul) in a bind.  When life gets chaotic and seems like your demise is near. You have journeyed into the Set’s (the devil’s) realm, which means you are there to purify your soul of your ego (specifically anxiety, fear, selfishness, ignorance, etc.) – the devil within. This is our greatest enemy and the one we fight with all the time.  It is here we Repent, Be Baptized and Receive the Holy Spirit.

After we have gone through TASETT (Hell) and died.   We will be reborn and can return to help those who are in need of being “saved” themselves.

Hetepu (Peace)

Derric “Rau Khu” Moore

For a full discourse, see: The Maa Aankh Volume I & II





Was Jesus Initiated in Kemet?

17 04 2010

HTP (Peace) Fam.

A lot of people would like to know was Jesus a Kamitic initiate. Well, it is not known for sure if he was or wasn’t. I wondered about this when I was growing up, which is part of the reason why I embarked upon this journey so many years ago.  You see, I remember being told when I was younger that the Egyptians were a horrible idol worshipping people that enslaved the “Chosen People” of God. But, I couldn’t for the like of me understand that if the Kamitic people were so evil, why the Daniel, the kid that had the coat of many colors, serve as a vizier? Why did the Joseph flee with Mary and Jesus to Kemet or Kamit, and stay for so long if they were enemies of God?

Then when I got older and continued my research, I wondered why was Moses according to Acts 7:20-22 educated in the ways of the Kamitic people, if the Kamitic people were so evil? It would take years for me to discover that it is because God never cursed or considered the Kamitic people to be evil. This was a gross assumption that someone made and they ran with it. It was another way of trying to promote the twisted theory that the descendants of Ham or Kam were a cursed and wicked people. People swallowed it hook and bait because the bible was interpreted literally and has been used as a world history book.

When it is understood that the bible is all about the genealogical seed of Adam and it is interpreted from that perspective of how anyone can achieve great things. It becomes easy to see why our ancestors in the Americas, kin in Caribbean (Rastafarians) and martyrs like Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad, Haile Selassie, Malcolm X, and Civil Rights leaders like Martin L. King Jr. and others were able to use the bible as a tool against racism and slavery. They understood the ancient African science of conjuring.

When you understand the power of the Spirit in relation to the Soul, Kamit metaphorically and metaphysically speaking becomes a port of entry. We enter Kamit every time we close our eyes, but only a few of the biblical characters actually were initiated into it. Does it make sense now, why Moses and Jesus went to Kamit?

For a complete discourse and in-depth analysis see:
MAA AANKH: Finding God the Afro-American Way, by Honoring the Ancestors and Guardian Spirits.





How To Make the Transition to Kamitic/Kemetic Spirituality?

10 04 2010

Peace Family. Sorry I have been gone for a minute but we’re back.

In recent years there has been a lot of information that has surfaced on the net about Kamitic/Kemetic spirituality, Jesus and the Council of Nicea. So much so, truth seekers are at odds with each other and/or confused as to where they want to go. Zealous truth seekers are so excited about what they have learned, that they are ready to intellectual “blaze” anyone even their own grandma, which is understandable but it is wrong because you’re doing yourself and others who could benefit from your growth spiritually a disservice.  So, to prevent this Kamitic/Kemetic spirituality thing from being turned into a new fundamentalist movement, I was inspired using my experience to set give some pointers on how to make the transition, before going out and as Bob Marley says, “Catch a fire” on everyone and everything.

1.    It must be understood that the reason why you know what you know is because at this point in your growth (evolution) , the religion in question has not or is not serving you like it should be. There’s a snag that has caused a major rift or tear in your belief system, your paradigm and this is why you are here reading this today. This is the reason why you have learned what you have learned and are questioning everything in regards to the religion you were reared in.

2.    It must be understood that everyone has not experienced the same thing you have experienced. I tried to get saved in order to escape the violence in Detroit due to the crack epidemic and the Holy Ghost as it was taught in my church didn’t work for me. That’s not to say that it or Christianity didn’t work at all for anybody. It just didn’t serve me or help me at that particular time.  For someone else, it may be helping them and improving their life, so there is no need to try and convince them of anything otherwise.  It would be a serious violation and taboo for me to try and get my family to see things from my perspective.  If they ask I can try to explain in the simplest way possible but, othr than that nothing else is given because they didn’t and haven’t walked in my shoes, and therefore don’t understand the path.   Why is this so important? It is important because if you haven’t learned already you soon will years later, that it is a serious waste of breath, time and energy to try to convince others about the hidden truths of Christianity. You can argue until the cows come home scriptures and theories but you can’t argue experience because no one can take that away from you.  So, don’t’ throw you ).Jpearls to the swine (sorry for the swine reference

3.     With that understood, the question is now where do we go from here? To keep you from wandering all over the place from faith to faith, religion to religion. You have to understand what it is that you are looking for or what is it that you want, which is why the first two pointers are very important. The reason you’re in search or questioning things is because something was broke and you’re trying to fix it.  The spiritual pipeline had a serious leak because it was not reflecting your divinity. This is the true purpose of religion as true practitioners will tell you, that the purpose of religion is to tie you back to the Creator, but what does that really mean? It means that if you are made in the image of God, then you have the divine potential to accomplish anything in your life and solve any problem that you have as well. You just have to discover how to do it, so your religious foundation should begin with this first and foremost.  If the spirituality you deal with doesn’t begin or support this, most likely it is man-driven (political, financial, etc.) …can we say “Jim Jones”.

It is very important that these three pointers be understood that spiritual development is a form of healing.  A lot of people I have encountered didn’t understand this and this is why they (myself included at the time) was so confused about the whole spirituality thing. I know when I first embarked upon this path I was thoroughly confused. In fact, I was upset about Christianity for a long time, until I learned that it wasn’t the early Christians (Coptics, Gnostics, etc.) who messed things up.  It was men (Council of Nicea, Southern racists, and other politically motivated individuals, etc.) that screwed it up for so many.  And, if we don’t understand this we will throw the baby out with the bathwater and end up perpetuating the very behavior we despise or simply adopting someone else’s cultural perspective and neglecting our own.

This is what has worked for me. Have any comments or suggestions? Please share :)

For a complete discourse and in-depth analysis see:
MAA AANKH: Finding God the Afro-American Way, by Honoring the Ancestors and Guardian Spirits.





Why other people’s faiths don’t work for us?

5 04 2010

It is my belief that because we have been so accustomed to believing that we were left in North America with no culture and no roots. Many of us when we go out looking to fulfill our spiritual quest, we replace the cultural religious perspective of our enslavers with some other foreign cultural perspective.  We replace the Eurocentric version of Christianity with the Arab-centric version of Islam, the Asian-centric version of Taoism or Buddhism, or the Indian-centric version of Hinduism, and so on. Then no matter how much time, energy and effort we put into these various faiths, it always seems like something is missing. It never dawns on us that maybe the reason why we feel so out of place is because our ancestors don’t approve of what we are doing.

It needs to be understood that one of the main objectives of religion is to affirm in its followers their ability to accomplish anything because they are made in the image of the Divine, but when you are in another’s religion, which does not reflect your divinity. That religion simply establishes and perpetuates your cultural and racial inferiority to others.

Our ancestors are waiting with open arms for us to return home. All we have to do is answer their call. (I felt that this video was appropriate especially since it features one of my favorite groups Olodum.) Enjoy.





Heaven Must Be Like This: Treat Your Woman Right (Part 2)

2 04 2010

An anonymous reader asked me to clarify on what I meant that your woman is a blessing in disguise.

As stated before in Part 1, the Kamitic/Kemetic people didn’t call the earth Mother Earth or Mother Nature like a lot of other cultures. The Earth or Nature was viewed as being masculine. While the Celestial Sky or Heavens were viewed as being feminine. Since the Kamitic/Kemetic people took it literal that we are made in the image of God. From a metaphysical perspective, man was the physical manifestation of the Earth and woman the physical manifestation of the Heavens.

To make it simple and plain, metaphysically and metaphorically speaking, to enter into a woman was viewed as entering physically into the heavens. Yeah, we’ve been deep like this for centuries and even though many of us didn’t know this from the Kamitic/Kemetic perspective. It just comes out of us in all sorts of artistic expressions. Remember, the Ohio Players’ “Heaven Must be Like This”?

As you can see, it is not all about the sex. The symbolism is absolutely beautiful and expresses how black people in general viewed their women, which is a stark contrast from how the Western world looked upon women.  This is why in Kamit/Kemet and throughout traditional Sub Sahara Africa (before the spread of Islam, slavery and colonization), African women had similar rights as men, such as the right to marry, enter into the priesthood (the Western world still doesn’t accept in general women clergy), the rights to own property and so on.  It is the reason why everything passed along the maternal line, which is still based upon the belief that our blessings come from the heavens. This changed after invaders began grabbing up the women, thus seizing the wealth.

A man that truly understands this would never hit his woman because metaphysically speaking he would understand that he is striking the mysterious, spiritual manifestation of the God, that brings blessings into his life that could turn into curses. In a practical sense, she could bear a child that would either improve the life of the family or fight on her behalf against (paternal) tyranny, like the child Hru (Hrw, Heru, Horus) had done.

At the same time, a woman truly understanding this would take pride in herself and view herself as being sacred. She wouldn’t boldly advertise her SECRET or MYSTERIES, like the misguided youth of today. She would only enter into union with a man that understands and respects her sacredness based upon the way he treats the women in his life, like his mother, grandmother, aunts, sisters and female cousins.

I think that if people looked at themselves as being creations of God with Divine Potential within their being, instead of as lowly creatures created by accident. They would have a higher self awareness and esteem for themselves, thus a greater chance for a harmonious and successful male and female relationship.

Do you see why Kamitic/Kemetic spirituality is so important in the education of our children?

More Related Posts: Treat Your Woman Right: Blessing in DisguiseAncient Bantu Connection… , and Kamitic/Kemetic Spirituality & Love

For a complete discourse and in-depth analysis see:
MAA AANKH: Finding God the Afro-American Way, by Honoring the Ancestors and Guardian Spirits.





Are You Spiritually Weak?

2 04 2010

It has been brought to my attention that a lot of people believe or think that spirituality is all about weakness.  In the eyes of many, it was this meekness that is confused with weakness that led to Black Africa’s downfall.

I remember when I started this journey I use to think this way as well. In fact, my idea of spirituality was based upon the character Kwai Chang Caine of the 1970s mini-series Kung Fu. Caine was bad son-of-a-gun in my book. He walked around being all nice and all but if you tested him, he kicked your butt with his Shaolin style kung fu. The only problem or problems I had with Caine was that he was broke. He had no money, wore bummed out clothing, the only thing he had to his name was a flute. Everything else was a hand-me-down and oh by the way, even though he never stood outside with a sign, dangling from his neck was the sign, “Will work/and do kung fu for food”.  Since Caine was my idea of what spirituality was, I experienced a similar fate; feeling and being grossly impoverished for a number of years, and only defending myself when provoked,   Today I am not like rolling in the money but I am doing a heck of a lot better than I was ten years ago when I held this erroneous belief. One of the reasons why I am doing better is because of the character Pedro Cerrano played by Dennis Haysbert in the late 1980s films Major League I and II. The movie has a host of stars and is one of Wesley Snipes first movie gigs.

In Major League 1, Pedro Cerrano is a heavy hitting outfielder defected from Cuba that can hit every ball out of the park except for curve balls.  So, he turns to “Voodoo”, specifically a little loa he calls Jobu to give him more power to hit the curve balls.  Cerrano explains that the reason he turns to Jobu instead of Jesus whom he likes btw, is because Jesus can’t hit a curve ball.  It is funny because throughout the movie Jobu demonstrates that he is real.

Jobu even manages to win over a few converts but Cerrano still struggles with hitting curves balls throughout the entire season.  It isn’t until the end of the movie that Cerrano finally realizes that he has to depend upon himself that he is able to hit a curve ball, which he knocks out of the park and gives his team the winning advantage. In the end, his team wins.

Cerrano realizing what he has to do.

In Major League 2, Cerrano believing he has too much power and is too raw, travels to Asia and studies with a supposed Buddha master, who teaches him the alleged ways of the Buddha.  The problem with these teachings, which Cerrano doesn’t see, is that they make him extremely gentle.  As a result, the opposing teams take advantage of Cerrano’s confused weakened spiritual state and strike him out every time he comes to the plate because, instead of running to first base when he hits a pop ball. He is more concerned with saving a pigeon. Or instead of focusing on hitting the ball, he is instead fascinated with the metaphysics and speed of the ball.

Anyway, as the movie progresses, the team desperate for any good talent, that the general manager can afford, recruits a Japanese baseball player (btw Japanese are real serious about baseball) name Tanaka who tells Cerrano that his teacher is wrong using choice Japanese words of course. Unfortunately for Cerrano, Tanaka can’t speak English very well so he is not able to understand exactly what Tanaka is saying. The best way Tanaka can explain it to Cerrano is by insulting his manhood or machismo.

Tanaka continues to tell Cerrano that Buddha was a warrior and that Cerrano has no marbles. He yells at Cerrano, “Buddha inside, outside warrior!” Tanaka even puts a little sword on the Buddha statue. He does everything he can to get Cerrano fired up and to see that  Buddha is about balance.

Of course, it isn’t until the nearing of the climatic end that Cerrano finally gets it and it becomes clear to him what Tanaka is talking about – “inner strength”.

So, to create a balance, Cerrano introduces his old friend Jobu (rawness) to his Buddha (gentleness), and explains to the two iconic figures that they need to get along.   If you have not seen these films, you have to because they are really hilarious. Later Cerrano and Tanaka become good friends.

The interesting thing about this movie that relates to this post is who told Cerrano that he was too raw or too powerful? It is the same with this belief that spirituality or any philosophy from another culture is about being docile. Where did we get this idea from? I am not absolutely sure but my research has led me to the late 1960s and early 1970s Peace/Love/Flower Child /Hippie Movement. It was through the pop culture of this era that many young Westerners began adopting foreign expressions with the hope that they will help everyone get along and bring peace to the world. It was realized later that this Utopia was a pipe dream stimulated by the excessive use of alcohol, LSD, marijuana, heroin and other euphoric drugs, when a host of heinous acts started making headlines.

Even though it was realized that the Utopia of this era was not feasible, it has not stopped people from striving to achieve it still. This in my opinion is the reason why people are so fond of the Ancient Egyptian forms because it allows them to play dress up. I say forms because a form relates to a costume that can be taken on and off.

The point of making all of this known is to inform you that true spirituality cannot be taken on and off as if it was clothing. This is a Westernized concept that has at present been glamorized by pop culture, that all you have to do is read some books, change your name, stop eating meat and start wearing some clothes from another culture and/or era, and…VOILA! “You are Spiritual”now. This is a way of life.

A thorough analysis of Kamitic/Kemetic history will reveal that when the Greeks entered our ancient lands, they were the first to imitate the ancient Egyptians by making statues with Kamitic/Kemetic symbols and Greek togas as seen above.  Clearly, if the Greeks had understood what Kamitic/Kemetic spiruality was all about they would have turned the country back over to the founders. Proof that they didn’t can be seen that Kamit/Kemet spiraled into a state of imbalance and was invaded numerous times afterward.

The contemporary Western approach to spirituality is as is said in the spiritual circles, truly linear, lopsided, and left-brained and illustrated on the maa aankh, on the red side all based upon the physical and what is seen. It is in the red zone also because this is TASETT, the desert, the realm where there is nothing but problems. This is what happens when we do things totally by what we see. As they say in the church we walk by “Faith, not by Sight” because in the desert there are all sorts of mirages and illusions.

Now, this is not to say that there aren’t any good Western traditions. It is just that in general Western culture is polarized on the left side.  .  It is truly imbalance, which is the reason why when Asians come to North America and see Westerners practicing their philosophy, they “run” in the other direction, because they realize that this Westernize pseudo Eastern spirituality is nothing but garbage as Tanaka tries to tell Cerrano.

True spirituality is all about balance and has always consisted of two parts.  As Tanaka tells Cerrano, “Buddha inside, outside warrior!” This Westernized approach to spirituality is not balanced, which is why in the long run it doesn’t work and doesn’t produce any long lasting physical results.  This is the reason why the Utopia of the late 1960s and 1970s didn’t work and the reason why it doesn’t work to this day. This in my opinion is where we got the idea that spirituality is all about being meek or weak.  It is from the Westernize cultural perspective. It is the same reason why the gentle loving aspects of Jesus are depicted over the rebellious, revolutionary and at the temple angry aspects.

If your spirituality is not bringing you true peace and helping you to improve your life, then maybe you ought to reconsider your definition and idea of what spirituality is about.  What do you think?

For a complete discourse and in-depth analysis see:
MAA AANKH: Finding God the Afro-American Way, by Honoring the Ancestors and Guardian Spirits.





Is Your Victory in Your Peace?

31 03 2010

Have you ever heard the saying that your victory is in your peace? When I was growing up the older people in the church use to sing this song called Victory Shall be Mine, which went as follows:

Victory, victory shall be mine.
Victory, victory shall be mine.
If I hold my peace, let the Lord fight my battles.
Victory, victory shall be mine.

For the longest time I didn’t understand what they meant by this because to hold your tongue, not fight for yourself, etc. was seen as a sign of weakness, softness or simply just being a punk; and, of course, if you’re a punk you get beat down.  I also thought this was about not being able to defend yourself.

It wasn’t until I learned about the maa aankh and compared it with the story or Legend of Osar (Ausar, Asar or Osiris).  According to legend, king Osar was responsible for bringing peace, prosperity and order to the Kamitic/Kemetic people. He was loved by everyone until his envious brother Set (Set-an or Satan) murdered him and usurped the throne. Thanks to Osar’s devoted wife, an heir to the throne was conceived named Hru (Heru, Hrw or Horus) who challenged Set when he came of age. Now for a period of time, when the two engaged in battle, it usually ended in stalemate because Set was more conniving; after all he is the author of chaos, confusion and master of war. It wasn’t until Hru who had a gouged out eye repaired so that he could see clearly, and allow the deceased Osar to intercede on his behalf, that Hru was able to finally defeat Set and win the war.  After doing so, he was awarded the double crown called the Pschent.

Set’s color is the color red, which according to ancient African symbolism is the color of life, mediation, fire, aggression and masculinity, which is why the Kamitic/Kemetic people called the northern region of their country, Lower Kamit/Kemet, TASETT (The Red Lands), symbolized by the red crown they called the Deshret. Basically, it is what our elders use to call a “hot head”.

The southern region of the country further into the interior of Africa, the Kamitic or Kemetic people called it Upper Kamit/Kemet or KAMTA (The Black Lands) but they symbolized the dark fertile grounds of their country with a white crown they called the Hedjet. The color white in the ancient African mystery systems symbolizes purity, cleanliness (hence ethics and morality, thus a clean heart), knowledge, wisdom, stability, the honorable dead or the ancestors.

This means that Hru was given the double crown because he was able to keep a cool head and not allow his passion for victory to defeat him. In the Japanese martial arts systems the samurai Code of Bushido teaches and I paraphrase that a “the best warrior is the calm warrior”. In the Afro-Brazillian martial arts Capoeira mestres (masters) are forever telling young adepts not to just kick all widly but to exercise control. Even in the Hip Hop world, jokers are told that they need to “CHILL”.

I understand now that your victory is in your peace is all about exercising self-control, self-discipline and inner strength.  It is not about not defending your self but about not worrying and having any fear. This is why Set is considered evil in the Kamitic/Kemetic tradition, it is because he doesn’t exercise any self-control and simply allows his emotions (arrogance, lust, greed, jealousy, his hater mentality)  to control him.  He had a hot head and/or a hard head, which reminds me that my grandfather use to say a hard head makes a what??? Yeah, soft behind.  He also use to say, “Don’t let your mouth write a check that your butt can’t cash”, which all deals with excessive emotions or no control.

When we exercise a little control, the blessings of God (peace, wisdom, stability, etc.) manifests themselves in our life as hunches, intuitive thoughts, ideas, dreams, etc. delivered to us through our ancestors.  It is through the blessings of God that we solve our problems.

What do you think?

For a complete discourse and in-depth analysis see:
MAA AANKH: Finding God the Afro-American Way, by Honoring the Ancestors and Guardian Spirits.





Message from the Spirit through The WIZ

29 03 2010

HTP-U (Peace) Beloved

Hope this post brings you much light and encouragement.  The other day I had just finished talking to my father about my work and how it related to us culturally. Shortly afterward because my little niece was running around and she loves music, my father decided to put on The Wiz.  Great movie, I don’t care what anyone says, the late 70s and early 80s was the BOMB. For those who don’t know the Wiz is the best retelling of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but it is done from an African American cultural perspective.

Anyway, as we sat watching this movie, which by the way my little niece wasn’t even interested and kept playing, we were all singing the songs.  A nostalgic moment of course, because it had been a while since I had seen this film and funny how I still remembered some scenes and forgot others. One of my favorite parts of the movie is the when Dorothy (played by Diana Ross) and the Rift Raft (as the Wiz calls them) goes to Emerald City and they are jammin’ out to the different colors. Green is Mean, Red is Dead and Gold is Bold.

As I continued to watch the movie another favorite scene came up, which was when the gang goes to Evillene’s Sweat Shop, the Wicked Witch of the West (played by Mabel King), which was dark red.  I didn’t see the connection yet. Until, after Dorothy kill’s Evillene and tries to get back home, where she finds that the Wiz cannot help her.

Now, what’s interesting about this is that in the Wonderful Wizard of Oz 1939 film, the Good Witch of the South was changed to the Good Witch of the North. When the creators of the Wiz retold the story and made it into a film, the changed the character back to the Good Witch of the South, played by the great Lena Horne. Then’s when it hit me…

“Ummm….Does this look familiar?” I heard.  Noticed the maa aankh below the red region symbolizes TASETT (the evil, physical, hard labor, desert, impotent, etc.) and black region symbolizes KAMTA (the good, spiritual, easy, prosperous, fertile, night sky, heavens, etc.).  I am not sure if the creators of the Wiz were aware of this cultural significance or not. What I do know is that the Wiz makes a lot more sense psychologically than the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  What do you think?

Check out Prayer to the Black Christ

For a complete discourse and in-depth analysis see:
MAA AANKH: Finding God the Afro-American Way, by Honoring the Ancestors and Guardian Spirits.








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