Truth about the Human Condition

 

Dr. Joy DeGury does an excellent job presenting historical information to help bring understanding about our present human condition in this society. The difficult multidimensional problems that result from the stench of institutional racism cannot be ignored. Yes, chattel slavery of African people in America began long ago in the early 1600’s. Further, slavery was allegedly abolished in 1865 with the 13th amendment (except for those who commit a crime). However, ALL people African-American and non-African-American are all still existing in this country under the lethal influence of revisionist history, miseducation, and alleged white supremacy.

“When you destroy a link that any people have with their culture, you destroy them” Joy DeGruy

Africa is the MOTHERLAND, the birthplace of civilization. African people have contributed more to life and greatness of this country and the world than is presently known by the masses and that is no accident. Our present state of affairs is by design.

Europeans also enslaved Native Americans so that they would work on their plantations. Many of them like the Taino died from diseases brought by Europeans. Additionally, they were unable to endure under the harsh treatment of their European taskmaster. Those Native Americans that were left were forced west on the Trail of Tears due to a mandate Europeans believed they received from God. What kind of prosperity reports do we hear about the Native Americans today? Is their story a cautionary tale for us? Will African-Americans one day be no more? What personal responsibility are we willing to assume to make difference rooted in truth for our people and our culture? In the absence of a culture to anchor us and our children social conditioning will prevail.

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In peace and light,

Dr. Free

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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

Truest Fulfillment

“A race is like a man. Until it uses its own talent, takes pride in its own history, and loves its own memories, it can never fulfill itself completely.” John Vandercook

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Heritage, in essence, is how a people have used their talents to command respect of other people.  The ultimate purpose of our heritage teaching is to show our people how, through identity and through respect for themselves, they can work to liberate themselves, they can work to liberate themselves from old ties of bondage.  A person’s relationship to his heritage, after all, is the same as the relationship of a child to its mother. From Christopher Columbus and the Afrikan Holocaust: Slavery and the Rise of European Capitalism John Henrik Clarke

 

My authentic truth:

When I began to dig deep into the wealth of the inheritance of my ancestors I came to know anew and enthusuastically celebrate my true identity as an African. Subsequently, the breath of enlightenment gave me new life, the truth of vision allowed me to see clearly for the first time, and understanding invited my ancestors to rise up in me so I strutted with fresh confidence.  How has the legacy of our ancestors affected your life?

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Why Love Africa?

“YOU CAN’T HATE THE ROOTS OF A TREE, AND NOT HATE THE TREE” Malcolm X

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Why should the Black man in America concern himself since he’s been away from the African continent for three or four hundred years? Why should we concern ourselves?

What impact does what happens to them have upon us? Number one, you have to realize that up until 1959 Africa was dominated by the colonial powers. Having complete control over Africa, the colonial powers of Europe projected the image of Africa negatively.

They always project Africa in a negative light: jungle savages, cannibals, nothing civilized. Why then, naturally it was so negative that it was negative to you and me, and you and I began to hate it. We didn’t want anybody telling us anything about Africa, much less calling us Africans.

In hating Africa and in hating the Africans, we ended up hating ourselves, without even realizing it. Because you can’t hate the roots of a tree, and not hate the tree. You can’t hate your origin and not end up hating yourself. You can’t hate Africa and not hate yourself.

You show me one of these people over here who has been thoroughly brainwashed and has a negative attitude toward Africa, and I’ll show you one who has a negative attitude toward himself. You can’t have a positive toward yourself and a negative attitude toward Africa at the same time. To the same degree that your understanding of and attitude toward become positive, you’ll find that your understanding of and your toward yourself will also become positive.

And this is what the white man knows. So they very skillfully make you and me hate our African identity, our African characteristics. You know yourself that we have been a people who hated our African characteristics. We hated our heads, we hated the shape of our nose, we wanted one of those long doglike noses, you know; we hated the color of our skin, hated the blood of Africa that was in our veins. And in hating our features and our skin and our blood, why, we had to end up hating ourselves. And we hated ourselves.

Our color became to us a chain–we felt that it was holding us back; our color became to us like a prison which we felt was keeping us confined, not letting us go this way or that way. We felt all of these restrictions were based solely upon our color, and the psychological reaction to that would have to be that as long as we felt imprisoned or chained or trapped by Black skin, Black features, and Black blood, that skin and those features and that blood holding us back automatically had to become hateful to us. And it became hateful to us.

It made us feel inferior; it made us feel inadequate made us feel helpless. And when we fell victims to this feeling of inadequacy or inferiority or helplessness, we turned to somebody else to show us the way. We didn’t have confidence in another Black man to show us the way, or Black people to show us the way. In those days we didn’t. We didn’t think a man could do anything except play some horns–you know, make sound and make you happy with some songs and in that way.

But in serious things, where our food, clothing, shelter, and education were concerned, we turned to the man. We never thought in terms of bringing these things into existence for ourselves, we never thought in terms of doing for ourselves. Because we felt helpless.

What made us feel helpless was our hatred for ourselves. And our hatred for ourselves stemmed from hatred for things African. After 1959 the spirit of African nationalism was fanned to a high flame, and we then began to witness the complete collapse of colonialism. France began to get out of French West Africa, Belgium began to make moves to get out of the Congo, Britain began to make moves to get out of Kenya, Tanganyika, Uganda, Nigeria, and some of these other places.

And although it looked like they were getting out, they pulled a trick that was colossal. When you’re playing ball and they’ve got you trapped, you don’t throw the ball away–you throw it to one of your teammates who’s in the clear. And this is what the European powers did.

They were trapped African continent, they couldn’t stay there –they were looked upon as colonial and imperialist. They had to pass the ball to someone whose image was different, and they passed the ball to Uncle Sam. And he picked it up and has been running it for a touchdown ever since.

He was in the clear, he was not looked upon as one who had colonized the African continent. At that time, the Africans couldn’t see that though the Unites States hadn’t colonized the African continent, it had colonized twenty-two million Blacks here on this continent. Because we’re just as thoroughly colonized as anybody else. When the ball was passed to the United States, it was passed at the time when John Kennedy came into power. He picked it up and helped to run it. He was one of the shrewdest backfield runners that history has recorded. He surrounded himself with intellectuals–highly educated, learned, and well informed people.

And their analysis told him that the government of America was confronted with a new problem. And this new problem stemmed from the fact that Africans were now awakened, they were enlightened, they were fearless, they would fight. This meant that the Western powers couldn’t stay there by force. Since their own economy, the European economy and the American economy was based upon their continued influence over the African continent, they had to find some means of staying there.

So they used the friendly approach. They switched from the old, openly colonial imperialistic approach to the benevolent approach. They came up with some benevolent colonialism, philanthropic colonialism, humanitarianism, or dollarism. Immediately everything was Peace Corps, Operation Crossroads, “We’ve got to help our African brothers.” Pick up on that: Can’t help us in Mississippi. Can’t help us in Alabama, or Detroit, or out here in Dearborn, where some real Ku Klux Klan lives. They’re going to send all the way to Africa to help.

One of the things that made the Black Muslim movement grow was its emphasis upon things African. This was the secret to the growth of the Black Muslim movement. African blood, African origin, African culture, African ties. And you’d be surprised–we discovered that deep within the subconscious of the black man in this country, he is still more African than he is American. He thinks that he’s more American than African, because the man is jiving him, the man is brainwashing him every day.

He’s telling him, “You’re an American, you’re an American.” Man, how could you think you’re an American when you haven’t ever had any kind of an American treat over here? You have never, never. Ten men can be at a table eating, you know, dining, and I can come and sit down where they’re dining. They’re dining; I’ve got a plate in front of me, but nothing is on it. Because all of us are sitting at the same table, are all us are diners? I’m not a diner until you let me dine. Just being at the table with others who are dining doesn’t make me a diner, and this is what you’ve got to get in your head here in this country. Just because you’re in this country doesn’t make you an American.

No, you’ve got to go farther than that before you can become an American. You’ve got to enjoy the fruits of Americanism. You haven’t enjoyed those fruits. You’ve enjoyed the thorns. You’ve enjoyed the thistles. But you have not enjoyed the fruits, no sir. You have fought harder for the fruits the white man has, you have worked harder for the fruits than the white man has, but you’ve enjoyed less. When the man put the uniform on and sent you abroad, you fought harder than they did. Yes, I know you–when you’re fighting for them, you can fight.

The Black Muslim movement did make that contribution. They made the whole civil rights movement become more militant and more acceptable to the white power structure. He would rather have them than us. In fact, I think we forced many of the civil rights leaders to be even more militant than they intended. I know some of them who get out there and “boom, boom, boom” and don’t mean it. Because they’re right on back in their corner as soon as the action comes.

The worst thing the white man can do to himself is to take one of these kinds of Negroes and ask him, “How do your people feel, boy?” He’s going to tell that man that we are satisfied. That’s what they do, brothers and sisters. They get behind the door and tell the white man we’re satisfied. “Just keep on keeping me up here in front of them, boss, and I’ll keep them behind you.” That’s what they talk when they’re behind closed us. Because, you see, the white man doesn’t go along with anybody who’s not for him. He doesn’t care are you for right or wrong; he wants to know are you for him. And if you’re for him, he doesn’t care what else you’re for. As long as you’re for him, then he puts you up over the Negro community. You become a spokesman…

Brothers and sisters, let me tell you, I spend my time out there streets with people, all kinds of people, listening to what they have to say. And they’re dissatisfied, they’re disillusioned, they’re fed up, they’re getting to the point of frustration where they begin to feel, “What do we have to lose?” When you get to that point, you’re the type of person who can create a very dangerously explosive atmosphere. This is what’s happening in our neighborhoods, to our people.

I read in a poll taken by Newsweek magazine this week, saying that Negroes are satisfied. Oh, yes, Newsweek, you know, supposed to be a top magazine with a top pollster, talking about how satisfied Negroes are. Maybe I haven’t met the Negroes he met. Because I know he hasn’t met the ones that I’ve met. And this is dangerous. This is where the white man does himself the most harm. He invents statistics to create an image thinking that that image is going to hold things in check.

You know why they always say Negroes are lazy? Because they want Negroes to be lazy. They always say Negroes can’t unite, because they don’t want Negroes to unite. And once they put this thing in the Negro’s mind, they feel he tries to fulfill their image. If they say you can’t unite Black people and then you come to them to unite them, they won’t unite, because it’s been said that they’re not supposed to unite. It’s a psycho that they work and it’s the same way with these statistics.

When they think that an explosive era is coming up, then they grab their press again and begin to shower the Negro public, to make it appear that all Negroes are satisfied. Because if you know you’re dissatisfied all by yourself and ten others aren’t, you play it cool; but if you know that all ten of you are dissatisfied, you get with it. This is what the man knows. The man knows that if these Negroes find out how dissatisfied they really are–even Uncle Tom is dissatisfied, he’s just playing his part for now–this is what makes the man frightened. It frightens them in France and it frightens them in England, and it frightens them in the United States.

And it is for this reason that it is so important for you and me to start organizing among ourselves, intelligently, and try to find out: “What are we going to do if this happens, that happens or the next thing happens?” Don’t think that you’re going to run to the man and say, “Look, boss this is me.” Why, when the deal goes down, you’ll look just like me in his eyesight; I’ll make it tough for you. Yes, when the deal goes down, he doesn’t look at you in any better light than he looks at me…

I say again that I’m not a racist, I don’t believe in any form of segregation or anything like that. I’m for brotherhood for everybody, but I don’t believe in forcing brotherhood upon people who done’ want it. Let us practice brotherhood among ourselves, and then if others want to practice brotherhood with us, we’re for practicing it with them also. But I don’t think that we should run around trying to love somebody who doesn’t love us.

Malcolm X

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