The Two Things That Will Hinder and Even Halt Your Spiritual Growth

1 02 2018

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family

I have been meaning to write this post for the longest time but I guess it was not meant to be until now. I just wanted to let you know that since I have been on this journey, I have noticed that there are two things that will seriously delay your spiritual growth and they are: Intellectual Masturbation and Conspiracy Theories.

What is the purpose of spiritual development? 

First, the reason these two subjects have the ability to seriously hinder and/or stop you from achieving your spiritual goals is because most people do not understand the purpose of spiritual development. Most of us flee to spiritual development to escape western religions (Christianity, Jehovah Witness, Islam, etc.) but usually because of our disdain of those dogmatic teachings, we never try to understand why we were born into those religions in the first place. Many of us say, “Everything happens for a reason,” but fail to see the Divine reason why were placed into those religions, and therefore the purpose of spiritual development. So, let me tell you what I have learned thus far.

The purpose of spiritual development is to overcome our lower-ego-self who is personified as the devil or Set. That’s right! The devil is not some evil reddish imp running around tempting people to do evil. The devil is your lower self and the reason the devil or Set knows you so well is because he was born and raised in your subconscious mind. Everything that you do as a habit (good or bad) is governed by the subconscious part of your spirit.  Most of our habits are like programs, which were developed out of our childhood experience to help us to physically survive, but at some point, in our life.  A habit or program (good or bad) becomes outdated and is no longer useful, so it needs to be replaced.  Think of this way, an old skool rapper trying to rap using lingo from 1986?

So, we must change.

All change is not bad or evil. Everything in this physical world is temporal and dynamic, so change is necessary for new growth to take place. When a habit or program has outlived its purpose, it must be changed because if not it hinders progress and evolution, and this is where we meet our devil Set.

Because Set does not like constructive and positive change. Set instead would rather you make excuses and blame others for all your failures, problems and setbacks in life.  Your Set will convince you that you cannot achieve a goal because of your race, beliefs, ethnicity, etc.  In other words, Set encourages you to take the Easy road out.  For the record, I want you to understand that racism, classism, biases and all sorts of disparities are physically real and are real obstacles that have been placed before us. And, they are impossible for us to overcome if we think like a human being. However, if we think like a God and Goddess because we are Children of the Divine, anything is possible.

This is the purpose of spiritual development and this is the reason you are here. You came here to develop your God-given divine abilities and the only way you can develop them is by being put into the fire. Set is here to test you and to be the main adversary to tell you what you cannot do, so that you do it.

Understanding that spiritual development is all about fighting against your Set (ego-self) to overcome your anxieties, fears, guilt, worries, etc., which are all the negative emotions that will prevent you from being successful and achieving anything in life, means that you need to understand certain subjects can be a benefit or a hindrance.

One of the subjects that can be a huge benefit is history. History understood from a Divine, Godly or Osarian (Higher Self) perspective is a great tool that will help you to see that there have been others in similar situations as yours, that have achieved impossible feats.  This means that you can achieve the impossible as well.

The Ladies of Hidden Figures courtesy of wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_Figures

For instance, learning that Vivien Thomas was a bright surgical technician, should be proof that anyone can practice medicine. Reading about Lonnie Johnson was the inventor of the Super Soaker should be inspiration that anyone can be an inventor. The stories of Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan were brilliant mathematician, and Mary Jackson was a brilliant engineer, who were highlighted in the film Hidden Colors, should be proof that anyone can do mathematics despite living in a racist society.

But, if you approach history from a humanly and Setian perspective, you will focus on what’s wrong, which will quickly lead escalate to intellectual masturbation and/or conspiracy theory.

From the film I’m Going to Get You Sucka!

Intellectual masturbation (IM) is when an individual has read and studied every book in the world. They are not historians because they do not have the intellectual and or self-discipline to devote themselves to the subject with true rigor. They simply use history to as an excuse to prove to themselves and others what they can and cannot do. You can always tell when an individual is an intellectual masturbator because they are great debaters but, they never have any substantial proof of what they are talking about.  To intellectual masturbators, Charles Drew, Vivien Thomas, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and others are seen as, flukes in history to justify their subconscious fears. Another thing about IM is that they heavy into metaphysics but again, they have no proof that any of the stuff they talk about works. They will tell you “So-and-so is a God/Goddess” but as soon they are put into a situation where they literally have to show-and-prove that they are God or Goddess.  They “be like I was just kidding” or they have a plethora excuses of how ‘da system (matrix), da man, their momma or daddy, etc.’ stopped them from succeeding. Again, spiritual development is about overcoming that social conditioning that has us being anxious and living in fear.

Most people who fall into the trap of becoming IM because they overheard an intelligent conversation regarding history and basically try to mimic others in order to sound cool. Basically, they are historical bandwagon riders. This is the reason they don’t really know history but they are masters of the rhetoric. Most of the hotep people are IM because Kemetic or Kamitic is cool to them but not cool enough for them stop being misogynistic.  Remember, spiritual development is about changing your old ways and anyone who makes 1000+1 excuses on their negative behavior is not really serious about spiritual development. For the most part, most IMs are fad chasers. These people were nowhere to be found 10 or 20 years ago. They are the ones responsible for making Consciousness a religion.  To play it safe, it is best to avoid these people because will lead you back into another dogmatic religion. If it is not one of the recognizable organized religions, then the new religion will be vegetarianism, veganism, or conservatism or some other ism. These people simply need to learn how to overcome their negative perspective and see life from both an objective and subjective perspective.

Conspiracy Theorists (CT) are the biggest group of individuals who will deter your spiritual growth. Like intellectual masturbators, CTs see what is wrong with society but take it to a paranoia level.  To them, everyone who has succeed in life is part of some clandestine group.  In fact, the entire society is ruled by some clandestine group fighting for total control against other clandestine groups. Not only that, it goes further. These clandestine groups are involved in a heavy conspiracy to prevent the world from knowing that aliens exist.

It sounds funny, but CTs are serious. I used to be one of them and gave up this obsession when I learned that an old neighbor of mine was a CT. This man was bitter, unhappy, and had two failed marriages, but his home was full of video tapes, conspiracy books, surveillance equipment and built to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Who cares if there are aliens from another planet or not. Are they going to help you? Who cares if the world is flat or round, how is that knowledge going to help you and improve your quality of life? I mean unless you are a government spy harboring the blueprints for a secret weapon, the government does not really, give a damn about you. We live in a capitalistic society that focuses more on money, so to the government we are all cattle and the government has been having tabs on us.  To paraphrase Talib Kweli “You’re a fool if you don’t think the government has not already tapped your line. “

Yes, conspiracies exist and most of us play right into them without even knowing it. Speaking from experience, the reason most people get caught into CTs is because the hell, brimstone and the world coming to an end – the Book of Revelations, was heavily impressed upon their subconscious (when they were younger). They were literally beat over the head in church about doomsday and when they got older, they never overcame the fear to understand that it was B.S.  So, they spend their life trying to avoid the end of the world.

HRU (Heru, Horus)

When you really, submerge yourself into spiritual culture, you will learn that the end of the world described in the bible is an allegory referring to the end of a specific state of consciousness. Aren’t you tired of things being the way they are in this screwed up society? Why would you want to keep it? Remember, Set does not want change. When this old boy network burns down, I will see you at the campfire with some marshmallows. I am looking forward to this way of thinking coming to an end and as a true Child of God or a Hru, you should be looking forward to things coming to an end as well so that like Hru, you can reclaim your heritage.

So, don’t be deluded by these two ploys created to keep you living in fear.

Understand, we all have trauma that we have had to endure but if you continue to view your negative experience from a superficial perspective. You will never learn how to overcome it. You did not come here to be a man or woman. You came here to prove to yourself that you are a God or Goddess. You came here to master the Universal Laws. Gods and Goddesses don’t give a damn who is the president because they live their lives based upon a higher principle. Let me say this again, because I do not want people thinking that people focused on true spirituality are heartless, inconsiderate and unconcerned about current events.  We are concerned but we are here for a reason and we understand our purpose. We focus our attention on changing that which is in our immediate sphere of influence. So, if you think you can change the political state of affairs by all means do it but don’t criticize others because they think it is a waste of time. They see it as a waste of time because that is not their purpose.

The sooner you realize this, the sooner you can get into your development and start making some real changes in your life and the life of those whom you love.

Hetep.

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The Universe Helps Those Who Help Themselves

25 01 2018

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

January is almost up and this is the time that a lot of people start giving up on their new year’s resolutions.  If you are one of these individuals, do not throw the towel in yet! Before you declare yourself a complete failure, you need to understand that the reason you are not making progress in your achieving your goals is because you cannot just tell yourself – technically your lower self or sahu – to change and expect it to change.

Remember, your lower self (the subconscious part of your being) or sahu is responsible for storing all your personal memories and emotions.  Its’ main purpose is to help you to physically survive and it does this by creating our habitual behavior.  All, of our habitual (good and bad) behavior was created to help us to cope with a specific situation at that time. In other words, our sahu creates our habits to make us feel good at the moment.  Problems arise when the habit is no longer needed because the lower self (the subconscious part of your being) or sahu does not like to change. And, to make matters worse, we cannot tell it to change. This is the reason just affirming, declaring or saying, “I am going to lose weight”, “I am going to work out”, “I am going to stop overeating”, “I am going to cut back or stop consuming process foods”, “I am going to quit smoking”, etc. does not make our sahu move.

Talking to our sahu about change is like talking to a spoiled child. The sahu is stubborn, which is the reason it is personified as Set (the Kemetic devil). That’s right! The devil is not some reddish imp running around tempting people to do evil. No. The devil is the lower you!

Understanding that Set is not some evil force outside of us but the egotistical and subconscious part of our being that feels threaten, is the reason our Kemetic ancestors also symbolized it as donkey or ass.  This was to remind us that when our sahu works, it works hard but getting it to work in our best interest is always the problem, so you must lead it by putting a carrot on the stick.

In other words, to motivate your lower self (the subconscious part of your being) or sahu, you must stimulate it through pain. Since, the lower self (the subconscious part of your being) or sahu does not like pain by presenting it with the notion that a greater pain will occur if it does not change, is enough to motivate it to do what you want.

Simply put, “Change occurs when the pain of remaining the same is greater than the pain of changing.”

What this means in a nutshell is that when you get tired of the same results. You will seek out ways to change.   When you get tired of the complications (and other social issues) associated with substance abuse, you will look for ways to overcome your abuse of food, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, etc. When you get tired of not having energy because you are overweight, you will be motivated to exercise on a regular basis and look for ways to help you to manage your weight.  When you get tired of being broke and living paycheck-to-paycheck, you will learn to better manage your money and explore ways to invest it to increase your finances.

It is said that God helps those who help themselves, meaning if you do not show any commitment to the change you want. You are not going to achieve change. In fact, while we’re on the subject, the reason most peoples’ prayers are not answered is because they are not truly committed to their desired change and simply give up early.  In other words, they are not really tired or serious about change.

When you get really, really tired and keep fighting for change.  A new way will open up.  Metaphysically speaking, this is when the Universe, God, your Spirits or your BA (your Higher Self or Superconscious part of your being) takes notice and is activated, which is symbolized as Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiris). In the Kemetic Story of Osar, this whole situation is represented as Oset looking for the body of Osar and not getting anywhere until Ra sends her Npu to Open her Way.   Ra in this case (as seen on the Maa Aankh) represents the Universe opening up due to our commitment, our hard work and ‘DAT STRUGGLE against Set or destructive habitual behaviors.

It is physics. Two things cannot occupy the same space at the same time.  You either are going to be for Team Osar (creating change by activating your Superconscious) or Team Set (continuing to follow your outdated subconscious habits and receive the same tired results).

Understand Family. We are destined to win but in order for our victory to be sweet. We have to fight our greatest enemy, our lower subconscious self that refuses to change, within.

Hetepu.





KAMTA: Recreating the Real Black Church

24 01 2018
Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.
I have had some people ask how I discovered Kamta and was able to make all the connections. Well, all I can say is that it was because of my ancestors. I like a lot of people had read and studied Kemetic history, lore and spirituality for some years but I was not able to make any headway. Then, things changed when I began working with my ancestors and asking them to guide me in my understanding (See: How to Distinguish between the Higher Self, Ancestors, Spirit Guides and lower self).
What they showed me was that when the first Africans were brought to North America, they were taken from the Kongo-Angolan region and forced to work as indentured servants.  Since the Kongo ruler had voluntarily converted to Christianity prior to the advent of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, most of the people taken from the Kongo-Angolan region were either Christian or at least familiar with the Christian faith and already had a working syncretism with their indigenous beliefs in place. Consequently, because these Africans had Africanized Christianity, it is believed by some scholars that the Portuguese and Spaniards called these Africans the pejorative term Judio (pronounced hoo-dee-oh) which is Spanish for Jewish referring to the Jews who continued to practice the Old Religion (Judaism) even after learning about Jesus Christ. The term judio was later corrupted in the English language and became what we call hoodoo.
Although there are some authors who attempt to trace the term hoodoo to an African source, it should be noted that most African Americans never used the term to refer to their spiritual practice because in the African mindset.  Hoodoo was considered a form of witchcraft, which was a forbidden practice. The term is totally a European creation that was used to describe early African American spirituality and in particular the Black Church.

The Kongo Cross

So, when the descendants from the Kongo-Angolan region arrived in North America they were stripped of all of their possessions.  However, they managed to bring with them their dikenga commonly called today the Kongo Cross, which is a unique Kongo cosmogram that mapped the universe. Although these early Africans in North America were not able to syncretize their beliefs and practices under the guise of the Catholic saints as their kinfolk had done in Brazil, Cuba, Haiti and other parts of South America. Through the Kongo Cosmogram or Kongo Cross, our early ancestors managed to use the Kongo cosmogram to syncretize their beliefs with the Protestant Christian faith in order to create their own religion.
They were able to accomplish this feat because the Kongo cosmogram like most medicine wheels could be interpreted in numerous ways depending upon perspective. For instance, the basic understanding of the dikenga or Kongo Cross is that our universe is composed of two worlds – the land of the living (above) and the land of the dead (below). When human beings incarnate to the land of the living, his or her soul mimics the four movements of the sun – Kala (Sunrise/Birth), Tukala (Midday/Life), Luvemba (Sunset/Death) and Musoni (Midnight/Rebirth).  However, if an individual was experiencing a lot of bad luck, failing health, grave misfortunes, etc., it was understood that the individual’s sun is setting or dying due to some impurity (or sin). In this case, it was necessary for the individual to travel to the land of the dead so that their ancestors could purify them and they could be reborn.
Kongo Cosmogram

Basic Kongo Cosmogram

Rebirth consisted of going to the land of the dead because the land of the dead called mpemba or the “land of whiteness” and purity was seen as a mysterious realm where one found great rewards. Allegorically the land of the dead or mpemba was believed to exist underground but could also be found where the land of the living and the land of the dead met like the plantation and the hush harbors, a city and the forest, a town and the wilderness, a municipal and cemetery, land and a body of water, etc.
Now, what’s unknown to most is that for a long period of time, the original Black Church did not meet in buildings. No, quite the contrary. Our ancestors met in brooks, groves, hush harbors, etc. because slave owners, fearing that early African Americans were plotting a revolt, prohibited them from congregating. When the Second Great Awakening occurred in North America, that’s when a large number of early African Americans willingly converted to Christianity particularly the Baptist and Methodist denominations. Although, most historians are uncertain as to why this massive conversion took place, a thorough analysis of the Old Kongo thinking reveals that it was most likely because full body baptism (submersion into a body of water) was most likely interpreted as the passing into the land of mpemba. Remnants of our Old Kongo belief can still be found in the church today, which is the reason before adherents are baptized.  They are instructed to wear white robes or garments. Another example of this philosophical thinking can be seen in the fact that most elders within the church wear white, and so on, which corresponds to the Luvemba moment – the setting sun – also the color white.
But due to charlatans within our community, the commercialization and exploitation of African American spirituality by outsiders, the Black Church has become a hollow institutions that focused solely on religious entertainment. The loss of African philosophy and theology, combined with the passing of the elders unable to pass their spiritual knowledge to subsequent generations, has resulted in the steady decline of the Black Church.
It was my ancestors that helped me to see that the people of the Kongo-Angolan region were part of the Bantu or Ba-Ntu tribal group, which archeologists and historians have found, once upon a time lived and dwelled along the Nile River. Because as the saying goes: there is nothing new under the sun. The remnants of the Kongo Cross in North America could be syncretized with the Kemetic Amun Ra system to create the maa aankh cosmogram.
For the record, I had read the Story of Ra and Oset (Isis) numerous times.  In fact, I read it so many times that when I saw or heard any mention of it.  I just glossed over it because I did not seen any importance of it. But, it was my ancestors that led me to understand that Ra’s “Secret/Hidden” name was Amun (the Hidden) Ra.  They later showed me how Amun Ra corresponds to the Moon, which was given greater significance then the Sun. It was through this understanding that led me to discover the Maa Aankh.
The basis of the Maa Aankh cosmogram is that the world is composed of two lands called above TASETT (the Red Lands), which is ruled by Set, and KAMTA (the Black Lands), which is ruled by Osar – the owner of the white hedjet crown.  When a human being incarnates to the land of the living or the harsh Red Lands, we must follow the path of Ra, which was discovered by Oset – KhepeRA (Kala in KiKongo/Sunrise/Birth), RA (Tukala in KiKongo/Midday/Life), RA Atum (Luvemba in KiKongo/Sunset/Death) and Amun RA (Musoni in KiKongo/Midnight/Rebirth).

                                   Maa Aankh Cosmogram

Similar to the Kongo land of the dead or mpemba (land of whiteness/purity), KAMTA is called the Black Lands because of the dark fertile soil due to the inundation of the Nile River, but it is an allusion to the mysterious spiritual realm of the ancestors.  Hence, the reason the Kemetians referred to the southern region as the land of their ancestors and symbolized this region by the white Hedjet crown and the Kemetic ancestor Osar.
The purpose of sharing this with you is because many of us (myself included) have been convinced that we were stripped of our culture and it is just not true. The whole purpose of telling us this is so that we never return back to our cultural way of thinking. There are all sorts of examples I could list to prove that we did not lose our culture. We lost the philosophy and theology behind our culture, which is the reason many talk about the ancestors but are afraid to work with them.
KAMTA is the recreation of the brooks, groves, hush harbors, the forest, the wilderness, the cemetery, the underground, the lake, the sea and anywhere there is a mysterious reward including the deep recesses of the mind. This is where all of our answers and solutions come from, and why our ancestors met there to plot their revolts.  So, don’t be afraid of the dark because this is where our ancestors reside.
Hope this helps.
Hetep




What is the Difference Between Ma’at, Maa and maa?

12 01 2018
Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family
You know, there are a lot of people leaving organized religion because they are tired of the religious dogma, religious fear and guilt about God, and religious social control.  Since many of the Judeo-Christian beliefs were adopted or borrowed from the Kemetic spiritual system like Ten Commandments which were modeled after the so-called 42 Laws of Ma’at; the entire birth, life and death of Jesus was borrowed from the life of Hru (Heru or Horus in Greek), and so on.  Many people are embracing Kamitic or Kemetic spirituality because it appears to be an unadulterated form of Christianity.
 
Although it is true Judaism, Christianity and Islam borrowed many of their concepts from the Kemetic spiritual system, it is important that one does not err in practicing Kemetic spirituality as if it is a western religion because Kemetic spirituality is based upon understanding the difference between Ma’at, Maa and maa.
 
First, Ma’at, Maa and maa all translate to mean balance, order, justice, righteousness, truth, etc. but they do not mean the same thing.
 
Capital case, Maa refers to Universal Truths. These are basically truths that affect us all regardless of color, race, ethnicity, beliefs, creeds, etc. For instance, gravity falls under Maa because it does not matter where you are on the planet, if you throw a rock up in the air, it is going to fall down regardless of who you are, your social status, whether you believe in it or not, etc. Maa is often referred to as Universal Laws, God’s Laws or Universal Principles. Note that the Supreme Being did not write these laws down and instruct that humanity follow them or else. It is just that over the ages, sages from all over the world, since the beginning of time studied the cosmos and conceived universal principles. In fact, all of the great spiritual teachers, ascended masters, etc. are actually students of the Maa, which is the reason most religions have the same core principles and talk about love, peace, prosperity, compassion, wealth, charity, etc.   
Scale of Maa

Scale of Maa

Lower case, maa refers to personal truths, personal way or la manera (Spanish). This is basically truths that pertain to an individual based upon their beliefs, experience, maturity, cognizance, etc.  From this perspective the 42 Laws of Ma’at (42 Negative Confessions, 42 Declarations, etc.) are actually the scribe Ani’s personal affirmations.  It would not do me any good to affirm “I have not swindled offerings, I have not stolen from the Gods/Goddesses, I have not stolen anyone’s land,” etc. because I do not live in those times so they do not directly apply to my life.  So, maa pertains to doing what is right, orderly and just in regards to perspective. 
For instance, I love vegetables but the one vegetable I cannot stomach are brussel sprouts. I have tried to eat brussel sprouts steamed, boiled, grilled, baked, smothered in sauces, etc. and they still incite a gut jerk.  Now, is that to say that Brussel sprouts are bad for everyone because of my reaction. No. It is just me and maybe others as well, so if I say “Brussel sprouts are nasty and not good.” I am speaking from a subjective perspective and is based upon my experience and opinion.
 
A lot of people confuse Maa with maa and vice versa, which is one of the main  reasons there are so many religious fundamentalists in our world today. For instance, some people will say that drinking alcohol is evil because of drunk driving, alcoholism, etc. But if that were the case everyone that consumes alcohol would be a drunk driver and alcoholic, which we know is not true. It does not affect everyone the same.  However, we know drunk driving and alcoholism are real also.
 
Maa-The Path of the Feather

Maa-The Path of the Feather

This leads us to ask why does drunk driving, alcoholism and other evils regarding alcohol exist? It is because of imbalance. When alcohol, like most of the things in our world, are abused and not used or consumed in moderation, it creates an imbalance and this introduces us to Ma’at.Ma’at is the personification of both Maa and maa. She is the archetype of righteousness, the divine protector of the Law, the goddess of truth, and the guardian spirit of balance and order. Ma’at is both merciful and vengeful at the same time.
 
I was taught to never leave an open drink alone and if you do, do not drink it. To always look at your food and drink before and if you sense you should stop to do so because that next bite or next sip could be your last. Of course, these are old folk beliefs and practices but every time I have disobeyed them I have ran into problems. 
If you think about that last bite of chocolate cake, the last shot of alcohol, that last bench press, etc. you know that you were toying with the scales of Ma’at and moving from moderation to excessive-ness.
For the record, Ma’at is merciful and forgiving, so when this is done a couple of times, she may smack you on the hand and remind you not to do it again.  But, if you do this too often, well you know the consequences.
Understand, Ma’at does not punish you for making mistakes. Ma’at punishes you for not living in moderation by reminding us that we reap what we sow. Ma’at is cherished because she helps us to find the middle ground or moderation and this is what invokes her mercy. Ma’at is an essential ally in our spiritual development because she helps us to align our personal maa with the Universal Maa.
Hetep.




3 Ways Kemetic Shamans Work Their Altars

7 01 2018

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

You know Family, it is very common and easy for individuals transitioning from Protestant Christian beliefs to traditional spiritual practices.  To build an altar and be instructed to tend to it religiously as if it is a place or worship.

It should be understood that unless you are converting and/or joining a traditional religion. Anyone transitioning from any dogmatic religion to a spiritual tradition should feel relieved because they are no longer controlled by religious fear and guilt.

That being said, an altar should be liberating but what often occurs is that we listened to people who are in traditional religions and take their advice as Absolute Truth. The next thing you know, we find ourselves confused because we were told by these individuals that we cannot mix our ancestor images with our spirit guides, we cannot mix our ancestors or spirit guides with the divinities, or we cannot adopt or mix different divinities from different pantheons, and so on.  A big part of spirituality deals with living your life based upon what works, and not upon what others theorize or tell you what to do. Because the only one who knows what is best for you is your Higher Self. Since there are no rules and regulations on how to work your Spirit. You learn by trial and error and this is the beauty of shamanism because instead of relying on someone else’s word or hearsay.  You are given an opportunity to develop your own rapport with the Spirit so that you know how the Divine works, instead of theorizing how the Divine works as most religious people do. (Please note that this is not in any form or fashion a criticism directed to those who follow religious order. I am simply stating observations based upon my experience.)

To avoid this spiritual pitfall, it is important to understand first and foremost that the altar is a physical representation of the vast energies that exist within our mind/spirit. When you erect an altar, essentially what you are doing is calling a specific energy (ancestor, archetype, etc.) out of latency in your Infinite Spirit. It is similar to retrieving a file off of your computer or retrieving a memory from your Spirit because the true altar is within.

Small Npu Het (Altar for Npu Spirits who act as guides for the dead)

For instance, before I became serious about venerating my ancestors, I used to speak with my ancestors in my mind.  I would simply imagine them and talk to them as if they were right in front of me, similar to how Napoleon Hill would consult his 9 Invisible Counselors.  This really needs to be understood because I have had people contact me and say, “I cannot build an altar for my ancestors, spirit guides or guardian spirits.”  They usually say that they cannot build an altar because of lack of space but mostly it is because they live with someone who does not respect their views about spirituality (e.g. roommate, family member, etc.). I usually have to explain to them that if they have a photograph of ancestor hanging on a wall that is an altar. If they have a wallet size photo, picture, a drawing of a spirit or even a small symbol like a pebble, this is an altar as well if they see it as a manifestation of the spirit. There have been times I have been walking down the street and I see a small black pebble, which reminds me of the netchar Npu (Enpu, Anpu or Anubis in Greek). So, I pick it up, thank Npu, place it in my pocket and go about my business.   In fact, most of the items that are on my Npu altar (het Npu) are items that I found, which I interpreted that my Npu wanted on their het.  This is because according to Bantu-Kongo thinking an altar can be created wherever there is a maa aankh (a Kemetic crossroad where two realms exist). 

So the idea that some spirit is going to punish (or reward) you for how you tend to their altar is another form of religious fear and guilt, promoted by people who 1) do not understand the nature of the human spirit, or. 2) They want you to view them as an authority over your spirituality. You have to understand that when people tell you that Oshun doesn’t like you to eat pumpkin and other taboos, this is based upon their perspective. This may be a restriction that Oshun wants a particular person, group, etc. to adhere, which is why it is important to remember Code 1: Maa is Truth and is Based Upon Perspective.   Everyone is not going to share your perspective, agree with you or have the same experience as you, which is why you should always test everything out for yourself.

Second, when it comes to building an altar, you can do as you feel. If you feel that something needs to be placed on your altar do so. If you feel that something needs to be removed from your altar, then do so. As stated earlier, unless you are in or following a traditional religious order, no one (living or dead) has the right to tell you what to do with your altar. Just like no one has the right to tell you what to do with your mind.

Last, but not least, if you call an energy (ancestor, spirit guide and guardian spirit) out of latency.  Understand that it needs energy in order to stay in your awareness, which means any time and thought given to it, feeds it. Our ancestors, spirit guides and guardian spirits do not care if you offer them a glass of water and a candle, or choose to contemplate on them for ten minutes a day. Remember, our ancestors and spirit guides are not invasive because they understand the perils of living in this physical realm.  They are happy that you are even consider giving them an offering, which is the reason they will assist you despite the fact that your family sees you as a “black sheep” due to the spirituality you are involved in.

Therefore, understand that our ancestors and spirit guides know that we are not at the level where we can communicate with them by simply shifting our awareness, but one day we will get there.  If they want something, don’t be afraid to tell your spirits, “Help me to get it.” Your spirits want a bigger altar, then tell them, “Hey, I need a larger space to have a bigger altar.”

Remember, all of this is a dialogue that takes place within the mind.

Hope this helps.

Hetep





How to Celebrate Winter Solstice the Kemetic Shaman Way

14 12 2017

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family

I have been meaning to write this post for the longest time so finally, here it is and hopefully it helps.

If you are like most people interested in your spiritual development, you have most likely come across people talking about winter solstice. I am not going to go into the full explanation of winter solstice is because there are plenty of sources available on the Internet.  Instead I am going to give a little insight into how I got into it, why I stopped observing and why I chose to celebrate it now.

Before we begin, I have to tell you that when I first got on this path, there were people who explained to me that winter solstice was the original Christmas. Now either because 1) I was new to the whole practice, 2) my disgust for the over commercialization of Christmas and those dreaded Christmas songs that are played 24 hours for 35 days beginning on November 26, and/or 3) because these individuals were very zealous and did not understand the full meaning either.  All I got out of it was that we were supposed to do all day fasts prior to the 25th of December, on the hope of receiving new things for the coming year. (Please note that I am knocking anyone who observe Winter Solstice in this manner.  I am just stating my experience. ) It was also impressed upon me that if you did not fast and meditate, that you would not be blessed.  So, for several years, I tried to observe this event as best I could even though it was presented to me as a dogmatic ritual.

However, it became increasingly difficult to observe Winter Solstice this way because: 1) I still had to go to work and, going to office parties, while fasting brings a whole lot of unwanted and unnecessary attention, and. 2) Not only that it never felt like a real celebration but more like a boring, monotonous chore.  So I stopped observing it for a while, but I returned to celebrating it after I discovered the Maa Aankh. Then, when my daughter was born, my wife and I wanted her to have a more profound experience for this event without feeling isolated or out-of-place from other family members and friends who celebrate Christmas and Three Kings Day in the typical fashion.

So, that our child has a more profound understanding of this event and develops an interfaith and multicultural understanding, it was decided that we would celebrate Winter Solstice as the “Receiving of the Name”.  This way she is not weirded out and sees the celebration of other peoples’ holidays as just another form of Winter Solstice.

What is Winter Solstice?

Now, before I explain how the “Receiving of the Name” works, Winter Solstice is the start of the solar year and it begins on the 21st of December marking the first day of winter. It is an astronomical event like a solar or lunar eclipse, or shooting stars, but a little more significant because the earth rotating on its axis tilts in a way that sun appears to be sitting still.  Thus, making the length of the day appear shorter and the night the longest night of the year. (Note that during the summer solstice the opposite occurs and the sun appears to sit still making the day the longest day of the year and the night the shortest). Immediately after the 21st of December, the days the sun shine during the daytime will get longer as the nights will get shorter.

So, in a nutshell scientifically speaking, Winter Solstice is when the earth tilts making it appear that the night is longer than the day. It is an annual, natural astronomical event, which means it affects all of us regardless if we believe in it or not, like gravity.  Since it affects us all, each culture interprets it differently like we do when we see an eclipse. Some people go out and gaze at the eclipse, others avoid being out during the eclipse for fear of the influences it may have upon an unborn child (My wife and I heard them all this past year). While some people see eclipses as an opportune time to conduct rituals, so it all depends upon what you believe or how you interpret the Winter Solstice.

Since it affects everyone, Winter Solstice has been celebrated by people all over the world based upon their cultural belief.  This means there is no right or wrong way to observe Winter Solstice. Choosing not to observe this astronomical event is similar to choosing not to watch a solar eclipse or Haley’s Comet. However, if you choose to observe it, you can do what others have done in the past, which is allegorized the entire event.

For instance, for some people who saw the darkness as an extension of evil and daytime as an extension of good, Winter Solstice was seen as the birth of a solar savior.  During this time they created a tradition to ensure that the various trickster spirits in the darkness were kind.  This is how Santa Claus comes into the picture and why he is offered sweets to make him more favorable towards you.  For some other cultures, they observed this event by setting an evergreen tree in the north. Then the tree was decorated with a star above used to represent the “invisible sun” (some say the star Sirius) and the various orbs and lights decorating the tree symbolized the spheres of the Tree of Life. Another version of this same tradition seems to build an elaborate bonfire and observe that the “Invisible Sun” provides warmth during these dark times.

In case you are wondering, the reason for allegorizing this astronomical event is because most people would get lost with the science of it.  Imagine explaining to a child about how the earth tilts, and now that we have people who are questioning on if the earth is round or flat.  You can easily see how it becomes very confusing with all of these beliefs, ideas and theories but, people cannot deny this astronomical event.  All you have to do is go outside and you will see that the days seem to be getting shorter and the nights longer. For instance, the other day (December 12th) the sun set around 5:30 – 6 o’clock and did not rise until 7:30 the next morning. That’s between 12+ hours of darkness. And, the closer we get to the 21st the shorter the days will be. So people from all over the allegorized this event to help them to remember, celebrate and observe it, and you can too.

Most of us are familiar with the Christianize version of this event which was changed to December 25 by Emperor Aurelian to celebrate the “Invisible Sun”. Then, in 273 AD the Roman Catholic Church changed this astronomical event to a literal historical event to celebrate the birthday of Christian savior. However, it is believed that January 6 was the original date the Kemetic sages chose to celebrate Winter Solstice, which the Catholic Church adopted in order to celebrate the Three Magi or Three Kings Day.

How to Celebrate Winter Solstice the Kemetic Shaman Way

Artwork courtesy of Jeff Dahl

Since I follow a Kemetic shamanic path, Winter Solstice has a more profound meaning to me – one related to the Kemetic concept of Ra, Shu and Tefnut. Ra or Rau in the Kemetic life force or chi energy symbolized as the Sun.  Shu is the Kemetic version of the Chinese Yang and it represents activity, light, warmth, heat, aggression, etc. and is anthropomorphized as a masculine energy. Shu’s sister Tefnut is the Kemetic version of the Chinese Yin and she represents receptivity, darkness, coolness, water, passivity, etc. Since, the dyadic relationship of good versus evil does not exist in ancient African thinking.  Shu is not the symbol of good and Tefnut is not the symbol of evil. Rather good and evil in Kemetic thinking is balance and imbalance.  In other words, too much and too little of a thing is considered evil, while good is considered balanced.  Therefore, the Winter Solstice is considered the most Tefnut day of the year, thus signifying that the Ra energy is trying to establish balance. The entire event on the Maa Aankh is overseen by Amun Ra (Hidden Ra), thus making Winter Solstice a time of rebirth, hence the “Return of the Light” or actually the heralding the receiving of Amun Ra or the “Hidden (Invisible) Ra”, according to the Story of Ra and Oset (Aset, Auset, Isis in Greek).

Remember, in the Story of Ra and Oset, Ra reveals that he is “Khepera in the morning, Ra at noon, Tmu (Ra Atum) in the evening” thus alluding he is Amun Ra at midnight.  So, upon receiving Ra’s secret name, Oset received a soul which she passed on to her child Hru, thus giving him immortality so long as he lived a righteous life.  This means that through Oset, we all became her children (Hru) because she shared Ra’s secret name or Amun Ra with us (for more information see Kamta Primer).

Therefore, Winter Solstice is a period of rebirth and nourishment for our soul.  It is during this time that we naturally tend to physically slow down and conduct most of our activities indoor because we have less daylight and more warmth inside. It also during this time of the year, we also tend to emotionally move inward and reflect on the past events that occurred during the year, as we prepare for the upcoming year.  It is natural during this time of the year to reflect inward on our health, relationships, careers, dreams, etc., make New Year’s resolutions by asking, “How can I improve my life or the life of others?”

Draw the Maa Aankh, and place five tea lights on the five points. Then on:

  • December 21st: Light the Khepera candle symbolizing the Birth of Ra we celebrate all new beginnings and give thanks for all blessings that have come into being.  This is also a special day to also honor children who signify the future and are protected by Khepera. To make this day even more festive, Khepera’s colors are black and/or indigo, so one’s space can be decorated with these colors or one can purchase dark colored flowers.  Khepera is symbolized by a scarab beetle and rising sun.  Dark colored foods can also be served on this day and children given toys to raise Khepera’s energy.  To further ritualize this day, write a list of the goals you want to achieve in the upcoming year and place them in the center of the maa aankh.
  • December 22nd: Light the Ra candle symbolizing the Visible Ra’s Day is a day of action and it is set to honor all of the young adults and adults (except for elders who are given a special day on their own). Ra’s colors are bright red so to raise this energy decorate one’s space with bright red colors. Spicy foods can be served on this day colored with achiote (annatto seed), chili, paparika, cayenne, etc.  Also, spicy and warming beverages such as spiced apple cider, ginger beer, cinnamon teas, etc.  To further ritualize this day, write a list of the obstacles you must overcome and barriers you must break through to achieve your goals from the Khepera moment. Then, place them in the center of the maa aankh. This is also a time to ask for the protection, good health, vitality and strength for all loved ones.
  • December 23rd: Light the Ra Atum candle symbolizing the Completed Ra who oversees all things that have come to an end. Ra Atum reminds us to remember our elders so that we can learn from their experience and wisdom.  Ra Atum’s colors are white so to raise this energy decorate the space with white and shiny things like silver.  White colored foods and drinks can be offered at this time.  As well as white colored beverages such as coconut milk, peanut punch, coconut water, coquito, etc.  To further ritualize this day, write a list of the things you are willing to give up in order to achieve your goals in the upcoming year and place them in the center of the maa aankh.
  • December 24th: Light the Amun Ra symbolizing the “Hidden Ra” who oversees our ancestors and spirit guides, therefore this is the day to honor and remember our honorable dead.  Amun Ra’s colors are yellow and/or gold, so to help raise this re-birthing and renewal energy, decorate the space with the color yellow and serve yellow colored foods and beverages. Offer yellow candles and light colored foods such as pound cake, etc. to the ancestors.  To further ritualize this day, imagine how your goal will improve the life of everyone. Amun Ra’s symbols are ram, sheep, spiral patterns, etc., which all signify a return.
  • On the December 25, light the candle in the center symbolizing Oset sharing the name with Hru. Then, burn all of the request and imagine the end results of your goals for the upcoming year.

Hope this helps. Happy Winter Solstice.

How will you celebrate Winter Solstice?

Please share.





What Does It Really Mean to Tap Into the Power of God?

15 10 2017

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

You know, the other day a fellow comrade shared a video with me that featured a number of prominent actresses and singers rapping about male genitalia. I am sure many of you have seen or heard about this video so there is no need to give it more energy than it deserves. The thing was that my friend (as a number of people I saw in the comment section) were pretty shocked.  When I asked my Brah why he was so upset that some of the ladies were in the video. He told me because he really respected some of the ladies in the video because he thought they were “conscious” and would not humiliate themselves by stooping to such a level.  This prompted us to have a really deep conversation because this is one of the misnomers that people have about consciousness.

Consciousness or “woke” means that you are aware or can see, but consciousness does not mean spiritual development and elevation. What’s the difference, you ask? Let me give you a real quick example.  Due to the aggressive anti-tobacco campaign, everyone (non-smokers and smokers alike) throughout the United States are aware of the dangers of cigarette smoking, hence they are “conscious” or “woke.” However, it is believed that 36.5 million people continue to smoke cigarettes because cigarette smoking is a destructive habit that is deeply lodged into peoples’ lower spirit (sahu/subconscious part of their being). The sahu part of our being is not governed by reasoning but by emotions, which is why if you ask a cigarette smoker when they started smoking and why. Most of them will tell you that it was peer pressure and risk-taking behavior. This is the reason it is so difficult for so many people to break this habit because we all do not respond to peer pressure and social conditionings in the same manner.

What does this have to do with conscious people? Simple. Just because a person is conscious or woke does not mean that they overcome their personal Set. I have met people from all walks of life who have literally floored me with the amount of knowledge they knew, like the gangster who was telling me how he knew the Ancient Egyptians were Black. However, this knowledge was not enough to make him stop abusing alcohol and smoking weed. Or, the lady with the most gorgeous dreadlocks who was all into holistic living, spirituality, doing yoga, etc. but she couldn’t have a successful relationship because she treated all men as if they were her enemy.

The point that I am making is that consciousness or woke means that you are aware or can see because you are informed.  It does not mean you are developing spiritually or spiritually evolving. This misunderstanding is due to the fact that archeologists, historians and Western pagans have told people that Djahuti (in Greek Thoth) is the Greek Hermes and Roman Mercury, but this is not correct. Hermes and Mercury are both tricksters like the Yoruba Eshu and Kemetic Npu (Anubis).  In Kemetic lore, it was not until Npu (Anubis) assisted Oset (Isis) that she was able to successfully find the body parts of Osar (Osiris) and successfully mummify him with Djahuti’s assistance. This is an allusion referring to the fact that Npu Opens the Way, as one of his praise names Ap-Uat (Opener of the Way), states.

In other words, Npu starts the ball rolling for your development. He leads you to the door that will open to your spiritual and physical freedom.   He is the one responsible for all of us becoming “woke” because he is the lord of information and the master of this Information Age, but note. With all of this information, we still cannot solve live peacefully with one another. We still cannot eradicate poverty or cease the destruction of our planet. This is a classic trickster move to get us to understand that all of the technology in the world cannot bring us peace, prosperity, perfect health, success, wealth, love, etc. because these are all ethereal.

To put it bluntly, actors, actresses, athletes, singers, musicians, etc. are not gods and goddesses.  They are entertainers paraded in front of us to be our role models but these people have Sets (personal demons) that they have to overcome. This is why I was not surprised when I saw certain actresses and singers publicly disgracing themselves because they may have been conscious but their Osar was’t alive.

The enemy knows that we all draw from the Rau (the Power of God), which is the archetypical Source of All Things. What archeologists, historians, etc. call gods and goddesses are actually guardian spirits or archetypes of the Rau that the Kemetic people called netcharu (netjaru).  Or, we can simply call them netchars.  We are all influenced by these guardian spirits or netchars but some of these netchars take a more dominant role in our life. These netchars are sometimes referred to as our personal guardians, our godheads and/or spiritual parents.  We all have spiritual parents rather we choose to believe in them or not, and this goes for celebrities as well.

So, the reason Snoop Dogg refers to himself as such, is because he is a Npumesh (child of Npu). Beyonce is Oset’s child. Kayne is Hrumesh (Hru or Horus’ child), and we can go on and on.  All you have to do is study the mythology and observe how these people act and behave. The reason I am mentioning this is because if these individuals’ Osar had been revived in their life, they would understand that many of the problems that they face corresponds to their guardian spirit or netchar. For instance, everyone has problems with self-control but this is a major problem with all of Hru’s children. Hru’s children will struggle with some form of self-control because that’s the energy that they incarnated with on to the planet. Now,  with that being said, go back and look at the things that Kayne West has done. If you are into Latin music, like I am because they actually proudly sing about the Yoruba orishas (the guardian spirits of the Yoruba tradition), you will see this self-control problem manifesting in Marc Anthony.

Understand.  The enemy knows how the guardian spirits manifest themselves but he refuses to publicly acknowledge it and will continue to delude us by saying they are gods, goddesses, deities, etc. Set does this because he does not want us to truly learn about these energies, so we can use them to overcome our personal Sets. Does it make sense why it is so Easy to sing and rap about the latest dance, drink, drug, syrup, sex position, latest craze, mysigony, etc.? Again, in the Kemetic lore Set was said to be married to Nebhet, the guardian spirit who governs entertainment, until she finally left him. So, it is great to encourage these entertainers when they act and behave in our best interest but that’s it.

Yes, encourage these celebrities to resurrect their Osar so we can all be free from this mess.  In fact, I look forward to that day when all of us free from this mental/spiritual tyranny.  First instance, could you imagine if Snoop had made a song about his divinity instead of “What’s My Name?” In fact, could you imagine what would happen if Kayne, Beyonce, or any of these entertainers had an awakened Osar how powerful their music would be? I mean seriously think how Hip Hop would have been different if the pioneers had taken their creative genius and used it as a means of empowerment.  Then, put a trademark on it so that it could be used for empowerment instead of being capitalized and monopolized by those who do not have our best interests. I mean did you know there are neo-fascist rappers? I mean just think of the stupidity in that, a group of people who hate you because of your complexion but they are going to take your music and use it to promote their hatred of you?

Again, I am not here to place blame on anyone because it is the enemy that has manipulated and tricked us all. Does it make sense why the enemy manipulates these entertainers to serving his selfish purpose for an award, a trophy, a ring, public gratification, money, etc.?

Yes, the enemy (Set) takes advantage of us all because of our ignorance of our Higher Self or Osar.

So, let’s not be deluded.  We need to see celebrities for who they are, which is ordinary people with similar if not greater struggles as us. Just because Set parades these talented individuals in front of us as false idols does not make them special. We need to return our eyes to the true glory of the Divine and replace these false idols with real models of individuals who have successfully overcome their Set.

Hetep