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Who are you not to think highly of yourself? … By Sharon Itumeleng Bosii

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Romans 12 states “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you”

When I look at this scripture, I used to think that I shouldn’t think highly of myself, really I thought so! It took some rereading the scripture and thinking thoroughly about what Paul meant when he wrote this…man Paul is a deep man. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Flabba Freestyle: “Need I Remind You”

“You call me Illuminati, but a good dog gone bad_  iluma nathi” Err Ke Flabba

A genius in his craft, a lyrical comedian and punch line maniac, he will forever remain immortal through his music…

 

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What You Didn’t Know About Moslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs

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We all were taught that self actualization is the pinnacle of motivation right? Wrong! Turns out Moslow switched it up a notch and transcended from from what seemed to be a ‘self’ need (selfish, well as it should be #KanyeTypaSelfLove right?), so he transcended from the self to a higher pinnacle need that only a few get to attain.

In 1943 Abraham Maslow published his groundbreaking model for deciphering human motivation. Ever since then, Maslow’s Hierarchy has been the primary model for understanding why people do what they do. The general idea is that we, ourselves, become capable of doing whatever we choose without any internal resistance when we operate to fulfill this level of our needs. This idea is woven into the fabric of business, psychology, organizational behavior and even theme parks. We touch it every day in some way.

Here’s the crazy thing: it’s outdated. Maslow’s theorizing didn’t stop. He changed and evolved his view in subsequent years. A LOT. In fact the final version of his model was completely different. In 1970 — on his deathbed — he published a revision that outlined a fundamental change to the way that he saw motivation and its potential impact on who we are. In the 1970 revision Maslow put a notion called transcendence at the top. Not self-actualization.

What is the difference? What does it mean? Maslow’s 1943 version put the concept of individual development as the pinnacle of all motivations, the most evolved and highest-order need. The 1970 version moves beyond that and asserts that, once personal mastery is attained, the next need, and subsequently higher motivation, is to help others. We do that by moving beyond all of the forces that separate us from one-another. Specifically, we transcend — or move beyond — our race, our culture, our opinions and even our notion of ourselves to help each other. Transcendence is also expressed as connectedness. It’s about seeing ourselves not as being whole just to ourselves, but being beyond that, transforming ourselves to a more collaborative/connected notion of who we are and what our purpose is. This is a game changer for me. People who are operating on this level, by Abe’s view, were the most highly evolved; #GeniusLevel .

So for the last forty-four years and counting we’ve been referencing an obsolete model. I have no idea why this isn’t taught… And it’s amazing to think through what the impact on the world today would be if this notion of transcendence were presented as the dominant model, not self-actualization.

It’s not surprising this concept would emerge from within the psychology and philosophies of the 1970’s and the time of LSD and free love. But I don’t think it can be dismissed that easily. Through the academic/hippie views in his explanation of transcendence, there seems to be some real truth. There are parallels in Eastern philosophies, in teachings of almost every religion, psychological approach, and self-help group.

This new bit of information had a huge impact on me. It enabled me to see my own goals differently and has given me a framework for removing myself from the center of my aspirations.

Does it change anything for you? Think of people that have ‘self-actualized’ and look at how they also have transcended from the self to a higher form that being playing giver, playing mentor, have an inner higher need to help and assist other and change the world!! For example here are just a few individuals who have transcended and now at the pinnacle of the the hierarchy, hashtag philanthropists doing the most:

– Oprah Winfrey
– Warren Buffet
– Bill Gates
– Will smith
– Michael Jackson
– Bono
– George Cloony
– Walt Disney
– Kanye West

#GENIUSLEVEL

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2015 in Spirituality Sunday

 

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Why I Raised my Hands When Goku Asked For Energy

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“when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“Remember that the Spirit Ball is a martial arts discipline that allows you to borrow energy from grass and trees, from people and animals, from inanimate objects and the atmosphere… And then to concentrate them and release them. If you can draw so much destructive power from a ball made on this small planet… …Imagine what you can do with a Spirit Ball formed on Earth! If you can also learn to tap into the astounding powers of the Sun… Well. Just be careful. Or you may destroy the very planet you’re trying to protect!”

I figured since there’s seven Dragon Balls, I might as well write and publish this on the seventh day. Two things remain clear, if your girl knows nothing about Dragon Ball Z, she is too young for you bro. The second being, if you have never watched and gotten addicted to the fictional series then your childhood was bluntly boring. I was addicted, I know most of you were. I swear by the time SABC 2 stopped airing the series I had collected 6 dragon balls and I was only 1 ball shy of asking the mighty dragon to grant me my ultimate childhood wish…… #BringbackdragonballZ Read the rest of this entry »

 

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#HerWordSeries Part 2 “She is complicated?” – The unlearning … By Lunga Vuyo Ncala

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“She is complicated?” – The unlearning

Seeking to understand her design purpose as woman, one had to undergo a process of unlearning all, stereotypes, all “men talk” conversations with the boys, all experiences and preconceived notions of what a woman is. Now the burning question is, why bother cause “she is complicated” for this very reason this statement exists, I need to uncomplicate shit and just know her for the truth that she is.

In this lesson I have unlearned that:

1. She is not complicated it is me who chooses to call her that. Maybe I’m attracted to abstract things or even maybe I call her that as a means of making the “discovery” of this complex being my own – God complex. Uhm. Whatever the reason behind my foolish & futile aspirations to “figure her out” all I know is that am lost in my own formulated complexity of her.

2. She is not mine to own or co-own in any form shape or size, rather that she is created of me by God for a purpose far beyond that I have assigned her too.

Article by Lunga Vuyo Ncala #ROW

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2015 in Spirituality Sunday

 

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Is God Is “Dead”?? The Dollarization Of God and Ways To Live In The Now… Editor’s Genius Pick

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“One of the many slave ships that came and raided Afrika was called “The Good ship Jesus” that saw many Afrikans displaced and in sorting of this mass abductions one of the first Men and Women, while docked and boarded onto the ship were named “Adam and Eve” as if to begin civilisation across the sea, as if reading off a manuscript on how to control a people religiously” Afari Kofi

Sooo I’m currently reading this book called “Power Of The Now” as I feel my mind is always preoccupied with the future so much so I at times fail to acknowledge the present happenings…. Let me not lie, I put the book to rest about 3 months back and still planning on finishing it. Anyway in the book he touches on religion, Christianity, Buddhism, and other types of religions… I’m very much challenged by his vast open-mindedness when it comes to religion and God.

I’ve always been one to keep an open mind when it comes to religion and try to never enforce my spiritual beliefs upon others… The below are snippets of a Chapter in the book where he talks of God being dead… much of this coming from how the name has been misused over the years….. Not for the faint hearted blind followers I must warm.

Eckhart Tolle: The Power of Now

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“The word God has become empty of meaning through thousands of years of misuse. I use it sometimes, but I do so sparingly. By misuse, I mean that people who have never even glimpsed the realm of the sacred, the infinite vastness behind that word, use it with great conviction, as if they knew what they are talking about. Or they argue against it, as if they knew what it is that they are denying. This misuse gives rise to absurd beliefs, assertions, and egoic delusions, such as ‘My or our God is the only true God, and your God is false,” or Nietzsche’s famous statement ‘God is dead.’

The word God has become a closed concept. The moment the word is uttered, a mental image is created, no longer, perhaps, of an old man with a white beard, but still a mental representation of someone or something outside you, and, yes, almost inevitably a male someone or something.” Eckhart Tolle

Enlightenment – what is that?

“The word enlightenment conjures up the idea of some super-human accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being. It is a state of connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible, something that, almost paradoxically, is essentially you and yet is much greater than you. It is finding your true nature beyond name and form. The inability to feel this connectedness gives rise to the illusion of separation, from yourself and from the world around you. You then perceive yourself, consciously or unconsciously, as an isolated fragment. Fear arises, and conflict within and without becomes the norm.

I love the Buddha’s simple definition of enlightenment as ‘the end of suffering.’ There is nothing superhuman in that, is there? Of course, as a definition, it is incomplete. It only tells you what enlightenment is not: no suffering. But what’s left when there is no more suffering? The Buddha is silent on that, and his silence implies that you’ll have to find out for yourself. He uses a negative definition so that the mind cannot make it into something to believe in or into a superhuman accomplishment, a goal that is impossible for you to attain. Despite this precaution, the majority of Buddhists still believe that enlightenment is for the Buddha, not for them, at least not in this lifetime.

You used the word Being. Can you explain what you mean by that?

Being is the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death. However, Being is not only beyond but also deep within every form as its innermost invisible and indestructible essence. This means that it is accessible to you now as your own deepest self, your true nature. But don’t seek to grasp it with your mind. Don’t try to understand it. You can know it only when the mind is still. When you are present, when your attention is fully and intensely in the Now, Being can be felt, but it can never be understood mentally. To regain awareness of Being and to abide in that state of ‘feeling-realization’ is enlightenment.

 

Eckhart Tolle: The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

 

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in Spirituality Sunday

 

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LUCY-fer… By Kendrick Lamar

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Song name: For Free? (Interlude) Track 8: To Pimp A Butterfly

This song offers a deeper insight into the previously introduced figure of Lucy (a character representing Lucifer)

As the song goes on, it is understood that Lucy is short for Lucifer, hence the lines about temptation and signing contracts. The name makes the song work in tandem with For Free?. Both songs relate to his value as a musician, and how that transcends in to his value as a person. On For Free? he criticises the culture that breeds a belief that musicians and famous people must “floss” or be showy with their money. Here, he juxtaposes that criticism with the seductive nature of the hip hop lifestyle, namely the bling culture, and the idea that once an artist signs a deal and receives their advance, all their dreams will come true.

Below is a strip from the lyrics whereby Kendrick is having a conversation with the devil (Lucy or Lucifer)

“You said to me
You said your name was Lucy
I said where’s Ricardo?
I said oh no, not the show
Than you spit a little rap to me like this
When I turned 26 I was like oh shit
You said this to me
I remember what you said too you said
My name is Lucy Kendrick
You introduced me Kendrick
Usually I don’t do this
But I see you and me Kendrick
Lucy Give you no worries
Lucy got million stories
About these rappers I came after when they was boring
Lucy gone fill your pockets
Lucy gone move your mama out of Compton
Inside the gi-gantic mansion like I promised
Lucy just want your trust and loyalty
Avoiding me?
It’s not so easy I’m at these functions accordingly
Kendrick, Lucy don’t slack a minute
Lucy work harder
Lucy gone call you even when Lucy know you love your Father
I’m Lucy
I loosely heard prayers on your first album truly
Lucy don’t mind cause at the end of the day you’ll pursue me
Lucy go get it, Lucy not timid, Lucy up front
Lucy got paper work on top of paper work
I want you to know that Lucy got you
All your life I watched you
And now you all grown up then sign this contract if that’s possible”

 

Analysis from Genius.com

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2015 in Spirituality Sunday

 

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