Kuumba & Purpose
Kuumba & Purpose
Being on Nia requires us to be able to adjust our plans, and a lot of times this may happen in the midst of action. This means that of course we have to have a close relationship with Kuumba. Kuumba is directly linked to our intuition which allows us to plug into the ancestral realm, and pull on wisdom much older than we are. Kuumba will begin to flow in us as we establish our Imani in ourselves, and begin to trust our skills. This happens because in the pursuit of our Nia we begin to practice, and from the practice we develop the confidence in our skills, and this allows us to fall in the “Zone”. This is also described in the literature as the flow state. When We are able to reach this state in the pursuit of our purpose we can begin to release our creativity. The act of creation feeds on confidence, and the flow state happens because we have done the work necessary to move on to a kind of auto pilot, and since we don’t have to focus on what we are doing directly, other resources in us are able to turn on. This is where Kuumba flows from, especially when we are moving toward our purpose.
“How to use the flow state in Nia to maximize your creativity.”
We maintain a connection to our Ancestors but because it is an accidental, or ignored connection we often can not access it. Once we decide to plug back into our culture, and start adding the practices that put us in touch with our ancestors, we open up our intuition. This intuition gives us access to our Ancestral knowledge that has always been there. We have not been able to get in contact with this knowledge because of the trauma, and programming that we are presently trying to break through. This process requires us to do what we call in Gye-Nyame re-creating ourselves, and our group. We also can serve ourselves well by putting constant anchors for our culture, and what we are trying to do all around us. In Gye-Nyame we have changed the days of the week to reflect and remind us, we have changed the calendar to remind us, we have certain sayings that are common, we have changed the language, and we have even taken on personal principles in our life to keep us focused. We have adopted Holidays, and turned them into cultural stabilizers, and we are constantly adding new things that can help us stay plugged in to our culture and purpose. The world will always find ways to pull on you to try to get you back into the fold, but once you begin this journey you will never see the world or interact within the same.
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“For most of us, we have lost our connection to our culture and ancestors in the way that was intended. We are not trying to just change who we are and become something else, but instead we are attempting to remember who we are.”
All of the ideas came to us and through us because we have decided to open ourselves up to Kuumba, by following the process. We have also identified our individual purposes, and have found ways to fit them into the tribe structure so that we can build ourselves up as well as build up the group. I have found in my travels that there are pockets of people like us all over the world, but there is no common call that can bring things all together yet (We are working on this at GNJMedia). Many people are still out there feeling alone and isolated, not able to find their purpose and cut off from their Kuumba, and we have to find ways to get them the information that they need. This is another place where our Kuumba can serve us, and create other tribes and provide partnerships. Kuumba is about solving problems, when we apply this power to our Nia we become a powerhouse. Now what happens when we build or join a group of like minded people that are using the same ideas. We create a group mindset that is now available to the whole group on demand. We move from our creativity which is powerful, to having access to the creativity of our tribe or group. Now I want you to think about some of the issues in your life that would evaporate if you were able to focus a collective Kuumba upon them. Think about the financial gains, the social problems that would also disappear. Also consider how much easier it would be to bring your Nia to fruition.
“We don't have to wait for others to get us somewhere, we can take control of our own destinies within Kuumba. That is our call, that is our purpose.”
Tomorrow we will move into looking at Imani and it’s role with Nia.