Why Love Africa?

“…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…”

–Malcolm X

 

My Authentic Truth:

I dedicate my life’s work to all of my ancestors, whose fervent spirit, love for freedom and rich history has left an amazing legacy for me of which I am extremely proud. Their insatiable thirst for more despite challenges, sufferings, and cruelties unthinkable have made my success possible. I carry them with me for they are the roots and I am the tree.

My ancestors have prepared me and stand with me in this moment. Their laborious wanderings and tenacious desire to survive and thrive has been advantageous for my success.

I am truly thankful for every tear shed in hope for my peace, and the agonizing sacrifices made for my abundance. Because my ancestors dared to selflessly endure, I live dreams they never even conceived. For this, I am grateful.©

I love Africa! I love me!

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How Are You Making A Difference?

The revolution will not be televised!

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“Everyone has role that they can play that’s not like charity or patronizing—not like going to the Y or Boys and Girls club then saying on the third weekend of the month I am going to toss a basketball then go back to my life and then over dinner I am going to talk about how much  I do. Real liberation comes from applying your occupation holistically to whatever problem you see in your community—into the injustice that you recognize.”

–Nate Parker

My Authentic Truth:

If not me then who? Waiting on them and complaining about what they did or did not do is a waste of time and energy. We must do what we can in our corner of the world. Every effort counts. My gifts and talents don’t just belong to me they belong to my community. My education was freely received  and I must freely give in return.

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In peace and love,

Dr. Free

Self-Love

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My Authentic truth:

A person who truly loves himself or herself and has genuine knowledge of self is willing to suffer and even die to protect the freedom to express that awareness. 

When we are not afraid to stand in our own truth we have the courage to endure.

Dr. Free

 

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Good Vibrations

 

drained-4There times when we keep company with certain people and we do not feel energized when they leave our presence. Instead we feel our energy has decreased a great bit! At times in their presence we may feel tired, weary or a heaviness and we cannot explain why. It was not because we exerted so much energy having fun, neither is it because we spent the time jogging or doing rigorous exercise.  Most importantly, the people we have been spending time with are not bad people and can be very well intended. However, something in your knower– your intuition, tells you something just isn’t right.

My Authentic Truth:

Most recently I have come to finally learn a lesson along my journey about the reason why I felt this sudden energy depletion around certain people and maybe my experience will speak to you. I did not want to be unkind so I would tolerate people in an effort to get along. However, as it turns out my actions turned out being a disservice to us both.  I have finally accepted the fact that we have to seek to surround ourselves with people who have similar vibrations. I understand at times it can be difficult especially if we are running from loneliness nor understand ourselves yet as energetic beings. But, trust and believe if we resolve to simply be true to ourselves and be our authentic self we will eventually attract other people to us of a similar vibration without sacrificing our own best interests.

wavelengthsWhen we are not true to ourselves we attract people who cause us more harm than good. The resulting harm does not mean the person came into your space for the explicit purpose of doing you harm.  This means that your vibrations are at a contrast or out of alignment. Hey, being human it happens. We just need to respond accordingly when it does happen. Yes, we are energetic beings! When we are around incompatible energy it can be draining. On the other hand, when you are around people with compatible energies there is no strain to communicate. Its often a celebrated experience.  There is a feeling of harmony , comfort and ease. Further, you are both interested in a similar dimension of truth.  For example, if they are surface level people so are you. But if you’re into deeper truths so are they. People in your inner circle do not have to have all the same interest as you do but there is a mutual respect even when your interest are different from theirs. They are even interested in hearing your perspective on certain issues. In fact, when you part company you feel better for having spent time with them.

When you feel depleted it could be because you are vibrating at a higher level than the company you were keeping and in order to connect you have to lower your vibration. Lowering your personal vibration causes you to become part of their vibration. You would in a sense repel each other–continuing on your paths unless you became lower in vibration and gave them some of your energy. Hence, the reason for the drained and tired feelings you experience. It is better to do what you can to keep  constant at a high vibration. High vibrations come from thinking positive thoughts, connecting with others at high vibrations, eating live foods, (dead food zaps your energy), listening to music you enjoy, being solution oriented and embracing the beauty in the moment.

You want resonance in your relationships with those in your inner circle.  When there is no resonance someone may be irritated on either side whether they are or are not being forthright about it. You may be draining them as much you think they are draining you—wanting them to be something they are not and visa versa.

We exist is a world filled with people from all walks of life who are experiencing their journey just like you and me. So, it is important to protectively guard your energy by avoiding people who are know-it-all all’s, complainers, emotional windbag, pretentious talkers, gossips, braggart and control freaks.drained

It is sometimes difficult to avoid these people because you work with them or live with them. In this instance, use your personal filter for their words and actions and confidently speak to situations that invite you to compromise your position so you can maintain your high vibration.  Passive behavior is no good for your vibration. Be true to yourself. When people cannot respect your for who you are that’s one sign of vibrational incompatibility. Special thanks to the friend in my heart Ralph Smart who inspired this truth to me and through me.

In peace and love,

Dr. Free

 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 and or respectfully respond from their own unique perspective.

 

 

Personal Suffering

 

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Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined

It has been said that our suffering comes from the attachment we have to ideals and the complex attitudes we create about the state of things. According to our own highest ideals, we are never quite what we should be –our best selves. Living each day feeling like we are never quite measuring up can be self -defeating and lead to personal suffering. Whether it is our family, our work, where we live, or life general –it seems things are never quite up to par with our ideals. This causes us to become very critical of ourselves, everyone and everything around us. Do some personal inventory. Where did your ideals come from? Were they imposed upon you through religious affliation, societal influences, or did they come from care givers who raised you? How much of what you call ideal for your life was brithed from your own hearts desire? Further, did you embrace what you consider important because you selected it and designed it to fit your unique sense of being?

For example, with religion, “ideals” were put in place and deemed important  by “certain people” during their own personal journey. Some one else  agreed with them and embraced their ideals because during that season of their life it worked for then too. The result is that these people try daily to hit the mark they set. During their striving consequently they end up evaluating and judging themselves and others. What works for one doesn’t necessarily work for everyone else.

How can we keep from rendering daily verdicts on others? Is it neccessry to be judge and jury sometimes? Nevertheless, how can one get from under the yoke of bondage of your personal ideals? I try to begin by asking questions rather than making statements.  Questions I ask are questions like, “why is it like this?”  “why are things this way?” “what do you think?”The questions are good starting points. It is good to ponder over everything of interest to me. Question everything you’d like! Wonder to yourself things like, why do monks shave their heads?  Why does he pray five times a day? Why do many different kinds of people get tattoos? Why are those standards important in that culture? Why do these children in this region behave so differently than the children in that region of the world? Contemplate these things, do not form an opinion about what is good, bad, useful or useless. Keep phrases like “they should” “that’s wrong” or “that’s a sin” far from your mouth. Instead allow your mind to be open and consider what you observe with intentional freedom. Sift through your thoughts until all you see and understand is the reality. Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined

My authentic truth:

I am very inquisitive. Rather than making assumptions then assuming my assumptions are right–I ask questions. Questions either asked directly or as I ponder to myself. I always find it interesting though that my questioning to others is regarded as a weakness rather than a strength. The self-righteous and staunchly religious are eager to respond to my questions based on their “ideal standards” clouding the reality.

In my experience I have found people are quick to judge and evaluate the actions of others based solely on their ideal–never knowing the back story or actual reality. Yes I know in part it’s just the way humans naturally behave.On the other hand, its time for many of us to pump the breaks and take a pause for the cause of enlightenment. For me, asking questions is not necessarily to gain information but insight in an effort to abstain from thinking from a delusional mindset. Only then can I remain free from suffering from judgement, self-inflicted disappoint, a false sense of superiority and a unnessary messiah complex. All of the aforementioned leads to personal suffering. Self reflection brings me satisfying enlightenment. Go ahead and free yourself.

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In love and peace,

Dr. Free.

 

A Picture of Accomplishment 2

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When African-American people truly have a reached true accomplishment as a community:

  • We will have a presence in the marketplace—the realm of business, trade and economics where we are creating opportunities for other people who look like us. Most of not many of these business will be in our own communities.
  • We will hold positions of influence in local government, on school boards and in banking. We will have banks owned and run by African-Americans in our communities.
  • We will make connections with leaders as leaders so that we can employ, provide services, train and hire skilled workers.
  • We will write and publish our own narratives via television broadcasts, books, newspapers, and magazines. We will also own and manage these companies.
  • We will acknowledge each other with respect and love despite differences
  • We will look out for each other being our brother’s and sister’s keeper—policing our communities and looking out for the children as if they were our own.
  • We will create art forms and artistic expressions that edify and admonish our people toward progress.
  • We will provide education for our own children with a complete curriculum that teaches African rituals and cultural competence, spirituality, community activism, African history before the diaspora and African-American history, rites of passage, counter-racism, political science, health care and nutrition for people of color (there is a difference), problems solving, and money management. These schools will also be equipped to address our social emotional needs. Students will learn to know themselves and how to further their own best interest.
  • We will unite in an unwavering commitment to each other

This is what the picture for accomplishment truly looks like for African-Americans in American society. . The question is not what are they doing? The question is what am I doing to accept personal responsibility to create this picture for accomplishment? This list has no end. There is room for your innovative ideas.

How will you contribute toward the betterment of our people for generations to come? Will future generations want to honor you with thanksgiving for work you did with them in mind? Even under the tremendous oppression and affliction of our forefathers they tenaciously accomplished much. With all of the resources, opportunities, and freedoms available to us now–what will we do?

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In love and peace,

Dr. Free.

A Picture of Accomplishment Part 1

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Much time is spent complaining about the present state of affairs for people of African-American people in North America and around the world. If there is a common problem that seems to plague a large number of Americans in general, African-Americans tend to experience the worse-case scenarios. There were Africans who came to what is now called North America many years before Columbus came to make his alleged claim. Ivan Van Sertima covers this topic well in his book The African Presence in Ancient America: They Came Before Columbus.

When the largest number of African-Americans came to North America, we came as slaves. However, Since that time, we have had to fight for every freedom we presently experience. The book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Ed Baptist presents thorough coverage of this topic. We owe our ancestors a great deal of gratitude for the sacrifices they have relentlessly made. Yes, we are answers to their prayers. Because of them we are able exist in America in the manifested hope that only filled their hearts. When our ancestors marched for miles in the heat, smiled to hide the anger and tears, labored under the weight of brutality, and endured undeserved horrific physical, mental, and psychological abuse—the generations to come were on their minds. For that I am so, so, truly thankful. Someone else thought of me. They understood that we are all connected. The blood of our ancestors runs in our veins whether we acknowledge it or not. In part, this is why I am compelled to share now in this forum.

We have come a long way because of the profound sacrifices of other people just like you and me but we have so much further to go. Should we have the audacity to forget and dismiss their efforts as if they have no meaning for us today? For centuries people unwaveringly struggled so that we could attain greater than they did in America. We have not attained a certain level of success as African-Americans in this society simply because we are intelligent, attractive, or clever. None of our intellect would matter had our ancestors not fought tirelessly on our behalf. Therefore, our academic degrees, training and acquired skills do not simply belong to us as individuals. They belong to the African-American community. When we learn to further the best interests of our community we will personally experience the benefits today and the in our future. Martin Luther King stated, No one is free until we are all free.”

The Media has a habit of reporting what is negative since it seems to grab our attention. Without hesitation the negative reports are filled with flagrant propaganda that misleads and confuses the masses. With a polluted mentality it is then difficult to conceptualize accomplishment in our community. What does accomplishment truly look like for African-Americans in American society?

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 and or respectfully respond from their own unique perspective.

Express your authentic thoughts. Post a comment. I welcome your valued perspective. Thank you in advance.

In love and peace,

Dr. Free.