The Black Butterfly Effect

‘The Black Butterfly Effect’ is a process of transforming your MIND, in order to transform your LIFE!

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When I painted ‘Black Butterfly’ in 2009, I had just started learning how to meditate in order to control my negative thinking patterns (I was in a deep state of meditation when I painted it!).  I was also studying Universal Laws; that your thoughts go out into the universe and leave an impression.  The more you have the same thought, the deeper the impression becomes.  These thoughts are eventually reflected back to you as your life (good or bad).

As a result of learning this, I began to really focus on managing my thoughts, and what I wanted to create (as opposed to what I didn’t want).

I wrote my poem ‘The Black Butterfly Effect’ in 2012 while going through a ‘Mind Fast’.  The poem uses the imagery of a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly, to explain the process of transforming your mind:

First, you must protect your subconscious mind from all negative influences that do not support your vision; then you must ‘go within’ and get clear about what you want to create.  As you’re going through this process you’ll find it difficult, because your mind and body are used to doing things a different way.  But the more you practice your new way of thinking, your mind and body will eventually catch up!

In January I completed The 30 Day Mind Detox in which I ‘cocooned’ myself from the outside world and focused on going within and getting really clear on what I wanted to achieve this year, and the years ahead.  Once I was clear, I created a Vision Board based upon my set intentions.  Already, things have started to MANifest!  I will share more about this later on this year, but for now, if you’d like to start the process of transforming your mind, begin by reading my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ (for brothers too!).  The main character goes through a complete transformation; of her mind, her relationship, and her Self-identity.

I’ve used the Adinkra symbol ‘Sesa wo Suban’ throughout the book, as it is the symbol of transformation:

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Are you ready to Transform?

Join Suzanne on her transformational quest for “The Truth!” about sex before marriage, the creative power of her thoughts, her African ancestry, and the history of the religion she had been indoctrinated into!    It includes her hair journey, the transformation of her relationship, and discovering True Love!  It is a beautiful Black Love story with lots of wisdom, which thousands of women and men can relate to. Start the journey by reading Year One FREE! (click on the link).

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Order your copy from www.lulu.com for only £9.99 (ships worldwide).

‘Black Butterfly’ features in Year One and Year Seven!

To view more of my art, and to order your art prints visit my Art Page!

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If you’re London-based, join us at the next Gida Live! on Friday 17th March (I’m hosting and performing!) for details visit my Events page ot click on the image below!

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Rise of the Feminine Energy

After asking God for ‘the Truth!’ in 2007, I exited the church,  and spent 3 years in the black ‘conscious’ community.

My conclusion was that both organizations suppress the Feminine Energy, and until the woman gains her rightful position in both organizations,  attendees of both will never achieve their full potential.

Religion was used to blame the woman for the fall of humanity, which allowed the establishment to become male-dominated, and to make women subservient to men.  It is the male ego that is the cause of most of the problems in the world today!

The masculine and feminine energies are different from each other, yet are meant to compliment each other.  The man and woman should stand side by side, not one ruling over the other.  Women are naturally more intuitive and receptive to spiritual guidance.  Men have the drive and strength to push things forward.  Men must have vision, while womben help to give birth to those visions.  In ancient Kemet (renamed Egypt by the Europeans after they invaded), the Queens reigned alongside their Kings, who relied on the women for counsel before making decisions.  Women held high positions throughout all African society.

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When Africa was invaded and colonized, the first thing Europeans did was to destroy the family, which was the core of the commUNITY.  As the woman was the nucleus of the family, they focused on breaking down her psyche, by destroying the image of her male counterpart, and her own image.

So today, our relationships are suffering because our women have lost their status and identity.

In order to restore our relationships, and our commUNITY, the womban must take her rightful place: alongside the man, not behind him, or under him.   Look at what Barack Obama was able to achieve with Michelle alongside him!

My Self-help book ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’ goes much deeper than the title.  It looks at how our past has affected the way we relate to each other today, and how even living in a Western society with Western ideals about relationships, is killing our family structures.

The subject of women looking like women but acting masculine came up time and time again, which even made me practice operating more in my Feminine Energy!  It will help you identify the root cause of your relationship issues so that you can heal, before seeking to attract your soulmate. By healing ourselves individually, we will heal our relationships, and ultimately our whole commUNITY.  You can download it FREE by subscribing, or if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow it from their lending library FREE!

TOMORROW (9th Feb): Book Signing & Discussion Event & Film Screening of ‘Southside with You’ (the story of Michelle and Barack Obama’s First Date!)

Join me at Harlesden Library from 5-7pm to discuss the topics raised in ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’.  If you’re not able to make the Book Signing, you can meet me at Regent Street Cinema where I’ll be performing my poem ‘R U The One?’ before the film starts!  (my books will also be on sale)

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If you are unable to attend you can listen to the poem here:

‘R U The One’ features in Year Five of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’, listen to more poems featured in the story on the Poetry page!

Visit my Events page for details of more Events coming up!

Hope to meet you at one of them!

P.S. You can also read the article I wrote exclusively for ‘Sisters Got Soul’ entitled ‘Love is a DIY Job!’

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The Truth about the Letter (featured in Year One)

In Year One of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ the main character Suzanne wrote a fearless letter to God asking all the questions the church couldn’t answer, and ended it by asking for “the Truth!”

She knew many of her brothers and sisters in Christ wanted to ask these same questions but were too scared for fear of God’s wrath, so she decided to stand in proxy for them.

The letter boldly questioned the Adam and Eve story, which opened the door for religion to make women subservient to men.  It also questioned the whole battle between God and the devil, which we, God’s creation, are supposedly caught in between.  The letter further questioned God’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ character; on one hand loving the world so much that He sent His only son as a blood sacrifice for our ‘sins’.  Yet on the other hand, the bible portrays God as this vengeful, jealous figure who had anger management issues.  Not only did He strike people dead with plagues, famine and war whenever he felt like it, He also supported groups of people in raping, plundering and killing others and stealing their land and inheritance.  Suzanne couldn’t relate to this second character, as she had only experienced God as Pure, Unconditional Love.

She asked why, even after praying in the name of Jesus, meditating on His word, and even fasting sometimes, she still had so many needs.  She had hit rock bottom when she wrote the letter, which marked a turning-point in her life.  She desperately wanted to figure out how to get her life to work.

Now, the truth about the letter:

While the letter was brilliantly constructed, it wasn’t something I took any time to sit and think about; it was an inspired letter that was ‘auto-written’, meaning I didn’t have to think about what I was writing, just like my inspired poems ‘Jesus Never Left You’, “Call Me By My Name!” (Jehovah), and “Look to Me!” (God’s reply to Suzanne’s letter which also features in Year One):

Reading the letter, you might wonder why God would inspire such questions.  The truth is, God was simply responding to the questions many of us have been asking in our heads but haven’t verbalized, because we’ve been told ‘not to question the infallible Word of God’ – as if God no longer speaks.

It was only after asking these questions that I began to receive the answers, and learnt ‘the Truth’, which I’m now sharing with you through this Self-help novel.  In fact, I had not intention of ever sharing the letter publicly, but when I started writing Year One, I was led to include the letter.  My response was “Are You sure?”.  I felt as if I was putting my life on the line by sharing it in the book, but surprisingly, many people have said they’ve asked the same questions!

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Start your own journey of Self-discovery, Self-healing, and discovering True Love by reading Year One FREE!

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Buy ‘Journey of a Sister’ for £9.99 and get my other Self-help book ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’ FREE! (P&P £3.99)

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Visit the Events page for information of Book Signing & Discussion Events where we will discuss the topics raised in my Self-help books!  TOMORROW (Sunday 29th Jan tune into The Beat Radio between 11.30am-1pm where DJ Elayne will be interviewing me about both books!

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Plant a seed for 2017!

2016 is coming to a close, and we have a lot to look forward to in 2017!

There is a time and a season for everything, and 2017 is a year of new beginnings, so plant a seed and lay your foundations to build upon for the next 9 year cylcle!

If you follow the Moon cycles, there are certain times to plant seeds; ethical farmers who are in tune with nature plant their seeds on the New Moon, and expect a harvest 6 months later.  We too can plant our spiritual seeds on a New Moon and expect a harvest 6 months later; TOMORROW (December 29th) is the last New Moon of 2016, what do you want to manifest in 2017?  (Focus on one thing!)

The New Moon is also a good time to release anything that no longer serves your Highest Good, and to welcome new and more expansive things that will help you fulfill your life purpose.

In Year 8 of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘, the two main characters Suzanne and Charles stumbled upon a little-known secret to sexual energy, and randomly planted a spiritual seed on a New Moon;  6 months later, they saw that seed MANifest!  Would you like to plant a seed tomorrow?  The most important part of the manifesting process is how you feel.  Spend some time first thing in the morning writing down what you would like to achieve in the next 6 months to a year.  Focus on how it will make you feel, and the impact it will have on those affected by your manifestation.  Write a clear Positive Affirmation stating your goal as if you have already achieved it.  Build a clear image in your mind of seeing yourself having already achieved that goal.

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Light a candle

In candlelight, write a strong, positive statement saying what you wish to release at the end of 2016 e.g. “I release all relationships which no longer serve my Highest Good”.   Then write your statement (in Present Tense) of what you wish to manifest in 2017, e.g. “I am now…” while feeling grateful that your wish is granted.

Once you are clear about what you desire to manifest in 2017, write it out clearly, focus on it for a while, visualize your goal as if it’s already achieved, and GIVE THANKS!  If you want to, you can burn it in the flames, which will send your wishes into the ether.

Don’t miss this opportunity to harness the power of the last New Moon in 2016, and to welcome in the new cycle with a positive, clear intention!

Join me on The 30 Day Mind Detox!

Would you like help with the process of preparing for this new cycle? Join us for 30 days of de-cluttering your mind and body, and setting clear intentions on what you wish to create in 2017, and a clear plan of how you’re going to do it! Take a peek of what to expect! For December only pay just £49.99 instead of £97! Click on the image below to sign up, and get a FREE signed paperback of ‘Journey of a Sister’ included in the price!

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Give a Kwanzaa Gift FREE!

If you’re looking for an alternative to Christmas (which is more about consumerism than the birth of Christ!) why not celebrate Kwanzaa with us this year?

What is Kwanzaa?

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Kwanzaa is originally an African-American concept which celebrates 7 Core Principles (Nguzo Saba), represented by a different candle each day.  It begins on the 26th of December, and ends of the 1st of January, culminating in a feast and an exchange of gifts. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa honors a different Principle; these Principles are  key to building strong, productive African families and communities.

Kwanzaa is based on year-end harvest festivals that have taken place throughout Africa for thousands of years. The name comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits of the harvest.” The Founder of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana “Ron” Karenga chose a phrase from Swahili because the language is used by various peoples throughout Africa.

Items Used During Kwanzaa:

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Meaning: mat
Action: The symbols of Kwanzaa are arranged on the mkeka, which may be made of straw or African cloth. It symbolizes the foundation upon which communities are built.

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Meaning: the candleholder, which holds seven candles
Action: It symbolizes stalks of corn that branch off to form new stalks, much as the human family is created.

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Meaning: the seven candles that represent the seven principles
Action: A different candle is lit each day. Three candles on the left are green; three on the right are red; and the middle candle is black.

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Meaning: the unity cup
Action: Celebrants drink from a wooden cup in honor of their African ancestors. Before drinking, each person says “harambee,” or “let’s pull together.”

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Meaning: fruits, nuts, and vegetables
Action: These remind celebrants of the harvest fruits that nourished the people of Africa.

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Meaning: ear of corn
Action: Traditionally, one ear of corn is placed on the mkeka for each child present.

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Meaning: gifts
Action: Traditionally, educational and cultural gifts are given on January 1, the last day of Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa flag

The Kwanzaa flag consists of three blocks, one in each of these colors. Green is for the fertile land of Africa; black is for the color of the people; and red is the for the blood that is shed in the struggle for freedom.

Poster depicting the seven Symbols of Kwanzaa:

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 The Seven Symbols of Kwanzaa and What They Mean:

Day 1: Umoja (oo-MOH-ja)
Meaning: Unity
Action: building a commUNITY that holds together

Day 2: Kujichagulia (koo-jee-cha-goo-LEE-yah)
Meaning: Self-determination
Action: speaking for yourself and making choices that benefit the commUNITY

Day 3: Ujima (oo-JEE-mah)
Meaning: Collective Work and Responsibility
Action: helping others within the commUNITY

Day 4: Ujamaa (oo-JAH-ma)
Meaning: Cooperative Economics
Action: supporting businesses that care about the commUNITY

Day 5: Nia (nee-AH)
Meaning: a Sense of Purpose
Action: setting goals that benefit the commUNITY

Day 6: Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah)
Meaning: Creativity
Action: making the commUNITY better and more beautiful

Day 7: Imani (ee-MAH-nee)
Meaning: Faith
Action: believing that a better world can be created for communities now and in the future

Colours

The colors of Kwanzaa are red, black and green. The Kwanzaa flag consists of three blocks, one in each of these colors. Three of the seven candles are red, three are green and one is black.

During the celebrations, candles are lit and libations are poured from a wooden cup. A libation is the name given to a ritual pouring of water or white rum as an offering to our ancestors.

A Kwanzaa ceremony often includes performances of music and drumming, a reflection on the Pan-African colors of red, green and black and a discussion of some aspect of African history. Women often wear brightly colored traditional clothing. Some cultural organizations hold special exhibitions of African influenced art and market stalls during the period of the celebrations.

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During Kwanzaa, celebrants greet each other with “Habari gani,” or “What’s the news?” The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa form the answers.

Celebrate Kwanzaa’s 50th Birthday With Us!

Kwanzaa is in its 50th yearand various organisations are putting on events to celebrate – I have stalls at two of them, where you can get two copies of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ for £9.99 – buy one get one FREE! Operate the 7th Principle of Kwanzaa and give your free one to a friend on January 1st!   (I’m giving away the first-fruits of the 1,000 books I had printed!)

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(Click on the flyers to be taken to the organisations websites)

If you are unable to attend any of these events you can still take advantage of my special Kwanzaa Offer, and get two books for the price of one!

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Start the Journey from Year One FREE! (← click to open PDF)

Get a signed copy of ‘Journey of a Sister’ FREE when you join me on The 30 Day Mind Detox (Starts 2nd January 2017)

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The Books Have Finally Arrived! BOGOF!

After a 4 week delay, the paperbacks of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘ have finally arrived!

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They’re now unpacked and ready to get to YOU!  The printers sent me 100 extra copies for the delay, so I’ve decided to pass it forward!

Kwanzaa Offer: Get two books for the price of one!

Kwanzaa is all about sharing the first-fruits of your harvest, so I’m giving away 100 free copies of the book!  Start the journey by previewing Year One FREE!

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Buy one for your Self, and get a FREE one for a friend  for just £9.99 (+ £4.99 p&p) – they make great gifts!

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If you read the First Edition (titled ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!’), you can now read what happened after the way  it ended, in The Sequel! (only in the paperback).  Also, the Second Edition includes my artwork in full colour, so you can benefit from the COLOUR THERAPY in them while you read!

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If you are on a journey of Self-discovery, this book is for YOU!   (That goes for men too!)

Read what others thought of the book

After writing the First Edition I discovered the root meaning of the word ‘fornication’.  When I was growing up in church, we were led to believe that fornication meant ‘sex before marriage’.  Read what it really means in  Year One FREE! (← click on the link to open PDF)

If you enjoyed the free read, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MY LIMITED KWANZAA OFFER  and purchase two copies of ‘Journey of a Sister’ for only £9.99 + £4.99 p&p (UK only, if you are outside the UK purchase your book from Lulu)

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Alternatively, pick up your books at these Kwanzaa Events!

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Read my blog post which explains what Kwanzaa is, and join us at two Kwanzaa events  on the 26th and 30th December, where you’ll be able to get the same offer (Buy One Get One FREE), and framed or laminated prints of my art! For addresses visit my Events Page!

Join me on The 30 Day Mind Detox and get my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ FREE! (Starts 2nd January 2017)

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FREE DOWNLOAD: How to Get the Ring On Your Finger & December Events!

Download  my Self-help book ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger‘ (with contributions from over 30 brothers) from Amazon!TODAY (Sunday) and TOMORROW FREE!

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Today I’m doing a Presentation at the Launch of Kings & Queens United on ‘Re-creating Our Bond’, based on ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger‘:

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I’ll also be performing my poem ‘R U The One?’ for the first time in a couple of years! This is a Dinner & Discussion type of event; the King/Queen theme features a lot in my books, poetry and art, so I was happy to accept the job of being Keynote Speaker! I will explain what it means to truly become a King or a Queen, and what we can do to re-build our Empire – our relationship! It’s not too late to  Book your ticket, which includes a Caribbean meal! The event starts at 4pm @ Xquisite Caribbean Bar & Restaurant, 7a Station Road, Tulse Hill SE27 9BW (right next to the station on the left)

Next Sunday: SAD Workshop @ Brixton Library Sunday 18th December 2-4pm

If you suffer from low energy, lack motivation and generally feel SAD at this time of the year (winter) read my blog post on how COLOUR THERAPY can help alleviate symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and come to my FREE workshop next Sunday! (Books and Art Prints will be on sale)

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Click on the image above to book your FREE ticket! For details of other events I’ll be at during December visit the Events page!

I look forward to seeing you at one of them!

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Leaving a Legacy & December Events!

Last week was an event-full week!

On Saturday I attended the Legacy Gala where we championed people within our community who were making a positive impact and leaving a legacy (maybe I’ll be included next year!)  An old friend of mine, Marlon ‘Kush’ Palmer received an award for his contributions to showcasing Black films over the last 20 years (I designed his very first logo!).

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I was interviewed at the Gala by ‘No Ordinary Woman’ Chat Show about my novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ – it was a coincidence that I’d only met the presenter Caz-Maz a few days earlier at the Mayor of Southwark’s Office! (That’s another story!)

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And last Thursday, I attended the Premier Screening of ‘Birth of a Nation’.  It wasn’t what I expected, as most of the film simply promoted white supremacy, and blatantly showed how the bible was used to subdue my ancestors and turn them docile.  I thought I was going to see an empowering film about revolution, but for me, ‘The Birth of a Nation’ was really about the birth of white supremacy through the enslavement of my ancestors.  As the descendant of an enslaved African, in my opinion, this film did nothing to empower me, and did nothing to honour my ancestors.

The bright side was, I had the opportunity to perform my poem “Who Am I?” before the film started.  It was befitting for me to perform this particular poem, because when I was in Ghana in November 2014, I performed this same poem in the dungeons where my ancestors were held in squalid conditions before being torn from their Motherland and shipped from Cape Coast (one of them was called ‘The Good Ship Jesus’).  I performed it right on the spot where my ancestors were held captive. It was also the 8th anniversary of my grandmothers passing:

It took me a year to write about my experiences in Ghana, but the last two chapters of my revised Self-help novel now titled ‘Journey of a Sister’ are based upon my experiences there. Get your paperback here (ships worldwide).

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Anyway, the following day (Friday), I went to see the play ‘So You Think I’m Crazy?’ at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham, North London.  Brilliant acting, which again portrayed the many ways my people are under psychological attack – this time through the Mental Health system.  Here’s a clip:

Religion, mainstream media, the food we eat, the music we listen to, and the (mis) education system, are some of the ways we battle psychological warfare.

Along my own Self-healing journey, I studied how the mind works in order to heal myself from depression and self-sabotage.  I learnt that our childhood programming determines how we think and act as adults.  As someone who was indoctrinated into a religion from a very young age, it took me years to un-indoctrinate myself.  On top of that, I’m still going through the process of re-programming my subconscious mind from the negative words and beatings I received as a child (that’s how deep it goes!)  I now know that the whippings my ancestors received were to break them down mentally in order to control them physically.  My parent’s generation were simply enacting their genetic coding of beating their children mercilessly, being emotionally detached from them, speaking negatively to them (e.g. “You are worthless/good for nothing/ugly…”), and taking them to church to be indoctrinated to be humble servants.  I am grateful for my upbringing, because that’s what has led me to the path I’m on today; to help my people ‘break free from mental slavery’.

Religion is a Mind Control tool.  When coupled with the slave mentality, it leaves our minds weak and susceptible to any suggestion made to them.  I seek to work with those who are raising the next generation, because as Frederick Douglas said, “It’s easier to raise strong children than to mend broken adults”. If you are committed to the process of healing, read my Self-help books!

After watching the film ‘Sankofa’ in 2010, I cried out to my ancestors and asked them what I could do to help my people heal.  The following morning, I played the guitar track and recorded ‘We Belong Together’ in my home studio (I recorded it first, then wrote it after – it was channeled!):

Since then I’ve also written ‘Journey of a Sister’ and ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’ (which has contributions from over 30 brothers).  Both books look at how our PAST has affected the way we relate to each other TODAY. They will help you begin the process of Self-healing, and help you build Self Love, Love for your race, Self-dignity and Pride in who you are.

These are the legacies I am leaving for my commUNITY, read them!  You can download ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’ FREE when you subscribe, or get both paperbacks signed by me from the Books page for only £14.99! (ships worldwide, Paypal will convert currency).

December Events:

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This Sunday I’m doing a Presentation at the Launch of ‘Kings & Queens United’, a new platform aimed at helping us ‘re-create our bonds’.   My interactive talk will be based on the topics raised in ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’, and I’ll also be performing my poem ‘R U The One?’  This is a Dinner & Discussion type of event, download the e-book of ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’ FREE, and come and join in the discussion!  Book your ticket here, which includes a Caribbean buffet meal!

SAD Presentation @ Brixton Library Sunday 18th December 2-4pm

Read my blog post on how Colour Therapy can ease symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and come to my FREE workshop! (Books and Art Prints will be on sale)

For details of other events I’ll be at during December visit the Events page!

I look forward to seeing you!

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Join me on the 30 Day Mind Detox Program HALF PRICE!

Recently I was going through some old journals and came across one from 2012, where I was going through a ‘Mind Fast’.  I was looking for the point where I switched from thinking predominantly negative thoughts to predominantly positive ones!

I used to suffer from constant bouts of depression, had low self-esteem, lacked belief in myself and my abilities, and as a result, was a blocked writer and artist for over 20 years, and kept attracting negative people and situations – because that’s how I felt about myself!

So I started the process of training my mind to think more positively, learnt how to meditate in 2009, and put my Self on my first ‘Mind Fast’ in 2012.  This involved blocking out anything that would make me feel ‘bad’ (such as the news), and replacing them with meditation, sitting in ‘the Silence’, repeating Positive Affirmations to myself, and creating SPACE in my mind for inspiration to flow in!

This is a process I go through at least once a year, and now I’ve been inspired to take YOU through the process too!

It was during this period that I was inspired to write my poem  ‘The Black Butterfly Effect’:

The 30 Day Mind Detox starts on the 2nd January 2017; the introductory price is £97, but for the first month, I’m offering it HALF PRICE (£49.99) and you’ll still get my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a SisterFREE!

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It will really help you through the process, as I’ve gone into detail about how to ‘change your mind’ in story form!

I look forward to you joining me, you have nothing to lose apart from your old ways of thinking!  There are only 50 places on the the course for January, secure your place for just £49.99 now:

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For full details about the 30 Day Mind Detox and to Preview the course click on this link 

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P.S.  I’m facilitating a FREE workshop at Brixton Library on Sunday 18th December to explain how Colour Therapy can help alleviate symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, for more information and to book your FREE place go HERE (or see previous post).  For details of more events I’m taking part in visit my Events Page!

I look forward to you joining me at one or both of them!

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Do you Feel SAD in the Winter? COLOUR THERAPY Can Help!

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During this time of the year when the clocks go back and the days are shorter, many people suffer from low energy levels, a lack of motivation, and general SAD feelings.

What is SAD?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression which makes some people who generally have good mental health throughout the year experience depressive symptoms, mainly in the winter.

Symptoms of SAD can include:

  • A persistent low mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal everyday activities
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • Feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
  • Going to bed much earlier than normal yet finding it hard to get up in the morning
  • Comfort eating and gaining weight

What Causes SAD?

According to the NHS website, ‘the main theory is that a lack of sunlight might stop a part of the brain called the ‘hypothalamus’ (also known as the Pineal Gland) from working properly.  The ‘hypothalamus’ is responsible for:

  • Production of melatonin– a hormone that makes you feel sleepy; in people with SAD, the body may produce it in higher than normal levels
  • Production of serotonin– Commonly referred to as the happy hormone, serotonin affects your mood, appetite and sleep; a lack of sunlight may lead to lower serotonin levels, which is linked to feelings of depression.
  • The body’s internal clock (circadian rhythm) – your body uses sunlight to time various important functions, such as when you wake up, so lower light levels during the winter may disrupt your body clock and lead to symptoms of SAD

It is also possible that some people are more vulnerable to SAD as a result of their genes, as some cases appear to run in families.’ (NHS website)

Why does SAD affect people of colour more than others?

People of colour are ‘people of the sun’.  We are designed to live in hotter climates, where the sun is out for most of the day.  With the lack of sunlight, the Pineal Gland isn’t able to function properly; it is further calcified by sodium fluoride in toothpaste, tap water, and products used on the skin and in food.

The main treatments offered by the NHS are:

  • Lifestyle measures, including getting as much natural sunlight as possible, exercising regularly and managing your stress levels
  • Light therapy – where a special lamp called a light box is used to simulate exposure to sunlight
  • talking therapies, such cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or counselling
  • antidepressant medication such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

The problem is, many people of colour are diagnosed as suffering from depression and offered SSRI’s, instead of being offered Vitamin D supplements, Light Therapy, or even COLOUR THERAPY (which isn’t even on their list!)

I used to suffer from SAD really badly, but in 2009 I intuitively healed myself by painting bright, vibrant paintings and hanging them on my walls (see my Art page!)  During that particular winter, I noticed while painting that I wasn’t getting any of my usual symptoms, which led me to study the benefits of colour on the MIND and EMOTIONS.

Come to my FREE Workshop at Brixton Library on December 18th where I’ll be explaining the benefits of COLOR THERAPY in more detail!

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This is a FREE event, but you must reserve your place on Eventbrite

You’ll also be able to get a signed paperback of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘ for only £9.99 which features all my artwork in FULL COLOUR, so you can benefit from the colour therapy in them while you read!  (Visit my Art Page to view more of my art!)

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Hope to see you there!

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