MANY OF US have heard the statement, “Let your food be your medicine”. I wonder how many of us have taken the time to think about what this means. In these “modern” times our refrigerators and cabinets are often filled with canned and processed foods. We are in the era of fast food. We are in the era of supplements and vitamins, often using these options in place of real food. Our fast paced lives prevent us from meeting one of our basic needs – healthy eating. While these products are convenient, and decrease food preparation time, they are often detrimental to our health. In fact, much of what we eat today has little nutritional value. Today we see more disease, even with our so-called modern medical “advancements”.
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The modern education system is presented as the authority on education.
THE CULTURE OF INFORMATION addiction: Information as a weapon of mass distraction.
Many years ago, when I first returned to the U.S. from Trinidad, I remember regularly watching the game show “Jeopardy” with my mother. I recall how taken I was with the number of trivial facts, that the contestants on this show could remember. It was amazing how quickly they could turn their answers into the, “What is, Who is…” response phrase, that was the signature of this game show. I would even know some of the answers from time to time, to my amusement. I marveled at the steely poise, and robot-like accuracy these contestants exhibited in delivering the information they had stored in their brilliant minds. This played well to whatever fanciful images I had in mind of what genius might look like.
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THE EARTH CENTER of Los Angeles graduated its second generation of Kemetic Initiates. This group of brothers and sisters, the 2nd generation in LA, is named the Zeshera generation. Zeshera means “Emitting the light of RA.”
In the M’TAM School of Kemetic Philosophy and Spirituality you learn how to read, write, and speak the Medu. This is the language people commonly call “Egyptian Hieroglyphs.” You also learn the original system of “meditation” called Ka’at Ibi. This particular course also teaches the practical and technical aspects of traditional spirituality. The other first level course of study is Sounnt, or traditional healing. In this class you learn how to diagnose illnesses with non-invasive techniques and how to use herbs to heal the body.
The M’TAM School is providing initiation into the oldest mystery school known to man: the M’TAM initiation. M’TAM means within the Earth. These teachings acknowledge that we all come from the Earth and lead initiates to understand how to live in harmony with it. In Merita (Africa) the initiations are hard to find and harder yet to enter, yet here we are in Maanu (The Americas) in the city of Los Angeles blessed to be exposed to traditional spirituality. The graduates of the Zeshera generation have learned this knowledge from its source, without any tampering by colonial agendas. They have heeded the call of their ancestors to rebuild themselves, change their paradigm and go out into the world reborn, ready to transform themselves and the world. It has been a long difficult journey as the initiation exposes the initiate to the true nature of things.
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IN THE MODERN SOCIETY, we are never encouraged to look within ourselves for the source of our own problems. Instead, our minds are saturated with images of external dangers and threats. These threats, both within our homes and across the world, both smaller than we can see and larger than we can understand, both real and imagined… all of these threats are seen as coming from outside of ourselves. We learn about the potential danger coming from terrorists plotting from overseas to take away our freedom. We learn about the man across town who was murdered by his own wife. We are warned about the heartless Republicans who are selling the country to private corporations. We are told about the foolish Democrats who are subsidizing the lazy, uneducated poor with taxpayer dollars. We hear about the Blacks, the Whites, the Mexicans… we learn about all the evils of man that we should seek to protect ourselves from. We, the good; we, the free; we, the ones favored by God must protect ourselves from the evils of humanity at all costs. At least, this is what we are taught…
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An historical attempt to destroy a pyramid.
AMONG TRADITIONAL CULTURES throughout the world, building and preserving temples and shrines is a sacred act. It is a sacred act because these temples and shrines are dedicated to providing Divinities and ancestors, whom are pure, an abode or place of purity where they can have temporary residence. The builders and keepers of these holy places have been initiated as priests, monks, etc…and have learned how to purify themselves and the area around them long enough to be able to approach these pure entities and communicate with them for short periods of time. This is because the human being is, by its nature, a corrupt or impure entity which must continually work to clean itself. Within the Kemetic culture, initiatic priests do frequent ablutions in order to maintain a pure body while working in a temple. A clean heart and mind are also a prerequisite for spiritual work, the capacity for which is learning through initiation as well. This spiritual work, over tens of thousands of years, had led to the development of humanity away from barbarism.
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MANY HAVE SPECULATED that the Mayan “Long Count” calendar was to end on December 21st, 2012. This rumor has led to widespread propaganda promoting a prophecy of the “end of the world.” For years, opportunists in the media, Hollywood, archeologists, and religions have fooled us with the distraction of an end approaching. Recently, archaeologists have uncovered the continued counting of this “Long Count” past December 2012 in their looting of sacred Mayan territories. We have all been lied to and used for the profit of these opportunists. For the Mayan people to think their ancestors and Gods set a date for their own destruction makes no sense. To think or live this way is no life at all. Those who impose this dishonesty on others will become victims of this dishonesty themselves, never knowing or questioning the true history of their own destiny.
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WSR is known as Humanity’s first ancestor. His choice to express his immortality through procreation, death and resurrection makes it possible human existence and for the cycles of life and death on Earth.
IF YOU HAD the choice between living forever and dying, what would you choose? This is the choice that WSR (also known as Osiris) faced, and he chose death. Death could not be the end of WSR because he is a God, an immortal being. How can he die and still be immortal? WSR’s immortality comes in the form of reincarnation. WSR may die, but he always comes back. He is always reborn through his children. In this way, WSR is able to transcend death.
WSR is our original ancestor. He is the root of the ancestral spirit, but we are different from him because we are not Divine Beings. We are simply human beings, where WSR is a Divine being with certain human conditions. Unlike WSR, we have no choice about our death. We are not pure or perfect, but we do share a part of the spirit of WSR because we are his children.
As the children of WSR, we must face death. We can’t run away from that fact. It is part of what makes us what we are. If being a human being means that we are born and we die, then it makes a thinking person wonder what being human really means. Death is a part of it and yet not the end of it. Everything that we seem to hold on to in life gets left behind when we die.
What is left of us when everything else is taken away?
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Sister Khefira and Master Naba Lamoussa Morodenibig at The Earth Center in Ouagadougou in 2007.
THE EARTH CENTER FAMILY comes together annually to honor our ancestors Master Naba Lamoussa Morodenibig and Khefira Hasati. Master Naba, Maakheru (truth teller), our teacher came to the United States with a mission to heal the minds of everyone here in the colonial diaspora. He brought to us the sacred wisdom of Traditional Spiritual Masters. With this knowledge the children of the colonial diaspora can set out to live a life of quality. This sacred information is under the protection of the ancestors that have preserved these teachings for over 2,500 years. Through these teachings, I am learning to face my own corruption and strive to be a better human being. Sister Khefira is an important pillar in the sisterhood of the M’TAM schools, having upheld many important responsibilities within the Earth Center during her life. The example set by her has become a model for all future Earth Center generations.
After a 13 hour drive I arrived at a spacious Chicago property. I was greeted with warm smiles and hugs. “The men are here and the women’s quarters are there,” I was told before I was whisked away with my luggage to a comfortable three story house packed with women and sleeping children. The concrete cushioned our bare feet as we moved from one house to the next. I would never dream of walking around New York with out shoes. It was another reality, and the sun had not yet risen to reveal what was to come in this small but steadily growing Kem community. The Kemioo are devoted to the evolution of humanity. The Kem leads by example by improving the quality of their own behavior. With a humble and honest approach to the Divine World, The Kem strives to maintain the purity of the mind, body and spirit.
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Columbite-tantalite (Coltan) is a mineral used in the production of cell phones, laptops and many other new electronics. Most of the world’s known deposits are found in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
MORE THAN FIVE MILLION (5,000,000) people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 1996, according to the International Rescue Committee. It’s estimated that 45,000 more die each month. These deaths are said to be the direct or indirect consequences of ongoing conflict waging in the country that continues to this day. An in depth look at the situation reveals the sad truth of how low humanity can sink into corruption.
Eastern DRC is also home to rich deposits of diamonds, cobalt and coltan. It’s estimated that 60 to 80 percent of the known deposits of coltan is found in the Congo. Even though coltan is so unknown to most people that it’s not even recognized by spell check, we rely on it as a vital component for many of our modern electronics including laptops, cell phones, video game systems and camera lenses.
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Throughout the world, there are many methods of divination or reading the energy lines of the Earth, like the reading of cowrie shells (shown in this painting by Yerbanga Bousaa Shenmira). Through these methods, human beings are able to observe details about their past, present, future, health, family and ancestors.
THE STORY I’M ABOUT to tell is a story told by a wise person. So I listen with attention because I learn that in conversation we listen with the ears and not with the eyes. In most of the Kemetic countries, there’s a practice that people always go to depending on their culture and tradition, in order to live in harmony with the different components of existence and in order to resolve or prevent problems they may meet in their lives. We are talking about the practice of Earth Energy Readings that can be done in many ways, depending on the region.
In Burkina Faso, the Mossi tribe read energy through cowrie shells. The Gourmatche tribe does readings through the Earth. The people from Poo would read energies through the calabash full of water. Through these readings, they can tell you the future, the present and the past. It teaches us that in life there is no problem without a solution. Only we are the ones that do not know where and how to find the solutions.
There was a Gourmatche man who tapped (as if you were tapping into a cable) into the sand energy to do a reading. Every morning, he would do an Earth energy reading to see what was in store for the day. One morning, his reading revealed to him that he was going to die within three days. He started looking for solutions, offerings, and even sacrifices that could prevent his death. Unforunately, there were no answers or actions that could help him. What could he do?
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On The Ancestral Path
In the recent past, there have been discussions between select numbers of African heads of state surrounding the idea of uniting Africa, as Europe has with the European Union for example. The proposed African Union is a concept that can be very misleading because there is no clear understanding behind the intention or the goal of such an undertaking. What would achieving a united Africa really mean for those living there and those of us in the Diaspora? Would it mean that Africa would control all of its natural resources and funnel the monies made from them back into its own communities? Would it mean that Africa would produce its own form of currency? Would it mean that all foreign interest would be regulated and monitored by one governing body that would ensure there will be no more civil wars based on these interests? Hypothetically? Maybe? It’s difficult to say for sure.
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