Showing posts with label kwanzaa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kwanzaa. Show all posts

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Great Ujamaa 12821-5

 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Ujima Day 12721-5

 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Daily Toast- Umoja 417171 Sex

Peace FAM:
We will look at sex today, and discuss how it can become a point of contention, as well as a powerful tool to move you toward your goal. When seeking SelfMastery, as well as Nationbuilding all aspects of our lives need to help us move toward our goals. Especially those that are necessities, like eating, and sex. It is incredible to me that people will move toward change and leave the same old attitudes about sex in place. Sex is one of the most powerful things that we do in our life time. We literally create life during this act, but we neglect it when it comes to changing our lives. You can create the best life in the bedroom, as well as erect your own private hell. We have to be wise enough to use all of the tools we have been given on our journey to greatness. To overlook the major necessities of life is like trying to build a house with no hammer.
Check the video and let me know what you think:
Nuff Said
Peace, Power, Joy and 1hunidyears

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Daily Toast- Kujichagulia 321171 (Who is defining you/we)

Peace FAM
The thought that hit me when I rose from my sleep this day, was who defines us, and how do we benefit from it? When looking at how we deal with each other and the world I can't help but be puzzled, because it appears that we operate outside of our own interest. Any people that operate outside of their own benefit is crazy, because their is no way that they can survive. This type of people put their children at risk, and set them up for future oppression, and debt slavery. A people's Kujichagulia is a protection against outside forces, when the force of Kujichagulia is stripped away a people are subject to outside definition.
Now here is where the hustle gets real, if an outside force or group (group 1) can define another group (group 2), the definition that is set on group 2 will always work for the benefit of group 1. This means that everything that group 2 knows about itself or even think about it self will benefit group 1. The only end that I can see for group 2 is extinction. Now FAM we have to realize that we are in group 2, and begin the real work of change.
Checkout the video and let me know what you think.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Daily Toast- Kuumba 311171 (Release the magician)

Peace Fam
Man we are coming off a great Nia, and moving into this Kuumba. I feel like a magician, I don't know why, but I have been humming this capoeira song "Assaulta Manginga" which means release the magician. Maybe it is because I just reached 100 subscribers on YouTube, maybe because I am finally getting comments on my blog, or maybe because I just had my afternoon meal. Whatever it is I am going to ride the feeling until I can't anymore.
Now it is time for you to release the magician in your life.  Magician before they were connected to parlor tricks and morphed into politicians, were at one time very skilled workmen. They mastered there craft to a point to where it appeared they could perform miracles. They didn't have one trade they were the masters of their age. They got so good at what they did that people called them magi, which means wise. Magi is also the root word of magician, this word through time became associated with terms like super natural, to make you think that these skills were out of reach. A magician is simply a master of his/her craft. They simply cultivated the ability to create, by getting the 5 parts of their being to work together. You can do the same, and by doing so you will be able to release a flow of creativity in your life that will change it forever. Checkout the video, toast your ancestors, and let me what you think.  For those that want to checkout the Kindle edition of my book "Freedom Within Limits".
Peace & 1hunidyears

Friday, March 10, 2017

Daily Toast- Nia 310171 (Play & practice your position)

Peace Fam
Today's toast is a celebration of the follower, those unnamed heroes who have made civilization possible. Those people who may have known more and spoke better than the person they were following but kept their mouth shut, and played their part. Many of you may cringe when you read these words, but you have to face the fact that everyone is not a leader, in fact most people are not. I know you will probably fall into the "we are all leaders in our own life" argument but I could argue you there as well. History or at least the way we want to see it does not hoist the follower into the spot light. They teach us to focus on the leader, rather than looking at individuals that gave him the very thing that he needed, people to lead. It is these people who bring the know how to make the vision of the leader possible. It is these individuals that help and remind the leader to stay in line. It is these individuals that raise the money, and balance the books. It is these individuals that keep the meeting halls open and clean. Hell, if the followers ain't on point then the leadership will be wack. It is the unsung, that form the notes that the leader sings.
I am saying all this to encourage you to face the reality that you may not be the next Malcolm X, but may just be a "Malcolm in the middle", but by you learning to practice and play in your position, you make an invaluable contribution to the forward movement of your group, and more importantly your life. By you focusing and applying "right practice" where you are, you grow. Better yet you can create an environment where everyone around you can grow. So please play your role, the future of your tribe, and family may depend on it.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Daily Toast- Ujamaa 38171 (You Inc.)

Peace Fam:
Taking my time to review the proverb of the week , and attemping to connect it with the principle of the day. "Right practice is true knowing", in this practice is the key. The question I want my family to focus on is what are you practicing daily. We have to begin to look at ourselves as vaulable businesses, that have a story to tell. Many of us our not active in building our brand because deep down inside we may feel that we are not worthy. Wake up and face the fact that many of your struggles were not given to you for just you, but to teach others. Get up and begin to share your most powerful resource beside your time, yourself and your story.  Let's bring to practice living, and sharing our life lessons. We have been born in a time where we can leave tons, of information for our children and for those in need. Stop wasting your time and your storage space on looking for the next fight, and point the camera at your life and begin to record history in the making. Don't be shy because according to the news you are being recorded anyway, so why not save a life, inspire someone's spirit that may be weak, and maybe build a business. It's happening everyday, why not for you?
Nuff said
Peace & 1hunidyears

Monday, March 6, 2017

Let's Talk Nation Building

Peace  FAM:
I decided that while I was recovering to attempt to experiment with periscope. Yep I took a day off from the adventure, but I wanted to do something creative. So after the interview and speaking with brother Yarima I decided to try periscope. So I wanted to see how to work it and see if I can use it for my live broadcast. It is compatible, and I will be streaming over periscope for my Kujichagulia, and Ujima shows. So I will be seeing some of yall through the periscope.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Daily Toast- Kujichagulia 128171 (who is defining you & your reality)

Great Kujichagulia:
On this day we reflect not only on Kujichagulia, but upon the other principles, and laws that fall on this day.Today is not only the day of self-determination, but it also serves to bring us time to work with Justice and  the Law of Correspondence.
Keeping with the theme from last week we will reflect on these principles through the lens of the quote from the "Book Of Coming Forth By Day", that has sparked all kinds of thoughts. " Awaken from thy suffering O thou who lye prostrate! ", we will stop the quote there, because this part illustrates what we need. Kujichagulia is about defining our self for our self, but how is this done? Unfortunately most people have been lulled into a deep sleep, they were cultured, and socially designed into a prostrate state. We have been submitted to a systematic process that strives to keep us unconscious. In the state of unconsciousness we experience self inflicted suffering. Now I believe that this point is important enough to repeat, "we are experiencing self imposed suffering". I know that many will kick back against this point, but we ultimately are inflicting suffering upon ourselves. We have been trained to believe in our helplessness. The systems we have been subjugated to have done an excellent job of convincing us that we are victims of a chaotic universe, and that our lot in life is set. The stories we have been told keep us in our place, with our faces firmly placed in the dirt. imagining all types of horrors. We actually believe that others have control over us and that our destiny lies in others hands. When the fact of the matter is that because we are "lying prostrate" we can't see the truth.
Everyone has heard the story of the training of the elephant. Where a baby elephant is tied to a tree, and for the first part of his life he pulls against the tree trying to get free. The Tree is firm and real, and eventually the baby elephant begins to surrender, and gives up trying. The baby elephants eventually grows into a bull elephant, and now because he has been trained he will not attempt to free himself. You can now tie the giant elephant to a stake and he will not be able to free himself. This same process has happened to you.You have been forced down so much that you now believe that your proper position is on the ground and have given up trying to rise. from the ground everything look bad. your angle of life is distorted, and I am simply trying to help you stand up, "Awaken thou who is lying prostrate". You and your whole life has been defined by others, and their definition serves them, and not you. How we see ourselves shapes how we see the world, and how we interact in it. the worst part about all this is that humans are very resilient, we can adjust to almost anything. Many of us have learned to be comfortable living life on our bellies. I am just saying stand up! Awaken and rise to who you really are. When you start to rise it will be scary, but you will begin to see that all the suffering was your doing, and the suffering that was being inflicted by others fades away as you look them in the eye. Today is an opportunity for you to redefine your life and your relationship with it. Take the #nguzosabachallenge and dedicate your days to yourself and culture. Begin to take small steps to get your health in order. Let's Build!!!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Daily Toast- Nia 22417 (Conscious Living)

On Ujima we discussed proverbs from the "African Openings To the Tree Of Life", and the one that gave me the most problems came to life when I reflected on it during Ujamaa. Ujamaa is about harnessing those personal resources so that we can build that life that we want. I want go into it you can listen to some of my past podcast, or checkout some of the videos for Ujamaa to get a grasp of what I mean. While harnessing my resources for another project, the thought of the proverb echoed in my mind. I pushed the thought back and got focused on my present project. But the proverb kept coming to the surface like a fisherman's bobber. I could not recall the proverb, but I could remember some key words that kept ringing, prostrate, awaken, suffering, and horizon. So I took a few minutes and began to google and that is when the answers came rushing in. Before I get into it, I want to share the link from last night's Tribal Quotes . Listen in and share your comments about this and all of the proverbs. Here is the quote:

"The Chapter Of The Head-Rest, which is to be placed under the head of the
Osiris Ani, whose word is truth. Awake out of thy sufferings, O thou who liest
prostrate! Awake thou! Thy head is in the horizon." Book of coming forth by day


Now the word that stuck out to me as we began to move into Nia was "awaken". To awaken means to become conscious, or aware of what is around you. Family, for me a light went on. I mean my mind went crazy with thoughts and possibilities. What is purpose without consciousness, it is dead, asleep, powerless. Purpose without consciousness is like eyes without sight, or ears without hearing. The key to purpose is for the user of Nia to be awake, or conscious. Let's go back to the proverb and use it to illustrate the point. This particular verse was placed under the head of the deceased during the burial ritual of the ancient Kemites. This verse is a spell meant to remind the deceased of who they are or better yet who they can become. Now the first word directed at the deceased is "Awaken", and they are asked to come out of their suffering. Now let me share what ran through my mind when I read this verse again. The dead are unconscious and because of their unconsciousness they suffer. It is a  state of consciousness that frees or imprisons them. Being conscious is nothing but being awake, and alert to the world around you, but most people are not aware, or awake. They are sleeping walking, and because they are in a state of unconsciousness, or semiconscious they suffer. Now the next question is why are they suffering? They suffer because they are not aware or alert enough to see other possibilities beyond suffering. They are made to lay prostrate before their suffering. To lay prostrate means to cast oneself face down on the ground in submission, another part of the definition states that a person is reduced to helplessness. When we cut to the chase we have a unconscious person trapped and imprisoned by their suffering, unaware of who they are or even where they are. Now let's connect this to the principle of the day (Nia). Nia is simply "the reason that something exist or is done, made, used, etc.," Now Nia is like a flame, and fuel that it burns is you. We know that fuel is not enough to get a fire burning, we need the oxygen and that is what consciousness is to Nia (purpose). Nia needs consciousness to ignite within you. Many of us have Nia, but we lack the crucial ingredient. We are trapped and lying prostrate to our suffering. We have been conquered and made to feel helpless before our suffering, because we are dead, or unconscious. Not let's look at what it means to be conscious," to be aware of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.." In order for Nia to be active in our life we have to become aware of our own existence, what we feel, what we think, the world we live in, and most importantly our personal power. All these things have been removed from us and replaced with a sense of helplessness. Hence our Nia lies dormant in us unable to burn. 
This is a call to consciousness so that we can ignite ourselves and burn through life. When one is conscious a communication can be made with the Universe, and you can now begin to receive messages that in an unconscious state you could not notice. The world does not change when you become aware, your view of the world changes. The obstacles that were there are still present you just are able to look at them from a new perspective, you are now able to receive the messages that your Creator and your ancestors are sending you. You are able to shift your view of suffering and see the opportunity that is before you. You stand up from your prostrate position and see that which you feared has no real power over you. In fact you have the power, you just was not able to see it because you were sleep/dead/unconscious. Wake up Fam watch the video and leave a comment.
Peace & 1hunid years.

To be continued......