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Practice Fasting For African Spirituality
So much of your body’s focus is placed on digestion that it can deprive you of the energy that you need to explore the infinite within.
That is why many spiritual traditions embrace fasting as a means of cultivating spiritual power.
Fasting provides you with an opportunity to reflect, recharge, and renew. It is a time of self care that will give your body the chance to heal and perform even better than it did before.
Each month, we observe a period of fasting as a Community and invite you to attend. If you want to learn more, Here Is Your Full 2020 Fasting Plan For Developing African Spirituality.
Communicate With The Divine
It is possible to communicate with your Ancestors and with God without the need of third party. African Spirituality teaches that direct communion is not only possible, it is as natural as communicating with the living. When you call out in your heart to your Ancestors, you need only listen to the voices that call back to you to know the truth for yourself.
And when you know the truth from within, you cannot be deceived from without.
Meditation is one of the most important and easily accessible ways to practice African Spirituality. Meditation rewards practitioners with a sense of spiritual distance from illusions of the mind, emotional trauma, and even physical pain. While volumes could be written on the benefits of meditation, we have written a short article that explores the topic more thoroughly titled 5 Forms Of Meditation For African Spirituality And How To Do Them.
Learn The Spiritual Practices Of Your Ancestors
If you truly intend to practice African Spirituality, we encourage you to learn what your Ancestors practiced on both sides. Why? Because Kemetic Science teaches us that there are 8 extensions of the human soul that connect our existence with the infinite, and your body is one of those extensions.
And while the new field of epigenetics has revealed just how much of an impact your Ancestors have on your present behavior, African Spirituality has known for thousands of years that aspects of one’s spirit is passed down from generation to generation.
Above all else, continue to learn and surround yourself with others on the same spiritual path as you.
While more research is needed, there is evidence that our African Ancestors performed rituals as long as 100,000 years ago. Red ochre and signs of burial rites were found in the Blombos Cave of South Africa, according to the Journal of Human Evolution
Nearby, etched ostrich eggs found at Diepkloof shelter date back more than 50,000 years, showing a persistent culture with recognizable spiritual practices.
In short, it can be said that African Spirituality is as old as 100,000 years.
Yes. African Spirituality expresses a condition (peace, balance, enlightenment) whereas religion is a system designed to achieve a state of sublime spiritual being. Any religion that does not foster the spiritual growth of its congregation can not be considered a true religion and are better classified as dogmas or cults.
African Spirituality describes the constellation of practices developed over thousands of years by the original people of the planet. These practices include
- Dahomean religion
- and Kemetic Spirituality
For the full list, see our article titled 4 Powerful Ways to Develop Your African Spirituality Now.
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)
- 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!
The destruction of African Spirituality took more than 400 years to accomplish. The first foreign religion to displace traditional African beliefs was Islam. In 632 AD Arabs swept out of the Middle East and into the North African region called the Maghreb. These conquerors swept across Kemet (Ancient Egypt), into Libya, and supported the indigenous Moors of the region in their conquest of Portugal and Spain. However, in exchange for their support the indigenous Moors were required to convert to Islam.
Fast forward to August 21, 1415 and Europeans enter the picture with the conquest of the Port of Ceuta. This would mark the first event in a series of conflicts fueled by resources that we call the Maafa. In order to bring Africans under European control, the Catholic church dispatched white Missionaries to convert our Ancestors to their alien religion.
Initially our Ancestors embraced foreign religions out of convenience. For example in the Maghreb, non-Muslims were forced to pay heavy fines and faced systemic discrimination. And in European controlled regions, students were taught Christian dogma as part of their curriculum.
As conflict between the white and Arab world came to a head during the Crusades, conversion out of convenience became compulsion. Arab Muslims and Christians began to demand that Africans convert to their side as a firewall to prevent the other side from gaining increased access to Africa’s resources.
For those Africans enslaved and taken to foreign lands, the religion of their enslavers were forced on the Black masses. And out of fear for the lives of their children, those enslaved Black parents taught their children to practice the alien religion of their enslaver as a matter of survival. Whether it was out of convenience or out of compulsion, the result was the same – the destruction of African Spirituality.
Africans today willingly participate in the destruction of their indigenous systems because both Islam and Christianity demand that so-called Believers take action against the so-called Heathen. This forces the African to choose sides or face violence from the opposing group. And since there are so few options (given 400 years of erosion), those who seek relief from spiritual pain or answers to our deepest questions are forced to turn to a foreign religion.
View the image below for the updated Dr Sebi food list.
If you are looking for recipes, start with 7 Super Food Recipes That Will Help You Eat To Live and 5 Of The Best Dr. Sebi Approved Sea Moss Recipes Of All Time
This is an easy question to answer, but hard to practice. Be gentle with yourself, spend time transitioning, and acknowledge that what you are doing is hard but valuable. Here is what I want you to do:
Step 1: Make sure you have a whole food, plant-based shopping list. We have a list of 100+ if you need it. Click here to see the list.
Step 2: Only buy foods that you know you will like and eat on the list. It doesn’t matter how great fonio or mango is if you buy it and dont eat it!
Step 3: Replace 1 item on your plate each day with a vegetable from your list.
Step 4: Find or create recipes that use the ingredients you bought. Use those recipes to replace 1 full meal each day with a plant based meal.
Step 5 and beyond: Keep replacing meals until you are eating a whole food, plant-based diet!
Bonus Step: Join our support group for Alkaline, Melanin, and Dr Sebi diets. Click here to start swapping recipes.
Red the full story of Dr Sebi and his AIDS claims by reading our article titled Dr. Sebi Lives! Meet The Greatest Healer In Black History by clicking here.
In the mean time, here is what we know:
In 1998, the state of New York in the United States sued Dr Sebi for therapeutic claims made on behalf of his products. According to the lawsuit, “For an initial fee of $500 and $80 for each additional visit, patients were told they could be cured of AIDS and other diseases. The ‘cures’ consisted of various herbal products, for each of which USHA made therapeutic claims…”
When Dr Sebi was called to testify before the Supreme Court of New York, he called more than 70 witnesses who verified they had been healed by Dr. Sebi. While we do not know how many AIDS patients he cured, we know that thousands of celebrities and civilians back up his claims.
Specifically, here are some benefits of eating an Alkaline diet:
Stronger, healthier kidneys
Reduced risk of cancer
Reduced risk of heart disease (which disproportionately affects our community)
Higher growth hormone levels
Reduced back pain
Better looking hair, skin, and nails…
The absolute biggest benefit of an alkaline diet is that you will eat a basket full of plants every day. Think about how many fruits and vegetables you have eaten this week.
Did you eat any fruits and vegetables? If so, did you eat enough?
Alkaline diets dont give you many options, so either you will be eating many plants or you will be hungry – which is not a bad thing either.
Hacks are any strategies and tactics that produce greater results with less effort than conventional practices. In other words, you do a little something, and you get a lot of something back out.
Health hacks depend on your gender, age, pre-existing conditions, and location, but here are some generic ones that you might want to try. As we create more content, we will have more resources ready for those of you who want more natural healing hacks.
Hacks for Men
Sea moss is one of the best kept natural healing secrets.
Dr Sebi had a football team’s worth of children and he gave all the credit to sea moss. Not only does sea moss give you your “youthful abilities” back, it supports overall immunity and feeds the body important nutrients that you can learn more about by reading our article titled Forget Viagra – Why Black Men Should Be Drinking Sea Moss Instead
Hacks for Women
Sea moss isnt just for men. Women can benefit from it too. Check out our article titled 3 Important Dr. Sebi Sea Moss Benefits for Women.
Yoni steams are another popular natural healing hack for women. You can learn how to heal wounded wombs or practice self care by reading Healing The Wounded Womb: 5 Things You Need To Know To About Yoni Steam. This important resource was written by one of our members with an extensive medical background. Worth a read.
Hacks for sleep
Sleep is critical for your immune system and your overall happiness. Nothing feels better than falling asleep as soon as your head hits your pillow and waking up refreshed and ready after a deep, deep nights sleep. Im getting sleepy just typing that 🤣
Seriously, here is what the Mayo Clinic had to say about sleep:
Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as a common cold virus. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.
During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you’re under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. In addition, infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don’t get enough sleep.
So, your body needs sleep to fight infectious diseases. Long-term lack of sleep also increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease.
So if you want to hack your health naturally, start by sleeping more and sleeping better. Here is a random list of hacks I have developed over the years:
- Use an eye mask to block out all light. Especially electronic lights
- Meditate right before bed
- CBD oil (warning – this will knock you out)
- Lavender Oil Aromatherapy
- Lemon Balm
- Valerian Root Tea
- Chamomile Herbal Tea Blends
- Chaste Tree Berry
- A cooling matress pad
- Waking up at the same time every day, no matter when I go to bed
And since sleep is when our Ancestors speak to us, you should give sleep the respect it deserves. Whatever works for you, do it.
First off, let me clear up some misconceptions: Meat is not completely bad. Our Ancestors ate meat and were still the healthiest people on the planet. In fact, according to archaeological findings the people of Kemet ate two meals a day: a morning meal of bread, beer and onions, and a big dinner of boiled vegetables, meat bread and more beer (of course). The upper class ate vegetables, meat and grains at every meal, plus wine and dairy products like butter and cheese. We also know that there are important nutrients in meat that the body needs to perform at its best.
Here is the downside: eating meat causes your body to produce something called an Advanced glycation end-product.
Ironically, the acronym for the above substance is AGE – and thats exactly what it does. Studies have shown that AGE is responsible for “aging and the development, or worsening, of many degenerative diseases, such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, chronic kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.”
If you want the full scope of research, read this document.
Other research has shown that plant based dieters have fewer diseases, they perform better cognitively, and they look better, too. Ok, that last claim might be a little subjective, but…
You can use labor to generate currency that is then invested so that it multiplies itself, but that is not enough to create wealth. Your currency must be changed into something tangible. To create real wealth, you must acquire assets. Assets include properties, mineral rights, land rights, businesses, equipment, farm land, and other tangible items.
This is why the wealthy get richer without doing any work – they used their early labor to generate currency that they invested in things that increase in or produce value.
Wealth is created by producing or acquiring something of value (which can include a skill) and using a portion of that item to produce more wealth.
Convert the currency that you earn on your job into assets that make money for you. Think of each dollar that you earn at your day job as a new baby. Your role as parent is to protect your baby until it is old enough to go to work. You then send your money out into different parts of the world to make more of itself. When your baby comes back home, you regain the dollar that you deployed along with the hundreds of other dollars that it made for you.
The secret here is to find assets that multiply your money. Once you find those assets, stop spending money on any unnecessary products or services and instead deploy those dollars to make more money for you.
Wealthy people do not work for money. Instead, they use money as a scoreboard or a feedback mechanism. Most wealthy individuals who built their fortunes (as opposed to inheriting them) did so because they had the right skill, worked in the right field, and were positioned at the right time in areas where governments and economies support the accumulation of wealth. But even those factors are not enough for real wealth creation.
The wealthy understand that money is a byproduct of all the factors mentioned above combined with passion, purpose, and consistent effort over long periods (10+ years) of time.
The top 10 African nations in order of fertile land and mineral resources are as follows:
Nigeria – the Richest Country in Africa (Gdp: $446.543 Billion)
South Africa (Gdp: $358.839 Billion)
Egypt (Gdp: $302.256 Billion)
Algeria (Gdp: $172.781 Billion)
Morocco (Gdp: $119,04 Billion)
Kenya (Gdp: $99,246 Billion)
Angola (Gdp: $91,527 Billion)
Ethiopia (Gdp: $91,166 Billion)
Ghana (Gdp: $67,077 Billion)
Tanzania (Gdp: $62,224 Billion)
Africa is rich in mineral resources. Unfortunately, African leaders have allowed foreign corporations to purchase land and the resources above and below ground. These corporations take Africa’s assets back to their homelands and use those assets to increase their wealth.
African workers and civilians are completely cut out of wealth creation because land deals are negotiated between governments and corporations. Foreign nations typically bring workers from their native lands to Africa to extract resources, so African workers are also cut out of currency acquisition.
Finally, African nations like Ghana are still forced to pay colonial taxes, draining their resources. And to add insult to injury, European nations like Belgium looted and held on to their gains in the Congo under King Leopold by placing African gold in European banks and using those assets to generate interest that further increases European wealth at the expense of African nations.
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By 1963, there were 31 independent African nations. Some were agitating for immediate Continental political union while others favoured slower steps towards unity. Emerging from the exchanges between the two camps, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was formed in May, 1963. Today, the entire African Diaspora from Canada to the Carribean and from the Congo to California hosts Pan African organizations.
Pan-Africanism is a worldwide movement that aims to encourage and strengthen bonds of solidarity between all indigenous and Diaspora ethnic groups of African descent.
Although the ideas of Delany, Du Bois, and Blyden are important, the true father of modern Pan-Africanism is the organizer Henry Sylvester Williams. Throughout his long career, Williams was a consistent advocate for African liberation and political power. He co-organized the first Pan African organization, and since Pan Africanism is first and foremost a political ideology, we consider Williams its founding Father.
Although the contributions of many women across many decades are important, Anna Cooper was the first woman to organize a political response to colonialism and white supremacy. In 1900 Anna Cooper assembled the Pan African Conference in London and wrote important works that laid the foundation for Black Women’s equality.
In a historical context, Pan-Africanism served as both a cultural and political ideology for the solidarity of peoples of African descent. Most notably championed and pioneered by Marcus Garvey, Jomo Kenyatta, and Kwame Nkrumah, Pan-Africanism aims to connect and understand the universal injustices within the Diaspora.
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Black consciousness is a knowledge of who you are as a person of African descent. It is a state of knowing who you are, how you came to be, the world around you, and your Ancestral calling.
You can start with our article titled 43 Of The Most Powerful Black History Books Ever Written here https://www.panafricanalliance.com/black-history-books/.
But first, understand why we say ‘real’ African history…
Real African history consists of conclusions about how Africans lived based on academically sound research that is – and this is important – free from racist bias.
When Europe extended its war on the Moors to include the whole of the African continent, colonizers viewed and wrote African history as they saw it. They discredited the achievements of whole empires. They called sophisticated languages and writing methodologies primitive. And they called African spirituality a pagan practice.
In an attempt to justify white supremacy, colonizers wrote about Africans through the lense of white supremacy. We cannot trust the conclusions they came to because of their bias. It would be like studying and practicing what you read in books on the role of men and women from the patriarchal 1930s.
So when we create lists of books like these (https://www.panafricanalliance.com/black-history-books/) the authors we include are almost universally Black. So if you want to learn REAL African history, start with our list.
Dr Neely Fuller Jr once said to people of African Descent that “if you dont understand white supremacy then everything else will confuse you.” Here is what he meant:
There is a difference between racism and white supremacy. Racism is a set of beliefs about the superiority of one racial group over another. These beliefs are rooted in an individuals experiences, background, and culture. And since these beliefs are so deeply rooted, individuals may not recognize them, are slow to alter those beliefs, or dont know how to rid themselves of racism.
Because these beliefs are so old and deeply embedded in a persons psychological profile, as activists we avoid trying to change those beliefs.
White supremacy is different.
White supremacy describes systems of oppression built for the competitive advantage of whites. These systems typically deploy 9 weapons to achieve this:
6. Integration and Assimilation
9. and Fraud
Read our teachings on the weapons of white supremacy here https://www.panafricanalliance.com/white-supremacy/
You are the combination of two lineages – your Mothers (matrilineal line) and your Fathers (patrilineal line). So to say that you come from one place is technically incorrect. Duality is a common concept across African philosophy and it is by understanding facts like the aforementioned you can understand why.
So to get a complete picture of who you are and where you came from, you must trace both your matrilineal and patrilineal line.
With that understanding, find a DNA test that is right for you. We reviewed the most popular in our article titled Which African Ancestry DNA Testing Kit Is Right For You? here: https://www.panafricanalliance.com/african-ancestry-dna-testing/
We identify Africans as Black for two reasons:
1. Black describes the combination of our race and Ethnicity. Race is a collection of genotypical and phenotypical traits that define a person’s features, while ethnicity describes the culture from which a person comes.
2. By describing the Pan-African Diaspora as Black, we seek to unify the identity of a people that has been destroyed by white supremacy. When whites and other groups invaded Africa, those groups replaced indigenous cultures with their white, Arab, and Asian cultures. This destroyed the ethnic identity of the groups that lived there. And our Ancestors who left or were removed from the Continent found themselves behind foreign borders. Their nationalities had been changed to French, American, and other alien political identities.
Because of what alien groups have done to African race, ethnicities, and nationalities, there has been confusion over what to call ourselves. Collectively, we proudly call ourselves Black to reclaim what was lost and repair what was broken.
Why would we NOT describe ourselves Black? It depends on the context of the conversation. For instance, using legal terms to describe someone as Black removes personhood and is considered inappropriate. However, this instance is not to be confused with social or colloquial circumstances where the term is both widely and proudly accepted.
American history describes the political entity that began with the arrival of the first permanent European settlers in 1620. Black history describes the span of time that began at the dawn of humanity. As of this writing, we know that the first human was a Black woman. Thus, Black history stretches from her birth until the present day.
We clear up much of the confusion in our article titled Black History Is World History and World History Is Black History here https://www.panafricanalliance.com/black-history-is-world-history-and-world-history-is-black-history/