Why Is the Het Aakhu (Ancestor Altar) So Important in Kemetic Spirituality

14 05 2020

Het Aakhu (Boveda Espiritual/Ancestor & Spirit Guide Altar)

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

A thought-form is a mental and emotional energy that has taken a form and is believed to be floating around us. Whenever we experience a traumatic or emotional upheaval, or even when we engage in pessimistic thinking over a period of time. A thought-form is created and becomes our mental and emotional “baggage” of our past.


Osar (Osiris) is honored as the first Honorable Ancestor and therefore,
Lord of the Underworld (KAMTA).

Due to slavery, our people lost the rituals to create a positive thought-form about who and what they are because most of our rituals were regarded as superstition. Consequently, countless destructive thought-forms are running amuck and destroying peoples’ lives in our community because they do not have an uplifting and empowering thought-form about themselves. Many of us don’t recognize it but we function totally out of an inferiority complex due to the loss of this cultural theology. Today, most people who have suffered some form of trauma in their life have simply created a thought-form for him or herself based upon their egotistical limitations so that they will not be harmed. We never dealt with the affliction that was done to our soul, which eventually affects every area of our life. However, this can all be flipped through honoring your ancestors and spirit guides or aakhu.

The het aakhu called a boveda espiritual in the Afro-Caribbean Spiritist traditions is a unique altar that honors your ancestors and spirit guides, but it does something more.  It helps to create an empowering and uplifting thought-form for yourself because it is a reflection of you.

All of the photos of your ancestors and other icons on or around this altar are a reflection of you. You need to understand that everything you see on your ancestor altar is a symbolic representation of what exists in your soul.

The spiritual significance behind honoring your aakhu is that by performing outer ritualistic acts, an inner change will be created within yourself.

So the next time you sit or stand before your ancestor altar, don’t think of it as just being a sacred space with photos of your deceased loved ones.  Instead see it as being a tool of empowerment that reflects all of the qualities you possess such as courage, ingenuity, power, strength, and prosperity. This means that if the altar is a reflection of you, if your altar is empowering and uplifting, then you will tend to be empowering and uplifting. If your ancestors on the altar are prospering, then you will tend to prosper as well because the altar illustrates what you possess, and so on.

Remember, your ancestors are your first line of defense and your first line of good luck. So, make sure that you honor them on the regular.

Hetepu.





Why is Kemet so Important to Afro-American Spirituality?

1 03 2020

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

So I am posting this post because I just got accused of being racist. And, as you know, if you are a person of African descent who gets accused of being racist, then you must be doing something right.

So, why was I accused of being racist? Well, it is because a couple of “Kemetic pagans” (as they call themselves) disagreed with what I wrote in my latest book, Honoring the Ancestors the Kemetic Shaman Way.  In my book, I wrote that one day I asked my ancestors why did they want me to study the Kemetic path.  They responded by telling me that it was so that I could know the Divine through my ancestors similar to how Hru (Horus) learned of his divinity through his father, Osar (Osiris). It is classic ancient African spirituality to go through your ancestors to find the Divine because, in the end, it is Divine Creator who is the Ancestor of us All.  It was at that moment, that I realized why Kemet was so important to people throughout the Afro-Diaspora.

I mentioned that it became painfully apparent that the reason archeologists engage in cherry-picking DNA research such as the reconstruction of Nefertiti, is because they only want evidence to support their white supremacist agenda, which is that westerners are superior and all non-westerners are inferior.

If archeologists really wanted to know what the ethnicity of the Kemetic people was why didn’t they conduct a DNA test on Tutankhamen’s grandmother Queen Tiye (shown above)? Instead, they focus solely on test subjects that will validate their claims, and when they can’t find evidences to support their ridiculous theories.

They opt out by claiming that everything was done by extraterrestrials (E.T.) because their culture did not achieve it.   For instance, claiming that Amenhotep IV or Akhenaten was an alien due to his elongated head instead of identifying that it may be a ritualistic practice such as head binding among the Mangbetu.

Now for the record, I was not surprised that archeologists reconstructed Nefertiti’s image and she appears to be caucasoid. This confirms my belief that she was a foreigner and that Akhenaten most likely married her to broker a peace treaty between the Kemetic and Mitanni kingdom.  Further evidence that she was a foreigner and had a huge influence on Akhenaten is proof that the Aten religion was a foreign concept, which almost resulted in Kemet being invaded by the Assyrians had not the Amun Ra priesthood stepped in and restored order (See Akhenaten is Not A Kemetic Hero).  The problem I have with these studies is that these so-called scholars try to paint a picture that Nefertiti was the epitome of beauty to the Kemetic people.

So, why do the western scholars dedicate so much effort to concealing the truth about the ethnicity of the Kemetic people, and why is it important? It is because by illustrating the Kemetic people as being European and portraying them as being everything but black and brown-skinned Africans. Westerners are able to deter people from discovering the true story about the Kemetic people, which is that many of them were forced to migrate throughout Sub-Sahara Africa due to war, the Arab sponsored slave trade, and later religious jihads.  Consequently, many of the Kemetic tribal nations settled in Central and West Africa where they were considered “newcomers” and they intermarried with the indigenous Africans in the region.

For instance, the oral history of the Yoruba people begins with the Nok people residing in present-day Nigeria forty thousand years ago and is visited by a peaceful African group from the east around 2000BC and 500BC.  Consequently, many of the Kemetic divinities survive in the Yoruba language as:

  • Osar or Ausa (Osiris, father of the gods) or Ausa (father)
  • Khepera or Khepara is the beetle Akpakara (beetle)
  • Ma’at the goddess of justice became Mate the goddess of justice
  • Oset or Auset is Iset or Ise (a water divinity)
  • Hru, Horus or Horise is Orise a Sky divinity

But the Yoruba are not the only nation who trace their ancestral roots back to Kemet.  According to the great African scholar and scientist Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop who wrote Civilization Or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology, the Ashanti (Ghana), Wolof (Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania), the Mandinka (Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Berkina Faso, Mali, CotedÕ Ivoir),  the Dinka (Sudan), Dogon (Mali), and Zulu (South Afrika) also claim Kemetic ancestry.  The late African scholar K.K. Bunseki Fu-Kiau has also stated that according to cultural similarities that the Bantu-Kongo people were influenced by the Kemetic people.  What is interesting is that with all of these claims being made, Western scholars have yet to do DNA testing on any of these people to verify or prove they are wrong. Why, not?

It is obvious that western scholars really don’t want to know the ethnicity of the Kemetic people because they really don’t want people to know.  That you are the Kemetic descendant. This is the reason our history in this country always begins with slavery and not the kingdoms and civilizations that our ancestors were abducted from.  It is the same reason why they demonize our spirituality because they know if we really embraced our ancestral practices. We would turn the world upside down.

Never forget we had a culture and history before America

So, the fact that someone is upset must mean that their path must not be working out, hence I must be doing something right.





If African Spirituality Was So Powerful, Why Were They Enslaved and Conquered?

8 02 2020

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

If you are new to African spirituality or an old head, you will eventually come face to face with this elephant that not many people would like to discuss and it is. “If African spirituality was so powerful, then why were the Africans enslaved and conquered?”

Moorish enslavers enslaved other Africans based on cultural and religious differences

Another question related to this is “Why was the African continent invaded and numerous countries conquered by less spiritually powerful invaders?”

Congolese men pose with the severed hands of others who failed to produce rubber for their Belgium enslavers

Well, I believe it was because of three reasons and I look forward to hearing your comments on if you agree or disagree. Before I give my reasons I let me say that I have been on this path off and on for a while. For the record, this does not give authority or more credence than others. I am simply putting it out there for those who need to know that I have been around the spiritual block several times.

So, if African spirituality was so powerful, why were they enslaved and conquered? Well, as I mentioned, I have three reasons why.

First, I don’t think that African spirituality was that powerful and for that matter. I don’t think there is one spiritual system that is all-powerful. One of the greatest myths that many people have when they start dabbling and getting into spiritual culture is that they believe. That when they become spiritual they will be all-powerful. They will be able to walk on water. Float above the ground while meditating. Talk to clouds and make it rain for a specific period because “we are gods and goddesses.”

This myth is so powerful that it makes us look at spiritual traditions as if they are storefronts at a mall. So we choose to follow one spiritual tradition because it promises to make us wealthy, or we leave one tradition because they did not fulfill their promise based upon what we believed to make us healthy, powerful, or whatever instant gratification goal we desire.

The facts are that all spiritual systems are essentially the same. If you don’t see this it probably because you are still suffering from the religious dogma that programmed you to believe that only Baptists are going to heaven, or Jehovah witnesses are right, etc. So, let me say it again, all spiritual traditions are essentially the same. The major difference between all spiritual traditions is the culture and language that hosts the tradition.

BINZHOU, CHINA – DECEMBER 23: (CHINA OUT) Pupils cover their noses in Binzhou, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

No spiritual tradition is perfect, which is why historically you can find flaws in every cultural society that hosted them. For instance, with all of the wisdom that has flowed out of China due to Taoism and Kung Fu Tze (Confucius) you would think China would be a spiritually enlightened mecca but China oppresses her citizens, women are very suppressed, the labor laws are horrific and their environment is a cesspool. So much for an enlightened China or not? So, the first reason the Africans were enslaved and conquered despite having a powerful spiritual system is that people have to implement it.

This brings me to the second point but forces me to ask this question before giving my response. The question is with all of this great and powerful wisdom that has come out of China in the past 30 to 50 years, why does China have the problems she has? The answer is because people still have free will to do whatever they want. As a matter of fact, when China was undergoing its cultural revolution and being influenced by Westerners. Most of China’s wisdom and spiritual traditions were seen as superstitious nonsense. In fact, most of the Chinese spiritual practices and traditions that we appreciate in the West such as feng shui, qi gong, I Ching, etc. are considered folk practices in China. Need proof? Watch the Ip Man series on Netflix, which reveals that one of the reasons he became a legend is because he was trying to preserve the Chinese culture amid Western influence (Regardless of how factual the story is it is a familiar theme). Now, does that sound familiar? Understand, that the only reason most of these practices are tolerated is that so many people practice it. By the way, Cuba went through a similar transition but now the African religions that have survived are celebrated as a part of Cuban culture. Again, people who do not understand this will try to create a schism between the two.

Now, I say all of this to say that this is what Africa suffered from when the Arabs and Europeans were welcomed to their lands. It is a classic case of being enamored by another culture to the point that you view your own culture as inferior. When the Portuguese arrived on the shores of the Kongo Kingdom, the Kongo rulers experienced a technology gap where they were so fascinated by the Europeans arsenal and culture that they willingly converted to Christianity.

Let me say it again because there’s this myth that all Africans were forced into slavery. Many of the Kongo people willingly converted to Christianity because it was not the same trick bag that was used over in the States to justify slavery. So, reason number 2 as to why the Africans were enslaved if their spiritual systems are so powerful is that they started seeing other peoples’ spiritual systems as superior and their own as inferior.

Lastly, the final reason they were enslaved and conquered is that they had become too spiritual. When an individual is too spiritual they are no worldly good because they are focused on idealism and they ignore the physical reality or commonsense. This is because you are always looking at the best of an individual. For instance, the Divine exists in everyone and everything including rattlesnakes but would you pick up a rattlesnake without training? Would you let a stranger off the street sleep in your home? If you are too spiritual you would and you are opening yourself up for a great spiritual lesson but, if you got commonsense you better not. This is where people get ideas about Maa wrong and Maat says that if you have the means share. That means if someone asks for $10 and you can share it without missing it, by all means, share it. If it comes back great and it proves that the individual you shared it with is trustworthy but if not you will not miss it, no loss. This whole idea of giving your last dime because God is going to bless you is a warped western religious belief.

Being too spiritual is a sin like being materialistic. If you have read the Story of Osar, the reason Osar was murdered by his youngest brother is that he was too spiritual. For those interested in Kemetic history, the reason Ankhenaten disappeared is that he was too spiritual and it almost resulted in Kemet being conquered by the Assyrians had the Amun Ra priesthood not stepped in. We must remember that to the Kemetic people righteousness is being Maa, hence balance, orderly, truthful which is symbolized as Hru wearing the double crown.

Osar (Osiris) symbolizes the white crown of KAMTA (Spiritual Realm). Set represents the red crown in TASETT (Physical Realm). Therefore, Hru wearing the white and red crown symbolizes a balance between the spiritual and physical realities.

A fact that a lot of people do not want to accept is that the reason African religions were not able to survive in North America was that they were too spiritual and not aggressive enough. This is the reason the Ifa religion had to evolve and become Lucumi in Cuba, Umbanda in Brazil, and why the Kongo tradition had to become Palo in Cuba and Qibanda in Brazil, and so on. All of which became Conjure and Rootwork in North America.

So, the final reason they were enslaved and conquered is that they had become too spiritual, which convinced them to see their enemies as friends.

Now, these are all very important points that we need to be aware of because there are many among us now trying to convince us that the power, wealth, etc. that we need comes from an herb, stone, crystal, bone, or some other outside source. These individuals have simply change the names and superimposed their western religious beliefs on to African-style names.

The Divine power is within us. It is not in the tradition. It is not in the artifacts or relics, which are all tools used to convince you of your divinity.

Note that it is not about religion.  I have met some very powerful and spiritual Christians and Muslims because they understood that their religion was the path they had to take to join with their godhead. Whereas I have met people who state they are spiritual who have simply superimposed their old religious beliefs onto spiritual practices.

We have to understand that these are all paths.  If a particular path doesn’t work for you, then there is always self-initiation but don’t delude yourself. All the paths are about becoming one with the god/goddess within you. If you remember this you will not be hoodwinked like our ancestors were in the past.

Hetepu.





How Do You Know You Are Growing Spiritually

20 01 2020

How Do You Know You Are Growing Spiritually?

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

I was recently asked this question by an individual on the Kemetic religious path.
How do you know if a diet work? Usually, you know if the diet is working after a couple of weeks to a month if you see your waistline shrink or a few pounds off have fallen off the scale. How do you know if you are building muscle that an exercise works? Obvious, you look at yourself in the mirror and you measure your biceps or whatever muscle group you are targeting. But, how do you know if you are growing spiritually? This question has often confused a lot of people mainly because in our era of “wokeness” the term spirituality is often tied with religion, although the two are different. At the same time, enlightenment is also used interchangeably with the word spiritual but these two terms are different as well. For instance, an individual can be enlightened but not spiritual, while a person can be religious and spiritual at the same time. So, how do you know if you are growing spiritually? Well before we dive into this subject, let’s define some terms so that we are all on the same page.

First thing first, we are composed of three parts known as the conscious, Superconscious and subconscious. For simplicity purposes, the conscious is the part of our mind that we use to make choices and decisions. The Superconscious is the part of our mind known as the Divine Spark because it is omnipotent, omniscient and it connects us to the Universe. The subconscious is known as our personal consciousness because it is responsible for helping us to physically survive by storing everything that we have learned in our memory and governing our emotions.

For this reason, the conscious is also called the Spiritual Heart or our Soul. The Superconscious is also called the Higher Self and is personified as Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiirs), while the subconscious is called the lower self or ego and is personified as Set.

Typically the way our life operates is that when we want something like a glass of water. We make a conscious choice or decision to get what we want, and our subconscious supports our decision by stimulating our body to get a glass of water. Then, our Superconscious manifests whatever we want (e.g. a glass of water) into a reality by providing us with the resources to get the glass of water. This is how we acquired everything pleasant our life.

But, what happens when we want something that appears out of reach like a job promotion, a better job, a home, etc.? Usually it is because our subconscious holds erroneous beliefs in our memory that prevents us from achieving what we want. For instance, if you want a better job, it is the ego within our subconscious that tells us that we do not have the qualifications or that we are not the best candidate. If we want a loving relationship, it is our ego that will tell us that all men/women cheat, are no good, etc. It is our ego that tells us that we are fat, ugly, not worthy to be loved, etc. It is our ego that tells us that “money does not grow on trees” and every other self-defeating belief we have about money and economic freedom.

Basically, every negative and sabotaging saying and belief that is whispered in our ear will come from our ego and where does the ego get these beliefs and ideas from? These are all beliefs and ideas that were either told to us or we picked up from our loved ones, friends, teachers, media, etc. and are now stored in our subconscious. Why did our subconscious pick up these ill beliefs and ideas? It is because the subconscious is like a child, which imitates and mimics everything that it is exposed to and categorizes it as good or bad based upon how the experience makes us feel.

Have you ever wondered why most people who struggle with an addiction, such as cigarettes will tell you how they know that smoking is bad for them, but they will continue to do it because the way cigarettes make them feel? It is because the knowledge about cigarettes appeals to the rational conscious mind, but the motivation and power to smoke are governed by the subconscious.

This is the reason the subconscious was symbolized as a jackass (donkey) because it is ruthlessly stubborn and emotional. This is the reason the subconscious or ego is personified as Set.

Set the personification of the ego

So, how do you change an old belief or idea that is stored in your subconscious? Well, if the belief or idea is fairly new, then it can be changed simply with reeducation. For instance, if you learned that 2+3=4, then being taught the proper way to add will easily correct this belief or idea so that you know the answer is 5.

But for old beliefs or ideas that have been impressed upon your subconscious with emotional triggers, it takes a little more finesse to change them. Typically, emotional beliefs and ideas can only be removed and replaced with a stronger emotional belief and idea. For instance, if you were a child who was bitten by a dog, then this traumatic event convince you that all dogs are ferocious and bad. But, if somehow you have a positive experience, such as a dog coming to your defense against an attacker, then this experience will topple the previous negative dog experience.

Now, you may not struggle with dogs but you might struggle with overeating, exercising, being too nice, being too aggressive, not making enough money, being selfish, etc., which are all character flaws created by your ego or Set. Therefore, the purpose of spirituality is to overcome the ego or Set by merging with the Higher Self or Osar.

Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiris)

Therefore:

  • Spirituality is not calling yourself “Spiritual,” striving to be nice, striving to be good or declaring yourself better than others. Spirituality is personal psychological development aimed at overcoming all the conditional learnings of the ego that we learned from our family, friends, schools, churches, etc. – particularly egotism, selfishness, fear, anxiety, worry, and other character flaws.
  • Spiritual awakening means becoming aware of your ego’s or Set’s influence in your life.
  • Enlightenment, which has been misinterpreted as gaining information and learning about various subjects, really refers to expanding your consciousness from your ego-self to your Higher Self. Do you know that the reason most people became so health-conscious was that in the 1960s after the government created LSD? People tripped on LSD, mushrooms, ayahuasca, and other psychedelic drugs, which influenced these people to see that animals and plants were living beings too. This was enlightenment because their consciousness expanded and they no longer saw themselves as individuals but as parts of a larger whole. So for the record, reading and studying books on metaphysics, spirituality, history, etc. is not being spiritually awakened nor is it enlightenment. While this activity is a useful guide (especially for those of us who have no spiritual guide), it only strengthens, boost and inflates the ego which can be seen by “woke” YouTubers who argue how “spiritual” or “woke” they are based upon what they have read.
  • Religion, while etymologically defined as a system designed “to tie” one back to the Creator or Source, is a set of ritual and ceremonial practices performed for a lengthy period that they have now become a long-lasting routine. Anytime someone says that you must do something a certain way or else, they are following a religious practice. Since religious practices are basically rituals and ceremonies designed to make a strong impression on the subconscious they can assist in helping one to transcend their ego if it is combined with spiritual awakening and enlightenment. If spiritual awakening and enlightenment are absent from religious practice, then religion becomes a “spiritual trap” where individuals fight over dogmatic beliefs and think that they are “good” or “the Chosen Ones” and everyone else is evil.

How Do You Know You Are Growing Spiritually?

Usually, the most important sign that you are growing spiritually is that you will have a change in behavior. You may become more empathetic, patient, sharing, etc. Typically, whatever you are comfortable doing, you will find yourself in uncomfortable situations. For instance, it never fails that meek and mild manner people always are put in situations where they must be bold and aggressive. They will either get in relationships, have children, or put in job positions where they must be bold and aggressive and vice versa.

Another sign is that you take responsibility for your actions and behaviors because the more the flaw is brought to your attention. The more effort you can devote to changing or eradicating it from your subconscious.

You watch your thoughts, actions, behaviors, etc. because you know that if you dwell on them for a length of time. Your Superconscious will make it a physical reality.

Last but not least, you cease seeing things as good and bad and instead see every experience as an opportunity to spiritually develop and grow and become more Osarian (Asarian, Ausarian, Osirian).

For those on the Kemetic religious path, hopefully, this helps. However, note that if you are on the Kemetic shamanic path, then enlightenment is a side effect that occurs after focusing on tangible goals.

Hetepu.





How Are Truly Spiritual People Supposed to Live

27 11 2019

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Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

You know, since the destruction of the Kemetic Library of Alexandria, the suppression of shamanic cultures all around the world and oppression of spiritual societies, humanity has lost all models of how true spiritual men and women or gods and goddesses are supposed to act, behave and live in this physical world of illusion.

We have no real heroes and she-roes, so the enemy tries to give us the ones they think are best for us. Don’t you find it interesting that they are always publicizing films about insurrection and revolution, yet quelling true movements?

Consequently, we have all been given subconscious models (programs) of what “spiritual people” or “heroes and she-roes” are supposed to be by the media, which is actually a ruse from the enemy.  The reason these warped models were given to us, was to discourage us from following the spiritual path.  Sidebar: This is the second way the enemy discourages us from spiritual practices. The first method is to demonize spiritual practices so that we fear them and view them as demonic and evil.

But, the thing that we have to remember is that if the enemy truly wanted us to come into our own and be the spiritual individuals (gods and goddesses) we are supposed to be. They would have publicized the truth about our history and cease demonizing our ancestral spirituality.  They will not because it does not serve their interest which is why we must look beyond the ordinary to see truth.  For instance, If you were like me and raised as a kid in the 1970s you probably were influenced by Kwai Chang Caine, the fictional kung-fu fighting Buddhist monk of the Kung Fu TV series who constantly meditated and walked on rice paper without leaving a footprint. Yes, I am not going to lie, I tried to walk as if I was walking on rice paper.  Hell, it was one of the 36 Chambers you had to pass (Laugh. For you all you old kung fu flicks and Wu Tang fans).

Kwai Chang Caine of the western martial arts TV series Kung Fu

For those raised in the late 1970s, the 1980s through the early 1990s, you probably were mostly influenced by George Lucas’ Jedi order from the Star Wars franchise. With that being the case, the most influential spiritual model would be Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda. (BTW, those who were raised during the late 1990s and early 2000s would probably see Neo and Morpheus as spiritual role models but I will not include them in this because the authors of this franchise lost their way in the sequels).

All of these “spiritual” characters are archetypes of what people FEAR about spirituality, which drawn from Western psychology and cultural norms. To be clear, most people new to spiritual culture are under the impression that you must live your life like a Buddhist monk by following 348 ascetics rules, which includes no consuming of alcohol, no sensual misconduct, no consuming of meat, no possession of material objects, and constant meditation to reach enlightenment. Again, this is a ploy created by Set (our Ego/lower self) to discourage us from investing in our own spiritual salvation.  The truth of the matter is that while some spiritual practitioners may follow this ascetic lifestyle. It is not a requirement to be more spiritual. Yes, you heard it here, the ascetic lifestyle is one of the ways to be spiritual but it is not the only way.  There are numerous ways and they are all waiting for you to take your own heroic journey.  Below is the path I outlined based upon the Maa Aankh cosmogram that I had to undergo and continue to follow to some extent. Caution: Any time someone tells you that there is only “one” way, they are priming you for social control. Let’s read, on

The thing about the TRUTH is that the “enemy” cannot keep you from it. The enemy can only create obstacles to prevent you from learning the TRUTH. This is why the TRUTH was originally hidden in libraries because they knew that people are lazy and will not read.  It is the same reason they give an image that being “spiritual” is living an ascetic lifestyle because they know most people would be turned off by ascetic practices.  So, they have to put the TRUTH out and if you look deep enough you will see. That one of the best models of how spiritual people act, behave and live their lives can actually be seen in the Star Wars but to see it.  I need to explain it first.Before we begin, let me say that I am a Star Wars fan from the original trilogy when Lucas was directly influenced by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung’s protégé and famed mythologist Joseph Campbell, the author of a Hero’s Journey and The Hero With A Thousand Faces.  This is before the Star Wars epic was transformed into what it is now, a political agenda medium for social control.

Figure 1 – George Lucas at a banquet honoring Joseph Campbell for his book “A Hero with a Thousand Faces.” Courtesy of: https://www.coffeewithkenobi.com/deep-george-lucas-go-heros-journey-star-wars-guest-blog-tomas-pueyo/

Now, if you watched any of the Star Wars films you know that Obi-Wan Kenobi tells the young protagonist Luke Skywalker that his father Anakin Skywalker was seduced by the dark side of the force and became Darth Vader. So, when you watch the prequels, Episode I, II and III, and you see how Anakin Skywalker was seduced, you see it really wasn’t a seduction. It was that the Jedis truly lost their way and became that which they were against like a lot “spiritual people” do.

Obi Wan Kenobi talking to Luke

I do not want to turn this into a rant about Star Wars or theories about what the new Star War film is going be about.  But my problem with the whole Episodes I, II and III are that the Jedis are supposed to be like Buddhist monks.  For instance, Yoda is 900+ years old and we are led to believe that he and the other Jedis have never had a sexual relationship. Then, here comes Anakin who not only has an intimate relationship with a woman (who is at least ten years older than him. Yep). But, no other Jedi picks up on the fact that this kid is not a virgin. The other thing is that the Jedis didn’t pick up on the fact that Emperor Palpatine was a Sith Lord either and he was sitting right in front of them (Yoda, Obi-Wan, Mace, etc.).

Jedi Counsel

The reason Anakin switched to the dark side and the Jedis could not detect anything was because the Jedi Order had become a religion, and religion is basically a set of established cultural rules that morphs into dogma. Dogma is a tool of your lower self and when you subscribe to a dogma.  You judge others and create prejudices, thus becoming the opposite of what spirituality is.  Isn’t one of the things that “spiritual people” complain about church people is that they judge others and claim to be better than everyone else, yet live by a set of double-standards? Do you see now how the “conscious”, “spiritual” or “woke” concept has been hijacked?

Chancellor Palpatine who later becomes Emperor Palpatine was the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, who reminds us that evil is when you give into your Ego and are blinded by your Ego as the Jedi were.

Now, that being said, as I said earlier, the TRUTH cannot be dismissed. The TRUTH can only be hidden because it will always come out, so the one Jedi that did not adhere totally to the Jedi dogma was the character Qui Quan Jin. (Actually, there was another and her name was Ahsoka Tano but she is not included in the films.)

In Episode I, when Qui Quan Jin finds Anakin and sees that he is a slave. He initially was like sorry for your fate but we got to move on. It wasn’t until he meditated that he decided to help the young Anakin and take him on as an apprentice. When the Jedi Order ruled that Anakin was too old, they were speaking out of fear (dogma) and Qui Quan Jin realized it and said, he would train the kid anyway, hence going against the norm.

It is difficult for a lot of people to see that this character is actually being Spirit-led because we live in a society that is very much against listening to your Spirit, and instead encourages us to follow the whims of our feeling or intellect. This is the reason emphasis is placed on more colorful Jedis and Siths. But, what most people do not understand is that spirituality means following your Spirit particularly your Higher Self instead of your lower-self.  In other words, spirituality is about Fearing Nothing and trusting your Higher Self. It is about moving beyond our conditional subconscious four walls and venturing into the unknown realms of the Spirit.  To quote my Brah Cliff Green of  25, Black & Alive, “In order to grow you have to go above and beyond what you are used too.”

The point that I am making is that a truly spiritual person does not follow the whims of any group, no matter who they claim to be. A truly spiritual person listens to their Spirit and follows the Will of the Spirit, which is scary but you have to trust that the Spirit knows best.

What does this mean specifically? It means to follow what the Divine tells you from within. I know a lot of people don’t want to hear this but you do not have to be a vegetarian or vegan to be spiritual. If the Spirit tells you that you should be vegetarian or vegan, then so be it but doing it because everyone else is doing it is not following the Spirit. Vegetarianism and veganism are some of the new dogmatic religions that are preventing us from unifying nowadays. As soon as a vegetarian or vegan hears that a person eats pork, they immediately turn their nose up like the Jedi did to young Anakin. In fact, I have seen a lot of “spiritual people” who are so health-conscious turn their nose up to people who have any illnesses such as diabetes and so on. That’s not spiritual, is it? Meanwhile, people who claim not to be spiritual are more helpful to others regardless of their conditions, decisions and health status.

Some of us even look down at people who have chemicals or had perm their hair, thus making spirituality superficial. This is not spiritual, this is that same church mentality of old.

The simple truth is that if you want to be spiritual all you have to do is start listening to your Higher Self, which will lead you to do things that subconsciously you are not comfortable with, thus helping you to fight against your Ego, lower self or what is called in the Kemetic tradition as Set.  This is what is meant by being in the world but not of the world, which is why Hru sits in the center of the Mat Aankh and wears both the White and Red double Pschent Crown. It should also be noted that the astrological symbol for Hru and the Sun is a circle with dot in the center, which is another allusion to that spirituality is heroic.

Now, this does not mean that you subscribe to everything that someone does. It simply means you do for you and let others do what they think is best for them.  For instance, I do not eat pork but I am not going to unfriend someone and tell them that they are going to go to hell because they eat pork. That’s for them to decide for themselves, not me!

The enemy has tricked us into believing that we must save the world. No. Truly spiritual people are not here to save the world because the world does not need to be saved. This is an illusion created by religious groups to win the souls and minds of people.  We are here to save ourselves and help others who want to be saved help themselves. That’s it. We need to stop subscribing to this religious dogmatic thinking or said another way, stop superimposing our old Christian and Islamic beliefs on to spirituality.

The cool thing is that once we do this, we will really go far and write our own heroic (Hru) journey because we choose God/Goddess (The Spirit) as our role model.

Hetepu.





What Does It Mean to Honor Your Ancestors the Kemetic Shaman Way?

10 09 2019

The Eyes of Ra (Provide a Holistic Perspective)

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

I am writing this post because I have received a few questions in regards to what it really means to honor your ancestors in the Kemetic Shaman way.  So, I will try not to make this too long but before explaining how to Honor Your Ancestors the Kemetic Shaman Way, what needs to be understood about African American spirituality is that it is uniquely different from Caribbean, Latin American spirituality and African spirituality, because the African American experience was not like any other.

As I have mentioned before when the Africans were brought to the Americas. Most of the Africans taken to Cuba, Haiti and Brazil were fortunate enough to smuggle some of their ancestral artifacts, which allowed them to transplant their religious beliefs into the “New World.”  As a result, when these Africans taken to the Spanish and Portuguese (and eventually French) controlled territories. They were able to syncretize their indigenous religious beliefs with the predominant European faith Roman Catholicism to create Lukumi (also known as Santeria), Vodun, Palo Mayombe, Candomble, Macumba, Umbanda and so on.  Consequently, these Africans were able to continue their religious beliefs and practices relatively undisturbed, which is termed La Regla (Spanish meaning “religious” Rule).

But, the Africans taken to North America did not have the same luck because the Europeans and Euro-Americans in the British controlled New World were Protestants.  This made it virtually impossible for those Africans who had an elaborate pantheon such as the Akan, Yoruba, Fon, etc. to syncretize their religious beliefs with no saints. Also, unlike the Africans taken to the Caribbean and South America countries, whose oppressors tried to justify the enslavement of Africans by forcing them to convert to Catholicism. The Protestants in North America for the longest time refused to Christianize the Africans in North America, out of fear that the concept of spiritual salvation would be confused with physical liberation.  This along with the fact, that many of the people from the Kongo-Angolan region were Christian or at least familiar with the Christian faith prior to the advent of the slave trade. Made it possible for many of the Africans taken to North America to practice their spiritual beliefs undisturbed based upon their ancestral recollection.

Consequently, most of the Africans in North America after relying upon their ancestral memories were able to syncretize their beliefs (as best as possible) with the indigenous populations’ beliefs and the fragmented Protestant Christianity teachings they received, to create a spirituality with no rule called in Spanish Sin la Regla (Without “religious” Rule).

Basically, what this meant was that African American spirituality developed and evolved out of trial and error.  If something did not work it was abandoned, but if it worked was incorporated and passed to succeeding generations.

Now, when Hippolyte Leon Denizard Rivail (Oct. 3, 1804 – March 31, 1869) or  Allan Kardec’s Spiritism began to spread throughout the western world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Never Forget

Since the Caribbean and South America already had a La Regla (a strong religious foundation along with the Roman Catholic framework) in place. It was relatively simple for Spiritism to be organized and to flourish, which is the reason there are strong Spiritism traditions that can be found in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Brazil, Haiti and so on.  In North America, particularly the United States, the lack of a strong religious rule combined with attacks from the Protestant churches, prevented Spiritism from organizing and flourishing as it had done elsewhere.  However, these obstacles did not totally stop Spiritism from influencing spirituality in the United States.  It did, however, cause (quiet as kept) both the Holiness and the Pentecostal Movement to adopt, pervert and repackage concepts of the Spiritist doctrine as their own.

Consequently, most of us in the United States have been shunned by the horror film industry and the religious community from learning anything about spirits . When we ask questions about spirits, most preachers, evangelists, missionaries, theologians, etc. will try their best to discourage us from inquiring about the subject. Whenever we are in church and we witness someone get filled with the holy ghost or holy spirit. We are taught that it is not the same as possession (which it is) and that it is evidence of God, while other religions and traditions that practice spirit possession are of the devil.

Now. If you are reading this it probably because you are at a crossroad as to what to believe and all I can tell you is this. I was at a similar crossroad once upon a time at my life and a very interesting thought came to me, which was. If everyone in the church was filled with the Spirit of God, why haven’t these peoples’ lives changed? Why haven’t their communities been upgraded or improved, if according to scripture they should be renewed?  The answer that came back to me was that because these people refuse to educate themselves about the nature of spirits. Most do not know that they are possessing low ancestral spirits masquerading as “holy ghosts.” This is what made me learn about Spiritism.

Since our spirituality exists Sin La Regla (Within Any Rule), the man who introduced me to Spiritism was an old Cuban man whom I called Papa.  Papa basically taught me that Espiritisimo has no rules and goes according to how you feel. Following Papa’s advice and after communicating with my ancestors and spirits.  It was revealed to me that the Story of Osar (Asar, Osiris) was an allegory about ten tribal clans who once lived in Kemet who were immortalized. These ten clans were: Osar, Djahuti, Maat, Hru, Hru Aakhuti, Oset, Nebhet, Sokar, Npu and Set.Since our spirituality exists Sin La Regla (Within Any Rule), which means essentially no one has the right to tell us what is right or wrong, truth or untruth.  It is all about what produces the desired results and the man who introduced me to this aspect of Spiritism was an old Cuban man whom I called Papa.  Papa basically taught me that Espiritisimo has no rules and goes according to how you feel. Following Papa’s advice and after communicating with my ancestors and spirits.  It was revealed to me that the Story of Osar (Asar, Osiris) was an allegory about ten tribal clans who once lived in Kemet who were immortalized. These ten clans were: Osar, Djahuti, Maat, Hru, Hru Aakhuti, Oset, Nebhet, Sokar, Npu and Set.

  1. Osar symbolizes our main spirit guide who coordinates all of the other guides. As far as I can tell, this guide is responsible for the synchronicity occurring in our life. Our Osar symbolizes our Higher Consciousness, which is also why he is identified with the Superconscious.
  2. Djahuti symbolizes the spirit guide that gives us messages intuitively via clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience, etc.
  3. Maat symbolizes the spirit guide who teaches us and helps us to bring balance and order in our life by learning from karmic experiences.
  4. Hru Aakhuti symbolizes our protective guide who shields us from danger seen and unseen.
  5. Sokar symbolizes our healing spirit guide. This is the spirit guide who taught me the ritual that helped me to walked when I was unable to do so years ago. I will talk about this a little later down below.
  6. Hru symbolizes our justice-seeking spirit guide that fights for what we want, justice and what we believe is right.
  7. Nebhet symbolizes our creative spirit guide
  8. Npu is our gatekeeper guide that opens and closes doors for us.
  9. Oset (Aset/Isis) is our helper guide who will bring other spirits in to assist us with whatever we need help with.

In addition, we also have aakhu or ancestor spirits who are our deceased blood relatives and/or people we may have known or may have known us from past lives, etc.

Again, without going too much into detail, together these nine tribal clans symbolize a unified consciousness within us. Since Set usurped the throne of Osar and created chaos throughout Kemet by destroying the unity among the clans.

  1. Set is the name used to symbolize our lowest (ego) nature, which is why he is personified as our lower consciousness and our subconscious. The aapepu (misguided, confused, chaotic ancestral spirits) symbolize our skeletons in the closes sort of speak.

I have found that building a rapport with our spirit guides is very helpful for numerous reasons, too many to mention.  For instance, as most of you know, my person was diagnosed with lupus and there was a time when I literally could not walk. It was so painful that I could not even stand to go to the restroom.  Enters my Sokar. I do not even know how I got the idea but all I know is that my Sokar came to me in the form of icon Lazarus. The ritual that was shared with me was to buy a Lazaro (Saint Lazarus) statue and promise to take his crutches away if he helped me to walk.  I was also inspired to dance, which is an activity that the Yoruba orisha Babaluaiye (who is syncretized with Saint Lazarus and Sokar) was fond of.  Now, I had done the ritual maybe for a couple of days, I can’t remember now. All I know is that one day, there was a leak in my basement and I found myself running up and down the stairs. I think after the seventh time of running down the stairs, that’s when it dawned on me that I was walking. So, now I continue to honor my Sokar with a Lazaro statue.

So, Honoring the Kemetic Shaman way refers to seeing the Kemetic energies/spirits within and outside of you. Family. Kemet is alive and well because it is within us who have been called to this path. Don’t get caught up in the Hotep Game thinking that you have to have Egyptian artifacts to be on the Kemetic path.  Your  Mind-Spirit does not know the difference between color, ethnicity, and creed.  You have to understand that these are energies and because we are a microcosm of a Great Macrocosm, these energies exist outside and within us.  To honor the Kemetic Shaman Way is to work the Spirit from the Kemetic perspective.  For instance,  Maat doesn’t always manifest herself rocking a single feather headdress. I know a lot of people who will tell you that their Maat has come to them as a Native American spirit or even as an indigenous African spirit. You never know, but this is the reason you have to build a rapport with your ancestors and guides.

Hope that helps.

Hetepu.





Why Are There So Many Gods and Goddesses in Traditional African Religions (Part I)

28 06 2019
Image from the Kamta Primer

I will never forget when I started erecting sacred spaces to work with the deities, there was a Christian relative of mine who caught a glimpse of my altars.  In his barrage of opinionated attack of why I should not be worshipping gods and instead should turn my life over to Jesus. He remarked, “Why do you have so many gods anyway?”

At the time, I was relatively new to the path so I did not know how to respond until one day I learned about archetypes.  Now, I had heard the term used by people for years but I never knew what they were. When I finally began reading about them, the first book I picked up on the subject was Carolyn Myss’ Sacred Contract. In this book, I found that the Swiss psychiatrist and founder of analytical psychology Carl Jung was the individual who created the term ‘archetype,’ which he saw as fundamental units of the mind.  But thousands of years before him the Greek philosopher Plato called them forms.  Plato explained that forms were idealistic templates that existed in the non-physical world, which includes roundness, softness, blackness, etc.

What Plato and later Jung was stating was there are forms, archetypes or ideal templates that exist all around us.  That is an ideal model of how everything within the physical world functions.  For instance, plants do not grow all over the planet. Plants need water, air and a certain type of soil to grow and develop. This is the template that all plants must follow, then to get more specific. Certain plants require a little bit more or less of these ingredients to produce a specific type of plant, fruit, etc.

So, according to Jung there are numerous forms or archetypes that exist and some of the most popular ones are:

When non-western cultures around the world such as the Kemetic people observed that everything in the physical world is following a specific template. They stated that there is an intelligence governing that particular physical thing, which the ancient Kemetic sages called netcharu (netjeru, netcheru, etc.) and western archeologists, as well as theologians, have tried to demonize by calling them, gods and goddesses.  These intelligences are simply the same forms or archetypes which Plato and Jung identified.

Why did Westerners make a  distinction?

Well, when Christianity swept through the Western civilization, thus making people depended more upon logical, rational and scientific thought.  To avoid persecution and distinguish themselves from pagans, western philosophers dropped the term gods and goddesses because they believed that these entities existed outside of them, and just associated all the positive attributes with the archetype whom they called God, and the negative with the devil.

What the Westerners did not understand was that the so-called gods and goddesses or forms and archetypes are a part of us as well because we are also a product of the physical realm.  In other words, archetypes are the invisible forces behind human behavior.

For this reason, many non-western cultures continued to view the archetypes or forms as gods and goddesses for two reasons.  First, they maintained this tradition because they knew that these intelligences existed outside of them but also within them particularly their unconscious. For instance, the same nurturing nature that exists in mothers can be found in female cows, female birds, and everything in nature, which is why the Kemetic sages called this intelligence Oset (Aset, Auset, Isis), the Divine Mother of Everything. Second, they continued to maintain the tradition of referring to these intelligences as gods and goddesses because they knew that if you could observe how this intelligent was functioning in your life. If the behavior is unacceptable, you can easily separate yourself from the god/goddess and correct it.

Oset (Aset, Auset, Isis) with Child Hru (Horus) (L) and the Virgin Mary with Child (R)

It should be noted that failure to understand the psychology behind the nature of archetypes is the reason Christianity was able to mimic the Kemetic thought by transforming Oset to the Virgin Mary. But, unable to spiritually transform adherents as evidenced by the growing number of sexual abuse cases plaguing the church.

So what is it that archetypes do and why are they so important?

Archetypes basically influence our behavior because they are from a psychological perspective, software programs for our psyche.  We are all influenced by archetypes rather we choose to believe in them or not. For instance, if you want to have a romantic evening what do most of us do? We put on soft, seductive music. Light incense and/or soft colored candles.  Have a romantic dinner, etc. because we want to set the mood. Who told us to do this? Most of us are not sure but we do it because we are being influenced by the archetype of Love & Passion.  In Western mythology, this would be Venus. In Kemetic mythology, it would be Bes.  

Your archetype is basically what triggers your emotional response to behave bravely, courageous, protectively, cowardly, etc. Identifying who you archetypes are will give your life a lot of meaning. Understand, that when I say your archetype I am speaking of the main archetypes that play a major role in your life. These are the personalities that you identify as yourself.

Why are so many people afraid of this?

As stated earlier, a lot of people in west did not want to be stigmatized and persecuted as being a pagan because “to go against the Church, is to go against God.”  Later, when the German psychologists Sigmund Freud emerged and proposed his theories about the unconscious mind and its’ unfulfilled desires.  Thereby suggesting that most people were crazy or psychotic, which is the reason Freud termed his field of study psychoanalysis.  Freud’s theories further cemented peoples’ fears about the mind and the Christian idea of the devil being associated with this part of our mind.  So, when we hear voices in our head, it was concluded based upon Freud’s theories that we were crazy or from a religious perspective hearing the devil. This is the reason when we see people talking to themselves we automatically assume that they are mentally unstable.

Although Jung was mentored by Freud, he took a different approach from his older colleague by observing his patients and studying the various mythologies from around the world.  This humble approach led Jung to see familiar psychological patterns among his patients and himself.  These patterns are what Jung termed as archetypes and led him to conclude that everyone (including himself) had a fragmented consciousness. In other words, what Jung theorized was that while we may think of our mind as being a single unit or I.  According to Jung, our mind is plural and consists of a pantheon of archetypes.

Therefore, when we hear voices in our head it is important to know that it is one of our archetypes speaking so that we can weaved it together to make our psyche whole.

Now, there are numerous ways this can be accomplished and one very effective method inspired by the Kemetic pantheon centers around the Higher Self.

Coming Soon! In “Why Are There So Many Gods and Goddesses in Traditional African Religions (Part II)”, we will go over some ways of working with our archetypes.