4 Powerful Ways to Develop Your African Spirituality Now

African Spirituality extends beyond religious dogmatism. In some cases, developing your spirituality may mean stepping outside of these religions and discovering your true path.

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African Spirituality is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the Black Conscious community. Ask 3 people to define it and you will get three different answers.

As confusing as spirituality can be, there are 4 easy ways to develop your spirituality, with or without religion!

What Is Spirituality?

Spirituality is the state of your soul, emotions, beliefs, mindset, and connection to the infinite. These factors make up your spiritual anatomy called your ‘light body’. Just like your physical body, your light body can grow stronger or weaker based on your actions.

What is the Difference Between Religion and Spirituality?

If you want to get into a debate in the Black Conscious community, bring up the difference between religion and spirituality! Religion and spirituality are indeed two different things – despite what some will tell you! Religion is a system designed for spiritual development. Some systems are better than others at achieving this goal.

Today, some religions have become so corrupted that they do nothing for spiritual development. Instead, these religious have become systems of indoctrination that create divisions between “believers” and “non-believers’.

Instead of getting caught up in the dogmas taught by Christianity, Islam, Judaism, return to your African roots.

Study the Yoruba, Kemetic, and Vodun traditions. Your new found knowledge- along with other spiritual practices like meditation and fasting – will put you on the fast track to spiritual enlightenment.

Study African Religions

It is possible for you to develop your spirituality without religion. But to do so, you must take responsibility for your own education and growth. That means studying indigenous African religions and applying the lessons that speak to you.

A big part of the mission of the Pan-African Alliance is to create spaces to have discussions about concepts like African Spirituality. We hold regular community meetings that are open to the public like this one.

There are hundreds of major African religions on the continent, but the most well known are:

When we use the term African religions, we are also referring to spiritual systems developed by Africans outside of the continent. These systems include:

  • The Nuwaubian movement
  • The Nation of Islam
  • The 5 Percenters (Nation of Gods and Earths)
  • Santeria
  • and Moorish Science Temple

There are elements of truth in all of these spiritual systems. Your path could lie in any one of these (or none at all). It is therefore your mission to find the path that speaks to you the most truthfully, and then walk that path unapologetically!

Here are 5 books on African religion that anyone interested in African spirituality should read:
 

Practice Afrocentric Meditation

Meditation is a powerful way to develop your African Spirituality!

Meditation is one of the most powerful ways to develop your African spirituality! The oldest Aboriginal cultures of the Earth used meditation as a tool for spiritual fortification, and every religion uses meditation for spiritual development.

In order to help you get started with meditation, we have written a full, step-by-step article that you can read by clicking here.

Fast To Develop Your African Spirituality

From what research has shown, fasting might be the single greatest natural healing therapy missing in today’s Western lifestyle. Abstaining from solid food for a extended periods of time is vital for developing emotional balance, improving your ability to absorb energy from the food you eat, and detoxing your body.

While those results may not seem related to developing your spirituality, they are. Here is how and why:

Fasting Develops Emotional Balance

Diets that are high in sugar and processed foods have been linked to depression and other mental illnesses. So its no wonder so many people in the West suffer from these issues!

Since emotions are a part of your light body, your emotional stability should be developed along with the rest of your spiritual anatomy.

The foods you eat can either stabilize or destabilize your emotions. So by fasting, you give you body – and your soul – the opportunity to ‘reset’ itself. Once your body is cleansed of toxins that cause emotional instability, you will begin to gain control over your emotions.

Fasting Gives You More Energy

When your body isnt breaking down food to use as energy, it breaks down fat. That process increases your metabolism by 3.6-14%. After a few days of the fast, higher levels of endorphins appear in the blood, making you more alert and giving an overall feeling of general mental well being.

It takes about 3 – 5 days before you start feeling these effects, so push through days 1 and 2. In fact, the first 72 hours will leave you feeling sluggish and weak. To get you over the hump, I used morenga and heavy green teas to nourish myself while my body adapted.

Fasting Detoxifies Your Body

Detoxification is your body’s process of eliminating toxins that you eat, drink, and breathe through your colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph nodes, and skin. Fasting gives these organs the time and energy they need to repair themselves and clear existing toxins that may be backed up in your system.

If you are new to fasting, start with the article below.

Here Is Your Full 2020 Fasting Plan For Developing African Spirituality

It is recommended that you not fast longer than 7 days, and that you return to a conscious diet once you break your fast.

Eat Consciously

There is a reason that spiritual leaders like The Honorable Elijah Muhammad write books like How to Eat to Live: The reason is your body and your spirit are connected. The foods you eat have a direct impact on your spiritual strength and progress!

Eating consciously creates a stronger mind, body, and soul connection.

Eating consciously means consuming foods and drinks in ways that reflect your self-love and strengthens your spiritual ability to accomplish things in the physical world. That means reducing your meat, sugar, and processed food consumption.

Becoming a vegetarian (a person who does not eat meat, but can eat animal products like milk) or vegan (eliminating all animal products from your diet) might not be practical for you initially, reducing meat consumption can have positive effects on your well-being. Some meats should be avoided altogether:

The World Health Organization has classified processed meats – including ham, salami, sausages and hot dogs – as a Group 1 carcinogen which means that there is strong evidence that processed meats cause cancer.

A major challenge that I encountered as I transitioned into a more spiritual diet was understanding what I could eat, and how I was supposed to prepare it.

I found myself going hungry because I couldn’t swing through the drive thru of my favorite fast food restaurant anymore and also didn’t know what I could make for myself.

I ended up buying some vegan cookbooks, and that is how I found Queen Afua (who we interviewed for our podcast). She wrote a book called The City of Wellness: Restoring Your Health Through the Seven Kitchens of Consciousness that should be on your shelf if you are serious about your spiritual growth. It will give you the knowledge you need to stick with it!

By studying, meditating, fasting, and eating consciously, you can start to develop your African spirituality faster than religions will allow.

Where are you in your spiritual walk?

Have you started to explore African Spirituality? Have you recently left Christianity? Would you add anything to the article above? Leave your comments below!

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Ramah

I fast regularly….. I want to get back to meditation in the morning,,,,, but I never knew is there one specific system I should choose over the others? since I did find my link to Yoruba and I find I an connected to Ubantu…. I just don’t know …. I have also been practicing Kwanzaa and finding that majority of the diaspora are speaking swahilii…. maybe I should look at that system….?

flo

what if you are already from a tripe, im nigerian and yoruba . why is there a need to learn swahili

Earthboundstar

What if you are battling illness that hold you back from fasting? I am lost in this world. I don’t know what to believe and is sad. I am going to try with African Spirituality hoping I find myself

Jimmie

Greetings, I just listened to the information about Afrikan Spirituality and received it well. The path that I’m traveling is more on Dogon as well as KMT. I know they are interrelated and I’m looking for the balance within them. Thank you for sharing

Geneva Connors

Asked myself a question yesterday after being confronted about what do I know believe after leaving “Christianity” practices. My answer was simple,
“I don’t know…” Ran across this article and it peeked my curiosity to know more… Thank you!

Diana

I thought fasting was going to be easy because I wasn’t at work, but nope I ended up breaking the fast and eating more than I normally do. I felt like I was starving and weak ?.

Diana

I started the fast on Saturday. For breakfast I drank 12 oz of water and throughout the morning I was sipping on herbal tea and it was torture. All I could think about was food. Than I ended up eating two big meals. I will continue to try. Practice makes perfect.

Jennille

This is Jennille Dublin l am at this learning stage in my life ,seeking the truth about this peculiar nation that was redeemed from Egypt.

Tyrone Anderson

I need to know how can we blk men and blk woman and blk children can use our energy? Like to light a light bulb? Please dont laugh or think im special but it right in us…electricity brings us back to life….we get shocked went playing with it but we can’t use it at all…..no way….we need this answer Gods and Earths.

Donza Stanley

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Clemencia

Peace. Where is the link to the step by step guide to meditation? ‘Click here’ was not a hyperlink. Thanks King.

telisa

I’m very excited about this connection. Earlier today, I was asking myself some questions, such as , what is spirituality and/or spirit? What is African spirituality? I came across your video on YouTube about African spirituality and the 5 parts of the kemetic soul that I thoroughly enjoyed and decided to check out this website. This experience is confirmation that I am on the right path. I love the fact that you share books for me to purchase and read. I will be sharing this information with my friends and family!

telisa

Just received the handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts today! Looking forward to reading it.
Thank you for sharing your list of 12 books to read regarding african spirituality and consciousness.