All praise to our Ancestors, those who are known and those who are unknown. Praise to the Elders who will read this and those who will not. And praise to all the African Queens and Kings…yet to be born!
Sometimes when I write shit and look back over the months or years later to re-read it again, I say to myself…”I know I didn’t write this shit on my own”. At that moment I know the Ancestors work in and through me! I know that I am not that intelligent to write some of the things I have, so they come from another source other than the Self!
The Unseen working through the Seen. This is the inspiration of this post. I am sure many of us have seen the picture of “White” Jesus carrying a body through the sand, the name of the picture is called “Footprints in the sand”. In the caption it says something to the effect of….”When you were going through tough times and was unable to walk any further…that is when Jesus was carrying you”. A nice nostalgic picture of “White” Jesus carrying you through a sandy beach. You a grown ass man, and you have this image in your damn mind of another man carrying your black ass along a beach! Do you know you are crazy as hell?
Now let’s contrast this narrative with Spirituality. In Spirituality, the Ancestors walk with you during your times of trial. They don’t carry your ass! They accompany you during trial and assure you that they are always with you, but YOU will have to endure the trial personally. In African spirituality, HELL is meant for purification, not some shit that you are to avoid! It is part of the resurrection process. If Jesus is always carrying your ass during times of trouble, how does one learn or build up the fortitude to endure through times of trial if Jesus is doing all the damn work? And you know some of you are big as hell, I am sure Jesus would be saying…”Listen I can’t carry your big ass, you are going to have to walk some, my damn back hurt!”
In religion you ask God to Take the wheel and drive Jesus. In Spirituality YOU DRIVE, and the Ancestors stay with you and make sure your ass stay awake. In religion you GIVE IT ALL to God, and in Spirituality YOU must do the work, and the Ancestors are guides for the path. The point I am making here is NO ONE is doing the work for you! This world is a world of the living, and the living have to put in the work to change their reality. Trial and error have to be manifest for one to grow and learn in order to ascend to higher heights. If you are conditioned to have “Space Ghost” do all the damn work, you will produce a human being that is unproductive, ill prepared and non-industrious. And these characteristics will be bequeathed to their offspring.
This is why this type of SLAVE teaching was so appealing for a slave to hear. To be brutally beating, raped, killed, hunted and scared and then taught that in heaven there will be NO MORE pain, would be most appealing to hear and follow. Tolerate the intolerable, and your reward will be waiting for you when you DIE! What fucking beast would teach this to a vulnerable people?
The singer “Sade” has a song where in the verse she says…”Don’t lay around at night and worry about your problems”. Very spiritual song, in every facet of your life your Ancestors are with you, but to waste time at night worrying about your problems is unproductive. Sleep at night knowing that the doors will be made open, the answer to the problem and question is near, but the trial we will have to walk through… but NOT ALONE! And after some time when you look back over that era in your life, you will look back and see the scar has healed, but you damn sure went through it!
The story of Michael Jordan is a prime example of trial used to inspire instead of used as an excuse. In the 9th grade he was cut from the basketball team. Now go back in time and remember the last time when you were in high school and cut from a team or lost a position or job. How did it make you feel? Did you fall apart, or did it inspire you? What about a boyfriend or girlfriend cutting you loose out of nowhere, what did that do to your psyche? Did you really need Jesus to carry your ass through the sand? But your ass got through it didn’t you? After you look back over the years, you see just how strong you actually were.
This is why there is NO SUCH thing as evil and good spirits, this is religious constructs. There is only energy, just like an electric socket, there is positive and negative energy, and this is what produces light. What you do with energy is up to you. But Michael Jordan used that energy of getting cut from the team as motivation, he didn’t need Jesus to carry his ass! But imagine if he NEVER got cut from the team, would he be the SAME player he was when he played? NO!… he would have been just another player on the team, but that which was considered a negative was the HELL he needed to change the paradigm of his MIND and remake himself.
You have flow and Ebb, you have mountains valleys. This is Life, this is NOT the devil making life bad for you. When you are in the Ebb or valley of life, this is where transformation happens! Not on top of the mountain, but when you are on TOP of the mountain…this is where you must be appreciative and thankful! The fact you have seasons of hurricanes and winter are only SIGNS of life! Everything has its season. There will be times you have to take your ass down from the mountain and go into the valley, there is nothing wrong with this. Handle your business down in the valley, then get your ass back up the mountain!
May we as Individuals and a People overcome our three greatest impediments…Fear, Ignorance and Poverty.
And may we as Individuals and a People embrace our three greatest strengths… Our African Culture, Nationalism and an unwavering commitment to Self-Preservation!
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