"In light of knowledge attained, the happy achievement seems almost a matter of course, and any intelligent student can grasp it without too much trouble. But the years of anxious searching in the dark, with their intense longing, their alterations of confidence and exhaustion and the final emergence into the light -- only those who have experienced it can understand it."~Einstein
Friday, June 2, 2017
SANKOFA – Return and Take It Back!
I have been using as the Spirit
has impressed upon me the word SANKOFA. Living in Ghana, West Africa, I assumed
the people were very familiar with the word Sankofa. However, this was an assumed
misconception on my part. Therefore, I have not elucidated on the word; only a few lines to let foreigners
and my people in the States know briefly what I meant when I used Sankofa and
to keep from getting to wordy.
The Spirit merely gives us humans
impressions, filtered from a divine language into our 3-D limited language that we can
understand. We must therefore take those
impressions and thoughts; put them into words, in hopes that readers and listeners
would make a concerted effort to do their own studies being led by Spirit, to
receive what is best for them in their Life-Purpose.
I realized the ignorance of the populous
who do not know the meaning of Sankofa when a pastor asked me to define it. I
then asked those Ghanaians of whom I came into contact with who were at a total
loss of what I was asking. It was shocking to me that an African who lives in
Ghana; who teaches the people of Ghana, did not know what Sankofa meant. Yet, not surprisingly enough, I have found
that many religious leaders are at a total loss as to who not only they are but
who G-D is. Not Africans only. I believe 90% of religious leaders all over the
world are at a loss as to who G-D truly is. As a result, of this ignorance,
many Africans have been lost within a colonized System of brainwashing and
white-washing that is totally adverse to their nature, culture and spirituality.
This ignorance came through the domination of Christianity that was forcefully inoculated
upon them by their colonizers. I call this the colonization-slave mentality
because this ignorance not only penetrates the minds of those in Africa but those
of Diaspora as well.
Sankofa, I believe is the most
powerful word in the Twi–Fante (pronounced as tree) language. Sankofa is more
than a word. It is a concept. This concept of Sankofa derived from king
Adinkera of the Akan people of West Africa. Sankofa holds the power of the
Mysteries of our Ancestors—the Ancients of Days. Sankofa is expressed in the
Akan language as “se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki.” To translate means: “it is not taboo to go
back and fetch what you forgot”.
SANKOFA: “San” means to return. “Ko” means go. “Fa”
means to seek, look and take.
The Adinka symbol is based on a mythical
bird with its feet firmly planted forward with its head turned backwards with
an egg in her beak. It also refers to the Asante Adinkra symbol represented
with a stylized heart. Thus, the Akan
believes that the past serves as a guide for planning the future. To the Akan,
there is wisdom in learning from the past to ensure a strong future. The Akans believe
that there must be a collective movement in learning new things with the
passing of time; therefore, an evolution of consciousness and spiritual
awareness. In this journey called life as one proceeds to march forward, the
knowledge of the past must never be forgotten.
This forgotten knowledge has been implanted
in our DNA held within our Innate, the Akasha Records that holds a conglomerate
of all the information one needs to regain memory of who they are and why they
are here on this earth. Within our
Innate is the power and knowledge of who we humans are!
To Sankofa, is to seek and uncover
enlightenment. Sankofa teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to
move forward. We should reach back, tap
into our Innate to pull down the best of
what our past has to teach us, in order for us to achieve our full potential as
we move forward. Whatever we have lost, forgotten, forgone, or been stripped of
can be reclaimed, revived, preserved, and perpetuated. This the Spirit has revealed
to me is called Restoration.
When I hear my people say let’s
forget the past and when White people say ‘just get over it’ lets me know that
they are dwelling in darkness, chaos and spiritual unawareness. Even
psychologist says that in order to heal mentally that one must recall previous
forgotten memories that impede ones growth and mental stability. Humans must be primaled of all the old negative
energies in order to heal mentally, physically and spiritually.
Visually and symbolically, Sankofa
is expressed as a mythic bird that flies forward while looking backward with an
egg in its mouth. The egg symbolizes
ones future, creative abilities, life and spiritual fertility. Therefore, in
order to understand our present and ensure our future, we must know our past.
The African people have a richly
diverse culture. This culture has always been portrayed into pictorial symbolism. This can be seen in Egyptian Hieroglyphics
and Sumerian Cuneiformas well as the Sankofa Heart and Adinkra symbols. These
symbols tell the story and the history of the Ancients of Days. They left Africans
these symbols of Mysteries that we would not lose our way. These symbols were
most often translated and expressed in various African Proverbs. I like to say that the writing is on the wall.
These proverbs provide insight and enlightenment of our Ancestors and a cultural
view of Ancient societal experiences, values and ethics. They hold the Mystery
of the Power of our Ancestors that has been imbued within the soul/spirit of
the African. This is what religion has taken from the African.
Africans did and have lost their
way as evil forces devised their demise and destruction through bondage and the
African Holocaust. Those who were not killed were conformed and controlled
through their way of life call Christianity. Thus, Africans home and abroad
have lost the Way and continue in bondage
of a religion that was forced upon them making them powerless, afraid, confused
and detached from the Most High Creator.
Even before the Transatlantic
Slave Trade ensued, Christianity was used to control and subdue the African;
those who were chained and shipped to other countries and those left behind
Most slaves were primarily taken from Senegal, Gambia, Ghana,
Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Benin before making their end journey to the “New
World” or North America. A large number of Akans were taken as captives to the
Americas, and many people of African descent in the Americas have partial Akan
ancestry, especially Jamaicans. As the Africans and Sankofa made its way to the
United States has since been coined by Diaspora scholars to mean “remembering
our past, to protect our future” within the African-American culture. In
addition to being used on adinkra cloth in Ghana, the Sankofa heart is a common
design on gates in the United States commonly upside down.
Those Africans who were taken as
slaves from these countries during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade were known as
the ethnic group Akan. This is why they want you to forget! This is why
Africans must remember! This is why Africans must Sankofa. This is why the
Shift in spiritual consciousness of Restoration! I tell you the Ancients of
Days have sent your Moses to deliver the African from bondage! We are called
the New Man. We are the Enlightened One’s who channel truth and revelation from
ZION. We are on mandate to release love and light to restore Africa “beyond Her
former beauty”. The choice to open up and receive rests upon each of you. The choice to return to the Ancient Way is yours.
For over 400 years, many Africans
maintain a convoluted way of life that is not conducive to their African
culture or their divine godly nature. Just as many do not know who they are and
have forsaken the ways of the Ancestors. African religious leaders perpetuate
the European agenda by keeping Africans under the yoke of bondage out of greed
and ignorance. The African way of life
is rich. Yet have been misconstrued, even by Africans, for decades.
The Way of the Ancients were
demonized and made taboo by African invaders. This they did because they did
not know the African Creator. They lacked the understanding of a royal
people. They lacked knowledge of African
culture and African spirituality. Yet, those greedy enemies of a beastly
European mindset who declared the African heathens coveted the power of the
Ancients of Days and African spirituality. They then set about forcing the Africans
into their way of life; sequestering from the African the true power and
knowledge of the Ancestors of which they themselves sought.
They plagiarized from the Ancients
of Days, giving the African another White man to lord over the African and
forced you to call him savior. Yet what were Africans save from? With all of this, they continually take,
raping Africa’s resources, yet they have failed to bring anything truly useful
or allow technology that would restore
the brilliance and innovative genius of the African to once again become the
leading trading, thriving, industrial force in the World.
Africans, it is time to leave that
old paradigm behind; that negative colonization energy of the false religious
concepts forced upon the Ancestors that conformed Africans to an alien way of
life. The Ancients of Days have open the portals of knowledge of a new
spiritual energy that will build pyramids of
Restoration of Africa and Africans back to their brilliance and that
inherent power of the Ancestors that was lost.
It is time to rise from the open
sewers of disrepair and servitude of a way of life that has been forced upon
you that is not you and is totally contrary to your rich divine and powerful
inheritance. The Ancestors are bidding
you to rise; to take back; to receive all that has been taken from you. “It is
not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind!” "Go back and get
it!" It is time to SANKOFA! Catch
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