Gifts ideas for your Conscious friend 

It’s time for the holidays, and you’re going down your list of people to shop for when you come across that one “woke” or “conscious” friend. They’re the ones on the front lines of protests, forging hunger strikes for climate change, and rambling on about GMOs. If you have this friend, they probably don’t want for much other than, of course, a better and more just world.They’re probably boycotting the holidays for the cause of Justice or Else or maybe they’re just tired of the custom holidays. But, something in you still wants get them something as a “thank you for being a constant force in my life” (blunt or not), so you decide to get them a symbol of your appreciation. Whether they are socially conscious, spiritually conscious, or somewhere in between, here are a few gift ideas for your friend who wants for nothing.
DONATE TO A CHARITY IN THEIR NAME

 What causes do they support? Black Lives Matter, climate change, world hunger? Make a contribution to a cause they care about in their name. If they run their own nonprofit, contribute to their organization. Any support of their mission, whether big or small, will mean the world to them.
HEALING CRYSTALS


Your friend spends so much time saving the world, they rarely make time for themselves. Help them recharge by giving them a few healing crystals this year. Certain crystals and gemstones are known to have properties that facilitate healing. And they make for great decor.
HOUSE PLANTS


Plants make great gifts and they typically are less maintenance than a new puppy. Some houseplants are known to not only purify the air, but also to reduce stress levels.
HIMALAYAN SALT LAMP


Himalayan salt lamps work similarly to houseplants in that they help purify the air. They are made from pure, food grade, Himalayan salt crystals and can even be powdered to use as salt in recipes if you’re ever in a crunch.
AROMATHERAPY OILS


Conscious folk love their oils and Essential oils are multi-functional. You can diffuse them in a room, take them orally with a cup of water, or apply to skin as a fragrance. However your friend is using his or her oils, they can be pricey, so getting them a bottle of their favorite oil would be much appreciated.
A JOURNAL (MADE WITH RECYCLED MATERIAL)


Many revolutionaries are great writers! Journals are always great and easy gifts. And eco-friendly ones can be found at almost any store that sells stationary.
GIFT CARD TO GROCERY STORE


Let’s face it: eating consciously can cost more upfront. Whether it’s Sprouts, Whole Foods, or another chain or local market that specializes in organic produce, save your friend some dough at checkout.
Nas- Untitled Album


For the sake of the hip-hop/music lovers, the most underrated album from 2008 — because songs like “Louis Farrakhan” & “Fear of Mandingo” would be every modern day revolutionary soundtrack.
REVOLUTIONARY CLOTHES


Revolutionaries need revolutionary clothing right? Get them something that can scream who they are and what they represent, without they themselves having to say a word!
COCONUT OIL


Who doesn’t use coconut oil in this day and age? It’s practical, saves them a trip to the store, AND they get a reusable glass jar as an added bonus.
A BOOK ON KNOWLEDGE OF SELF


And what would be a better book than and a book that delivers an education on melanin. True knowledge of self begins with knowing what makes us who we are. Trust me, even if your conscious friend may already own a book on melanin, they’ll be thrilled by the fact that you even thought to get it for them. It is the thought that counts right?
VOLUNTEER TOGETHER


One surefire way to say “thank you” to your conscious friend is to physically show your support of their cause. Be a change agent with them. You’ll find yourself getting a lot more out of this gift than you could have ever imagined.


 

Altered from original article “Gifts for your woke friend” @  http://blavity.com/christmas-gift-ideas-for-your-woke-friend/

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Once A World

Let’s go back in time…
I once lived in this world, a world that was so beautiful, you wouldn’t believe the things I seen and did in this world.
Close your eyes and take this journey with me
This world was amazing
It had everything
Superheroes, good candy, playgrounds, family
It had everything
Dreams meant everything
There was never a reason not to smile
I could never grow old, I could never get tired
I had energy
There was nothing I couldn’t do, Nothing I couldn’t have
All I had to do was choose
And it was mine
I had everything
Loyalty
Friendships meant everything
It meant family
Family met Family
Family meant Family
We gave each other everything
Would cry waterfalls, if one departed
We would really, miss them dearly
There was no such thing as life goes on
Life always remained, you’d always remain
Here in my heart
In this world, everything was seen
Things were rarely missed
Could catch the slightest slip
Memories were created at present time
Moments were lived not ignored
in its present time
This world
Made me feel like
The world was mine
But it just wasn’t mine
This world was ours
This world was ours
This world was ours
This world was…
Damn
I think I’m the only one who hasn’t forgot

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There once a world… A beautiful world

Leaders at Home

The most important and influential mentors & teachers for children and growing young men & women, are not found in institutions or their classrooms, they are in the places where these young men & women, and young children lay their heads. They are in the home.

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Children are sent to school to get educated & tested on material that is assigned to a paid teacher or professor, who then assigns the material to the students. A majority of the parents and older siblings of these children, expect for these institutions to provide all the necessary material to raise their own children, so that they are ready for the real world when it’s their time to face it. But that is where the mistake happens.

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Children begin facing the real world once they have learned to talk, communicate with the things they see and hear, and know that there are differences among people and things. The reality that children learn to understand and how to respond to, is the reality that goes on in their homes. Parents, you know that from when you were trying to teach your baby how to speak, you had to consistency repeat a word until they became familiar with it and then finally said it themselves. Well this is exactly how children continue to learn & grow, they adapt to consistency.
imageIf you are always arguing at home, your children will adapt to the anger, frustration, and the negative energy that is passed on in the midst of the argument. They will then adopt that nature and take that same kind of energy with them each time they step out the home. This is done subconsciously. It’s the same for if there is peace in the home. Your child will be used to a peaceful environment and be more familiar with positive than negative energy, and they will carry that with them wherever they go as well.

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As children grow, they look up to their older siblings and they pay attention to the interaction between their siblings and their parents or any elder. So if they see the communication between both being in constant disagreements, arguments, and rebellion, they will eventually adapt to that nature, and then adopt that same kind of communication.
What is learned from home, is taken into the “real world”, before what was taught at school.
I would advise homeschooling before any public or private institutional schooling.

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Parents, older siblings and elders, your life lessons are most important for the younger generation to learn. What you have learned from your own mistakes, needs to be passed on to the children so that when they grow older, if faced with a similar situation, they’ll know to handle it accordingly, or they’ll already know how to avoid it altogether. What you have gained knowledge on about the world and the types of people that walk its Earth, needs to be passed on to the next generation so they will know how to deal with the deceivers, the untrustworthy, the honest & the dishonest, when they come in contact with them.
It is important for you to teach the powers of hate, jealousy, & fear,to children, before they learn the wrong way by being taught that it is either good to practice it, or become victim to it. Teach the difference between strength and weakness, and the power of love in each.
Teach the children how to be reliant on themselves and the difference between an honest partnership & falsehood, so that they won’t become someone’s property, and be misused by everyone they connect with.
Teach these things by being activists of these things, so you are not just talking. Children, as they grow, hear lectures but learn from what they vision.
Be honest and faithful among each other, so that the next generation can grow to see the right and proper way to conduct themselves. Give the books that are forbidden in institutions, but delivers knowledge that is neither sugar coated or sweetened just to please an audience.

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I encourage teaching the game chess, to both the children and young men & women while they are at their pre-mature age. Teach them the value of the King & the Queen. Teach them how to maintain proper order in a household and that everyone has their own role that they play. Teach them to already two moves ahead, in everything that they do.

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I encourage that you teach the value of prayer, so that they’ll know that when faced in difficult situations where it seems like options are limited and there are not many alternative routes to take, that they can rely on faith.

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The leaders at home; parents, older siblings, and all elders. You need to be conscious and aware of everything that you do and say. It is you who are in charge of raising the future. Everything that you are now, can reflect on how the future will look tomorrow. If this responsibility is now handled by you, then you should be satisfied by how the world and its people are now, because it is how the world will remain to be, and the people will be who your children idolize, thus who they will grow to become.
This is a status I came across on my Facebook timeline, that I encourage all parents, whether together or separated, to do for their children.

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Brotherhood & Love : As Religion 

There will be a day, that for everything now that we waste, squander, & take advantage of, people all over the world will be killing each other and going to war for.
Water… Food… Clothing, no matter what name brand or design… Fresh air… Transportation….
All the things that now, receives no true value because money keeps it coming endlessly. People of all religions will find themselves under the same destruction, fighting to have the same freedom. They will see that everything they thought they were living for, was indeed a lie. But it will be too late.
Brotherhood & Love as Religion
 
Peace and blessings everyone. First I would like to say that this blog post is not a proposal against any religion; it’s rather a proposal for humanity to focus their practices on the same gospels that every mans religion teaches; “Brotherhood and Love”. 
 
Jesus gave two great commandments to his disciples that was meant for all persons who inhabit the Earth to follow. They were, 
 
1st– Love God with all of your heart, mind and soul.
2nd– love your neighbors as you love yourself. 
 
Jesus was not of any specific religion. He never claimed to be of Islam, ChristianityBuddhism, or any other religion. Jesus said himself that he was a prophet of love & brotherhood. He was to teach this to all of mankind. His mission was to speak truth for the ears that listened and the eyes that saw. 
 
Why is this world in threat of destruction? Why is there poor & Why do the poor weep? Why are children confused? Turning enemy’s amongst themselves as they are still in childhood, receiving parenthood from outside the home. Why are the rich unhappy, and although have enough money to fulfill their desires, still among the unlucky? Why are parents turning away from their children and the children turning away from their parents? 
 
Instead of love, there is competition. There is hate when one person or a team, is not higher ranks than another.
 
Instead of peace, there is war. There are court cases, unlawful settlements, death due to disagreement. 
 
Instead of family, there is separation when needs are not meant to someone’s satisfaction. There is backstabbing, there is betrayal. There is a need for an empire, instead of a home first. 
 
Instead of sisterhood, there is the need to conquer each other, although all who are women should stand together to be caregivers to not only one another, but to the Earth and the men and children which they breed. 
 
Instead of brotherhood, there is falsehood. There is always a need for competition, a cause for separation, and the result is always war. There is the need to betray a brothers heart and his faith in his own brother, when that brother desires his brothers woman. There is the need to have what is not yours, for pride and ego fulfillment. 
  
These are the answers for every “Why there are’s”
 
In the great book it warned, 
Zephaniah 2:1-2 
 “Gather yourselves together,yea,gather together, O nation not desired; Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you.”
 
We are all to face the same judgement, yet we act as if there are going to be many Gods besides the one who is almighty, the one who forgives each and everyone of us for every night he decides to allow all us all to sleep through, so that we may see a new morning. But we fight, and we kill, and then ask God in our prayers, “Oh lord, why is the world this way?”. God has ears for all, but not for those who know yet still continue to trash his commandments. 
 
It is not about race, it is not about color. It is about humanity suffering because of humanities doings. Protesting does nothing, shouting does nothing but creates noise that will soon fade. All people must get the freedom and justice they desire by sacrificing their fear of being defeated. Fear of anything that is not by the power of God is a sin towards God. Be firm to those who are unlawful, as they have been firm towards you. 
 
It starts by saying No
 
  • Say no to going against your brother, striking him, desiring his woman, desiring his possessions, and desiring his status in life to yours. 
 
  • Say no to hate against your fellow women, striking them, putting them beneath you, calling them the same names the oppressors have called them, enslaving them to your command as your ancestors have been slaved to another command. 
 
  • Say no against not being parents and not teaching your children in the home, but sending them to institutions to be taught by teachers who you have not even tried yourself to see if their teachings were worthy for your children. 
 
Take the responsibility that is yours, and do not pass it on to another because of your fear of handling. 
 
Brotherhood and love, should be a religion of itself, practiced by all of mankind. It is the separation of faith, that has divided mankind and has caused this world to be in the order that it is in. 
 
  • Start by giving, when you have to give. 
  • Start by not judging, when you are in no such authority. 
  • Start by lending, when you know you can afford it. 
  • Start by teaching, when you have been given the knowledge to pass on. 
  • Start by being truthful, so that those around you can feel comfortable, and adopt the practice of  honesty as well. 
  • Start by putting down your own wall; for you are no china. God will not allow you to be broken. He only puts you through lessons so that you will learn, and you will be repaired from the person you were before. 
  • Start by loving just to love, as you love yourself and love God. Stop being persuaded to love and love sincerely. If you find yourself having to be persuaded to love someone else, look into your own heart to answer why, and ask God to guide you. 
  • Start by protecting even those who are strangers. Show off the practices of Brotherhood and Love, so that others will see the fault in their injustice ways, and adopt those practices. 
 
Be a brother to your brother, and a sister to your sister. 
 
Be a faithful husband, and be a faithful wife. 
 
Be faithful parents. 
 
Be faithful children. 
 
Be faithful friends.
 
This is how the world can be changed into a beautiful place. 
 
Start by passing this on…

For A Uniting Purpose 

Truth is beautiful. Truth is what allows the mind to be free from the prison of its imaginative fears, because fear is not real, fear only exists from the thoughts we put into it. Yet, truth is not as captivating as fear is, when it comes to dealing with the affairs of life. This is due to the lack of aid, and the hands that aren’t reached out to help bring truth up to where it may stand firm. The worst is one can commit is to see something he can change for the good of another and in return, himself, yet do nothing at all. 

Although many voices shout at the podium, silence still rules their tongues because an individual can only maintain so much strength, a strength that does not compare to that of an army. Individuals are also more prone to the captivates fear than those who have supporters beside them. Once a setback has hit a man, and he has neither a friend nor brother to look upon to help him rise above and conquer whatever wall has formed in front of him, he will become its subject. 

Nothing is accomplished alone. 

I did not create my blog for me alone. This is a home. A home with an open door for every person either seeking to create a family, or to extend their own. My blog is your personal megaphone, where voices can be heard and not judged. Judgement is why many people lock themselves with silence. People fear being wrong, to sound stupid, and to be outcasted because of their own thoughts and feelings. Only judgement that is made by anyone other than God is what is wrong, is indeed foolish, and should be outcasted from humanity. Though, judgement is real, and the thoughts of fear live in many. That is why we must tell the quiet ones that their voice matters, and that their whole world can change just by sharing something they hold so deep out of fear of being rejected because of it. My blog was created for stories to be shared, voices to be heard, and advices to be given. 

                                           

So brother, reach out to the stranger you see because he is your brother and she is your sister. The same for the women. For in relationships, do not down play each other’s feelings nor must you feel the need to force your own opinions down upon your companion. Speak words gently and share feelings through understanding. For if the love is real, this will be possible. Arguments occur through frustration and missed communication. So communicate wisely by first taking steps to understand the emotions going on within the person whom you are communicating with. Pass these instructions through all of your relationships, especially faily new ones, for they will grow to last.

For those who have personal stories of trials & tribulations, you are not alone. Seek for others who may share in your sympathy and have been through a situation similar to yours. Share your experiences among each other, and to others together, and become one voice. This is what helps people see that they are not alone, and it is what delivers people the help they may need. None of us are truly a lone. The belief is that we are because, no one is saying “I’m here. How can I help? Well let’s do it together.” 

Through collaboration, True Love can change this world. 

       

Fourth Instruction- UNITY

INSTRUCTIONS OF UNITY

1. The gifts of the understanding are greatly valued in the eyes of God; and He appoints to everyone his portion, in what he as well measures to be good unto Himself.
2. Has God furnished you with wisdom? Has He enlightened your mind with the knowledge of truth? Communicate it to the ignorant, for their instruction; communicate it to the wise, you will find there will be improvement upon yourself.
3. True wisdom is less followed on than is foolishness. The wise man doubts often, and has change in his mind; the fool is stubbornly adhering to one’s purpose, he agrees with everything and doubts nothing; he states that he knows all things, but his own ignorance.
4. Having so much pride to the point where you are in denial of your own lack of, is shameful; and to talk much, is the foolishness of the fool; nevertheless, it is the part of wisdom to hear with patience their absurdity, and to pity their senselessness.
5. Do not be stuck up in your own fancy, neither should you boast of superior understanding; the clearest human knowledge is but blindness and foolishness.
6. The wise man has knowledge of his own flaws, and he is humbled; he works on his own vanity for his own approval but the fool peeps from the shadow stream of his own mind, and is pleased with the pebbles which he see at the bottom; he brings these pebbles up into the light to show them as pearls and with desires an applause for his own satisfaction.
7. Do not be too proud to be of aid to another, to not be so vein to where you feel as if you are better than the person who may have a lack of pride.
8. Accept the hand of another, accept the smile of a stranger, and return the favor with honest giving of appreciation. For when people can come together, bond their ideas, with either brotherly or sisterly love for each other, than a “Master Mind” is formed.
9. Cultivate your mind with knowledge; Feed the utility of your knowledge to the public and honor will be received.
10. Allow your fellow folk to know that it is ok to live life without fear, that they can find love without having denial of it or being afraid of the harm which people have said it brings. For when people feel safe to bong with others, destruction decreases; death decreases, pain decreases, hurt decreases, and tears will be no more.
11. Love thy brother as if thy mother birthed him, love thy sister as if she was yours to protect, and love thy neighbor, because although not connected through a line of blood, you are each others family.

Third Instruction- Marriage

MARRIAGE INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAN AND WIFE

  1. To the man and woman who have shared vows, know that you have now become at one with another. Your actions are a reflection of them as well as are their actions are a reflection upon you. Be truthful when you speak, and let honesty lead your pathway which you walk.
  1. Be careful to not abandon your friendship; do not forget that is what bounding you two together and kept your relationship fresh. Keep the faith that you promised to keep each other as when you were friends, in either good times or bad, whether in abundance or poverty.
  1. Do not allow any outside influence into your home; jealousy will come about, keep both an eye and an ear at alert for those who wish to cause a tear in your marriage. This jealousy will come from both friends & family that have had a distrustful taste for your happiness. Blessed are the man and wife who have the strength to not allow such corruption to enter the home.
  1. Be cautious when either you man, or you woman is angry to not speak words of resentment which may turn into future regrets, if such words have caused eternal bleeding in the marriage. Arguments will occur, this is natural, for no marriage is made perfect, so one must sustain true love to manage the trials which marriage bring.
  1. Foolish is the one that thinks marriage is a smooth ride which no longer required any hard work or focus to maintain stability. Foolish is the man who believes he no longer has to please his wife’s heart just as he did when he pursued to lie on her breasts, foolish is the woman who believes she no longer has to be nurturing or care for her man as she did when she wanted him to recognize her. For the taste of love will be lost, and the understanding of why one is with the other will be loss and no longer make any sense to either two.
  1. To the woman, remember that you were created to be mans partner, not the slave of his passion; the life you lived is not meant to merely to gratify his loose desire; but to assist him in his efforts in life, to soothe his heart with tenderness and recompense his care with soft endearments.
  1. To the woman, your happiness and satisfaction lies within the proper care of your family; to that alone you apply to her studies; and elegance with carefulness is seen in your home.
  1. Your husband shall honor your style of management; he shall respond to you with enjoyment, satisfaction, and great pleasure.
  1. You must aid your husband in feeding the minds of your children with wisdom; train their manners from the examples of your own goodness.
  1. The words of your mouth are the law of their youth; the motion of your eye commands their obedience
  1. The troubles of your husband are alleviated by your councils and sweetened by your endearments; it is in you where he finds comfort.
  1. Happy is the man that has made her his wife; happy the child that call her mother.
  1. To the husband, provide for your family; keep the roof over your wife & children secure, so they will never be troubled by the storm.
  1. Do not allow temptation to ruin the foundation which both you and your wife have built; be faithful in your actions, have faithfulness on your tongue when you speak, and keep your distance from the Jezebel who will work hard to lure you.
  1. Do not be afraid to love your wife; do not be afraid to be a husband and the father of children. Blessed is the man who can be an honest husband whom his wife and children can speak proudly of, blessed is the man who can create a sincere foundation for the generation that will follow him.
  1. Happy is the wife that has made him her husband; happy is the child that call him father.