Did the Secret Work For You?

6 04 2010

Have you seen the Secret?

(Sample photo of an “Npu standing in the Land of Kam” – work of art in progress).

Yeah, I know you have. I saw it too. It took the world by storm and everyone was on board about a year ago because of Oprah. The lady who wrote the book really did a good job with the publicity and I give her credit. I hold no ill feelings towards her or her success, but the Secret didn’t work for me. Even though a lot of what the authors talk about makes sense because they are based upon the “Law of Attraction” there are other laws that exist that cancel out the Law of Attraction if things aren’t working together.

I promised myself that I was not going to preach, but you know in this book they don’t explain or talk about the Spirit, which the author calls the Genie or whatever. Because they don’t talk about the Spirit (Genie) it sends out a mixed message to people, making them think that all they have to do is think positive. Let me give you an example.

One section in particular talks about how if you say “you don’t want” the Universe only hears “you want” such as if you say you don’t want a bad haircut then you will end up getting a bad haircut. Ok? But I am a real pragmatic individual. So, why did the Universe lay me off of my job when I woke up every morning saying because I was tired, “Man, I sure don’t want to go work today”?

According to the Secret, the Universe should have said, “HAHAHAHA. Rau Khu is talking silly…he’s just tired. He wants to go to work and have a job“, but it didn’t. My behind was laid off. Before the Secret came out, I was testing this whole attraction thing (before I knew that is what it is called) and I said, “I want $3000 by x, y, z date”. Guess what I got it. It was part of my severance pay!!!

So, what does this all mean? Well, there’s a saying…”Be careful what you ask for”. Why do you have to be careful? Because the Spirit or Power of God does not make a distinction between what is right or wrong, right and left, front or back, etc. It’s sole objective is as they say in the Secret to grant our wish, because God gave us freedom of choice to do whatsoever we want to do.

If we don’t put any guidelines and aren’t specific on how we want to achieve that goal.  We meet the Divine Opener of the Way (also called the Divine Trickster in some traditions) called Npu (Anubis in Greek, Elegba in Yoruba, Lucero in the Palo Mayombe tradition, Moses in Christianity and Nino de Atocha in Catholicism).

Who is Npu you ask? Without going into a long dissertation, Npu is the personal guardian angel/spirit that everyone has (regardless if they believe in him or not) given to us by God to guide us throughout life.  He is envisioned as being a young man or teenager wearing a dog/jackal mask. The dog/jackal mask is a reminder to adherents to be specific with their request and careful what they ask for because if the subject matter is not black and white or if there’s any grey areas.  You are bound to get a surprise because Npu can be very fickle and mischievous, which is the reason many assume that he is evil.  But, Npu is not evil at all.  He closes the doors (sort of speak) only to test our integrity and help us to learn about our own divinity. For instance, if I hadn’t been laid off after saying numerous times that I did want to go to work. I would never have learned that our thoughts influence our actions and just like negative thoughts yield negative results. Constructive thoughts can inspire constructive action.

So, I think the best way to get things moving is to:

1. State what you want, meaning focus only on the desired outcome and nothing else. If trying to recover from an illness don’t think about how you became ill or any of that other nonsense. Focus on enjoying your life and being healed. Try watching comedies to help you to keep your spirits up.

2. Allow the Spirit to intercede by sending you an inspiring message through Npu.

3. Follow the inspiration with action to get the desired result. Remember, you have to follow up with some kind of action to get what you want. If you don’t you are just a dreamer.

One of my personal favorites is starting from the Finish Line.   For instance, if you wanted to run a race don’t train to win the race, but instead train as if you have already won.

For a complete discourse, see:

Kamta: A Practical Kamitic Path for Obtaining Power





What is Kamitic/Kemetic Shamanism?

24 03 2010

A couple of people I have spoken with online have looked at my book, website and asked what is Kamitic/Kemetic Shamanism and how did I come up with it? I couldn’t clearly actually sum it up in a few words or sentences because it was something that I just sat down one day and decided to make. It was something that was given to me and at the same time, something that I was initiated into. Let me explain.

Like so many, I had read and studied all sorts of books regarding the Kamitic/Kemetic way of life. The only difference from most is that I am the son of a preacher who was prophesied upon by numerous people that I too was going to be a preacher.  This of course is something I staunchly and stubbornly rejected, as if I was the biblical Jonah before being swallowed up by the whale.  I refused to follow in my father’s footsteps for a number of reasons; one of the main ones was because I was disgusted with Christianity and God in particular. After undergoing a few episodes of depression because I felt that God didn’t give a hoot about me, a voice spoke and inspired me to study the Ancient Egyptians in order to learn how they used the power of God to build their society. And, every since then, I read and studied about the Kamitic/Kemetic tradition with no true purpose or reason in sight.

It was after years of reading, studying and overcoming a few experiences that I met a priestess of Oshun who did a reading for me.  It was through the reading that this priestess told me that I was supposed to be a shaman.  Now, I didn’t know what a shaman was supposed to be. My idea of a shaman was a Native American medicine man or woman brewing some bubbly, smelly concoction with peyote mushrooms inside in order to induce a state of trance, like the one Wade Davis claimed to have experienced in the movie Serpent and the Rainbow when he visited the indigenous people of South America.

Naturally I didn’t want to believe what the reading had told me either but it wasn’t until the priestess convinced me to stop running from my calling and accept it; that I decided to read about shamanism.  Upon doing so, I learned that the basic understanding of shamanism is that it is a generic term that has been used throughout the world by anthropologists to describe practitioners that communicate with the spirit world in order to resolve problems that exist in the physical realm.  Michael Harner author of The Way of the Shaman gives a better understanding of what a shaman is and defines a shaman as “a man or woman who enters an altered state of consciousness, at will, to contact and utilize an ordinarily hidden reality in order to acquire knowledge, power, and to help other persons.”

When I first read this definition it took me a little while for me to truly understand what it meant. Then when I became deathly ill and had my near death experience (twice because I didn’t listen the first time) I began to get a better understanding what shamanism was all about and why the practice was needed.

As I submitted to my calling and allowed the Spirit to lead me, I was reminded of how I watched a number of preachers prepare to give their sermon.  It was randomly picked as some may think.  Many of them especially from the Pentecostal background that I had observed said a prayer to God and allowed the Spirit to guide their hands and eyes to turn to a page in the bible that the people needed to hear from. This practice is what is known as bibliomancy a form of divination.

As I submitted to my calling another thing that I was shown was that I was quite fond of certain ministers in my childhood church especially the ones that had the ability to lay hands upon individuals.

Another important aspect I saw but didn’t understand at that time was that my experience in the church gave me a unique understanding about Christianity, but my research and study gave me new type of theology. This allowed me to receive messages in my dreams, see omens and be able to explain them.

It was this experience and understanding that convinced me that the reason it was prophesized that I was supposed to be a preacher.  Is because the African American preacher is the contemporary shaman of the African American community. The reason I was inspired and instructed to read and study the Kamitic/Kemetic tradition was because the theology of our ancestral ways had been lost or temporarily misplaced due to slavery. As a result, the spirituality of many of our people lies in jeopardy, evidence of the social issues plaguing our families, community and society, as various churches compete to become the next super church for souls. It was through the intervention of my ancestors and guardian spirits that I was able to learn and establish a relationship with God that could not have been established through books.  The only purpose the books served in this whole experience was that they helped me to understand the ancient ancestral philosophy behind the experience.

It is for this reason out of respect for the traditions of old that a new general term had to be created to give some idea as to what I had experienced. That term is what I refer to as Kamitic/Kemetic shamanism.

Kamitic/Kemetic shamanism is not a reconstruction or resurrection of the old Kamitic/Kemetic kingdom and the cultural practices of ancient Egypt. It is not dedicated to reviving the old Kamitic/Kemetic religion or religious ways, nor is it a New Age appropriation with pagan and European deities. Kamitic/Kemetic shamanism simply put is an ancestral practice based upon the Afro-American cultural experience that focuses upon attaining and maintaining balance according to the Kamitic/Kemetic philosophy. It is the spiritual practice that helped me to greatly improve my life because our ancestors preserved this knowledge that they acquired as part of our legacy.





The Real Kamitic/Kemetic People were Like You and Me

15 03 2010

This was originally posted on 2/12/2010 on the Land of Kam website.

Something got a hold of me
Oh yes it did one day
Something got a hold of me
I went to a meeting one night
And my heart wasn’t right
Something got a hold of me

This is a song that I remember hearing sung at my church as a child called Something Got a Hold of Me.  Usually only the chorus part was sung and it was sung in traditional call-and-response fashion.  It is what came to mind when I look at some of these sites of people claiming that the Kamitic people were all of that. I mean don’t get me wrong, the Kamau accomplished a lot and made a lot of contributions, but some people influenced by the media, archeology and sheer fantasy have just mystified the Kamitic/Kemetic people and tradition to no end.  This is why, it amazes me how people talk about how the Kamitic/Kemetic people did this and that, and make it seem like these people were just extraordinary people just walking around on Cloud 9.  I have even come across some authors that have went so far as to state that the Kamitic/Kemetic people didn’t even need food to eat and could survive on just breathing air.  This is not only misleading but it is ridiculously dangerous especially for the newcomer. I wondered how could people write this stuff and why would people even follow someone that would say something like this.  Then, I was reminded by my own aakhu (ancestors) that I use to fall for the OKE-DOKE as well because, this is what happens when you don’t have a relationship with Nebertcher – The Lord of Everything – through your ancestors (aakhu) and guardian spirits (netcharu). Basically, you fall for anything all because it sounds good.

When you have a relationship with the Divine through your aakhu and netcharu. The aakhu will visit you in your dreams, visions, etc. and tell you through signs, “This is crap, don’t follow”. Then the netcharu will come down (or up) through various people even complete strangers and protect you from others as well.

A true analysis of the Kamitic/Kemetic history and their way of life will reveal that the Kamitic/Kemetic people were able to accomplish what they did because for one (1) the Nile provided them with an endless source of resources. With no worry on where the next meal is going to come they were able to focus on other things. Second (2), they were practically isolated from the rest of the world for a number of years, which allowed them to ponder on different things. Last, but not least (3) they had to depend upon themselves and each other. All of this resulted in them creating their philosophical ways of life that was based upon practicality, which is at the center of all traditional African practices and sciences, “Does it work”.

This romanticized, Kamitic/Kemetic view of spirituality that has people thinking that all they have to do is adopt a vegetarian lifestyle, meditate, wear some Egyptian looking clothing, Egyptian jewelry and even take on an Egyptian name is not African and it is not African spirituality. Every true practitioner of Afrikan spirituality knows that Ancient African spirituality is holistic and true holisitic philosophy or holism means there has to be Maa (balance, order, law, etc.) between both the spiritual and physical realms.  In other words, it is a life change or a Way of Life because a change has occurred within.  That something that creates the change is what Christians call the Holy Ghost and what the Kamitic people called Ra or Rau.

For a complete discourse and in-depth analysis see:
MAA AANKH: Finding God the Afro-American Way, by Honoring the Ancestors and Guardian Spirits.








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