Why We Do It? Is Spiritual Living Really Worth It?

30 09 2017

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

Family. Let me get real with you for a minute. Sometimes being spiritually minded is a pain in the a**.

You see, when we were in the church most of us taught to do the right thing because it guarantees you a place in heaven and prevents you from going to hell.  But, now that we have gotten older, more spiritually mature.  And, we realize the Divine does not reward or punish us because Nebercher – the Lord of Everything – our Perfect Creator –  is not biased or prejudice but truly objective and does not directly get involved in human affairs. Many of us lose sight as to why we are practicing being spiritual. In other words, we have no real goal or reason to be spiritually anymore.

What makes spiritual living even more gruesome and wish you had taken the blue pill like Cipher in the film the Matrix, is when you understand.  That part of the human spirit is subconscious, which means it controls all of our actions and behaviors that it indiscriminately learned from others – both right and wrong. Indiscriminately means that like a child, our subconscious solves problems by motivating us to do what Easy and what we feel, not necessarily what is Right. Therefore, most of the problems we have in our life begin in our head because we did not learn the unbiased, impersonal, or Right Way to solve our problems.

It all comes to head if you have a nagging wife that does not understand that the quickest way to drive a man away is to nag at him by focusing on petty faults and errors. Instead of being considerate, appreciative and giving praise about the wonderful qualities that both the husband and wife have.

Or, it all comes to a head when a brooding husband does not understand that psychologically speaking he commits adultery.  If he gives attention to destructive and negative thoughts, which can easily result in sharp and harsh remarks, anger, resentment and hostility. Instead of love, appreciation and honor.

Yes, all of this spiritual stuff comes to head when you are at your workplace and you feel that you are being taken advantage of by a jealous and self-entitled coworker who does more complaining than work.

And, the list of problems goes on…

These are all challenging situations that make us question why are we trying to be spiritual and what’s the purpose of it anyway.

Don’t throw in the towel. The reward or the reason we are here practicing spirituality is for spiritual power. This spiritual power comes from the Amun Ra moment, which is why it is important to ignore the feelings that motivate you to do the Easy thing, and instead do what is Right.

 

No, doing what is Right is not always going to be easy but the more you do it. The stronger you become. This is not pie-in-sky religious babble. This is where the real power comes from, which is the reason “they” do not want you to seriously practice Kemetic spirituality.

It is important to understand that spiritual living is not like religious living. In religious living, when you have a problem or a person annoying the crap out of you. You are taught to pray to have them removed from your life or pray that God can rescue you from this annoying person. But, in spiritual living, you invoke the Power of God so that the annoying individual will change.

Does this mean that you are supposed to take everyone’s crap and just let people walk all over you? The truth is that there is no definite answer to this question. For some people they can be like Dr. Martin L. King Jr. because they have a high tolerance level but for others they have short tolerance level. Before you judge who is right or wrong in regards to their tolerance level, think of how tolerant our Creator is towards us.

In fact, think of how patient, understanding, loving, etc. our Creator is towards us. Do you think that our Perfect Creator doesn’t want to just descend to the planet and smack us and say, “You are GOD! Stop acting like a FOOL!”?

But, why doesn’t our Nebertcher do it? Because how else would we learn.

Hetep

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Five Reasons You Should Have a Het (Spiritual House) for Your Spirits

29 09 2017

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings) Family.

You know, the other day I was looking at my het (spiritual house/altar) and just thinking about how much it has grown from a simple cloth on a wooden box to a two-story altar with a plethora of empowering images. As I gazed upon my het, I am reminded of how much I have grown from mimicking the altars of others out-of-ignorance, to being able to construct a het anywhere by drawing a gateway with a piece of chalk on the ground as my ancestors have done before me.

Kongo Cross used for Ventilation during Underground Railroad

I am amazed at how much I have grown from seeing ordinary objects with concrete images to seeing how anywhere that lines meet form a maa aankh and can become a sacred space.  I stare in awe as I gape upon the numerous images and glasses of libations, which reminds me of the sense of community that the Kemetic people used to defeat the shemsu Set (followers of Set). I see that for those of us on this shamanic path that our het is very important for five reasons and they are:

  1. Reminds You That You Are a God/Goddess. Western religions separate human beings from God and always depict divinities such as angels, saints, martyrs, etc. as towering and tyrannical entities similar to the Greek gods. In Kemetic shamanism we are reminded that the so-called gods and goddesses were once people too. When their images are placed on the het at eye level or on the ground, we are reminded that our Spirits are not above us, and we are not above them.  But that they need us just as much as we need them, just like Osar needed Hru and vice versa. A het is built on the floor to remind ourselves and our Spirits that they are warriors.  A het is built at eye level to remind us and the Spirits that we are here to help one another. Therefore, the het is visual reminder of the partnership that must be created between us and our Spirits in order to achieve our destiny.
Npu (Anubis) - The Opener of the Way

Npu (Anubis) – The Opener of the Way

  1. Reminds You That You Are Responsible for Your Life. While it may be a great relief to put all of our cares and worries in the lap of some cosmic deity. It does not erase the why we are here, which is the reason if we continue to struggle with certain issues and problems throughout our life. It is because this problem is tied to your destiny, which means you incarnated to this planet to learn how to overcome that issue. A het reminds you of your purpose and helps you to gather the spiritual strength to achieve your divine purpose, by reminding you of the life of those who came before you.
  1. Helps You to Elevate Your Thoughts. Believe it or not our Spirits know that life on earth is hard because our sahu (physical-body consciousness) has been created to help us to physically survive. Consequently, everything that we do in nature supports our lower self, which means we are naturally selfish and egotistical beings. It is because human beings have an Ab soul that we can choose to rise above our animalistic or lower nature to access our divine nature or BA (Higher Self). The problem is that we have to be constantly reminded of our divine nature because all it takes is for one thing such as someone cutting us off in traffic, flipping us the bird, etc. And, BAM! We forget that we are gods and goddesses having a human experience and revert to our lower self. The het helps us to remember that we are divine beings by allowing our Spirits to interact in our daily life. So, when someone cuts off in traffic, before reacting we notice that the car is red and black, hence Npu or when someone flips us the bird. We see signs of Setian influence all around that person and so on. In other words, the het helps us to see life from a cosmic perspective.
  1. Provide Space to Practice Your Magick. I hear people saying all the time, “Wo/Man were made in the likeness of God” which means that we are supposed to be gods and goddesses too, but when it comes to people demonstrating their godliness. All they do is beg God to save them or save someone else. The Christian speaker Jesus says that all of these things that he does, we will be able to do the same and more through the Father (the Christian code for the BA or Higher Self). This means that when we connect to our BA, we all have the power to bless, heal, etc. as Jesus has done. The het provides the space for us to practice our magick and realize our divine potential. It allows you to contribute to creation instead of being a pawn of nature.
  1. Frees You From Mental Slavery. The Western world was created to gratify our animalistic or lower self. It thrives on the survival of the fittest model, which requires that humanity like animals connive, enslave, steal and kill others to survive. Every aspect of Western society from their religion to politics, to their education to medicine, it is all driven by the same theme, which involves exploiting and subjugating others. This is why the Western society is flirting with disaster because it does not know how to teach its citizens how to get solutions from the BA (Higher Self). Even after the greatest Western minds like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and many others have attested to the power of this Higher Intelligence, Westerners refuse to explore and teach this truth, thus further encouraging its members of society to invest in their lower nature and ultimate demise.
    The het gives us an escape by helping us to communicate with souls of the past, thereby exploring new ways of how to solve old problems.

There are other reasons why the het is a very powerful spiritual tool and when you understand its importance.  It will become clear that the reason Westerners demonized our spiritual practices and destroyed our altars, shrines and collected our sacred objects, which they store in their museums, is because they could not reproduce the same results.  So instead, Westerners chose to eradicate free thought but thankfully the souls of the righteous do not die and our Spirits are always near. If you are sitting on the fence as to building a het for your Spirits, I hope this article will help you to build your Spirits a home.

Hetep





The Difference between Kamitic Spirituality and Western Religious Beliefs

29 07 2015

Hetepu (Peace & Blessings Family)

You know archaeologists, religious zealots and the lot would like people to believe that indigenous people all over the world just worship rocks, cows, trees, their ancestors, deities, etc. They would have you to believe that those of us in spiritual traditions are primitive and idol worshiping people.  And, that our entire spiritual way of life is illogical and based solely upon our feelings. That the Kamitic people just lucked upon the creation of the pyramids, medicine, mathematics, chemistry, philosophy, etc. That it was a fluke and that’s why the Kamitic civilization existed for thousands of years in peace.  In other words, they want people to believe that those of us in spiritual traditions are crazy.

Yet, nowhere in the history of the world is there a record of people who followed a traditional spiritual way of life raping, pillaging and warring with another, due to a difference in religious and spiritual beliefs. In fact, there is not even a record of this occurrence occurring in the Western world. Meaning you never heard of any ancient Greek, Roman or Norseman saying “I am going to kill you in the name of Zeus (Mars, Odin, etc.)!”

Zeus on Mt. Olympus molding the lives of men

Zeus on Mt. Olympus molding the lives of men

This never occurred until the three major Western religions came into existence. This is the first time that you hear or read of someone saying that they are going to kill another individual in the name of God (as if God can’t defend him/herself). In other words, it is the first time you hear of extreme religious fundamentalism.  In which you have a group of people saying “my god is stronger than your god!”

In other words, what they are saying is that “my beliefs are more important than your beliefs”, “my ideas are more important than your ideas”, “my way of life is more important than your way of life”, “my culture is more important than your culture”, “my people are more important than your people,” which means I need to annihilate you unless you convert to my way of life, my culture, my ideas, my beliefs”.

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19th-century European engraving of Arab slave-trading caravan transporting African slaves across the Sahara. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_slave_trade

That’s really what these religious zealots, fundamentalists and extremists are all saying and this is the premises of Western religious conquest.  It is the reason most of our ancestors all over the globe converted to Judaism, Christianity or Islam.  They didn’t convert to these faiths out of love. They converted to these faiths out of fear. The fear for their life, the fear for the safety of their love ones, the fear for their future, and the same fear that forced them to convert to these faiths, Is the same fear controlling these faiths now.

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CHARLESTON, SC – JUNE 23: A Denmark Vesey monument is seen in Hampton Park in Charleston, SC on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Denmark Vesey was founder of Emanuel A.M.E. Church who attempted to lead a slave rebellion in Charleston. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/06/26/the-turbulent-birth-of-the-emanuel-ame-church-and-why-it-terrified-white-charleston/

This is the reason it is heresy to ask questions about Jehovah, Yahweh, God or Allah.  It is the reason why one is labeled a heretic for asking or saying anything about the prophets or any discrepancy one finds in the religion.  This is mainly because most religious leaders in these religions don’t know the answers to these questions themselves because it is based upon beliefs, not actual practical experience.  It should now make sense why when you ask any religious zealot, any religious fundamentalist and extremist a practical question, they have to refer to their religious books.  They can never give you a straight, practical and wise answer because they don’t know. They never had the experience and don’t know how to access the wisdom to get it. You see they talk a good game about God being omnipotent, omnipresent and all-knowing but here is the proof that they don’t know God.

I mean think about it. If God is all – knowing and omnipotent, why do you have to defend God if someone says something that they don’t like? If God is so, all knowing, why can’t get their god to fix their community or country?  Why can’t their god stop them from fighting one another? Why can’t their god make them agree on one thing and unite all of their denominations? Why can’t their god solve their problems before trying to solve someone else’s? Not only that, why is their god so sensitive and easily offended? If their god is all knowing, why can’t their god let them ask questions or give them the answer before they ask? Why does their god become angry and have to threaten to kill them like an abusive parent to get them to praise him? It is because these people don’t know really know God for themselves and don’t understand that they are living in spiritual tyranny.

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This is why they always have to refer to their books.  Now, if you went to a doctor and every time you asked a question, he or she had to look up in a medical book to give a diagnosis. Would you believe that they know what they are doing? Same holds true for these religions of the book because they were conceived out of fear. That is the fear of what might happen. The fear of the future. The fear of whatever…

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The Kamitic spiritual tradition (and all other indigenous spiritual traditions) was conceived out of love. That is the love of God, the love of one another, the love of family, the love of community, the love of nature, and so on. Our rituals are not done to appease an angry god. In other words, if we don’t do something it is not like God is going to strike us down or curse us. We don’t pray and do rituals to benefit God because the Divine is, that’s right – omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. What then would be the purpose of praising God? So the purpose of praying and doing rituals is to benefit ourselves, our loved ones, our community, etc.  We don’t worship our ancestors. The purpose of working with our ancestors is so that we don’t lose our selves. All of our rituals are based upon the some aspect of the energy of universal love and for the record, romantic love is just a fragment of this universal energy.

You see there are only two main energies in our universe and they are universal love and fear. The Kamitic sages were masters of symbols, which is why they symbolized fear as Set.  They understood that fear is based upon ignorance and therefore limited understanding of life. When you act out of fear, you act out of ignorance. You don’t know what you are doing because you are afraid. You constantly have to refer to books and manuals because you don’t have any real practical experience, so you must refer to another’s.  You are dependent solely upon the physical things you know.

Set of TASETT (from Maa Aankh 2)

Set – the Kamtic symbol for Fear

Universal love was symbolizes as Osar. The Kamitic sages understood that love is based upon knowledge. Knowledge is not a collection of books and texts. It is inner and outer knowing. When you act out of love you know what you are doing. You are driven to know out of passion. You are passionate about the subject you are interested in to the point that anyone can ask you anything about it, and you can answer. You know the subject inside and out because you not only believe it but you have lived it.

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Osar the Kamitic symbol of Universal Love

This is the reason most people on the spiritual traditional path can give you a logical explanation for partaking in a particular ritual. The reason most of these people (and spiritual traditional practitioners all around the world) were called primitive in the first place, was because they could not explain their practices in a way that Westerners could understand it.  In other words, they couldn’t explain their complex and abstract ideas to Westerners using Western language. If these people were to use their own language, you will find that they had a scientific explanation behind everything that they did. We never hear about it because Westerners have convinced the world that logical thinking is a sign of intelligence and abstract thought is primitive.

Portuguese ship

Portuguese ship

This is how Westerners were able to convince all indigenous people that they were superior.  The story is the same all over the globe.  Every indigenous nation that Europeans encountered was amazed by their technological wonder and equated this (and everything Westerners possessed particularly their “perspective” religion because initially Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all derived from ancient African traditions) as a sign of greatness. We need to understand this because once you see that Westerners ability to create technological wonders has not improved relationships between men and women, cured diseases (since polio) or removed the threat of a nuclear war.  Then you will see the great Western illusion and realize that true power/greatness comes from within and stop giving your power to a system designed to oppress you. We have to realize that the only thing that is enslaved is our mind but by returning to our ancestral ways it can be liberated. Four hundred years can’t stop what has been going on for centuries.

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This is why you can’t and you won’t find rich symbolism in Western religions because if functions out of fear and has a limited perspective.  This is the reason if you ask any of these religious zealots and fundamentalist why they must attend the synagogue, temple, church or mosque.  They are going to give the same answer which is to praise and worship God.  I hope you are beginning to see that all of these three major Western religions are based upon tragedy or the possibility of some imminent threat. Understand this is no different from worshiping a volcano and hoping it doesn’t erupt like Joe Versus the Volcano.

Maa Aankh Cosmology

Now, I know that there are benefits for engaging in the ritual practice of attending church or some other religious service but I am trying to get you to see the difference is in the focus and purpose. I am also trying to help you to understand why so many people are leaving these religions (or abandoning religion completely), while explaining that true salvation and liberation can be found in returning to our cultural spiritual traditions.

Understand, most religious beliefs are based upon an ideology, which means it is subject to change depending upon circumstances.  This is the reason there are so many religious denominations and so much politics in these religions. Not only that, these religious ideologies makes one totally dependent the religion, the state, and others because they learn that they can’t save themselves. Salvation must come from another. In other words, you are set up to be a slave or pawn in someone’s system.

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Kamitic spirituality (and most spiritual traditions) on the other hand are based upon reality, which means they focus on achieving tangible results. Therefore, one learns how to be responsible and self-discipline.  Again, I must say that it is not as if individuals in spiritual traditions don’t have problems because we do. The difference is that we don’t just say and believe that God is omnipotent, all – knowing and omnipresent.  We believe that since we were made in the image of God and that God is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient that the essence of the Divine is within all of us, and on a minute scale we have the same divine attributes. Our problems stem from us not knowing how to use our divine powers. We pray, do rituals, etc. in order to use our divine powers appropriately, so that we can improve our life, and therefore know from experience God for ourselves.

Hope this helps.





Hru (Heru, Horus) Knows that Nonviolence is Predicated on His/Her Opponent Having a Conscience

27 07 2015

Hetepu (Peace and Blessings) Family.

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.)

You know when most people hear the term “spiritual blindsided” they immediately equate it with being caught off guard by a situation resulting in inappropriate behavior, like losing their temper. While this is one aspect of being spiritually blindsided, from an ancient African perspective when an individual is too spiritual they can be blinded as well resulting in them being imbalanced. Imbalance from the Kamitic perspective is symbolized as having one eye usually the Right Eye of Ra.

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Spiritual imbalance is often symbolized by the Right Eye of Ra because it corresponded to the limited understanding of our subconscious.

Balance in the Kamitic tradition is symbolized as Maa, personified by the spirit (netchar) Maat and it is the most important theme in Kamitic spirituality because it leads to enlightenment.  Most people don’t see this because there is still a lot of confusion about whom and what is Maa and Maat.  This confusion exists because Western archeologists and scholars have interpreted our ancient ancestral writings from their limited perspective but they don’t understand African thought.  As a result, many of us are trying to equate Maa with karma believing that Maa is all about “reaping what you sow” or the belief that some final judgement is to make everything alright. I was guilty of this when I was younger as well thinking that in order to master the Maa I had to commit the 42 Laws of Maat to memory.  I also believed that some great cosmic event was going to overturn the society and people who acted “good” were going to be saved.  It wasn’t until I began working with my ancestors that I began to truly see that Maa is the symbol of Law, Balance, Order, Righteousness and Truth; and on a weekly thanking Maat for bringing “balance and order into my life” that I began to get a holistic perspective. Maa also corresponds to Insight because once you see the truth you know it and it will make you aware, which is why in the Story of Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiris) it is alluded that the hero Hru had his eye gouged out by the enemy Set. This eye was none other than the Left Eye of Ra.

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.)

You see the maa (balance, law, order, truth, etc.) for one person is not going to be the same for another because we are all unique, which means the words, acts, behaviors, things, etc. that create imbalance in my life, most likely are going to differ from yours.  The Maa is the same for all beings on the planet and one of our objectives is to learn how to live in harmony with it. This is the reason we have to have a very clear understanding about the divinity within our being and understand that certain things are not just detrimental to our being, but to families, friends, community and the entire society. Let me explain.

When Charles Darwin wrote the Descent of Man in 1871, where he talks about how after studying nature there seemed to be a survival of the fittest that exist. English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley, known as “Darwin’s Bulldog” was the individual that advocated and promoted this idea.  Thereby, validating the belief that it was natural for human beings to compete and dominate one another because the same behavior occurs in the wild.

Consequently, the “survival of the fittest” trend has been promoted all over the globe as the natural way we are supposed to live as human beings. It is the philosophical mantra used throughout the Western world on how to do everything from engaging in a relationship with one another to how to conduct business. It is a continual cycle of competition because adult males and females are taught as children that they have to fight with one another (Battle of the Sexes), and since children imitate what they see. They attend school or meet on the playground to compete or dominate their peers in whatever ways they possibly can. Of course, if the child has suitable resources (leadership, economic, etc.) in their community, they are able to act out their competitive and domineering energies in sports or some other extracurricular activities. If they do not, then the child engages in destructive and illicit activities and this where the problem appears to begin.

Once an atrocity or heinous act is committed by a child, young adult, a group of young adults, etc., is when you find people on both sides of aisle playing the blame game. Some will argue that it was due to the lack of resources that created the condition for a heinous act to be committed. While others will argue that the “lack of resources” is an excuse and that the real problem is simply that people won’t take responsibility and get with the program. In other words, the reason so many children are doing poorly is because they have deadbeat fathers, unwedded mothers and a lack of ethics and morals. This cycle of blaming continues to go on and on to it being about language.  All of this occurs while people wait for the next major atrocity to occur to react to.  All while missing that the root cause stems from this limited mindset that we all have about life.

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The facts are that Darwin only mentioned “survival of the fittest” a couple of times in his book, which was distorted by Huxley. Darwin mentioned the word “love” over 90 times because he noticed that while nature is competitive. It is also cooperative.  Darwin noted that the reason human beings were able to evolve without the agility, speed and strength that animals have is because we learned how to cooperate with one another for the greater good.

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We see examples of these two traits all throughout nature of animals from the smallest to the largest primates. A herd of gazelles work together to protect one another (especially the young) from predators.

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Elephants exhibit this same behavior trait.  Animals are only aggressive when they feel threatened.  Ants for instance, are aggressive whenever they need to defend their territory or kill in order to eat, but they build they are very cooperative with the rest of nature in order to live.

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In other words, animals only kill when they have to. A lion doesn’t hunt down a whole herd of gazelles. They only kill what they need and it is done to feed their entire pride, pack, streak (or community). The rest of their existence is spent do what is necessary for the pride, pack, streak, etc.

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This competitive/cooperative aspect that exists in nature is what the Kamitic sages would call the Maa. It is not The Law per se, but all of nature follows it. It is not The Balance, but since all of nature follows it everything in nature is balanced.  It is not The Truth per se, but is the absolute truth because no matter where we go. We see that everything in nature adheres to this same scheme.

Scale of Maa

Scale of Maa

The Kamitic people understood that Maa should exist between fire and water, earth and sky, male and female, aggressive and passive, etc. When Maa doesn’t exist within an individual, community or society, there is imbalance or chaos. The Kamitic rulers and sages understood this concept so well that when they went to war (competitive), they didn’t totally annihilate their adversaries like the Americans did when they decided to drop the A –bomb on the already defeated Japanese during WWII to demonstrate their might. No, the Kamitians simply fought enough in order to eliminate the threat.  The defeated region was brought into the Kamitic fold if they chose to do so, but it was all done for the greater of the whole. This is the reason when the Kamitians defeated their enemies (like the Hyskos) they didn’t annihilate them. They simply beat them into submission.

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An analysis of Kamitic history will reveal that they like other traditional Africans and non – Westerners (like the Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Indigenous of Australia, etc.) basically lived their lives based upon a consensus. That is by doing what is best for the whole by sacrificing the wants of the few for the many.  This is the same behavior that we see in nature and this cooperative energy is what the Kamitic people personified as the spirit (netchar) Osar (Asar, Ausar or Osiris in Greek).  Which legend tells us that Osar was the inventor of agriculture (through the help of his wife), the legendary ruler that united the people and brought civilization all through cooperation. Osar is attached to the superconscious mind or the Ba part of our being (the unlimited part of our mind symbolized as KAMTA), which functions out of love.

KAMTA – The Black Lands (symbol of our Higher Self and the Superconscious Mind) ruled by Osar (Asar, Ausar or Osiris in Greek). The realm of our aakhu (ancestral spirits and spirit guides) and the netcharu (guardian spirits).

Clearly you see that this is not the same type of society that we live in today. The American society sacrifices the wants and needs of the many for the selfish desires of the individual or selected few.  We can see this same competitive and selfish behavior throughout the Western world. You can call it democracy, capitalism, socialism, communism, etc. but it is all the same because it is not based upon the true nature of the human being, which is to love or cooperate with one another. It is based upon competition and conquest.  An analysis of Western thought throughout history will show this which is the reason Christopher Columbus is still celebrated as a national hero despite the fact that he initiated the decimation of the Amerindian people throughout the Americas. He is clearly a symbol used to advocate and promote the interests of the selected few over the many. Understand. Christopher Columbus is celebrated as a national hero because he symbolizes competition and conquest. This is the reason American history books continue to promote the idea that Columbus brought civilization to the “New World” or Americas as if the Amerindians weren’t civilized. This arrogant, egotistical, limited and selfish energy is what the Kamitic people called the spirit Set, which is attached to the subconscious mind or the sahu part of our being (the limited part of our mind symbolized as TASETT), which manifests itself out of fear.

TASETT – The Red Lands (symbol of our lower self and the subconscious mind) ruled by Set (Seth, Set-an, the Devil). The physical realm of the living.

Osar is the energy of cooperative love and Set is energy of competitive fear. Westerners will tell you that Set is the devil and we are taught to be afraid of him again because they don’t understand African thinking. Both love and fear are energies with positive and negative aspects like any other energy. It is natural to fear because it prompts you to take protective measures, but too much fear or uncontrolled fear will result in you destroying your life or the lives of others. Love is the same way. If one is too cooperative they end up being abused and misused by predators.  This is the reason Kamitic sages kept stressing that people live a life of Maa.

Our ancestors lived in a similar society like the Kamitic people did but when the Europeans abducted, enslaved and brought them to the Americas, this way of life was interrupted. (I say interrupted because many of our families after slavery was abolished continued to live their lives based upon a consensus of the whole). Slowly but surely many of them were assimilated into the American society, and in time we lost this philosophical perspective about life. Again, many people want to claim that it was because of Christianity but I found that this is not totally true.

We have to accept and understand contrary to popular belief that all of our ancestors weren’t forced into Christianity. Many of our ancestors from the Kongo – Angolan region were Christians or at least familiar with the Christian faith prior to being brought to the Americas. When these Africans were brought to North America, they already had in their minds a working syncretized model of their indigenous beliefs and Christianity. In other words, the Africans from the Kongo – Angolan region had a spiritual system of resistance in their mind, which I strongly believe they taught to the other Africans brought to North America.

History shows that when the England commissioned the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPG) to Christianize Native Americans and Africans in the New World to protect English interest, so that the colonies wouldn’t be taken over by France and Spain. The Anglican missionaries had a difficult time completing their tasks for a number of reasons.  It was difficult for them to convert the Amerindians because the Native Americans being familiar with the land could easily flee back to their villages. Many enslaved Africans were able to resist the conversion because they didn’t make a distinction between spiritual and secular, so they had already conceptualized that “salvation” meant “freedom” from slavery. When Euro – American slaveholders witnessed this change in attitude and behavior, they strongly objected to the conversion to Christianity.

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It wasn’t until the 1800s that most enslaved and free descendants of Africa willingly converted to Christianity.  Many of them fond of the plain – styled preaching of Baptist and Methodist ministers, along with the fact that these denominations initially opposed slavery, while allowing the blacks to practice Christianity according to their African beliefs, which consisted of spirit possession, dancing, singing and shouting, is the reason many willingly converted to the Christian faith.

Later on, Christian missionaries in an effort to placate the growing concern among slaveholders in North America, perverted the Christian teachings and began preaching to the Africans the “good slave” doctrine (instruction), which is, that part of their Christian duty was to be a good slave by obeying their masters, protecting their slave owners property and not destroying it. It was the “good slave” doctrine that eventually led to the creation of the Curse of Ham myth, which was that blacks were inferior to whites because after the biblical Noah’s son Ham witnessed his father drunk and naked.  Noah cursed Ham’s descendants (people of dark skin) to all be slaves.

Slaveholders became aware that religion (or anything for that matter) could be used as a tool of control in the 1800s, but early African Americans like Denmark Vessey (1820) and Nat Turner (1831) also were aware that religion could be used as a tool of liberation because they saw the hypocrisy of Christian slaveholders. This allowed them to get a holistic view as many people of African descent did who rebelled against the institution of slavery.

The problem that many of us have today is that we have been taught to love or be passive and cooperative but not to be aggressive and competitive. As a result, we have a limited or narrow view of life. On the other hand, there are those of us who reject the passive and cooperative aspect and have embraced wholeheartedly the aggressive and competitive aspect thinking that this will solve our problems.  The thing is that we have to understand that both perspectives (the cooperative symbolized by Osar and the competitive symbolized by Set) by themselves will lead to a great imbalance.  We can’t be polarized by one or the other.  We need both because separately they are not Maa.

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Maa is symbolized as Hru who is the son of Osar and the nephew of Set, which is why Hru wears the white crown of KAMTA (Osar’s crown) and the red crown of TASETT (Set’s crown), known as the double white and red Pschent crown. It is the Kamitic symbol of self – mastery and self – discipline, which means that Hru can be aggressive and passive whenever he or she needs to be.

This means that Hru can love and cooperate with everyone like Osar, but he ain’t no fool and knows that everyone is not on that same level. He saw examples of this through his uncle Set. This is why Hru is all about forgiving people for their sins and the wrongs they have committed, but understands that through Maa that one has to right their wrong in order for them to be forgiven because the energy is not balanced. Hru believes and works towards a nonviolent society, but understand the physical reality that we must protect ourselves.  Hru understands what Baba Kwame Ture (aka Stokely Carmichael) expressed and I paraphrase that “nonviolence is predicated on your opponent having a conscience”1. This is why Hru is situated in the middle of the Maa Aankh cosmogram.

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We need to understand this because I have seen people take this limited perspective with them everywhere they go. They will take this narrow view and they may say Osar (Asar, Ausar or Osiris), Obatala or whatever, but they are still approaching it from this limited one – sided perspective of either being all about cooperation or competitive. This is why we hear of so much corruption in organized and diaspora traditions.  Fortunately, it can all be corrected and balance restored by working with our ancestors.

See, the ancestors from the ancient African perspective are the pallbearers of Maa. Since they do not have a physical body they are not limited by time and space, which means that they can see what we can’t see and have the ability to go anywhere. When we include them in our lives, they can provide us with a holistic perspective through our dreams, visions and divination that stretches beyond our physical eyes. You see divination will give you insight on if you need to attend an event or not, or if someone can be trusted or not. If someone is being truthful or selfish and so on.  There are some divination tools (oracles) that give you insight on how to make partnerships works.  In other words, through working with our ancestors we get a holistic view that is not just based upon our beliefs and opinions, which can and are usually wrong.

The Eyes of Ra (Provide a Holistic Perspective)

The Eyes of Ra (Provide a Holistic Perspective)

Could you imagine if before we went to the voting polls we came together, asked our ancestors for guidance and did a reading on the candidate that would be beneficial to us, how much our life would change? Just the thought of it should give you goosebumps!  And, I am going to let you in on a secret. People like the Chinese having been doing it for years and the thing is that we have been doing it as well because this is how Hru was able to defeat his enemy through the intercession of his ancestor.  This is the only way we will be able to defeat our physical and spiritual enemies as well.

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We have to realize that the reason the Kamitic civilization became great was because of the rapport they had with their ancestors (aakhu). Proof of this fact can be seen all along the Nile with various structures dedicated to the highest of ancestors. Learning the history of what our ancestors did was great, but the only way to trigger the ancestral consciousness within our being is by incorporating our ancestors into our lives.

Ancestor veneration and divination is a cultural practice that we have been made to be ashamed of only because it is effective and it is not beneficial to the Setian system we find ourselves in today. This is why it is important that you understand that if the idea of honoring your ancestors and communicating with them on a daily or weekly basis spooks you.  It is because the spirit Set has a hold on you. In fact, if you go to a Chinese or Vietnamese restaurant or store, and you aren’t spooked by their shrines greeting you at their place of business, but the image of an African divinity frightens you and makes you cry out “heathen, idolatry, evil, etc.” Then, Set really has a hold on you because you see no problem in honoring (or respecting) the cultural practices and ideology of another culture used to resist selfish Western values, but find fault in your own ancestral practices used for the same exact psychological reasons.

We need to return to our ancestral way, which will help us to see beyond the superficialities that keep us falling for the same poli-tricks or pile of tricks (politics) that keeps us from building the future we want for our children. It is the only way we can restore Maa back into our lives.

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Hope that helps.

 

1. “Dr. King’s policy was that nonviolence would achieve the gains for black people in the United States. His major assumption was that if you are nonviolent, if you suffer, your opponent will see your suffering and will be moved to change his heart. That’s very good. He only made one fallacious assumption: In order for nonviolence to work, your opponent must have a conscience. The United States has none.” – Stokely Carmichael.





Practicing the Maa Aankh (Kamitic Righteous Living)

20 09 2014

Hetepu (Peace) Family.

You know, since the conception and creation of the Maa Aankh, I have found this simple yet complex diagram to be remarkably beautiful and powerful in its ability to guide me to more profound truths. First, the Maa Aankh cosmogram is based upon the surviving Bantu-Kongo philosophies that were brought to North America via the slave trade and syncretized with Pentecostal Christianity, which has been combined with Kamitic (Ancient Egyptian) and traditional Kongo philosophy in order to restore one back to his or her glory.

You see, I learned contrary to popular belief, that early African Americans did not lose all of their cultural practices as initially thought. It appears this way only because a substantial amount of African American culture (language, beliefs, foods, etc.) has been absorbed by the greater and dominant American society.

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Kongo Cross on Colonoware

Archaeological artifacts and historical documentation reveals that a substantial amount of African American culture survived the enslavement period primarily because of the Bantu-Kongo cosmogram known as the Dikenga, Yowa or Kongo Cross.

Kongo Cross used for Ventilation during Underground Railroad

Kongo Cross used for Ventilation during Underground Railroad

This is the reason generally speaking African Americans unconsciously continue to engage in similar cultural practice that have been found throughout the Afro-diaspora (especially in regards to honoring the dead), despite not having any knowledge of other African and African derived traditions.

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 This is because what I discovered was that early African Americans did not lose their culture. Instead what early African Americans loss was their cultural philosophy and theology, which is the indigenous, traditional or ancestral explanation that explains the purpose behind the cultural practice. To compensate for this loss and combat the cruelty of slavery, early African Americans adopted and borrowed concepts from Protestant Christianity.  Today however, the concepts of Christianity have outlived their purpose which explains why the number of churches and temples within in our steadily declining communities, is steadily rising, but none of the problems that exist are being solved. (Hence, “Everyone believes they are called to be a preacher or some other religious leader.” In truth they are just ego-tripping.) As a result, this has inspired many (myself included) to search for an unadulterated cultural philosophy.

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Unfortunately, when I tried to research the traditional philosophy of the Bantu-Kongo, I discovered that because the Kongo- Angolan region was the first to encounter the Europeans.  They were also the most devastated by the Transaltantic Slave trade, imperialism and civil discord, which meant that most of the traditional Bantu-Kongo philosophies was lost (especially with the passing of the great Kongo scholar Dr. Kimbwandende Kia Bunseki Fu-Kiau).

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Thankfully, the Kamitic (Ancient Egyptian) Amun Ra tradition had similar beliefs as the Bantu-Kongo.

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So when I combined the Kamitic beliefs with the existing Kongo Cross information that survived in North America; through channeling it led to the creation of the Maa Aankh.

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The Maa Aankh like most sacred cosmograms or medicine wheels found around the world, can be interpreted a number of ways depending upon how you use it. The following are some of the most common interpretations:

From a personal perspective, since the Kamitic word “Maa” meaning balance, order, righteousness and truth, and “Aankh” means life or to swear an oath. The Maa Aankh can be translated as “To swear an oath to live truth” or “Righteous Living.” From a group or tribal perspective the Maa Aankh could be interpreted to mean the “Order of Life” or “Holistic Living.”

These different interpretations are all based upon the basic understanding of the Maa Aankh, which consists of land above and the land below symbolizing Earth surrounded by four discs.  These discs symbolize the four moments of the sun described in KiKongo as – Sunrise (Kala – Black), Midday (Tukula – Red), Sunset (Luvemba – White) and Midnight (Musoni – Yellow, when the sun is believed to be shinning on the other side). The four solar discs also symbolize man and woman’s soul and correspond exactly to the Kamitic Amun Ra divinities birth – Khepera (Creative Ra or Creative Power), life – Ra (Authoritative Ra or Overseeing Power), death – Ra Atum (Complete Ra or simply the Power of Revolution) and rebirth – Amun Ra (Hidden Ra or Hidden Power).

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Thereby indicating that the Kamitic gods are not gods at all but are abstract concepts and attributes of God describing the evolution of one’s soul and consciousness.

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From a metaphorical perspective the Maa Aankh provides deeper insight into the Kamitic Story of Osar when the land above is symbolized as TASETT – the Red Lands or Lower Kamit ruled by Set, and the land below is symbolized as KAMTA – the Black Lands or Upper Kamit ruled by Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiris in Greek). According to legend Osar came into power when humanity was at its lowest, but he managed to uplift his people by teaching them Maa. All loved Osar but his youngest brother Set had grown increasingly jealous of Osar and eventually killed him.  Thanks to the loving devotion of Oset (Aset, Auset, Isis in Greek), Osar’s beloved wife, Hru (Hrw, Heru or Horus in Greek) the heir of Osar was born, who after surviving many attempts on his life as a child. Hru grew to adulthood but after being visited in his dream by his deceased father Osar who instructed him to avenge his wrongful death. Hru challenged his evil uncle for the throne. Finally after numerous battles and litigation, Hru finally defeated his uncle and united the kingdom.  This is why he rests in the center of the Maa Aankh, wearing both crowns, indicating that everything extends and everything returns.

Again metaphorically speaking, the Story of Osar can be interpreted a number of ways. Consequently, some see the story as a metaphorical retelling of historical events, while some others may interpret it as a prophecy.  In either case, because the Story is a great story, no interpretation is incorrect because each interpretation communicates a deeper truth about the fight between good and evil.

Hru Osar and Set

Hru Osar and Set

However, metaphysically speaking which means going beyond the physical.  When TASETT is used to symbolize our subconscious self or the division of our being that functions on autopilot in our daily visible life, while KAMTA (since black also refers to invisible) is is used to symbolize our superconscious self or the intuitive part of our being, and Hru is conscious self.  The Story of Osar due to the Maa Aankh takes on a more profound meaning. It indicates that since Osar is the ruler of KAMTA or our intuitive superconscious memories (ancestors, spirit guides, angels, spiritual energies, hidden forces, etc.) and Set is the ruler of TASETT or our habitual, personal subconscious memories (all the conditionings, habits and learnings we have acquired in this present life time, etc.).  In other words, it is the conscious use of our subconscious that leads to our divine awakening.

Osar as Lord of KAMTA (the Black Lands)

Osar as Lord of KAMTA (the Black Lands)

The Story of Osar therefore becomes an allegory about the constant daily fight we all must undergo between our higher, superconscious, divine self and our lower, subconscious, ego self. Meaning our salvation or spirituality is all about learning how to surrender control to our higher spirit, higher self or Osar, instead of being controlled by our lower spirit, lower self, ego or Set.

The Maa Aankh from this perspective is a visual reminder what all the great sages of humanity have told us since the time of immemorial, that the Kingdom of God is found within. In other words, peace, happiness, prosperity and power are all ethereal concepts, which mean they can’t be found externally. These attributes can only be found within by looking beyond the physical. In other words, the only one who can save you is yourself and as soon you realize this, is when you will be free.

Hope that helps.

Hetep (Peace)