Why You Should Honor Your Aakhu (Ancestors and Spirit Guides)

19 07 2017

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

I am very glad that the information about ancestor veneration is helping a lot of people. Recently, I just received a couple of questions asking why I venerate my ancestors using this particular medium or method I use, and. Second, what is the practical benefit of venerating the ancestors?

Het Aakhu (House for Ancestors and Spirit Guide)

Well. The short answers to these questions is that 1) ancestor veneration helps me to see my purpose in the world, 2) ancestor veneration helps you to really understand history, and. 3) It raises your consciousness so that you are not so reactive but proactive in your thinking.

Let me explain what I mean:

1) How Does Ancestor Veneration Help Me to See My Purpose in the World?

As I have mentioned, I venerate my ancestors and spirits (aakhu) from a Kemetic shamanic perspective or Kamta. As I have written in previous posts, it was an elderly Black Cuban man whom I called Papa that introduced me to Espiritismo Cruzado (Crossed Spiritism) and encouraged me to make it my own. I adopted it because 1) it goes by how you feel, meaning you add or subtract from it based upon how feel. This means no one (alive or dead) has the right to tell you how to work with your aakhu. This is important especially for people who come from a dogmatic religion where we are taught to put our faith in a Deity and/or follow some individual who may not have our best interests. No. You are in total control. There is no blind allegiance or obedience. If something does not feel right. Take it off. It is that simple. 2) It does not require you to be initiated and you do not need a priesthood. 3) Truth is not based upon what everyone else is doing, but based upon the tangible results you get.

I remember when Papa first told me about Espiritismo Cruzado.  The most attractive feature about adopting and modifying the boveda into a het aakhu (Kemetic for ancestor and spirit guide house), was that one statement which is that “Truth is not based upon what everyone else is doing, but based upon the tangible results you get.” It wasn’t until I really began to put into practice what he taught me that I began to really make a connection with the Divine. This is why the het aakhu has nine goblets instead of the typical seven because it is meant to honor my aakhu (ancestors and spirit guides) and the Kamitic guardian spirits who are a reflection of me. It is also the reason why African, Native American and other spirits can be placed on the het aakhu because it wasn’t the same spirits that existed in Cuba, Brazil, Venezula, etc. However, similar spirits did and continue to exist in North America.

This is how I really began to understand the netchart Maat and was rid of the whole Western good versus evil dichotomy. Because what is good for someone may be evil for another. Think about that and how it relates to white supremacy in regards to religion, education, business, employment, etc. Ancestor veneration helped me to come into my own and realize that what’s good for me may not be good for someone else.

2) How does ancestor veneration help me to really understand history?

In the united states history is all about reciting dates and events. It is not made relevant. When I got serious about honoring my aakhu, I was being inspired in various ways and led me to see things from a different perspective.

As I mentioned my parents were good parents. They did the best they could given what they had. Growing up we were surrounded with all types of positive black images from artwork (and not that bougie Ernie Barnes painting got at the swap meet. You know the one that was featured on Good Times…laugh).  They also had the staple Jet and Ebony magazines. We would go to downtown Detroit to celebrate MLK Day and I remember my parents participating in the city choir when Nelson Mandela came to the Detroit. But, guess what? That was not enough.

Why? Because African American history did not begin when our ancestors were brought to this country. Most of everything that my parents and others had done was in response to slavery and the horrific treatment we had to endure as a people. You see, African Americans since we were brought to this country had to overcome several barriers that no other people have had to endure. First, we had to prove that we were human beings because we were treated worse than animals. Second, we had to prove that we were intelligent human beings. Third, we had to prove that we could get along or assimilate in order to get employment. This is why we were taught “proper” English, so my parents like so many did a great job but, now our present fight is the fight for empowerment.

My parents’ generation was in survival mode. They did not teach us how to build for our own because they were just trying to get a job so that they can keep food on the table and a roof over their family’s head. As a result, many of them believed in the American Dream and why?

It was because the American Dream is what a lot of Black Churches used to preach, promote and push.  It is not the church’s fault all together but that was part of the movement at the time but it was during this period.  A lot of people were taught to be ashamed of their Africanness and who wouldn’t have been? When every time you heard something about Africa in this country it was either some war torn country or some bloated belly child living in a famine stricken land. So, this negative imagery was promoted to make people think and feel, that even though we are being abused, we got it better over here.

Ancestor veneration corrected this misconception for me and helped me to understand this our ancestral perspective. When I first began honoring aakhu, I began with Martin L. King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, W.E.B. DuBois and several other historical figures because they inspired me to go to college in order to serve my community. I honored Malcolm X because he inspired me to learn about my history and focus more on nationalism and sovereignty.  It was Malcolm who inspired me to meet and take classes from Imari Obadele who was the president of the Republic of New Afrika where I learned about the various slave revolts that occurred in this country.

This led me to learn about the relationship that the Native Americans had with early African Americans. I’ve learned that although some Native American tribes practiced slavery, a number of Indians intermarried with Africans, fought alongside the Africans in the Seminole War, hid escaped slaves as was the case in Louisiana (hence the Mardi Gras Indians) and were accompanied on the Trail of Tears. Consequently, I have Native American aakhu who act as scouts and tribes because that is how they were remembered by my family. So, ancestor veneration has basically helped me to fill in the voids. Of course, I also have African aakhu who have helped me to understand the old religion, their new tradition and why they converted to Christianity, and these aakhu are peppered all over the altar.

The thins is that the aakhu will whisper information in your ears, reveal things in your dreams and lead you too books to confirm what they are saying, and this is one great benefits to venerating them.

3) How does ancestor veneration raise your consciousness so that you are not so reactive but proactive in your thinking?

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Like I said, I was inspired by a lot of heroes and two of the people I have great respect and admiration for both W.E.B. DuBois and Marcus Garvey.  History reveals that DuBois played a role in Garvey’s movement come to an end. What was DuBois’ role exactly, no one knows for sure. We also know that after Garvey left the country, it is not known if DuBois was disappointed, disgusted or had come out of his disillusionment. But, he had become a Pan Africanist and was influential in the independence of several African countries.

Now, the lesson I learned from both DuBois and Garvey is that some ‘other’ people have an agenda. In fact, my aakhu have helped me to see that other peoples’ use the same four things to destroy a movement are: money, sex, drugs and internal bickering.

What’s even more amazing is that money, sex, drugs and strife are all tools of Set, so any time you see signs of things. Know that Set is plotting your downfall.

So you see, ancestor veneration allows you to see mythological or archetypal patterns that occur in history and helps you to navigate around them. Remember, if you do not learn from from the mistakes of the past, history will repeat itself. 

It is because me venerating my aakhu that although I use the term African American because I remember spokesman from Jesse Jackson visiting my high school and encouraging us to do so. I identify myself as an African/Afrikan because of my culture, my heritage and ancestry; inside America because I was born here. My family was born here and no other people, other than the Native Americans, have died and worked for it. Therefore, it is my country, so I am an Afrikan in America.

The point that I am making is that we all have a host of spirits who are willing to assist us in any endeavor, which is allegorized in the Story of Osar in the relationship between the hero Hru who could not defeat his evil uncle, Set until his ancestor/spirit guide Osar, interceded on his behalf. That being said, I encourage you to get into the practice of honoring your aakhu. You will be amazed at how much clarity you will receive and how your life will get dramatically better.

Hope this helps.

Hetepu.





Real Heroes Are Guided By Their Ancestors

27 05 2017

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

OMG! It has been a long time. I must apologize for being gone for so long but yo’ BRAH was putting down that foundation work. New works are coming out soon. I am posting this to let you know that I am still here and wishing all of us peace, love, success, prosperity and happiness. But, I want to remind you Fam about something.

You know, since I have been gone I have heard and seen some krazy stuff.  I am not going to even give them any power by mentioning their silly acronyms. I have tried to stay away from social media b/c there is a lot of foolishness on there. In the meantime, I have tried to just build with my wife. BTW we got a little one in the oven and I am almost finished with this schooling.  But, during this little hiatus I happened to watch a documentary on the Black Panthers on Netflix.

Now, I do not know if the whole documentary was true or not. What I do know is this… j.edgar hoover executed an excellent plan to destroy that movement. It was called divide and conquer via cointelpro, which is a similar tactic that Sun Tzu advised in the Art of War. I mean the cointelpro destroyed a lot of positive movements and a lot of peoples’ lives.  I cannot even begin to mention all of the lives it destroyed and it was using the same things.  The same vices, namely, sex, drugs and money. And according to the documentary, the next thing you know the organization was infiltrated and there was division between Huey P Newton, Bobby Seale and Eldridge Cleaver.

It is the same story and if you study history, you will find that these are the three things that have destroyed nations, bankrupted countries, destroyed movements, etc., etc. etc. And, if you study mythology, you know that every time you hear of something positive failing it goes right back to these same three things. Why? Because these things are rooted in FEAR. And, FEAR is main energy that our Set (our ego) uses against us.

I mean as I watched the BP documentary and then saw what happened to Huey P. I was like “Wow.”

Like I said, I do not know how true the documentary was. All I know is that there was a generation of folks who were proud to be themselves and willing to invest in their culture. I mean the BP had food programs and other programs that existed all throughout the country. And, POOF! Gone because of some he said, she said crap regarding the three leaders of the party.

Thank GOD and the Ancestors. We do not have to go this route anymore. We can use an oracle Family.

Maa Aankh with Utchat

You see, we all have mess that we have to go through and clear out of our lives. That is what this earthly plane (TASETT) is all about. We are here to purify our soul of all of the garbage (conditionings) we have picked up (indiscriminately learned) that keeps us from being the gods and goddesses that we are. So, it is very easy for us to get wrapped up in crap especially if you are depending upon what you know. This is the reason Hru (Horus) in the Story of Osar (Osiris) kept losing against Set.

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

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

He was blind. He needed some sagely wisdom, which is why Djahuti (Thoth) fixed his eye (an allusion referring to inner sight). But, Hru won the war because Osar (his deceased father, hence ancestor) intervened on his behalf. But, don’t forget that by working with your aakhu, it empowers them as well. Remember, it was Osar who came to Hru and asked him to avenge his wrongful death, so working with your ancestors helps them as well.

The point is that anyone can lie and say something that sounds good to our ears, but when you got ancestors on your side. Family. Your aakhu (ancestors and spirit guides) are not fettered by the human body so they can see through other peoples’ BS.   They will whisper in your ear and tell you when someone is not on the up and up. I am telling you. My aakhu has intervened and saved my backside a number of times.

Can you imagine how things would have been if the Brahs and Sistas had an oracle and did a reading before accepting someone into their organization?

How about before they decided to engage in some activity, they did a reading to find the likelihood of success? Do you know how many beefs could be squashed if they just took the matter to the aakhu?

We have been born in a wonderful time where we can use all of the tools that our ancestors had, which made their civilizations great, RIGHT NOW! I know it is different. It is strange. It is easier to make a decision based upon your own knowledge, but wouldn’t it be better if you had the knowledge, experience and insight of your ancestors supporting you? I mean just because something is easy doesn’t make it right in the long run.

We need to stop trying to do things like our enemy and do things like our ancestors.  The annals of history are full of failed attempts that we have tried. Every system these folks have created have failed and will fail because it is based upon lower nature. Not ours. All of our systems are based upon humanity’s higher nature and the immortality of the soul.  This is the reason the ancestor veneration permeates every aspect of traditional African life. THEY say that the ancestors are evil and should be feared but this is not our experience.  And, when you study mythology, Set did not want anyone honoring and remembering Osar. Just like today. THEY may be afraid of ancestors but we’re not so, embrace them for your benefit and theirs.

As always…love you all. Stay positive. Hopefully this helps.  Remember, nothing of worth comes easy.

Hetepu





Once Were Warriors: Our Salvation is in Our Culture

2 07 2016

Let’s have a little bit of straight talk Family. Let’s get real.

There are a lot of awesome brothers out here putting in the work. When I say awesome, I mean Black men that are raising their children, taking care of the family, building up the community, and doing whatever they can to set the world on blaze. These men are handling their business despite the odds against them.

But, there are some black males out here that are doing the exact opposite. They are straight knuckleheads disrupting and creating chaos wherever they go. These knuckleheads are violent. They will pick a fight with anyone especially those who are closest and looks like them, which means other black males, black women and even the children.  They have no respect for others, especially black women and the elderly.  They rob and steal from hardworking people.  They will shoot at anything and will shoot up any place (even a playground) with no regards to who gets caught in the crossfire. They are parasitic agents of Set but they didn’t just get this way overnight. These parasitic Frankensteins were created through slavery.

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You see slavery was a science experiment similar to the movie Trading Places.1

Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) symbolizes black people before slavery

Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) symbolizes black people before and after slavery.

The difference is that Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) symbolizes black people before slavery and Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) symbolizes white people before slavery.

Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) symbolizes white people before slavery

Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) symbolizes white people before and after slavery.

The plantations, mines, etc. were the European laboratories. Initially it was the Europeans ran their experiments on the Native Americans but when they began to realize the genocide that was taken place, the Native Americans escaped.

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So, the Europeans turned their sights on African people and for more than 500 years, all they did was condition us to react, behave, think, and perform, etc. the way they wanted us to. The experiment we call slavery was basically to exchange our consciousness with their consciousness. In other words, they extracted the science of civilization from the marrow of our soul and replaced it with their ignorance of civilization, thus the parasitic Frankenstein destroying our communities with senseless violence was created. It should now make sense why American culture is really exploited black culture and why America became so rich.

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I was once a parasitic monster. I did not know at the time but I was. I was not as bad as others.  I’ve had my share of destruction even though I knew about the Kamitic tradition because I did not know that the true ills of slavery were psychological. For a period of time, I blamed a lot of the problems I had in my life on the lack of my father’s participation, although he was in my life. If it wasn’t my father whom I blamed my problems on, it was the white man.  For the most part, because I was raised in my parents’ home, I did not act out but as soon as I was off on my own. The dysfunction hit and manifested in the worst way especially when I hit rock bottom. It wasn’t until I read Malcolm X’s autobiography and learned that he was once a parasitic monster before he was healed, that I realized that I was ill.

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Thanks to my mother who had countless books in the basement on African history, art and numerous National Geographic magazines that talked about the Ancient Egyptians, I learned that Black men were once kings, princes, healers, and warriors. Like the urban Māori family in Alan Duff’s novel 1990 novel who suffered from substance abuse, poverty and domestic violence due to the family’s patriarch Jake “the Muss” Heke, I realized that Black men Once Were Warriors.2

I can’t exactly remember the date when I stopped blaming others for my faults and started to take responsibility for me life, but when I did. That’s when everything began to change and even though I had been reading about Kamitic spirituality for years. It was at that moment that Kamitic spirituality became real for me and the Story of Osar became my bible. You see, all of the stories in every other religion I had read shifted blame and salvation outside of the person. For instance, it was the devil’s fault, the white man’s fault, my father’s fault, this person and that person’s fault, which meant my salvation was in someone else’s hands. But, it was the Story of Osar that resonated with me the most because it was the only story that helped me to understand how I was conditioned, which is symbolized in the Story as Hru (Horus) having his eye gouged out by his evil uncle Set. Therefore, Hru was being manipulated by Set and did not even know it.

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

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

Hru’s eye was healed by Djahuti who symbolizes a shaman-priest or someone who KNOWs. Elijah Muhammad was one of the individuals who knew how to heal a sick eye, which is the reason Malcolm and other men joined the Nation of Islam. There are other teachers who have come and gone that knew how to heal our bad eye. Although there were numerous men and women who helped me, it was my godfather (Papa) who repaired my eye, which allowed me to fight Set effectively.

Through my godfather I learned the truth about my ancestors. Through my ancestors I learned the truth about our history and about salvation through our culture. The more I studied and contemplated on the characters in the Story, the more the parasitic energy of Set began to seep out of my life. Until finally I became who I am today.

The point that I am making is that white supremacy through its’ history of slavery has severely traumatized us all. It has made us parasitic destroyers of each other, our families and our communities.  We have to realize that we are the only ones who can save ourselves. There are plenty of tools available that can help us in the self-healing process and a number of teachers available to point you to the right path. (Please note that I said teachers meaning they can only tell you how to do it, but you have to go home and do the spiritual work yourself).

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The experiment is not over. The wager was to see how long it would take for us to self-destruct as a people once they Traded Places. Now that you know, the time has come for us to end the experiment and come out on top.

Hope that helps.

Notes:

  1. Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. The story is a modern day version of Mark Twain’s classic 19th-century novel The Prince and the Pauper. In the story the Duke brothers (Randolph and Mortimer) who own a successful commodities brokerage make a wager of the “usual amount” and agree to conduct an experiment by switching the lives of an upper-class commodities broker (Dan Aykroyd) and a homeless street hustler (Eddie Murphy) and observing the results. The symbolism was that Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) symbolizes black people before slavery and Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) symbolizes white people before slavery.
  2. Once Were Warriors is a 1994 New Zealand drama film based on New Zealand author Alan Duff’s bestselling 1990 first novel. The film tells the story of the Hekes, an urban Māori family, and their problems with poverty, alcoholism, and domestic violence, mostly brought on by the patriarch Jake. In the story Jake does not take responsibility for any of his faults, so he drowns his pain in alcohol with his friends.  In the end, Beth (the wife) after years of domestic abuse finally stands up to her husband and takes their children back to her Māori village and traditions.  All while defiantly telling her husband that Māori heritage gives her the strength to resist his control over her. What I got out of it was that Beth and her children returned to their cultural ways.




Time for New Clarification on Blackness

1 07 2016

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

I hope you all are doing well. I was biding my time and waiting but I had to break Internet silence because everyone has been talking about this Jesse Williams speech that was delivered at the BET Award ceremony.  So, I had to say something because I see the energy going down the alley and it is about to get hijack. Let me explain.

Malcolm X

Before I even talk about Williams’ speech, there are two things we need to understand. The first is that when has any message, speech, movement, etc. broadcasted over national airways actually benefited us? I have said it before, when Denzel Washington did not receive an award for his performance in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X film. It became obvious, “Of course he would not receive an award because this does not support the image that “they” want to portray around the world about Black people.” They want people to think that Black people are just good for sports, entertainment and are sex-prone violent drug addicted people, which is why Denzel got an award for Training Day.

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This is the reason I stopped watching the BET (and every other award ceremony including the NAACP Image Awards, Oscars, Emmy, Music Award, etc.)  because I realized our liberation would never be promoted, supported and broadcast by any media outlet.  Simply put, it is not good business for our Enemy, so first thing first. Anything good for our enemy is always bad for us. Anything that is bad for our enemy is good for us, which is the reason “they” will never cease demonizing our traditional African culture, but will always tell us that this perverted form of Christianity practiced in this country is a perfect fit for us.

This brings me to the second point, which is the reason we keep getting suckered into watching these shows and taken advantage of mentally, physically and spiritually is because “they” realized what we refuse to accept, that ever since Africans were brought to North America. There has always been two groups of Black people: 1) the Nationalist African Americans, who for the most part support ideas about independence, Pan-Africanism, etc. and, 2) those who are pro-American inclusion.

Ganga Zuumba

In simple terms, we can say when the first Africans were brought to this country there were some who were like “I want to go back to Africa and die where my ancestors were buried” and a second group that said, “I want to stay here and make the best out of this new land we’re in.” For the record, this is how all of the Africans felt all over the Western hemisphere and it is illustrated in the Carlos Dieges’ movie Quilombo when the soon to be Maroon crowned king, Ganga Zuumba (played by Tony Tornado shown above) successfully revolted against the slave owners.  After doing so, he asked his recently escaped brothers and sisters what they wanted to do.  One of the African elders accompanying them says, “I want to go back home” and Ganga says, “I am going to stay here.”

Both groups have valid claims and points.

For instance, from a pro-American inclusion perspective the United States is very much our country because our ancestors’ blood, sweat and tears, deem it so, which means that next to the Native Americans, no other people besides us has claim to this country. From this perspective, even though we are discriminated against, we are owed every right and privilege this country has to offer. Yet, at the same time, from a Nationalist perspective because our ancestors were kidnapped, raped, murdered, persecuted, etc. this country owes us a substantial debt, which is why some want land or to be recognized as a sovereign nation. So, you see, both points are valid because we are like Puerto Ricans but the difference is that we have no territory to call our own. The Africans who wanted to go back to Africa when they first arrived decided to make this country their home but they wanted their own land to do so.  The other Africans who wanted to settle and make the best out of this country have been trying to prove their self-worth and be accepted as citizens.  Consequently, we are treated more like the Native Americans with the added difference that 1) most of us do not see ourselves as a nation as the indigenous people of this country do, and 2) “They” really don’t want us because they established this country as free society for them and only them, and not any people of color.

Stuck with a dilemma, “they” decided the only way to deal with it is to co-opt with the Africans who wanted to stay here because if they showed that we fought in every war this country has been in.The majority of us would get the idea like our maroon brothers and sisters had in the Caribbean and South America, to take what is owed and build their own free community or free state. This is the reason every war movie portrays them as being the only one who have fought for this country. Here’s a small list – Schindler’s List, Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan, Platoon, and so on.

Glory

In order for us and the world to see people of colors’ contribution, a special movie has to made like Red Tails, Glory, Windtalkers and even then if is not classified as an ethnic movie (e.g. a so-called Black movie because it has an all black cast, etc.), the movie is not about us. It is about “them” leading or saving us “people of color” again.

Windtalkers

Therefore, inclusion serves them (White Supremacy) so to create the illusion that we are accepted. “They” award us for supporting their cause. You see people are crying racism but you are not understanding how racism is played.

Think about it. Why were Black people boycotting the Academy last year? Answer. They did not have a lot of Black people in movies and receiving awards. Now, the Academy Awards just recently invited 41% people of color, to show that they can say they are diversified, and we can say they are making progress. I guarantee you that they have a lot of two-fers too. You know like a woman who is also a person of color. By the way 48% women were invited.

Oscars 2016 Members List

Are you seeing the game?

Now that we have that established, if you look at every revolt and every act of insurrection that African Americans have had in this country. Their start and their end can be traced back to the ideologies that exists in both of these groups.  For instance, look at the Nat Turner revolt. Turner was tired of the mistreatment and hypocrisy of the land, so he led an armed revolted and moved to establish his own free land, hence Nationalism.  Turner’s revolt was sabotaged by those closest to him. Why? Because they wanted to be included into the American fabric of society.

Nat Turner Revolt

Let’s jump to the Civil Rights Era. As you already know, Malcolm (Malcolm X or El Hajj Malik Shabazz) was a known Nationalists and if you listen to any of his speeches when he was in the Nation of Islam and after he left.  You will hear that he never changed his tune. He wanted independence. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. on the other hand, was all about inclusion.

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As I mentioned earlier, so that you don’t get to thinking ill about King, both have valid points. A lot of people today rag on the Dr. King but as I stated earlier, besides the Native Americans, there is no other group that has bled and died for this country like us, so it belongs to us just as much.  OK. However, the problem with the inclusion strategy is that the enemy always uses it against us. This is the reason Malcolm initially did not want to include any other race in his organization. He changed his mind after he realized that racism was so deeply ingrained into Western culture that there were people who wanted to do good but unconsciously were being racist as well.

So you see, we have these two valid perspectives that are tearing us apart because the enemy is playing both against each other. As I mentioned before, we are like the people of Puerto Rico or the Native Americans with the difference being that we do not have any land (economic resources). We are on borrowed land (that is owed to us), paying an expensive rent, arguing among ourselves on if we should be a nation within a nation, and/or be included into this nation called the United States of America. Unfortunately, because no one has actually put a finger on it and identified that our problem is not about religion.  It is not about politics per se.  It is not about money but about Self-identity. The bad thing is that everyone knows that this is our problem except for us and they exploit it as much as they can, which is the reason we identify with each other and others on silly superficialities, namely religion and colorism.

Now, I am about to step on some toes. Everyone knows that it is cool to be black and this is the reason the enemy sides with the inclusion perspective.

Clinton

So you want proof? When Bill Clinton was running for president and came into the Black Churches and wooed us. What were the policies he talked about? Do you remember? Let me change the question. What do you remember about Bill Clinton’s campaign? Answer. He smoked weed and can play a saxophone, which inspired our silly so-called leaders to repeat that same stupid mantra, “Clinton is the first Black president.” We should have been ashamed and cried foul when people repeated this stupid comment because what they were actually saying was that all black people do is smoke weed and play music.He did not woo us saying he was going to bring back industry that left Detroit, Cleveland, Philly, Chicago, L.A. etc.

New Jim Crow

He did not woo us by saying that he would not sign (or at least would table) the bill that made the 3 Strikes-You-Out bill law. The law that people today are seeing had racist undertones from the beginning because it only targeted Black and Latino communities. It is all in black-and-white in Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  No. I can still here the dumb jokes today, “Clinton is a brother. He smoke weed and he plays the saxophone.”

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Obama making the gesture of “Peace Out” and Dropping the Mic.

Let’s jump to the present president.Our first “so-called Black” president.  What was Obama’s campaign focus? Oh, that’s right…Change. But what type of change? What did Obama say that he was going to change? If you go back and look at his campaign, it was all nostalgic rhetoric that was interpreted as a black man in the white house. Why did we vote for him? Because we said that he was black. We identified that here is a man of color who smoked weed, walked with a swagger, gave speeches a little bit like our preachers (rhymes and poetry), plays basketball and sing and he can Al Green song. All of the superficial things that people identify with being black culture. I mean people crying and talking about how history is going to be made because a man of color would finally sit in the oval office.  Now, even our people who supported him are like they cannot believe Obama got in the white house and did not do a damn thing for our communities. Of course, part of this was our fault because we did not take him an agenda but Obama like a lot of entertainers played us like Elvis. Then, we he got what he wanted, he decided to do whatever he pleased.

Do you see that they are “Black” only when it is convenient because to them it is an act, a play, a show. It has nothing to do with our STRUGGLE. 

So, now we come to Williams’ speech but before we go there, let’s talk about your girl Beyoncé. She does this whole must see video and claims to pay homage to the Black Panthers, who 10-20 years ago were not even mentioned on national television. Now, after most of the original members have been killed and countless black men and black women have been murdered, it is cool to talk about the Black Panthers and pay homage to them? I mean do you think if Huey (P. Newton) and Eldridge (Cleaver) were alive today that they would be support what she is doing? Of course not because she is playing Black.  You see it is popular and convenient. Everyone knows that a lot of Black people are fed up, so now you have all of these performers claiming that they are down with the Cause. I mean come on. Have you ever seen Malcolm smiling in any of the photos taken back in the day? There are not many because he was angry about the whole situation we were in. The only time you see Malcolm smiling is when he is taking a picture with his family or a picture with other people who were trying to make change.

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Now, let’s deal with Williams’ speech. I refuse to give him or the movements he represents a lot of power so I am not going to break it down stanza per stanza. But, he begins by saying the award was for the countless women leading the movements, as if the available men in our community are sitting around on their loins. I mean seriously, Brothers got weblogs and other things on the Internet to create jobs within the community.  One Brother has made four movies documenting our struggle and to bring awareness of our plight to the younger generation, but no recognition for that. There are Black men all around this country who know that the reason kids are getting in the gangs is because of lack of guidance and other social ills, who have created programs and doing everything they can to stop the violence affecting our community. Then, ever since the late Bro. Amos Wilson and Dr. Claude Anderson brought to our awareness we need economic power, we (Black men and Black women) have been building businesses left and right.

So what the hell is Williams’ talking about that Black men need to do better?

This is the same stupid crap Obama said a year ago and the reason he said  when the racism started rising in this country.  Why did he say something like that? It is because he does not live in our community. He does not know what we are doing and what we are not doing.  Most of these individuals who make statements like this only know what a Black Man is doing based upon their warped definition and understanding of manhood. And, this is usually because these individuals got “Daddy issues.” Yeah. Remember Obama had daddy issues?

People who live in our community know our struggles. We know what our problems are because we live with them on a day-to-day basis.  We know that both Black Men and Black Women are the doing their damnest to change things. To say that only Black Women are making an effort to change things is an attack to divide our ancestral concept of what a Family is. So, don’t be fooled.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Honoree Jesse Williams accepts the Humanitarian Award onstage during the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/BET/Getty Images for BET)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 26: Honoree Jesse Williams accepts the Humanitarian Award onstage during the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Next, people applauded Williams and said that his speech stole the show.  People were claiming that his speech was very motivating but if you read it carefully it is scripted. There are rhymes and it resembles a street preacher’s words. It almost sounds like Jesse Jackson.

“We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil – black gold! – ghettoizing and demeaning our creations and stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit.”

When you take a minute and read Williams’ speech you see that just like Obama’s campaign, Beyonce’s video, etc. his speech moved the crowd. He dropped words and codes that triggered memories about slavery, discrimination and even Billy Holiday’s Strange Fruit. He did not say anything new that has not been said before. It was another speech about Hope…Faith…and Change. The same crap, just a different orator. Let me spell it out. Williams just got promoted to be the NEW FACE TO REPRESENT US.

Williams speech was all a PERFORMANCE.

Now, I am not saying that he does not have good intentions because I do not know this man’s heart but it was an act.  Plain and simple. Sidebar: It would have been more credible if he had read his speech from a paper but there was no paper. That would have showed a little bit more that he was genuine.

The question is, why did he say all of that? There was nothing mentioned in his speech on what we should do to stop the attacks on Black men and women.  There was no strategy laid out. There was no agenda. Just like Obama’s campaign and Bill Clinton before.  Just like Beyonce claimed to be honoring the Black Panthers but did not say anything about what the Black Panthers did for their communities and how the government shut them down to inspire people to follow the Panther’s lead.  Williams speech revved people up like a preacher giving a sermon from the pulpit.   Why?

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Answer: Well, Samuel Jackson, who received a lifetime achievement award, put the final nail in the coffin.  Jackson ended the award ceremony by saying basically that if we want to change what is going on to go out and vote.

That’s right! This was a low-key ritual to get Black people to take your anger on this whole mess going on in the country and vote for Hillary Clinton.  You see, Hillary has been riding Bill’s coattail and can’t act Black. They know, you are not voting for Trump but they also know you are so pissed with the whole democratic process that you are liable to not vote at all and instead move to build your world. If you go back and listen to Williams’ speech he mentioned this because more and more of us are leaning towards the Nationalist perspective. If we moved to build our own world, we would connect with those African countries and those in the Caribbean like Marcus Garvey and Elijah Muhammad had done.

But, most of us fell for the same silly trick because we identified with Williams being part black or we got lost on the whole idea that his mother is Caucasian. Again, the same superficial factors because what does this have to do with anything? By the way, what does a person’s attire, their hairstyle, their friends, where they grew up, the organizations they are associated with, etc. have to do with them being Black or not? What does claiming that you marched with King have to do with you being Black? Not a damn thing.

Sidebar: Have you ever noticed that politicians always claim to have marched with Dr. King? Meanwhile, have you ever met any Black person who marched with Dr. King to Washington yet there were thousands in D.C.  Interesting isn’t it? I mean I have yet to meet anyone (outside of politicians) who marched on Washington. It won’t be long that you will hear people saying, they marched in the Million Man March or something.

Crowds are shown in front of the Washington Monument during the March on Washington for civil rights, August 28, 1963. (AP Photo)

Crowds are shown in front of the Washington Monument during the March on Washington for civil rights, August 28, 1963. (AP Photo)

Anyway, the point that I am making is that we keep letting these people divide us based upon what they claim they identify with because we refuse to identify with our African culture and use it.

Let me make it plain.

We all have admixtures within our blood line. So unless you have recently immigrated straight from Africa, you are not a pure, 100% African.  You got blood from some other nationality.  For instance, I did the DNA genetic testing to find out where my African ancestors came from and if I had Native American ancestry.  I learned that my ancestors came from the present Kongo, Sengalese, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Yoruba regions. But I also found to my surprise that I have a small percentage that comes from Europe.  You heard right, I have European genetics within my blood so by definition I am technically a mulatto because as K. Lamar (Kendrick Lamar) stated (and I paraphrase), “One of my Mommas did not get away fast enough.” By the way, I like all types of music including every now and then heavy metal. Oh, also I wear a shirt and tie to work on a daily basis but I have heard some people say about me, “He ain’t black” because I do not engage in the same stereotypical things that supposedly black people do like the Afros in Robert Townsends’ Hollywood Shuffle.

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Do you see how ridiculous and stupid this sounds?

The Right Eye of Ra (Also known as the Solar Eye corresponds to literal and physical sight.)

The Right Eye of Ra (Also known as the Solar Eye corresponds to literal and physical sight.)

This is what is meant in the Kamitic tradition as relying upon one eye or the Right Eye of Ra. In other words, basing your decisions only upon what you physically see.

We need to recognize that Blackness has nothing to do with the color or hue of an individual’s skin. The color of an individual’s skin does not determine what is inside an individual’s heart nor does it reveal their true intentions. It is our culture that is supposed to determine if we are Black or not. Malcolm X was a light-skinned Black but does that mean that all light-skinned Blacks are going to be like him? Does this mean that dark-skinned Blacks are more “Black”?  Let me go a little further with this. Does that mean that because a person has a natural or dreadlocks, or that they wear African attire that they are down with our struggle?  Does that mean that everyone that comes from Africa is down with us? The answer to all of these questions is the same “Hell, no!”

Why? Because, Western idealism did not just affect those of us in the Americas. Like a cancer if affected those in Africa as well.  This is the reason, we can’t depend upon the old ways of association.  In other words, “Every brother (sister), ain’t a brother (sister).”

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This is how we should determine if an individual is Black or not.

You see, I am Black because the culture I identify with the most is Black African. If you put me in the room with other people of African descent from all over the globe. We may not speak the same language. We may be of different shades and hue. We may have different hair textures, etc. because all of this is superficial. But, I guarantee you that most of us in that room will admit to believing in the existence of God and we will also express the belief in the existence of ancestors, even if we do not publicly venerate them the same. It is this cultural perspective that will make us family because we have an ancestral bond that I cannot see with my eyes, but my ancestors recognize. In other words, I got my Left Eye of Ra repaired 1.

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

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

The Left Eye of Ra refers to spiritual insight and ancestral knowledge. See people can “act Black” all they want. They can sing, dance, walk and act cool all they want. They can “Elvis” us all they want but they can’t perpetrate when it comes to the dealing with our ancestors.

Now, if you asked me if I think that Obama (and for that matter, many of our so-called leaders) were black or not. I would say, based upon our cultural practices, “No” because he doesn’t venerate his ancestors or his ancestral past. You see, many of the policies that Obama has made are contradictory to our ancestral legacy. There is no way, I would have went over to Africa and told them that they have to accept the American way or else. That is just blatant disrespectful but you can understand why he did that when you understand that he identifies more with Western culture, which historically and arrogantly dictates to others what “they” think is best. This is why he took this same Westernize arrogance to Cuba and told these people what they should and should not do. This is not true African behavior or cultural etiquette. Everyone who grew up “Black” knows you do not go to someone else’s house and disrespect them. This is not proper “Black culture” but it is Western culture. Westerners have historically demonstrated this behavior all over the globe. Do you see the difference between categorizing someone as being black based upon culture versus their skin tone, performance, etc.?

US President Barack Obama (R) speaks with Cuba's President Raul Castro (L) on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas at the ATLAPA Convention center on April 11, 2015 in Panama City. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (R) speaks with Cuba’s President Raul Castro (L) on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas at the ATLAPA Convention center on April 11, 2015 in Panama City. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Of course, you are probably saying, “But how could we know if Obama (or anyone else for that matter) is down with us ancestrally?” Well, that’s when the oracle comes into the picture, which is also part of Black culture. If we really practiced our culture, when a politician came in trying to woo us.  If we had a godmother like Celia Cruz in the Mambo Kings, who went into trance and came out saying, “The Spirits say, you are no good for us.”

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Or an Auntie that performed biblical divination by randomly opening the bible and the first thing they read said something about a plague, so they said, “You sir are going to bring destruction. You are no good.” Our situation would drastically change. It would change so quick because if every time someone tried to woo us we went into trance, did bibliomancy, threw some shells, shook some yarrow sticks, did an i-ching reading (something) to see what the ancestors had to say about the matter. People would know that they better step to us correctly or don’t step at all, instead of getting a pass because of their superficialities of our culture.

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You see, I did a reading on Williams’ speech and the oracle said, “It is a PERFORMANCE.” No, guesswork, so I don’t care how moving his speech may have been. My ancestors told me, that his heart is not aligned with mine at this time. Meaning, it may change, then again, it may not but presently, his views does not represent my ancestry or reflect our struggle.

We keep getting in a bind and blindsided because our enemy knows how to entertain us in order to move us to do something.  We cry conspiracy and illumati but the way out of this madness is to consult a higher source like our ancestors.  We need to stop taking everyone’s words at face value and assuming that they will deliver on their promise because of the color of their skin or the religion they are in.

We need to make a change and do something different by invoking the wisdom of our ancestral past. There are too many color variations, admixtures and other variations for us to determine if someone’s intentions are aligned with our cultural values. Besides, people lie all of the time and you can’t always tell a book by its’ cover. We should only trust those whom our oracles tell us to trust. Instead of going through all of the guesswork.

We need to stop being afraid of our true culture and embrace it.  We need to let our ancestors be our guide and ask them for insight in determining if someone is on our side. Instead of trying to figure it all out with just one eye. It is only when we use our spiritual eye and our physical eye that we get a holistic view of an individual (and group) and know if it is in our best interest.

Maa Aankh with Utchat

Hope that helps.

  1. According to the Kamitic Story of Osar, the hero of the story Hru has his eye (believed to be the intuitive eye or Left Eye of Ra) gouged out by the enemy symbolizing that he only sees one perspective and lives an imbalance life, which is the reason he can never defeat his enemy. It is only after the hero of the story meets the shaman-sage Djahuti (Thoth) and repairs Hru’s eye, that Hru is able to invoke his ancestor Osar and finally defeat Set, thus reclaiming his birthright (what was owed).




Kamitic Spirituality 101

12 05 2016

Hetepu (Peace & Blessing) Family.

I recently received an email asking that I explain the difference between the subconscious and superconscious, and how it relates to Kamitic spirituality, so I thought this might benefit others as well.

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When we are born, our mind (subconscious and superconscious) is like an empty slate. Besides the normal subconscious programming which is used to regulate our heart, digest food, etc., we have no programming until our parents begin to tell us what to and not to do. As we grow, our subconscious mind is given a list of do’s and don’ts, which it associates with certain emotional experiences. We learn not to put our hands on the hot stove because we will burn ourselves and to look both ways before crossing the street, and all of these rules that we learned from our parents, grandparents, etc. are stored in our subconscious. We also have rules that we have created ourselves based upon our preferences. For instance, if you do not like Brussel sprouts, this becomes a rule that you tell yourself every time you see this vegetable. There are also other rules that are stored in your subconscious based upon your experience. For instance, if you were bitten by a dog, then you create the subconscious rule that all dogs are bad animals. If you saw your parents fighting, then you create the subconscious rule that parents are supposed to fight, and so on.

All of these rules basically become the programs that run your life, which you mistakenly identify as “You.” So you tell people things like, “I don’t do dogs” only because you had a negative experience.  You may say, “All men are dogs” or “All women are gold diggers,” etc. due to your experience, which steers you away from dating certain people. You may have been told when you were a child by your parents “I don’t have any money for that. Money doesn’t grow on trees.” So the subconscious rule is created where you think that in order for you to make any money. You have to struggle and work hard, which prevents you from starting a multi-billion dollar business.

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So, you have all of these rules that exist in your subconscious like writings on a chalkboard, which dictate to you what you should and should not do. You believe you can and cannot achieve a particular goal because you have never experienced it or have seen anyone in your immediate circle achieve it.  Let me say that again, everything you tell yourself that you can or cannot do is only because your subconscious mind does not remember any of your family members, friends, people in the community, etc. achieving this same goal. Therefore you tell yourself: “I will never be in shape” because you grew up in a household of people who were simply trying to survive so they ate unhealthy foods and lived unhealthy lifestyles.   You may say, “I’ll never be wealthy” or “I will never get out of the hood” because your subconscious reminds you of your parent saying, “Money doesn’t grow on trees” and it does not remember anyone being wealthy, so it tells you it is impossible.

For the most part, you believe everything your subconscious tells you because it has been telling you what to do all of your life.  Your subconscious is responsible for you living thus far, so it rationalizes with you by asking “Why would I tell you wrong?” You therefore succumb to your subconscious and believe everything it tells you can and cannot do because your subconscious is like a slate with a bunch of information and doodles on it.

Then something happens. One day you cross paths with someone who used to be in the same situation you are presently in but they changed. This could be anyone who overcame an addiction to someone who escaped the streets and is now a millionaire.  It could be someone recovering from an illness, etc. Whatever the case, you read or hear about people who changed their lives and this offers a glimpse of hope. Because what it means is that if they did it, you can too. Since your subconscious does not have the ability to reason, it will tell you that it is impossible to do what these people have done. Or it will rationalize with you by saying that you have to have special talent, be born with a certain gift, luck, etc. in order to get ahead but when you read about these people’s lives you learn they are ordinary people with similar struggles as you.

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A more in-depth study into these peoples’ lives reveals that these people tapped into the mind beyond their subconscious, or their superconscious mind. The superconscious mind is like the clean slate you were born with in the very beginning. It is the preconditioned, preprogrammed and pre-habitual mind you had when you were born. Think of this way. This was the initial state of your mind before you learned all of the rules that dictate to you how you are supposed to live now. In other words, before you were told what you “can” or “can’t” do.  Said another way, the superconscious can be thought of as before someone started writing on your “Wall.”

Anyway, people who managed to change their lives and do so over a long period of time simply learned how to return to that blank slate, the superconscious and give their mind a new rule.

How does the superconscious work? Well, trying to change a subconscious programming is an ongoing battle because as stated earlier, your subconscious is old and it will rationalize (argue) with you until you yield. If you think of the chalkboard or a dry-erase board analogy, you know that sometimes if you write on the board and do not erase it immediately. The previous writing stays on the board and is hard to get rid of. It stains the board.  Let me give you an example. Once upon a time, I wanted to do some capoeira conditioning in the morning because I wanted to lose a little weight, plus it helped with agility and would not require a lot of time. Not to mention that capoeira is fun, but as soon as I said, I want to do it. My subconscious gave me this whole list of reasons why I shouldn’t do it, like ‘It is going to be hard. You’re too old. You might break something. You got bad knees. You don’t really want to get up early to exercise,’ etc. You see, your subconscious knows what you like and do not like because it has been recording your memories since birth. But, I had to remind myself that there were capoeiristas doing capoeira in their 70s and 80s. In fact, Anthony Bourdain went to Bahia and interviewed a mestre who was well in his 60s (or older).  This meant it is possible to do any martial arts but my subconscious has never seen it so, it tried to convince me that it was impossible. So, you see the argument and excuses our subconscious gives us. It will tell you anything to convince you to go in the other direction.

What’s the solution?

BYPASS it!

Instead of wasting time arguing with your subconscious, simply bypass it and go to the superconscious. When I bypassed my subconscious and tapped into my superconscious, I simply focused on imagining how cool it would be to do handstands, flips or a role’ (cartwheel). I imagined what it would be like to meet some capoeiristas (players) and engage in a friendly game (jogo) of Capoeira. Now, I didn’t just visualize this and it happened because the subconscious governs our everyday life or what people call normal consciousness or beta state. I had to plant this seed when the subconscious was at its lowest and most vulnerable point, which is during twilight and in the evening. These are the times when your mind naturally enters into alpha state. Once I did it, I found myself waking up every morning with a new habit of doing capoeira conditioning. It continued do it until I decided I wanted to do something different.

I cannot tell you exactly what I did when I was in alpha state because what worked for me may not necessarily work for you. What I can tell you is that there are numerous methods that anyone can use that will plant a seed in their superconscious like using autosuggestions, sigils, meditation, repetition, symbols, etc. and these are only a few ways but there are a number of ways to bypass the subconscious.  That the uninitiated refers to as magic but it is simply occult science or what “mystery school teachings.”

The point of this post is that spirituality is all about reprogramming your mind and the most effective way I have found to accomplish this feat is bypassing the subconscious and tapping into your superconscious. Why argue with your subconscious on overcoming a habit when you start new by giving it a new rule?

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How does this relate to Kamitic spirituality? Well, if you think about how our subconscious is adamant to change and will try its best to convince us to do everything that is contrary to what we want.  It is a great adversary, which is the reason the subconscious is symbolized as the Kamitic devil Set (Please do not make the error of thinking the subconscious is evil. Remember we need it survive. It simply lacks the ability to reason properly). Those who are familiar with Kamitic mythology will now understand why Set (or the devil) is consider the author (or god) of confusion, chaos and war.

Set: The author of confusion.

Set: The author of confusion.

The superconscious is symbolized as Osar (Asar, Ausar or Osiris) and it should now become clear that the reason Osar was so highly exalted was because he was the original redeemer that wiped one’s slate clean.

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Osar: The Kamitic author or divinity of purity and knowledge.

Therefore, metaphorically speaking, to bring about any change in our life we simply need to be like Hru (Heru, Hrw, Horus) and connect with our Osar.

HRU (Heru, Horus)

HRU (Heru, Horus)

So What Is Kamitic Spirituality?

I keep posting this question because people keep getting it twisted and bringing subconscious dogmatic religious, good versus evil or god versus the devil programming into the Kamitic mix. Thereby jeopardizing their ability to make some real strides spiritually. So I must say again, true Kamitic Spirituality is not about having a colorful name change, eating a particular diet and dressing in African attire, etc. None of this is going to make you more spiritual if you cannot control your mind.

It is not even about learning the history of the Kamitic people. Again, it is great and it helps if you know it but it is not necessary to practice Kamitic spirituality. It is not about trying to figure out why your enemy does what “he” or “she” does.  And last but not least, yet most importantly, Kamitic Spirituality is not about following anyone or joining a group.

If you’re looking for someone to follow, try following your Higher Self (Superconscious/Osar).

This is what Kamitic Spirituality is all about. This is Kamitic Spirituality 101.

Hope that helps.





My God Versus Your God

8 11 2015

Hetep (Peace & Blessings) Family.

Isn’t it interesting that most religions and their founders spent a great amount of time preaching and teaching about Peace.  Yet many of the adherents in these religions (historically speaking) have perpetrated the most atrocious and heinous crimes on humanity?

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Have you ever asked yourself, “Why is that?”  Well, clearly the answer has to be that these individuals who claim to be devout followers of (whatever deity) they follow have no clue what Peace really is or how to acquire it because their respective religion has not taught them how to find peace within themselves.

You see, part of the problem (which is a major problem) can be found in the conversion process into these religions. For most organized religions (especially those in the Western hemisphere), the only thing a person has to do to become a devout follower is confess and/or proclaim their belief in the deity. The problem with this process is that the initiate has no actual proof that what they are proclaiming is actually true. They are simply relying upon what someone else tells them.

 

How do we know that a Deity (whatever name you choose to call the Divine) saves souls, improves lives, heals illness, raises the dead, etc.?  Let’s a go step further. Why is it considered blasphemous to even pose these questions?  

I mean seriously if the Deity is all-knowing, all-powerful and everywhere, wouldn’t this Deity know that I was going to ask these questions and already prepared an answer for me? Wouldn’t the Deity know that it would be troubling to my faith in Him/Her? I am reminded of Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik Shabazz) who due to his troubled past with Christianity would never have become a Christian. I mean remember, his family had to relocate, had a cross burned on their lawn and later his father was killed by fellow Christians so there was no way he was going back to church. Don’t you think that the Deity was aware of this? The same can be said about other historical heroes and heroines as well.

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I hope you see that religion is a man made tool to help us all understand the Divine but if it is not taught correctly it becomes a dogmatic tool of destruction used to validate one’s own fears and ignorance. God really doesn’t care what religion you belong to or not. People need to stop being spiritual children and become spiritual Men and Women by understanding that if their deity was really that powerful, why do he need you to defend his honor and fight his battles?

From Are the actions of Christian extremists affecting the local church? https://storify.com/Laceywyndham/are-the-actions-of-christian-extremists-affecting

From: Are the actions of Christian extremists affecting the local church? https://storify.com/Laceywyndham/are-the-actions-of-christian-extremists-affecting

These are all questions that everyone should ask but usually fundamentalists gloss over this section and jump right into “It is a sin to do fill in the blank!”

It is always bewildering to me that we are taught to be independent, critical thinkers throughout our life. To ask questions, verify and find proof for how and why “things” work but when it comes to religion we are taught to just accept and believe because someone (the mysterious THEY people) said so.

Well, this is the reason so many people are leaving organized religion and embracing spirituality because spirituality is not based upon beliefs, opinions and theories. It is based upon cognizance, which is personal knowledge, awareness and practical experience.

See a lot of people think that cognizance means knowledge and that knowledge of self refers to studying books. I used to believe this as well when I embarked upon this journey.  No. Knowledge of Self means knowing who and what you are, what motivates you, what makes you tick, what makes you act/react, what works to maintain your physical-mental-emotional-spiritual health, etc. It is about KNOWING….the God/Goddess within YOU. You read a bunch of books to better understand YOU but essentially you are studying YOU.

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True Spiritual people know that the real God/Goddess is within you and it has numerous names. True Spiritual Christians will call this awesome force as “Jesus in me” but I simply call it Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiris in Greek).  True Spiritual people know that their greatest enemy is not someone they don’t like or strongly hate, but themselves – to be more specific their lower selves. This is why you will hear true spiritual Christians say they are fighting against their flesh because they know it is the part that makes them act out of hate. I call this fighting against Set (your lower self/spirit).

Maa Aankh Mind

True Spirituality as you can see is not about belief. It is not shaped by your opinions, the opinions of others, or some faddish idea. True Spirituality is about developing a personal relationship with the Divine within yourself based upon KNOWING.  This is why a true spiritual practitioner would never proselytize because they KNOW what works for them. They may have an idea, opinion or theory on what will work for someone else but they KNOW without a shadow of a doubt what works for them. And, if they don’t know, they are through trial and error trying to figure it out.

When a true spiritual practitioner honors his or her ancestors, they know the benefit the practice provides them. They don’t just do it because someone told them to or they saw someone else doing, so they are going to try it that way. By the way, they don’t just follow superstitious rules set by others either because that makes it a religion. They do what works for them based upon what they KNOW. As a sidebar, I personally believe that this is how the Kamitic people and other traditional Africans live their lives as well. I don’t believe that they honored their ancestors because it was just tradition or that they used oracles because it was fun or a good way to predict the future. No. I am quite certain that everything the Kamitic people did was for practical purposes. They understood and saw the benefit of honoring their ancestors so it became a national practice. They used oracles because these divination tools inform them on how to live their lives peacefully like the great oracles of Africa and China continue to do today. Simply put, it worked for them.

Where’s the proof? All you have to do is observe a true spiritual person’s living. They don’t live right for the public and live a secret life in private nor do they profess to be “holier than thou” and perfect.  They live right because they have a true connection with the Divine. They don’t just believe that temple of God is within. They KNOW.

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Fundamentalists will always say that “(Some Deity) says blah, blah, blah” and will quote their religious texts as if it is the authority on every subject but, my Momma taught me to be a critical thinker so I always ask them “What do you say?” or “How’s that working for you?”

You see we have to start holding these people accountable because they will try to make it appear that true spirituality is a joke but this is a trick from Set (the devil) himself. You have to ask them that if their religion is so great why do they have to  convince and beat people over the head about it?  I mean have you ever seen a doctor jump up and down and threaten people to believe that he or she is a doctor? Let’s not even go that far. Have you ever seen a chef or a cook jump up and down to make people eat their food and convince them that their food is good? No. You use your senses. If it smells good, looks good and have heard good news about it, then that’s what makes you want to try it.  Why? It is because the proof is in the pudding.

Extremists of every denomination simply want you to go on what they (or someone else) says but it is obvious that their religion does not do what they claim because it is not doing it for them.

‘I mean really, your peaceful religion tells you to stand on the corner and yell at the top of your lungs, or knock on the door and disturb my time with my family to tell me that everyone is going to go to hell, or going to be punished by your temperamental all-knowing and all-powerful Deity (who can’t use all of his power to tell me himself) because I don’t believe like you. Get real.’

As you can see, true spirituality requires being a little agnostic or skeptical about everything. The beauty of it is that since God is all-knowing, God doesn’t mind because it is all part of spiritual development.

Osar as Lord of KAMTA (the Black Lands)

Osar as Lord of KAMTA (the Black Lands)

Everything and anything you do should always have a meaningful and logical reason behind your intentions. Never just do something just because or blindly follow anything because if you ever have to change (which you will) and you don’t understand the concepts behind what you are doing. Your peace inspired, loving practice or going to become your personal dogma beliefs to harm others who have different beliefs than you.

Hope this helps.

Hetep





The Power of the Kamta (Kamitic Shamanism) Altar

27 09 2015

Hetep (Peace & Blessings) Family

In this post, I decided to share a little and give you a little insight into how I practice Kamta. I credit the inspiration behind this post to my lovely sister and Boricua (Puerto Rican Sister) who had my back and was in my corner.

What happened and why I am giving major thanks to my Sister? Well, as most of you know, my father is preacher and my mother is a strong, loving Christian woman. Now, before anyone goes there, I have already surpassed the basic and superficial things dealing with Christianity, so now I see it for what it is which is metaphorical lore. Like most lore, Christian lore has a host of metaphysical and metaphorical truths.  As urban shamans it is important that we see this connection so that we can change the physical reality as we see fit, by using scriptures from the bible, Tibetan prayer flags, African iconography or anything we can find to influence the spiritual universe.

But, my mother. I love her dearly, but she is determined to save me from “heathen ways.” Like most good mothers who knows their child, when my mother is visiting. She never questions me about my altar when my guard is up and I am expecting her to do so. It is always the sneak attack when my guard is down and then I find myself trying to justify to her that “We don’t worship idols.” For instance, while bringing in groceries, or watching TV that when she pops the question, “Hey, so why do you have that altar thing again?”

“Parents Just Don’t Understand” from Greatest Hits (1998) Before The Willenium (1999) Platinum & Gold Collection (2003) The Very Best of Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (2006) The Best of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (2010)

My response to my Mom’s strategically, carefully time planned questions have been good but they aren’t good enough for her to leave the subject alone. I think because part of her doesn’t want to accept it but the other part, the egotistical Set part (or lower spirit) tells her based upon her conditioning, “This is not Christianity. He’s going to hell.”

Yeah, if it was anyone else who asked me, I would simply say, “Go kick rocks. It’s personal” because it is none of their business and this is not a religion, so there is no proselytizing going on. If it were anyone else the conversation is simple and goes like this:

Them or Agent Smith: “So, Mr. Moore. In one life you are respected professional. In the other you go by the Kamitic alias Rau Khu. One of these lives is a good Christian but the other is a Heathen. Why, Mr. Moore do you say…you have an altar and work with “spirits?”

Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith from the Matrix trilogies.

Me in Pedro Cerrano mode: “I work with my spirits because it helps me.”

Dennis Haysbert as the Cuban defector Pedro Cerrano, in the cult comedy Major League.

Them or Agent Smith: “Mr. Moore. I don’t understand why you need to ‘Work with spirits’ anyway. Why do you need to work with your spirits? Why are they Your spirits? How did you acquire them? Did someone give them to you? You can’t even see them, so how do you know they even exist? How do you know that they are real or not? Are they listening to you? Why can’t you just be a good Christian and let Jesus help you with whatever you need.”

Me in Pedro Cerano mode: “Hahahaha (jajajajaja). Jesus (pronounce Hay-zeus) is good but he no good for bat. Go kick rocks! ”

Cerrano was a power hitter in the movie Major League but he struggled throughout the film to hit curveballs and every pitcher knew it.  For help, he turned to alleged spirit Jobu. When a fellow player suggested that Cerrano try Jesus Christ. Cerrano’s response was that Jesus is good but “he’s no good for bat.”

In other words, our spirits are archetypes and have a purposes. Jesus can’t help me with my woman because he ain’t had one. Damn the conspiracy, he was a 30+year old man with no love interest. He can’t help me with that. Jesus didn’t have any children, so it is pretty hard for him to help people with their children.  Umm, Jesus didn’t have no weight issue, so he can’t help people trying to diet and stay healthy.  The bible never talks about how Jesus dealt with his coworkers while building a house and doing his carpentry work, so he can’t help me deal with my coworkers. Our Spirit understands that Jesus is only good for “Saving Souls.” Meaning you want to go to heaven and deal with the afterlife….you better call on Jesus. For everything else, if you don’t know your spirits, then you are left without a paddle being religious. I am very conscientious about my Spirit (Knowledge of Self).  I know how my Spirit works in my life and I know my Spirit is strong but in order to work it, I need a spiritual paddle. I needs SPECIFICS to feed my Spirit. We need spirits that have accomplished specific tasks, which is why as Cerrano has said “Jesus not good with bat.”

It is difficult to explain holistic thinking to people in a non-holistic culture. Think about how long it took Americans to understand why Native Americans kept saying that the land was sacred. Yeah, 500+ years to change that mentality and at great cost. This is why unless someone is interested in my spiritual tradition. I usually don’t share or waste my time.

But my Moms, that’s a different story.  Your Mom as the Brandon Lee said in The Crow (I paraphrase) “Mother is the word for God on the lips of all children,” so it is hard to go against God. It is one of the hardest spiritual tests to pass is to tell the woman who carried you for nine months, birthed you, taught you to read, write, do math, fed you, taught you how to pray and talk to God, that what she taught you doesn’t work. It is a challenge because no one wants to hurt their Mom’s feelings, at least no one with a sense of humanity.  You always want to let her down gently so she can respect what you do and stop asking questions about your spirituality, when she is not really interested in it.  In other words, you have to find a way to tell your Moms to shut up, mind her damn business TACTFULLY.  Yeah, you have to pass this test because it teaches you how to “catch flies with honey”.

Right, a work in progress.

But, that’s when “IE” (we should call her to protect her identity) comes into the picture.  When IE wanted to see my het aakhu/netcharu (ancestor and guardian spirit house), I did a reading and my shells said “Yes with a blessing.” When IE saw the altar, the scent of the Florida Water and other colognes I had out for my spirits, she said reminded her of her late grandmother in Puerto Rico. A sort of calmness and peace overcame IE as she took in the various icons, images and symbols that adorned my sacred space. After a few minutes she said, “Thank you for allowing me to see this” and exited the room.

Now, I didn’t know why my spirits granted me permission to allow IE to gaze upon the altar, but I soon learned why.  You see, several months later IE and I were visiting my brother’s family, and while she was alone with my sister-in-law, she was asked what her thoughts were about me having an altar. IE told her, “I think what he is doing is right in line with my culture. It is not religious, it is spiritual,” which is what people on the island do all of the time.

PERFECT! Yep! She nailed it! No divide between me and my baby! No demonizing my ancestral ways.

You see, everywhere African people were taken during slavery, they hung on to their culture and today in places like Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil, Cosamaloapan, Haiti, Colombia, Jamaica, Dominica, etc.  The African influence is celebrated, loved, respected, cherished and used as a tool of liberation. Only stateside in the United States are we made to be ashamed of our history, heritage, culture, ancestral practices and literally pimped for our cultural ingenuity. Only, in the United States are we divided because of religion.

So, not too long after, I like the unsuspecting swimmer didn’t hear the Jaws music when my mother was visiting me and that’s when she attacked, “So, what does IE think about that altar-thing?”

“Well, Mom,” I said calmly and non-defensively, “To be honest with you, she is okay with it because it is not religious. It is spiritual. It is our culture and it reminded her of her culture and a practice that her grandmother would do.”

The look on Mom’s face….PRICELESS.

Why? Because our cultural practices are SPIRITUAL. It has nothing to do with going to a church, mosque, temple, etc. It is God and our ancestors that unite us and all of these Western religions that have divided us. In other words, spirituality is personal and is concerned with making us better individual by overcoming our egocentric lower spirit or Set.  This is how “they” get us all of the time, so we have to constantly remind ourselves about the true enemy.

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I am reminded of this every time I gaze and think about my het (spiritual house or altar).  As I have mentioned before, the Kamta altar draws upon the Afro-Cuban  Espiritismo Cruzado (Crossed Spiritist) tradition but is totally based upon the Kamitic tradition and the remnants of the Kongo philosophy that survived in North America. I draw upon the Espiritismo Cruzado because my godfather, Papa, taught me that the Cruzado altar called a boveda, was the most fluid, multi-purpose altar in the Afro-Diaspora that functions according to how you feel. I was taught that there were only two rules that should be obeyed when it comes to working with the boveda and they are: 1) always keep the altar clean, and 2) never put images of living people on it. Other than that, if you get a hunch, a feeling, a thought to place something or take something off of the het, then follow your intuition. If something doesn’t feel right, then remove it because you are in control and this is your altar. It was through following these rules that led me to find my spirits. As I said, it is spiritual, not religious, which means there is no dogma attached to it.

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Afro-Latin spirit guide altar or boveda

This needs to be clearly understood because similar icons are used and I have seen some people trying their best to put a trademark on our ancestry. No. You do you and let me do me! My godfather was an old, stern Black Cuban man. He was a babalawo (high priest in Santeria) and a member of the Abakwa Society, and in the little time that I knew him, he taught me a lot. And, one of the most important things he taught me about my spirits is that NO ONE CAN DENY YOU what you have experienced. If someone else didn’t experience it, guess what? They didn’t experience it but it doesn’t mean that your experience was not authentic.  Failure to understand the nature of one’s Spirit is how good people are taken advantage of.

This is why I don’t care if people believe what I do or not, because your spirituality is not a religion. It was not created to save your soul. It was created to help you to prosper while on earth. It is spiritual, which means it only needs to make sense to one individual and that is YOU.

Het Aakhu (House for Ancestors and Spirit Guide)

Kamta Ancestral Altar called a Het Aakhu (House for Ancestors and Spirit Guide)

It has to be remembered that our ancestors didn’t lose all of our culture as people claim. What our ancestors lost due to slavery was the philosophy and theology behind our cultural practices. So, the het aakhu (the ancestors/spirit guide altar) represents KAMTA or the spiritual realm where the aakhu dwell.  The cross symbolizes the four directions of universe and hence the presence of the Divine. I have nine clear glasses, symbolizing the nine netcharu who in my mind united with Osar (Asar, Ausar or Osiris) against Set.  I also use this symbolism to signify the various African ethnic groups or nations that were brought to the Americas and forced to work together for a common goal due to slavery. See How to Honor Your Ancestors the Kamitic/Kemetic Shaman Way.

Maa Aankh with Utchat

I put on my het photos of my ancestors but it is also adorned with icons of four important African American spirit guides who I believed helped my family to survive slavery. The first two iconic images are of an elderly black man and woman.  They are known by various names. In Cuba they are called Francisco y Francisca, in Brazil they are called Los Pretos Velhos (The Old Black Ones), in the Mexican tradition they are called Los Negritos (The Little Old Blacks People) and in the Puerto Rican tradition they were called Los Congos, Los Esclavos, La Madama, Negro Jose, etc. African Americans respectfully referred to these elderly men and women as Papa or Uncle and Momma and Auntie because they were believed to be the first Africans (or first descendants of these Africans) that were enslaved. Being the first, they still remember the Old Ways. Many, including myself, believe that these aakhu were Kongo spirits and this is why they are commonly associated with various Espiritismo spirits.

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Black Hawk’s watching all who approach the shrine.

There are also two Amerindian or Native American spirits that adorn my het as well. The first is Black Hawk (shown but his weapons and offerings are not shown) and second is a female spirit who sits across from him. There are numerous stories of how many Native Americans harbored runaway slaves and even adopted early African Americans into their tribes. While it is true that some Native Americans also participated in the slave trade in North America. History reveals that they were not as cruel as white slave owners and allowed their slaves to have various rights and could even marry into the tribe and their offspring were born free. The Native American spirits sit upon the het and continue to fulfill this role as protector spirits, so when I gaze upon my het. It reminds me of those brave souls that fled to the hush harbors in order to practice their spirituality.Black Hawk sits on the edge of the het with a watchful eye protecting my cultural practice.

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Npu (Enpu, Anpu or Anubis in Greek) is akin to Ellegua, Exu, Pomba Gira, Papa Legba, Lucero, St. Peter, Brer’ Rabbit, Anansi or Aunt Nancy, Nino de Atocha and the Native American spirits Coyote

I cannot show you my het netcharu (house for my guardian spirits) but above is a het (spirit house or altar) for Npu. Npu also called Anpu, Enpu or Anubis in Greek, some call him Sebek.  He is akin to all of the trickster spirits like Ellegua, Exu, Pomba Gira, Papa Legba, Lucero, St. Peter, Brer’ Rabbit, Anansi or Aunt Nancy, Nino de Atocha and the Native American spirits Coyote. Npu is a crossroad spirit as one of his praise names implies, Apuat means “Opener of the Way“.

According to legend, when Oset (Isis) learned that Set had killed Osar and she went in search of his body to provide him with a proper burial. Her initial search was unsuccessful, until Ra sent Npu to help her. Npu is therefore the finder of lost things. Like most trickster spirits, Npu is a psychopomp meaning he escorts or guides newly deceased souls into the afterlife and participates in the Opening of the Mouth ceremony, which established a soul as an ancestor. Npu therefore crosses in between two worlds, hence the crossroads.  He intercedes on our behalf and is everyone’s personal guardian but he wears the mask of a dog because dogs can be loyal or disloyal depending on how their owner treats them. When they are loyal, they will protect you, guide you and pull you in the safe direction, but when they are disloyal because of your maltreatment, they will lead you into a traps or run off when you need them the most.

In Kamta, the netcharu are not worshipped but they are treated as honored and respected. Since Npu’s like all crossroad spirits are unique to the individual. This Npu shown above is fond of cigars, coffee liquor and candy.

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These are just some of the spirits that I work with and this is the reason I was so happy to have told my Moms that it was SPIRITUAL, and that it was our culture and IE’s culture. It is our culture that unites us, and no Christian would dare say that their ancestors were enslaved in order to become a Christian. When you truly understand history, is when you will have Culture Freedom.

Yes, I finally did it! I finally passed the test without getting upset and without trying to explain why I do what I do to a “Parent that just doesn’t understand” and I owe it all to IE (Thanks Girl).

“Parents Just Don’t Understand” from Greatest Hits (1998) Before The Willenium (1999) Platinum & Gold Collection (2003) The Very Best of Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (2006) The Best of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (2010)

You see, we in the United States always feel that we have to explain ourselves because mainstream America has demonized our cultural way of life. As a result, we find ourselves really trying to explain our spiritual practices especially to our loved ones because even though we know our spirituality is not a religion. We have been told all of our lives that if we weren’t in the Church we were going to hell and a small part of us still believes this. We only stop believing in this lore and start accepting that heaven and hell are states of mind when we seriously begin honoring and working with our spirits. It only when this happens, we realize that we are truly free and the only thing that enslaves us is what we have been taught as children to believe.

On this 100th post, I am happy I have been able to touch so many peoples’ lives. I have met some amazing people through the LandofKam blog and I have enjoyed reading your comments, criticisms and suggestions. No, we’re not signing off but I just wanted to thank you all for your support and look forward to another 100 posts.

Hetepu.