Our spirituality is our foundation for how we think, speak and act. It shapes our beliefs, our lifestyle and culture. There are many tribes in Afrika that do not let their youth start school until they are seven years old. Before that time they are spending time at home with Mother, the first teacher, and the family. They are learning about their family culture and lifestyle at this time. They are learning about morals, values, manners, keeping themselves in order, keeping the house in order, how to relate to others within and outside of the family. It is at this time that children also become conscious of Spirituality. When they learn at an early age about the higher powers, the ancestors and the connection that we have with these forces, it creates stronger and more competent individuals. Children who are aware of spirituality tend to have a higher self-esteem, they are more happy and have a sense of security that other youth may not have.
In the same way that some use religion and fear to control people, we can use spirituality to develop righteous and responsible members of our community. Children are naturally more spiritual and when we confirm their gifts and feelings we make Spirit even more real and important to them. The morals and values that children learn will affect the way they relate to themselves and others in their future. Spirituality teaches us to live in a righteous and positive way. Spirituality shows us that we are not alone, but that we are connected to all. Sharing this thought process will create an attitude of abundance as opposed to lack. It creates the mindset that we can accomplish what we set out to, when we do right. Spirituality helps us to feel our power as we call on the forces and see them working in our lives, it develops our spiritual powers even more. When we work with Spirit we become more aware of our own Spirit and our psychic powers. When ones feel empowered, they are usually more successful at achieving their goals. Our intuition is a psychic power that is important to develop. It is meant to assist us as we move thru our lives. It will help us make the best choices and decisions for ourselves. It can also stop us from doing something harmful to ourselves and others. When we teach our youth to listen and follow their intuition, we know they are connecting to the higher part of themselves and the guidance is in alignment with the higher forces. Therefore the decisions will also be made in alignment with the higher forces.
The europeans separated church from state, however our ancestors did not separate spirituality from anything nor any aspect of life. We saw the spirit in all things and therefore were able to live in harmony with all things. This is what we want to see our community come back to again. Our ancestors left the laws of MAAT and many stories to teach us how we should live. They show us how spirit is in all living things and that there are different aspects of ourselves that must be developed. The physical, the mental, the emotional and spiritual bodies are all aspects that we must develop and maintain from the time that we are young and throughout our lifetime.
We see the importance of living in MAAT and raising our children to know MAAT. The attributes of MAAT are also some very good foundations for one to build their business on. For example order is crucial for the management of a business. Truth in ones words and actions is necessary for any entrepreneur to establish within their personal and business life. This spiritual consciousness will have a profound and very positive impact on our community. It will build stronger individuals who will develop stronger families, who will build a stronger community. When it comes to business, we will deal with morals so that we are in harmony with each other and the earth. We are sure to have more success and longevity with our businesses when our entrepreneurs are living with a spiritual foundation. As we are in the process of recreating and reshaping our community we are thankful for the opportunity to add the wisdom of our Ancient Ancestors into our lives and the lives of our children. Taking the time to share and teach our youth about Spirituality is a step toward nationbuilding and the true upliftment of our community. It will surely lead us to stronger, more productive and more successful businesses in our community as well.
Nia Yaa, founder of Ra Sekhi Arts Temple...we are here to promote health and wellness....natural living....love...joy...and MAAT