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?

Courtesy of Wikipedia

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





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.

Blank Chalkboard

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.

Chalkboard

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.

Blank Chalkboard

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?

bypass

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.

Clean Slate

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.





Acknowledging the Shamanic Calling and Ignoring the Illusionary Dream

5 11 2012

Hetepu (Peace) Family,

Keanu Reeves as John Constatine, Djimon Hounsou as Papa Midnite and Shia LeBoef as Chas Kramer

Recently I received an email from an individual that wanted to know more about the Calling. In this email the individual had expressed that they believed that they were called to be a shaman but they were not sure. They told me that they were confused about the whole issue, but further inquiry into their reasoning for wanting to know more about the Calling.  Was that they were trying to use the situation to justify engaging in some illegal and harmful practices.  When I told this individual that just because some shamans engage in certain practices out of tradition doesn’t mean that we all have to. This individual had already made up their mind, and I got the impression that they already had certain paraphernalia in their possession. When I tried to contact the individual and tell them that they needed to contemplate their decision and really speak with their ancestors. This individual could no longer be reached or at least they wouldn’t respond to my emails.

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I had seen this before but not to this extent that is people misusing spiritual traditions to justify their lower self-ambitions. The first time I witnessed this was when I met a young man who wanted to be a Rastafarian, only later to discover that the reason Rastafarianism appeared to him was because he wanted to smoke weed (marijuana).

REAL SPIRITS

I am not angry or upset with this individual because I understand with all the New Age material that has been published lately about shamanism. It is very easy to believe that anytime you feel a strong urge to do something, to mistake it as your calling, but I want people to be warned because in the West.  People have a bad habit of taking parts of other people’s cultures and traditions to suit their egotistic purposes. Don’t do this with shamanism. Don’t mess with the ancestors and other spirits like that. I don’t care how cliche’ or superstitious it may sound. When you offend REAL SPIRITS they will have you walking around thinking you are all that, not realizing that you are a making a serious fool of yourself.

REAL SPIRITS will back and support you when they want you to do something. Why? I don’t know. In fact I stopped trying to figure out why and how things work on the other side in KAMTA anyway.  The reason I stopped trying to figure out why is because I noticed that every time I did, I got more and more confused. In fact, every time I pressed the issue. I got more and more confused. It comes to now that the reason this was happening is because I was not dead, so I functioned with a different vibe then them. So let me be clear.

Shamanism is a Beautiful yet Dangerous Fire

Shamanism is great! I love everything about it.  It is the only tradition that I have found that is both mystical and practical.   Besides that, shamanism is one of the few traditions that anyone can practice and you don’t have to be initiated in order to practice it. In fact you don’t have to follow any particular path or system or mimic what other people do. All you have to do is listen to your ancestral spirits. This is what I tried to explain to the individual that contacted me trying to get my approval. But, here is where the danger lies, in its simplicity. Because no one comes out and physically tells an individual that they can or cannot call them self a shaman, People are going out in the world claiming to be a shaman and they haven’t been authorized by their ancestral spirits to do so.  Simply put these individuals have not been baptized by the spirits. If you are wondering if you have been authorized by the spirits to be a shaman. You most likely have not because you would know and no one has to tell you. This doesn’t mean that you can’t practice shamanism such as honoring your ancestors and the various guardian spirits in your life, because you can. Shamanism from this perspective and for you is simply meant to be a family practice.  It just means at this level you are not authorized to help other people at the present. For instance, in Cuba, just about everyone knows a little something about the spirits. Many of the people will share with you what worked for them because the Afro-Cuban spiritual traditions are passed around like folk traditions. But, when real problems occur, they will tell you to go see a babalawo, the high priest or some other spiritual authority.  These are individuals that have gone through some training or have at least had some experience dealing with spiritual matters.

If you haven’t gone through the rigorous training or overcome your lower self and you are declaring that you have spiritual authority. You are preparing yourself to go into gunfight without a bulletproof vest or even a weapon, just book knowledge like Shia LeBoef’s character in the cult classic Constantine.

I am not trying to scare you away, but if you are scared you should be, because that is what will make you respect your spirits and all of the other spirits you encounter.   Shamanism is nothing to play around with. If you are serious, respectful and responsible, you will do well, but if not.  You will find yourself days, weeks, months or sometimes even years later waking up wondering, “How the hell did I get here?”

 The Calling

Now there’s a bit of confusion on really what the Calling is about. I will not go into why this confusion exist because we don’t have time, but let me explain what the Calling is about from my perspective.    We have all been in situations where an idea comes to us or a little small voice tell us, “Turn down that road”, “Don’t say that”, “Don’t forget this,” and so on. Then when we don’t listen to it, we find ourselves wishing we had. The reason this occurs is because according to the maa aankh when our ab – soul awareness is introverted and at the Amun Ra moment.  We are open and our aakhu (ancestral spirits), netcharu (guardian spirits) or (as some choose to believe) God, is able to provide us with quick counsel, because the automatic lower part of our being – the sahu – is busy focusing on us walking or some other mundane activity.

Maa Aankh

When we receive this quick counsel it appears in our awareness as a bright idea, flash of insight, intuitive thought, premonition, an epiphany or an A-ha moment because it is reminiscent of the lunar brilliance of Amun Ra.

The reason we receive this quick counsel is because we are in danger of wandering off course and altering our destiny our purpose – our maa.  So, this quick counsel comes to us like a siren going off breaking the silence. When we receive this quick counsel we need to act upon it because as the maa aankh illustrates the maa connects Amun Ra with the Ra.  This means when we have that premonition, flash of insight, bright idea, an A-ha moment. If we do not act upon it, symbolized as the Ra moment.  It will lead to us having unfortunate circumstances, since the Ra leads to Ra Atum – the setting sun, death or drastic change.

Well, the same thing occurs when we are Called. Many people think that the Calling only refers to being Called to be a shaman or to enter into the pulpit to be a preacher, but the Calling actually refers to be called to implement any physical change as dictated by the Spirit(s). When an individual is Called, they are actually called to be a problem fixer. The reason they are Called is because they are in a position to make things right or bring balance to a situation where there is none.  This is why when you received the calling; you have a sudden awakening or change in consciousness that something is not right. So the things you use to do, you don’t do anymore because you don’t see the logic or see it benefiting anyone.  That’s really what the Calling is about.

We have all heard that if you don’t answer the Calling you will experience setbacks. Well, the reason when you don’t acknowledge the Calling and don’t work to accept it by implementing change you experience problems. Is because remember, when you have an epiphany, a-ha moment, etc. and you don’t act upon it, you have problems for not following your intuition.  Well, the same occurs when you ignore the Calling because you are responsible for making change and it rests on your conscience. You become just as responsible for those creating the problem by not working to eradicate it. The only way to answer the Calling is to work at creating the change that Called you in the first place.

For instance, I have a cousin who was a drug addict but now runs a successful substance abuse program helping others to overcome their addiction. When I asked him what made him change his life and decide to become a substance abuse counselor. He told me that while doing drugs he basically had a vision telling him that he need to stop and help others, but he refused to follow his intuition. He kept having the same vision but he refused to follow it. Then after ignoring his intuition for so long, he had an accident and caught on fire.  After his accident, while recovering he began to go through the proper channels to overcome his addiction and in addition help others. After being clean for several years he began helping others to do the same. So you see, his Calling was also his cure or salvation.

This is rarely mentioned in books, but most people that are Called often find that the solution to their problem lies within them. Most shamans didn’t want to be a shaman. They grew into that role because it was something that they had to do. They overcame certain obstacles and as a result were authorized to help others. An individual that is Called helps themselves by helping others.

So if no one told you or you never read it in a book. I am telling you that your Calling has nothing to do with servicing your selfish lower desires.  It is all about serving and helping others because something within you made you aware of an impending problem that exists in your life and the lives of others. If what you are doing is not helping or benefiting the lives of others, most likely it has nothing to do with your Calling, but rather your ego.  As a matter of fact, if you are trying to pursue or find your Calling, most likely this is ego driven as well, because your Calling is not a goal. It is who you are.

Let me give you an example of what I mean by this and then we will bring this to a close. There is this young man I know who wanted to be an EMT and drive ambulances, but wasn’t sure how to become one because he didn’t have the money to attend school. Then, one day he attended a Pentecostal revival in hopes of getting answers and the minister prophesized that it wasn’t his calling, but that he was called to be a healer. So, this young man began devoting himself to reading the bible and trying to learn how to exorcize demons (or negative spirits) like the preacher he met. When he came to me and told me that he wanted to heal with his hands and be able to exorcise spirits. I told him,

“Listen to me carefully. Be careful what you ask for.  We are put in situations to develop certain skills so that we can manifest the divine in our life.  God (and your spirits) know what you can handle and what you can’t because they can see you maa (purpose).  But, when you go trying to force things to happen that are not part of your maa, you are not following your maa.  The reason you aren’t able to do those things that that ‘healer’ was able to do is because it is not your Calling. If you are Called to do something, a way will be made.”

Of course, he was young and didn’t heed my warning, and kept trying to pursue his dream of being a healer. Then one day I got a call from him. He and his wife had separated then divorced. He was fired from a good paying job he was at, while he bounced back and forth between the part-time jobs he had found. With no money, he ended up moving back in with his parents. Fortunately, things cleared up as soon as he stopped trying to be a healer. His remarried his wife, moved into a new home and got a better paying job, where the company was willing to pay for him to return to school to get his EMT license and certifications.

Clearly the pursuit to be a healer was an illusionary dream and not his Calling or at least at the present.

I hope this helps.

Peace and blessings.

Derric “Rau Khu” Moore





How to Honor Your Ancestors the Kamitic/Kemetic Shaman Way

28 04 2012

Hetepu Fam (Peace Family),

Hollywood here lately has been fascinated with making ghost stories and trying to claim that people worship the dead. Unfortunately, because there is not a lot of information available on the web and/or there is no community available.  Newcomers are usually led astray because of fiction writers desire to make a quick buck by preying upon individual’s ignorance about the spiritual realm.  So, to set the record straight, we don’t worship the dead.  We worship God and honor our ancestors.

Boveda

Cultures all over the world honor the deceased but in Kamitic/Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) belief, every deceased relative was not considered an ancestor. The true meaning of an ancestor or an Aakhu is an individual that exercised self-discipline in life and therefore was expected to assist the living in life. Surely, you would not want to honor an individual that suffered from substance abuse in life.  This is because the same way you would not want to be around this individual in life, for obvious reasons. You would not want to be around them in death, because there is not much you would be able to learn from this individual.  You want to venerate those individuals whose self-discipline made them honorable individuals in life. Self – discipline was symbolized by the Kamitic/Kemetic people as the djed (the backbone of Osar Greek Osiris) column. The backbone was used because this is what makes us sit/stand upright, hence the djed raising image below.  In contemporary times instead of raising djed columns some people just plant trees, which has the same meaning when you understand it in its true context.

So,  one of the simplest ways to honor the ancestors in the Afro-Diaspora is to build an ancestral altar. The altar used in Kamta is inspired by the Afro-Cuban Espiritisimo Cruzado (Crossed Spiritism) tradition’s altar called a boveda.  In the Kamitic language it is called a het (house).  The reason I use this type of altar is because I have learned that it can be adapted to suit anyone’s purpose. After using it, I found that it corresponds perfectly to my Kamitic-Kongo influence, which will be explained below.

The basic guidelines are as follows:

  1. Take photos of your ancestors (deceased biological relatives you respected and/or teachers).  Then place their photos on a clean table covered with a white tablecloth. I personally do not put a tablecloth down because it is easy for ashes and soot to get on it. Then you have to dismantle the whole altar. Instead I usually place white colored seashells around the borders. The seashells serve as a barrier and act as a purifying agent instead of the white tablecloth. (See pics below)
  2. Arrange nine glasses (symbolizing the nine netcharu – Kamitic guardian spirits) into a semi-circle to represent the guardian angel(s) that governed your ancestor. Fill these glasses with cool water.
  3. Say a prayer in your own language thanking God for all of your blessings.  It is common throughout the African American and Afro-Latino communities to recite the Lords Prayer because it is a very familiar yet powerful prayer. I use it because it was the first prayer I learned that resonated with me and also because it speaks to me on a much deeper level. For instance, Our Father, who art in Heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name,” to me acknowledges that Osar is the patriarch of all who follow the Kamitic path. He is therefore, our first honorable ancestor, just like Jesus would be to the Christians, Abraham and Moses would be to the Jews and so on.   When I say, “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven”. It makes feel like Hru (Heru, Hrw or Horus in Greek) – Osar’s heir, and is a reminder that the only way I can defeat my enemy, Set (Set-an or Satan) is by relying upon Osar (intuitively) as my guide.
  4. Then say a prayer asking that God bless, strengthen and enlighten your ancestors.  Next light a small white birthday candle and tell your ancestors how much you miss them. Ask them to assist you in your life.
  5. Since you cannot get something for nothing, because of the Maa (also called Maat or Ma’at is the Kamitic/Kemetic concept of balance, equality, justice harmony, law, order and truth), it is common practice to make an offering in exchange for your ancestors’ assistance such as a cigar (for beginners do not light), incense (e.g. frankincense, frankincense and myrrh, or sandalwood), food (fruit, slice of pound cake, etc.), beverage (strong black coffee without sugar or cream, tea or a shot of rum.  Understand, offerings are given to the ancestors all around the world because although they do not need food and shelter as we (the living) do. They are however able to absorb the energy (life-force) from things that are offered to them, in order to continue their existence.
  6. Afterwards, thank your ancestors for their assistance and allow the candle to burn down.
  7. On a day that is most convenient to you. Repeat steps 3 through 5.

The above set up is a simple modification of an Aakhu altar used in Kamta. The above basic guidelines are usually done to help individuals learn how to ignore their wayward thoughts and control their mind. Thus allowing their ancestors to communicate to them intuitively through their dreams, hunches and thoughts. It is advised that you pay attention to your dreams, thoughts and ideas.

Important Tips: 

  • Make sure that whenever burning candles and incense that they are safely away from anything that is flammable.
  • Never put salt in food that is offered to the ancestors. Salt has the tendency to repel spirits. Also, if cooked food is offered it should be removed the following day. Never allow food to decay on the altar.
  • Never put photos of those who are living on an altar for the dead.
  • Never allow your ancestors to become thirsty. Always refill the glasses with water when it evaporates out. Also, don’t give your ancestors too much alcohol, we don’t want them to become drunk.
  • Never allow the altar to fall into disarray.

Besides being a great way to celebrate the life and contributions of your ancestors. Honoring the ancestors is a great way to verify that the deceased is truly resting in peace and ensure that your ancestral heritage will not be forgotten. We must always remember that this is what Hru (Greek Horus) had to do for Osar, because this is how he acquired the double crown.

Now, recently I have been asked why I use white colored seashells. Well, there’s a couple of reasons. For one, seashells have a double meaning. They protect what is precious on the inside and protect what’s inside from that which is on the outside. This is classic Kamitic and Kongo “pun” thinking. The shells have another meaning as well, but it would take us beyond the scope of this post.   See the images below:

Afro-American burial enclosed in seashells, South Carolina 1975 by Robert Farris Thompson. Four Moments of the Sun

Afro-American burial enclosed in seashells, South Carolina 1975 by Robert Farris Thompson. Four Moments of the Sun

The other reason for doing this is because this is the tradition that our ancestors (the Africans and early African Americans) left for us to follow.

African American Congo Grave

African American Congo Grave

So, the Espiritismo Cruzado boveda or het (spiritual house) as you can see is just a modern adaptation of an old Kongo concept.

Hope this helps.

Hetep

For more info. on honoring your ancestors check out The Science of Honoring Your Ancestors.

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Happy Earthday/Birthday (Another Heroic Cycle Completed)

10 03 2012

Hetepu Family,

I celebrate another Earthday (Birthday) yesterday. I would like to sincerely thank you all for your blessings and wishes, because this Earthday was really special.

The reason is because I thought way back how the media reported that most “Young black and Latino men weren’t going to make it past 18.”  We lost a lot of friends during those turbulent 1980s and 1990s, but my best friends and I thought about it and we made it. I thought about how when we were 18 they said, “Young black (and Latino) men won’t make it past 21” and we did. Then they said, “Young black (and Latino) men  won’t make it past 25” and again, we thought about it and did. Unfortunately, because of the grim picture that the media painted for me.  I looked at every birthday for a young urbanite as a game of survival and nothing to be celebrated. In fact, I almost fell into the Westernize trap this year of just thinking of this day as being just a number to dread because it means you’re getting older and closer to death. (Westerners fear death.)
But, I never thought about it until yesterday, as family, associates and coworkers (who don’t share my shamanic Afrikan understanding of the life) wished me happy birthday. That they have no clue what I had to do to get here, to this very point. What I had to do to survive and why today of all days, I am grateful to be alive. I wondered why my friends and I beat the odds when “they” claimed we wouldn’t make it? It was because we didn’t allow “them” to decide our destiny. We decided to write our own Story (History), the day we chose to beat the odds, but I wasn’t deluded. We didn’t do it alone…


As I thought about the maa aankh, I saw that I made it through TASETT because like the dying sun.  I thought (contemplated/meditated, hence went into a mild trance) about what I wanted to do and made a wise choice to do so.  Then, those on the other side of the veil of life approved of my choice. Consequently, I was mysteriously reborn like the dying sun because of the hidden hands (ancestors and guardian spirits) that dwell in KAMTA, approve of what I have done thus far. That’s RIGHT! Every little white hair on my head, I earned because it is a stripe and proof I visited KAMTA, and each time I did. I returned with more and more wisdom.

“Only the righteous will be reborn”

So, what an eerie yet wonderful feeling it is to have, to know that there are those (like our deceased grandparents and other love ones) watching over you from the other side (not on Mt Olympus, but in the fields of Aaru) approving of what we do in life.  A powerful feeling overcomes me to think that I am their Hru in this lifetime, as they were mine before I was born and so on.

As I make my way back around to the Khepera moment and think of all the people that didn’t physically make it this year. I can vividly hear my ancestors with Osar, saying “You’re not finished, but job well done.” And, for the first time in my adult life I celebrated my Earthday, as a Son of a King (Osar and Ancestors) returned. This year I return with more determination and vigor with the aim of helping others. I can’t wait to when this romanticized view of Kamitic spirituality passes and people see that the Story of Osar (Asar, Ausar, Osiris) as what the great American mythologist Joseph Campbell calls a monomyth, which is the basis of our ancestral philosophy and culture.  What a joy it will be when it is realized that we are the Hru and the Osar represents our aakhu (egun, egum, ancestors), which means.  All we have to do is make a “spiritual” phone call.

So, as I completed my journey and stand on the edge of both lands (or worlds) before starting my next heroic adventure in TASETT.  I thank you all for walking with me and thank you my NYC Mut (pronounced “Moot” You know who you are T…). Thank you all for making me better and helping me to help you achieve your destiny, as well.

God and Ancestrally Bless.





What is the Kingdom Within?

10 06 2011

To truly understand how to tap into the power of God, we have to have a clear understanding what religion is and in order to do this we need to understand what is our relationship to God. It is often said that we are a microcosm of a Greater Macrocosm, that we are made in the image of God, which means we have the same divine potential as God has just not in quantity; like a drop of water is to the ocean, same quality different quantities. But REALLY! What does that mean from a practical perspective? Well, lets turn to our ancestors and see what they have to say about the issue.

TASETT the “Red Lands” is what the Kamitic people called Lower Kamit, the northern section of the country that stretched towards the Meditarranean. It is a perfect symbol for the lower division of our spirit – the Sahu or subconscious, which is responsible for memories, personality, learned experiences, behavior and everything that is needed for us to physically survive. Because it relates to our limited perception based upon our physical-body experience.

KAMTA the “Black Lands” is what the Kamitic people called Upper Kamit, the southern section of the country that expanded further south towards Kush and Punt (Nubia), the Kamitic ancestral lands – Tameri and so on. It is therefore a perfect symbol for the higher division of our spirit – the Ba, Divine Consciousness (divine spark) or Super conscious/unconscious, which connects us to the Divine, reveals to us our destiny, our true name, reconnects us back to our ancestral legacy and so on. Because it relates to our unlimited perception based upon our inner-experience with the Divine and all things spiritual.

According the Story of Ra and Oset (Isis by the Greek), Khepera was the sunrise, Ra the midday sun, Ra Atum was sunset and Amun Ra was the moon at midnight (when the sun is believed to be shining from the other side).  These four Ras are not gods, but attributes of the God that describe how to apply and use the Ra or Rau – the Holy Spirit of God. They are therefore perfect symbols of Man and Woman’s self-soul, the human conscious or spiritual heart called the Ab. Besides showing that because of our ab we have free-will, which gives us the right to do whatever we choose and become who we want to be.  This diagram illustrates the evolutionary path that our soul takes and reveals that at each stage of our development the Divine is our guide, symbolized as the four moments of the sun.


Since the word religion is derived from the Latin words “re,” meaning, “again, back” and  “ligare,” meaning “bind, fasten, tie,” which is often translated to mean “to tie back to something, which one had originally belong.” We see from the maa aankh cosmogram that this “tieing back” or “return” refers to our original and pure state of consciousness. The conscious that wills miracles to take place through spiritual means the same way Nebertcher willed the universe to come into being, hence Amun Ra.

For more on the Kingdom Within see
Kamta:
A Practical Kamtic Path for Obtaining Power