Monday, September 25, 2017

Searching For Truth

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the ruler of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” 
Ephesians 6:12

By: Angela Mayah Solstice

Good Morning! I hope you are doing well. It is a beautiful day here in New York, summer seems to be holding on for a while longer and I'm not complaining!

Some intense energy has come into play these past few days. Some prophets declared this past Saturday as being the end of the world but we're all still here. I had one of my kids ask me late last week if Saturday would be the end, and I said no. She then asked, “But it will come one day right?”, and I said, “ Yup and God only knows when that time will be.” So, what do we do until then? A better question, why would God create something to end it one day? What's the purpose of having a world? I asked God this, not my typical sort of question, I'm usually busy with my personal business. So I thought to share the answer I received.

“Human potential is broadened or limited by its concept of God.”

As humans, we are created to withstand anything. We are durable, resilient, and steadfast. Sure there are such notions as trauma, depression, and sadness, but that is purely emotional and spiritual--all can be healed. God wanted our souls to have a chance to express itself in human form, with freedom of choice and will. Of course, over time, this created a lot of things--religion, money, rules, laws etc. I personally am not happy with it all, but my connection with God helps me to understand what's at play and brings me comfort. Meaning, God gives me the truth in whatever I would like to know, and I just accept it.

The biggest truths I've been uncovering is learning who I am as a Black woman, especially living in the United States. I've been reading a lot and this journey continues to deepen for me. I recently read a book called, Breaking The Psychological Chains of Slavery, a short but powerful read. It was recommended by the Pan African Alliance organization must-read books. I am currently making my way down the list.

Whoever and whenever it was said, the truth will set you free, I sure do believe it now more than ever. In our turbulent times, although I stand mentally in solidarity with many and their causes, I truly believe the answer to our plight is to search for truth. I know this may sound cliché or easy, but it is not. In fact, it is excruciating and liberating all at once. Or as my dearest ancestor Malcolm X used to say when traveling around teaching the lessons of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, " God has given Mr. Muhammad some sharp truth. It is like a two-edged sword. It cuts into you. It causes you great pain, but if you can take the truth, it will cure you and save you …”

I encourage anyone, to follow and search for your truth. About your culture, your family, your history—especially the history of your country. Then internalize that truth, and stand by it. Every advancement that ever impacted our world, community, or families started with someone who came to know a deeper truth about life. Perhaps it will be you who ushers in the next change.

“It is faith that sustains us in the fear and loneliness of this lifelong search to help restore who we are.”

May God give us all the strength to live righteously and courageously. To not wander lost in the wilderness, but walk curiously and astute in the garden of our lifetime. I wish you peace, miracles, and as a good friend shared with me this week, the most benevolent outcome in all things.

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