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Is Hell Real?

 

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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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In peace and light,

Dr. Free

Chiwetel Ejiofor in Come Sunday (2018)

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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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

 

 

 

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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Share your authentic thoughts. 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