Prayer

“How often is prayer an attempt to manipulate the so called will of God instead of being an avenue for enlightenment?” Dr. Free

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Imani: Faith

Imani: Faith To believe with all of our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

kwanzaa5As a people in many ways it is obvious that we are divided. The reasons for this division seem endless. However, the result is still the same nothing is gained. Many of the so called conscious people in our community who are in the forefront seem to be at odds with one another. I hear about Youtube arguments via posts all the time. Can we please get out of our feelings and focus on what’s really important? Let’s grow up as a people and realize the same issues that we are angry about with other people are similar to circumstances we may have actually been guilty about in our lives. No one guiltless. We all for short at some time. Its just part of the human existence. Nitpicking wastes time and energy and causes us to major in the minors.

Let’s learn a lesson from our oppressor. It can be very apparent that they do not like each other but they are still willing to come together to accomplish goals to maintain positions of power and keep us in check. Ask the Republican and Democratic parties about that one.

In the words of my brother, “can we learn to forgive each other a little more gracefully“??? Too often we are more open to forgive and believe someone who does not look like us before we forgive a member of our own African-American family. Beloved, that is not who we are as a people!

Let 2017 be a year for personal healing. When we heal individually it will impact the whole African family in a positive way.  The greatest enemy is the enemy within. There’s no  way we can over come obstacles outside of ourselves when we are not dealing with our own personal issues. Our fight can only be won when we unite with righteous intentions and actions.

Maulana Karenga said it best. Let’s believe with all of our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, and our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

I say to you today, “If WE don’t believe in ourselves and our people who will?

In peace and love,

Dr. Free

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Kuumba: Creativity

The sixth principle for Kwanzaa is Kuumba which means creativity:  To do always as much as we can in the way we can in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

As African people we have always been creative people. We innately have the ability to create things that boggle the mind.  Much of what we use today like the stop light, gas mask, cell phone, blood bank, potato chips, light bulb, and home security system were invented by African-American people.

Regardless of the abundance of inaccurate information, African-American have always been originators and leaders in the arts. As forerunners in creativity, we have the ability to create by simply bringing something out of nothing. When we are awakened to our true our identity and power we can tap into the phenomenal creative essence and ability of within and beautifully transform our communities and the worlds at large. We are a proud and powerful people.

Let’s decided today. Either we will allow the environment to stifle us and remain part of the matrix or we can become a catalyst for creative change leaving a legacy for the next generation to inherit. How will you share your creative ability with our community?

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In peace and love,

Dr. Free

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Nia: Purpose

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Principle five for Kwanzaa is Nia which means purpose:  to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to our traditional greatness.

I remember meeting a successful African-American car salesman. His position with the company afforded him all the perks. Other salesman envied his large office space. It was obvious he had an impressive salary, clout, and influence with his peers. He sent his son to one of the best private schools in the city and he owned a home in an affluent area of town. One evening as we spoke I passionately shared about my research of African history. Unimpressed, he looked back at me with a blank stare and adamantly said no one cares about that. Stunned by his statement I quickly responded, I do. Trying to convince him otherwise, I told him how different our world would be if our children knew their history and if we were taught the truth about our history in school. The man of influence quickly stated that all history is about is remembering dates. It means nothing and it’s not going to help me make money.  I want my son to understand things that help him make money and move ahead in life. 

I could not be critical of the man. Living in America, our minds are shaped by Eurocentric ideas of capitalism. Most of African-Americans live in survival mode aggressively pursuing the American dream. Is the American dream the dream for African-American people too?

I submit that part of dream that our ancestors had for us was to work together and to have all things in common. Today that means whatever your profession, area of training or skill set is, it should be used to help build and restore our people to greatness. As an African-American people we stand on the shoulders of many who have come before us. We sit in classrooms and work at certain jobs because of the commitment and sacrifices made by others When we learn to think with the collective mindset of our ancestors we will lift each other up psychologically and economically. The struggle continues today and there is still an imperative need and time to restore us to our traditional greatness. There are people waking up  to truth and this means if you are awake you can help to usher in the next wave of restoration for our people.

Success is not success when your brother or sister is defeated and hopeless. We should have learned from the way President Obama was constantly disrespected that we can rise no higher than the lowest of us. The illusion of accomplishment for us in is this country created with wrong perceptions for equal opportunity and grandeur cause us to embrace individualism and forsake the responsibility we have to help each other just like the car salesman. The venom of the Meritorious Manumission Act of 1710 still shapes our psyche and dictates how we treat one another.

We can experience the level of peace and prosperity that is available to us as African people when we became others centered. The principle of Nia reminds us that yes, we are our brothers and sister keeper. I realize everybody won’t help nor wants to participate in the liberation of our people. Nonetheless, for those of us who are truly conscious there are wonderful days ahead despite the way things appear in society. There is a necessary transformational and empowering energy that manifest when we connect and help each other that no other people has the potential to experience. Let us rise up together. Happy Kwanzaa!

In peace and love,

Dr. Free

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Habari Gani? Ujamaa

kwanzaa-clipToday’s Kwanzaa principle is Ujamaa which means cooperative economics. I’d like to begin with a question. Have you ever traveled to an area called China Town where you live? How about Little Italy or Little Mexico in the heart of your city or town??? Would you like to see Africa Town or Little Africa in your city? I would. It is highly possible through understanding the fourth principle of Kwanzaa Ujamaa.

We can and should run own the businesses in our own community. For example, don’t you think its strange that we are the largest contributors to the beauty supply business in our community and do not own the buisnesses. There is something wrong with that!!! With proper know-how and insight more of us can become buisness owners instead of being majority consumers. There are many, many, many times we have been successful buisness owners in the past especially before desegregation. The Green Book was an example of the power of networking. How much more can we do now given our abundant resources. Watch with the power of networking in mind.

We can do it again!!!! Owning our own business demands respect from others, gives us power to negotiate, and positions us to advance our own best interests as a community. Cooperative economics means building and maintaining our own stores, shops, and businesses so we can all profit. Owning our own business means true freedom. It also means having the ability to employ and provide for people who look like us. For example, buisness owners can establish a network Blacks go to when we need something like plumbing, catering, groceries, alterations, car repair, doctors, travel–the list is endless. As Black buisness owners increase so does our network of influence.

In peace and love,

Dr. Free

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No More Replay

instant-replayAs we prepare to move into the new year of 2017 let’s do so with a readiness to engage in activities that keep us in awe of life. The lessons we learned from the contrast we experienced in 2016 has given us wisdom to apply as we move forward.

However, it is important to understand that sometimes we do ourselves a great disservice when we replay disappointing experiences mulling them over in our mind. The Universal Law of Mentalism states that our reality is a manifestation of our mind. Results come from our thoughts. We are connected to the universal mind, by law because the universe can create. There is a single consciousness that pervades the universe and it is all-powerful, ever-present, all-knowing, and all creative. It’s present everywhere and present in us and as us. This is our true nature.  Our personal mind is part of the universal mind.

Therefore, proper closure in our past experiences significantly contributes to the quality and kind for our future experiences. Proper closure includes forgiving yourself and releasing the situation with the blessing of love and light because you are grateful for what it added to your life.  Sanaya Roman Author of Personal Power Through Awareness states, it is important to learn forgiveness, because every time you replay a negative memory, making yourself wrong, you are creating it again in the future.  In sports an instant replay allows one to scrutinize, investigate, or celebrate a play. There are times when an instant replay is necessary. That’s just the point, let it be an instant momentary thought if absolutely necessary to scrutinize, investigate, or celebrate. Past hurts and disappointments are not a place to linger and tarry for long periods. Sometimes testifying and venting can do more harm than good. Replaying negative experiences have the potential to recreate the image in our mind every time subsequently lowering our energy and vibration. Resolve to think on things that make YOU feel fabulously wonderful and invigorated–loving yourself into a new reality.

In peace and love,

Dr. Free

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