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Rebuilding the Black Woman… Guardians of our Souls..

Kara Walker’s piece ” A Subtlety” is the launch point of this blog. An image that has provided the impetus for an exploration of our subconscious mind’s primary motif– an artistic requiem of glory lost.

Front depiction of the sculpture...
Front depiction of the sculpture…
A rear view of the sculpture...
A rear view of the sculpture…

This blog will begin to scratch the surface regarding the significance of the image of the Black Woman. It is a reflection upon the restoration of the Black-woman archetype and her/its importance to humanity.

One look upon Kara Walker’s work opens up the vastness of a million portals–portals leading to truths of both past and present. In this larger-than-life sculpture, Kara depicts a modern rendition of a Sphinx like figure. We have the likeness of a woman crafted out of all white sugar. The woman has a “mammy” resemblance to her that is accentuated by the adornment of her crown with a scarf–something you may be used to seeing atop the head of Harriet Tubman. Her bust is large and exposed as if she were offering her bosom for suckling to any onlooker. In place of an animal body the figure maintains its womanly-curvaceous physique. All capped off by a vagina exposed from the rear view of the sculpture. Depending on the frame of reference of the viewer, we have a hyper-sexualized image of a woman. All the while the woman has a smirk on her face. Almost like she is taunting the observer to explore the depths that she has to offer. As if to say you can scratch the surface but you have the slightest idea how deep it can get.

Sphinx

Sphinx

We can juxtapose this image to that of the actual Sphinx. The image of a regal guardian spirit that stands poised in protecting her city– from a spiritual stand point and an authoritative stand point– a guardian queen if you will.

The two images side by side depict how far the Black Woman has been exiled from her thrown. And also the moral degradation that has gone hand in hand with this vanquishing of her archetype…

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power

The archetype of the Black Woman has a universally visceral response to all that experience it. Her presence is never subtle. It is encompassing and this is evident on both a conscious and subconscious level. The vibrations that her spirit gives off is undeniable and often commands respect in one fashion or another.

She has fallen from the Creator-of-Man era…

To the Queen– the Ruler-of-Man era..

To the Mammy the Caretaker-of-Man era….

Too the hyper-sexualized– the Whore-of-Man era…

And along with her fall from grace has come the destruction of societal morality and spirituality. Yet her fall has not been of a natural order. It has been carried out in a systematic manner by the would be ruler of the present era. Her ruling archetype type has been assaulted and bombarded by her rival and polar opposite that of the White Male. A patriarchal dominated society who’s morality encompasses all but not limited to: greed, avarice, licentiousness, wanton, gluttony, selfishness, and anything else that appeals to one’s flesh induced desires.
This patriarchal archetype whether it be consciously or subconsciously is perpetually attempting to strip the Black female archetype of all power and authority. Yet as the “Subtlety” has proven… You can change her image but she will never leave her post…

As per popular culture the image of the Black woman is both imitated and mocked. There is a relentless assault upon the motif of the Black Woman. She is often both ridiculed and mimicked–creating a paradox of a unique kind. On the one level she is mocked but on a deeper level she can’t help but to be imitated as she is the purveyor of all civilization.

There is attempt to bring about a new way among the people of this planet. The key to providing the perfect segue into this way of being is the removal of our humanity. And the cornerstone of our humanity is the Black woman. There is an attempt to usher in a new era. One in which man is devoid of spirituality… Devoid of uniqueness.. Devoid of his bond with the universe… Supplanting himself as above or without integration into nature.. Almost as though we were transfiguring ourselves into machines…

Our humanity is what is at stake. There is a war going on that no man is safe from. And if we don’t protect our guardians on the most basic of levels. How do we expect them to protect us on the most critical of level–that which can not be seen and is ever changing? How long can they stand guard if they lack sense of Self? And we lack sense of perspective?

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The Curses that Slumber your Gifts…

What curses and spells are you under?
How is your mind wired… And Why is it wired as such…What perspective does it lack…

How was your ideal of success oriented and formulated…

What do you attain to be and why?

How does one break them-selves free of mental bondage if they have no idea that they are enslaved?

Who seeks to gain from our mental servitude– which leads to our spiritual impotence…
These are some of the few questions that come to mind, when I give thought about the subject of Spells.Such is the world we live in… Many individuals are mentally enslaved to a particular mindset or thought process and have no idea anything else could exist… They are convinced that a particular truth is an absolute truth.  They are locked in a box with no means of escape… For the box is all they know– a prison called home…

How does one have the walls of their box expanded or broken down? I would presume through exposure- an exposure to different people, an exposure to different environments, an exposure to different energies, and an exposure to different thoughts.  It could be as simple as a word from the right person followed by an explanation that could break a mental spell…Sometimes we can’t see that which is right in front of us.
So what are these spells?
I call them spells because I believe that they are literally spells… There are those who seek to benefit from the myopic mind state of the masses…you don’t need to control the people when you can predict the decisions that they will make… If you can do that, you have in fact already have won. Predicative responses allow others to gain power beyond all measure, because at that point people cease becoming people and become a series of quantitative actions and results…and these actions and results aren’t proactive but reactive—reflex if you will.

Most of these spells are innocuously castes upon the perceiver.  The five senses cannot be consciously shut off, so on one level or another the brain is constantly having to receive and discern information.  So whether it be a conscious or subconscious level the brain is always active.  The brain is highly oriented towards patterns.  On a basic level we are very much a judging species, it is how we are able to survive the world around us.  It is how we develop our preconceived notions etc.  Therefore our brain tends to make associative-ties—it may associate a word with an action, a smell with a particular feeling, a touch with a memory, a symbol with who knows what or countless other associations.  There are those who have done vast studies regarding the psychology of the mind and believe they have the mind down to a science.  And through this science they initiate spells.  The most innocuous yet powerful spell is through song.  Melodies and messages attached to them tend to stick.

Try an experiment: count from 1-26.  Now count backwards from 26-1.  Next say your “ABCs”.  Now say your ABCs” backwards.–Now counting numbers forwards and backwards seems fairly simple because you know your numbers.—Now reciting your “ABCs” may be more difficult.  Perhaps it is because you do not know your “ABCs” as well as you would like to believe.  Perhaps you are under the impression that you know your “ABCs” and truthfully you only know the melody and the words associated with the melody.  This has very strong implications–especially in regards to belief and knowledge.

Song is one of the easiest ways to transfer ideas, mentalities, and so forth without the perceiver having any real control over its power.  Another means to cast spells is through visual slight of eye.  As is said the hand is slighter than the eye.  The eyes can be bombarded with more images than the conscious mind can discern.  It doesn’t mean these images disappear but are retained and stored within the subconscious mind and harbor influence and activity there.

An example: the movie “Fight Club” provided an excellent example.  One could be watching something seemingly innocuous like cows grazing in a field—a sophisticated editor could splice a picture of an erected penis in the image without your conscious knowledge.  They can flash the image so fast that the conscious mind can’t possibly register.  But the subconscious mind takes notes, and begins to register, and tends to begin the associative process.  And who knows what affect down the line the penis to cow association may have.  (Just a lil example).  Thus through mass dissemination of media spells can be placed frequently and under the guise of entertainment.  The fore front of which is led by the monster known as Hollywood.  As been told the “Holly wood” is actually from the tree upon which witches and wizards were known to craft their magical wands from.  Thus it particularly remains hidden in plain sight.

The fact that these spells hold no true power until the perceiver gives them such is why they are so powerful.  The perceiver tends to give them credence without conscious realization.  Over and over a melody may play in one’s head.  An everyday symbol that one may see can illicit any number of emotional subconscious responses—over and over: to the point it may become a daily subconscious affirmation.  A weakening of the state of the soul—that allows influences in and in a surreptitious manner. The end result is people behaving and making decisions without having complete control of themselves—a automated response based on an unnatural trigger.
Again one should ask, who are placing these spells and why?

How can one free others if they know not to free themselves?

And is perspective or lack thereof the sole responsibility of the perceiver?

How far does the influence of these spells reach?

Tattoos – A reflection of the Souls Pathway?

Tattoos are a touchy subject. What was at one time considered taboo is now totally main stream—and quite popular.  My belief in tattoos derives from my overall belief structure.  I believe that there is a world beyond that which our sentient selves can perceive.  I believe this world is both parallel with our world yet beyond our world.  Some may articulate it as “life after death”.  Some may describe it as purgatory or the underworld.  While some may describe it as a “Spiritual side” as most of us are spiritual beings.  There is an array of nomenclatures to choose from. I do not have a clear cut articulation of this dimension or even how it is connected to the physical plane of existence that we live in, but every so often life throws a hint or two.  There is a crack in the cosmic egg if you will and elements tend to bleed through.

I do believe in what some would call “demons” or “angels “or “gods” or however you want to classify them—spirits (energy).  I do believe that these entities are beyond ordinary perception.  I do believe they have some sort of vested interest in us and our current reality.  I do believe some of these entities are benevolent, some are nefarious, some are indifferent and many are after their own self-interest.  I do not believe these entities are not necessarily eternal, but I do believe as beings with souls that we are eternal.  I do believe to an extent these entities are dependent upon us as a source of energy (a type of renewable resource), and they draw upon this energy in various manners.  One popular method is through prayer: a manner in which a person voluntarily gives forth their focus and energy to an outside entity.  Some entities may establish symbiotic bonds; some may feed off of pain, fear, and devastation; and some may use skillful manipulation to obtain what they need.  Some of these being are more powerful than others.  Some have different capabilities than others.  Some have different limitations than others.  Some are bound by time.  Some are bound by place.  And some are bound by rituals: ie incantations(songs), patterned movements (dance), sacred acts (sex,murder,etc.), opening of gateways (sex, drugs, alcohol, mutilation, tattoos).  Any of the above acts creates vulnerabilities within the soul to invite said entities in. The most subtle and powerful manner of entry is through thought.  Thoughts are their greatest means and their greatest mode of operation.  Thoughts are innocuous; most don’t take the time to consider where their thoughts are coming from.  And if thoughts are listened to enough they start to become a part of who you are.  They are repeated frequently enough that you begin to build a level of comfort with the thoughts and even start to identify with them.  Thoughts lead to beliefs, beliefs lead to actions, what you do in a way makes you who you are.

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This leads to my beliefs regarding tattoos.  I do believe tattoos are one of those gateways. In a sense they are walking billboards marketing and commercializing your vulnerabilities.  They often times advertise which entities would have the best chance of entering or rather impose suggestive influence or rather afflict the person.  In a sense tattoos are a means of branding, a walking bill board if you will– a manner of free marketing to those who are open to suggestion.  I believe even the most harmless of tattoos can leave one open for suggestion.  All it takes is time and effort and a seed planted for suggestion to eventually manifest.  All it takes is for one small chink in the armor and eventually persistence will find its way in.

Thus I’m always cautious around people, and understand that when I’m around certain people that their actions may not be fully their actions.  I understand that their actions are a conglomerate of complex occurrences.  And I understand that if I choose to connect with these people on any level, I am not simply connecting with them on this physical plane but also on another level.  That the fact that I am choosing to connect with them, I am connecting with all that comes along with them.

Gifts of the Universe….(Unto those that Hear shall more be given…)

The Universe brings us knowledge in an array of ways. It is the obligation of the observer to discern the lessons bestowed upon her or him. In my own life, I’ve noticed much of the knowledge and wisdom that I have been granted has been in the form of stories and dreams.  And my reflections upon these stories and dreams dictates the lesson learned.  I’ve noticed some of the best stories come from the many random encounters that seem to inevitably run into me.  And usually these encounters aren’t ones that I would typically welcome but instead of approaching with fear and defense I simply approach with a willingness to listen.  For instance, I’ve had hour long conversations with the homeless, with teen runways, with ex-drug dealers who were fortunate enough to get out the game.  Each one has a commonality to them and each one has a unique perspective.  Each conversation was as random as the next and each one held an earnest level of sincerity.  You see when someone is poignant and honest with you…I’ve noticed that there is always a lesson to be learned.

The other lessons I receive are from dreams. Now these lessons are of a different nature, they usually give insight about my own life and hints as to what paths I should take and my place among the order of things.  Usually the dreams that provide the most insight are the dreams in which I am most fearful but manage to conquer my fears and intake the lesson. Random, but in dreams I’ve been inundated with the fear of being ripped apart by wild beast only to have those same beast impart words of wisdom.  I’ve had dreams where I’ve been lead to a holding cell for various demons only to have knowledge bestowed to me.  I digress; I say all this to say that knowledge doesn’t always come as you would like it to.

Who are you to judge in what form your lesson is to be presented to you?

Most of these lessons and occurrences are quite organic.  For you to dictate on your terms when insight is to come seems rather insolent—timing is everything.  For you to dictate or be dictated to isn’t a communal experience.  It is outside the natural order of things.  An organic course of action is usually triangular– two starting points converge at a mutual time and/or space.  It is a give and take on one level or another.

Because the mind doesn’t Perceive… Does it not exist?

Many of our Ancient Brain Mental Faculties are falling by the wayside side…

And what do I mean by Ancient Brain?

I consider the Ancient Brain to be comprised of the subconscious mind…The instincts and genetic gifts that have been passed down via DNA since the origin of man.  It also includes a collective consciousness that we all share and binds us as humans.  As opposed to our modern brain which allows us to navigate through our current reality. Our modern brain is everything we’re conscious of and allows us to make our day to day decisions.

This entry is somewhat of a commentary on the opinions within the book The Human Zoo by Desmond Morris.  In his book he mentions something fairly obvious but an idea my mind had never grasped.  He expressed that as humans we essentially are living beyond our evolutionary scope.  As organisms we were designed to live freely amongst nature, among the trees, the water, the animals and open air.  Conventionally we live confined to a “prison” of brick and mortar essentially.  We wake up in a boxed room, we go to work in a box with wheels, we sit in a boxed room for eight hours (in some cases a cubical inside of a boxed room), then go home and derive comfort from looking at a box with lights.  We indulge in a surplus of foods that our bodies aren’t designed to handle.  And this wasn’t a slow build up: this is Pow! –A less than thousand year phenomenon.   We went from an active way of life for millions of years to suddenly a sedentary life style that over works our internal organs.

This modern world we live in has deprived men of many of their instincts and “gifts” that were previously seen as valuable but are no longer deemed as such.  I believe many of the mentally enigmatic are discarded in this modern world because of lack of “Necessity”.  This may be true, in this world in which we rely on technology to speak our truths and tell us what’s what. And define to us our very realities: from what will bring us happiness and fulfillment to who we see as our enemies. The mental faculties that were once harnessed and groomed for a particular purpose (not implying to know what that purpose is or was) are now discarded and thrown to the wayside.  I believe a lot of our “prophets” and “feelers” are either homeless or in mental institutions.  While others have successfully hidden their gifts in aims of integrating within society peacefully. And it’s easy to diagnose someone with a “sickness” or “mental illness” without having any frame of reference but the modern world that we live in.  The modern world where things have been made so simple and so black and white.  A modern world in which man has deemed himself god—all knowing—the judge of all.  But if we have outpaced ourselves physically on the evolutionary path who is to say we haven’t taken the inverse effect mentally–psychologically– spiritually.

Perhaps these mental outburst are life’s way of letting us know that we aren’t necessarily going down the right path. –That perhaps life isn’t all that we perceive it to be.  That perhaps there are abstracts that our five senses can’t articulate to our conscious mind but it takes a specifically oriented mind to even pick up the frequency. And because the majority can’t grasp this phenomenon we deem it as preposterous because after all we make the rules.  In the modern world we are judge, jury, and executioner.

The ranges of these gifts are very vast.  Some are more in tuned than others, some have more gifts than others, and some have greater degrees than others…Many have no idea how to harness these gifts or even have any idea that they have gifts.  It’s something we aren’t taught about within the modern world and something that if manifested is usually “cured” with a pill.  Simply because many of these gifts don’t have healthy means to manifest themselves they often time present themselves in an incorrigible manner.  A corrupted manner in which the perceiver has no practical means of understanding or managing the phenomenon.

I don’t claim to know the extent of said gifts or even the reason why said gifts do exist.  But I am able to recognize truths when I see them.  And because the observer doesn’t fully understand that which is being perceived, it doesn’t make that which is being perceived any less important or necessary or real.

Let those who can see...
Let those who can see…

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