The Culture of the Nation of Gods and Earths is an inner sensory based reality. Not to dismiss the external world we walk and experience life in, it’s just that we realize that it is a mirror of what we sense within. Those who seek to learn it go through the same ego de-structuring side effects that a sensory deprivation subject undergoes such as disorientation, amnesia, apathy, hallucination, and mild schizophrenic episodes. This takes place all in the name of re-discovering the truth. Usually when people approach learning they fail to realize that the first step is to often unlearn things that they have been taught. It’s often a case of “a full pot can’t be filled!”.
I’ve met people with a host of determined ideas besides the idea of simply being a student. I’ve had people tell me how they desire to be taught even though they had no knowledge of what they wanted to learn. I’ve had people expect me to assume a Teacher relationship to them through subtle inference in order to avoid feeling ashamed from asking for my help. I’ve had people desire to learn for the purposes of locking it in a safe, taking advantage of the poor & ignorant, becoming rich or to be idolized!
I’ve always said that my life reflects the state of my heart and the expression of my mind. Nothing more or nothing less. Success is rooted in this basic understanding. The Culture we live should be fashioned to Free us from any negative vices that prevent us from being a positive asset to ourselves, our family, our community, the human family and the world at large. Our Culture serves as a repository of ideas that forge a system of values that define our world-view and shape our reality. These values express themselves through a language, diet, way of dress and behavior towards eachother and the world.
If the Culture you live does not serve a positive self/collect interest, then you should consider what re-adjustments need to be made in order to serve these interests. Culture serves as a skeletal structure to support the preservation and prosperity of a collective body of people in partnership with the Planet. From this perspective, it is easy to understand that the masses of people suffer from a collective insanity! Anytime that a person continues to use a language, diet, dress and behave in a way that is clearly destructive to themselves and others, this is insanity! Some people will die today holding on to a tradition that died 2,000 years ago.
I am not promoting the concept that we should discard “all” the things that we have learned. I am simply saying that to embrace the “be like water” concept that Bruce Lee built about from a “Cultural” context is not a bad thing. We must be fluid yet firm and often times “like a fine mist” in our thinking, all the while maintaining who and what we are. We can’t be afraid to learn something new nor to utilize different approaches to solve problems. In the process we’ll discover many things about ourselves and the world that we simply did not see. And to my Universal Family, this is especially true with us. I think that sometimes some of us live this Culture “traditionally” in a way that we conceptualize and follow “The Father’s” legacy like it’s the Hadith! It must be understood that many of The Father’s methodologies were innovative during his time in much of the same way that we need to be innovative! I am speaking on the “methodology” of teaching not the teaching itself. Like my brother I-Majestic built about in his blog about Dipset, “people often like to be around negative people because it’s more fun to be around them!”. That’s all wise indeed!
I’m gonna end this with an experience I once had. I used to go to a few Rally’s that were held at a park out in Bethlehem (Buffalo, NY) on Saturday’s. On one occasion it was organized by this God who rested out there and it was on a Saturday in the Summer. It was a beautiful day, brisk wind, sunny and just one of those days that make you smile. The park was small and there were more than 30 children (boys and girls ages 6-13) playing there, running around, in the sand box, they were everywhere! It was wonderful seeing them just enjoying themselves and it made me smile. Anyway, off from all the activity I see this heavy, dark figure at a picnic table with stacks of books weighing it down. With his head down reading, and dressed like he just came back from a Southern Christian Leadership Conference, it’s the God he called together the Rally! Now I was so turned off that I passed right by him and went to play chase with the seeds, and yeah the irony is the fact that it started at the “Wisdom” hour. I said all of that to say this, let’s not be corny wit this. I know I have been at times and still do but I check myself about it by laughing at myself with the knowledge that life is colorful and full of vitality! Shiiiittttt, I had locks for 6 years and decided to cut them a few months back when (among other things) I realized that my teaching method was coming off like some Daz Efx shit to my students in my program!!! I had to re-invent myself in order to be proficient in what I do.