True Meaning of Consciousness

 

Image result for african consciousness fist        During my journey, I have come across two distinctly different definitions of what it means to be conscious in the world. The first encompasses an understanding of what it means to be aware of my African history as an African-American of the diaspora. I understand that this awareness or consciousness should motivate African-Americans to assume his or her responsibility as a builder and rejoice as a celebrant of African culture using it as a compass for their lives. The appreciation of the contributions of our ancestors toward the construction of this world should cause “the conscious” to stand with pride as we receive the inheritance from African pioneers, at the center of the historical narratives, rather than one who stands as a beggar at the perimeter as a Johnny-come-lately, as revisionist historians would have it to be.

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The second definition of consciousness is more about embracing an identity without navigating our way through the world without the explicit rudder of culture. In fact, in the May issue of the Oracle 20/20 Magazine, Patrick Paul Garlinger states in his article Consciousness Without Identity,

“that efforts at defining ourselves as an identity are never sufficient to the task of understanding who we are.  Our identities are always partial claims to the fullness of our being. The truth of who we are—the infinite self, or divine being, occupying a human body in this world—is not dependent on these identities.” Further, he says “because our egos believe our identities are necessary to our survival, we tend to cling to our identities and defend them constantly. Our sense of identity becomes a mechanism of defending our existence, and our claim to belonging in this world. In that way, our identity is always being scrutinized for where it is being undermined or disrespected, where boundaries are being crossed, where we are not being seen in and through that identity as we have constructed it. Identities place us in a constant state of vigilance, looking to where we are not seen and therefore do not exist, which is why there is a constant outrage of our identities…In an enlightened world, the ego operates in separation and that seeks to eliminate difference would no longer be the dominant consciousness. All differences—not just the categories we currently recognize and hold onto –would be respected. And if we were living in an enlightened state, we would regard other people’s differences as equally valid expressions of the infinite possibilities that a human form can take. For as you awaken and let go of the survivalist mentality that characterizes most of humanity, then other’s differences are no longer threatening to you and yours are not threatening to them.  But if you were validated already, and you were not seen for your identity, but because however, you express your own humanity was recognized as a valid expression of the divine, then there would be no need for defense.”

As I read the article several questions went through my mind. My truth is I have more questions than answers at this stage of my journey.

(1) I do not know his personal history. However, as a man with European features is it easier for him to talk about separating from identity when it is probable that he was never robbed of his identity or longed to now it fully? Some in the conscious community would even argue that as a European his own culture is not genuine but one created by borrowing from the culture of others. However, that argument has some obvious holes in it.

2) As an oppressed African-American in this country colonization destroyed the identity of culture that I could never fully embrace in this country. As I awakened, I did so through knowledge of self and that pathway for me led back to Kemet a few years back. Nonetheless, recently I heard a leading conscious teacher state that people often refer to Kemet as the apex of Africa in civilization but Kemet was actually at its decline then. So,  as the first humans in the Earth, direct descendants of God, there was no need for the same identities used today especially before African exploration and eventual European colonization. (Africans were the only ones here and according to the facts existed in a higher state of human form demonstrating greater abilities). Therefore, what was identity like for African people before Kemet as direct descendants of The Creator?

3) Is it possible to exist successfully in today’s society without adhering to certain identities? If so what does that look like in practice? If not, what are acceptable boundaries and expectations in respect to these identities? What guidelines determine how these boundaries are created? Who’s right? Who’s wrong and why?

4) How does respect for identities affect our practice and understanding of the universal law of oneness? The law of oneness says everything that exists seen and unseen are connected to each other, inseparable from each other to a field of divine oneness. Divine all-knowing, the matrix, pure consciousness or universal mind energy, sometimes also known as Life Force or God. Everything is one.

5) If we respectfully regard other people’s differences as equally valid expressions of the infinite possibilities that a human form can take regardless of what they are, does that lead to unity or chaos especially when we consider the societal foundations that are already in place? Further, has the time come to redefine identities and labels in today’s society so that personal evolution as a society is more accessible?

Perhaps consciousness can be defined not as totally one or the other but is inclusive in some way of both definitions.

Garlinger closes that article by stating,

“We do not live in an enlightened world…consider this call to hold them more gently. As we progress on the spiritual path, as we deepen our relationship to the Divine, we come to worry less about self-preservation. The natural result of that shift in our minds is that our grip on our identities loosens and softens. As we awaken to our true nature, as utterly perfect and divine creations capable of living in unity with the rest of the world, we can regard our identities as a kind of stepping stone, as a way of claiming our place in the world until we realize that we no longer need to claim it in that way. We do not need to claim them as a life raft…see them as temporary expressions of who we are right now, recognizing that bound or limited by those identities…we belong in this world, we—and all of our many differences.”

I respectfully say to Garlinger thank you for writing the article and causing me to think Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to be a part of a meaningful conversation that leads to personal answers that satisfy my curiosity as well as gaining some personal growth. I honor Garlinger’s journey. Perhaps he feels the same about me.

Thank you for reading. I would truly enjoy reading about your truth on the topic. Please share your authentic truths with us if you have responses to the questions above, comments, more questions or concerns. Enlighten us.

Authentic thoughts are thoughts that are genuine and sincerely expressed. Authentic thoughts reverberate with other authentic individuals so they have an irresistible urge to ponder or respectfully respond from their own unique perspective.

In peace and light,

Dr. Free

Love Yourself First!

 

 

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Is Hell Real?

 

What do you believe and why do you believe it? Don’t forget to check out the comments at the bottom of the page. Thanks for checking out the post.

 

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My truth:

Are we not “allowed” to think what we want? Is it absolutely necessary that everyone agree with us? If we don’t find someone to agree with us are we wrong or are we ahead of the time? In front of the curve? Outcast? Heretics? Agents of the devil? I say never be afraid to stand in your own truth!

Is hell real? I used to believe it was until I gave myself permission to question what I believed. I believed and I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior so I would not have to experience the unbearable, everlasting torment of hell that I had been taught about and convinced about as I read from the Bible.

Today I believe hell is a state of mind just like heaven. If I must, even in the Bible, Jesus taught that the kingdom of heaven is not with observation. Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:20-21. However, a person can pick or choose whatever scripture they want to prove a point but I still think it was worth stating.

The other day I went to a local cafeteria to purchase dinner. There was an elderly man beside me who seemed to be hard of hearing. He was having difficulty telling the lady across the steam table what he wanted. I noticed the situation and began to help him to communicate to the lady so that she could give him what he wanted. With sincere eyes, he said thank you. I reflected his genuineness with a smile and I told him it was my privilege.  As we moved forward in the line with our trays there was a warm silence.  When we arrived at the register he asked, “Are you a Christian?” With a gentle boldness, I responded, ” I used to be but I am not anymore.” He said, “Can I ask why?” Without hesitation, I said” I found out the there is truth in the Bible but the stories in the Bible are not true and the Bible is not the only source of truth. Then I asked him why he asked. He responded you have such a kind heart. I thanked him for his compliment with a smile.

As I walked away with my food I realized there was a chance he had never heard those words before. If he had heard them, it was by design for him at that moment to hear them again–just as much as it was for me to share. Nothing just happens. I found it interesting that he thought that I must’ve been a Christian to be so kind as if kindness does not exist within an individual unless he or she is a Christian.

If we really knew who we are and we understood our true nature. Would so many of us still desire to be saved?  I think not. I don’t agree with everything Bishop Carlton Pearson states but I am encouraged by his resolve to honor his own truth.

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Colorism

Does the memory in your DNA influence your behavior?

My truth:

We have a responsibility to be instruments of love and peace. When we love ourselves beyond stereotypes, prejudices, and racism we can extend that unconditional love to others. Often what we dislike in others is merely a reflection of what we dislike within ourselves. My goal is to lovingly treat other women as my sister.

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Reconnect. It’s Worth It!

Racist acts of colonialism and slavery have successfully made many of US as African-Americans and people of color, ignorantly despise and embarrassed by our home land of origin. Malcolm X made a profound statement.

“You can’t hate the roots of the tree without ending up hating the tree. You can’t hate your origin without ending up hating yourself. You can’t hate the land, your motherland, the place that you come from, and we can’t hate Africa without ending up hating ourselves. The Black man in the Western Hemisphere—North America, Central America, South America, and in the Caribbean—is the best example of how one can be made, skillfully, to hate himself that you can find anywhere on this earth.”

If you have no interest at all in reconnecting to Africa nor concern for its struggle, success, or failure understand its by design. The mission of racism white supremacy has been accomplished in your life!

I was deeply moved when I watched the video below. Listen to the first ten minutes of this video (again at 18 mins. in) and you will see one example of the importance of knowing where you come from and reconnecting with home.  The visceral and self-knowledge benefits waiting for us to tap into are literally endless!!!!  Be open to reconnecting in your own way. Our ancestors are waiting to rejoice. If you are already open, I give thanks, let’s do our part to share the significant beauty and richness of our home.

Be encouraged!

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Freedom

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As I channel surfed through the stations looking for something to watch the youthful Jurnee Smollett-Bell caught my attention. I enjoy her work as an adult. The Great Debaters and the Underground Series are awesome. She seems to choose roles that speak to the struggle of what it means to be Black in America. Being Black in America, her portrayals interest me. I assumed the movie was broadcasting as a precursor to Black History month.

Although I admit I have grown weary of the shallow recognition of African-American contributions to the progress of civilization in North America and around the world during Black History Month, I could not resist watching the end of this movie about Bloody Sunday.

Jurnee had several singing parts during the movie. She would often passionately lead the freedom fighting selections with a bright smile that gleamed with determination for the cause to end discrimination and segregation. Additionally, the movie featured the clip by Lyndon B. Johnson about voting rights. He announced:

“At times history and fate meet at a single time in a single place to shape a turning point in man’s unending search for freedom,” Johnson said that night. “So it was at Lexington and Concord. So it was a century ago at Appomattox. So it was last week in Selma, Alabama.”……….

Toward the very end as they began to take their final march across Edmund Pettus Bridge, Cheyenne, Jurnee’s character, announced with great enthusiasm, she was ready to fight for freedom! It was then that I thought…..man’s unending search for freedom.

I realize what the horrendous  state of America was for African- Americans was then and now. Why are we searching for the freedom we already possess. I know for certain that African-Americans were born free regardless of our zip code and as those counted in the diaspora!!!! I ask you today, why is it necessary to fight for freedom we already possess. The way we choose to “be” in America or any where in the world is up to us. Is freedom for African-Americans about breaking down walls, changing laws and protesting against unfair rules or is freedom in our individual minds? Cheyenne wanted to take back the freedom of her people. Is it possible then and even now that we are fighting to get something from others that “they” do not possess?

Everything is mental. As a man thinks so is he. The objects of knowledge have no existence except in the mind of the perceiver. We already have every thing we need to be successful in spite of the many adverse circumstances that surrounds us. We’ve marched, protested, suffered, and died. Yet the struggle continues. Nothing we  have done in the freedom fight has had in-depth long-term effects. I’m not saying deny whatever responsibility one has committed to. I am saying, let’s look within ourselves and gain knowledge of self. Then we will find a path that leads outside the matrix. What would happen if we began to do one thing differently–decide to exist differently as an individual? What would happen if we declared our freedom and then saw ourselves free with our minds eye everyday? I know it sounds too easy but its better than begging, whining and complaining from the sidelines as spectators of our own destruction.

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In peace and light,

Dr. Free