The Crook And The Flail: 5 Lessons From Ancient Kemet That Will Make You A More Powerful Black Leader

4. Black Leaders Understand The Power of the Medu Neter

Give commands only where necessary and fitting. Be not silent when it is your duty to speak, but be cautious in your speech lest you offend. – The Husia

In Kemet, medu neter translates as ‘Divine Speech’. Behind the translation lies the importance that your Ancestors put on the power that words have.

Kemetic Spirituality teaches us that Atum used sound to create everything in existence.

Even the written word has the magical ability to change the physical world – which is why the act is known as spell-ing.

When a person passes into the afterlife – the Duat – they are required to confess their innocence before they are allowed to live on in the realm of the Neteru.

Reflections on The 42 Laws Of Maat

A few of these declarations are

I have not multiplied my words in speaking.
I have not uttered lies.
I have not uttered curses.
I have not blasphemed.
I have not slandered.
I have never raised my voice.

What this means to you as a Black leader is clear: Remain silent until it is your duty to speak. And when you do speak – be righteous. For your words have the power to shape reality.

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Written by Asad Malik

Asad is the Executive Officer of The Pan-African Alliance, and the Founder of United Black America.

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