My Collaboration with a German Poet

When HeiligGeist DeutschChill contacted me on my Soundcloud  a year ago and asked if I’d collaborate on his prayer-poem ‘Silent Holy Knowing’, I thought “Why not?”

He’d produced the music for it, and wanted me to add the vocals.  We communicated mainly by email; he sent me the poem in Word text both in German and in English.    I asked him to record himself reciting the poem in German and English so I could get a feel of it, which he did – he didn’t know I would use them on the track!  :-)

I didn’t know him from Adam, and although I hadn’t been to church for years and my belief systems had changed, we didn’t let our different ideas on the concept of ‘God’ get in the way of us creating something beautiful together.

I told him I believed God wasn’t just a ‘He’ or a ‘Him’  (which he used quite a lot in his poem).   We debated the topic, but since it was his poem, written from his own belief system (why would a white man want to change his perception of God if it serves him, right?) I agreed to go along with it.  I come in about half way through:

This collaboration taught me that it’s possible to connect with anyone around the world in spirit, and not to allow your belief systems to prevent you from working with others with different beliefs to your own.

Another example of this was at a FREE event I attended recently called ‘Meet Your Genius’ held monthly by Ryan Pinnick.  We had to pair up with someone we didn’t know, and create a story together; Person A would say one paragraph, ending with “AND…” and Person B would have to pick up where person A left off.  I was teamed up with a young English lady, blonde hair, blue eyes.  The story we came up with (of a woman who lost her identity) was truly beautiful, and made me realize that no matter where we are in the world, no matter what our background, instrinically, we are all made up of the same stuff.

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There was a time when I would stay away from white people (no, seriously!) especially after learning how they treated my ancestors, but my universe is guiding me to be more open-minded.

I’ll always be pro-Black, but am keeping an open mind as to how I work with others on a spiritual level; I believe these two instances are lessons I am learning about the Truth of who we really are as a human race.

In my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’, the main character expands her consciousness to see every body as souls living in bodies, and realizes that if we don’t work together as a human race, we will self-destruct.

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When I first had the idea to write a novel, my original plan had simply been to write ‘Black Erotica’  (I wrote all the sex scenes first!)  But when I actually started constructing the story, it took on a life of its own!

46,000 words were ‘channelled’.  By that, I mean I didn’t have to think about what I was writing; it was more like taking dictation.  All I was doing was going to bed at 8pm (as I do during the winter months!), waking up at 4am, and writing until 6am.  Sometimes I would wake up and it was like I was watching a film; the scene before me was so vivid, and I could feel all the emotions as well.  All I had to do was write what I was ‘watching’.

After 3 months of this, I had written 46,000 words and thought the book was finished!   But a novel is 70,000-90,000 words!  I left it for 8 months, and returned to it the following winter, doing the same thing I’d done the previous year; went to bed at 8pm, woke up at 4am and waited for the inspiration to start flowing.  Nothing happened.  After 3 months of this, I realized I was just going to have to get on with it!

It turned out that the rest of the book was research I needed to do.  I had been given the most beautiful story-line, but I had to do the rest of the work my Self.

The book has plenty of wisdom in it, which I don’t take credit for; I need this book just as much as you do!  Here’s an extract from Year Ten:

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That night, Charles and his group of men were chilling in their villa.

“I still can’t believe you’re getting married!” commented Dave, glugging from a cold can of beer.

“Why’s that such a big shock to you?” Charles asked his Best Man.

“Well look how long we’ve known each other Charles; you’ve always been really particular about the women you date, and now here you are getting married to a woman with two kids!”

“They’re not kids Dave, they’re young men, and they’re great.  I’m proud to be part of their lives.  Besides, when love strikes you’re powerless to resist and the circumstances don’t really matter.”

“So what’s so special about Suzanne?”  Peter, one of their old schoolmates asked.

“Yeah, why choose her over the woman you already have a child with?” asked another.

“…And she ain’t half bad looking either!” commented Dave, referring to Maria.

Charles looked around to make sure no-one else was within hearing distance.

“Promise me this won’t go any further than these four walls?” he whispered.

The other brothers crossed their fingers over their chests in half-solemn oaths.

“Well it’s like this…Suzanne and I…when we make love, it’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced before…seriously…it’s like we enter another world – I mean, we literally get transported into another dimension!”

The other brothers looked at each other before bursting into fits of laughter.

“That sounds like some freaky kinda sex, man!” one commented.

“So when you enter into this ‘other dimension’ what do you see; angels, aliens, or what?”

Charles remained silent.

“Aw, don’t take it to heart, we’re just messing with you bro…but was you serious about the aliens?” he asked again.

“I didn’t mention aliens,” Charles responded, getting up to refill his glass of water.

“How can I explain it?  This woman of mine, she’s like my soul-mate, you know?  If you seriously want to know what I’m talking about, I suggest you find your own goddesses and Queens.  Until you do, you won’t be able to enter the gateway that leads to heaven on earth.”

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If you’ve read the First Edition (titled ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!’), you’ll be wondering what happens to Suzanne – and the baby.  Before I go any further, I want you to think of this chapter as symbolic.  This might help you understand its context better.  Think of it like this; do you have a dream, a goal,  or perhaps a book (your baby) which you haven’t yet accomplished? Are you going to nurture it, or let it die?

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I haven’t been led to write another whole novel, so after spending 4 months in Ghana last year, I decided to revise the First Edition  and add two new chapters, Years 12 & 13!

The sequel is only available in the paperback (I’m just ‘following my spirit’!)

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As the descendant of an enslaved African, I had been disconnected from my spiritual roots, displaced, and had no sense of Self-identity.  I had inherited a slave master’s name, while being DIS-inherited from the wealth of my Motherland.  The religion I had been indoctrinated into wasn’t serving me, but rather gave me an inferiority complex, with constant feelings of guilt and condemnation.  These feelings were preventing me from living the life of my dreams.

As I got older, I began to question what I’d been taught to believe.

In my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘ I shared everything I’ve discovered since asking God for ‘the Truth!’ in 2007 – it tackles taboo topics in an entertaining, yet informative way. You are invited to join the main character 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!

My Self-help book ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’ has contributions from over 30 brothers, and looks at how our past affects how we relate to each other today.  It will help you identify any issues you have that might be preventing you from being able to maintain your relationship, so that you can heal before seeking to meet your match.  It then introduces the ‘DIY Arranged Marriage‘, guiding you through the whole dating process for the best chance of getting the ring on!

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I have a burning desire to help my people break free from mental slavery, and to heal from the psychological trauma that has been passed down to us genetically.  I am especially passionate about helping my sisters develop a positive Self-identity, and to helping us build healthy, sustainable relationships.

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The First Edition of my novel was printed on-demand, so my artwork which illustrates it was printed black-and-white.  I aim to raise £4,790  by 1st September to print the Second Editionn bulk, enabling my artwork to be printed in FULL COLOUR – this means you’ll benefit from the COLOUR THERAPY in them while you read, healing your Self in more ways than one!   When you pre-order your SIGNED books you’ll also get a FREE  copy of the ‘Seeds of Love‘ CD – all 13 poems feature in the story!  Watch the video:

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A Spiritual Union – Download Years 8 & 9 (Joint Chapter) FREE this weekend!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have such a deep spiritual connection with your partner, so deep, that you can even communicate without words?

That’s the type of relationship the two main characters in my novel cultivated over the years!  Most people give up before they achieve this level of connection (myself included), or they are in a relationship with someone who isn’t their soul mate and wouldn’t be able to achieve this no  matter how hard they tried.   But Charles and Suzanne were twin souls (see my previous blog), so it was relatively easy for them to ‘go deep’.

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Year 8 covers such topics as the sacredness of the ‘yoni’, the importance of raising your level of consciousness, and the benefits of Melanin.  In Year 9, Charles takes Suzanne on a surprise trip to Egypt, where she receives a ‘download’ (a message from her ancestors).

Read an extract from Year 9: Dance in Trance

…He knew Suzanne well enough by now to know that he was in for a treat. He thought perhaps she was going to re-appear in some sexy lingerie, so wasn’t mentally prepared for what he saw when she did finally emerge.
Suzanne seemed to have transformed her Self into some kind of Exotic Dancer/Sexual Healer/Temple-Priestess. She was wearing a white see-through flowy dress-thing which plunged into a V-shape at the neck-line right down to her navel. It was fitted at the waist, with long, flowing bell-sleeves that reached down to the hem of the dress. The skirting dropped in multiple folds down to her ankles. He could see right through it – and she wasn’t wearing anything underneath; her nipples jutted through the sheer material, begging for his attention. Around her forehead, she wore a gold chain with various symbols hanging from it – he’d never seen it before.
As she began moving her body to the rhythm of the drum beats still playing on the CD, the spirit of her ancestors seemed to take over. With arms swaying like leaves in the breeze, she twisted and twirled, gyrating her hips in a sensual, sexual manner, as she sent forth her Inner Womb Message. The whole atmosphere in the room changed.
Charles became aroused, moved almost to tears, and concerned all at the same time. The look on her face was unlike he’d ever seen before. She wasn’t focused on him; she looked as if she was in a trance, totally caught up in the moment. The elongated shadows on the walls behind her created by the candlelight looked like spirits dancing along with her. Perhaps she was calling on the spirits of her ancestors…or was it the Holy Spirit? He couldn’t tell – all he knew was that it was a force of Love. He felt at peace as he watched her; he’d never seen her move that way before. ‘Where did she learn to dance like that?’ He wondered.
“Is there no end to your talents?” he asked, awestruck.
“I can do whatever I put my MIND to!” she replied, smiling as she sat next to him on the bed….
That night when they made love, it was as if all the heavens, God, the angels and their ancestors were all watching and cheering them on. It felt like nothing they had ever experienced before. Suzanne cried from the bottom of her heart, and afterwards, Charles clung on to her for ages, remaining inside her long after he had ejaculated, as if not wanting to break the newly-created bond between them.

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The Twin Soul Phenomenon – Download Year Seven FREE this weekend!

What’s the difference between Soul Mates and Twin Souls? (also called Twin Flames) Imagine a huge quilted blanket of energy and your soul is one of those patches. The other souls that come from the same blanket as you are Soulmates and can be friends, family and lovers.  A Twin Flame however is when one of those single patches, or a single soul gets bigger and bigger to the point where it needs to split into two different energies.

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Essentially, the higher purpose of Soulmate relationships is to help each other raise your own consciousness, whereas Twin Flame relationships have the effect of raising the consciousness of the whole planet.

Everyone has Soulmates but not everyone has a Twin Flame.

If you believe in re-incarnation (that our spirit is eternal, and we keep coming back in different bodies lifetime after lifetime through a process of evolution), then the concept of meeting your Twin Soul isn’t so hard to grasp:

‘When you reach a certain level of consciousness or a higher level of frequency in one life, your soul has to split into two in order to come back down into a physical body.

This means that there are essentially two of you roaming the earth. Both of you are in a way, half the energy that you originally were.  The other half of your energy is your Twin Flame, and when the two of you cross paths or meet it is like you instantly feel whole again. This energetic split does not happen to everyone.  It only happens to those who have reached a certain frequency or level of consciousness (in a previous life).

In each “twin” there is a magnet that sort of attracts the two of you together (like attracts like), and you can meet at any time, at any stage of your life journey.’

If you’ve read Year One of ‘Journey of a Sister‘, you would have read how I met my Twin Soul  (The Caribbean Expo).  Before publishing the book I emailed Year One to him, and he called early the following morning to give his account of our first meeting.  I scribbled it down quickly as he was speaking.; by this time, it had been 10 years since we first met, and I was only just discovering that he’d had a similar insperience to me! (it was internal, not external).  He told me to throw his version of our first meeting in the story randomly somewhere (you’ll find it in Year Five ‘Flashback’).

‘When twins get together, it is for some kind of spiritual service work. This is their primary reason for finding each other, because through their union a huge birthing of creative energy is released, to be used for their mission together. More and more twins are attempting to get together now to help the planet and humanity make a big shift forward in consciousness.’

Maintaining a relationship with my Twin Soul was the hardest thing to do.  Each attempt at reunion was unsuccessful because neither of us were ready for the intensity of a twin flame union. We both had unresolved issues, and he appeared to be stuck in the third dimension, whereas I was evolving quickly.

We never had a proper ‘boyfriend/girlfriend’ relationship, yet my relationship with my twin soul was my most profound relationship ever.   If it wasn’t for my ‘encounters’ with him, this book would never have been written!

Would you want to meet your Twin Flame?

The chance of meeting and staying with your twin (if you have one) depends on how evolved your soul is, and how much baggage from this and past lives you have cleared. The biggest reason twins have to separate after coming together is their individual emotional baggage. Because in the presence of your twin, there can be nothing between you, nothing blocking your closeness. This means that everything comes up for healing that you haven’t previously healed. Everything!’

The ending of the First Edition of this book (entitled ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!’) was symbolic of the ending of our 11-year on-off encounters.  ‘Journey of a Sister’ includes two new chapters (the Sequel).

While I would have loved to have had the type of relationship with my Twin Soul that Suzanne had with Charles, in reality, we were on two different wavelengths mentally.  But each encounter with him helped me to evolve, and it was through my pain that I began writing this book (I wrote all the sex scenes first!)

To my Twin Soul, in the words of Erykah Badu, “see you next lifetime!”

Extract from Year Seven:

As they lay entwined in bed, they talked about the events that had led to their break-up.  Charles explained how he had felt shut out, like she didn’t need him anymore. Suzanne explained to him that there were going to be times when she needed to spend time on her own, in order to do what she did.

“Relationships have their seasons,” she explained, “Mother Nature has shown us this; just as there is Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring, relationships go through their seasons too; it can’t always be Summer.  There are also the cold winter months, when it seems as if everything has died, but in Spring, everything starts to blossom, and before you know it, it’s Summer again!  The problem is, most people give up during their winter period, thinking the relationship has died.  That’s what you did, Charles.  If you had just hung on, you would have seen it start to blossom again.”

Charles thought about what she had just said;

“You’re right.  I must remember that next time we go through our ‘winter season’.”

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Be Careful What You Wish For! Download Years Five & Six FREE THIS WEEKEND!

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Journey of a Sister features my artwork and poetry; I used my painting ‘My King’ to illustrate Year Five, and my painting ‘Black Orchid’ to illustrate Year 6 (Joint Chapter in the e-book series).  In Years 5, a series of fortunate events leads to Suzanne achieving her goal of publishing her first collection of poetry.  She learns how to order things from the universe and decides to have fun with it, ordering what she thought was her perfect man.  Read an extract from Year 5:

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Whilst out performing one night, one of the organisers of the event told Suzanne about a poetry competition that was open for submissions.  They were looking for poets of African descent to include in an Anthology, and the overall winner would get their poetry collection published for free.  Suzanne eagerly took down the website details, and the following day, went online to get more information.   This was it!  This was just what she needed to get her book published; she was sure to win – she could just feel it in her guts!

 She called the number.  A baritone voice answered.

“Hello, Black Independent Publishers, Solomon speaking, how can I help you?”

“Oh hi Solomon, my name’s Suzanne; I was just calling to get some more information about the competition you’re running.”

“Okay…what would you like to know?”

“Well, I’ve been on the website and viewed the criteria, and, well I just wanted to find out what type of response you’ve had so far?”

 “We’re really pleased with the quality of submissions we’ve received so far – are you trying to weigh up your chances of winning?” he asked in an amused tone.

 “Well, kind of,” Suzanne confessed.

 “Well you’ve got just as good a chance of winning as anybody else – but you’ve got to be in it to win it, so the sooner you enter the better!  What type of poetry do you write?” he asked.

 “Love poetry mainly; anything to do with relationships.”

 “That always goes down well, I’d say go for it!  You can recite one for me now if you like, I love poetry,” Solomon requested.

 “Really?  Well most of my poems are quite long, so I’ll just give you a snippet of one, okay?”

“Okay…”

“This one’s called ‘Ode to My King Part 1’ and it’s written in the style of ancient Egyptian poetry, okay?”

“Sounds great so far…”

Suzanne began: “Beloved, what shall I compare you to?  Spiritually, you are like a tree standing tall and strong, with roots that go much deeper than our wrong: You remember the richness of our history before slavery, when we ruled as Kings and Queens, scientists and inventors, building empires!  And now, you bear the mark of our ancestors; you are strong both physically and mentally.  You have the Genius Gene; man, you don’t know how much you inspire me!  …Shall I stop there?”

 “No, no, keep going!”

 “Okay… Let me study YOU and get my degree from Mother Nature’s university, for there is nothing more I’d like to achieve:  Your eyes are like two pools, sparkling and watery, and in them I see the perfect reflection of…me.  Your nose resembles the ones cut off the great statues in Egypt; too defined for the white man’s mind, but I like it!”

 (Solomon laughs)

“Your lips are like two juicy mangoes, and your kisses, sweeter than honey.  Your voice is like a deep, dark river, carrying me away to ecstasy...I think I should stop there.”

 “Why, is it ex-rated?” Solomon asked, “I was just getting into that!”

“No, it’s not ex-rated – that comes in Part 2!”

“Well go on then, give me some more!” Solomon urged.

 Suzanne sighed.

 “Okay…Your neck is like a tower, strong and sturdy, and around it you wear a reminder of our history…”

  Solomon interrupted; “I’m wearing a reminder of our history!”

  “Are you? What is it?”

  “Some cowrie shells!”

  “Oh! Well you’ll like the next line then;

“Your teeth are like a string of cowrie shells, and when you smile, you light up my world!” (Solomon laughs again)

 “Sorry Solomon, but this poem is six pages long – I couldn’t possibly recite it all to you over the phone!” Suzanne concluded.

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Finding Her Self – Download Year Four FREE TODAY!

In Year Four of ‘Journey of a Sister’, Suzanne learns a way to honour her feelings and deal with repressed emotions.  I also included a technique I learnt called ‘switching focus’; this is where you take your focus OFF the thing that is causing you stress, by staying in the Present, rather than projecting your thoughts to the past or the future – which is  what normally creates stress!

The ability to Switch Focus is not the same as meditation, although they both come under the banner of ‘Mindfulness’.  The difference is, you’re not aiming to create a space between your thoughts as with meditation, but to ‘change your mind’ in an instant.  This technique has helped me to avoid my thoughts spiraling out of control, and allowing fear-based thoughts to take root in my mind!  I used my painting ‘Blue Lotus’ to illustrate Year Four, and my poem-song ‘Equilibrium’ (listen below).

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Extract from Year Four:

Every time a ‘vain imagination’ popped up (one that was not in line with her desires) her job was to ‘cast it down’, and stop her mind from conjuring up images of things she didn’t want to happen.

On one occasion, she received a letter through the door from the bailiffs.  They were threatening to come and take away all her possessions if she didn’t pay the bill within the next 7 days.  As feelings of fear and anxiety overwhelmed her, Suzanne began to imagine men banging on her door and forcefully removing her goods.  She knew that she had to take control of these negative thoughts before they got out of hand.  If she continued with these vain imaginations, she could certainly create the event.

Suzanne sat in a chair, closed her eyes and quieted her mind.

Instead of projecting her thoughts into the future, she focused on her breathing; nothing else.  In the past her thoughts would have wandered all over the place but now she was able to slow them right down by bringing her full attention back to her breath.   As she inhaled deeply she noticed how her abdomen expanded.  Once her lungs had filled, she held her breath for a few moments, before exhaling slowly, fully and consciously.

After repeating this a few times, she no longer needed to focus so intently on her breathing; her mind had become a peaceful void free of thoughts.  Suddenly she opened her eyes as she received a flash of inspiration.  Grabbing her notepad and pen, intuition kicked in as she penned a poem:

Equilibrium

When the pressures of life get me down,

And the stresses of life make me frown

I’ve got to find a way to get my peace of mind

And create equilibrium.

In order for me to keep my sanity

I must find the balance between my mind, spirit and body

Let go of all the things causing strain on my brain

So I can keep my mental and emotional stability.

So I rise early with the morning sun

To give thanks for all the Lord has done

Take time out to meditate and pray before I start my day

When I focus on all the positive things in my life,

I realize I’m too blessed to be stressed

There are so many things for me to be grateful for!

So by taking a few minutes to switch focus away from

I put my Self in a positive vibration…

(acoustic guitar by Theo Calliste)

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Year Three: Mind…the Gap! (FREE DOWNLOAD)

For many years, I suffered with depression.  I went in and out of dark tunnels, searching for the glimpse of light at the end of each one.

I had constant self-defeating thoughts, hated the way I looked, and felt as if my life was pointless.  The birth of my two older ‘suns’ in 1992 and 1995 gave my life more meaning, but I still suffered from bouts of depression.  At times, it was so bad that I couldn’t even do simple things like open the curtains, or put the laundry in the washing machine.

Fortunately for me, I was not one to go running to the doctor’s for every little ailment, and when I did finally go, my G.P. housed an alternative homeopathic doctor who prescribed me a remedy called ‘chocolat’!

It did ease the symptoms, but the root cause of my issue was my THOUGHTS.  I didn’t know how to control the negative thoughts that were constantly bombarding my mind, causing me to have low self-esteem, to lack self-confidence, and to fail in life.

While I was a stay-at-home mum raising my suns, I put my Self through a series of Self-development programs, worked with Positive Affirmations to ‘re-program my mind’, and read lots of Self-development books.  Then in 2006, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a weekend seminar with Anthony Robbins.  I was eager to learn something that would help me deal with my negative thoughts once and for all, and I did.   He said “DEPRESSION is just a FANCY NAME for NEGATIVE THINKING PATTERNS”.  I had never considered that before.  Anthony went on to explain that thoughts are like trains; if you have a thought, another like-thought will come after it, then another, and before you know it, you will have a whole series of thoughts following one after the other.  If these are positive thoughts, you’ll remain feeling happy in a state of bliss.  But if they are negative thoughts, they can lead to sadness, stress, anxiety, anger and ultimately, depression.

I had a paradigm shift that weekend.

In 2007, I was about to fall asleep one spring evening when the image for my painting ‘Self Love’ flashed into my mind:

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It was as if my subconscious mind was telling me I needed to learn how to meditate.  Not long after, I was introduced to ‘Inner Space’ in Covent Garden, where I started attending meditation classes.  I learned that our thoughts are like seeds, and our mind is the garden.  In order to keep the garden of our mind well cultivated, we have to learn how to ‘weed out’ the negative thought-weeds, and replace them with positive thought-seeds.  My painting ‘Self Love’ illustrates that by rooting all our thoughts in LOVE, we can remain in a positive state of bliss.

The colours that I intuitively used to paint ‘Self Love’ also healed me from the symptoms of SAD, a form of depression caused by lack of natural sunlight! (see my Art page for more details).  I used this painting to illustrate Year Three of my Self-help novel Journey of a Sister, and also on the front cover of my poetry collection Seeds of Love.

Here’s an extract from Year Three, which features my poem Fertile Soil:

Meditate to Create

Suzanne liked the metaphor of the garden; she had learned first-hand from her own back garden how long flowers took to grow, compared to the weeds which sprang up quickly!  It was the same with her mind; her job was to cultivate her positive thought-seeds so they could blossom into flowers, by nipping her negative thought-weeds in the bud before they could spring up and stunt the growth of her flowers.

When a negative thought-weed sprung up, instead of watering (dwelling on) it, and letting it grow into more negative thoughts, she began practicing uprooting it and replacing it with a positive thought-seed.   So if she had a thought which suggested “I’m not good at that”, she would immediately uproot it and replace it with “I am good at that!”.

Suzanne learnt that all thoughts are either rooted in Love or fear, so she began focusing on planting seeds of Love in the garden of her mind.   A positive thought was rooted in Love, and a negative thought was rooted in fear – there was no other place for them to come from.  Learning how to meditate helped Suzanne to control her thoughts, which in turn helped her control her feelings.

Thoughts Create Feelings

During a class, Suzanne learned that by focusing on her solar plexus or ‘sun centre’ (located at the back of her stomach) she could instantly tell if she was thinking positively.  Good thoughts created good feelings.  If she had good feelings, like butterflies, she would be radiating positive energy.  If she was feeling bad, she would radiate negative energy. Depending on how she was feeling, she would attract people, situations and opportunities on that same frequency.

Her thoughts were creating her feelings, but her feelings were the fuel which made what she was thinking about, saying, and acting on happen even faster.  So her emotions were the real attractor factor!

…She ran a hot bath, adding some sea salt and lavender essential oil.  As she relaxed her body and mind in the water, words came floating to her.  She reached for her notebook and pen lying on the floor beside the bath.  By now, she knew to always be ready for when those bolts of inspiration struck:

I am fertile soil!

When I plant Seeds of Love in the garden of my mind

They’re gonna blossom…

 

Think of every THOUGHT you have as a SEED

The thoughts you sow, you will reap;

Thoughts rooted in Love will grow into beautiful flowers

While thoughts rooted in fear

will grow into fast-growing weeds!

 

“Every day is a seed to your future happiness,

success and well-being, so plant the seeds TODAY

for the FUTURE you want to see BLOSSOM!” 

Just remember, you reap what you sow…

Acoustic Guitar: Theo Calliste

Needless to say, I no longer suffer from depression!

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Year Two: Who Am I?

‘Sometimes, in order to go forward, we have to go back’.

In Year Two of ‘Journey of a Sister’, the main character Suzanne learns all about her African ancestry, and the his-story of the religion she had been indoctrinated into.  Learning about her rich history before slavery helps her develop positive Self and racial esteem.  She begins to undo the indoctrination she had received around sex and money.  Despite her current circumstances, Suzanne is happily moving towards her goals.  She inspires Charles to awaken his inner child and start his art again!

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Year Two is based on my own ‘her story’ of discovering that I was the descendant of an enslaved African, and that I had been totally disconnected from my roots.  I had been brought up in a Christian household with the belief that the only way for me to have a relationship with my Creator was through a white Jesus.  I had no culture, no Mother Tongue, no wealth from the resources of my Motherland, and no inheritance.  I didn’t even have my original African name.  Everything my ancestors owned had been stripped from them, and as a result, I was displaced, impoverished, lost and confused.  Raised in a country whose economy had been built on the backs of my ancestors, yet not benefiting financially myself; the only people benefiting were the descendants of enslavers who had left an inheritance to their children. Yet I also discovered that I had a rich history before slavery!  Year Two features two of my poems, here’s an extract with one of them:

Extract from Year Two: Who Am I?

Suzanne realized that she didn’t really have a sense of identity; was she African, Jamaican or British?  Just because she was born in England didn’t make her English; she had never felt ‘at home’ there, and could never get used to the cold weather. Even if she wanted to claim Africa as her roots, which part was she from?  It was such a large Continent, and she had learned that Africans were captured from all parts and taken to the West Coast of Ghana before being carried away on the slave ships.  How was she going to find where she originated from?

Up to this point, her strongest identity claim was being ‘the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus’.  She had no righteousness of her own – according to the bible, even her own righteousness was like ‘filthy rags’.

She had no name with which to trace her roots; she had inherited a slave master’s name.  Africans put a great deal of effort into naming their children, even holding elaborate Naming Ceremonies, as they knew the spiritual effect it would have on the child in shaping the child’s destiny. Europeans knew the devastating effect stripping them of their name and replacing it with their own name would have on them.

She pledged that when she found out where she originated from, she would change her surname to a name from that place, in honour of her ancestors.

Greatly impacted by everything she was learning, Suzanne was moved to write a poem:

Who am I?

I am a remnant of my ancestors,

Torn from my Motherland

By the rape of slave traders.

 

Who am I?

I am a watered-down version of an African Queen;

My blood is diluted, so mixed, that it’s now in-between!

My skin is no longer its original color;

Rich, dark, like black gold;

The colour of…tar.

 

Yet still,

I have Royal Blood flowing through my veins,

For my ancestors were kings, queens, rulers,

Inventors, scientists, leaders…

(Track 5 on the ‘Seeds of Love’ CD)

She made a commitment that day to use her gift of writing poetry to help free her people from mental slavery.

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Read an extract from Year One of my Revised Novel FREE!

Since returning from Ghana last February, I’ve pretty much been living like a hermit.

But while I’ve been quiet publicly, a lot has been going on behind the scenes!  I went through a re-branding process that included changing my  name by Deed Poll – I was using ‘Poetess’ because I didn’t want to be known by my (inherited) slave master’s surname; also, when I first branded my Self, I was only doing poetry! I also merged my website and my blog into one, and am now working on developing this site into a resource centre that will help you on your own journey of Self-discovery. I’ve already started by affiliating with Your Black World, where you can purchase the whole Hidden Colors series plus other Black-empowerment products!

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I’ve also teamed up with We Buy Black and so far, A3 Posters of my artwork are available to purchase there; I will keep adding to my product range, including greeting cards featuring my artwork & poetry!

Over the past year I also revised my novel and changed the title, and did lots of research for the SEQUEL – Years 12 & 13, which will be exclusively in the PAPERBACK, due out this September!

I had planned to write the sequel while in Ghana; I had expected to be ‘channeling’ like crazy while there, since a lot of my writing was channelled here, I assumed it would be more intense in my  Motherland, but nothing much was coming through, and I never force it!

I came back from 4 months in Ghana feeling somewhat disillusioned.  I had a great time, don’t get me wrong, but I had gone seeking a deep spiritual experience, to re-connect with my roots, but it just felt like I was on a great holiday.  I particularly enjoyed being able to get up first thing in the morning and walking straight onto the beach to watch the sunrise, and to watch it set in the evening.

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But I realized that Colonialism had taken its toll on Africa – I’d never seen so many images of the white Jesus!  The people had been brainwashed into thinking that in order to progress in life, you need to dress, act and have a European name; whereas our names and culture stripped had been from us, they were willingly giving theirs away!  It made me wonder who was worse off; those who were taken away on slave ships, or those who had remained on the Continent.  As the descendant of an enslaved African returning for the first time, I didn’t get the ‘coming home’ feeling.

When I got back, I decided to revise the First Edition of my novel, and to change the title, because I wanted to reach more of my church brothers and sisters; I have a burning desire to help free my people from mental slavery, and to remind them of Who They Really Are.  Read an extract from Year One FREE! (← Click on the link to open PDF)

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