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Demons of Disconnect

By MonticueConnally

I once spoke with a wise man who said that as we elevate in spiritual consciousness, the less we need the outside world, earth and all. In his view, the greatest of the greatest of men in the ancient of days “elevated” from the eating of meat, to the eating of veggies, to the drinking of only liquids, to living off of the breath alone. He said that this is the ultimate level of spiritual mastery and completion because at this stage there is nothing that has to go into the body or come out of the body. There are too many spiritual systems that act as though the ultimate achievement of man would be to not be dependent on the earth for anything (as if air is an exception).  Man was never meant to be separate spiritually from the beautiful Mother Earth. There is too much medicine within Her, and the more he understands self, the more he can understand Her. The goal is not to try to understand self to detach and be alone on some Zen island of peace. It’s actually the opposite. The goal is to understand self; to know your strengths and find purpose in order to CONNECT and work harmoniously with whatever is in your environment. Our planet’s foods, herbs, stones, other various elements and wonderful beings can aid you wherever you are in your spiritual development. There are elements (stones, plants, etc.) that stimulate the crown chakra and elements that are more grounding, helping to balance the functioning of the so-called “lower chakras”.

I think that is part of the problem behind the desire to disconnect is in our language. We associate “higher” with closer to God/ perfection and “lower” with being closer to Earth/imperfection. This is an incorrect way to look at spiritual development. For example, it is wise to see the chakras as a circle (going from root to crown and back to root) instead of a one way upward line to heaven. By looking at it in a linear/ hierarchical sense, we tend to demonize the other spheres of consciousness. Does the water go up as steam and not fall again as rain? Is not the Continue reading

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Why African Americans are Coming back to the Natural Ways?

By Jeanine DeOya
Goddess Gathering

Goddess Gathering

I find it amazing that many people are coming back to the natural ways, and particularly African-Americans. I myself was called many many years ago as a child. But, it is as though that the Goddess has called everyone at once. Although, in history, there has always been African-American people who had the spiritual calling of the ATR’s, Hoodoo and Shamanism the number of people who have increased in the Metaphysical following is tremendous. Why now have people turned to the Earth Based Consciousness?

There are many possibilities. One possibility is that many have found, with the Self Awareness Movement, that the traditional Western religions do not address their need for ethnic pride and lineage. With today’s need to acknowledge natural hair, lost ancestors and lost heritage there is also a need to walk the paths that the ancestors walk and to feel the same spiritual energy that they experienced.

Another reason may be that African-American have begun to awaken to the necessity to live a more healthy mind, body and spirit. This does not only include spiritual pursuits but also in the pursuit of eating healthy, having a clean and natural environment, and connecting with Self for good mental health. Going back to the natural ways seems the most simplistic, cost-effective and fulfilling path to this. The religions of the Earth and the Mother and the Lord and Lady teaches the necessity to respect all of Nature, Big Mama, and Creation itself.

The third reason may be that African-Americans, just as many others, have heard about, and have begun to understand the true law of attraction, the power of positive thinking, and the belief that we all have the power to make our own destiny without the need for other traditional religions and faiths.

The final possibility is that women are figuring out that they can seek the goddess within, and African-American men can choose their own god within no matter what god that is.

Mama Ma’at, who presides over what is Fair and True will always tip the scale to find balance. It seems African-Americans are following her course.

So Mote It Be ~ And, Blessed Be to All