Updated: Apr 29
We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to ... the human community. ☥ ☥ Haile Selassie ☥
I had the extreme pleasure of growing up with and being immersed in Caribbean culture. The two dominant Caribbean cultures of influence from childhood came from Trinidad and Jamaica. I was often taken to house parties and would play with the other children upstairs while the adults would party in the basement. There was food for everyone in the kitchen, and I learned about and enjoyed all kinds of dishes that were not common in America such as callaloo, plantains, rice and peas, roti, ackee and saltfish, cassava, hard dough bread, bulla, sorrel, buss-up shut, jerk and curried just about everything.
No culture or movement is perfect because we are all growing, learning and hopefully evolving to higher levels of consciousness. That said, it would be impossible for me to share healing strategies without highlighting the positive contributions of the Rastafari movement. Out of this movement came healing consciousness through natural living, nutrition, empowering music and more. As we explore how to demystify ☥ heal our emotions, let's consider the following lyrics from Bob Marley's "Trenchtown Rock:"
No want you fe galang so No want you fe galang so You want come cold I up But you can't come cold I up 'Cause I'm groovin', yes I'm groovin' ☥ I say one good thing about music When it hits you feel no pain ☥ ☥ ☥ Bob Marley ☥
I invite any of my patois speaking Spiritual family to correct me in the comments if I mess up the translation as I attempt to share some of the lyrics of "Trenchtown Rock" to assist us in the process of emotional healing. "No want you fe galang so" loosely translated means "I don't want you to behave in a negative/oppressive way." This is an acknowledgment/rejection of the oppressive treatment of Black ☥ Indigenous ☥ Immigrant People worldwide. "You want come cold I up, but you can't come cold I up" means "You want me to feel cold/dead inside - to drain the life from me, but because I am connected to Spirit, you don't have the power to determine how I feel."
I'm unpacking the next part of the song because I want to make sure that Black ☥ Indigenous ☥ Immigrant People overstand the significance of the lyrics. "'Cause I'm groovin' ... one good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain." The colonizers of Black ☥ Indigenous ☥ Immigrant People would often engage in manipulative tactics such as:
Solving a problem for which you know there’s an answer is like climbing a mountain with a guide, along a trail someone else has laid. In mathematics, the truth is somewhere out there in a place no one knows, beyond all the beaten paths. And it’s not always at the top of the mountain. It might be in a crack on the smoothest cliff or somewhere deep in the valley.☥ ☥ ☥ Yoko Ogawa ☥
In The Medici Effect, author Frans Johansson teaches leaders how to include concepts and ideas that lie outside their natural environment, comfort zone, expertise, etc. as a pathway to innovation. During my work in the corporate world, I joined a conference call with Johansson and was thrilled to hear him speak of his Black and Swedish ancestry, which inspired his groundbreaking work. I imagine that Frans would welcome the idea of approaching emotional problems by considering solutions that exist in the unknown as Yoko suggests. If Black ☥ Indigenous ☥ Immigrant People are kept in survival mode, worry, anxiety and on the defensive, it becomes impossible for us to lift our consciousness to the level of the solution to any problem that we face.
Because we are relational people, we become targets for psychological manipulation as colonizers continue to do things that "cold I up" without us realizing that it is happening. We then get stuck in the trauma of what has happened which distracts us from focusing on the solution. However if we start "groovin,'" we will usher in a powerful alchemy that allows us to connect with our ancestors and higher power. In this place, we can find an appropriate response that is not buried under the trauma inflicted upon us.
When we allow the music to "hit us" until we "feel no pain" we are cleansing ourselves and clearing our minds so that we can access the solutions that will assist us in achieving our goals in the midst of and in spite of oppressive forces. Music is one of many ways that Black ☥ Indigenous ☥ Immigrant People can lift our consciousness to the level of the solution to challenges that we face. Other important pathways include:
☥ Engaging in exercises with conscious breathwork such as jumping rope, jogging, walking,
boxing, stretching, etc.
☥ Playing musical instruments such as drumming
☥ Singing, dancing, laughing
You can make your mind recall anything you want, but it can only give back what it was first given. ☥ ☥ Unknown ☥
One principle of Ayurveda states that emotional imbalance is a precursor to dis-ease. What does that mean? We have emotions that move through us all the time. At some point in time, we unknowingly allow an emotion to get stuck in us. When this happens, the emotion finds a home in a organ, gland or tissue. It will live there and weaken the area until the emotion is released so that healing can occur, or until the weakened area develops dis-ease. Unfortunately for many of us, the latter is the norm.
Let's take a look at how negative emotions can affect specific organs and cause dis-ease: