Lessons from the Piscean Age
Looking back at history is sometimes uncomfortable and frightning.
Afterall, the many centuries of war, colonization and enslavement is
something that most people of color avoid. This is made even more
convenient by the general suppression, confusion, deletion and silence on
these matters provided by governments, media, religion and even academia.
The silence does not allow people to find closure. It also makes it
difficult to live in the present and to understand the concepts and ideas
that form modern culture. We are a product of past events. Rather it is
the achievements of Kemet, the ancestral myths of aboriginal culture or
the traumatic rumblings of the trans-atlantic slave trade. Our
understanding as displaced Africans influences our present and our
There are many lessons to gauge concerning our collective journey.
There are so many angles, particulars and issues - some we have faced and
transcended honorably and yet others remain like old sores- festering
within our humanity. These ancestral wounds are with us everyday of our
lives. They move us into action, silence us into submission and motivates
us to courageous reflection and ultimately change.
The one lesson of history that is one of the most challenging and the
most important regards are commitment to our own Truth. Over the years
human beings have learned to negate their truth in order to survive. We
come to believe in order to conform to a very aggressive, fearful and
predatory culture we must completely negate our very essence. This
includes the way we look, the way we live, love, practice our faith,
dress, express ourselves and even the way we think and experience our
world. When we are unable to validate feelings and innate practices then
the false mask grows harder, stiffer and suffocating. Thus the massive
dependence on drugs, metaphysical malpractice by ordained spiritual
leaders, social isolation, communal violence and degeneration. In order
to unlearn this we must believe it is safe for us to share our truth in
all its ethnicity, difference and beauty.
This is the challenge of our generation and that is to express our
truth, not the politically correct version, not the enslavement version,
not the major religion kind, but the raw here and now reality. The best
of luck on your journey and may you come to know nothing but your Truth.
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