Black People : Breaking the Darkness... From Depression to Vitality

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  1. phynxofkemet

    phynxofkemet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This piece explores the experience of healing / balancing the third chakra and how it relates to positive rewarding feelings. The third chakra is also known as the Manipura (city of gems) in Sanskrit and the AB (OB) in Kemetic yoga, solar plexus in Western terms and lower Dan Tien in Chinese medicine. Briefly, let me describe it’s location and function. This area harnesses our personal solar power and connects us via an cosmic umbilical cord to that universal chi. When the area becomes weak or disturbed, symptoms such as depression, violence, rage, indecision and an inability to act appear within our lives. In contrast, a healthy and vibrant Solar Plexus chakra will manifest joy, warmth, action inspired by love, and a strong will power capable of breaking bad habits and establishing good ones.

    My personal challenge in this area began many years ago, and was symbolically relayed to me in a dream that I’d like to share with you. In the dream, I was walking through a park, alone on a summer day.... content and at peace. There were a handful of others in the background but no one to whom I noticed until a stalky white man appeared from behind a tree walking very quickly towards me and then sent a stream of darkness towards my belly. Before I could react he was gone and I felt like something very valuable had been disabled within me. After meditation on this dream I believe that man represented the white male power system, disabling my personal power through the sending of negative energy or messages.

    So, the spiritual journey to balancing has taught me much about this area and just how important it is to survival. Actually, the lower three chakras are known as our instinctual areas of survival, our “lower consciousness” to which we must master in order to raise our Kundalini into our Divine Minds. A very simple explanation of Kundalini is life force, but can be elaborated on in another discussion.

    Caroline Shola Arewa, Yoruba author of “Opening To Spirit” describes all of the chakras and their attributes in beautiful easy to understand language, and further inspires us by tracing the relevance to our African ancestry. She describes this Solar Plexus chakra as a generator of personal will power that changes “followers into leaders, survivors from victims and .... the powerless into the powerful” (175, 1998) From the perspective of the macrocosm being Africans / Original Tribes people who came into conflict and contact with Imperialism and slavery many of us must still learn to transform our rage/oppression into personal radiance. I believe we have had thousands of successful leaders demonstrate this power, from Oprah Winfrey, to Malcolm X, to Steven Biko to name just a few examples.

    Depression is a strong indication that our personal will power is depleted and that we need to readjust and find our strength. The process though doesn’t happen overnight, at least it hasn’t for me. And what I personally noticed was that when the energy that was blocking this area begins to break through, feelings that had been repressed began to emerge releasing painful feelings and tears. As Caroline Arewa mentions, “beneath the anger is pain, and beneath the pain is treasure” and that seems to be the blessing that transforms us into our powerful pro-active selves. Feelings of exploitation, victimization and power abuse can be transformed into useable energy that directs our lives towards our higher purpose, but the process is more than theoretical and spiritual. The alchemy involved here involves action which can seem like the last thing one wants to do when caught by the demon of despair. What I can suggest for Brothers and Sisters who are sharing this journey or wanting to begin it, it to do so one step at a time, one day at a time, one action at a time. Whether it is writing in the journal, changing your diet to more high vibrational foods, meditation, or exercise, pick just one thing and do a little of it everyday until you grow strong enough to build an entire regiment and routine structure. The light will break though the darkness and you will be set free from the feelings that have brought you down.

    I personally recommend studying more about chakras from those authors that relate them to us with African imagery. For those who think that Yoga is a white man’s recreation please note the affinities within the Solar Plexus chakra of African deities and myths such as (Kemetic): RA, Hathor, (Yoruba) Shango, Ogun and (Dravidian): Kali, Lakini, Surya (Arewa, 175-78)

    I smile when I think of the exercises my father used to have us do to prepare for soccer practice and recognize them now as Kundalini yoga! Funny how some things are passed down genetically through just knowing. The best exercises I have found that offer very quick results are laying on the back and doing leg raises to 90 degrees. In one set you can raise both legs at once and then alternate them. If you have a sensitive lower back place a small pillow underneath your thighs but not high enough to negate the effort of lifting, which must be done with your abdomen. When you have completed these you can criss-cross the legs and then cycle them like your riding a bike upside down. Of course certified instruction is best but I’m sure many of us have done this before either in aerobics classes or some kind of fitness training. And when there just doesn’t seem to be enough energy to physically get moving, try working with semi-precious gemstones like citrine, tigers eye, heliodor, malachite. They are often very affordable beads and can energetically work in a gentle way just by wearing or holding them.

    That’s my rant for now, thanks for reading.... hotep

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  2. Natinr

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    Now this is a Revoution

    I sincerely hope that everyone on this board reads your heartfelt and sincere wisdom information for the salvation of our folks and providing a scientifc process for self healing from some of the effects of Post slavery trauma.
    It is my Sincere hope that Destee places you in the teachers section.
    Even though I am new here I am sure all on this board would, support your placement there.

    You make the ancestors Happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:hearts4: :hearts4: :terrific: :terrific: :terrific: !!!!!!!!
     
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    ImHotep! Akwaaba! and Greetings! to you SiStah Queen Goddess phynxofkmt
    In the words of "Another OutSpoken Female"....whom I first heard the phrase...

    "MY SPIRIT HONORS YOURS"
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    Thank You for BE~ing Here....Now...

    I have registered to RE~ceive the Newsletters Queen Goddess Arewa makes available free of charge and Plan to partake of the free downloads as well.

    I look FORWARD to growing, caring and sharing the *L.O.V.E.* which WILL support and faciltate OUR Healing.

    Btw. I'm not sure if you've had the pleasurable opportunity to meet and chat with Destee's very own Yemoja's Goddess. She teachs on Thursday evenings and it was through SHE that I first learned of Goddess Arewa's work..."Opening to Spirit". At that time (@6 months) I attempted to purchase this book via Amazon. They were UNABLE to send the copy.

    Again....Thank You for BE~ing Here...Now...
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    as a life long sufferer of depression i know this to not be the case.
    as a student of khamitic spirituality i know that it is not just another form of yoga. it is not yoga at all.
    there is a group of people who would like to stir all the systems together into one soup. i do not care for that.
    those who do that become the jack of all trades and master of none.
     
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    phynxofkemet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    thank you for the love and critisim

    hotep,

    thank you Natinr and Truetothecause for your supportive words, I am most sincerely humbled that you found the piece productive. Jamesfromphilly, I appreciate your disagreement. I may have been unclear in my writing I understand that kemetic philosophy is not yoga, but within the school of kemet yoga is a subject/aspect. This has been my understanding from Sebai Ashby and Goddess Arewa, so if you choose to disagree with how I have said this, so be it... I read your piece on depression and found it enlightening, with the three forms of depression listed and defined for us. I am not a doctor, nor a psychologist, but a human being who has also struggled with depression and post traumatic stress disorders. I have not been medicated ever, and for the most part must find solutions from my own trial and error, or discussions with those of like mind. I would be most interested in your views as to what we can do to stimulate endorphin production and balance our hormonal levels.
    Of course, sometimes our inner beliefs held on the subconscious, soul and ego levels cause us severe pressure and pain because they operate without our knowledge and can hold us back from taking the necessary steps to severe those ties to whatever hurts us in the first place....

    respectfully.... hotep
     
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    bad teachings

    i do not deal with these people. i do not deal with yoga. i study the metu neter written by ra un nefer amen.
    i take training and attend rituals at the ausar auset society.

    i have been in therapy for depression and i know something about that.

    what i also know is that there are many people who seem to have achieved instant sage hood.
    they are all around interpreting text and giving council.
    i do not deal with that.

    IMO - there is no spiritual soup. everything is not everything. i have found no quick route.

    apparently, i stand alone in my position.

    oh well.....


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  7. phynxofkemet

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    This is what I found on the website "About The Ausar Auset Society"
    "The Ausar Auset Society functions as an international body that teaches Kamitic philosophy (cosmology), meditation and ritual, oracle consultation, yoga, nutrition, herbalism, homeopathy, astrology, African history/culture, and other disciplines to students/initiates around the world for the purpose of developing a more complete, well-rounded spiritual individual"
    ?????????? :SuN020:
     
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    i said, "i do not deal with yoga". so i do not know what your question is.
    i tell you what i know and i tell you what i don't know.
    i am not a sage, i am a student.

    there are those out there who think they are sages and they may have an answer for your every question.
    i am a student and i know a few things and that is all i know.
     
  9. Omowale Jabali

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    Dr. Ashby's "Egyptian Yoga"

    I bought this text a little over a year ago and was then involved with Chakra Meditation. Started drawing Mandalas in order to center some of my activity as a creative outlet. I used to practice Tai-Chi, then started studying Reiki and Energy healing. Since my auto accident I have been recieving extensive massage therapy and talked to my doctor yesterday about some acupuncture treatment. Because of the accident I have not gotten into the YOGIC practice suggested by Ashby, but do remember reading another text [i cant say who] which suggested some yogic practice similar to that of the Earth Center.

    What I am most interested in is Dr. Ashby's teaching relative to MENTAL HEALTH because, as an educator, I find myself moving from history and reading instruction into the areas of health and wellness, mental health in particular.

    I also am trying to understand his various teachings respective of GNOSIS, as this was an area of study from which I first made the connection between the Essenes, Buddhism and Kemetic spirituality. Going from his explanation of the Chakra System, of which I am very familiar, this weekend I will be studying the chapter dealing with "Min and Hathor" and from there sequentually into the chapter dealing with tantric yoga.

    Since I have a large number of books on these related topics, and most of my library is in storage [i recently moved, again] I am finding Dr. Ashby's teaching very condensed where I can refer to one text without having to dig out numerous other texts. [I have some mobility issues due to the auto accident and cant lift all my books up 3 flights of stairs].

    Quite frankly, I am not presently able to do the "essential yoga exercises" beginning on p 195 of my text. but I was wondering if you can recommend some that I can do, other than the breathing exercises, which will not cause strain to my lower back?
     
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    For some reason, perhaps it is due to some strong feminine energy [my mom was a "taurus" which is my moon sign] I am especially receptive to the energy of Hathor [Het-Heru] and KALI [coming from KALIfornia].

    I found your post interesting because when I used to practice Tai Chi I was also involved in Kundalini Yoga.

    I have a book somewhere similar to "Awakening the Goddess" that was written by a white man who studied among a group of female monks somewhere, i think Tibet, and I will come back and ask some specific questions when I dig it out.

    After reading that book I started to notice the similarity between Hathor and Kali, but also Sekhmet. And each is related to specific positions within my zodiacal natal house.
     
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