This time of year of the Odunde [Harvest Season] of Ancestral rites and traditions is very potent with an expressed call to action from our inner sanctum to the divine forces of nature. As a lot of my folks might say "It's a LOT goin' on", so cleaning and cleansing rites are in order. There's the physical cleaning, and then there is more importantly one's Spiritual hygiene. For these matters, no agency would ever be more divinely proficient than that of my Ancestors, I know for certain that they help me to hold such a countenance of peace and alignment within.
"Somebody has to be a demonstration to us that, who you are just as you are, no matter where you are is okay, and that you can take those pieces of where you are right now and have peace with them. Somebody has to be a demonstration that we're not put here to suffer..." ~Iyanla Vanzant, APR2015-Oakland
I work to claim the trials of my busiest days as triumphs and treat myself to precious moments of solitude near water, when possible. Water quiets the mind's chatter, cleanses the residual of the day and depending upon how deep your moment, can clear another area of your heart's chambers. At times, challenges may arise from adversarial comments or expectations from loved ones as to how you move in your walk, or how you conduct your life, leaving no room for human error. [self-check]
"Juneteenth" Egun shrine by
Awon Ohun Omnira, Oakland, CA
"You have the right to the take the path and the calling that's on your heart." ~Iyanla Vanzant
Nature makes me smile often responding quickly, re-routing my steps to witness a spiritual benchmark or experience an unexpected joy in the day like a #secondline parade. Yet, participating in my life's passion brings me unspeakable joy, one that I care to live and know EVERYDAY. [sigh] God is Good! When life delivers such gifts of fulfillment, I am fueled with a high threshold of gratitude and don't hesitate to amplify it with high praise giving thanks to Olodumare and my Ancestors.
What I know is, that when I am engaged in doing what I love, and working with loving people of extraordinary vision it sheds light upon my walk. Folks with strong vessels of capacity, who forgive, pray and love together honoring those whose we belong to, sweetly delivers blessed assurance.
And so, I remain on the rite path and will just keep on walking -- might even break into a sprint, like a gold medalist running right alongside the Gazelles, in FULL FORCE. #RiteOn
Regina Califa | @nzoCALIFA
Nzo Califa Dance Works
"...where Dance lives and SPIRIT moves."