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.