Great Kujichagulia to all my Kuji born out their:
"Umoja in motion (collective work and responsibility)"
We are looking at Kujichagulia today through the marvelous principle of Ujima. For those new to the journey, and to remind the old heads Ujima means collective work and responsibility. We teach within Gye-Nyame that Ujima is Umoja in motion. Today let's look at the power of a collective, which is a group that pulls together to accomplish a goal. Now let's imagine that they collectively focus on defining their world, or bringing it close to home,redefining their world. What type of changes could this collective bring about?
"Gye-Nyame Journey has already put this into motion , by redefining the day"
Kujichagulia as we saw last week is strong on defining the world, and since we are in the week of Ujima I believe that it is appropriate for me to call on our collective to start to redefine the world that we are in. Using our collective thought power to reshape the world to what we need. This may sound impossible, but if we take small steps we will start to make progress. We at Gye-Nyame Journey have already put this into motion, by redefining the day. This may not seem like a major step for those reading, but when you see it in action it is amazing. To have our people correct each other in conversation using our cultural terms as a basis to define the reality we are in, can be life changing. Just by snatching the days of the week we have carved out a space in which we are free and in control. Although it is small now, eventually it will grow into something powerful. This system has already begun to sprout fruit. Recently as you can see we have taken over the week, and now each week is also defined using our principle system.
"Have you ever heard of the term west Asia?"
Many may ask what is the importance of defining things. There is already a dictionary that we can use, why should we waste our time on defining things when others are already doing it. That's the point that I believe many of us miss, we have allowed others to shape our world with their words. They tell us what is and what is not, they even define right and wrong for us, and many of us take what is said as Universal truth. When the only truth they are spreading is west Asian truth, that is designed to benefit them, and you play right into their hands doing exactly what you are told, not even knowing that the ideas that you have may have been placed in your head. For example, above I mentioned the term west Asia, have you ever heard of this place? I know you heard of east Asia, and the countries that make it up, I know that many of you may have heard of central Asia, and countries that make it up. What about west Asia, have you ever heard of it? Can you name the countries of west Asia? I know you can! I started asking questions and defining the world from my cultural perspective, and when I recognized west Asia that for me was when the (Metaphorical) light came on! You see, a small group of west Asians decided to define the world, and spread their definitions to such a point that they could create a continent that is not there but everyone can see it. This mysterious place is Europe. Now if they were able to shape the world by defining, and fighting to defend and spread that definition, why can't we do the same?
"We can shape the world by defining it"
Ujima gives us the power to do things like that. It is just a matter of recognizing what we have, and being willing to do the work! Are you ready????
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