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A Pertinent Paradox: Lessons From The Spirits of Nature

19 Aug

If you live on earth this post will be of interest.

Photo by Ron Lach

Along our continuing journey into nature spirituality, and after a challenging couple of years for one and all, we decided to have our annual gathering to honour the change of season, to remember our bloodline ancestors, and to treat ourselves to a coastal staycation on the south east coast. We were looking forward to the event and to inviting members of Blue Water Family to join us to conduct an ocean front ceremony. This was before the ancestors and the spirits of nature decided to show us another way of honouring them. For example, this happened in stages:

The first stage was the scorching heat, which although we welcomed for all the associated health benefits, we became aware that there were a number of water management challenges which have since been highlighted, here in the UK.

The second stage was the realization, that the South East coast line has been particularly negatively impacted, by water management issues and beach pollution, not just this year, but as an ongoing issue.

The third stage was that although the location we chose to honour Orisa Olokun during the September Equinox, is on the list of locations which have been highlighted by the UK Environmental Agencies for mismanagement of sewage disposal on the coast, we now have an opportunity to become aware of concerns, which are usually associated with developing countries, with limited resources. The UK is not a developing country. The resources are not limited. What is happening on our coastline here in the UK is avoidable. We are shocked and horrified at the level of mismanagement which is taking place.

The forth stage is that we have an opportunity to do something about this environmental disaster. When you know better you can do better! And to this end we contacted a number of like minded groups and will be participating in the the regular clean up initiatives across the country here in the UK.

The fifth stage is to invite you to join us on this endevour to protect our planet with the various clean up activities that are available. Click on the link to find out more. You will be directed to Beach Cleans: Million Mile Clean Up Campaign

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Life Prosperity Health and Happy Orisa Ogun Day

3 Jan

To all our readers, listeners and membership participants. Team Blue Water Family would like to take this opportunity to wish for you, all the life affirming gifts that you wish for yourself:

Life Prosperity and Health to you in 2022 and beyond.

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Happy Learning About Knowledge of Self and The Universe

African Indigenous Knowledge System spans the entire globe and came out of the continent, where the first peoples emerged. The spirits of nature are prominent from north to south, from east to west and are called by many names. Blue Water Family focuses on the Orisa and finds continuity with what was practiced in ancient Kemet. Come on a journey with us and practice these ancient spiritual technologies which are available for you to learn today, right now. Click on the access link and use your gift coupon code before January 31st to get your 29% discount.

Cultural Retention

15 Oct

CULTURAL RETENTION refers to the traditions, practices, beliefs and taboos of a nation. Those nations who are fortunate enough to be able to view their family tree for several decades and centuries will have a secure sense of who they are, in relation to their heritage.

LOSS OF TRADITIONS FEAR AND NEGATIVE REACTIONS:People of African heritage, especially those in the diaspora, on the whole do not have the advantage of knowing what their direct linage might be. There are programs available in some locations, to support what is known as ‘Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome’. The interrupted journey of several generations of Africans have had a devastating impact on all who have been affected. The generation whose ancestors were the enslavers, are fearful of those whose ancestors were enslaved. There is resentment and fear and mistrust and in some cases an unwillingness to acknowledge what has happened and how it affects all of us now, in all areas of life. It is a mess!

A COMING TOGETHER THROUGH AFRICAN TRADITIONS: We can not change the past, but we can do what we can, to mitigate the pain and suffering, which has carried on through genetic memory and other channels. Cultural retention is one sure way to reclaim what has been lost. African Traditional Religions are well established in Africa and the Americas. There is now a growing interest in Europe, Asia and Oceana.

IFA ORISA ON THE RISE: For example, in 1981, Professor Wande Abimbola founder of Orisa World Foundation claimed that 100 million people from individual and institutional organisations in over 50 countries adhere to Ifa Orisa culture and traditions.

BLUE WATER FAMILY ACADEMY can be added to the growing trend of forums providing access to knowledge of African Traditional Religions. To this end, we have created access to a practice based forum for those who are new to nature spirituality and specifically, those who want to learn more about Ifa Orisa spirituality. This will be helpful, especially to those who are searching for a way to connect to something bigger than themselves. If you are so inclined take action and gain access to the practice based training courses, which are now available.

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Sun of the Middle Reflections

24 Sep

During these interesting and challenging times, do you need a reason to celebrate? If so, there are four times a year when the earth rocks back and forth in relation to the sun. These movements defines the seasons. Have a listen to the podcast on the Orange Feather Podcast series, focusing on the Sun of the middle. Find out why knowledge of self and the universe is an important aspect of your survival. When you decide that you are ready to learn more, click on this link and visit Blue Water Family Academy

Reflections on Ethiopian New Year 2021

11 Sep

The 11th of September is Ethiopian New Year. And as we know, the way we choose to mark time is not set in stone. Time can be marked using the configurations of lunar, stella and solar movements across the heavens. When we acknowledge that Africa is the cradle of humanity, culture and civilisation, it will not take a stretch of the imagination to accept that Africans across the continent found rudimentary and more complex ways to mark time.

For example, the Ishango bone was carved in the Congo c23,000 BCE and is widely accepted as the oldest mathematical tool, possibly used in a number of ways including a lunar device to measure the female menstrual cycle. The Julian calendar which is used by the Ethiopians, was commissioned by Emperor Julius Caesar and was written by mathematician and astronomers Sosigenes of Alexandria, a native East African of the Nile Valley in 45 BCE.

The Gregorian calendar which is currently the dominant mode of time keeping internationally, is 7 years ahead of the Julian calendar, which is the one followed by the Orthodox Christian Community, led by Ethiopia. Ethiopia has the oldest religious books of the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). Ethiopia was once seen as one of the most religiously tolerant nations. Ethiopia was not colonised by Europeans because ordinary men and women came together to defend their way of life and their freedom to live in peace. Ethiopia is the seat of the African Union. Ethiopia is a symbol of unity for Africans internationally.

Ethiopians Working Together

Journalist Zeinab Badawi reporting in Ethiopia

Ethiopian Religious Art

Enkutatash Meskerem 1st 2014

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Respecting Yourself and The Natural World

6 Sep

BLUE WATER FAMILY IS A GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE FORUM SHARING KNOWLEDGE OF SELF AND THE UNIVERSE: What does this actually mean? The ancients reminded us to get to know ourselves, not just at a superficial level with how we look, or how we feel, but who we are in the wider scheme of things. Most indigenous knowledge systems teach this aspect of life, as a fundamental part of their spiritual practice: and it is up to the individual to make an effort to know these things, if they are so inclined.

WHAT IS NATURE SAYING TO US? Over the years, months and most recently, we are seeing anomalies in nature, such as an increase in floods, forest fires, toxic algae blooms rising to the surface and causing deaths and more. A distressing state of affairs and a reminder that we do not know all that there is to know about our planet. All who are experiencing hardship at this time we send our condolences and blessings.

ANOTHER CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: For this new moon reflection be reminded that It’s always good to wipe the slate clean during this lunar phase. What’s next for you? What lessons are you learning about yourself, about others, about your planet and your place within the universe? Reflect on this in your quiet time.

HUMANITY AND THE CYCLE OF LIFE: Be reminded that we are part of the natural world. The more we show respect to each other and the natural world, the more we will be living in harmony with our purpose. Ask yourself if this is happening in your world and the world around you. You may have more control about what you choose to do, but be reminded that you do not have control over what others are doing. Neither should you seek to interfere in the destiny of others. We can lead a human to knowledge but we can not make them think. This is just one of the ways to travel light.

NEW TRAINING ALERT: A series of nature spirituality training courses will be available soon, for those who want to deepen their knowledge about Ifa Orisa and how to work with the spirits of nature for themselves, for others and for the planet. Click on the link below and add yourself to the waiting list to be alerted when enrollment begins.

Here is a link Rebirth into Ifa Orisa Spirituality for beginners

Be well and look after yourselves.

Thank You 2020 Halo New Earth #3

1 Jan

As an Independent Researcher into indigenous nature spirituality in general and African indigenous knowledge in particular, I am grateful for all that I continue to learn, from the gentle power of the natural world. If the past 12 months have taught us anything at all, it is the importance of self reflection. Developing your power of thought, is the most important exercise you could engage in at this time. Remember if you don’t use it, it will atrophy.

Whilst doing one of my time and space reconnaissance, it occurred to me that, its the simple things in life, that will help us to navigate to dry land, during this quantum hurricane season. And the safest place to be right now, is in the safety of your wise-mind. The free webinar is no longer available.

Gain access to a training course, on ways to show gratitude for your life and make meaningful plans for the future. Click on this link.

Happy Sun of the South also called December Solstice

22 Dec

When we decide to bring harmony into our lives, it is imperative that we acknowledge the importance of learning from nature. The idea of “As above, so below” is what we should keep in mind. Each nation has their own story of the sky. However the physical movements in Astronomy is what guides these fables and predictions. Today the planet has tilted away from the sun in the northern hemisphere, with a corresponding tilt towards the sun in the southern hemisphere. As the sun is now in favour of the south, they are having summer, as we are tilted away from the sun in the northern hemisphere, we are experiencing winter. For more information click on this link https://www.patreon.com/AmunetHall

This video is about the December Solstice. Read the full article and download your Sun of the South December Solstice Greetings card on https://www.patreon.com/AmunetHall

What is on Your 2020 Time-Line?

17 Dec

We are three weeks into the final month of 2019, a new decade beckons and we are here on the eve of the 2020’s. With each decade comes new ideas. Which significant changes will you be incorporating into your life? Which changes will you be giving a wide birth? Who has surprised you in a good way, or may have challenged your view of them? Have you surprised yourself in any way? Perhaps this is a rhetorical question: you are one of seven billion and counting and change is the only constant, for ourselves, our planet and the universe. It is no secret that our existence on earth, has been thwarted by problems which are self initiated, or caused by environmental, political, social or economic concerns: indeed, some of these issues are in our control, others may not be. And when we attempt to harmonise our gifts and talents with the needs of society, success will be waiting to degrees on a scale of our own making.

How have you been using your time over the last decade? In other words, you have had access to what we call 10 years or 120 months or 3,650 days. These bench marks have been shared with you as a reminder, to make plans for the next new decade using your daily allocation of 1,440 daily minutes. Get excited its going to be great. 

What are your dreams, your goals, your talents? Have you found out why you are here? If not, now might be a good time to investigate. Find your teachers and journey guides. Ask for their help. Outline a plan of how you will help yourself. Explore what the pitfalls might be in all that you put into place.

Who are your kindred spirits, who will journey with you? Have you found them yet? So much to do to fit into our time here on earth. And When you create your own questions to customise your results, you will know what you have to do. Journaling is a good way to review how you have spent your time and how best to use your gifts and talents going forward. So the question is, what are you getting ready to do? What have you decided to put into your 2020 timeline?

To get a copy of your 2020 Timeline Checklist, click on this link and gain access here.

Obatala The Father of All Orisa

15 Jan

PROGRAMME 2018

 

OBATAL’S FESTIVAL

A number of Orisa festivals are held throughout the year. The annual Obatla festival in Ile Ife, Osun State, South Western Nigeria, is held during the second and third weeks of January. Devotees and tourists alike, congregate at the Temple of Obatala and surrounding locations in Ile Ife, from all over the world.

This year the dates are from January 15th to the 28th. See an example of the programme of activities above.

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