Intellectual Immunization

 

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LOOKING INTO THE MIRROR, THE BLACK WOMAN ASKED, “MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHO’S THE FINEST OF THEM ALL?” THE MIRROR SAYS, “SNOW WHITE, YOU BLACK BITCH, AND DON’T YOU FORGET IT!!!” 1987-1988. Photograph. Aint Jokin’, Los Angeles. Carrie Mae Weems. By Carrie Mae Weems. Web. 17 May 2013.

Simply put and briefly stated, the present state of affairs on every level for the African-Americans in this country is due to miseducation. Carter G. Woodson says it best in his relevant book The Mis-education of the Negro. In general, African American people are profoundly ignorant about their historical greatness and the significance of their culture. We need a Sankofa Revival.  Sankofa is a word of the Twi language that translates as “Go back and get it”. There is much for us to reclaim. Too many of us think there was nothing worthwhile before slavery and the need to look back is unnecessary. In his book Know Thyself, Nai’m Akbar writes:

“The proper education of the African American should offer the transmission of acquired immunities. We should study detailed stories of the Ashanti people of Ghana who resisted their colonization and tricked the British when they sought to steal their Royal Ornaments and symbols of power. The stories of many slaves who resisted their enslavement must be told. The victor of Cinque on the Amistad and the struggles of Nat Turner and Denmark Vessey must be celebrated as a means of transmitting our immunity to oppression…..The challenges brought by Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, Paul Robeson and the many others who defiantly resisted the perpetuation of European American control over African-American life should be catechism of each generation of our young people.”

If we do not know or care to know and understand our history as African-Americans the intent of the system of white supremacy has succeeded in our lives. Our lack of unity, self-hate, cultural shame, rejection of African spiritualty and thought are all symptoms of disease that only an intellectual immunization can cure.

When we are truly well mind, body, and soul we will unite as a people—edifying each other and strengthening our communities while educating our own about the greatness of ourselves. This means having an allegiance and unwavering commitment to each other. We will exude self-love embracing every aspect of our bodies in their natural state. Our spiritual disposition will be secure thus eliminating the need for organized religion. African-American men and women will fearless lead, protect, and support one another. Finally, our life style would willingly embody the honorable habits and practices of our ancestors who lived in a state of wellness and productivity that few have ever known. Yes, I know it’s the 21st century and not the 17th century. However, the imperative necessity to reconnect with the timeless wealth in our African culture will help us to be the best version of ourselves—both individually and collectively for today and tomorrow.

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In love and peace,

Dr. Free.

 

 

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Haters

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Today the colloquial word “hater” has become very popular. The word is generally used to describe a person who takes issue with another person’s success or good fortune.  Many reasons could be suggested for the “haters” negative attitude. Maybe haters object because from their perspective the recipient of good is undeserving, or unworthy of reward. There are others who think with a scarcity mind-set   concluding if one person wins the other person automatically has to lose. They suppose there must not be “enough” for everybody therefore—one’s winning is at their expense. However, “haters” have not yet realized they don’t have to put out the bright light of others in order for their own lights to brightly shine.

The reason haters struggle with celebrating anyone else, criticize, disapprove, respond with insults and offer spontaneous put downs has nothing to do with the accomplishments of others. The haters attitude is a direct reflection of their own personal insecurities and low-level of self-worth. Their jealous actions broadcast true personal feelings they hold at present about themselves.

Haters wish they had the boldness to do what others have done. They have yet to discover the freedom, flare, and finesse they too possess. They’d rather complain than compliment. It’s difficult to give to others what one doesn’t know how to give to themselves. Their courage and confidence is suppressed by fear. For them it’s easier to be critical than it is to try. Fear of failure and subjecting themselves to the same ridicule they’ve dished out –keeps them on the side lines of life. Those who are hated by the hater create the reality for their lives haters dare to even dream about. The best retaliation for the hated is an authentically successful life fully lived.

 

My authentic thought: Being your personal best should be a priority. No one ever has to apologize for that or feel bothered by nay sayers who have a problem with a person being their best, achieving at their best, or receiving the best.

In peace and love,

Dr. Free

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TRUTH

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In society today the value and power of truth is too often underestimated. The intrinsic transformational power of truth is an absolute necessity for personal evolution. If we are satisfied with the noise of hearsay, the peer pressure of the status quo, the delusion of stereotypes, and the priority of prevalent messaging in propaganda we will never embrace truth and become the best versions of ourselves.

Too many of us are intoxicated with the liquor of greed and survival. While others of us aimlessly chase the American dream. Today we must sober up! Let us wake our sisters and brothers from their slumber. Some say  ignorance is bliss but I say ignorance is like chains of bondage being wrapped around our minds anchoring us behind gates of injustice, poverty, and extreme lack that leaves us barren and of no benefit.

There are two keys that will unlock these hefty chains. The first key is the key of desire.We must desire to know truth. Once one “truly knows” truth, they understand. Only then, will the applied knowledge of truth become liberation power. It’s impossible to un-know truth once it is sincerely known. Truth is  a tool of vision and a garment of protective armor. The second key is perseverance. Once chains are removed there is a reason to move forward relentlessly in truth–mobilizing us victoriously through inevitable challenges.

At present we live in a society where truth is almost a foreign concept. Honesty is admirable when it should be an expected common practice.  Revisionist history and vague ambiguous personal responses are the norm.

Only those who are hungry and thirsty enough for truth will evolve, add substance to the community, posses the fortitude to be resilient and become the refreshing instruments of change we long to see.

My authentic thought: It takes courage and maturity to be honest with yourself and with others. I would rather hear the truth than a lie any day. Even when the truth hurts, I have the necessary pieces before me to make informed decisions. Otherwise, time and energy is wasted on nothingness and every plan thereafter is already defeated.

 

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

 

What’s New

Whats New

What’s new in your life? What’s happening that you are you excited about? What recent phenomenon has you in awe? What wonderful thing are you enjoying doing or being a part of right now? What vision are you finding pleasure with as it emerges and comes into fruition?

Today I was watching the memorial service for Muhammad Ali. Bryant Gumble a journalist and close friend of Muhammad was one of the eulogist. As he spoke I first noticed his appearance, then his humanness, finally I easily recognized his commitment to journalism in his brief introductory statements. I remember as a young girl hearing women mention his curly hair, winning smile and his handsomeness. Now as an adult, I also notice his handsome features in the shadows of time. However, while he spoke I wondered why he had made such a seemingly surprising exit from the Today Show–a long running American morning show, years ago. Gumble had been with the Today Show fifteen years and at the time he was very popular and well-respected.  So, I thought I would google the question.  I found an article in the New York times penned by Bill Carter January 5, 1996 that revealed the answer. For me, reading it was timely.

 Mr. Gumbel told the “Today” staff that he had signed a new one-year contract that would take him through 1996, his 15th year. One staff member who was at the meeting said that he followed that announcement by adding that this would be his last year on the program. NBC News may try to retain Mr. Gumbel for other assignments, but he will be available to negotiate with any network or other television entity. Though NBC has not officially designated a successor to Mr. Gumbel, it is widely expected that Matt Lauer, who is the news anchor for “Today,” will be the choice. In a statement released by NBC yesterday, Mr. Gumbel, who is 48, said, “Fifteen years is a long time in one place, and the world’s too exciting to enjoy from one vantage point.“Andrew Lack, the president of NBC News, said in the same statement, “We are discussing a number of other projects with Bryant that I hope will keep him at NBC News for another 15 years.”

The statement that spoke to me most is highlighted. “Fifteen years is a long time in one place, and the world’s too exciting to enjoy from one vantage point.“How willing are we to move or reposition ourselves so that we can experience life from a different vantage point? Do we remain because we think what we have and where we are is as good as it gets? Are we too comfortable? Are there other view points of life waiting to be revealed to us?reposition

 

I’d rather wholeheartedly try than never know. One day too often means never so its advantageous for me to do what I can do today and tomorrow. My heart’s intent is that I reposition myself as much a possible all the while enjoying all that my life’s experiences have to offer. My personal development and peace of mind are worth taking a chance on me.

 

 

                                                                                                       

You must remind yourself constantly why you want to make the changes that will reposition yourself and empower your life. The simple is, “You’re worth it”  Nikkos Zorbas

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.

Peace,

Dr. Free

 

TIME: According to Muhammad Ali

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

What are we doing with the time we have been given? Are we good managers of our time? Do we even care? Do we have a sense of urgency about life? Maybe its right to relax and take life as it comes. Muhammad Ali shares his  interesting perspective about time and what motivates him? What motivates your usage of time? Is it fear? Faith? Societal demands?  Listen to the short video then express your authentic thought about time.

Authentic Thought:

It is best for me to be motivated by forces greater than time: universe, law of attraction, ancestors, purpose, wellness. In time and circumstance I use the information and resources I know best to determine what is right for me. Personal goals, love of self, and respect for others are always influencing factors. Nonetheless, seizing the moment for what I’m drawn to keeps me from living in the sinking sand of regret.

Peace and love,

Dr. Free

Let us learn to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Riddle: What never stops once it starts? 

 

 

 

Authentically You 2 Muhammad Ali

Thank you for your contribution and touching my life

I honor you!

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As we celebrate the life of Muhammad Ali and remember him in his transition it is easy to both acknowledge his contributions to the world, the change they encouraged in so many, and admire his bold undeniable authenticity.

Muhammad Ali was:

  • Unapologetically courageousMuhammed 2
  • Keenly aware of his strengths and weaknesses
  • Genuine and sincere in his interactions with people
  • Redefined the sport of boxing
  • Compassionately concerned about others
  • Certain of his gifts and abilities
  • Fearlessly honest
  • Unwavering in his convictions

Muhammad Ali’s commitment to self-respect, self-love, and knowledge of self  brought wonderful change to the world.

Many possibilities await us and  the world who are willing to do the same.

The song The Greatest Love of All was part of the score in the movie The Greatest released in 1977 about Muhammad Ali’s life. For many years the words have brought me much encouragement and inspiration.

Be encouraged,

Dr. Free

I believe the children are our are future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be
Everybody searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfill my needs
A lonely place to be
So I learned to depend on me

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

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! 

In peace and love,

Dr. Free

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