You Don’t Have to Push It, If It’s Maa (Truth)!

30 05 2017

Hetepu (Peace and Blessings) Family.

Ok. I have had some trolls really trying to tell me about their thing.  I mean, when I tell them I follow my maa (personal truth and what works for me). They flip out and can’t respect it.  They want to tell me that their stuff is the “truth” and how everyone is going to hell. So, I want to share a little bit about what Maa means to me.

Maat (the Personification of Maa)

Maat (the Personification of Maa)

I know I do not need to tell you this but I am going to say it anyway. I love you all and I don’t care what you are in so long as it is helping you and not harming anyone. I have to say this because some people think that just because you don’t’ subscribe to Christianity or Islam that you hate Christians, Muslims, etc. And, that is farthest from the truth.

Afro – Diasporic spirituality with all of the fine trimmings put aside is based upon one principle and that is…does it work? If it works, that’s the end of the discussion. There is nothing else to be said. I have family members who were strung out and Jesus helped them to conquer their addiction. I am in full support because if that’s what they need to heal them. That’s what they need. Period.

When I was going through my spiritual dilemma, many of these religions just did not fit me. They did not help me to be happy. They did not work for me. Now, that’s not to say that it does not work at all. It just did not work for me. That’s all.

This principle is called in the Kemetic language Maa (some people call it Maat but this is the personification of Maa). Maa translates to mean balance, law, righteousness, truth, etc. but what it really means is “doing what is right versus what is easy.”

Now, that is one interpretation but Maa encompasses so much more.

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.)

In the Story of Osar, when the heir and hero of the story, Hru, has to retreat because his eye was damaged. We get a hint as Djahuti (Thoth) repairs Hru’s eye that Maa is also about holistic vision and holistic living because you have to see the whole picture in order to get the truth.

This brings me to point of this post. Although I respect your right to believe and do whatever you want. I do not appreciate anyone preaching, proselytizing and evangelizing to me what they believe especially when I did not ask what you believe.

This goes for those people who want to knock on my door Saturday morning.  For those who want to stand on the corner with their boys and religious catcall. And, these silly trolls following this blog.

I mean come on?

If it is so good…why are you pushing it off on me?

If something is good then it will show.

Take for example a good restaurant. How do you know if the food in the restaurant is good?  What are the signs? Well. You will see a line of people lined up at their door. You will see happy and satisfied customers going in and out of the restaurant. You will see people come out of the restaurant with smiles on their face. After the experience, you will hear people still comment on how good the food was at the restaurant, and so on.

You never see these people from the restaurant go door-to-door trying to make people eat their food. You don’t see these people jumping up and down on the corner proclaiming how their food will save peoples’ life. You do not see these people criticizing other restaurants. Usually they let their product speak for itself.

So, my question to those who feel they need to proselytize? If what you are doing is so good why aren’t you happy? Why aren’t you pleased or a satisfied customer? I mean, the only people I know who peddle or push something that is not good but claims it is are drug pushers.

If what you are doing is good, it will show and people will see your inner light. If not, you might need to check and see if what you are doing is a right fit.

You see the great thing about Maa is that when you have a divine connection with the Divine. When you need something in your life, it will appear. Call in synchronicity but that is how it will happen. For instance, just recently I had a dream where my wife was driving on the highway and I was on the passenger side. My wife was driving slowly and I was getting a little impatient. Then, I woke up.

It came to me that my ancestors were telling me that I need to be more patient with her because it was information overload symbolized by the highway.

That’s what it means to have a divine connection. That what it means to have a holistic perspective. This is what it means to be Maa. See how my eye was repaired through inner vision, intuition, dreams, etc.?

You see. You can argue beliefs all you want but you can’t argue experience!

So, if you feel you have to go out and convert people to your beliefs. You are really not living or exercising Maa (Truth) because that is not how Maa works. Maa is about Love and love brings on understanding…that is understanding that everyone had different needs.

Again. If it is the TRUTH. You shouldn’t have to force people to accept it because the TRUTH is like good food.

Hope that helps.

Hetep.





Kamitic/Kemetic Spirituality and Love

15 03 2010

Post originally appeared on the Land of Kam website at 3/3/10

I dedicate this post to my grandparents. Thanks for teaching me about true love.

Kamitic/Kemetic Spirituality is real and in regards to love it is powerful.  Last month, TV1 featured during Black History month some movies that made an impact on Black American culture. As I sat book and looked at some of these films I remember growing up seeing those influences and the impact it has had upon many of us today.  Now, don’t get me wrong. I love some blaxploitation movies like the next man. I was fond of Shaft, (THE REAL) Foxy Brown, and I really like Black Cesar but let’s be serious, none of these movies were really Culturally relevant. Yeah, they helped us to move beyond certain issues and take pride in our physical characteristics but they also damaged us spiritually I believe in regards to true African American spirituality and relationships. One film that sort of hinted upon this was Mario Van Peebles’ Panther, where he showed a lot of women were expected to just sit back and support their man as he went to fight da man.

Now, what amazes me about people claiming to be reconstructionists or resurrectionists of the Kamitic/Kemetic Way.  Is that when you look at them you find that they are not dedicated to any of the principles as it relates to health, which are virtues that were guarded by the sisters. Now, I am not casting stones but if you look at the wall art and sculptures you see that the Kamau weren’t grossly overweight people.  In regards to family, men weren’t all macho-breadwinners and women just sat at home and supported their husbands. This idea that women of Kamit/Kemet were queens that were either weak, soft-spoken women or hardcore women, and men were just warriors is a total Euro-centric view based upon Euro-centric fairy tales, history and Euro-centric values. This is why there are so many women claiming to honor the lioness spirit Sekhmet, the energy/spirit of female hard-coreness (She is a dragon-lady).

True Kamitic/Kemetic Spirituality in regards to Love/Relationships was based upon the concepts and principles of Maa (Divine Law, Order, Balance and Harmony) and personified through the spirit Maat. This means true Kamitic/Kemetic Spirituality was based upon the idea and belief that everything that exists plays a part/role in a bigger whole of things. In short everything was related like a family.  True Kamticism does not value one sex over another. Both chauvanism and feminism are wrong stemming from Euro-centric way of life. True Kamiticism is holistic meaning both male and female are interdependent upon each other in order to create life, peace and harmony for all because he and she is a reflection of the Divine.

I came to this conclusion on what true Kamitic/Kemetic Spirituality is especially in regards to relationship by observing how my grandfather and grandmother interacted with each other. They like most couples had their ups and downs but in the end they were able to assist me in this subject because they had been married for over 60 years, hence the proof is in the pudding.  And before they passed, they still hit on each other like they were teenagers falling in love for the first time. My grandfather never hit my grandmother and instructed his sons not to do so as well because it was a sign of cowardice. He also instructed his sons never to give a woman a reason to want to hit him.  At the same time, my grandmother never provoked my grandfather to hit her because she explained to my mother and aunts that it was a sign of weakness. She also told them the same thing, never give a man a reason to hit them either. Both the women and the men were taught to protect themselves but as you can see they were both given practical, insightful wisdom that dealt with inner strengths and outer weaknesses.

Did my grandparents get angry with each other? Of course, they did.  Anytime you are dealing with another person there’s bound to be some disagreement.  In fact, many times I remember my grandmother stubbornly walking to Sunday school because my grandfather was late to church (she couldn’t drive). At the same time, I remember this same determination of my grandmother being used to make my grandfather humble himself and do whatever she wanted. They were interesting to watch because they never sent each other a cuss. They never physically fought each other like couples do today because they respected each other and respected each others’ input to the whole.  If you get what I am saying, you will see that my grandfather and grandmother were a tag team couple. They were completely different yet at the same time similar because they were interdependent upon each other. They complimented and got on each other nerves at the same time, while still loving each other for 60, I believe 75 years of marriage (they were married at age 17 and 16). The thing I learned from them, is that they never let their emotions get the best of them.

The best way I can describe how my grandparents functioned with each other is by the old hoodoo adage “whatever works” to keep the peace, harmony and love amongst each other without disrespecting the other. This was their formula for success. Yes, my grandfather was about being macho, a real man, which is why he hunted (like a lot of the older men did back in the day) for food for the family (not just for sport), he ate raw oysters and did other “manly things”.  While my grandmother did “womanly things” like wore lovely dresses adorned, sweet seductive perfume with the superfly hats black women love to wear, she was a mean cook in the kitchen, but these were all part of their characters. These roles, or tasks didn’t define who they were and they sure as hell didn’t mean anything to them when it came to their family.

Taken after 60 Years of Marriage

I am reminded by my ancestors that you have a right and left hand, and this is what man and woman are in regards to Kamitic spirituality and love. It is all about complimentary to the whole. So, it begs me to ask this question, if your spirituality is not complimenting your physical well being, or your relationship isn’t prospering like it should that maybe it is based upon the Greek-Roman-Egyptian invading culture that came after most of the Africans of Kamit left.