Ancient African Spirituality is doing what is Right not (necessarily) what is, Easy

29 07 2017

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

You know there is a lot of confusion about what ancient African spirituality is about. Some people think that it is all about receiving a cool name listing all of these ancient African spirits.  Others think that it is all about living with no consequences for your actions and behaviors.

I understand and know this because I remember that when I first became interested in ancient African spirituality.   I came across this book where this lady was given instructions to get a particular man by offerings the orisha Oshun a pumpkin with her loved interests name inside of it, along with other objects sacred to the Yoruba orisha of love. The lady was also instructed after her petition was answered to make a weekly offering to Oshun for her continual blessings. After this lady made the offerings, Oshun brought this lady and man together but a few years later. The couple began to have all sorts of problems, until one day her husband became so furious that he grabbed the weekly offerings the lady was making to Oshun and threw them on the floor. When the lady went to the individual who gave her the initial instructions for capturing her loved interest. She was simply told that the same way Oshun brought them together, she could dissolve their relationship as well.

I remember that after reading this story I thought that all ancient African spirituality was all about was you doing a spell and “Voila!” You magically get what you want, so long as you keep the spirits happy. What I learned, the hard way I might add, is that this is not African spirituality. This is what the Hollywood horror films and other misinformation about African traditions want you to believe ancient African spirituality is about.

It is true that if you make an offering to the spirits, that “Voila!” They will give you what want or at least put you in the right place to get what you want. However, after you get what you want, you still have to do the work to keep it. For instance, if you do a love spell for the spirits to get you a man or woman, but you do not know how to keep that man or woman because you have a “stank” attitude, bad manners, you talk “at” your loved one instead of “to” your loved one, etc. Guess what? That person you attracted is going to leave because this is “African influenced magic” not ancient African spirituality. African magic makes up a very small percentage of ancient African spirituality. I would say at least 2 – 5%, while the bulk of ancient African spirituality involves working on yourself.

You see, African spirituality is based upon what I call the Ba (Superconscious or Higher Self) and involves working on yourself because it understands. That most of our problem are self-created, self-induced and self-inflicted problems that stem from our sahu (subconscious). In other words, most of our problems are due to destructive, nasty and negative habits that we most likely learned during our childhood.

This is hard for a lot of people to accept because many do not understand how they got their destructive habits. Well, don’t beat yourself up about them because as I mentioned. You got them subconsciously (sahu), which means you did not deliberately learn these destructive and negative habits. As a child, you indiscriminately imitated them because your Ab (conscious mind/spirit heart) was not developed. When we are all children, we are all very impressionable and believe everything that we see and hear as the gospel truth.  To get real with you, a lot of what we believe is the gospel truth, we learned from our parents – primarily our mothers.

Yes. Many of the things that our mothers taught us is the reason we are having problems because as children. Our mother cannot do wrong, after all she carried us in her womb for nine months, breastfed us and was the first human being to teach us anything. She repeated everything to us and took the time to teach us the first things that make us who we are. To many of us, subconsciously Mom is (the first) God and God cannot do any wrong, so it is hard for many of us to accept that our Mom may have taught us something incorrectly.

But, what we have to understand that if there is something that we are in the habit of doing and it is not working for us. It is not Maa (Truth), which means it is not based upon the Ba (Higher Self) but upon the sahu (lower self) and to be exact, our parents (or Mom’s) opinionated perspective.

So what does all of this mean?

Well, it means that your personality, which was influenced by your Mom (and/or parents) is not who you are, but how you are in the habit of acting and behaving as.

In African spirituality you can’t say, “This is how I am” , “Just accept me for who I am” or “I can’t do x, y and z” because this is not who you are. This is what you are in the habit of acting and behaving as. Who you are is based upon your Ba (Superconscious/Higher Self), which is a clean slate that means you can become anyone and anything.

In other words, you may come from a broken home, which means psychologically speaking. You most likely when you grow up will have relationship problems because this is what you are habitually familiar with due to your subconscious (sahu) programming.  However, you have a Ba (Superconscious or Higher Self), which means that you can change this subconscious program and have a happy relationship.  You simply have to ask your Spirits to help and work through your conditionings.

No, it is not going to be Easy (all the time) but it is the Right thing to do and it is worth it. History is full of examples of individuals who have overcome incredible odds that were stacked up against them to become healthy, wealthy, powerful and influential people. If they can do it, you can too!

Hru and Set – Fighting the Devil Within

Only angry, egotistical and lazy people say, “This is who I am” as an excuse for their destructive, nasty and negative behavior.  Being yourself is great if it works for you but, if keep hitting a brick wall in regards to your health, finances, career, relationships, etc. Yourself, is most likely a subconscious (sahu) habit learned when you were younger.  And, this is the reason in the Kemetic tradition, our subconscious (sahu) habitual self (lower self) or ego-self is symbolized as Set (Typhon in Greek, Set-an or Satan in Judeo-Christian belief ), the spirit of chaos, havoc, laziness, stubborness and destruction.

You will know it is Set influencing your behavior because Set fights against positive change and wants you to continue to blame others for your shortcomings. Set is the lord of excuses and wants you to keep getting the same results using the same old conditional thinking. He will use everything within his power, especially fear to discourage you away from positive change.

The beauty of ancient African spirituality is that it focuses on your Ba (Superconscious or Higher Self), which is symbolized as Osar (Osiris).  Osar wants reminds us that at any time we can hit the reset and start over because our Ba gives us a clean slate like a blackboard that can be erased.

In other words, it does not matter where you come from or what your background is because your past does not define who you are. It only indicates what you have overcome. Therefore, the magic of ancient African spirituality is that it helps us to not focus on what we are, but what we can become.

Hetepu.





What Pastors Do Not Want You to Know About Christianity

26 07 2017

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family

The other day, I saw a person wearing this shirt that said “Get Your Jesus On” and it made me think. Have you ever noticed that when you attend church on Sunday. You feel elated, happy, overjoyed and ‘sanctified’ while you are in service, but as soon as you leave church you lose your Holy Ghost?

 

What ‘they” do not want you to know is that the reason this occurs is because the human mind-spirit is composed of three parts, which many within the church call the flesh, the soul and the spirit.

If you talk to any preacher, they will tell you that the flesh is the weakest part of the human being. It is the part that the devil persuades to do his evil bidding, and most people will by default live in sin because of the flesh. Preachers will also tell you that you the ways of sin lead to a horrible death, which is why the only way to escape sin is to be saved.

How do you get saved?

It is by repenting, being baptized (depending upon the denomination) and giving your life to Jesus. After you have done this everything is supposed to get better right? But, it doesn’t and that’s when ‘they’ will tell you that you have to go to church on a regular basis and immerse yourself in the “Word of God.” If you don’t do this, the devil will ride you and coax you into backsliding (leaving the church or having a loss of faith).

Well, now that we are adults, let’s have a grown up conversation about salvation without all of the superstition. First, the flesh part of our being is what psychologists refer to as the subconscious. This is the part of our being that function on autopilot based our emotional instincts and everything that we have learned and memorized both good and bad…starting from birth. The subconscious does not distinguish between right and wrong, good and bad because our Perfect Creator did not designed it with the ability to reason. For this reason, the subconscious part of our being is called the sahu because it is in the habit of doing what it has learned (or hiding a ritual subconscious issue) and memorized from birth.  It is stubborn and does not like to change.

The soul, which is psychologically speaking called the conscious mind, is the part of our being that the Creator designed with the ability to reason, as well as make choices and decisions. For this reason, it is called the spiritual heart or Ab, hence the saying, “a man/woman follows what’s in their heart.”

However, problems arise because the Ab (our soul/conscious) only has the power to make decisions and to reason. It does not have complete control over the sahu (the subconscious or flesh).  For instance,

What this means is that the idea that we are born in sin is simply a metaphor referring to the fact that we are all slaves to our sahu (subconscious/flesh). It is not because of Adam, but actually the Kemetic Atum or actually atom (the smallest component of matter).  In other words, everything that physically exists is intricately connected to the sahu part of the being, which remember governs our emotional instincts and stores everything we have learned, memories both good and bad. Early Christian writers borrowed this concept from the Kemetic mystery systems but that’s another story.

The point is that we are not born in sin because of the mistakes of a biblical character. We engage in sinful behavior because our sahu (subconscious/flesh) has not learned the correct way and is simply in the habit of doing things the wrong way. For instance, if you grew up in a household where your parents argued, bickered and eventually the marriage was dissolved in a divorce. More than likely, your sahu (subconscious/flesh) stored that entire event in an area marked “Relationships,” so when you get into a relationship. When you begin to have issues with your significant other, you more than likely are going to do what your parents did because this event made a strong impression upon your sahu.

And guess what? It doesn’t matter if you say you are not going to do it or not because the sahu does not respond to reason. The Ab (conscious/soul) responds to reason not the sahu, which acts out of habit. This means that even if you are aware that your actions and behaviors are destructive habits leading to your demise, you cannot change the present course.  This is like seeing yourself racing towards a stone wall and you cannot stop yourself from hitting it. This is what a living hell means.

Fortunately, salvation comes by connecting to the spirit. The spirit is the Superconscious part of our being also known as the Higher Self. This is the source of all our intuition and creative ideas. It is known as the deep mind because it lies beyond the subconscious ad for this reason it is called the Ba part of our being.  In fact, if you Google the writings of famous inventors, writers and artists, they will all talk about how they got their life-changing ideas from this part of their mind, which has been called the Universal Mind, the Collected Unconscious, even God, the Holy Ghost and yes Jesus. The reason you are told to repent is because in order for the Superconsicous to kick in, you have to surrender to it. Remember, the old songs about inviting God/Jesus into your heart? These were all metaphors because the Superconscious does not intercede unless called upon to do so.

Yes. The devil is allegorized as your sahu (flesh/subconscious), while Jesus (the Lord, God and the Holy Ghost) are all metaphors symbolizing your Ba (spirit/Superconscious).

So, the reason you lose your Holy Ghost when you leave church is because you are in the habit of following your devil (sahu/subconscious/flesh) and not your Jesus (or Holy Ghost/ Ba/spirit/Superconscious). Now that you understand the nature of the sahu (subconscious/flesh/devil), it should now make sense why so many people go to church to be entertained.  A lot of people in denial will claim it is tradition, but you can clearly see that it is a habit.

I know it is hard to believe and that’s because your devil (sahu/subconscious/flesh) does not want you to. Remember, it is in the habit of doing what it has learned and memorized from birth and does not like change.

The good news is that as sooner you accept it, the faster you will be empowered from Jesus (or Holy Ghost/ Ba/spirit/Superconscious). When we reconnect to this Higher part of our being, this is what makes us act and behave in a divine manner.

This is the basis of all religions but the reason most people have been deluded because they were duped by their pastors who were duped by clergymen, theologians and priests that can be traced all the way back to a group of men who did not understand the nature of the divinity of the human being and wanted to use religion as a means of social control (the Council of Nicaea). This is the reason so many clergymen have been found guilty of committing heinous crimes because they do not know how to submit to their Jesus (or Holy Ghost/ Ba/spirit/Superconscious) either.

Thankfully, the ancient Kemetic sages knowing that human beings are habitual by nature, left stone carvings detailing the first religion, so that we would not forget who we are and our reminded.  To follow our Osar (Jesus/ Holy Ghost/ Ba/spirit/Superconscious), so that we can save ourselves.

Hetepu.





You Don’t Have to Push It, If It’s Maa (Truth)!

30 05 2017

Hetepu (Peace and Blessings) Family.

Ok. I have had some trolls really trying to tell me about their thing.  I mean, when I tell them I follow my maa (personal truth and what works for me). They flip out and can’t respect it.  They want to tell me that their stuff is the “truth” and how everyone is going to hell. So, I want to share a little bit about what Maa means to me.

Maat (the Personification of Maa)

Maat (the Personification of Maa)

I know I do not need to tell you this but I am going to say it anyway. I love you all and I don’t care what you are in so long as it is helping you and not harming anyone. I have to say this because some people think that just because you don’t’ subscribe to Christianity or Islam that you hate Christians, Muslims, etc. And, that is farthest from the truth.

Afro – Diasporic spirituality with all of the fine trimmings put aside is based upon one principle and that is…does it work? If it works, that’s the end of the discussion. There is nothing else to be said. I have family members who were strung out and Jesus helped them to conquer their addiction. I am in full support because if that’s what they need to heal them. That’s what they need. Period.

When I was going through my spiritual dilemma, many of these religions just did not fit me. They did not help me to be happy. They did not work for me. Now, that’s not to say that it does not work at all. It just did not work for me. That’s all.

This principle is called in the Kemetic language Maa (some people call it Maat but this is the personification of Maa). Maa translates to mean balance, law, righteousness, truth, etc. but what it really means is “doing what is right versus what is easy.”

Now, that is one interpretation but Maa encompasses so much more.

The Left Eye of Ra (also called the Lunar Eye corresponds to intuition and spiritual sight, hence insight.)

The Left Eye of Ra (also called the Lunar Eye corresponds to intuition and spiritual sight, hence insight.)

In the Story of Osar, when the heir and hero of the story, Hru, has to retreat because his eye was damaged. We get a hint as Djahuti (Thoth) repairs Hru’s eye that Maa is also about holistic vision and holistic living because you have to see the whole picture in order to get the truth.

This brings me to point of this post. Although I respect your right to believe and do whatever you want. I do not appreciate anyone preaching, proselytizing and evangelizing to me what they believe especially when I did not ask what you believe.

This goes for those people who want to knock on my door Saturday morning.  For those who want to stand on the corner with their boys and religious catcall. And, these silly trolls following this blog.

I mean come on?

If it is so good…why are you pushing it off on me?

If something is good then it will show.

Take for example a good restaurant. How do you know if the food in the restaurant is good?  What are the signs? Well. You will see a line of people lined up at their door. You will see happy and satisfied customers going in and out of the restaurant. You will see people come out of the restaurant with smiles on their face. After the experience, you will hear people still comment on how good the food was at the restaurant, and so on.

You never see these people from the restaurant go door-to-door trying to make people eat their food. You don’t see these people jumping up and down on the corner proclaiming how their food will save peoples’ life. You do not see these people criticizing other restaurants. Usually they let their product speak for itself.

So, my question to those who feel they need to proselytize? If what you are doing is so good why aren’t you happy? Why aren’t you pleased or a satisfied customer? I mean, the only people I know who peddle or push something that is not good but claims it is are drug pushers.

If what you are doing is good, it will show and people will see your inner light. If not, you might need to check and see if what you are doing is a right fit.

You see the great thing about Maa is that when you have a divine connection with the Divine. When you need something in your life, it will appear. Call in synchronicity but that is how it will happen. For instance, just recently I had a dream where my wife was driving on the highway and I was on the passenger side. My wife was driving slowly and I was getting a little impatient. Then, I woke up.

It came to me that my ancestors were telling me that I need to be more patient with her because it was information overload symbolized by the highway.

That’s what it means to have a divine connection. That what it means to have a holistic perspective. This is what it means to be Maa. See how my eye was repaired through inner vision, intuition, dreams, etc.?

You see. You can argue beliefs all you want but you can’t argue experience!

So, if you feel you have to go out and convert people to your beliefs. You are really not living or exercising Maa (Truth) because that is not how Maa works. Maa is about Love and love brings on understanding…that is understanding that everyone had different needs.

Again. If it is the TRUTH. You shouldn’t have to force people to accept it because the TRUTH is like good food.

Hope that helps.

Hetep.





The Race Card (What Blackness Is…)

29 05 2017

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

I remember the first time I heard the Last Poets recite and chant “Black is you, black is me, black is us, black is free.” It made me see Blackness from a larger perspective. It made me appreciate and love all shades of Black people from another level that went beyond skin deep. In Detroit growing up, I never dealt with colorism. It is not that it didn’t exist but we never disrespected someone because they were lighter or darker. I had godmothers and relatives who had hazel eyes, and others who were darker shades but they were still loved because they were family. It wasn’t until I got older that I saw that everyone was not on this same level.

For instance, I used to work as an assistant manage at this job that had a lot of truck drivers. One day there was this black kid that got hired there and as far as I could tell he was a pretty good driver but, as a new hire. He was always 10 or more minutes late to the job site. His paperwork was not correct so when his supervisor decided to temporary suspend him. This kid’s argument was that they were suspending him because he was black. Now, he was just going to be suspended for a few days but y’all have seen this scenario. He had to keep it real, so he goes ballistic and insults the owner of the company, his supervisor and everyone he could. He even threatened to “kick some people ass,” which of course, now THEY got an excuse to bring in security and/or the police.

But, what really upset me about this kid is that he tells me, “You’re an Uncle Tom!”

This is not the first time I have been called an Uncle Tom. I mean I remember when my friends and I were attending Prairie View and trying to find fundraisers for our African Holistic Study Group, a lot of the local blacks always told us coming from the cities or from the north “You ain’t (even) Black.”

Of course, I wanted to like Dap (Lawrence Fishburne) said in Spike Lee’s School Daze, “Don’t ever question my BLACKNESS.”  Of course, I wanted to tell this kid, “Hey, the real Uncle Tom (Josiah Henson shown below) was a REVOLUTIONARY!”

 

I didn’t say anything but it angered me as to why this kid would say I am not Black. I means I am not BLACK because I wore a shirt and tie to work? Was I not Black because I didn’t play rap music all loud and have my butt crack showing? What got my lunch even more so was the fact that this kid did almost everything he could wrong but instead of taking ownership for his mistakes. He plays the RACE card?

It is evident that he was young and stupid (like we all were once) but it made me ask, why is the definition of Blackness based upon superficialities. I mean if you watched School Daze, why did the “Ready for the World Crew” walking around the SoulGlo curl and shower caps in public think they were more Black then those who wanted to better themselves educationally?

You see, below is a model of the Iceberg of Culture. If you look carefully you will see that Surface Culture is ‘food, dress, music, visual arts, drama, crafts, dance, literature, language, celebrations, games.’

Now, what is interesting about this is that here are a group of people who were said in one way or another to be BLACK because they empathized with our plight, can play an instrument, smoke weed, play basketball, dance, have curly or kinky hair.

Here are a couple of people who said that they were not Black despite the fact that they have a “Black” parent.

When we look at the model above we see that all of them are speaking from a Surface Level perspective. When we look at the Shallow and Deep cultural levels is there any question that these people are not Black? Notice facial expressions, nonverbal communication, concept of beauty….do you see the BLACKNESS in these Afro-Colombians?

“Afro-Colombians Should be at the Negotiating Table” Courtesy of https://www.pressenza.com/2015/07/afro-colombians-should-be-at-the-negotiating-table/

Can you see the BLACKNESS in these Afro-Puerto Ricans?

“The Raíces Archive: A Sneak Peak-Puerto Rico 2013” Courtesy of http://www.raicesculturalcenter.org/blog/the-raices-archive-a-sneak-peak-puerto-rico-2013/

 

Notice the respect for elders in the photo below of Afro-Cubans who traced their roots to Sierra Leone.

“Trailer: Afro-Cubans and Sierra Leoneans Bridge The Gap in Doc ‘They Are We’” Courtesy of http://www.indiewire.com/2013/04/trailer-afro-cubans-and-sierra-leoneans-bridge-the-gap-in-doc-they-are-we-136170/

What about AfroMexicans (below)? And, there are many more… such as the Afro Brazilians, Afro Dominicans, etc.

Mexico Officially Recognizes 1.38 Million Afro-Mexicans in the National Census, as Black People Fight Against Racism and Invisibility Throughout Latin America. Courtesy of http://atlantablackstar.com/2015/12/14/mexico-officially-recognizes-1-38-million-afro-mexicans-in-the-national-census-as-black-people-fight-against-racism-and-invisibility-throughout-latin-america/

The point is, if we really understood what Blackness was about we would see that you cannot FAKE it. We need to stop allowing people like Harriet Beecher Stowe the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, to define who and what BLACKNESS is and understand it from our perspective. I mean when you learn that the whole Uncle Tom idea is a stereotype created. Since stereotypes are created to prevent a certain behavior from occurring. For instance, by saying that all young black males are aggressive creates the psychological notion that al young black males should not be aggressive. It makes you ask what was the real agenda?

We have allowed people to appropriate our culture because IT IS COOL. It is Fresh! It is Unique! There is no other group of people that has had our experience and survived it except for us. What people don’t understand is that we survived it because our culture. We do the surface things because it is a reflection of the inner things that matter. This is in my mind is what it means to be BLACK.

When we interpret Blackness from this deeper perspective, we see that a large portion of blackness refers to a state of mind.  Culturally speaking Barack Obama would never have been considered Black because he does not understand our experience. We have to remember, that just because they look like you doesn’t mean they are down for you, and vice versa.  They must share the same ideals as you. This is what true Blackness is about, not colorism.

Hope this helps.