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This week we should be focusing on what keeps us grounded and also what is the root of our thoughts and actions. We live our lives with motivation and intent, these drivers or base instincts are how we view and respond to everything that we experience.
We are born with two basic instincts “Fight or Flight” (Survival of self) and “Creation” (Survival of the species). Everything else is acquired knowledge and information and our first responses are ‘my safety’ and ‘what do I make of this’. The same goes for our actions, self protection and creation.
We all talk about destiny and living our truth, we believe we have a plan to live up to and spend most of our lives trying to establish what that purpose is and then to live it to the fullest. Did we make a covenant with our soul? An agreement to do or be a particular type of person? To follow a path that benefits not only us but mankind. To honour and respect, self, family, the earth and her bounty.
We may have all those instincts but the ‘knowing’ of what to do comes from our childhood, family and home connections. When we are little we use our elders as our role models. We learn to think and do, as they do. We inherit their wealth of experience and we feel the bonds of blood, we begin to position ourselves in the world. We create an identity based on what is around us and our experiences. This pattern then becomes the filter that we measure all our own experiences against.
So what happens to those that are less fortunate, those that have negative grounding in their formative years. (Birth to ages 5-7). Some through their own soul contract feel the need to change what they have learnt to living a life that is more aligned to their own inner voice. Others live out the negative influence and manifest through their actions – anger, aggression, addictions, obsessions, depression, sadness and pain from abandonment issues… the list goes on.
We can change – we have a need to change to be in accordance with our authentic selves … but it takes a fair amount of effort and conscious living to bring about those changes. We don’t have to follow a traditional path – we can find our own solutions and conventions. People see us and treat us exactly as we allow them!
Starting with the basics – Ask yourself the following
- What patterns did you inherit from your family?
- Do you have a personal code of honour/ laws or rules you live by? What are they?
- What are your fears? Where in your body do you feel them?
- What do you believe your rights to be? How/what do you project?
- How connected do you feel to ….humanity, your family, the divine?
If you didn’t have good role models in your development years, you may want to look at other people that have had a positive impact on your life. These are people who have left an indelible impression on your concept of self. They could be distant family members, friends or colleagues. These people can determine whether you live consistently with your authentic self or live a counteractive life which is controlled by your ‘manufactured’ self and limits or destroys who you really are.
The lesson is that we are all one, that we are part of all that is, and that is happening, to us and around us. We should live our lives with harmony and balance and discover that which brings us the greatest peace and fulfills our Covenant.
Don’t just Survive, be Creative in how you live your life.
Ngoma Lungundu (The Drum of the Dead)
Oral history has it that during the late 17th century, a powerful Karanga-Rodzvi clan called Singo migrated south from central Zimbabwe, crossed the Vhembe River (Limpopo) and settled in the land of Vhangona. According to some written accounts, the Singo were Karangas who broke away from the Changamire Rodzvi.
In VhaVenda oral tradition, the Singo Kings had a sacred drum so great in size that it required six men to carry it. This drum was known as Ngoma Lungundu, the “drum of the dead” or Mwari (the Great God of the Singo).
Since it was believed that the Lemba were beyond reproach, they were tasked by Mwari to carry the drum south. They were also given strict instruction that that the drum was never to touch the ground. At night the drum had to be suspended from a tree. Sometimes when it appeared the drum was beating by itself, it was said that the ancestor-god Mwari is playing it.
Ngoma Lungundu was believed to be the spear and shield of the Singo that would protect them on their journeys. The king worked miracles with this drum because it had magical powers. When beaten by the king in times of threat, the drum would protect the people against attack and allow them to defeat their enemies. The drum struck such fear into enemies’ hearts that they fainted, fled in terror, or died. Through conquest the Vhangona came to revere and fear this sacred instrument. When beaten in times of drought, the drum would bring rain.
This group is believed to have descended from Semitic (Arab) traders who entered Africa around 696AD. The Lemba believe themselves to be Black Jews, descendants of the lost tribe of Israel.
Professor Tudor Parfitt (Modern Jewish Studies – University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) analysed the DNA of the Lemba, and showed that many Lemba males have a Y chromosome that is also found among the male descendants of the Jewish priesthood (part of the Levite tribe) in Israel. He also concluded in his book (The Lost Ark of the Covenant: Solving the 2,500 Year Old Mystery of the Fabled Biblical Ark ) that the Ark of the Covenant was among other things a drum which had been led out of Jerusalem by Israelites in about 586 BC before the Babylonian invasion.