I have been around the block a couple of times and I’ve heard all the talk about empathy and compassion.
The Buddhists preach about how great it is to have compassion. Babalawos talk about sensitivity, and Christians talk about forgiveness. What does all this mean? It means absolutely nothing.
Warning, the rest of this article contains explicit tell it like it is language about compassion, empathy, and forgiveness.
So if you are the kind of person who places flowers in the barrel of guns, I suggest you read something else. If you choose to continue, you will continue at your own risk.
The truth of the matter is that many of us cannot be compassionate, empathetic, or sensitive because we are limited by our own beliefs and perceptions.
Many of us are nearsighted, we see the world from one single perspective, our own. We sometimes have occasional moments of being farsighted, but this only happens when we “try” to see the world from different perspectives.
Many of us live in a bubble.
We are nearsighted and tend to only care about issues that strike close to home. We care about the things that affect us directly. We are empathetic, compassionate, and sensitive when we feel and understand our own pain or the pain of our loved ones. Then, there are times when we are farsighted. This is when we can only “imagine” the pain that other people are going through. We watch television and see famines, Jihads, and refugees fleeing war-torn countries, and we have just a flicker of empathy, a fleeting moment of compassion. Then, we turn the channel to see what else is on.
Now, it would be a different story if our wives, husbands, or daughters were trapped in one of these countries.
It would be different if we ourselves had to flee from an army of angry child soldiers. It would be different if we had to brave the jungles and risk getting eaten by hungry lions. It would be different if we had watched our loved ones die from the blade of a rusty machete.
That is my very point! It is always different, when it is somebody else.
People talk about compassion, forgiveness, and sensitivity. But these things mean nothing to nearsighted people. It is not that they don’t care about other people. It is just that they don’t have the capacity to understand. Our ancestors operated from a different paradigm. They didn’t have a “me” generation mentality. They believed in the concept of “we” because they realized that everything and everyone was interconnected. If one person had a problem, then everyone had a problem.
There is a better way that I can explain this concept. Everyone is pretty much familiar with the binary code.
It is a language that is used to program computers using the numbers one and zero. A computer can only generate results through a process of elimination, and it can only perform one function at a time. Today, there is something called quantum mechanics, where a computer can perform millions if not billions of functions at one time. This allows us to solve problems at a much faster rate. Furthermore, this allows us to solve issues and do calculations that are virtually impossible for the human mind.
Just think about it! The physical world mirrors the spiritual world. Many of us are going through life using the binary code.
We are solving our problems the only one way we know how. However, it is when we become enlightened that we are able to leap into the sphere of quantum mechanics. This is when we are able to view the world from many different perspectives. And we are able to not only solve our own problems, but virtually all the problems that plague our world. That’s deep! And that is the real meaning of compassion, forgiveness and sensitivity.
We hear stories on the news of animals attacking their owners. There was the 200-pound chimpanzee that attacked and maimed an innocent woman. There was the killer whale that seized a trainer in its jaws, dragged her to the bottom of the pool, and thrashed her around until she was dead.
There are countless other stories that have aired on You-Tube and on Animal Planet about tamed, docile animals suddenly turning violent.
People are shocked when things like this happen, as if they don’t understand the dangers of repression. Locking up our emotions is like trapping a wild beast in a cage, sooner or later; it is going to fight to be free.
I am often amazed when people describe Yoruba, Vodun, and even Santeria as primitive.
Yes, there are numerous deities that embody the forces and elements of nature such as fire, water, and earth. But people in these religions have an individual connection to the natural world. Our ancestors lived closer to the earth and had a grave respect for nature. Today, so many people are far removed from nature that they have forgotten that all of its elements exist within man himself.
People are not allowed to freely express themselves.
Instead, they are being reared like a pet. They are rewarded for good behavior and scorned for bad. People can’t embody the natural element of fire, because anger and jealousy is bad. People can’t show sadness, the element of water, because sadness is a sign of vulnerability. People can’t be too loving and giving, the element of earth, because it is a sign of weakness.
So many people suffer from repressed emotions and desires.
At first, they are smaller than you, and you are very much in control, like a new pet. Then, your repressed emotions grow until they are like the 200 pound simmering chimpanzee. Much like your emotions, the chimp is pissed off that you kept it caged up for so long. It has a whole bunch of misdirected energy and it is going to do anything to release it. And that includes attacking the very person it loves.
We see this everyday, when we hear stories about people who suddenly snap, they lose it, or go off the deep end.
These people were in trouble for a long time, but they never got help. We as a community need to understand that if our emotions are trapped or misdirected, they are going to come out in perverted and violent ways.
Many may view African religions as primitive.
However, our ancestors understood that everything in nature has to flow, including our emotions. This is why we need to accept our emotions as well as others without guilt or judgment.
You would see websites offering to trace your ancestry back from thousands of years ago until now. You would see services claiming that they can tell you what tribe you’re from and when you came to the Americas. You would even see some websites that warn you about the scams that have been circulating around the Internet about African ancestry. However, people are failing to understand why knowing who your ancestors are and where they came from is so important. Many Shamans would say that our ancestors walk with us, which means they are a part of who we are.
Recent studies have supported this theory.
People who watch the History or Discovery channels may be appalled to see a Shaman or medicine man spitting rum or some other kind of substance on a patient. People in the modern Western world just don’t understand the concept of cleaning someone’s aura. It has never been scientifically proven that the aura actually exists. However, there are over ninety-seven different cultures that refer to the aura using different names.
Many holistic health practitioners believe that the aura consist of multiple bands of energy called auric layers or auric fields.
These fields not only encompass the body but every living organism on earth. Energy, or ashe flows throughout the fields at different levels of intensity and has a pulse, very much like a heart beat. Within this auric field is something that holistic health practitoners call a morphic field. The morphic field is explained in my e-course, The Seven African Powers. This field works as a database, storing information from past lives. Within the morphic field there are programs that instructs our bodies on how to behave, or on how not to behave.
The morphic field enables members of the same family to pass down certain behaviors and even emotions to their offspring.
This is also why the same species and relatives share common characteristics and developmental patterns. Recent studies have shown that family members, even when separated acquire similar traits or behaviors. Many parents often wonder about their children’s bad habits. Some parents may even have problems disciplining their children. A Shaman would say that bad or negative spirits possesses these children. In Western terms, these spirits are negative traits that are embedded in a child’s DNA and in their morphic field. In many situations, negative traits are passed down from generation to generation and stored in the morphic field without being cleaned.
We can see this through cycles of abuse, poverty, alcoholism, and drug use.
We can even see it through diseases, and why so many people have a predisposition to certain illnesses and addictions. It is only natural for us to understand who we are, and where we came from. A huge part of healing is about awareness, and if we are not aware of our ancestry we are unable to have balanced and prosperous lives.
If you are looking for a crash course on how to be fearless or to learn more about morphic fields, check out my e-course. The Seven African Powers: The Stepping Stones to Enlightenment. Or, if you have additional questions about tantra and relationships call for a consultation. I am always ready and willing to help! www.newafricanspirituality.com