Is Ifa for you?

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African spirituality is indeed demonized in American society. Some think Africans of the diaspora have been bamboozled! Have Black people been socially conditioned into becoming ashamed of the very avenue that grants access to meaning for life, protection, and power?  Is there a method to their madness. Is Ifa and voodoo as devilish as we have been persuaded to think? Were the heart’s of the strangers to our culture so devious that giving us Jesus at the crack of the whip served as salve for their cognitive dissonance? Why have all of our traditional African religions been labeled as wicked and Godless while everything European or Christian is right and pure as new fallen snow? If African spirituality is such an awful thing why is African Spirituality the foundation for all the world’s religions? Why is it okay to symbolically practice drinking the blood of and eating the body of Jesus and its forbidden to remember and honor our own ancestors? Honoring our ancestors is an essential component in the practice of African spirituality. Now, that’s something to think about.

 

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What Is Man

POSITION 1 

MAN IS ENERGY & MATTER

I remember learning about energy in science class in middle school. I was taught matter existed as all things whether living or non-living as three states–solid, liquid, and gas. Further, matter was anything that had mass and occupies space. I was also taught that all matter has energy. Do you remember that lesson too? Below there is a short adult version of the lesson.

POSITION 2

MAN IS A LIVING SOUL SEPERATE FROM GOD

Well, the preachers at church do not talk about matter and energy. The Christian doctrine teaches that all living things came from God and were created by the anthropomorphic hands of God. God made man from the dust of the earth and then breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul. The preacher didn’t say anything about energy. Now here’s the quandary, the scientific teaching about energy can be proven. However, I can’t prove the preacher said about Adam, Eve and the illustrious rib. I must believe it all by faith. Simply defined faith is a belief that something is true– not based on rigorous proof.  As a Christian I had to believe that this creation story was truth even though I had no evidence to prove it. I now understand that when we know belief and faith are not necessary.

Further the Bible teaches we exist in three parts: mind, body, and soul. I can prove the body exists. I see it and touch it. Further, although I cannot touch my mind. I do accredit certain abilities to its existence. My mind has ability to judge, imagine, be aware, perceive, and remember. Nonetheless, there are some people who give those attributes to the soul. But what is the soul or spirit? How do you know you have one? A brief Christian explanation is below. How much of the explanation can be proven without the Bible?

The preacher in the video said to follow the Bible which he describes as the word of God. Well, what happens when the Bible is not your final authority.  What if you don’t believe the Bible is not without error or inerrant? Is the Bible the only space to find the “submitted” truth in the video? What if you understand the Bible as allegory, proverbs, symbolism, myth, and imagery containing truths but hold that the Bible in and of itself is not true? The truth should be able to found elsewhere right or wrong? Is the truth of an infinite omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God limited to a few to record in one book?

Is truth ever isolated to one place? Can’t truth be cross referenced. What other evidence supports the statements in the video above? Truth is truth no matter what it is and where it is? Truth is timeless. Are we incapable of knowing truth or hearing from The All,  The Creator, The Source today in the same way that Biblical authors of the Bible supposedly did long ago? They were indeed murders, adulterers, thieves, liars, and hypocrites like so many of us. Are they any better than us? Are we less eligible to be vessels for knowing the truth?

POSITION 3

MAN IS A SPIRITUAL BEING

When speaking about African Spirituality in antiquity John Henrik Clarke stated:

There is a reality that existed Pre-God.There was a time when man thought of a force in the universe presiding over the universe and while he meant God he did not use the word God and had more spirituality before he consistently used the word God. He used the God force and the God concept without using the word. The African meant the same thing and ultimately western man interpreted it as meaning the same thing.

Clarke is submitting that we were spiritual beings before there was a necessity for religion. There was a time when there was no religion on Earth. Humanity and living things existed. This time predates the Bible by thousands of years. What was the explanation for the origin of life then?Is this pre-God era the same position mentioned in first video on the post with semantic differences? Master Teacher Anthony Browder gives an explanation.

Master Teacher Anthony Browder states:

Religion is a way of binding back to that which holds you together.Binding back to whatever creative principal you believe in. Religions are all made by man.And are essentially man’s attempt to find a system to relate to something greater to them. Spirituality on the other hand, speaks to cultivating a greater relationship with this force that permeates everything throughout the universe. You can’t contain it. You can’t out a picture on it or label on it. It is and it’s a matter of understanding it in its pure essence.

Browder further has stated: 

We are spiritual beings living on Earth having a human experience. That we are in fact capable of manifesting aspects of the Neter Ru within ourselves so that we could become creators here on Earth. Man and woman had a direct relationship with the Creator. Man and woman was never separated from the Creator. This relationship always exist within. As long as you maintain your connection through ritual, through diet, through exercise– You will always be able to express your relationship to the Creator by the things you created. All of life is ritual…spirtuality held a person cultivate their humanity.

What’s your position? Why? Maybe you embrace a portion of each position. Do you have more questions now than answers? What factual evidence do you have to prove your position? What do you know and what do you believe? There is a vast difference between knowing and believing! 

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Dr. Free

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Blessed or Not

Blessed or Not

I have heard so many boast about being blessed when things are going well in their lives. Celebrities and musician’s accept awards by first acknowledging God with sparkling gratitude. So, does that mean that the other people who were nominated in the same category were not blessed or favored? Are the favored blessed, better or worthy of blessings?  Further, is there a group of people who are not favored and undeserving of blessings? And are gifts of abundance, opportunity, victories, grace, and mercy the only blessings we should expect to receive?

When one person is sick and the other is well, then is the healthy person blessed and better off? Better off maybe. Blessed, I don’t know. In the midst of a tornado those whose property and belongings are spared from destruction are blessed but those who lose everything—what are they? Whenever we seem to win against all odds many give thanks and praise unto God for the blessing. What about everyone else who fails?

If the team I am cheering for wins does that mean I have the blessing of an answered prayer? Does that mean the other team is cursed? How often do we ascribe the good in our lives to blessing and the bad to a curse of misfortune or some type of evil force? Moreover, is losing and struggle in life such a terrible thing? Are we so spoiled or selfish that we only expect and accept blessings with gratitude? So do we only learn from mountain top experiences?  Aren’t our times in the valleys of life just as important? Whats the right proclomation while walkining in the valley? Do you still say I’m blessed?

If blessings do exist? Are they a result of our own actions or some type of divine intervention? Is the blessing something I can earn or something I am predestined to receive? What exactly does it mean to be blessed? Does claiming to be blessed engender feelings of comfort, a sense of approval and acceptance in the eyes of one’s creator? Maybe using the word blessed is just a way to justify the means of immoral acts? So, are you blessed or not?

Authentic thought:

            Today, I think our actions and thoughts whether good or bad contribute to outcome in our lives. Whatever a man thinks in his heart is what he becomes. The energy we put out us what comes back into our lives. The sunshine and the rains comes down on us all. The word blessed is often misused and over used for the good that cannot be explained.

In Peace and Love,

Dr. Free

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