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 toward 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

1.06.2011

Kwanzaa: Kuumba

Habari Gani?

Creativity

"To do always as much as we can, in the way that we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful than when we inherited it."
At our 1st Annual (?) Kwanzaa Potluck Dinner in Tokyo we decided to exercise our creativity by playing instruments. However, considering NONE of us gathered in that space were actually able to operate said instruments it was, as my friend described, "creativity through chaos"
aka a hot loving mess! LOL
But what stood out for me (more than the clashing of random sounds) was how we all were able to come together, all members of the African Diaspora in a foreign land, and enjoy each others company. In fact, the most harmonious part of the entire night was how we all seemed to laugh in sync with each other. I swear, there were people on the floor on their hands and knees, water running out of eyes as we all doubled over in a wave of complete and utter hilarity. To this day I am not 100% sure what exactly we were laughing about. Shit, I'm not sure any of us knows what the joke was in the first place. There were so many. A true spirit of fellowship and Unity.
The Kwanzaa spirit.
iNi
Nadya Dee

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."