As a Christian, we are taught that God will smite our enemies for us. In psychological terms it’s an external locus of control. A person and a culture that looks outside itself to effect change in circumstances and life are powerless.
On a deeper level what does it say about a culture that prays for change to a God that looks like the oppressor? Psychologically what does that do to a person on the inside?
Ancient Africans had a different perspective. Why do I bring up ancient Africans? because as a member of the African diaspora I recognize that so much of what we have been taught is based in the belief that we should hate who we are and love what we are not.
These messages have been indoctrinated in our culture for hundreds of years through a religious system that is no more than repackaged African spirituality given back to us as a religion of men that didn’t always understand the depth of what our ancestors knew.
They did recognize its power. its the reason so many civilizations descended upon ancient Egypt to learn their ways.
As Christians, we have been taught that God thinks and acts like a human being. That “he” has a chosen people. The ancient Africans knew better and didn’t have a childlike view of God. Young children are unable to consider an abstract concept. Ancient Africans viewed God, or as they called it the Neter of Neters, as a principle or as we would say today a universal law that spawned or created other levels of laws.
One way the acncient africans expressed the idea of Godhead was through Amen, Ra, and Ptah. They weren’t diffrent creator gods just different aspects of the one. It’s analogous to you being a mother, a business owner, and a little leauge basketball coach. They different aspects of you.
But I digress.
From an ancient African perspective, everything in creation is an aspect of the NTR (Neter) of NTRS (Neters). That means that it is an aspect of this all-encompassing principle or law.
If you understand the workings of the law of nature (NTR) then you can you can summon the power of it to make changes. Today we interpret this idea as prayer. But our prayer is without any understanding of the NTRS or laws of (N)a(T)u(R)e.
From a Christian perspective the power to change our circumstances lies outside of us. God is looking down upon us and making decisions about what needs to be done. As a Christian we must gain favor in order to get our prayers answered.
As members of the African diaspora If we keep having to deal with systematic racism then we have to question if the Christian way is working don’t we? If you are not questioning then why are you not?
This post is about taking a look at the ancient paradigm. It’s the paradigm that caused many civilzations outside of ancient egypt to beat a path to its doors and learn all they could from those ancient africans.
It’s that paradigm that we forgot as members of the African diaspora.
For the ancient Africans, they knew that we as humans are the culmination or highest expression of the NTR of NTRS. It’s not outside of us. It is us and we are it.
I hear a common thread in conversations among blacks of a feeling of anger and/or disappointment when our white friends don’t understand the pain, fear, and trepidation we feel about the police shootings.
I believe a big part of that disappointment is a feeling of being invalidated. Underneath that invalidation is a belief that if white people can’t see our perspective we are doomed because they have the power to change things in a way we don’t or can’t.
The African way would recognize that a race is not the enemy but a consciousness or energy. You cannot solve a problem with same consciousness that created it. Martin Luther King said the same thing in a different way, “only love can conquer hate.”
That doesn’t mean you take the Christian way and fake love your perceived enemies with your words while feeling anger and rage the entire time. It’s a conflict you should never ever have to deal with.
It means you exercise the divine feminine and go within and find acceptance and validation for your own being. No one is going to accept you and love you if you don’t accept and love yourself and feel worthy to exist in your own right on your own terms.
The ancient African paradigm teaches that everything outside of us is a reflection of what is within us. They had a proverb that stated “if their is no enemy within their is not enemy without.”
As members of the African diaspora if we looked deep down at our beliefs about ourselves as a whole we accept an idea that we are in some way defective, sinful and therefore punishable by God.
That’s acceptance of a repackaged African spirituality given to the world as a weapon of mass destruction.
On some level many of us feel that the only way that change will come is when white people change. A victim can only hope the victimizer will change.
Because of indoctrination we have accepted whites as our God. It is inescapable when you accept someone elses idea of spirituality or faith.