Our Greatness Comes When We are Closest to “GOD”!!!

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Our Greatness Comes When We are Closest to “GOD”!!!

By Min. Mxolisi Ozo-Sowande

When our scholars say that we as a people – Afrikan people – have been at our greatest when we have been closest to “GOD”, they are giving reference to the way(s) of life arising from the Kujichagulia spirituality of our people prior to the incursions and impositions of yurugu cultural-spiritual genocide upon us.

SankofaThe Sacred Afrikan Way that came to life through the Kujichagulia spirituality of our people recognizes and respects that we are sons and daughters of the Most High Creator; that no one – not one of us – lacks some of the essence of NTR’s (GOD’s) great beauty; that each of us is a chosen one; and that our highest calling is to know that truth and to bring its beauty to bear on all of life, so all of life can enjoy its fruits.

The heart and soul of our Sacred Afrikan Way, with its various manifestations in the numerous “villages” of our World African Community, is significantly reflected in this expression from Ayi Kwei Armah’s “2000 Seasons:”

“. . . there is a great force in the world, a force spiritual and able to shape the physical universe, but . . . that force is not something cut off, not something separate from ourselves. It is an energy in us, strongest in our working, breathing, thinking together as one people; weakest when we are scattered, confused, broken into individual, unconnected fragments.”

And the “working, breathing, thinking together” that Our Way calls us to know, live and love is largely reflected in the principles and symbols of the Kwanzaa/Nguzo Saba tradition which embodies “inherent spiritual qualities” drawn from the vast number of our Afrikan spiritual systems, ancient and contemporary.

The foundational symbol within the Kwanzaa/Nguzo Saba tradition is the Mkeka, the woven reed (or straw) mat. It is commonly respected as the symbol of our Afrikan history, heritage and legacy; the primordial and eternal achievements and contributions of our Ancestors for the emergence and evolution of intelligent humanity and civilization. And it is from this foundational symbol that all things in the Kwanzaa/Nguzo Saba celebration and way of life arise.

It is important for us to know, that the woven reed mat has played an extraordinary role in our Afrikan spiritual systems for ages beyond number – from pre-Dynastic Kemet (and beyond) through contemporary Afrikan spiritual traditions.

In pre-Dynastic Kemet, and well into the Dynastic era, the NTR Neith, as the goddess of creation and weaving, was said to reweave the world on her loom daily. An interior wall of the temple at Esna records an account of creation in which Neith brings forth (weaves) from the primeval waters of the Nun the first land. It was held that all that she conceived in her heart came into being through the daily output of her sacred loom.

In those ancient days, the building of shrines in which to house the NTR symbol of the respective gnomes was a practice of our Ancestors, and it was a woven reed mat that served as the flooring upon which that sacred symbol was placed. And when stone became the primary material for the building of shrines, it was common for images of the woven reed mat to be etched into stone and featured prominently in those shrines.

In the Ifa/Yoruba tradition, and numerous other Afrikan spiritual traditions (past and present), the woven mat (the Healing Mat) continues to play vital roles. In the Ifa/Yoruba tradition we find the following:

“During most Orisa ceremonies joyous movement becomes collective dancing that occurs in front of a mat. In Ifa worship, the mat is considered sacred space. It is the place where the Spirit realm and the Earth realm connect. When an Orisha worshipper dances in front of the mat, they are surrendering to the possibility of Spirit possession. The experience of Spirit possession is not the intrusion of some alien entity. From the perspective of Ifa, Spirit possession is a key element in the integration of the total self. This point of view suggests that the mat is a doorway that allows the human to access the invisible dimension of Spiritual influence.” (from “Iba’se Orisa” by Awo Fa’lokun Fatunmbi)

When we allow this history and spirit to be woven into our hearts and souls, and every cell and fiber of our individual and collective being, we grow in respecting the Earth itself as the Mkeka extraordinaire! upon which we are to do nothing but acts of sacredness, righteousness and love. We grow in truly honoring the worthy Ancestors who are represented by the Kinaras that we place upon our Mkekas, and we seriously endeavor to open ourselves to the possibility of possession, inspiration and empowerment by the spirits and principles that infused their respective existences. We are opening the doorway to the fullness of the sacred beauty and chosen-ness entrusted unto us by our Creator — the greatness that is closeness to GOD/NTR! Our Sacred African Way!

As we open that doorway, Umoja/Unity is a preeminent call: Respect and revere that no one – not one of you! – is without some of NTR’s beauty, that each of you has been chosen for greatness. Strive always to treat one another for what you truly are – manifestations of the essence of The Most High!

Kujichagulia/Self-Determination resounds there, too: Work and Breathe and Think together, using the seeing of your eyes, hearing of your ears, breathing of your nostrils, the powers of your hearts and minds, and your capacity to communicate and reason together effectively, in order to envision and implement that which serves your greatest good as family, community and chosen people!

Ujima/Collective Work & Responsibility, Ujamaa/Cooperative Economics, and Nia/Purpose are all part of what flows from that doorway.

Kuumba/Creativity is there, too — calling on you, calling on us, to know that this word (Kuumba) refers to the Spirit and Power of NTR/GOD doing the work of Creation; reminding us to strive to carry out all of our acts — acts of sacredness, righteousness and love — in and through the cultivation of that spirit-power within ourselves, for the greatest good of our family, community and people!

And as it has always been with our Sacred Afrikan Way, Imani/Faith flows from that doorway of divinity. It’s that “something within” that keeps us knowing that we are beautiful and chosen, and keeps us embracing and practicing these principles (and others), knowing that our Sacred Afrikan Way of Truth and Righteousness will ultimately provide for the prosperity and peace of our families and communities and all the Earth!

Black homeschooling 2And let us not forget that we must weave our children into this sacred way — this vision, this greatness — from day-one of their earthly existence; from before and beyond. This is of utmost importance for our spiritual liberation, restoration and return to greatness. The Muhindi (Vibunzi)/Ears of Corn upon our Mkekas serve to remind us of this awesome, primary responsibility. Widely held wisdom of our Sacred African Way says that a child is not a complete being until they have been taught the ways (The Way) of their family, community, nation, their people. In that light and spirit, it is truly incumbent on us to teach the children to truly know who they are – their sacred beauty and chosen-ness – and to bring those sacred qualities to bear in all that they do. Let’s Teach the Children!!!

The GREATNESS awaits our return!!!

It’s in our hands, if it’s in our hearts!!!

Ankh, Udja, Seneb!!!

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