My Review on The Self Love Retreat (Gambia)

My first Self Love Retreat  ended last Saturday, and I’m now thinking about how I can make it even better!  Firstly, the three ladies who joined me commented that it went far too quickly; I personally arrived two weeks ahead of the Retreat in order to unwind and de-stress, and while I had intended for us to have plenty of time to do that, we were trying to cram so much into the week!

We started off with a Pamper Day at the Kairaba Hotel in Kotu, where we had a full body massage, facial, manicure and pedicure.

I purposefully kept the numbers for the first Retreat small because The Healthy Ways Guest House (where we were staying with Mama Naasira and Dr Joe Bledsoe) only holds up to 6 people.  Their Spicy Tasty Vegan Cuisine meals played a big part in the healing aspect of the Retreat.

The aim of The Self Love Retreat is to nurture your Self from the INSIDE, OUT.  The Pamper Day was for our outer self, while the Self-nurturing workshops were for our inner Self.  The first workshop was entitled “Who Am I?” which questioned whether we are the things we do, what we have, or what we project to the outside world.   By the end of the workshop, we had developed personalized Positive Affirmations to help re-define ourselves, and speak it into being.  In Part Two, ‘Who I AM!’ (the following day), we recorded the affirmations to music.  This is now a tool we can use to play just before we go to sleep, to help re-program our subconscious mind.  (It’s our subconscious programming that we’re running on most of the time, not our conscious thoughts).

“The Loving  Me workshop gave me a lot of food for thought for reflection” ~ Deanne

I’ve been working with Positive Affirmations for about 15 years, which has brought me from having a ‘Self Love Deficit’ with very low self-esteem, lacking self-confidence, and being a blocked writer and artist for over 20 years, to writing and performing poetry, writing books, painting, and now organizing the The Self Love Retreat. I’m simply sharing some of the techniques that have helped me raised my levels of confidence and Self-esteem, helped me unblock as a writer and artist, and to push myself out of my comfort zone to achieve more.  The day before the Retreat has due to start I was writing my journal and the first thing I wrote was “Who am I to organize The Self Love Retreat?  What do I know about Self Love?”  This was my critical voice talking, and my old programming of not being ‘good enough’ was trying to creep back in!  I had to silence it with Positive Affirmations about Who I Am.  In the past, I would have succumbed to those voices, and crawled back into the dark cavity in the corner of my mind.  But no, I’m here to make a difference, and in doing so, help others to transform their own lives too!

In another workshop, I shared some research conducted by Dr Masaru Emoto, about the effect our thoughts and words have on water, and because we are made up of 70% water, how pow-HER-full our words really are:

We then stuck “I LOVE YOU” onto a glass of water, and focused our thoughts and intentions into the water, before drinking it – try it!  We also looked into a mirror and said “I LOVE YOU” to ourselves.  This can feel awkward at first, but the more you do it, the easier it will feel.

We also wrote Love Letters (or poems) to our Self based on the Affirmations we developed, and used them to make our Self a card, which we can now refer back to whenever we need a pick-me-up:

When you fill your Self with Love, you can then give of your overflow, and radiate the love you feel for your Self – you will then attract that love back to your Self!

Self Love 30 Day Challenge!

Do these daily rituals to develop Self Love, and see what happens:

  • Close your eyes and go deep within (or look in the mirror) and say repeatedly “I love You!”
  • Pour water in a cup, and say “I love you” into the water before drinking it

If you did the 30 Day Challenge, email me your results: cezanne@journeyofasister.com

Aside from the 5 Self-nurturing workshops, we also enjoyed some Gambian nightlife, and went clubbing two of the nights! I’m not a clubbing person, but I loved the vibe and the Afrobeats!

I had these dresses made especially for the Colour Therapy workshop, which was also meant to incorporate dance, but we ran out of time!  I explained how different colours affect the mood and emotions, and how wearing colourful clothes can make you (and others) FEEL.  Try it!  Incorporating more colour in your life especially during the dark, winter months will help lift your mood and emotions.  (For more information on how I healed myself from Seasonal Affective Disorder using Colour Therapy, visit my Art page).

We didn’t spend enough time on the beach, but we enjoyed early-morning yoga:

I also organized a Day Trip to Kunta Kinte Island, which took us about 3 hours to get to, including two river crossings! We were taken to the original place Kunta Kinte lived (not where they take tourists).  On the long  journey there, we had to take a ferry and a small boat.  Someone had sent me a photo of a boat owned by a sister named Aminatta, encouraging us to use her (in the yellow skirt), but when we got to the island and I found her, the boat was out of action because it needed repairs to the value of around £150:

I told her I would help raise the money and get it to her as quickly as possible, you can send her a gift towards her boat repair using my Gofundme  (put ‘BOAT’ as a reference) and I’ll make sure she gets it ( we’ve raised £45 so far).

See my Instagram  or the Journey of a Sister Facebook Page for more pics and videos, I’m slowly getting around to uploading them all! (feel free to add me).

Geraldine’s Feedback:

“I had an amazing time on The Self Love Retreat – I recommend to everyone!  I feel enlightened, refreshed, healthier and positive.  I’ve learned many techniques to benefit me going forward.  Met so many great people who I intend to keep in contact with.  We made so many memories, I really wanted to stay longer!  So glad I went and Cezanne is the hostess with the mostest, so inspirational, love her!  I will defo do another retreat with you.  I loved Gambia too, will go back” 

Based on the feedback I received, I’ve decided to extend The Self Love Retreat in November to 10 Days so you can relax and unwind for the first 3 days before the workshops start!  The cost for the The Self Love Retreat is just £899 (Flights must be booked separately).  If you can only come for 7 days, the price of accommodation will be deducted.

The date for the next Self Love Retreat (Gambia) is 1- 10 Nov 2018  book your place early, only 8 available!

We will be staying at Ocean Villa Heights, a lovely hotel in Bufurt with swimming pool, internet, restaurant, and spa facilities, and it’s just a few minutes walk to the beach!  To book, go HERE (or send me an email to cezanne@journeyofasister.com pay by bank transfer)

Support a Sista!

I set up a Gofundme campaign in order to be able to offer subsidized places on the Retreat, if you’re unable to attend yourself, but would like to help your sisters on their Self-healing journey, please make a contribution to the Fund!

If you would like to be considered for a place, 1) make a donation to the fund, 2) email me: cezanne@journeyofasister.com explaining why you need it.

More Retreat dates will be added when destinations have been chosen (I’m also looking at Grenada, Jamaica, or Dominica)

Singles & Couples Welcome!

Whether you’re single, or would like to come with your partner, The Self Love Retreat is for YOU!  The techniques will help you in your own personal development, which will no doubt impact your relationship.  If you have any questions, or would like to book, email me: cezanne@journeyofasister.com

Easy Payment Plans for November Retreats

I’d like to make it as easy as possible for you to join me, so I’m offering monthly payment plan options for the Retreats in November 2018 < click on the link to find out more.  If you’re coming from the UK, you don’t need a visa, just book your flight, and pay for your Retreat!

Nurture Your Inner Child Retreat 16-23 Nov

I’ve also organized the Nurture Your Inner Child Retreat in November, where I will take you through the same processes I went through to unblock as a writer and artist, all materials will be provided!  If you’re interested in joining me on any of these Retreats, email me: cezanne@journeyofasister.com

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In your service,

 

 

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Touching the Heart…through Art!

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Join me in the Gambia for The Self Love Retreat!

I’m now in the Gambia preparing for the women who will be joining me on The Self Love Retreat, a week of nurturing yourself from the inside, out!

There are still two places left for the Retreat dates 17-23 December, and a few places available on  3-9 January (date changed), 17-23 February and 3-9 March, join us if you can!

Getting to the Gambia is easy:

  1. Flights are cheap!
  2. You don’t need a visa if you’re travelling from the UK (we would love you to join us from anywhere else in the world!)

So far, I’ve not seen much difference in the culture between Gambia compared to Ghana, and I’ve yet to connect with many of the ex-pats who live here (people who have moved here from the UK and USA).

Last night I attended Gambia Fashion Weekend, and met up with Shakina from the UK who now lives here, and another sister Anna, who I also know from the UK.  I also met a brother named Adam who is on holiday from Manchester, and I bumped into another brother who happens to live not far from me in Croydon!

Me and Shakina at Gambia Fashion Weekend last night

Apparently there are lots of opportunities to build, grow and develop in the Gambia, and I’ll be checking it all out and sharing the info with you!  Shakina has moved here from London and now runs her business in Gambia!  She uses the same Adinkra symbol for her business as I’ve used in ‘Journey of a Sister‘, the symbol for ‘Transformation!’

I gave myself a 5 year ‘get out plan’ (to move from the UK), and I have 3 years left, so providing I like it here I’ll be laying some roots!  My ultimate goal is to build a VILLAGE with homes, schools, farmland where we can grow our own produce, businesses (making things that we can send back to the UK and USA to sell), and which is totally self-sufficient e.g. our own solar power and water supply.  I see that in a few years time, my people will have to flee the USA and UK, and they’re going to need somewhere to go!

When God gives you a vision, provision will also be made.  Meeting Mama Naasira Ageela and Dr Gregory Joe Bledsoe in London last year was part of this Master Plan.  I instantly clicked with them, and we kept in contact when they left London and came to the Gambia.  They are an African American couple, who are authors of the Amazon Bestseller ‘Spicy Tasty Vegan Cuisine’.  We spoke regularly on the phone, and seemed to have lots of similar ideas in terms of how we wanted to help our community to heal.  I shared my vision of building a village with them, and they were in accordance with the idea, so we decided to work together.  This is our long term plan, but for now, we are working together to help our people to heal.  They specialize in the food side of things, while I work with healing the mind.  I’m not a psychologist but I studied how the mind works, in order to heal my own mind (I’ll tell you more about this on the Retreat, or read my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’).

People always say to me “Cezanne, you’re such an inspiration, when you say you’re going to do something, you do it!” But I can tell you, none of this has been easy.  But when you set your mind to do something, the universe somehow conspires to help you make it happen.  For instance, my goal was to spend every winter ‘somewhere warm’.  I mean, why be in cold, grey England when you can jump on a plane and within a few hours, be somewhere warm?  Once I set that intention, the ideas came to make it happen.  The Self Love Retreat is the result of my thoughts manifested; not only do I get to enjoy being in a warm climate, I’m also helping others at the same time!

One of my mottos is;

“As I heal myself, I heal others”

The other is;

 “The Black Woman MUST Heal!”

The Self Love Retreat was born out of my own need to heal myself.  I’m not coming from a standpoint of “You need to be like me”, but more of “We’re all in this together”.  The reason why the Black Woman MUST heal, is because she has always been the core of the family, and the family is the core of the commUNITY.  If we want our commUNITY to heal, she must heal first.  I began to innerstand this while studying our history, and learning how the Black Family was broken down through the process of slavery and colonialism. For the sake of our future generations, something radical must be done, and it starts with the food we eat, what we watch and listen to, how we raise our children, and how we treat each other, starting with our Self. Hence, The Self Love Retreat (and Healing Village)!

Help Us Offer Subsidized Places on The Self Love Retreat

Just like my vision for The Healing Village, I know that not all the women who need to come on the Retreat will be able to afford it, which is why I set up the GoFundMe Campaign.  I set it up on my birthday on November 5th, and so far, no donations have been received (partly because I’ve been so busy preparing to come to the Gambia, that I haven’t been pushing it!).  If you would like to support two women to come on each Retreat, please make a donation here.  Getting the first contribution is the hard part; most fund organisers advise you make the first donation yourself; it’s human nature that once people see others donating, they will too, so are you a leader or a follower?  Let’s see!   If you would like to come but need help with finances, sow a money seed! I strongly believe in sowing money seeds; if you want more of something, you have to sow a seed of that kind.  Mother Nature teaches us that we cannot sow an apple seed and expect an orange.  The Self Love Retreat is fertile soil!

How will the women be chosen?

Send me an email cezanne@journeyofasister.com explaining your circumstances, and how much financial support you need (flight/accommodation £200/workshops £500).  Myself and Mama Naasira will choose from the submissions received for the subsidized places. (We aim to raise £3,000 to provide two free places on each Retreat).

Join Us!

Does The Self Love Retreat feel right for you?  Join us!  There are still two places available in December, and a few places in January, February and March.  You can find more information at www.journeyofasister.com/selfloveretreat or send me an email above to secure your place today.

Admittedly, I’ve not been out much since I arrived, apart from yoga on the beach (check Facebook to watch my FB live video!) and the fashion show last night; I didn’t get to take many photos because my battery died, but there will be lots more to report on; in my next blog post I’ll be showing you around the Healthy Ways Guest House and interviewing the Bledsoes, and also sharing more about what we’ll be doing on The Self Love Retreat, in the meantime, visit the page, and if it feels right, do it!

That’s it for now, hope to see you here!

In your service,

 

 

 

Author|Poetess| Artist

Promoting LOVE through Creativity!

 

Unspoken Art Exhibition and Self Love Retreat Taster Workshop @ Katakata Brixton

Join me for the Art Exhibition Launch and Taster Workshop @ Katakata!

The last 3 paintings from my collection ‘Nature’s Art’ will be in a joint exhibition at Katakata, a lovely vegan restaurant and art space on Brixton Hill!   ‘Self Love’, ‘Blue Lotus’ and ‘Black Orchid’ will be on sale, and you’ll also be able to get a set of 9 Prints from the collection! (Framed prints can also be ordered)

‘Self Love’ 24″ x 30″ oil on canvas £350

(the butterfly was stuck on and is not included)

‘Blue Lotus’  48″ x 38″ oil on canvas £750

Black Orchid 48″ x 38″ oil on canvas £450

Join us for the Open Evening on Thursday 2nd November 6-10pm, tickets are FREE with drinks and canapes, but booking is essential, book your free ticket here!

Self Love Retreat Taster Workshop @ Katakata!

On Sunday 5th November, join me at Katakata from 2-5pm  in a Taster Workshop for The Self Love Retreat! (Gambia) I’ll be giving you tasters of some of the workshops we’ll be doing on the Retreat, including Colour Therapy, where I explain how I healed myself from Seasonal Affective Disorder (a form of depression caused by lack of natural sunlight) using the colours in my paintings, and showing you how you can use colours to lift your mood and emotions!  It’s also my birthday that day, so come and celebrate with me! Tickets are just £15 which includes a delicious vegan lunch, and signed copy of my novel ‘Journey of a Sister’! (<< read the reviews) Click on the flyer below for more info about The Self Love Retreat:

BONUS!

Get a FREE personally signed copy of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘ when you book your ticket for The Self Love Retreat Taster Workshop! It features my artwork in full colour, so you’ll be healing yourself in more ways than one as you read!  If you’re unable to attend you can still order my book below:

Journey of a Sister (signed paperback)

Order your personally signed copy of Journey of a Sister with FREE postage (UK only)

£9.99

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

In your service,

Author|Poetess|Artist|Events Host|Workshop Facilitator
Read my Review on the Kings & Queens Book Tour (1-8 Oct)
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Join me to Discuss ‘Journey of a Sister’ @ Hackney Central Library on Wed 6th Sept – Download the e-book FREE!

Join me at Hackney Central Library, 1 Reading Lane E8 (opposite Hackney Empire) on Wednesday 6th September from 5.30-7.30pm, to discuss the topics raised in my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘ Reserve your FREE ticket below:

(You can also reserve your signed copy of the paperback for just £5 (HALF PRICE) and collect it on the day)

Haven’t read it yet? Download the  e-book FREE!

Journey of a Sister is the story of a young woman raised in the ‘faith’, who reaches a point where she begins to question what she was taught to believe.  She writes God a fearless letter, asking all the questions the church couldn’t answer, and ends it by asking for “the Truth!”.  Join Suzanne on her 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 is a beautiful Black Love story that breaks some unspoken taboos in a thought-provoking yet enlightening way that thousands of women and men can relate to, download Years 1-11 FREE!

If you’re free, join me at Hackney Central Library, 1 Reading Lane E8 (opposite Hackney Empire) on Wednesday 6th September from 5.30-7.30pm to discuss the topics raised in the story.  You can also get the paperback which includes Years 12 & 13  for just £5.00 – HALF PRICE!  (To avoid queuing to get your book signed on the day, reserve it when you book your free ticket)

I will also be paving the way for two authors who will be joining me from the USA to take part in the Kings and Queens Book Tour from 1-8th October:

King Kevin Dorival is author of ‘7 Types of Queens, Kings Desire‘ (I wrote the Foreword), and TC Carrier is author of ‘The Secret Science of Black Male and Female Sex‘.  In Year 8 of ‘Journey of a Sister‘  I ‘channelled’ a scene where the couple performed their first sex ritual.  TC’s book explains the science behind these rituals!  It’s no wonder religion is used to suppress our sexual energy – this is where our power lies!  Our ancestors built great civilizations by harnessing their sexual energy, which is a powerful creative force.  Join us on the Kings & Queens Book Tour to explore how we can become great again, and rebuild our empires!

For full details about the tour and to book your tickets (some are free) see my previous blog post (<<click on this link)

I will aim to Facebook Live the event, so if you’re not already connected with me on Facebook, add me now! (Cezanne Taharqa)

In your service,

 

 

Author|Poetess|Artist|Events Host|Workshop Facilitator

Promoting LOVE Through Creativity!

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Review of last Sunday’s Breathology Workshop!

Last Sunday I had organised for Rev Dawnecia Palmer to come from Bristol to London to share some of what she teaches in her Universecity in the UK and USA on Breathology.

I could tell from some of the attendees faces, that they were challenged by her long, blonde wig/weave, as I had been when I first met her!  If you’ve read my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’, there’s a part which says ‘the worst case of Self-identity crisis had to be seeing my sisters wearing a long, blonde weave’.

Fortunately, I’ve evolved since writing the book three years ago – besides, the hair was synthetic, not human!

Rev. Dawnecia has such a strong sense of Self, more than many women I know who wear our hair natural!  (I’m including myself!) If I had allowed her hair to deter me from developing a relationship with her, I would have missed out on the opportunity to get to know this extraordinary woman!  The lesson for me was to look past the flesh, and look at the soul.

Here’s a short clip from the workshop:

Here’s the feedback we received:

“An experience in Ascension. Beautiful and engaging.”

“Really good, affirmed some of the things I’ve been learning from Spirit and didn’t realize where it was coming from.  Now I know.”

“I found it uplifting and it touched certain areas of my inner core.  I came with a headache and left without it. I am magnificent.”

“I have more of an awareness of my magnificence.  I will definitely be more aware of conscious breathing as opposed to taking breathing for granted. I feel more connected to Source as I realise breath comes from Source and if it’s in me then life, love, God is in me!!”

“Very thought provoking was of how I connect to my inner Self through my breath.  Many thanks.”

“Empowering experience to be among women learning an amazing message; powerful exercise; thinking through the breath.”

“Great vibration, nice overstanding, beautiful delivery.”

“Brilliant workshop, very informative.”

“I really enjoyed learning about what the soul is, and breathology. The Rev was always positive.  I will add breathing exercises in my meditation.”

“The workshop was amazing and informative.  It is a reminder of how to stay aware and to continue to be awesome.”

“Stimulating, with lots of practical tasks, fab! How to keep focused as a soul?”

“Thank you for sharing your experience. I am so excited to learn that all have known somewhere deep inside is being expressed, and I can learn more about myself and who I am through my breath.  You are a gift, thank you.  I cannot wait to learn more.  Your insight into who Jesus really is/was was beautifully expressed.”

“It was very useful, would like more indepth teaching. Really enjoyed it.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed it, came away with lots of pearls of wisdom.  Reverend Palmer was magnificent and helped fortify a lot of my own philosophy regarding breath and spirituality. I am really interested in the course…”

“One of the best workshops I’ve attended this year!”

“Attending the workshop was quite inspiring having had Rev Palmer explain the meaning of Awakening Magnificence and the many aspects through the art of breathology, was like a new beginning..”

“It was magnificent!”

Rev. Dawnecia is a pioneer in Breathology and Breathomics the Science of Soulification™.  She is also co-founder of The Magnificent Way™ a principle for wholeness and wellbeing. She is the visionary/Principal of Life Universecity LC and Soul Clinic focusing on Soul Health Education, consciousness transformation for self-empowerment and lifelong personal development.

At least two women began calling her ‘Divine’ after the workshop, but aren’t we all Divine? If you don’t believe that about your Self then you need to do her course!  If enough people sign up (minimum 10), Rev Dawnecia will be willing to travel to London once a month to teach the classes.

I gave my personal testimony at the workshop of how I used my breath to get out of a situation recently; I had just returned to my car, which had been playing up recently.  I turned the key in the ignition but it wouldn’t move, and the doors had automatically locked.  The windows (which were electric) wouldn’t open, and it was a blazing hot day – I thought I was going to suffocate!  I started to panic as I kept turning the key, with no luck.  Then I suddenly remembered to do my breathing, and without me doing anything, the doors suddenly popped unlocked!  Praise be to the Most High! I thought I was going to die, lol – I can laugh now!

I was honoured to be able to organise this taster workshop; if you would like to attend one in the future, or are interested in signing up for her Universecity (starts in September) send me a message:

Watch my YouTube video about why the Black Woman should stop putting other people’s DNA on their head! (Human hair)

In your service,

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Award-winning Visual & Spoken Word Artist| International Author| Events Host| Workshop Facilitator

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Visit my Events Page for details of more events coming up!  We will be back at Katakata on Sunday 16th July for a Taster Workshop for The Self Love Retreat, put the date in your diary!

First Video in my series: Why the Black Woman MUST Heal! (HAIR)

I recently became clear about my Purpose: It’s to ‘Help the Black Woman to Heal’ just as I am; mentally, emotionally, and spiritually (including from ancestral trauma). We MUST heal in order to truly love ourselves. And Self Love is the ROOT CAUSE of many of our issues, especially our relationships!  It’s important for us to heal for a number of reasons; we are the core of our commUNITY. We are the ones raising the next generation. We are the core of the family. If we don’t re-build our family structures by re-building our relationships with our MEN, we cannot re-build our commUNITY!

This is the first video in my series ‘Why the Black Woman MUST Heal!’ which is all about our HAIR:

When we as Black Women ‘RE-MEMBER’ Who We Are, we will naturally develop Self Love, which doesn’t rely on outward appearance, it comes from deep within.

If you would like to join me on this journey of Self-healing and Self-discovery, start by reading my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ from Year One FREE!  In it  shared everything I discovered after asking God for “the Truth!” in a beautiful, Black Love story format!

If you identify with the topics raised in it, consider joining me on our Self-healing journey, by coming on The Self Love Retreat in the Gambia in November or December (subsequent dates may follow). I’ve organized for us to spend 7 days at the Healthy Ways Foundation, with authors of the cookbook ‘Spicy Tasty Vegan Cuisine’, Dr Joe Gregory and Naasira Angeela Bledsoe. Not only are they our hosts, they have a wealth of experience regarding relationships, healthy eating, and much more to share with us! There are only 6 places on each Retreat, to ensure individual attention. (You can choose either from the first two weeks in November, or the first two weeks in December, 12 women each month)

If you would like more information about The Self Love Retreat come to the Taster Workshop on Saturday 1st July being held at Intuition House, Borough, South London (right next to Borough High Street station); the cost is just £25 which includes a FREE copy of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’, and if you decide to sign upon the day, the cost of the workshop (£25) will be deducted from the price of the Retreat! (£100 deposit will secure your place, the Retreat is priced at an introductory price of just £599!).

If you are unable to attend the Taster Workshop on July 1st but are interested in joining me on The Self Love Retreat, email me: cezanne@journeyofasister.com, and I will set up a Skype call to share the information!

All the topics covered in my video series ‘Why the Black Woman MUST Heal‘ are raised in my Self-help novel.  Order your personally signed paperback for just £9.99 with FREE delivery in the UK!

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(If you live outside the UK, order your paperback from Lulu.com)

Watch this video-poem I created about Natural Hair:


Let’s heal together!

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Award-winning Visual & Spoken Word Artist| International Author| Events Host| Workshop Facilitator

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Watch my recent interview on the No Ordinary Woman Chat Show!

Visit the Events Page for details of events I’m taking part in, including ‘Dating vs Courtship’ Dinner & Discussion this Sunday, performance at Maya Angelou screening on Tuesday, and Breathology Workshop next Sunday!

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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!

LIMITED SPECIAL OFFER: 

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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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(UK only, if you are outside the UK order from www.lulu.com)

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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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?

Kwanzaa - African American Holiday

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:

mkeka
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.

kinara
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.

mishumaa saba
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.

kikombe cha umoja
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.”

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

vibunzi (plural, muhindi)
Meaning: ear of corn
Action: Traditionally, one ear of corn is placed on the mkeka for each child present.

zawadi
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.

Greeting

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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