Showing posts with label self development. Show all posts
Showing posts with label self development. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Daily Toast- Kujichagulia 328171 ( redefine the story)

Peace FAM
Here we go, another great day and a new filming technique that I have been working on. Hope you like the effect. Now to redefining the our story. On this day of Kujichagulia we are given the gift of re- framing our experience in this country. We can stick with the old story, but we have to ask the question, has it helped us. If the story is not helping us in our goals of rising in this country then we need to step back and re-frame them. I have been struggling with this for a long time, because our story maybe limiting us. Along with the studies on PTSD, and PTSS we also need to identify and look at those studies of individual and groups who have developed PTG (Post traumatic growth). There are studies on individuals who have been through traumatic incidents and have grown dramatically because of the incident. They have learned to draw strength from their trauma that has catapulted them into a new frame. They appear to prosper inspite of what they have been through, and I believe we can do the same. We need to look deeply into our story and use the power of mental alchemy to transform them into what we need rather than weights that hold us in place. We are in a unique place and time in history simply because you are here. You and your story are what we have been waiting for. We need to look at the hero mythos and realize that every hero went through trauma that turned him/her into the historic person or legend that we know. We are unique because we have a whole group that has been traumatized, and continue to experience trauma, and I am simply suggesting that we begin to re-frame it in away that is empowering to us as a group and even more importantly as individuals. This constant waiting, begging, borrowing, and needless suffering needs to stop.
Checkout the video and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Daily Toast- Kujichagulia 221171 (To much of a good thing)

This was my first session with my new phone, and it is unbelievable. I mean it is so good the camera is great, the speakers are outstanding. I have 64 gigs to use plus another 64 gigs on the sd card. So now i'm ready to go, or so you would think. My camera is to good, it picks up all the light, and makes all the videos at least from the selfie side look shadowy, so I cut off lights, and my black self disappear. I guess you can have to much of a good thing. I'm not complaining on this glorious day of Kuji (this days nickname). Kuji and myself have a real great relationship. Kuji has helped me mold myself into who I am and will help me get to where I am going. She will do the same for you.
In a prior conversation I spoke with you about setting up small steps/goals to build your faith. Now let's use the same process for Kuji. A short term goal is to push myslef into a split before the summer. A small goal that has been a life time challenge. I figure if I can get my old body  down into a split by summer, you can do something incredible, but small as well. Kujichagulia shares the day with the law of  Correspondence and the Maatic principle of Justice. The power of Kuji is the ability to define (which for our Journey is of the utmost importance), to be able to look at the world and put your stamp on it. Not just to make crazy claims, but make assesments for yourself so that you can analyze and build your view from the information present. Kuji also brings determination into the picture which is another powerful tool, especially when the pain starts. Please know that when you start to pursue your goals, defining the world for yourself and your community, you are going to experience pain, and you will need determination to pull you through.
It was Kuji that pulled our ancestors off the plantation, and forced them to run and not give up. It was Kuji that helped us build Oasises of hope in the mist of deserts of despair, and then rebuild them when our enemies destroyed them.
Today I do not believe that we are giving Kujichagulia the focus it desreves. We have fell into viewing the world from safe angles and places of comfort. Safety and comfort does not provide the enviroment that innovation, and growth require. Kuji requires you to get familiar with her as she runs you through your paces, because will hurt, and will suffer, but you will achieve your goals.
I got off on tangent, but I want you to take some time and toast this marvelous day.
Great Kujichagulia

Monday, January 27, 2014

Give Yourself Permission Listeners

I would like to welcome all of my new listeners, thank you for joining the Journey. Together we will explore the world, better ourselves, and accomplish our goals. When I first started #giveyourselfpermission I did not expect to build up a network so quickly. I stress the word network because that is what we have become. Daily you tune in and give me the blessing of your time, the gift of your listening ear and I just open my mouth and pray that what comes out will help, and inspire who ever tunes in. This show is yours and by investing your time you create the content. I have decided to throw another hash-tag out to mark our territory, #asmilethenamile. This hash-tag is how we will be able to share our progress on the Journey with each other. I encourage each listener to begin your own program of personal mastery. I chose to meditate for at least 10 minutes which brings a smile to my face, and then I hit my mile run which takes me about 10 minutes. These small steps are my personal way of mastering myself. Now as a a member of this team I would hope that you create something similar for yourself. I stress doing something when you wake up that will make you smile like meditation, prayer, mirror exercise, sing a song, say a verse from a favorite book, write a poem, post something in your journal or something else you create. By starting our morning with a smile we generate a energy that will build in our lives and help attract what we are seeking for our life. The smile is a symbol for us that sets our mindset for the day, and gives us control.We start our day on a positive note that is self generated, and relies only on the creative power that was granted to us  by our Maker. Then we take this positive mindset out into the world spreading a energy that can balance out all the negativity that may come our way.
After we set our smile we move into our physical activity that takes the smile from a simple mental aspect of our personal development and move it into our body. Now I choose to run but you may chose some other physical workout. I recommend that you set your goal for at least 10 minutes (because it takes me around 10 minutes to run a mile). You can do yoga, jumping jacks, walk, push-ups, sit-ups, or what ever physical activity you feel. Just make sure it is something that you can do on a consistent basis. Start small and work yourself to your goal.
As you start to implement this program you will begin to see small changes in your life, and the more you do it, the more personal power you develop.  To help each of us I have have created the hash-tag #asmilethenamile that we can post at the end of our sessions detailing the accomplishments we have made each day. I will monitor this hash-tag and begin to announce each of your accomplishments along with your name so that we can begin to follow and inspire each other. Once again I want to stress the fact that this is a network, and by us helping each other we can do nothing but grow.
Here is an example post that can be used on g+, FB, or twitter:
I just walked on the treadmill for 10 minutes #asmilethenamile
I woke up and started writing in my journal #asmilethenamile
*The smile- is a symbol for mental well being that is brought on by a personal action that a member of the Journey has taken.
*The mile- is a symbol for the physical action that a person on the Journey takes that stimulates the body that last between 8-10 minutes.

Nuff said
peace & 1hunidyears

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

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Moving to a New Year and a New View

We are down to the last few months of the year, and now is the time to begin developing our selves for what is to come. To help those on the Journey I will begin making the "Player's Pyramid" series from my radio show available again. I will begin dropping links so that you don't have to search through the archives.
I will first begin with the 7 tools needed in the process and then we will move into the Principles.
For those that want to use the book to follow along I will also provide the link to my page where you can purchase it. Thank you for another spectacular year and I will share with you soon.

The First Tool - the radio broadcast

Here is the link for the book: "The Player's Pyramid"

For those that would like to join  the conversation about this book and information presented in it here is a link:  Player's Pyramid

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Player's Pyramid PDF available on Gumroad

I have finally made the PDF of my book available through, check it out and thank you for supporting the Journey. Just follow the link to get your copy:
The Player's Pyramid

*"The Player's Pyramid" is still available as a book at my bookstore on just click the cover:

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
Support the Journey
Peace & 1hunidyears