Praise for Ogun, The Spirit of Iron

Who’s Carrying Whom?

a dear sister-friend asked me a heavy question today. she wanted to know what was it like to ‘carry the energy” that I carry, via initiations in my spiritual practice. in particular, what is it like to carry “so much” energy. Her final question is: what is like/what does it mean to be an iyanifa.

honey, i feel a few posts coming on. possibly, a book or two. i could be here all night.

that was such a loaded question and it deserves reflective and insightful discourse. i accept the challenge. we both agreed that there was no way to address the questions in one phone call, or even in one week.

what i was able to say to her is this: i am not sure what it is like to carry that energy. I am not sure that i carry any of that energy at all. What I am sure of is that They carry me. This, I am most certain of.

 

Open the mind to master the mind

There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.

-Buddha

An undisciplined mind verses a disciplined mind: if that isn’t the struggle of the day, possibly the struggle of life; let the church say amen!!! I want to be obedient considering l started this life’s journey full of disobedience. The very word ‘obedience’ would give me the hebbie-jebbies back in the day. Now, i embrace it fully: being obedient to myself, to God, to spirit, to life…..for the most part.

As far as I can tell, meditation is the true way to disciplining the mind. I would like to say, ‘the only way’ but my gemini self knows that that’s an internal argument waiting to postpone this post.

It is said that meditation will save your life. By default, I have come to know this has truth. Meditation silences the mind, brings inner peace, self mastery, improved well-being and spiritual connection. Its power is undeniable. It is the “magic pill” that is singularly the most powerful transformational practice you can incorporate into your daily life.

I have regained my footing and meditation was the first thing ushered back into my lifestyle. With all of the great apps on cellphones, I can meditate anywhere, even when i forget my mala beads. i love carrying my mala beads because of my visual stimulation needs but, i get it in regardless now.

Nothing else teaches self-discipline like meditation. When you learn to avoid giving in to the temptation to move around and fidget during meditation, then you can learn to avoid other things like impulsive shopping, emotional eating, procrastination, anger/rage in challenging moments, and engaging in destructive habits. Meditation allows you to become aware. Aware of yourself, your surroundings, and how you’ve allowed impulses to dictate your life. This is an important step to mastery of your mind.

And considering I was born with a convention center full of voices in my head, I welcome the opportunity to master silence and hear God through the peephole. Someone once said, “I started meditation so that my mind would stop playing tricks on me. So that I wouldn’t believe only the things that my mind was telling me.” Whew!!!! I thought that was powerful when she said it to me. When i think of all of the stubborn, mule-headed, arrogant, stuck-in-their-ways people I know, and love, it made me run to the mat and make love to meditation. I am the WRONG ONE to have my mind playing tricks on me; talk about bloody eyes and fire for clothing. To not discipline my mind would be to release the cracken! Not cute at all.

here’s to mastering our minds. and listening to God more clearly.

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What is faithfully trekking

Welcome to this space of transcendence of spirit, thought and action. Where world religions are acknowledged because of their Oneness to the Source of All Things but The Source of All Things is what we acknowledge the most.

This space seeks to provoke thought and action in self transformation and discovery.

Why faithfully trekking? For anyone to answer the call to ministry, to answer the call to divine aspirations, to answer the call of God- it requires a faithful walk, a faithful trek. What is faithful? Faithful is: obsolete; full of faith; steadfast in affection or allegiance; loyalty; firmness in adherence of promises or in observation of duty: conscientious; given with strong assurance; binding, a faithful promise; true to the facts, to the standard, to the original (faithful copy)