Survivor's Notebook

Survivor’s Notebook – The Kemetic Diet

According to the Kemetic education, the human body is designed to live for at least 150 years. With this in mind, it was not surprising when, during a recent pilgrimage to Merita (Traditional Africa), our tour guide in one village was a 122 year old man. He was riding a bicycle.

In traditional societies, elders are valued for their wisdom and experience. Traditional elders maintain their health and clarity of mind so they can focus on their spiritual growth during their later years.

In addition to knowledge about medicinal plants and spirituality, the longevity of this elder and many others like him can be credited to their diets and their relationship with their food. In traditional cultures, food is considered sacred, as is any part of our lives that we depend upon for our survival. We pray to our ancestors for the abundance of the harvest because without it, we suffer. Our very survival depends on it.

With more information being revealed about the health hazards presented by certain foods, more people are searching for healthy ways of eating. However, the variety of perspectives on what it means to be healthy and what defines a healthy diet is staggering. The amount of information available makes it very difficult to come to any conclusions about what a healthy diet is. The problem is that the modern culture simply has not had enough time to develop a dietary system based on long term results.

Fortunately, it’s not necessary to reinvent the wheel. To see an example of a proper diet, we only have to look at most traditional, ethnic cuisines. In traditional diets worldwide, thousands of years of knowledge has been accumulated to produce diets using the best food available to support the long life and good health of those who eat it. Humanity’s original culture, Kemet has had over 100,000 years to develop a diet that is successful in preserving life.

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Kuumba: A Guide for Our Creativity

The concept of Kuumba, creativity, means to do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

The founder of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, incorporated this term as part of the seven Kwanzaa principles. In evaluating the definition of Kuumba, there are many questions that should be answered before one can begin to become creative, such as: What is the goal of the community? When this question is answered, one can begin to focus on what needs to be done in order to benefit to community.

The majesty of Kemetic creative expression is unmatched by today’s standards but it is the values and concepts upheld by these expressions that set them apart from the meaningless expressions of modern culture.

A community needs cohesion in order to be successful at achieving a common goal. Although African Americans have similar skin color, it should not be assumed that everyone shares the same goal. Within the history of African Americans we can see how those of similar backgrounds share similar experiences, yet formulate different goals. In this regard, even today, different people expect the same community to develop towards their respective goal. One person may have a goal similar to that of Booker T. Washington which was the idea that blacks need to learn trades, accept jobs given to them by the governing class of citizens, and accept racial superiority. Another person may have a goal similar to that of W.E.B. DuBois which was the pursuit of academic excellence and political power for black citizens. Yet another person with a goal similar to Marcus Garvey who was interested in getting everyone of African ancestry together (I’m not sure what they were suppose to do). Still another person with a goal similar to that of Elijah Muhammad who focused on education and the “resurrection” of the black man and woman. And maybe another person with a goal similar to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who advocated integration as a form of racial equality.

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Observing Our Origins: The Kemetic Fasting Period

It is not a secret that human civilization finds its origins in Kemet. The builders of the Pyramids, writers of the Medu, keepers of the Temples, and followers of the Pharaohs, with their faces turned towards the Gods have provided the inspiration for all mankind to follow. We have yet to attain the heights reached by this great civilization. The capabilities of the culture that preserved the world for over 100,000 years has been the mystery that power hungry usurpers have been trying to solve since their first encounters with the kemmioo (People of Kemet). The inspiration that led humanity to its heights is humanity’s ancestral Neter (God) WSR.

A monument constructed for WSR, the ancestral God of humanity.

The end of fall and the beginning of winter are marked by religious and social observances. This is what we know in America as the “Holiday Season”. The two most commonly celebrated holidays in the US are Thanksgiving and Christmas, with Hanukkah and Kwanzaa also celebrated by many during this time. It’s interesting that this same time period also encompasses Kemetic Holy Days of major significance. The concepts presented with these Holy Days and their acknowledgment by the kemmioo provide inspiration for much of what we do today.

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On The Ancestral Path: Searching for Truth

There is a question we all have as humans that is inherent in each one of us: what is the truth behind everything we can observe in this world?  This quest(ion) has been the inspiration that sparked mass movements of epic proportions, over thousands of years and around the globe. Every culture comes with its own truths. Every education comes with its own truths as well. Whether it’s based on logic, research, history, hope, faith or belief is arbitrary. The fact remains that humanity is divided because of our different perspectives of what truth is, as it relates to our understanding of the world.

The search for truth can be like a journey across the Sahara, but the determined and resourceful seeker may find the way with the help of his ancestors.

There are probably hundreds, if not thousands of religions and belief systems that all teach and practice what they believe to be the truth behind spirituality and the world. Some of these systems are very tolerant of others. Others, namely Christianity and Islam, are not. Ironically, these happen to be the two largest religions on the planet. I think it’s safe to say that these two systems did not achieve this status through peaceful means. In fact, history proves their methods of conversion to be just the opposite. They’ve made their strongest arguments through force and destruction, to make sure their truths become more relevant than any others… an argument that has not yet been proven or validated to the world, despite all of the blood that has been spilled in their names.

When a child is born, he becomes a victim of the education that is exposed to him. This means that whatever values or beliefs that are specific to the environment in which the child is raised will be transferred directly to him as part of the natural learning and growth process. This puts a child in a very weak position, especially if that child is being taught the values that do not belong to his culture.

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Fallacy of the Future

My childhood was spent in a community where talk of preparing for the future by accumulating material things was non-existent.  When I came to the US, I found opposing priorities to the ones back home.  Back home no one ever discussed going to college or validating ourselves with the accolades and titles handed out by the system.  We lived one day at a time, because we had what we needed for survival.  When I realized how things are done here, I felt deprived because I did not fit in.  School was presented as a possible equalizer but I did not even have an idea of what I would be going to school for.

In colonial society, planning for the future means planning how we will make and spend our money. We even plan our families based on how much money we make. Ironically, our possessions do not come with us when we die but the actions we take to obtain them do.

I remember someone who came from the US to visit my community and was very surprised at how simply we lived. He said he had never seen people living without worrying about money or doing anything that pertained to saving things for the future. Our future was the continuation of our survival by teaching the children what we knew. Nevertheless, I left home because I was searching for something that I thought I had found when I came to America. All of the lessons of my childhood started to fade as I got more and more caught up into catching up to the way things are done here. It wasn’t until I came to the Earth Center that I realized that all my planning for the future (going to college, insurance plans, jobs, and so on), as I came to perceive it, was only a set-up that was making me dependent on this system while distracting me from living in reality or coming to know what I came to Earth for.

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