Showing posts with label mastery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mastery. Show all posts

Monday, April 24, 2017

Daily Toast- Umoja 424171 "Drama"

Peace FAM:
I hope this day finds you standing in Peace, Power, & Joy, our true natural state. Unfortunately we are bombarded with anti-virtues that strives to pull us from this natural state into a spiral that often ends in a wreck. One of these your anti-virtues that i will focus on today is "drama". Drama is an inescapable part of life, but the issue is when it is magnified, stressed upon by others, and then thrust into your existence. FAM the truth of the matter is that you do not have to buy into others over dramatization of life events. Actually it will benefit you greatly if you did not. We are surrounded by these over dramatic episodes today in ways that our ancestors never were. We are bombraded with news, timelines, comments, phone calls, tweets, photos, and etc., that strive to keep us involved and a part of needless drama. This need is driven by a lack of attention, and a lack of purpose. the drama springs up and begin to eat at the unity of the group, and eventually people walk away exhausted and frustrated. If we want to grow, we have to learn to re-frame situations and subtract the over dramatic depictions. Checkout the video and let me know what your thoughts are.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Professionalism Vs. Mastery

Are you a professional or a master? At first glance they may appear to be the same but when we look at their roots and motivation they are not. When we take a look at the word "professional" it is a person who practice a skill for a livelihood.  A "Master" on the other hand is someone who pursues a passion, and develops a great skill  in what they do. Today the problem is that we have to many "pros" and not enough "Masters". A Professional can be driven by purely financial gain. They may not have a love for the art that they practice, they do it because it pays the bills. They may have been forced into their field by life circumstances, they may have showed some natural skill, or just following a family tradition. The key ingredient of a "Master" is missing, the love of the art. It is the love that separates the Master from the professional . It is the love of the "Master" that generates advancement in his or her craft. A "Master" is driven to perfect their skills because of their love, and more than likely is held in the field by this love and would do it without being paid.
Living in a society where the love of money is elevated over all things, then Professionals will rise up, and look at their skill as a simple commodity rather than a gift that is to be shared with the world. Don't get me wrong everyone should be compensated for their skills, but when compensation outshines everything else the art suffers. We get "pros" that are more interested in stacking cash  rather than taking there skill to the highest heights. "Pros" become stuck in old ways of doing things and their sight can be limited by what can produce more income rather what can help more people. Innovation begins to fade as we lose "Masters" and we get stuck in cycles that eventually decay and fall apart because it is the love of the art that moves the craft forward.
The question that those on the Journey need to deal with is are you moving toward "Mastery" or are you simply a "Professional". In Mastery your craft becomes part of your life because you love it and find away to mix it into your every activity. I know this sounds strange in culture where we work hard to save money for vacations so that we can escape our work and in some cases our lives. We are taught that a job is a chain that holds us back, but for those "Masters" out there we know that we were born for our craft and our craft is reborn through us. So work is life, as a matter of fact it ceases being work and becomes something beautiful. You know that you have found your craft, or skill if you could actually work on it for absolutely free. When this path is taken one does not have to look for the money, but the money will find you. Of course their will be hard times, but you will pull through them if you stick to it. 
Find your path and begin your Journey.... become a Master, we have enough Professionals.
Nuff said
Peace & 1hunidyears

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The True Believer

"Remember that Great Minds talk about Ideas and Solutions, Good Minds talk about events, but Suckas talk about people. Which category do you fit in"
Brother ha2tim
I just was blessed today with a gift. This gift is rare in this day and time, at least for me. It was a conversation about ideas. The talk started out as a 5 minute checkin but was transformed into a 2 hour tour de force of ideas. The central theme was success within an organization and in life. The one point that kept coming out was being able to become and develope true believers. Wiithout belief all things fall apart. When we look at all succesful organizations and people we see at the core a belief that holds the people and the individual on course. Belief is the one thing that seperate the great and the not so great. Those who as individual or as an organization that are succesful are those who practice a belief in themselves and/or a goal. This belief sustains them in the hungry seasons of life, and gives them the strength to carry the burden that is forced on them from others doubt.
I know to talk about belief in the midst of a culture that depends on data and best practices seems out dated, but if both of these things are applied without the belief to back them failure is sure to show its face.
On this Journey you have to take time to review what you believe about yourself and who or what you believe in (I talk about this in my book “The Players Pyramid” in the chapter entitled Imani). When you look at this you can make the needed adjustments in your life and organization to move you quicker to your over all goal……SUCCESS
Nuff said
Peace and 1hunidyears

Friday, June 29, 2012

"It Is Time For You To Leave"

Before you read please check out the video so that you will not get lost, some of my readers are to young to remember the show Kung Fu, and will not understand my references.

 What I loved about Kung fu was that it introduced me to different way of thinking. The scene that I am discussing today is the test that was set up in this fictional shaolin temple that determined when it was time for a student to leave. The test was basically the head monk (Master Khan) standing before the student every so often, and challenging the student to snatch the pebble from his hand. When the student missed he went back to his daily practice in the temple as a student. When he was finally able to snatch the pebble he and the master knew that it was time for him to leave. In other words it was made clear to the student and the teacher that student had no more to learn in the temple and it was time for him to continue his studies in the world.
If only real life was this simple, and clear cut. Today people need to learn when to move on, but the problem is that in modern society the master and the student become attached. The student is to scared to snatch the pebble or even try, and the master is to connected to his ego to even let the student attempt. Modern life has ruined the master student relationship.
The student after years of preparation fears the next step because it is a mystery. They doubt their abilities  and cling to their master as if their life depends on it. They do not want to face the world as the hero Kwa Chain Caine in Kung fu the series did. The unknown and instability that is in the world  scares them deeper into their temples, and they refuse to leave not knowing that they are robbing the world of the gifts they have been blessed enough to receive.
The master holds on to the students in order to boost their ego, and to fill the void of emptiness that occurs naturally when we release someone or something we care about, also unaware of the damage that they inflict on the world or themselves. By not releasing the student on their Journey the master robs themselves of the opportunity to instill their teachings on someone new. This only occurs when the master is able to face the void of emptiness and trust that the universe will fill it.
Although all this talk about masters and students may throw you off, please understand these are dilemmas that happen everyday in this society. Although the titles have changed the idea remains the same. We all need to learn when it is time for us to leave a person, relationship, partnership, business, job, and etc.. We need to be willing to take the test of snatching the pebble from the hand of our teachers, and go out into the world and share our gifts. Yes it is frightening, and it is supposed to be. The  mystery we feel are further lessons that will move us to Mastery. As teachers we also need to know when to test our students and if need be force them into the world so that they can test their skills. We must be able to face the void that is left welcome it and wait for our next journey with a new student to begin.
So going back to the clip "when you are able to snatch the pebble from my hand it will be time for you to leave" years of study and achievement happens, and you stand before your boss, partner, emotions, and you snatch the pebble. Don't fear be confident in what you have learned and Know that " it is your time to leave!!"

Friday, June 22, 2012

I am a Hip-Hop Philospha

I am  a Hip-Hop Philosopha and Spiritualist this means that I have a unique way of seeing the world, and the way it runs. I have the pleasure of being part of a culture that does not mind borrowing. In Hip-Hop we have always borrowed the best and created something greater. You can see it in the fashion world, in art, dance, and music just to name a few areas of life where this culture as been a big influence. Growing up in this culture and developing the mindstate that goes with it, has opened many doors for me, and has created what you are reading today.
In philosophy, and spirituality I have only done what my culture has guided me to do. Just like the DJ who would mix the old with the older and create something new, I did the same. When I developed Gye-Nyame and all of the other organizations before that I was motivated and inspired by the vibe of creating something useful from old ignored elements, and changing the world. Like that DJ I was able to look at the gospel differently than anyone else, with new eyes that was open by my exposure to Hip-Hop. It also gave me the courage to ask those uncomfortable questions of my self as well. Like the graffiti artist I was able to see the beauty in the wall of Islam, like the rapper I was able to cleverly discuss the Buddha, and like the b-boy I was able to move into the older traditional spiritual dances of the (African, Native American, and Indian). From this perspective and view of the world I was able to allow the art to flow through me and create who I am and leave a framework for others to build.
I have to agree with KRS-1 I am Hip-Hop and Hip-Hop is me and it cant help but be expressed through me not in rhyme, or paint, or mixer, or dance. It flows through my soul and express itself through philosophy and my spirituality. so this is what is meant when I say i am a Hip-Hop Philospha.
check out the Podcast by the same name.
Nuff Said 
Peace & 1hunidyears

Monday, June 11, 2012

Why Meditate?

I breath in and out/
slowly and with a rhythm/
mind begins to clear/

Meditation is a process of learning to measure our thoughts. In measuring them and observing them we learn how to quite or mind so that we can find peace. According to the lessons in Gye-Nyame when we are asked "what is peace?" The proper response is Harmony and Order. So by practicing meditation those on the Journey bring Harmony and Order into:
1. Into there inner world
2. Into their day life
Being on the Journey regardless of what system you follow requires you to be able to draw on a source of power beyond your physical being, and meditation helps with this. It helps align you with the "True Self". According to the SelfMastery system that we use in Gye-Nyame the Self is defined as: " the absolute, complete, perfect qualities of being that is not influenced by external circumstances" meditation is a major way to commune with this part of our being. When we cultivate peace within ourselves this opens the door for communication the deepest part of our being.
Now meditation does not have to take place just sitting still. Any activatie can be turned into a meditative situation. A prime example I have found in my life of this is the practice of martial arts (capoeira or akido), running, writing (for me poetry, haiku, as well as blogging). These activities are all practices in which I have to settle down and get in contact with that deepest part of my being and get it done.
Now take a moment in your life and identify the practices in your life that you have that can be transformed into meditative moments.
I don't want to take away from sitting meditation because that is important as well. Todays world robs us of time and I have found other ways to increase my contact with my True Self, and I woukd suggest the same for you. Meditation is good for your total health and is a simple tool that can be used on your Journey to assist you in getting the fullness out of this life experience. Meditation helps you become more conscious of the world you live as well as the world that lives in you. So use it, and if you need help checkout my "Sacred Space" meditation on my spreaker radio show and the meditations that will follow. If you want to support the Gye-Nyame Journey you can purchse my "Meditation by the #'s " MP3 availible on or purchase the "Player's Pyramid" which have a meditation described in its pages.
*I need to mention that you can receive the "Player's Pyramid" free as a PDF if you sign up and make a comment on the blog.
Nuff said
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Peace & 1hunidyears