Spiritual Revolution: How to Fight Jesus

9 01 2014
Hetepu (Peace) Family, 
How was your New Year? Hope all is well with you and wishing you many blessings on the success of your resolutions.
Ok, here recently I was talking to a good friend of mine and we were talking about this whole thing with Christianity and the negative effects it is having on many people in regards to self-hatred. This subject we both agreed was not new. As I wrote in Maa Aankh, I remember my grandfather and uncles saying the same thing, how they were not going to get into “the white man’s religion” when I was younger, and before long they finally conceded and joined the church.
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Yeah, both of my grandfathers and many of my uncles joined the church after fighting against it. And, I am pretty sure many of your family members did as well. So, let’s look at it what the Church has to offer and why even the staunchest amongst us finally end up joining. Then, we will look at why it is so hard to break from it.
What the Church offers?
For starters, the Church has been (and will be for at least a few generations) the glue that binds our community together. It was the institution that our ancestors fled to for emotional, psychological and economical support. Many of our families (mine included) live by the 3 rule model: God first, family second and everything else is third. These three rules have kept many families together especially during the hard times.  Family members found not abiding by these three rules in this exact order have been met with a number of accidents and tragedies, which has convinced them (you got it), that they need to get back into the Church.
Now, besides the basic human needs such as fellowship, camaraderie and emotional support, some churches within our community also offer a number of services i.e. credit unions, small businesses, senior citizens complexes and services, drug rehab support, marriage counseling, family planning and some even offer hospice care and are partners with others to support hospitals. It doesn’t stop there. A number of churches have daycares and private schools or sponsor charter schools, not to mention their outreach programs in other countries, particularly in Africa.
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So part of the reason you can’t get rid of the church is because every major movement that has swept through our community has come and gone, but the Church is the one institution that has continued to stand.
On to the psychological reasons you can seem to shake it.
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It is a proven fact that whatever religion you are born into will always have its hooks on you subconsciously in the end. Just to give you an example, I knew this guy who went to church when he was a little kid but, his mother became conscious and they stopped going. This was way before he was a teenager. His mother had joined an ATR, so he had been in this ATR for at least 15 years.  When he was 19 years old, he had an accident and was in a fire. In excruciating pain he called upon anyone and everyone that would help him, even Jesus. The reason is because Christianity was his birth religion.  There are many people that have converted to other religions from Christianity that still have this in their blood and can’t shake it.
So, why is the Church in our community so strong?

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There are a few reasons, which I have discovered based upon my own research. Besides the ones mentioned above:
1.       Again as I wrote in the Maa Aankh series. Contrary to popular belief, the Black Church did not begin during slavery. Many of the descendants from the Kongo-Angolan region willingly converted to Christianity prior to being enslaved and brought this religious syncretism to the Americas.
2.       Many of our ancestors contributed to the development of the Church mentally, physically, spiritually and even economically.  A number of our elders when they passed donate their monies to the Church. 

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3.       Many of our ancestors were able to practice their tradition under the radar because of the Church as well. More about this later, because it is relevant on how to break from it.
What this means from a psycho – spiritual perspective is that not only are you hooked subconsciously to follow your birth religion, but from a cultural perspective, you are hooked because it ties you to your history. It can’t be divorced.  Every time someone tries to divorce it, they are brought back into the fold because of circumstances outside of their control.  Do you see the issue? 
Think of this way. Imagine a gigantic bank that provides mental, emotional, cultural and economic funds sitting smack dab in our community; and the only way to make a withdraw is to be approved by an officer within that attends one of the local churches.
Ok? As you can see, breaking from the Church is a lot more complex then it seems.  Most people aren’t going to find mental, emotional, cultural and economic support from any other institution in our community besides the Church. Note, I didn’t say none exist. I said most people are going to find it.
What’s wrong with the Church Anyway?
Alright, some of you may be asking, “What’s wrong with the Church anyway?”
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Well, everyone has their own problem.  For some people, they find opposition with the Church because they portray Jesus as being a Caucasian. This is not my issue, because the church I attended when I was a child didn’t have any images of Jesus.  They taught that Jesus could be any color (yeah pre-multiculturalism). In fact, the only time I saw an image portraying Jesus as a white man was in my parent’s home. It did sort of play tricks on my developing mind, but it was countered by a picture one of my uncles gave my grandmother during the 70s Cultural Movement, that portrayed Jesus as a black man with a fro.  So, that wasn’t my hang up.
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My beef with the Church is with the dogma.  I understand that the purpose of dogma is to prevent people from treating religion like Burger King. You know, you can have it made your way, so that you don’t have to do better. The problem with the dogma is that it creates division amongst people, as well as promotes docility and blind faith due to lack of proper spiritual training, resulting in one’s demise.
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I remember the last time I went back home to Detroit. I went to visit my god-sister. Within a two-mile radius, I counted 20 churches. That’s right 20 churches and the area around her was so dilapidated it was ridiculous. You would think with all of those churches things would be different. The same goes for a number of major cities where there’s a lot of churches. There are at least two churches on one city block, yet teen pregnancy, crime, etc. are steadily on the rise.  I mean everyone was called to the pulpit? Come on? So one of the reasons I have an issue with the Church is because some people want to be preachers because they want to make money, plain and simple.
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The other reason is because if you talk to a preacher about the current social issues, most will tell you that it is a sign of the times.  This was the same response that preachers gave when the crack cocaine epidemic hit back in the 1980’s.  I mean kids are just dying in the streets and their response is “It’s a sign that the end is near” or they tell you, “Just pray.” Whenever I hear a preacher say this, to me it is like saying, “You’re screwed. Deal with it” as if God is playing dice with your life to see if you live or not.
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In all fairness, we have to remember that the people running the Church are human beings. I hate to use that excuse but the fact is that these people aren’t perfect, so there are a lot of gross errors on their part. My time however is too precious for me to be waiting to see when someone comes into knowing. That’s why I wanted to know how to break from this tradition without causing major rifts to your psyche.
So the question is how do you break?
Well, as I mentioned. You really can’t. You are who you are in part because of the Church. It is part of your makeup. Even the part that doesn’t like certain aspects of the Church, so you need to either deal with it or it will deal with you.  As I said in the beginning, your birth religion will always have its hooks on you. Fight it if you want, but your subconscious is too strong and in the end it will win.  It is a simple truth, that if you focus on what you don’t want, it only magnifies it.  Trust me I know.
What you can do.
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What my friend and I were discussing that a lot of people forget is that most of the revolts were biblically inspired. Go back and read the history of Gabriel Prosser, Denmark Vessey, Nat Turner, etc. In fact you will find that everywhere Africans were taken and the slave masters were Protestants, the revolts were biblically inspired. People can say whatever they want about Martin L. King but the Civil Rights Movement was a success because it was biblically inspired. It (the Civil Rights) just wasn’t properly planned to deal with the post-Civil Rights era.  Most of the revolts weren’t successful because of self-hatred issues, which we will deal with shortly.
The question that comes to mind is how were our ancestors able to use the bible (the same bible that other people used) as a weapon against racism, injustice and the fight for freedom, whereas we can’t today?
It should be noted that the current issues that are facing our community existed back in the day. The difference is that people knew how to deal with them, whereas today people aren’t equipped to do so. In fact, we can trace a lot of our problems back to the post-Civil Rights era and the Second Women’s Liberation movement. There’s your hint for those who really want to know where our contemporary problems began.

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As to how did our ancestors use the same bible that other people used as a tool for their liberation?  It was by tapping into their ancestry and conjuring it. You see, our ancestors developed a double consciousness ever since they learned the hypocrisy of white America. Many of them accepted Christianity during the First and Second Awakening because they thought it was going to free them from slavery. When they learned that Christianity wasn’t going to free them, they continued to practice their traditions on the side.  This combined with segregation and poor healthcare made them rely upon their tradition more than anything else.
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Like everything else that went downhill as soon as our people received civil liberties, our people abandoned the traditions or our bread and butter because they didn’t want to have anything to do with slavery.   If it had not been for Alex Haley’s Roots, many probably would have forgotten that they were the descendants of slaves because many African Americans wanted to forget that this occurred. So everything that was associated with it was abandoned as well. As a result, a sort of voluntary soul loss occurred and those who practiced our tradition were viewed as being uneducated, backwards and simply not hip to the changing times watch To Sleep with Anger starring Danny Glover. Instead of following our own traditions, people during the Cultural Movement encouraged and embraced traditional African religion based upon the belief that they were more “authentic”, not understanding that their own tradition had properly prepared them to deal with the social ills they were currently facing in America.
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The issue you see is that back in the day, our folks didn’t buy into the American Dream, whereas today many do.  Back in the day, most black people were very suspicious of white Americans and knew that the American Dream meant compromising your ethics, morals and principles, through self-hate in order to prosper.  Whereas today, it seems that many simply don’t care.
This brings us to today. Most of the young adults from the Cultural Movement have gone in three directions spiritually: back to the Church, an ATR, Islam or nothing at all.  Self-hatred is on the rise, which many agree is the major cause of most of the social ills affecting our community.  This means mental slavery is in full effect.
So, how do we use the bible as a tool for our liberation the way our ancestors did?
We have to move beyond stating historical facts and began using them or conjuring them like our ancestors did, because history doesn’t save souls. History just provides a temporary cultural pride. To save souls, all I can tell you is what I have done and what has worked for me. Feel free to share your own, but what I have found to be successful is complete religious syncretism.
What do you mean Rau Khu?
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I mean, knowing that most of the biblical concepts were adapted, adopted and borrowed from the Kamitic spiritual traditions is good. Yes, the concept of forgiveness is based upon the Maa principles and epitomized in Maat.  This is all great and it gives me a nice fuzzy feeling inside but, that is all that it does.  However, syncretizing Djahuti (Tahuti, Tehuti, Thoth in Greek) with Moses based upon the idea that both dealt with snakes (Djahuti’s or Hermes caduceus and Moses staff), both dealt with interpreting the law, both helped solved their peoples’ problems (Djahuti repaired Hru’s eye, Oset’s crown and mummified Osar, Moses provided for his peoples’ needs), both were wise and knowledgeable of esoteric teachings, and there are other similarities; provides a bridge in my mind for me to go to Djahuti to help me to solve any problem.
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Understanding that early Christian writers in their haste set up the God in the Old Testament and Jesus to be identified with our Higher Self provides a bridge for me to identify my Higher Self with Osar. When it comes to Christian rituals like Communion, which are a direct rip off from Kamit, they can easily be recovered by seeing the unleavened bread as the 14 pieces of Osar and the wine as his blood. 
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Therefore, Communion for Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiris in Greek) is done so that one does not sin against his or her Osar (Higher Self). I am not saying you have to do it, I am just offering a suggestion.
The whole point of this post is to get you to see that through religious syncretism, we can recover a lot and recreate our own way without damaging our psyche.
Hope this helps.
If you have more suggestions please share. :)




The Revolution Starts With You! (Got to Include God in the Revolution)

16 01 2012

Hetepu (Peace) Family

This is post number 50! Wowww! Hard to believe we posted that many. Well, I am not sure what WordPress is going to do with me after this but hey, what the heck. I live by focusing on today and not worrying about tomorrow. So, lets make this one really count!

As always I like to refer back to my experience and I remember when I first came into this understanding.  Boy I was on fire. Hru (Heru, Horus – the Kamitic symbol for positive revolution) had me on fire.  I was gunning and I wanted to take on Set single handily. I listened to the Last Poets, became a Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear and Steel Pulse fan overnight.  I was all about revolution. I read all sorts of revolutionary books.  I studied The Book of Five Rings and Sun Tzu’s Art of War, because I was about change and I wanted it now. I was always fond of Public Enemy and give them much props but the underground revolutionary groups like Paris, Gangstarr, Poor Righteous Teachers, Brand Nubians and The Coup, were the ones that really embraced me. I became a member of several organizations that were about change and even participated in several marches on Washington.  I was full of raw zeal until I saw the movie Drop Squad starring Eriq LaSalle.

For those of you who have never seen Drop Squad produced by Spike Lee.  The movie was about a team of African Americans who were kidnapping other black people that betrayed the community and deprogramming them to change their ways. In the movie a conflict erupts between team leader (played by Vondie Curtis-Hall) who believes in deprogramming using nonviolent tactics and another member (played by Ving Rhames), who believes in using harsher tactics of deprogramming. It is real interesting movie worth watching because the movie introduces the great conflict that exist amongst us all.  As the team tries to deprogram Eriq LaSalle’s character who is actively involved in advancing his career by advertising negative stereotypes.

The issues that come on the table for me were:

1. How does one advance in a capitalistic society without capital and taking advantage of the ignorance of others?
2. How does one advance in a society that historically uses discrimination and racism to promote the agenda of those with more assets?

It is a similar issue that Keenan Ivory Wayans ridiculed in his classic comedy I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, when Clarence Williams III states and I paraphrase that the “Brothers went to take over (the building) and came out with jobs.”

At the time I was a big conspiracy theorist.  Thankfully, that’s when Kamitic spirituality began to take an active role in organizing my thinking.   All of these movies and everything that I had read made me realize that the reason the revolution has not been won is because God was not included!

You see, we (those of us in the past) believed the revolution is solely about material possessions and that our enemy is some elite group plotting against us. While it may be true that there are corrupt individuals in every level of society that is scheming and trying to take advantage of the disenfranchised. Every revolt that has been lost in this country and abroad was not due totally to outside influences. It was mostly because of internal betrayal, which is due to having a weak mind.  What I am saying is that our greatest enemy has always been the devil within, because he has tricked us all into believing that we are not divine beings.When you believe you are not a divine being you think like a human being and everything is done on a superficial level.

During the 60s and 70s people threw out the baby and the bathwater when our elders told us stories about the devil. We thought they were crazy, silly and backwards for telling us about the devil or the blues (devils).  We thought they were talking about some little impish creature running around tempting people to commit evil.  But they were actually talking about those non-physical energies that influence our actions and behaviors.  It is these same energies that psychologists tell us is our subconscious that sabotages all of our hopes and dreams.  You know those anxieties, anger, fears, ignorance, worries, etc. that we try to ignore and fail to conquer.

While I have nothing against Martin L. King Jr. and am grateful for his sacrifice.  But, this is why King’s dream was cut short in his prime, while Mahatma Gandhi’s dream was realized as the British were forced to leave India. It is because Gandhi understood the power of the mind and knew that when a belief is firmly impressed upon one’s lower spirit (subconscious – the sahu division of our being). There is nothing that can deter that individual from achieving what they will.


This is why I am so very fond of the Story of Osar, because once you begin to look at the story from a metaphorical perspective. You see that Set is not one person, one group, etc. but can be anyone and anything that rebels or fights against you and the whole of humanity.This is why he is called the Kamitic devil.

When you recognize Set in your life, this is when your destiny begins to become clear, because you see.  That the very force that is encouraging you to use your Divine potential for selfish and destructive means is your true enemy. This means, that it is Set that is on the street corner. It is Set who robbing us blind. It is Set that is killing us. It is Set that is poisoning people. It is Set that is abusing women. It is Set that is destroying the youth. It is Set that not educating the people. It is Set that not fighting for justice, and if you and some you know are committing any of these acts it is Set that is influence you, the Kamitic spirit of fear, ignorance, chaos, death, destruction and tyranny.


How do you fight this devil? You don’t find the devil with bullets and guns. As stated in Ephesians 6:12

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”

In other words, our fight is and has always been within the mind. This is where the real revolution takes place and to defeat your devil.  You simply decide not to follow him and go the other way.  I know it sounds crazy and you would think it would be something ridiculously hard, but it isn’t. It is that easy, but so long as you continue to follow Set you will continue to experience his horrific wrath – hell on earth – symbolized as TASETT on the maa aankh.

When you truly decide that you will not follow Set’s path, this is when it gets mystical and you begin to get divine assistance, because your consciousness has shifted to the Amun Ra moment, which is where the Rebirth takes place. It is here where you will have your moments of clarity and flashes of insight that will change your life.  It is here where you will meet your guides (physical and spiritual) and get miracles helping you to achieve your dreams or your destiny.  All of this is possible because life is not about just living from a TASETT or Setian (material) perspective. In order to succeed in life you have to make a full REVOLUTION like the Sun.  And, anyone can do this regardless of who you are and what you have done.  You just have to see your divine potential and stop letting Set win.

I cannot explain to you how life changing this is when you come into this understanding. I mean when you Ladies begin to really see yourself as divine creations. You will see that every child you give birth to is a child of Hru born to create change and you the mother of a nation. Not only that, you will declare that every man treats you with respect and will receive protection from those who don’t.

When you men begin to see the divine within you. You will work, defend, protect and provide from a different perspective because you see the interconnectedness of what you are doing. As long as you continue to follow Set’s path you will always see one side of everything.

Same goes for husband and wife. When you see the Divine Potential in your relationship. Every experience resembles the cosmic change between the celestial heavens and material earth, hence Nut and Geb.

Our ancestors left us with some very powerful guides to reclaiming our heritage. We just have to step out on faith and begin to use them. It is not necessary for us to have a leader to create positive change in our homes, community, neighborhood, etc. Anything that we don’t like and want to change we can do it, but we have to include God in that change. Change cannot be accomplished by physical means alone because we are spiritual beings within physical body with a soul. Meaning we need a spiritual (KAMTA) and physical (TASETT) techniques to create permanent change in our life, because it is all about being holistic or Maa (Balance).





What Does Malcolm X Mean to You? (No Revolution without Money)

15 05 2010

May 19th marks one of the most heroic individuals in American history, the birthday of El Hajj Malik Shabazz better known to the world, as Malcolm X. Malcolm X was one of the most extraordinary individuals to walk this earth because unlike a lot of other heroes and martyrs that just appear on the scene as born leaders. Through Malcolm’s autobiography one is able to see Malcolm’s evolution from a young man unable to accomplish his dreams because of racism turned pimp, thief and street hustler to a champion of world causes after his pilgrimage to Mecca.

There are a lot of things that Malcolm accomplished in his lifetime and I am particular grateful for him and King for reasons not commonly mentioned and noticed. This is because I like a number of people see him as being what I refer to as a heroic ancestor, an aakhu. That is an ancestor that people from all over the world can look to for inspiration.

You see, coming from a Christian background and wondering if the faith my family professed to believe in was correct or not.  Both Malcolm and Martin in my eyes broke the religious dogma ceiling. To understand this it must be understood that prior to Malcolm and Martin coming on the scene.  I believe that a lot of people were still stuck in that spiritual rut that you had to belong to a particular faith or profess a particular belief in order to be saved.  If you did not belong to this particular faith, affiliation or denomination, it was assumed that you were going to hell. This dogmatic belief still exists in many religious organizations but it is slowly changing.

For me it changed after I learned that Malcolm met with a number of people from around the world. One of the individuals that Malcolm met with was Fidel Castro, which I forgot about until I met my padrino (godfather) a black Cuban, who talked extensively about Malcolm.  I remembered when I was learning about the Rastafarian Movement, I discovered that Malcolm’s autobiography was once banned in Jamaica.  Why I wondered.  It was because a lot of people could identify with Malcolm’s transformation and like Hon. Marcus Garvey his influence was strong and growing.

A lot of times, many of my Christian friends ask me how can I associate with people from various religious faiths? I tell them that it is because of Malcolm. Malcolm I remind them came from a Christian background. Malcolm’s father was a Christian preacher murdered by fellow men who claimed to be Christians.  There were a lot of traumatic events that took place in Malcolm’s young life, which made him hate God.  It was because of these events, there was no way that he was going to return to church.  God had to reach Malcolm another way, so it was through Hon. Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam and finally Sunni Islam.   This is why he was able to accomplish so many things and appeared to be ahead of his time. It was because of Malcolm’s religious faith, he was able to meet with others and respect them for what they believe. A true example of what it means to be a follower of God is to be able to respect others regardless of what they believe. This takes a lot of spiritual courage and growth to do, which he and Martin both were able to accomplish.

It was through Malcolm and Martin’s heroic works and devotion that I came to understand that God is not concerned with our affiliation, background or what we call our selves. God is only concerned with the heroic works that we do for our loved ones, community and humanity overall.  Whatever affiliation, background, associations, etc. that we deal with is meant to help us to fulfill our destiny and do the works of God.  It has nothing to do directly with our relationship with the Divine.

This is important for us to understand because right now some of the most religious people in the world.  Are also the biggest warmongers and perpetrators of the most heinous crimes committed in the history of the world.  So, in this sense Malcolm symbolizes true revolution, true change by reestablishing what it means to be an ancestor, thus putting salvation back in man and woman’s hands. Meaning you are responsible for your own evolution, not God. Your spirituality is between you and God.  In other words if you were to physically die and see God, would God be pleased with what you are doing? This is one of the point symbolized on the maa aankh.

Another thing that Malcolm signified through his works is that you can’t have physical change without money. Could this be the reason why Malcolm met with Fidel to understand how to fund change? Not sure. What I am sure of is that you can’t create real lasting revolutionary change without any money. And, when I say money I am not talking about greenbacks, but assets baby!  This is something that we all need to learn about, the difference between assets and liabilities. Too many of us have liabilities and not enough assets.

So, this May 19 lets remember Malcolm not only for all of his cultural contributions.  Let’s honor his memory by reflecting upon what we need to do to become an honorable ancestors ourselves.   Let’s become more responsible for our own physical and spiritual salvation and the salvation of our communities.

 

Hope this helps.

Hetep,

Derric “Rau Khu” Moore

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








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