What is Evolution?

“We began as a mineral.
We emerged into plant life, and into the animal state, and then into being human, and always we have forgotten our former states, except in early spring when we slightly recall being green again.
That’s how a young person turns towards a teacher.
That’s how a baby leans toward the breast, without knowing the secret of its desire, yet turning instinctively.
Humankind is being led along an evolving course, through the migration of intelligences, and though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream, and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.”
— The Story of Evolution
Rumi, 13th Century


Kwanzaa: Ujamaa

Habari Gani?

Cooperative Economics.

"To build our own businesses, control the economics of our own community and share in all its work and wealth."

During Kwanzaa (the Japan edition 2010), held in Tokyo, it became evident to me that as members of the African Diaspora living in a foreign (predominantly light skinded) land it became increasingly important that we all work together to build our own (albeit small) communities within Japan, our home away from home.

Pooling resources, supporting each other financially and otherwise seems to be the only way to help each other out of our individual turmoils.
But how can we do this without trust? And how do we learn how to trust each other if we can't learn how to love each other?

Cooperative Economics is as much about pooling funds and resources as it is about cooperating with each other, understanding each other and giving assistance to those in need. There is strength in numbers and Unity in strength.


Nadya Dee

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Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."