I am very pleased to see that there is a great respect for our African spiritualities here at Destee, but I have also observed that we as a whole still lack an adequate understanding and genuine appreciation for the spiritual ideologies and practices of our ancestors. One who truly and thoroughly understands exactly what our spirituality is and how to use it would know that it is incalculably more than what can be called “religion,” so we therefore make use of the term “spirituality.” But even this term does not adequately describe the totality of knowledge, the complexity of techniques, and the wealth of practices of our brilliant ancestors. There simply is no equivalent word in the English language that would encompass the scientific knowledge, the esoteric understanding, the social paradigms, and the ethical makeup of the African way of life. When speaking in a very limited language such as English, we make use of the term “spirituality,” due to fact that the African understanding of the duality of the universe leads us to recognize the universe as being in two parts: one part spiritual and the other part physical, with the spiritual aspect of the universe being dominant over the physical. Therefore, in an attempt to describe the root and core of the entire African way of life (culture, science, ethics, ritual, society, etc.) we must identify it all in its entirety as “African spirituality.” In this thread I will outline the fundamental concepts of African spirituality, and will demonstrate that the practice and mastery of its tenets and ideologies by a significant segment of the African masses will repair in our communities what has been broken, and will again place us firmly in the center of the world’s stage that our ancestors had originally constructed in the first place. I have not yet seen a comprehensive and systematic explanation of the fundamentals of our African spirituality here at Destee, so I will make the effort to provide one. I do not flatter myself to be anywhere near an “expert” concerning our African spirituality, but I have been studying and practicing for quite a few years and have managed to gain a fairly solid understanding and a very effective practical use of African spiritual concepts, so I will simply tell you what I know. The totality of the knowledge amassed by our ancestor’s is far too vast to be attained in a single lifetime, and I myself am still a novice concerning the spiritual practices of our ancestors, so this thread will be a reflection of my spiritual growth and understanding, and I hope that many of us here can also use this thread as part of their growth and understanding of our African spirituality as well. I will be adding to this thread periodically, and I invite any and all of us here who have gained a practical knowledge of our spirituality to do the same. This is not a thread for “theories,” and “beliefs.” If your information cannot be clearly seen and evidence in God’s universe for all here to see, then this thread is not the place for it. It is my intention for this thread to be one that can be used for reference purposes for anyone who seeks to understand the fundamentals of our African spirituality. It is my wish to provide clarity and a practical working knowledge concerning our ancestral spiritual practices, so please feel free to ask any questions that you might have, but I must ask that we try not to delve too deeply into any one single concept, or let this thread deteriorate into a platform to showcase our esoteric vocabularies. Let’s focus on the basics, and keep our words and concepts at a level where everyone here can understand. So to the spiritually knowledgeable brothers/sisters here, lead if you can, but make sure to walk at a pace and in a manner that the rest of us can follow. Thank you.