I recently had the privilege of experiencing a 5-week respite in my homeland and have been sitting with the many lessons I was blessed with on this journey which I choose to call My Sankofa Journey. Sankofa is a beautiful Adinkra symbol portrayed as a bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its back and forms a heart shape. The concept of Sankofa is derived from the Akan people in West Africa. It teaches us of the wisdom of learning from the past in building the future. How timely for me, for Sacred Women International.
During these 5 weeks I consciously listened, activated my inner eyes and deeply felt the stories in the lives of my ancestors, living family and the people of my homeland. This of course was after some resistance and eventual surrender, and where I began to more fully embrace the nuances of my people, places and things. I gained several teachers along the way. These teachers showed up as my pre-school nephews, mother, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, and vendors in the markets as well as women and men I met randomly or not so randomly in my travels. One of my not so random connections was with a gentle and powerful brother named Sankofa (The Universe in Its mystery is quite humourous.).
All my teachers blessed me with invaluable wisdom to take me “All the way!” The recurring themes on My Sankofa Journey are:
- SURRENDER ~ The first 7-10 days felt uncomfortable, strange, even irritable. Things were not flowing the way I was accustomed or desired. I wasn’t sleeping well and I just could not find my rhythm. By day 10 I became annoyed with myself and decided to do a microscopically honest check in. To my surprise (wink, wink), I had to acknowledge that I was simply bored. For the first time in a while I was doing absolutely nothing, nada, niente, rien, nutting, not a damn thing. I could not remember moving this slow. As I laughed at myself, the way many of you know I can, I remembered that Boredom is a higher consciousness emotion. I Surrendered to Boredom… Inhale… Exhale… I Surrendered to the flow and committed to allow spirit to have its way through my mind, body and emotions. Yes, everything became easy.
- HONOUR ~ I began to Honour each experience, in the moment. I had the divine opportunity to truly understand what it means to Honour each person’s journey, beliefs and choices as divinely purposeful just as it is. As I honoured others I realized that I was honouring myself. Ubuntu (You live because of me and I live because of you) took on a deeper wider knowing within me. I realized that each journey, belief or choice fed into my own journey, belief and choice for transfiguration so that Sacred Women International/Me can go “All the way!”
- APPRECIATION ~ I gained heightened Appreciation for the resourcefulness of my people/my homeland for its continued efforts to overcome generations of oppression. The impacts of perpetual oppression that was being demonstrated through extreme behaviours of ‘Unworthiness’ or ‘Entitlement’ which I began to see as attempts to find balance. Yet, in spite of the social and economical challenges there remained tremendous optimism and cheerfulness among people. As I filled my thoughts, feelings and actions with heightened Appreciation I also experienced reverence for the country that birthed and formed me. This Appreciation inspired my hope for progressive change, regardless of appearance. I Am so grateful for the miracle/shift in consciousness.
- INTENTION ~ For several years I have been practicing and teaching the power of Intention and have repeatedly proven how conscious Intentions allow the easy manifestations my desires, activated both physically and non-physically. I had the physical down pat however, the nonphysical was a work-in-progress. During my time of respite I realized Carlos Castaneda’s explanation of Intention being that “everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link.” As #s 1 to 3 lessons were being crystallized in my bodies, my intentions were being manifested through links of people and things beyond anything I had imagined. My desires were being realized without a single effort beyond my thoughts and feeling; manifestations were coming swiftly and tangibly. So, in case there still remain any doubt in my spiritual, mental, astral, etheric or physical bodies, let me create alignment now. I got it! I know that when I live of the Source ALL that I desire come to me easily and effortlessly – This is the spiritual principle of Freedom. Ase!
Beloved, as you build your vision and create your desires may the spirit of Sankofa be your guide.
Loving you always and in all ways,