Be all that you can be

Page of iSibane - ConfdencePAGE of ISIBANE – People of the South – Key word – CONFIDENCE

This week is all about the beginning of opportunities that bring the changes you want in your life.  It’s a time to ‘follow your heart”. A time to feel free spirited and not be bogged down with baggage and issues.  Like a child see the world with passion and wonder.  Be on the lookout for the agent of transformation, it could be  a younger person, an event or perhaps its time to remember when you felt powerful and anything was possible – remember that energy and apply it to all that you think and do.

This is a great time for creation and conception of ideas, it a time for Aha moments when all seems to just fit and work. A bright idea that sparks a whole new journey of the soul, filled with passion and changes.  Be the creative visionary that you are.  Your ambitions are attainable, dream the dream in a perfect world then work out how you are going to achieve it.  Keep your ethics in check as you go forward with unlimited energy and enthusiasm.

Deal with your fears, know that the light within (umlilo) can show you the way.  Fear is a projection of something that has not happened and often we are simply turning away from ourselves.  Living your authentic life  can be scary, we know we have ability sometimes we just don’t know how to manifest it.  This is the week we will receive some clarity. Integrate your fears, work through them and emerge victorious. Be all that you can be.

This week is about fulfilling the dreams and desires you were born with, a time of new beginnings that will bring you into your personal power. Role play like you did as a child – experiment and imagine, rediscover the joy of life, savour the success.

Success comes from being diligent, work hard for what you want and stick with it.  Trust your own instincts and be self reliant.  You know you can do this.  Step out there with confidence, your attitude will inspire others.  Have courage and be mindful of the fears, find solutions to overcome.

Feel you need some help … start a daily ritual of meditation, prayer or simply set aside five minutes a day to contemplate your inner world. Write down your personal motto or vision – something to live by.  Trust your instincts, that little voice inside has no agenda but to keep you safe and on the path of your destiny.

As Walt Disney once said “If you can dream it, you can do it” and this is exactly what the Page of iSibane brings – confidence to achieve.

iTongo myth, legend, history

Gcaleka (c.1730 –1792) Prince Royal and successor to Phalo. The name Gcaleka is widely known for two reasons: one was the splitting of the tribe into two divisions1 and the other was that he became a Traditional Healer.

This action created suspicion amongst his people who could not accept that a leader could have ‘twin’ allegiances, and felt that there would no longer be peace in the realm.

Gcaleka graduated as a fully qualified traditional healer at Ngxingxolo, on the Kwelera River near East London. Oral tradition tells that one day, out on a hunt, the chief’s companion Mtukutu saw Gcaleka disappearing into a large pool of water. The approaching party were ordered back to the Great Place by Mtukutu with instructions to prepare for the chief’s reception.

A few days later the people went to the pool driving a herd of cattle and witnessed a series of events that have been described as miraculous. Upon arrival at the pool, a black and white spotted cow separated from the herd and entered the water. When the cow emerged she lay down at the spot Gcaleka had disappeared.

The cow was seized and slaughtered as a sacrificial offering to the Ancestral spirits, portions of the meat were roasted and shared, and a portion was left on the bank with the hide. Piece by piece the flesh moved into the water. The water became turbulent and a portion of the flesh was cast back to the bank by the spirits. The people gratefully accepted this meat, and then they placed a basket of tobacco, corn, pumpkins and sweet cane along with the remainder of the meat above the water hole, with it all disappearing into the pool.

After a time, Chief Gcaleka smeared with white ochre emerged from the water at the spot where the hide had disappeared. Returning home he was anointed with an infusion of herbs. In this manner, Gcaleka was initiated into the fraternity of Traditional Healers.

Gcaleka died around 1792 yet his name lives on through the tribe.


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