Meditation Monday & The Ma'at: Getting in Touch With Your Inner Deity To Achieve Supreme Living, Inner Peace and Success!
DISCLOSURE: THESE ARE HOLISTIC SPIRITUAL PRACTICES OF AFRICAN ANTIQUITY, AND ARE IN NO WAY RELATED TO SATANIC OR WITCHCRAFT RITUALS.
This month has been one of beautiful discovery for me. Actually...the last six months have offered me answers that my soul has unknowingly longed to know for years. I've always felt that there was more to spirituallity than life and death, heaven and hell, The Most High and Satan, and angels and demons. In the Apostolic/Pentecostal denomination of Christianity that I was raised in, I was taught that when you die, you go into a deep sleep and you're awakened at the time of Christs' return. Then you have some Christians who believe that when you die you go straight to heaven or hell and live happily/miserably ever after; while in Catholicism they believe in purgatory and spiritual cleansing, appropriate to your earthly acts before entering heaven. Bubbhism and Hinduism are two of the main religions that believe in reincarnation after mortal death, and then you have all the different tales that near death experiences offer. This is why we have ghost encounters that speak to the reality of dead relatives being very much present in our day to day lives, because...they are..
In ancient African spirituallity, meditation and communication with our ancestors go hand in hand. Which would explain why mediums are able to deliver messages to us from our deceased loved ones, and why we each have our own unique experiences and encounters with the spirit world- post death of a loved one. Do I consult with mediums? No, but I don't knock those that do, to each their own. But this must be where the idea of loved ones becoming our guardian angels derived from, because ALL of the worlds' various religions stem from African practices. Yes, our brilliantly beautiful ancestry holds the keys to the worlds entire concept of spirituality! Europeans made it law and religion, but I digress. Our ancestors and spirit twins are very much with us and available, but it's up to you to recognize this connection, and subtle hints; and commission them to work through the universe on your behalf.
Through meditation and connecting with our spirit twins (aka your soul, spirit man/woman) we are able to let ourselves know what we need from ourselves. After all, we are part human and part spirit, right? That's why we work so hard to live righteous lives, so that when we die we can have peaceful afterlives, right? If all of that is true, then you should be able to identify why Africans practiced Ma'at. Ma'at is a holistic practice that believes in a highly scholastic lifestyle, so that we may be well versed and informed on the rhyme and reason to this world and life. They practice empowering your inner self to be balanced, intelligent, highly successful, creative beings, that are controllers of your own destiny with meditation. Through faith in The Creator and an open connection with our spirits and our ancestors, we can discover direction, clarity, and unbreakable mental and spiritual strength. We can act with Valor against spiritual and physical attacks against our destiny's, and be be unmoved by the turbulence of this world.
Below is an excerpt from the article that my information came from. It's quite a lofty read, and I did not intend to give so much preliminary perspective. However, I felt it was only right to set up a proper perspective to draw from, when encountering new radically-revolutionary concepts.
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"When we dump our ancestors for alien ones, we render our saviours and protectors helpless and that is why our pains as a people seem to have no terminal point. Africans are the only race of people in the world worshipping other races' Gods, Whites, Arabs and so on, and yet we moan endlessly that we are not making progress as a people. We are asking other people's Gods to liberate us from their children and that is impossibility. Every parent fights to protect his or her own.
Individual spiritual activities. There is a physical and a spiritual nature to man. What tends to happen in real life is that we concentrate all our energies on fulfilling our physical to the detriment of our spiritual needs. In our quests for survival, we crave very hard for material things until such become insatiable and yet our lives remain dodged by all sorts of fear. The fear of losing our properties, loved ones, and of dying so soon, our selves.We have material comfort and still we remain unfulfilled. Most religions (including Christianity and Islam), insist that we give up material quest for spiritual peace to reign. Even then, pains have refused to abate in the world. African spirituality believes that we can keep our wealth and be free from fear at the same time. That our spiritual and physical nature can be synchronized. That the synchronization requires conscious individual efforts that demand hard work in our chosen careers, unforced, clean, virtuous and wholesome spirit, fasting and healthy eating regime, abstinence from injurious life-threatening habits, and strong devotion to individual meditation. There is nothing mysterious about this. You must give your vocation your best shots at all times; you must be a good person at heart and in spirit; you must eat well and fast now and again, and you must meditate at a given time daily.
Meditate by your-self or with others. Meditation could be for ten, fifteen, thirty or more minutes, depending on the time you have, the complexity of the issues you are ruminating on, convenience, and your physical location at the time. You could meditate whether you are at home or the office or in a public place or in an aircraft, or moving vehicle, including public transport. If you are at home and can find the time, meditation could last for thirty minutes or more.
Choose a time of day or night that suits you best, preferably in the morning, or evening, or at night before going to bed. You should try to stick daily by whatever time you choose, because your spiritual twin would be waiting for you at the time and you can't afford to keep the spirit waiting. Meditation is not a prayer session.
According to our deputy leader, Charles Roach, 'prayers raise the mind up to a Supreme Being, outside of physical reality. Meditation taps on inner human forces. Both are therapeutic for the human spirit. Pan-Africa reflection is like preaching to our-selves. Our own inner voice or conscience shapes and informs our duties, obligations and actions. When we meditate, we are not petitioning anyone for anything; nor do we seek salvation through divine intercession. None but ourselves can bring us salvation. We therefore reflect on what we must do to save ourselves. We revisit the lives of our ancestors; we examine other cultures to discover what we can emulate. Meditation and reflection on the past glory and tribulations of our people, as well as pilgrimage to slave ports and transshipment centres, have a transfiguring effect on the individual.'
During meditation, sit if possible, quietly, effecting a relaxed, comfortable, pose. You should sit hassle-free, back erect, on the floor or on a cushion on the floor. It may or may not be a yogi pose since your comfort is paramount. Wear minimum clothing if you are not in public place because your pose or clothes must not cause you pain or distraction. If you cannot meditate sitting on the floor, relax on a chair or bed; close your eyes wherever you are and shut yourself off from the atmosphere around you for the duration of your meditation. You can do it without closing your eyes too, but it is easier to concentrate by blanking out surrounding physical distractions with eyes closed.
Spend the first few minutes, perhaps two to five minutes, quietly without saying a word or trying to think. Take a few deep soft breaths to ease your body. You need to be at peace with yourself, mentally, emotionally and physically. Listen to your heart beat. Let yourself, not just feel, but hear your own heart beat when silent. Then begin to psyche your sub-conscious being, (the deity) inside you. You can do this with others or alone by yourself even in a crowd, with unspoken or quiet spoken words, or murmurs, or you can remain quiet using thoughts only to meditate, accompanied with a tranquil sense of inner peace. You can do it totally with concentrated attention, drawing deeply into your inner self, demanding, psyching, focusing your spiritual half, to synchronize harmoniously with your physical half. There is no Messiah in meditation. If anything, you are your own Messiah, rallying and appropriating to yourself, all possible virtuous spiritual energies which aggregate the ancestral and divine powers of the universe, sometimes called the universal mind to which we all contribute and can partake of or share in.
At home, alone or with others, you can use deep thoughts alone for meditation, or you can combine deep thoughts with or without voice, to psyche your spirit self, demanding what needs to be done. Do this for as long as time permits. Tell your inner self, or the Great Deity inside you, what you want out of life. Detail how and when you want specific projects achieved. Ask for the health and welfare of your family, loved one's, friends, anything legitimate, reasonable and objective. Be resolute, confident, trusting, assertive.
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Below is the link to the full article to the above excerpt. I do recommend reading the article in its entirety to draw an accurate perception of the spiritual perspective being offered. We in no way intend to offend/convert anyone's personal belief systems'. LCP is merely exploring the culture of African antiquity and offering information and insight into those spiritual practices.
Is your interest in African spirituality piqued by this article? What conclusion or ideas did yiu draw from the excerpt and the perspective that Je'Don offered on the meditation practice? Would you like to see more articles like this? Are you enjoying the African Heritage that LCP has been offering this month #SoundOffInTheComments!