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Knowing And Befriending The Universe

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Much as the Universe LOVES us, we must understand the characters of the Universe. Everything in this life has likes and dislikes. That is where Ying and Yang comes in. if you have a friend, you must know his likes and dislikes. This is inevitable—I think I will call this Universal Law of Understanding. 

Now, to really step into your own power and live in your magical and Divine Self; manifest your dreams and sprout the life you love; you must know that there are thing which the Universe does not love—I mean the things Universe forbids. In truth, the Universe forbids fear, hate, pride, ungratefulness, scarcity, hurry, poverty, suffering, failure, stagnation, impossibility, penury, sickness, backwardness, groveling, desperation, worry, attachment, greed, war, inferiority complex, jealousy, suicide, stealing, self-sabotage, negativity. These are all negative energies and lower vibrational consciousness! When allowed to manifest, they do not create a good reality—reality of them do not help to raise the consciousness of mankind and it does not harmonize with the way Universe work. Put simply, these mentioned negative energies are ANTI-UNIVERSE! If you are against Universe, there is no success for you.

The Universe works in a progressive pattern; not retrogression—that is why we cannot go back to yesterday; our days has always been dawning forward not backward. For example, if today is Monday, you cannot say let us go back to Sunday. However, there are thing Universe does love. They are: love, faith, success, gratitude, progress, wisdom, mindfulness, happiness, light, wealth/abundance, good health, kindness, impartiality, unity, peace, possibilities, levity, detachment, ease, effortlessness, braveness, miracles, etc. These are positive energies and higher vibrational consciousness. And they are harmonious with the Universe. They are the ingredients that are helping to keep the existence of the Universe; without them there will be no life!

Angels (of light and love) are epitome of these energies. These energies are their forte and hallmarks. Negative entities and demons are of lower energies and vibrations. You do not have to fear them. Dispel them! You can do it with the right knowledge and support. We hear of the operations of dark forces manipulating and causing chaos…but demons have power and cause havoc…you may wonder. Yes, they do but you know what? There is a Parameter! The powers of the dark realms are always vibrating in lower energies—I mean lower vibrational powers.

“You need to know and master yourself in order to command Spirits and communicate with Gods. Otherwise they won’t respect you and cooperate with you.” Pavol Malenky

By Parameter, I mean that there are Higher Powers (of Light and Love) which can check the operations of the negative entities and condemn it. Ultimately nullifying and fizzling it out. Remember, anything that is not in harmony with the Universe is of a lower vibration because their manifestations do not support life and are not of the highest good of all. Against the power of light there can be no victory. Sometimes lower energies and vibrations are directed from one person to another (with a malicious intention and we can also pick them into our selves consciously or unconsciously depending on the environment we are and the people we are associating with (I covered this point in detail in my Law of Attraction book).

This 3D has walls. Invisible fence–it comes in form of invisible Waves of frequencies, Vibration and auras working as beliefs, thoughts, feelings and all the subliminal brouhaha….so whenever you are experiencing some lower energies and vibrations; just know that one or some of those invisible lower vibrations are swirling around you. It is your job to fortify yourself and become impenetrable for dark energies. This doesn’t mean you are going to be peachy keen all the time…we are living in a Lower Realm (that’s 3D).

Everything is energy. The Universe works with emotions as well. If you are in a state of self-pity, shame, fear, feelings of unworthiness, confusion and doubts. The Universe/Spirit Guides will be aloof a kind of because they can work in this kind of vortex. They are powerless places composed of Lower Vibrations. Though miracles happens too–because some of my biggest wins came to me when I doubted and consumed with fear.

Nevertheless, be SASSY and POSITIVELY REBELLIOUS that’s how to win in this Earth game we have come to play. Not easy though. And be STUBBORN enough to place your order to the Universe without fear or fervour. Have you read what is written in the book of II Timothy 1:6-7? If you are not familiar with it; here is what it says: “For this very cause I remind you to stirrup like a fire the gift of God which is in you…for God gave us not a spirit of cowardice, but that of power and of love and of soundness of mind.”

Now, one thing you must remember is that for you to be able to befriend the Universe you must understand that clarity unlocks magic. Be fearless and sassy enough to ask for whatever it is you desire from the Universe! Pavol Malenky has said it well, “You need to know and master yourself in order to command Spirits and communicate with Gods. Otherwise they won’t respect you and cooperate with you.”

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Who do you trust?

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Today’s blopost was gotten from the Celtic Spiritual Teacher and Healer: Abby Wynne! I am a big fan of Abby and I am an avid reader and subscriber of her newsletter. Actually, this post was gotten from the newsletter of Abby Wynne.

Now, I will leave you to ponder and explore through this blogpost: who do YOU trust? I would like to hear your thoughts in the comment section or feel free to write me.

I read an article online called “How to be happier with less” and it made me wonder – what are they planning now? When you distrust the media, the government, and for some of us, the medical professionals, who do you trust?

It’s funny, because being happier with less is walking the path of non-attachment. Not having everything we want, but giving ourselves what we need, is a spiritual path. Yet the first thing that comes into my mind is “What is their agenda here?”

In a world where people are not allowed to speak out, where scientific debate has been quashed and treatments hidden, where it’s about ‘keeping each other safe’, but nobody is talking about healing… In a world where injured people are being hidden and ignored, where it’s acceptable for politicians to party but ‘normal people’ have to cancel their plans to visit family you can’t be blamed for being confused, and not knowing who is right or wrong, or not knowing who to trust.

This is why a daily spiritual practice is vital.

“During lockdown, many of us will have developed intimate relationships with our delivery drivers. Now, this doesn’t mean we were cheating on our spouses or feeling sparks as we caught eyes at the front gate. No, it just means that the frequency they travelled to us with brown boxes created an almost addictive connection. They were the one constant in uncertain times.” says the Metro in it’s brash authoritative voice, feeling smug in thinking that it knows you better than you know yourself.

Really? Was this the case for you? It wasn’t for me. For me, I had many constants, including the loving relationships with my family, the changing of the seasons, the freshness of bread out of the oven. But if you doubt yourself, you might fall into the trap of believing them, and questioning yourself.

Being anchored to the earth and to yourself means you have a strength that most people don’t seem to have any more. And when I feel myself becoming addicted to something I pull my energy out of it, so it doesn’t drag me down and suck me into, well, the mainstream agenda of wanting to make us powerless. 

If you don’t have a regular habit of consolidating your energies and anchoring yourself to your heart, to the earth, to what is important and true, it’s possible you’ve shrunk energetically and forgotten just how powerful you are.

This is not okay.

We need to recognise when we have shrunk, and do something about it. Once we are consistent we catch their subtle ways of worming into the collective consciousness, the ways they try to make people shrink, feel smaller, and adopt the inner self-talk of “I’m not good enough, I don’t trust myself, I wish someone would tell me what to do.”


I make no apologies for this observation. Those of us who have done our work and find ourselves pleasant company don’t fall for this stuff any more. And there are more of us joining our ranks.

Take a few moments now. Pull your energy out of the media, out of the narrative, the tv shows, the needing stuff, or needing to give up the stuff that you thought you needed. Pull yourself out of stuff in general.

Breathe.

You’re okay. Really, you are. You’ve just forgotten or got caught up in things. It can happen to the best of us.

Claim your space in the world. Switch on your heart light. Ahh, that’s better.

Now expand. Grow, push any negative, malicious energy that wants to disconnect you from your power and strength right out of your energy field.

You might feel anxiety doing this, that’s natural. Touch the Earth. Earth yourself.

Breathe again, and take up your full space in the world. You have nothing to apologise for.

You are a bright and beautiful being, and you know yourself better than anyone.

It is a process, it takes time, but if you decide to do it, and then do it, then you will be successful.

Now back to my question – when you distrust the media, the government, and for some of us, the medical professionals, who do you trust? When you are in your expanded state, anchored into the Earth, and into your heart, you trust you. Your inner guidance, your ability to tell right from wrong, to tell good from evil. You trust your own ability to say no, to be responsible in the world, to do the right thing. And that is everything.

Lots of love, until next week,

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My Powerful Telepathic Experience!!

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Have you ever had a powerful telepathic experience? We have heard of Telepathy and know what it means. I do not want to start explaining it. It simply means mind-reading or ESP (Extra Sensory Perception). Honestly, I am quite the intuitive and “sensitive” type. This story I want to share with you is an actual life story that happened to me! Time and space does not exist in the ether! Any time I remember this powerful telepathic experience of mine; I feel VERY overwhelmed, dumbfounded and grateful.

In 2019, I had a very powerful telepathic experience. I was teaching in a private school then. On that fateful morning, I was dressing up preparing for school. After some time, I began to have this cold dizzy feeling; I began to feel melancholic and overwhelmed. I tried to brace myself up and pull myself together but it was not working out. I noticed something happening. I was dressing wrongly! How do I mean? After putting on my long-sleeve I realized that I missed buttoning one of the buttons. I corrected it—then something happened again; I missed putting my belt correctly on the rim of my trouser. I missed one of the belt holders in my trouser. This happened for three times; then I began wearing my shoes sluggishly. After wearing it I felt so tired; I was not hungry or having any body pain of any kind. I slept well and woke up well.

Then I started going to school. I used to put on my ear piece when going to school listening to some music. But that day I did not do it. I just felt not interested. I was just walking to school with a great mindfulness and sobriety. I got to a point I began to walk very slowly. Something happened!! I got to a palm tree plantation and I felt so tired. I was almost squatting as I stopped walking! A very cold feeling hit me back and forth. I thought of calling our proprietress that I would not be able to come to school that morning that I was not feeling fine. But I said to continue; guess what came out of my mouth? Intuitively, I began affirming consistently and seriously: “I REFUSE CONDOLENCE, I REJECT CONDOLENCE…” I continued this affirmation all the way to the school. I was saying it slowly within myself but with a strong conviction and clarity.

When I arrived school, my pupils noticed that I was not as cheerful as I was the previous day; so they were staring at me bemused—sensing that something was “wrong” with me. I sat down on my chair and placed my head on the desk still saying the affirmations within myself subliminally. After about ten minutes of me saying those affirmations; I sat up quiet, calm and sober. Not quite long they rang the bell for assembly and I went. When the academic activity of that day was over, I went home.

It was a hot afternoon when I got home. When I got home I noticed something strange! Everywhere was quiet. No one was at home. “It is well,” I told myself; then I called my mom. My mom answered the call and told me that she was in the hospital. My heart bit and I panicked. I did not eat the food I wanted to eat. I was afraid and fidgeting; I entered a bike and went to the hospital. When I got to the hospital I COULD NOT BELIEVE my eyes!!!

Festus was lying on the hospital bed with plasters and injection on his body. His eyes were closed. I asked my mom what happened; my mom said he had an accident in his workshop. My mom and brother Bright was there in the hospital already before I arrived.

My mom told me that Festus was working in his mechanic workshop. He had already raised the vehicle up and was lying on the ground beneath the vehicle to repair it when one of the woods he used to raise the vehicle shifted away and the vehicle fell on top of him!!! He fainted; thank God there were coworkers there in his workshops. They came to his aid and raised the vehicle off him then rushed him to the hospital. He was still unconscious!!! At the time he was rushed to the hospital. My mom told me that she was in the farm working when the news came to her. One of our relative called her and told her that Festus is unconscious in the hospital. She screamed and ran from the farm direct to the hospital to meet Festus.

It was a red letter day for us. But thank God that Festus survived the accident and recovered from the pain. One of his eyes was covered with blood. He spent two weeks in the hospital. When my mom finished narrating the ordeal to me I told of her the experience I had in the morning when I was going to school. She said it was revelation from God to me that something was going wrong somewhere and that at the time I was having those experience that was when the incident was happening because she told me the time she got the call.  I told my mom the affirmations that were popping out of my mouth. She told me that God put those affirmations in my mouth to ward-off the ugly thing that would have happened.

We were filled with gratitude and joy for Festus safety and recovery. Though it was a very serious injury; he recovered miraculously and no further referral for medical treatment was made. He spent up to two weeks in the hospital. This was actually a powerful telepathic experience. It is an event I can never forget in a hurry.

Feel free to share with me any telepathic experience you have had.

Namaste!

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An Eye That Sees Everything!

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Most times I cannot help but wonder and get dumbfounded by the infinite wisdom of God. God is INDEED an all-knowing God; Master Planner and the ONE who sees everything. No wonder the proverb nothing is hidden under the sun. This story I want to share with you is an actual story that happened! It happened to my (half) brother. Sometimes when I remember it I cannot help but shrug my shoulders in wonder!! My (half) brother is an automobile mechanic and his name is Festus. This story happened in his automobile mechanic workshop in 2020.

Now I want you to sit back, relax and read through how God demonstrated his INFINITE WISDOM. This experience has always left me DUMBFOUNDED with AWE!!!

On this fateful day, Festus customer who sells red oil (palm oil is gotten from palm trees) brought his vehicle to Festus workshop to repair. This customer has a porter (someone who helps in offloading goods to and from the vehicle. In Nigeria, we call them Motor Boy). The man has already loaded his vehicle with gallons of red oil heading to the Northern Nigeria when his vehicle developed a fault. So he had to drive down to Festus workshop to repair it. According to Festus; the fault in the vehicle was much that he could not finish working on it that day but promised to finish working on it the next day.

Festus customer and his Motor Boy were well aware that there were 30 gallons of 25 litres of red oil loaded in the booth. Having discussed with Festus; he left. Close to Festus workshop is a house; occupied by a woman and her little children.

On that fateful day; the woman who live close to Festus workshop washed clothes and hanged them outside. She instructed her children to hang out the clothes once it was evening. The children played all through the day and eventually they hung out the clothes their mother had instructed them to hang out. But something happened…

Their mother came back and they were inside. Their mother came back at night. She was checking the clothes her children hung out from the hanger outside when she noticed that her children had forgotten to hang out other clothes.  She realized at once that the clothes in the house were not complete—some clothes were missing! It was a moony night but she took torch light to enable her see the place the clothes were hung outside. Upon getting outside she saw someone. Moved with curiosity she greeted the person. It was Festus customer’s Motor Boy! He was carrying a 25 litre of oil (he was stealing it actually because he was carrying from the booth of the vehicle to a close bush around Festus workshop). He and the woman greeted and the woman asked him what he was doing in the workshop by this time of the day and where he was carrying the 25 litre gallon to. To this, the Motor Boy gave a very flimsy excuse.

Festus completed working the vehicle the next day. Meanwhile, the customer had already asked Festus if his workshop was secured and Festus told him yes that his workshop was secured. So the customer was at ease knowing full well that his goods were going to be safe and complete. But for some reason the man decided to check his goods to see if the goods he loaded inside were complete. He unlocked the booth of the vehicle and checked to see if the goods were complete; suddenly he noticed that one gallon was missing.

He was interrogating Festus about the missing gallon of oil. Festus told him that he was not aware if any gallon of oil was missing. The Motor Boy had a spare key of the booth of the vehicle as well. That morning, the customer came to Festus workshop with his Motor Boy. The customer had already asked his Motor Boy about the missing gallon of oil to which he said he does not know what happened. He even swear to God that he was not aware of the missing gallon. Then the customer became very furious with Festus and raised his voice.

With the uproar, it attracted the attention of the woman living very close to Festus workshop. She asked what the bone of contention was; then the customer explained everything to her. She was very surprised and asked the Motor Boy, “Were you not the one I saw last night carrying 25 litre gallon and I asked you what you were doing in the workshop at night”? The Motor Boy was dumbfounded. He could not say a word and the customer who was his boss gave him a very hot slap because the customer was having suspicion on Festus on the missing gallon oil.

The Motor Boy began to plead for mercy and forgiveness. Then he went to the nearby bush were he hid the 25 litre gallon and brought it out. The customer did not take it easy, he called the Army to come and take him out of his sight. He was dragged out of Festus workshop shamefully. The customer and the woman apologized to Festus because accusing fingers were almost being pointed to him if not for God who arranged events to expose the thief Motor Boy! On top of that, the customer sacked him from being his Motor Boy.

When Festus shared this story with us, my mom screamed with excitement and gratitude. We were all surprised! So you see, it does not matter what we do; there is always an eye that will see it even when other people cannot see us. You see how God arranged events to disgrace the thief Motor Boy! I believe in Invisible Forces and Higher Power.

In my next post, I am going to share with you a very powerful telepathic experience I had.

Until then, stay empowered, enlightened and get into cahoots with your Angels, Cosmic Forces, Guan Yin, God, Goddess, your Higher Self and your Fairy-Elfin-Friends!

Kingsley loves you all-round!

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Money: 25 Money Affirmations to Attract Wealth and Abundance

Today, I want to talk about money. Everyone loves money! Money is an indispensable part of human existence because without money you cannot pay your bills because we live in a world where we have to pay for survival. What do you think is the difference between the millionaires, billionaires and the poor people? A lot of the time is about opportunities, environment and circumstances. But an integral part of what plays a MAJOR role is mindset and belief.

There has been a very famous statement about money saying that money is the root of evil. But is it really true? Is money truly the root of evil? For me, I do not believe it is. I believe that money is a tool for creating a better life.

What do you think people like Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Ali Baba etc have in common? If you ask me I will tell you MINDSET and BELIEF. We know what mindset is; then what is a belief? A belief is an idea in your mind. These famous people have the same belief! The belief they hold is that there is more than enough for everyone in the Universe and that there is more than enough to go around.

Unfortunately, often times we sabotage ourselves with limiting beliefs when we want to create more abundance for ourselves. Why do we have a kind of negative belief about money? There are people who feel unworthy of abundance—and it is quite unhelpful; sometimes these limiting beliefs are as a result of the way we were brought up or what our teachers, friends, neighbours and elderly ones told us. It can also be because of the conventional mentality of the society that make us have a limiting belief and negative thinking about money and abundance.

In my own personal journey of manifestation; I have grown to understand that the Universe has more than enough to give to us. We are only limited by our mindset. There is this saying that the sky is your limit. But the sky is not the limit our beliefs are!! As bitter as it may sound; you cannot be in a reality that you don’t have the consciousness. You cannot be in abundant reality when you have a poverty consciousness and vice versa.

ENOUGH TO GO AROUND

It’s easy to compare ourselves to people who are more successful: taller, richer or have better abs. Get into almost any group and somebody has something or is doing something better than you. The real harm is when we somehow believe we don’t deserve better, as if what we want is in limited supply. This scarcity thinking can even lead to being “…resistant to taking care of ourselves as fully as we can.” says clinical psychologist Suzanne Lachmann

All three pictures are from Farnoosh Brock of Prolific Living

The only difference between people who have more of what you want and you comes down to what you focus on. Abundance is all around you. You may be living with a debilitating disorder – it’s call the “psychology of scarcity” (Daniel Kahneman)—the belief that there isn’t enough to go around. This can have short-term impacts, like relying on usury lending rates at payday lender outlets.

Without further ado, here are 25 money affirmations to attract wealth and abundance. BUT manifesting money is not only about affirmations; but affirmations can actually set the tone for the manifestation and reprogramming of your subconscious mind because everything starts from the mind!! So check out these affirmations and I hope it makes sense to you as I have found it meaningful and helpful. Thanks to Farnoosh Brock from whom I got these affirmations from

Money: 25 Money Affirmations to Attract Wealth and Abundance

  1. I am a magnet for money. Prosperity is drawn to me.
  2. Money comes to me in expected and unexpected ways.
  3. I move from poverty thinking to abundance thinking.
  4. I am worthy of making more money.
  5. I am open and receptive to all the wealth life offers me.
  6. I embrace new avenues of income.
  7. I welcome an unlimited source of income and wealth in my life.
  8. I release all negative energy over money.
  9. Money comes to me easily and effortlessly.
  10. I use money to better my life and the lives of others.
  11. Wealth constantly flows into my life.
  12. My actions create constant prosperity.
  13. I am aligned with the energy of abundance.
  14. I constantly attract opportunities that create more money.
  15. My finances improve beyond my dreams.
  16. Money is the root of joy and comfort.
  17. Money and spirituality co-exist in harmony.
  18. Money and love are friends.
  19. Money is my servant.
  20. I am the master of my wealth.
  21. I am able to handle large sums of money.
  22. I am at peace with having a lot of money.
  23. I can handle massive success with grace.
  24. Money expands my life’s opportunities and experiences.
  25. Money creates positive impact in my life.

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How BAD Nigeria has BECOME!!!

Muhammadu Buhari: Nigerian President (Google Images)
Map of Nigeria: Google Images

That tiny yellow map written Delta is my state. That is where I am typing this blog from and that is my state of origin.

When I was in high school to my early years in college, Nigeria had a very good reputation. For some time now, Nigeria has occupied a frontline as a notorious, poor, insecure and criminal country. Nigeria has prided itself and it still pride itself as the GIANT of Africa! Ah!! The Giant!! Now, one may want to ask; Giant in what sense?

The Simple and Honest Answer about Nigeria being the Giant of Africa:

Giant in corruption, Giant in bad leadership Giant in poverty, Giant in backwardness, Giant in embezzlement, looting of public funds, Giant in visionless, gullible, groveling, Inferiority Complex-coated leaders, Giant in  mentally enslaved leaders. Giant in hate amongst themselves, Giant in producing nothing, Giant in importing foods, matches box, razor, pin, biro, fuel, eraser, pencil and everything you can think of. Giant in owing doctors and teachers salaries, Giant in high rate of unemployment, Giant in blackouts, Giant of a lawless country, Giant of a country that is very notorious in the international community, Giant of hypocrisy, Giant in valuing cows more than human beings. Nigeria occupies a Frontline in the list of most corrupt countries in the world and the least in developed countries.

Actually, Nigeria is a country blessed with abundant human and natural resources. But unfortunately, the government and the people we have as leaders in Nigeria are not leaders at all. They are criminals, unwise and unfit to be leaders. They swindled their way into those positions.

When I was in college, we were having a discussion in the hostel and a hostel mate asked me how manage these people who occupy powerful positions in the helm of affairs of the country are able to get to such lofty positions—even when they are not truly qualified to be there with the required criteria. Then I answered her. How do you expect those politicians at the top to have achieved and be in such powerful and lofty positions with ordinary hands? Of course they belong to various secret societies and occult kingdoms where they make contracts with Negative Entities who then do their bidding to be in such high positions in exchange for whatever it is they have used in making the agreement and connections with the Negative Entities. She was shocked! I did not stop here; I went further to tell her more…”I am not surprised by the bad things going on in Nigeria which are done by the Nigerian government. “Why”? She asked me.

“What do you expect someone who is ruling with a Dark Energy to do when he is on the throne? If the Nigerian leaders were mandated and chosen from the Light Realm to lead you will see the DIFFERENCE.” I answered her. They (Nigerian leaders) have a pact with Dark Energies and Negative Entities. That is why when they enter the positions they rule with negative energies, negative consciousness and lower vibrational attitudes.” You cannot give what you do not have.

I LOVE, RESPECT, EMULATE and ADMIRE good presidents and leaders who have developed their countries. One of such president I LOVE, RESPECT, EMULATE and ADMIRE is Lee Kuan Yew the Founding Father of Singapore. Mr. Lee Kuan Yew transformed Singapore from a poor third world country to a First Nation HIGHLY DEVELOPED country!! Is this not a heartwarming thing to do? Of course it is. Today, Singapore is a PARADISE!! I honestly describe Lee Kuan Yew as an EMBODIMENT of Kuan Yin (also known as Guan Yin, Kwan Yin: the Goddess of Compassion). YES, Lee Kuan Yew ruled Singapore with a Positive Energy and a mandate from the Light Realms. Lee Kuan Yew is an Emissary of Light and a TRUE exemplary Leader!! NO African leader has achieved what Lee Kuan Yew achieved.

Lee Kuan Yew: The Founding Father of Singapore. Left picture Singapore City (Google Images)

What did Lee Kwan Yew do for Singapore?

With overwhelming parliamentary control at every election, Lee oversaw Singapore’s transformation from a British crown colony with a natural deep harbour to a developed country with a high-income economy. In the process, he forged a system of meritocratic, highly effective and non-corrupt government and civil service. (Source: Wikipedia)

Left and Right pictures: Singapore City: Google Images
Kuan Yin (Goddess of Compassion: Google Images)
Kuan Yin atop a Draagon: Google Images

When I was interviewed by a local magazine in 2011; I subconsciously said I was going to emulate the example of the Singaporean leader (Lee Kuan Yew and other great leaders of the great beautiful countries).

My interview with a local magazine in 2011

It is such a shame that Nigeria with human and natural resources is still poor and backward!! Not that the citizens are not ready to work; but all the ills boils down to the BAD leadership from the government. Where do I start from describing the problems in Nigeria? Is it poverty? Poor healthcare system? Bad roads? Lack of infrastructures? Poor water supply? Rotten and lope-sided educational system? Unstable and poor power supply? Unduly high cost of products/services? Bribery and corruption? Nepotism? Religiosity? High unemployment rate? Insecurity? You name it…   

One day, I was in the car on my way travelling some passengers in the car were discussing about the high rate of crime in Nigeria. Especially the internet fraudsters and scamming activities in Nigeria; how rampant and too obvious it has become recently in Nigeria. A young girl in the vehicle made a comment I took to heart and acknowledged to be true. Here is what she said to the passengers and driver.

“It is true that many Nigerian youths are now indulging in fraudulent activities and scamming. But not all Nigerian youths are doing that. We still have the hardworking innocent and noble ones. Anyone who wants to blame the Nigerian youths who are doing scamming should be in their position to experience what they are passing through. Most of these scamming and fraudulent activities going on in the internet by Nigerian youths are as a result of unemployment, poverty and frustrations.

Someone who graduates from school with no job opportunity or any other support from the government; what do you expect the person to think of doing? Even if you will say why not go into business; you will need money to start the business. Where will you get the money from? A person whose parents have suffered to train in the university will have to go back home and start living with the parents for them to start retraining him again? Who does that? How comfortable is that? Is it really worth it? You are going to start depending on your parents to be paying your bills for you again? It is so gut-wrenching. I think that if these youths are lucratively engaged with something better they will NEVER have the intentions of going into fraud and scamming.” This was what the girl explained and actually a salient point.

On my own I said, “Frustrations can lead someone into a path he or she would never have followed on a very good day. It is not easy to thrive in a shitty environment. After all we live in a world where we have to pay for survival.”

A bitter truth: in Nigeria, it does not matter how filled with Passion and Compassion you are. Just understand that you are on your own because nobody cares. A young Nigerian guy Ignatius Asabor who manufactures drone was flown out of Nigeria to Finland by the Finnish engineers. Thank Goodness; otherwise he would have had his potentials locked because the Nigerian government NEVER gave him any attention. Today, Ignatius Asabor is in Finland flourishing with his potentials unlocked. Every day many Nigerian youths are risking their lives across the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea just to cross over to Europe because they know and understand that their destinies can be fulfilled there. Plus, the environment there in Europe is way better, supportive and helpful to their dreams!! It is only in Nigeria that doctors are owed. Each year more than 500 Nigerian doctors fly out from Nigeria to UK, USA, Saudi Arabia and Canada where they are well paid and recognized for their hardwork and efforts. The Saudi Arabian government came to fly out 500 Nigerian doctors, surgeons, etc to Saudi Arabia because Nigerian government cannot take care of them and their services was really needed in Saudi Arabia.

The most STUPID thing President Muhammadu Buhari did this year was to ban Twitter in Nigeria. Which President in his right senses does that rubbish? That shows the level of his insanity and foolishness for doing such a tyrannical act. Even as I am now I can no longer access my Twitter. I cannot even log in or create a new account for Twitter. Though I get notifications in my email but I have not been able to access Twitter.

Talking about then Nigerian economy, the country director, World Bank Group, Shubham Chaudhuri says Nigeria’s per capita income (PCI) is stagnant after 40 years, remaining at the same level in 2020 as it was in 1981. A country that parades itself as the “Giant of Africa.” Nothing works in Nigeria. Everything SUCKS!!!    

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The Repented Armed Robber

I will tell you one story which happened long time ago as a thief and killer who met a wise man completely changed his life and became a great man. It happened in a village in the East African country of Kenya.

Once upon a time there lived a robber who robbed people and killed them without doubts if they resisted. At the same time there lived a man called Matai. He was a musician. And he was famous for his deep wisdom. People loved him for his good advices, good temper, his jokes and charming music which he played on his instrument.

The wise man made up his mind to visit the neighboring village. His path went through that very forest where the robber operated. And people tried to persuade the wise man not to go on that path as it was very dangerous. But Matai just laughed, “I want to look at the man who beget fear in your hearts and made you cowards. He is just one man but he stopped the traffic on the whole way.”

Matai turned back and went to the forest playing music on his instrument. Soon the robber heard the music and went out to the path. He was surprised to see an unarmed man who seemed to be happy playing his melody. It was first time in his life that he felt doubts inside. And he addressed to the musician, “Don’t you know that it’s dangerous to go on this way?” Matai didn’t stop playing, turned off the road and took his place near the robber who was sharpening his sword all this time. Having finished his melody, he asked the robber, “What are you doing alone in this forest?”

The robber answered, “I rob people. And I will take now all your riches.” The wise man said, “My riches is different, it’s a spiritual one. And I would be happy myself to share it with you.

“I’m interested only by material riches,” declared the robber.

          “Material ones, you say?” asked the wise man and taking a handful of soil he scattered it. “But it’s only dust, illusion which disappears immediately. This is nothing comparing to the spiritual eternal values. Tell me, why do you need it?”

The robber answered, “I do it for the sake of my family: my mother, my wife and my children. If I don’t bring them money, they will starve. And I can’t do anything else.”

The wise man inquired him, “Have you asked them whether they need such a sacrifice? Are they ready to share the responsibility before God for your sins?”

It was first time in his life that the man making his life with robbery thought about it.

“I don’t know. I didn’t think about it before.”

“So, go and ask them,” proposed the wise man. “And I will wait for you here.”

“And he played again his charming melody.

The robber followed his advice. He came back home and asked his mother. The old woman replied him, “Why should I share the responsibility with you for your crimes? I’m your mother and it’s your duty to give me food.”

His wife said, “Why should I be responsible for your sins? I have not done anything and I’m pure before God. I don’t know how you get your bread. It’s your own matter.”

Having looked at faces of light-heartedly playing children, the robber didn’t even start to ask them. With a sunk heart he came back to the wise man.

“Nobody wants to share responsibility with me. Whatever I do for my family, it will turn out that I will be the only one responsible for everything. It happened that I’m alone. What should I do now?” And he looked with dolefully at the perfect face of the wise man. The latter answered, “Take away the mask of the thief and burn it the flame of good deeds. Redeem the evil done by you. Change yourself and become a Human.”

This man left this dark forest of delusion together with the great wise man…and he became famous and successful in following centuries in all his endeavours.

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Desperate Water Situation

Girl drinking water: Google images

Water is a very important element. Nothing can survive without water. A Legendary Nigerian singer; Fela Anikulapo Kuti said it that “Water no get enemy.” It means that that water has no enemy. And think about it; what can you do without water? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!

Even the Native Americans of the Lakota people has said it that “Mni Wiconi” meaning water is life. The Chinese people also has something to say about water.

When I finished high school, I visited a relative of mine in Asaba to spend the holidays with him. What happened one day in the compound has been indelible in my mind—hence I decided to share with you. It keeps me laughing every time I remember the story. Enjoy!

One morning, a man in the compound woke up with a merry heart and as usual chimed out for his cup of tea. His wife sang out equally cheerfully that sorry this morning there was to be no tea because there was no water.

“What?!” shouted the husband.

“There is no water anywhere in the compound.” Answered the wife

“Not in the whole town. According to the radio the pipes have burst.” The wife explained.

The husband was determined to do something about the situation. He phoned the water department and after a lot of humming and hawing, he was told that the supply would be reconnected in an hour’s time…but there would be no sufficient pressure to take the water up to the second floor.

It was five minutes to ten. There was a tap in the yard. So he told his wife to bring out all the jerry cans and buckets they have. The wife stood still staring at me with a hard look. “What jerry cans are you talking about? As for the buckets; the only bucket we have has a hole in the bottom because you insist on playing the drums on it.”

The husband dashed off to the hardware store to buy three large jerry cans rushed home. It was already 10:30. He made a beeline for the yard tap which had been left on and was now trickling precious water away. Out of the corner of his eye he saw third floor bearing down like a berserk buffalo; eyes fixed on the tap and water containers banging about his knees. The man was on a collision but there was nothing he could do. He closed like a couple tankers and both them went down in a tangle of arms and legs. Their utensils were going everywhere.

By the time the man had disentangled himself, sorted out his containers and tossed for his first go at the tap. The stream of water had died down to a trickle. When he reached the tap, it gave an apologetic gurgle and a mocking hiss. Before he could leap at each other’s throats a good Samaritan looked into the yard and told him that water could be gotten from a nearby well. The only trouble with this news as with all news was that by the time it reached him; it had already reached half of the town.

The area round the well was packed with sweating, cursing humanity armed with a startling variety of containers and utensils. The focus of everybody’s attention was the solitary tap connected to the well and the scowling, barrel-chested individual which had control over the hosepipe that was fitted to it. He was directing his hosepipe to a gross or so of containers that his helpers kept bringing up to be filled.

We were all waiting for him to finish filling his containers before making an assault on the hosepipes. The chance came sooner than I expected. One of his helpers had been filing his jerry can without undoing the top and the scowling man, noticing this let go the hosepipe to unscrew the top personally. He dived for the pipe. So did about three score of other human beings. Somehow he survived and what is more, came out of the mêlée still clutching the hosepipe. He stuffed the end into the first open aperture. This happened to be my neighbour’s open mouth, but fortunately. He realized his mistake before he had properly drowned him.

Eventually, after a fierce struggle and a rich harvest of bruises, he extricated himself from the mass with a jerry can full of water and directly proceeded home with it. He laid the full can proudly before his wife and still panting from the exertion waiting for her praise.

“Only one little can”! It is not enough to fill the basin and wash the children’s clothes with,” were the words that poured out from his wife’s mouth.

“Oh it is.” He answered with furiously.

“It is enough to fill three basins, four basins if you like….” The man boasted. In a bid to demonstrate to his wife; he tipped the water into the wash basin.

“Stop!” screamed his wife. The plug is not in. all the water is going down the drain!

It was too late. Three-quarters of the water was gone. He hit himself on the head with the can and the rest of the water gushed out and drenched him.

“You are wasting all the water.” Said his wife. He hit the wife on the head severally with the jerry can and then they kissed and made up.

From that day the water stopped flowing, they never take anything for granted.

When I finished high school, I visited a relative of mine in Asaba to spend the holidays with him. What happened one day in the compound has been indelible in my mind—hence I decided to share with you. It keeps me laughing every time I remember the story. Enjoy!

One morning, a man in the compound woke up with a merry heart and as usual chimed out for his cup of tea. His wife sang out equally cheerfully that sorry this morning there was to be no tea because there was no water.

“What?!” shouted the husband.

“There is no water anywhere in the compound.” Answered the wife

“Not in the whole town. According to the radio the pipes have burst.” The wife explained.

The husband was determined to do something about the situation. He phoned the water department and after a lot of humming and hawing, he was told that the supply would be reconnected in an hour’s time…but there would be no sufficient pressure to take the water up to the second floor.

It was five minutes to ten. There was a tap in the yard. So he told his wife to bring out all the jerry cans and buckets they have. The wife stood still staring at me with a hard look. “What jerry cans are you talking about? As for the buckets; the only bucket we have has a hole in the bottom because you insist on playing the drums on it.”

The husband dashed off to the hardware store to buy three large jerry cans rushed home. It was already 10:30. He made a beeline for the yard tap which had been left on and was now trickling precious water away. Out of the corner of his eye he saw third floor bearing down like a berserk buffalo; eyes fixed on the tap and water containers banging about his knees. The man was on a collision but there was nothing he could do. He closed like a couple tankers and both them went down in a tangle of arms and legs. Their utensils were going everywhere.

By the time the man had disentangled himself, sorted out his containers and tossed for his first go at the tap. The stream of water had died down to a trickle. When he reached the tap, it gave an apologetic gurgle and a mocking hiss. Before he could leap at each other’s throats a good Samaritan looked into the yard and told him that water could be gotten from a nearby well. The only trouble with this news as with all news was that by the time it reached him; it had already reached half of the town.

The area round the well was packed with sweating, cursing humanity armed with a startling variety of containers and utensils. The focus of everybody’s attention was the solitary tap connected to the well and the scowling, barrel-chested individual which had control over the hosepipe that was fitted to it. He was directing his hosepipe to a gross or so of containers that his helpers kept bringing up to be filled.

We were all waiting for him to finish filling his containers before making an assault on the hosepipes. The chance came sooner than I expected. One of his helpers had been filing his jerry can without undoing the top and the scowling man, noticing this let go the hosepipe to unscrew the top personally. He dived for the pipe. So did about three score of other human beings. Somehow he survived and what is more, came out of the mêlée still clutching the hosepipe. He stuffed the end into the first open aperture. This happened to be my neighbour’s open mouth, but fortunately. He realized his mistake before he had properly drowned him.

Eventually, after a fierce struggle and a rich harvest of bruises, he extricated himself from the mass with a jerry can full of water and directly proceeded home with it. He laid the full can proudly before his wife and still panting from the exertion waiting for her praise.

“Only one little can”! It is not enough to fill the basin and wash the children’s clothes with,” were the words that poured out from his wife’s mouth.

“Oh it is.” He answered with furiously.

“It is enough to fill three basins, four basins if you like….” The man boasted. In a bid to demonstrate to his wife; he tipped the water into the wash basin.

“Stop!” screamed his wife. The plug is not in. all the water is going down the drain!

It was too late. Three-quarters of the water was gone. He hit himself on the head with the can and the rest of the water gushed out and drenched him.

“You are wasting all the water.” Said his wife. He hit the wife on the head severally with the jerry can and then they kissed and made up.

From that day the water stopped flowing, they never take anything for granted.

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An Encounter with Mr. Palaver

(Restaurant: Google Images)

His real name is Jegede; you will have to find out why he is called Mr. Palaver. To celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary, Mr. Palaver is taking his wife out to dinner in a Smart Restaurant. Here is what happened in the restaurant….

Waiter:                (bringing a tray of food to the table) Did you want fried rice sir?

Mr. Palaver:        No, I ordered boiled rice. She wanted fried rice

Waiter:                (putting two plates into position) Thank you sir (about to put two more plates into position) the fish is for you madam; is it?

Mr. Palaver:        No. The fish is not for her. It is for me

Waiter:                Oh, I am sorry…I thought you ordered chicken (gives the chicken to Mrs. Palaver)

Mr. Palaver:        No. She did not order chicken either. She ordered beef and green peppers

Waiter:                Hmmm. I am confused; let me go and change this chicken. I am coming madam! (He hurries away)

Mrs. Palaver:      Husband, I hope that at the end of all this…the food you ordered will be good!

To be continued….

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Ozuu: A Nourishing Natural Wine from Nigeria

Palm Tree
Palm Tree

I can still remember how my father used to go to the farm and get this beautiful naturally flavoured wine. In English it is called Palm Wine. Palm Wine is gotten from Palm trees. This wine can be gotten from short and tall palm trees. I was raised in the village; I used to accompany my father to the farm to tap the wine. The Palm Trees are found in the farm and bush too. At that time, my father would come back from the farm and give me a keg of Palm Wine to go and sell to a local bar which was few poles away from our house. The elderly man who owns that local bar would receive the keg of Palm Wine from me; and he would ask me to test it. He does this by pouring out some quantity into a cup and he then serves it to me to drink. Then I will take it and drink. This is a customary thing to do. After this, he pays me money for the wine then I will go home and give my father the money.

Ozuu: Palm Wine

Palm Wine has different names it is called in the different languages of Nigeria. In my native Ika language it is called Ozuu. Palm Wine is a VERY important wine in Nigeria. Suffice to say that palm wine is staple wine in Nigeria. For example, Palm Wine is used in marriage ceremonies in Nigeria. Even in burials too. In Truth, if a man doesn’t include Ozuu in the items he has bought for the Marriage ceremonies; the groom’s family will ask him to go and buy it. Ozuu is always an inevitable and indispensable Wine used in marriages, burials and any other celebrations in Nigeria.

A Palm Wine Tapper Atop a Tall Palm Tree
A Palm Wine Tapper Atop a Tall Palm Tree

One thing that is beautiful about this Ozuu is that it does not have age limit. Anyone in any age can drink it. BUT…with one rule. Drink in moderation otherwise you will set yourself up for intoxications!! Ozuu can be drunk naturally or you can refrigerate it if you want. But to get the best taste, once it’s gotten from the farm you put the keg in a cool place. Usually hidden from direct sunlight so that it would not get hot. The only instrument needed is just a cutlass. Then your file for filing your cutlass to make it sharp.

A person who knows how to tap Ozuu can have as many heads of Palm Wine as possible. What I mean is that: you can have up to 20 or even 50 Palm Trees you are tapping wine from. As long as you can maintain your routine of going to the farm to extract the Ozuu from the Palm Tree. The routine is that, you have to wake up very early in the morning to extract the Ozuu from the Palm Tree. Then go back in the evening to tap it and clean it. Then cover it up so that overnight it can flow out for the next day. Ozuu has a good taste and can be sweet too. People usually take it in the morning to serve as an appetizer. It is also very ideal for drinking when eating. Ozuu is just an ideal wine that can be drank at any time of the day! But as with everything; it has a rule: drink in moderation. It is certainly not alcoholic any way; but your common sense should tell you not to abuse it. You know anything you abuse becomes a poison. So it is always best to do everything in decency and moderation.

A Palm Wine Tapper tapping Palm Wine from short Palm Tree

To get the wine, the matured palm trees have to be uprooted and fell down. Then you cut out some branches of the Palm Trees. It must be thoroughly cut and trimmed. Then you cut open a space from the Palm Tree. That space is where you have to be cleaning up to ensure that the Ozuu comes out from the Palm Tree. After which you MUST put a keg under the fell down Palm Tree so that as the Ozuu comes out from the Palm Tree it goes direct into the keg. Another rule to be observed is that; the space you cut open in the Palm Tree MUST be covered back with leaves and parts of the Palm Tree. If you don’t cover it, flies, air and insects gets into it. Once this happens, the Ozuu cannot flow out again. If at all it does, it will become soured.

If it is the tall palm tree you are tapping the Ozuu from, you must have to climb up the tall Palm Tree. You don’t have to fall it down. So it’s always a climbing exercise for those who taps Ozuu from the tall Palm Tree. The tapper puts a keg right there at the top of the Palm Tree. He must have it supported by a trimmed branch of the Palm Tree so that it will not fall down. As children, we did all kinds of crazy things; Lols. Whenever we’re going to the river to fetch water–during my childhood. My brother, Bright and some of our friends would walk into the farm that has the tall Palm Tree; noticing that there is a drop from up the tall Palm Tree to the ground; we would then faithfully and eagerly stay at the direction where it’s dropping down from. We do it turn by turn though. I will be the first to go since I am the youngest there, I’m given a kind of preferential treatment. So I will open up my mouth and let the drop from top of the tall Palm Tree drop into my mouth. Then my brother and the other of our friends will do same. Sometimes we could go there and open up our mouths but nothing drops into our mouths. Lol…. because of this bit of enjoyment we are always looking forward to going to the river to fetch water. It does not matter that the river is far from home. It does not matter if the sun was too hot!! Because of the drop of Palm Wine from the top of the tall Palm Tree we would zealously obey our parent to go and fetch water from the river. Beautiful memories and experiences I must say!!

I could remember one evening I was returning from school. That time I was in college. I was very thirsty. I was walking back to the hostel. Luckily I saw a man tapping wine from a palm tree in the farm near his house. He was there with his two friends. Without further ado, I walked to him and greeted them. He knew why I came….he was already serving his friends the Palm Wine; I just asked to be given. And he willingly and joyfully served me the Ozuu. Ah…it was a really beautiful experience!! The Palm Wine was fresh from the Palm tree. So very refreshing, sweet and nourishing. I felt energized and walked to the hostel with enough energy, joy, gratitude and vitality.

The Palm Tree has proven to be a Tree of abundance!! Why? Because we don’t just get wine (Ozuu) from the Palm Tree. We get broom, chaff for lighting fire, firewoods, soup, cooking oil (red oil), soap and kernels which we get creams from. The shell of the Palm kernel is also used in lighting fire as a catalyzer! The Palm kernels are taken to the industries where oil is been extracted from it which is transmuted into an ingredient used in making modern bathing soaps and creams!!

Palm Fruits

In Nigeria, family and friends usually have a get-together refreshing and entertaining themselves with this beautiful natural wine called Ozuu. Ozuu is also used during festivals to celebrate; as it has a traditional use. This wine Ozuu is also very medicinal and yes, a beautiful gift from Nature to humanity!

Friends chilling out with Palm Wine to entertain themselves
Friends chilling out with Palm Wine to entertain themselves

Photo Credits: All photos used in this post are from Google images

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How One Prophet Daniel Abodurin Was Eaten by Lions at the Ibadan Zoo in 1991

Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, Nigeria. The city which lies in the south-western part of Nigeria is known for its rich and fascinating cultures, lifestyle and history.

One of the most visited tourist destinations in Ibadan is the University of Ibadan Zoological Garden. It is a popular custom of many families living in Ibadan to visit the zoo during festive periods to hang out and have fun as well.

So, on a fateful (later bloody) day in the Easter season of the year 1991, visitors stormed the U.I zoo as usual to enjoy the serene environment of the enclosure and have fun seeing different animals they have only seen on screens.

Of all the animals in the zoo, the lions attract the highest number of visitors. It can even be concluded that a visit to U.I zoo without seeing the lions is not complete.

As aforementioned, on that day, everybody was at the zoo to have a nice time seeing the animals and taking pictures, except a man, a bold and daring prophet by the name Daniel Abodurin who wanted to show people the ‘work of God of Daniel‘ by walking into the lions’ cage to touch them like Daniel did in the bible without getting mauled.

Prophet Abodurin’s intention was to recreate the biblical story of a young man named Daniel who out of envy was thrown to some lions that turned out to have been mysteriously tamed. The biblical story has it that God sent down some angels to shut the mouths of the lions.

The determined Prophet Daniel Abodurin walked up to some staff of the zoo and pleaded to gain entry into the lions’ cage. No one in his or her right senses will give ears to this kind of plea, so the prophet was turned down. But after much disturbance and persuasion, the prophet’s insane wish was granted.

Another account has it that Prophet Abodurin sneaked into the lions’ cage. Sneaking or no sneaking, he eventually found his way into the cage. Many people present at the scene could not believe what their eyes were seeing, and realizing it was not a dream, they prepared their mind for the worst result.

Prophet Daniel Abodurin was clothed in a red robe and under his armpit was a big bible. As he entered the cage, he began reciting bible verses and speaking in tongues and calling unto the ‘God of Daniel’ to perform wonders.

It was gathered that he was shouting Jah, Jah, Jah which was believed to be a shortened form of Jehovah. At first, the lions retreated to a corner of their cage. Unknown to the to-be African version of Daniel, retreating is the first thing lions do when they see something unusual in their territory and later they get rid of it.

Prophet Abodurin thought his faith was really working. He moved nearer to the lions and kept chanting bible verses, then in a flash, the lions pounced on the bemused, confused and horrified prophet. A cold stream of shock ran down the spines of the terrified onlookers.

Prophet Daniel Abodurin battled for his dear life but his strength was no match for that of the hefty lions, and in a moment, he was torn into pieces and devoured. His bloody red robe laid in shreds and his bible which he had flung away at the beginning of the attack was covered in dust.

Stampede ensued in the zoo as people took to their heels after seeing such a horrible sight they will never forget in their lives.

The prophet’s remains were collected and later buried. That was how Prophet Daniel Abodurin met his bitter and horrible end. Yikes!

Source: Explore Quora

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“Don’t Come To The School Again”

This Life we are living in is VERY uncertain that we can never tell what will happen in the next minutes. This is my personal experience and what ACTUALLY happened to me. Let me tell you how it all began:

I got a job in a Catholic School as a teacher (Our Lady of Apostles Nursery and Primary School, Obiaruku Delta State Nigeria). I started working in this school in 2020. When I came to the school, I was told about the Rev. Sister who is the Headmistress of the school. Actually, what the staff said about her was not really impressive, uplifting and heartwarming; but I took it to be a perspective of the people who were talking about her. You know people can say anything about someone. And I don’t believe in hearsay. By the way, the name of the Rev Sister is Rev. Sister Assumpta Kolejo.

“What if she (the Reverend Sister) was a kind person”? I told myself. In working in this school, I came to realize that the staffs there are grovellers. Not only are they grovellers; they are not united amongst themselves!! They betray each other, backbite each other. They can convey any word you speak to the Headmistress. Suffice to say that they are snitchers. That is an “informant”. Another thing I observed was that, they were bunch of pretenses. Whenever they see the Rev. Sister coming they run up and down grovelling and behaving ubiquitously obedient and dutiful. But in Truth, they are really not. (I wish not anyone to say I am judging. I am talking from my own actual experiences).

In time, I began seeing things for myself; the way she talks to us the staff without Compassion and Empathy. I began to wonder DEEP within my subconscious mind. I was like: is this Rev. Sister Assumpta Kolejo called? Because when I see the way she does things and talks it doesn’t carry humility, Compassion and Love at all. How could a Rev. Sister not have Compassion? Compassion is what Holy Mother Mary, Mother Theresa and even Jesus Christ set as an example. I thought about this and I kept it to myself. It was not heartwarming at all. Because when someone who is supposed to lead by example is consciously being unkind, heartless and tyrannical; you will understand that it’s not a good reality to live in.

There was a day she even told me that she sacks staff anyhow that was in September 2020. That day we went to the school; it was the beginning of the term. She told me that she has removed me from primary 5 to primary 3. I was begging her to let me stay in primary 5. But she told me to either take the new class she has put me or I leave the school as she sacks staff anyhow. What Mr. Chuks told me as the reason for my removal from primary to primary 3 was that the teacher who was taking primary 3 was not handling it well and that parents are complaining; that they put the teacher in primary 5 to test her ability.

The Beloved, Noble, Laudable, Influential Wise, Altruistic Blessed Mother Theresa (born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxiu) really set the example of Compassion. I also respect and recognize Holy Mother Mary; whose virtues include Compassion and Love. Holy Mother Mary shares the same position and role as Guan Yin (also known as Kwan Yin) the beautiful Bodhisattva and Goddess of Compassion. I love Guan Yin because her message is about Compassion. Compassion is what the world truly needs; as Albert Schweitzer so eloquently puts it: “until Compassion is spread to all of creation; humanity will never find Peace.” I resonate with these two Great Goddesses and Jesus Christ.

Guan Yin: Goddess of Compassion

I began reading about Mother Theresa when I was in high school. My father used to buy a magazine from a local publisher. In it there is a page for inspirational quotes. I read a quote from Mother Theresa and I felt goosebumps and teary-eyed. It really INSPIRED me with a GREAT COMPASSION AND EMPATHY. I can still remember that sunny afternoon I was lying down reading the magazine. The quote was “unless Life is lived for others it is not worthwhile. A self-centered Life is totally empty.” Other quotes from Mother Theresa that has inspired me are “What you give may be a drop in an ocean but without the drop it will be incomplete.” “Love is a fruit in all seasons and it is within the reach of every hands.”

“Who is this woman”? I asked myself. So I began digging up information on Mother Theresa.

Mother Theresa

When I gave my book to the Rev. Sister Assumpta Kolejo; I begged her to recommend it for the pupils as it would be very ideal for the children. She never recommended it at all; I gave her a copy of my book. My book is a children’s book Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird. I am very sure the children would love it as it is really colourful and beautiful! But she turned it down.

My book Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird

In March, I had an accident in a motorcycle. I snapped my wounded foot and sent to her through WhatsApp. She did not even show any sign of sympathy and empathy. Instead she snubbed it.

On Monday 13th September, she called me to her office and told me, “When you came to this school I put you in primary 5. From primary 5 I took you to primary 3. From primary 3 I put you in primary 2. That is how I am going to be demoting you until I remove you from this school.”

On Saturday 18th September, I was down with fever. I took drugs but I was not getting better. Till Sunday, it was not even improving. It was worst on Monday morning. I called Rev. Sister and told her that I was down with fever that I would not be able to come to school that I was going to the hospital the Monday morning. The only thing she could tell me is that, I should find a way to come to school. She called me back again minutes later and told me that if I did not come to school today that I should not come to the school again. That she has terminated my appointment.

I was even begging her and telling her on phone: “Sister even when I told you I am going to the hospital you are still telling me to come to school and if I don’t come to school today I should not come to the school again. I am not pretending.” I explained apologetically. She ended the call abruptly. In Truth, it was in the middle of writing my lesson note for week 3 when I started feeling the symptoms of fever. Before she called me back, she first paged me, that’s a short call and she cut it. Then she called me back fully and told me bluntly, “Mr. Kingsley, if you don’t come to school today; don’t come to the school again.” With a very strong warning voice.

It was my mom that carried me to the hospital. I am back from the hospital and I am back home now taking my drugs and getting better and without a job.

Here are my medical records and bills

Below is the staff picture we took in our inter house sport in 2020

Me at left. The Rev. Sister Assumpta Kolejo at the middle

Me and my pupils below

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Twitter Ban in Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari: A Sign of Visionless and Unpatriotic Leader!!

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The invention of the internet gave rise to the invention of social media platforms all of which have become pivotal and indispensable in our day-to-day life in our modern times as it is customary of every social media platforms and organizations to have privacy policy and terms of service; Twitter was no an exception. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had made a post on Twitter which Twitter deemed unfit for their platform as Muhammadu Buhari speech post on Twitter violated Twitter policy. As usual, Twitter had to remove President Muhammadu Buhari post on Twitter. This action by Twitter infuriated Muhammadu Buhari whereby he banned Twitter in Nigeria. This event took place between 4th-5th June, 2021; the post of Muhammadu Buhari made was targeted and detrimental to the Eastern people of Nigeria who are clamouring for Independence from Nigeria as they (the Easterners of Nigeria) were marginalized…

President Muhammadu Buhari: Nigerian President:
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Nigerian President Muhammdua Buhari : Google Images
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BUT…. that is not the main reason of President Muhammadu Buhari banning Twitter in Nigeria. Because Twitter was a platform that was used during the EndSars Protest in 2020. President  Muhammadu Buhari knew that Twitter played a very VITAL role in helping Nigerian youths to fight for the EndSars protests. In fact, Twitter went ahead to donate funds to help the Nigerian youths to carry-on with the protests. Fundraisers were all began to keep the momentum of the EndSars Protests. Through the help of Twitter, foreign aids came in the form of financial assistance to keep the EndSars Protests going. It was a really TERRIBLE situation during the EndSars Protests in Nigeria.

Muhammadu Buhari: Twitter deletes Nigerian leader’s ‘civil war’ post

Twitter has removed a post by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for violating its rules.

The tweet referred to the 1967-70 Nigerian Civil War and to treating “those misbehaving today” in “the language they will understand”.

It follows a recent spate of attacks on offices, mainly in the south-east, blamed on regional secessionists.

President Muhammadu Tweet:

“Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”

Nigeria’s information minister called Twitter’s move unfair, labelling it “double standards”.

I know you want to ask, what is EndSars Protest? Why were the Nigerian youths protesting for EndSars? Now, let me explain to you how the EndSars Protest began. It all boils down to HOW BAD Nigeria has become!!! Before I go further into the Twitter ban in Nigeria. Let me tell you about the EndSars protest that happened in Nigeria in 2020.

The Cause of the EndSars Protest in Nigeria 2020 End SARS campaign

Efforts to ban SARS increased in October 2020 after a SARS police officer shot a young Nigerian man in front of the Wetland Hotel in Ughelli, Delta State. Video of the incident trended on social media, leading to nationwide protests within a few days. The protests quickly expanded from an online hashtag to widespread street protests in days. Popular Nigerian Twitter influencers Rinnu, FK, Kelvin Odanz, Dr. Dipo Awojide, and several others quickly joined in raising awareness of the protests, which gave End SARS protestors added weight and support. You can read about the EndSARS history here.

Peaceful #EndSARS protestors in Abuja, the nation’s capital, were attacked, beaten, and chased away by federal police officers, but protestors returned as they took the protests to the Police Force Headquarters.

Several reports on international news outlets, including BBC Africa and Al-Jazeera, showed federal police tear-gassing protestors, shooting live ammunition, and using water cannons on them.

On 9 October in Ogbomosho in Oyo State, a protestor named Jimoh Isiaq was shot dead by police officers while participating in the #EndSARS protests. His death at the hands of police officers further increased the anger nationwide as he became a martyr for protesters. Several hashtags, including #EndPoliceBrutality and #RememberJimoh, trended on Twitter. On 10 October, a police station in Ijebu-OdeSouth-Western Nigeria, was attacked by protestors angry over the death of Jimoh Isiaq and several others who had died at the hands of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

EndSARS Protester in Lagos, Nigeria: Google Images
ENDSARS Protesters: Images

In Lagos, protestors marched to the Lagos State House of Assembly to demand an end to SARS. The following morning, an emergency session of the Lagos House of Assembly was held as lawmakers allowed some protestors into the building to observe proceedings. A motion was passed and agreed on by legislators who voted in favour of the protestors to end the rogue police unit SARS and sent the recommendations of the House to the Federal Government.

On 11 October, the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu announced the disbandment of SARS on live television and said a new tactical team would be unveiled shortly.

However, protests continued as Nigerians believed the announcement was just “audio talk” (Nigerian slang used to describe something that is said but not implemented). The new hashtags #EndSWAT and #SARSMUSTEND went international as protestors called for the new unit to be scrapped as they thought several members of the defunct SARS would be integrated into the new unit.

Back in Southern Nigeria, the Rivers State government unconstitutionally placed a ban on all forms of protests in the oil-rich state, asking police to arrest any defaulters. However, on 13 October, EndSARS protestors marched in defiance of the ban, all the way up to the State Government House, where the governor resides.

In KadunaNorthern Nigeria, protestors marched asking for an end to police brutality and the disbandment of SARS. In AbeokutaOgun State, and Benin CityEdo State, thousands of Nigerian youths marched in solidarity asking the government to end police brutality. In Benin City, police tear-gassed protestors and arrested some and charged them with treason and attempted murder. However, according to reports on Twitter and media websites, they were later released after the Attorney-General of the State asked the Police Commissioner to let them go, although arrested protestors were asked to come with a surety to sign on their behalf before they would be released.

The End SARS protests were largely decentralized with no actual leaders, though there were protest organizers in several cities who created WhatsApp groups, fundraised, and supplied protestors on the ground with food, medicine, and other supplies. Legal services were acquired and doctors were deployed on ground to administer first aid to protestors. Protestors had access to ambulance services obtained with funds donated by people in Nigeria and abroad including donations via bitcoin and lawyers went from city to city providing arrested protestors with representation and facilitating bails.

As the protests gained more momentum and exposure in Abuja, protestors returned in the thousands to the Police Headquarters and once again were shot at with water cannons and live ammunition.

ENDSARS Protesters: Google Images
ENDSARS Protesters: Google Images

Popular Twitter activist Aisha Yesufu was reportedly beaten by male police officers, and her car was damaged by police trucks chasing protestors in the streets of Abuja. Politicians and top government officials kept silent including presidential hopeful Bola Tinubu in Lagos, as police officers in Surulere shot and killed several protestors. Several young people were injured and their cars damaged, while others were brutalized by police officers in police stations.

In total, eight people including a 10-year-old boy were killed in Ogbomosho, Oyo State, by police bullets while at least three were shot dead in Lagos—including an auto mechanic who was not part of the protests but was killed by a SARS officer in Lagos.

On 16 October, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey revealed a new #ENDSARS emoji on Twitter that carries the colors of the Nigerian flag that is added to tweets whenever the hashtag #EndSARS is used as a sign of support for Nigerian protestors. On the same day, after a week and a half of widespread national protests, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in a series of Twitter posts told Nigerians he chaired a meeting of 36 state governors and the Minister of the FCT to set up judicial panels of inquiry, “so [they] can see justice served, and fast”. His statements came as protestors occupied streets and remained defiant until their demands are implemented.

On 18 October 2020, the Nigerian Army announced its annual training exercise “Operation Crocodile Smile VI”, a program which included a cyber warfare exercise component that sought to identify, track, and counter “negative comments on social media across the country”.[42][43] The operation also sought to confiscate arms and ammunition that had been used in violent crimes that escalated during the protests.

In the Lekki Massacre on the night of 20 October 2020, Nigerian Armed Forces shot at End SARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate in LagosNigeria. The number of casualties is disputed, with witnesses and Amnesty International saying several people were shot dead while Nigerian authorities claim there were no fatalities but that 25 people were wounded.

Indeed, the International Community actually condemned the twitter ban in Nigeria by the Nigerian government. Worse yet, the ban of Twitter in Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari has really affected Nigeria’s economy!! Twitter said it chose Ghana because it is “a champion for democracy, a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet”.

Pyrrhic Victory…”

Olu Fasan described the Twitter ban by President Muhammadu Buhari as: Pyrrhic victory: Nigeria will pay for its punitive Treatment of Twitter.

“Surely, only an anti-intellectual government that belittles education and the diffusion of ideas would ban the use of Twitter. Alas, the Buhari government did!” Olu Fasan

Olu Fasan also shared his own view on the Twitter ban President Muhammadu Buhari

Besides, if Twitter had not “insulted” Buhari by deleting his offensive tweet, the Federal Government wouldn’t have asked it to be incorporated in Nigeria.

Indeed, after Twitter’s choice of Ghana as its Africa HQ, the Minister of Information merely regretted the decision, while adding: “I think Twitter has the prerogative and exclusive right as to where to site its headquarters”. At no point was any provision of CAMA 2020 invoked or the need for Twitter to meet any operating condition mentioned. This makes the Federal Government’s conditions for lifting the Twitter ban an afterthought and a punitive measure.

But it’s self-defeating, in a globalised world, for an economically fragile country like Nigeria to treat global corporate giants like Twitter with hostility; that signals to foreign investors that the country is not open for business. Let’s face it, the world is shunning Nigeria; it’s not beating its path to Nigeria’s door!

Last week, a report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD, showed that Nigeria only received $3bn out of the $75bn foreign direct investment that came to Africa between 2015 and 2019. That’s just four per cent! The same report said FDI flows to Nigeria decreased by 48.5 per cent in 2020, compared to 2019. Nigeria simply repels foreign investors.

“…Nigeria will pay for its punitive Treatment of Twitter.” Olu Fasan

But why? Well, Nigeria has poor investment climate and negative investment image. Sadly, government’s heavy-handed treatment of Twitter will inevitably worsen both.

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The ABUSE of Church and Religion in Africa!!! (Nigeria as a case study)

It is fully well known that Christianity is a foreign culture. Christianity never existed in Africa before the coming of the Europeans. It was during the colonial era that the Europeans brought in the Christian religion to Africa. Today Africa is predominantly a Continent known for being a Christendom. Suffice to say that Africa has the highest number of Churches. But when it comes to economic development, industries high GDP, high export rate; Africa has very little or nothing to be placed alongside other countries.

Have you also noticed that Africa has the MOST RELIGIOUS leaders in the world? Oh, don’t even get me started with the religious Africans!! The most religious people in the world are Africans!!! Let me give you an example. I will use Nigeria as a case study as it is the most populous Black country in the world and parades itself as the “Giant of Africa”.  You might want to wonder; Giant of Africa….yes. BUT…the Truth is: Giant in what sense? Giant in what way?

The Simple and Honest Answer about Nigeria being the Giant of Africa:

Giant in corruption, Giant in bad leadership Giant in poverty, Giant in backwardness, Giant in embezzlement, looting of public funds, Giant in visionless, gullible, groveling, Inferiority Complex-coated leaders, Giant in  mentally enslaved leaders. Giant in hate amongst themselves, Giant in producing nothing, Giant in importing foods, matches box, razor, pin, biro, fuel, eraser, pencil and everything you can think of. Giant in owing doctors and teachers salaries, Giant in high rate of unemployment, Giant in blackouts, Giant of a lawless country, Giant of a country that is very notorious in the international community, Giant of hypocrisy, Giant in valuing cows more than human beings. Nigeria occupies a Frontline in the list of most corrupt countries in the world and the least in developed countries.

In Nigeria, after voting and elections. The elected politicians go to Church to give “Thanksgiving” to “God” for their “successful and victorious” election. Now, one would ask, since the Nigerian leaders are VERY religious. Why cannot they lead according to the teachings of the Bible? If you notice, you will see countries that are mostly Atheistic; being more developed than Nigeria. The question is why is it like this? The countries where Bible and Church are paraded are lacking behind!!! The countries where there is very little or no believe in God, Bible and Church are doing very well and being the epitome of an ideal way of living. What is the cause of this? I have addressed the reason for this in my previous post.

The Bible, Church and Religion has been well ABUSED in Africa and Nigeria. I am a Nigerian so I’m writing from actual experiences. Religion has become a form of brainwashing, colonialism and discord. Religion has destroyed many marriages. It does not stop there. Religion is now putting boundaries and disunity among family members. People now worship “Pastors” AKA “Men of God.” For example, the Deeper Life Church has always condemned electronic equipment, jewelries and fashion as evil and “Worldly”. But today they are using the internet to broadcast their Gospel. They also use social media and electronic equipment to print and distribute their magazines. Do you think this kind of Church is actually authentic?

Source: Facebook

It is SO sad that Churches now focus on money, money, money. Prosperity Gospel. Instead of teaching members about personal development, enlightenment, spiritual formulas and befriending their Higher Selves, Angels and the Universe! Don’t even get me started with the “Man of God” who is under investigation for preaching about miracle bank alert. The same man of God in question has been scolded and cautioned by his fellow Man of God about his miracle money harvest and behaviours.

Who is this man of God in question? He is no other person than Apostle Johnson Suleman. He was the man of God who said that COVID19 should not end in the year 2020 during the COVID lockdown. In my previous post I have also talked about the fact that religion is another way for colonizing and brainwashing people . It sounds so harsh and cray but it is a very bitter truth!!! I also shared an experience of what a Woman of God said to someone who came to her church.

In my next blogpost I shall share with you a life story about another ABUSE of church and religion.

Until next time, EMBRACE SPIRITUALITY and COMPASSION

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What do you do when you’ve got no energy left?

Living in this 3D is WORK!!! The density and lowness of this Earth with the lower consciousness is enough to drain our energy and knock us down. The bitter truth is that we cannot always be in a higher vibrations because we live in a lower realm!!! (though it is disappointing to see how many so-called law of attraction experts have been misleading people with a peachy-keen theory of the law of attraction. But I wish it was so. Remember the old saying that if wishes were horse even beggars would ride!! We are like “phone” we need constant charging to be alive and active–if we are to experience a positive life momentum (better reality).

In my previous post, I talked about positive affirmations to help us raise our vibrations and reprogram our subconscious mind. Today, I will share with us what to do when we ave no energy left. This post I am sharing with you today is from Abby Wynne. Abby Wynne is among the spiritual teachers whom I consider to be authentic. I have proof of what I am talking about; I have been following Abby Wynne blog posts for 5 years. And I have also worked with Abby Wynne in 2018 for a healing session.

Without further ado, here is the post from Abby Wynne.

What do you do when you’ve got no energy left?

What do you do when you’ve got no energy left? When you really want to believe that it’s going to be over soon, but deep down inside you know it won’t be?

Play jazz. Loud.

Dance.

Go for a walk.

Paint a picture.

Meet a friend, actually meet them, face to face, for a catch up. A proper one, where you talk about real things, not just roads and weather.

Listen to a podcast about a poem that you never understood.

Look your dog in the eye and forgive him for everything.

Hold your children tight and kiss them all over their faces.

Buy takeaway for dinner. More than once.

Drink wine.

Laugh.

Watch shitty TV. But not the news

Stretch.

Don’t make yourself feel guilty for not doing the thing you said you were going to do.

Don’t talk to your family if you don’t feel like it or don’t want to.

Get in your car and drive somewhere beautiful.

Sing.

Spend an hour looking at a flower.

Plant some seeds.

Don’t try to make them understand.

Buy a book about something that you’ve always wanted to learn. And maybe you will read it.

Close your eyes and imagine yourself surrounded by angels, then open your heart to them and feel them there, really, really feel them, and know you are not alone.

Hold a crystal in your hand and give it all the tension you’re carrying.

Drink hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows.

Cry.

Play computer games.

Scream at God and throw stones.

Have a hot bath.

Book a massage and turn up and pay attention to their hands on your body then give them a big tip if they were good.

Get your nails done.

Try a hair treatment.

Get Reiki.

Drink tea.

Breathe.

All of these things you can do.

So go do them, or others similar.

But above all, don’t forget to breathe.

Then…..

pull yourself into yourself,

draw yourself down and deeply into your body,

that body that’s working so hard for you, yes that one, the one that you think you dislike most of the time. It’s waiting for your love. Give it some. It will thank you for it.

Remember who you are.

Shine outwards, shine your light. Be yourself completely.

Don’t apologise for that.

Don’t hide yourself any more.

We need you now, it’s time.

You have waited many lifetimes for this moment.

And now it’s here.

Say out loud:

I claim my space in the world

I am worthy

I forgive myself completely

I give myself permission to shine

And then do it.

Become the lighthouse.

Grow taller.

Expand outwards

Take up that space that is your birthright.

Root rocky foundations deep into Earth,

stretch arms out wide and touch the sky,

touch other planets,

touch yourself,

your heart.

Don’t worry about being disliked. You already are.

Don’t worry about being liked, you already are.

You will never please all of them, so stop trying to.

And you will find,

over a few days,

your energy levels will increase,

because you have come home to yourself.

Nobody can send you away,

except for you, of course.

So from this day forward promise yourself,

you will never, EVER, do that to yourself again.

And as the lighthouse, you are a beacon in the dark.

You shine.

Light House: Karl Shakur N

This is what you were made for and you know it.

Turn on and shine on. Now.

And know your light reaches others who shine alongside you,

and they shine all the brighter because you shine with them.

And you shine brighter because of them.

Together we amplify.

On my own, I have found this post from Abby Wynne to be empowering, practical, helpful and inspiring; hence I decided to share. Yes, I have the permission from Abby Wynne to publish this blog post on my blog.

Photo Credits: Pictures of Phones and laptop charging are from Google images. Pictures with affirmations and person arrayed in light are from Facebook

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Water! (Mni Wiconi)

The entire world is carried by Water. More than 50% of the world is covered by Water. Water is a very powerful element; hence the Chinese say that the most powerful thing on Earth is water because it is soft, fluid and able to penetrate anything. It even wears away rock. Apart from my experience with the rain; spending Spending time in nature especially in surroundings as seen in the picture below is an ample way of raising our vibration and stepping into more positive life momentum. I can assure you that the water has a very higher consciousness and vibration.

Water is very mysterious: just look how magical the water is; soft yet powerful. Can penetrate any place. I do go for some healing bath in the river. It is always refreshing. There was a day I went to the river. It was very lonely and quiet; I felt an usual peace and joy within me. In fact, I LOATHED going back home that day. Bathing in the river that day was actually extraordinarily refreshing, heartwarming, blissful and rejuvenating. 

So as I was saying… there is something I have come to realize about Water. Being one who is very connected to the Water world; I intuitively began to feel a deeper connection with the rain; so whenever I am in the rain I don’t shiver with cold. Rather, I smile to the rain and I embrace the rain, the wetness and I let it drench me wholly: nourishing my body, mind and spirit. It is really refreshing and rejuvenating. As I type this blog I’m lying in my bed and it’s raining heavily and I can hear the thunder roaring. It is such a beautiful day.

Another thing I have found out for myself is that: if you resist the rain with the feeling of “Arrhh…it is cold. I am feeling cold.” You become cold. But if you embrace the rain with joy, gratitude, mindfulness, levity and love–you feel warmth, blessed, protected, healed and rejuvenated.

Without further ado, here is the video of Water presented by the Dine Navajo, Woman Stand Shining: Pat McCabe. To me, Dine Navajo (Pat McCabe) is a Goddess on her own right and a Woman of Substance.

(Dine Navajo: Pat McCabe: Woman Stand Shining)
(Dine Navajo: Pat McCabe: Woman Stand Shining)

Yes, Mni Wiconi. I hope you enjoy the video. I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions about the video.

Speaking to the Water by Pat McCabe: Dine Navajo; Woman Standing Shining
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Not Just About Light And Love! Let Us Talk About Darkness!

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness…” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

When discussing with people especially in the Spiritual Communities; we hear words such as sending you Light and Love, Namaste, etc. I want to ask you a question: do you believe or aware that dark energies/negative energies can be sent to someone? Do you even believe that there are things such as spells, witchcraft activities, hexes, ancestral negative contract, foundational forces, jinxes, enchantment, psychic attacks….? That is why I am addressing this issue in this blog post. Because it is not just about Light and Love: Let Us also talk about Darkness!

Unfortunately, many people in the path of spirituality and some spiritual teachers just present or paint Life here on earth as a peachy-keen-thing. They present it as one-way thing. But it is not always so….once you have began experiencing spiritual awakening and embark on a spiritual journey you will discover a lot. When I was a Jehovah’s Witness we were told that such things do not exist. But deep inside me I knew that they existed!! No, it is not superstitious belief!

This what Laibl Wolf said: “The world that our eyes see and other senses perceived is an elaborate façade, behind which lies the spiritual strings that hold the world of matter and energy intact.” Zoroaster also shared his view on it. “There is one God, and a continuous struggle between the forces of light and darkness.” It may sound crazy; BUT….I cannot help but tell you the TRUTH. There are always Greater Invisible Energies at play in determining the outcome of our lives. These Greater Invisible Energies can be those of Light Realms (Angels, Spirit Guides of Light and Love) or those of Dark Realms (Negative Entities, Demons, etc) just as Zoroaster has said it well.

To quote Dr. John Hagelin: “When we look around us, even at our own bodies, what we see is the tip of the iceberg.” And the Dine Navajo Pat McCabe said it too that, “there are so much magic and mystery all around us if we have the eyes to see it…” Even the Bible also mentioned a wrestling we have against the wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places.

I want to share an experience from Kathy J. Forti (her own personal experience) “In the last few weeks, I have encountered several highly intuitive healers all tell me that they feel they are under some kind of psychic attack from something or someone trying to prevent the Light work they are doing. No, they’re probably not imagining it, which is why I think this is an important issue.

While the entire Cosmos is being flooded with increased radiant light to facilitate man’s awakening, dark forces are working overtime to prevent and subvert this very process from happening in any way possible.” Kathy J. Forti

To start, sometimes the psychic attack comes from someone we know, perhaps even a friend or family member. It may be intentional or unintentional. They are angry with you. What they feel and think forms a thought entity. Whether consciously or unconsciously, this thought form can bombard you with powerful negative energy which can affect your etheric physical body, your emotional astral body, your mental body, and your spirit.

Since I have experienced this from a former colleague I had to sever all ties to, I know what this can feel like when psychic retaliation is suddenly turned on you. Thinking positive thoughts is simply not enough. The former colleague I referred to was one of those individuals who wouldn’t let go and, unfortunately, suffered a strange accident where they sustained severe ligament injury. Karma works in mysterious ways and there are repercussions.” (Deflecting Psychic Attacks, Empowering One’s Light by Kathy J. Forti).

Mary Kurus also shares eye-opening points—for those who see Law of Attraction as the be all and end all of reality creation. It is time for you to start learning and stretching your mind. There is more than meet the eyes!! Disappointingly, there are many so-called Law of Attraction Teacher and so-called Spiritual Teachers who ALWAYS present Law of Attraction as the Alpha and Omega in creating our reality. I hope you learn somethings from the points below from Mary Kurus.

Psychic Attacks and Dark Negative Energies

Psychic attacks are defined as the manipulation of supernatural energies and forces. Psychic attacks occur when dark and negative energetic vibrations are sent from one individual to another individual or place creating disturbances in the energetic and physical bodies of the person or place. This negative energy can be called a spirit, an entity, a thought form or a dark negative energy. Each of these energies can create harmful effects within the person receiving them.

Not everything that’s considered difficult in a person’s life is the result of a psychic attack, but psychic attacks do happen and they happen more often today than ever before. You will hear some people say that negative energies and psychic attacks don’t exist and cannot happen if you don’t believe in them or give them energy by paying attention to them. This is not true. Problems can and do happen as a result of negative energies and psychic attacks. Recently mothers have contacted me about their teenagers who are practicing bits of black magic wanting to know how to help their children. There are disadvantages as well as advantages to Harry Potter. (Identifying and Removing Psychic Attacks by Mary Kurus; www.mkprojects.com)

Ancient Societies and Psychic Attacks

Societies from ancient times to the present have worked with psychic attacks and dark negative energies. The African and Haitian people practice voodoo and black magic. North American and European cultures practice black magic and witchcraft. Indian, Chinese and South American tribes have similar practices. Australian Aboriginals practice something called “pointing the bone”. Similar practices are recorded from ancient times and continue to be practiced today in all societies. In medieval times they burned people for practicing witchcraft.

Psychic Attacks -What Are They?

Psychic attacks involve the manipulation and movement of different types of dark energies, entities and spirits. They involve the transferring of dark and negative energies into someone’s physical and/or energetic bodies. Some of the dark energies and entities that find their way into physical and energetic bodies, and homes are sent without awareness, even though they are sent by humans. Others are sent intentionally to create harm and damage, often to control, manipulate or punish the individual. They can involve ritualistic techniques or ceremonies or use the psychic powers of the mind or a combination of both.

Auras are weakened by repressed emotions, negative emotions, through the regular use of drugs and alcohol, through smoking and a variety of diseases. The physical presence of fungus, parasites, worms, or metal, chemical or atomic poisons can seriously weaken an aura. Therefore the care and protection of your energetic body is as important as the physical body so you can repel psychic attacks and stay strong and healthy.

Intentional Psychic Attacks, Spells, Curses, Voodoo, Witchcraft

The dark and negative energies sent intentionally by others are called psychic attacks and can seriously affect humans and animals at a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Psychic attacks can include spells, voodoo, mantras, invocations, negative energy rays, or other types of black magic. They attack psyches and can produce debilitating effects on the overall health and energy level of the affected person.  Psychic attacks can also be sent unintentionally by someone who has the ability to send these but is not aware that they have this ability.

Dark Spirits and Entities

There are dark spirits and entities that can move into physical bodies and auras affecting what people think, speak, do, desire, and feel. The human who is invaded by these spirits or entities can take on the physical attributes, illnesses and behavior of the spirit or entity occupying the person to such a degree that there appears to be a complete personality change.

Negative Thought Forms

Another major type of dark negative energy that can be sent to others is through negative thinking, anger, wishing harm to others, jealousy, animosity, seeking revenge, vindictiveness, or other forms of thought that are based in anger, rage and fear. These are called thought forms and they can be lodged in a person’s body or various layers of their auras causing a wide range of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual difficulties.

Degrees of Strength of Psychic Attacks

Psychic attacks and other dark negative energies, entities and spirits can have a wide range of effect from low to medium to high. The symptoms or changes in health or behavior can also range from low to medium to high. Not all health problems or behavior changes are caused by psychic attacks since there can be so many causes for the same symptoms. Confusion often exists when other physical and emotional difficulties are present in an individual’s life. It’s important to carefully assess all possible sources for the difficulties including physical factors, energetic factors and emotional factors.

Can We Draw Dark Energies To Ourselves?

We definitely can draw dark energies, entities and spirits into ourselves without any influence whatsoever from external sources. Prolonged states of anger, rage, resentments, bitterness, vindictiveness, and many types of fears, will draw and attract these negative energies. It’s normal to get angry or fearful when things happen in our lives. These occurrences do not draw the dark side in to us. It’s the long-term and prolonged states that set up the energetic attraction. Ongoing repressed negative emotions can eventually turn into a certain type of entity.

Violence of all types, physical, emotional and mental is a very powerful draw for negative and dark types of energies. The regular use of drugs and alcohol also draws these types of energies. Now one glass of wine is a social habit and does not affect our energy fields. However, when we become drunk, be it from alcohol or drugs, our auras becoming weakened substantially and negative invaders are attracted to the energy set up by this state. Smoking also greatly weakens the energy field and leaves us very vulnerable to negative influences.

Symptoms of Psychic Attacks and Dark Energies

There are many different symptoms that can indicate negative and dark psychic energies, spirits or entities.

  • Suddenly acting totally out of character
  • Major changes in behavior for no reason
  • A loss of memory
  • Major changes in clarity of thinking or analytical ability
  • Sudden ongoing fatigue for no apparent reason
  • A drained feeling
  • Icy cold feeling on part or all of your body
  • Hearing someone’s voice regularly
  • Hearing voices
  • Recurrent or frequent nightmares
  • Strange or recurring accidents
  • Feeling someone is watching you
  • A discomfort or fear in a specific room or area in your home or office
  • A loss of self-confidence
  • A sudden loss of energy
  • Sudden illnesses that elude diagnosis
  • Imagining monsters, animals or frightening shadows
  • Sudden depression without an apparent cause
  • Seeming ongoing bad luck
  • Visions or hallucinations
  • Irrational fear, anger or sorrow
  • A negative obsessive thought, desire or fetish that won’t go away

How Do You Pick Up Negative Energies, Entities and Dark Energies?

Negative entities, spirits, and dark energies can be picked up almost anywhere where negative people, emotions or thoughts exist. They are drawn to negatives. Therefore you can pick these up at meetings, in stores, at any type of gathering, or in your own home. At times when individuals have suffered prolonged pain in a certain place, the energies of this pain can remain there even though a person has left that place.

Negative entities, spirits and dark energies are strongly drawn to individuals who use drugs and alcohol. When people get stoned, their auras get weak and these negative entities and energies can easily penetrate into a person’s aura or body. Humans are quite defenseless when they are stoned.

Smoking cigarettes or any other type of drug seriously weakens an individual’s aura making them quite vulnerable to the entry of negative entities, spirits, and dark energies. Smoking eventually creates holes in an individual’s aura so that their vital energy can seep out making them feel fatigued as well as making them vulnerable to negative energies.

Negative energies can be absorbed or can attach themselves to objects during the process of being made or by resting somewhere where negative energies exist. If you have the opportunity, ask an experienced antique dealer to tell you some of their stories about negative energies in antique furniture.

Negative energies can attach themselves to an object when it’s being made or just by where it lives.  These can be very difficult to eliminate.  This past Christmas I received a gift of a small box as gift given in love.  One day as I was checking my desk I realized that negative energies were attached to this little box.  They had attached themselves from dark energies in the store they were sold from.  I placed the box in the sun but that was not sufficient to clear the box.  I then washed it thoroughly with soap and water and then placed it in the sun again and that finally cleared the box.  It is much more difficult to clear old energies from antique pieces.

Sex and Negative Energies, Entities and Spirits

It’s important to look at sex as an exchange of energies, entities and potential vulnerability rather than from a moral perspective. When you have sex with another human being you absorb their very essence mixing it with your own essence. You literally absorb their good stuff as well as their bad stuff.

If you have sex with someone who has negative energies, entities or spirits, it is almost guaranteed that some of this negative energy will be transferred into your body and/or aura through the physical act of sex.  It’s very important to ensure you want to absorb the very essence and energetic elements of the other person before having sex with that person. The more sex partners you have, ensures the greater diffusion of your own very special essence. It amounts to not being quite yourself anymore.

“A client told me the story of her father who had an affair with a neighbor who happened to be a Wicca witch. This lady conducted many ceremonies and cast many spells.  After a period of time, this man, his wife and their children were all invaded by negative energies and entities. Be careful of the company you keep.” (Identifying and Removing Psychic Attacks by Mary Kurus; www.mkprojects.com)

In my next post I will share my own personal experience with you.

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Positive Affirmations to Raise Your Vibration and Reprogram Your Subconscious Mind

In my previous post, I have talked about raising our vibrations using the Kwan Yin Mantra. We all know what affirmations are. So, today I felt I should share with us affirmations. I hope that these affirmations help you to raise your vibration, reprogram your subconscious mind and set the tone for a positive life momentum for YOU!!! On my own, I have found these affirmations to be very useful and practical.

You are worthy

The first affirmation below is from Kelly Howell.

The founder of Brain Sync.

All of who you are

You deserve love, joy, guidance, fulfillment of dreams

You are loved beyond your imaginations

Embody the fulfillment of your desires

And they will be transformed from dreams into reality

Allow this truth to permeate your inner self

All deep within you as a vibrant, resilient energy that inspires to take action

And draws to you the very things you want

Kelly Howell

The next affirmation is from Sherold Barr. You can rephrase the affirmations to make it more personal

Now is your time

It is your time to make your dream come true

You are a conscious co-creator of your life

With your Divine Right, ask for what you want and live your dreams

You are the designer of your destiny

You were born to be all that you can be

You are a Powerful Force of Nature

You are worthy of your Divine destiny

Of abundance, light, love

You have the Power of your thoughts, words and action to command your future life experience into existence

Your Creator gave you unique gifts and talents to use in this Lifetime

You are here to share your gifts

And to help make great change in the world

You can do this

Sherold Barr

Affirmation is a level of Faith and it has the capacity to set the tone for a positive life momentum for you. Remember, your word is your wand as Florence Scovel Shinn eloquently said it. From my own personal experience; I have actually seen the power of positive affirmations. It happened to me in 2015; at that time I was not really aware about the Law of Attraction: though I would honestly say that we all are practicing Law of Attraction unconsciously.

“Positive affirmations are like light shining through the darkness, replacing despair with hope.” Tana Hoy

Facts About Positive Affirmations

“All physical reality is made up of vibrations of energy. Your thoughts too are vibrations of energy. This is not a concept or theory, but rather the startling new reality that quantum physics now reveals to us. Your thoughts have a powerful influence; they affect what happens to you.” Learn Mind Power

“Every time you think a thought, you send out that thought’s specific vibration. If a thought makes you feel good, if it’s a “positive” thought, it is vibrating at a higher frequency. If a thought makes you feel bad, if it’s a “negative” thought, it’s vibrating at a lower frequency. So, “I hate you” has a much lower frequency than “I love you” Deliberate Receiving

These positive affirmations are for when you’re nervous and afraid. They are from the site Prolific Living:

When you feel insignificant:

I am a unique child of this world.

I have as much brightness to offer the world as the next person.

I matter and what I have to offer this world also matters.

I may be one in 7 billion but I am also one in 7 billion.

When you are nervous or afraid:

I trust my inner wisdom and intuition.

I breathe in calmness and breathe out nervousness.

This situation works out for my highest good.

Wonderful things unfold before me.

From the site Creative Affirmations, here are some of their excellent positive self-affirmations:

I radiate love and joy to all I meet.

I am whole, complete and perfect just as I am, right where I am at.

I am more than capable of bringing my dreams to life.

I release all negativity that is blocking the divine expression of who I am.

I am safe. There is Divine protection surrounding me.

From Dr. Carmen Harra, who wrote these inspiring positive affirmations in Huffington Post, which I am sharing with you because of their beauty that can easily touch your soul:

I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.

Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.

My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil.

I have been given endless talents which I begin to utilize today.

I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them.

A river of compassion washes away my anger and replaces it with love.

I am guided in my every step by Spirit who leads me towards what I must know and do.

Creative energy surges through me and leads me to new and brilliant ideas.

My fears of tomorrow are simply melting away.

From Farnoosh Brock of Prolific Living I am sharing with you:

100 Positive Affirmations to Carry You Through Life

When you feel lonely and sad:

1. I feel the love of those who are not physically around me.
2. I take pleasure in my own solitude.
3.I am too big a gift to this world to feel self-pity.
4. I love and approve of myself all round

When you feel terrified (without your safety being in danger)

5. I focus on breathing and grounding myself.
6. Following my intuition and my heart keeps me safe and sound.
7. I make the right choices every time.
8. I draw from my inner strength and light.
9. I trust myself.

When you are angry

18. I forgive myself for all the mistakes I have made.
19. I let go of my anger so I can see clearly.
20. I accept responsibility if my anger has hurt anyone.
21. I replace my anger with understanding and compassion.
22. I offer an apology to those affected by my anger.

When you feel hopeless and at the end of your rope

23. I may not understand the good in this situation but it is there.
24. I muster up more hope and courage from deep inside me.
25. I choose to find hopeful and optimistic ways to look at this.
26. I kindly ask for help and guidance if I cannot see a better way.
27. I refuse to give up because I haven’t tried all possible ways.

 

 

When you feel conflicted about a decision

28. I know my wisdom guides me to the right decision.
29. I trust myself to make the best decision for me.
30. I receive all feedback with kindness but make the final call myself.
31. I listen lovingly to this inner conflict and reflect on it until I get to peace around it.
32. I love my family even if they do not understand me completely.
33. I show my family how much I love them in all the verbal and non-verbal ways I can.
34. There is a good reason I was paired with this perfect family.
35. I choose to see my family as a gift.
36. I am a better person from the hardship that I’ve gone through with my family.

When you are among friends

37. I choose friends who approve of me and love me.
38. I surround myself with people who treat me well.
39. I take the time to show my friends that I care about them.
40. My friends do not judge me, nor do they influence what I do with my life.
41. I take great pleasure in my friends, even if we disagree or live different lives.

When you are around strangers

42. I am beautiful and smart and that’s how everyone sees me.
43. I take comfort in the fact that I can always leave this situation.
44. I never know what amazing incredible person I will meet next.
45. The company of strangers teaches me more about my own likes and dislikes.

When you are at work

46. I am doing work that I enjoy and find fulfilling.
47. I play a big role in my own career success.
48. I ask for and do meaningful, wonderful and rewarding work.
49. I engage in work that impacts this world positively.
50. I believe in my ability to change the world with the work that I do.

When you can’t sleep

51. Peaceful sleep awaits me in dreamland.
52. I let go of all the false stories I make up in my head.
53. I release my mind of thought until the morning.
54. I embrace the peace and quiet of the night.
55. I sleep soundly and deeply and beautifully into this night.

When you don’t want to face the day

56. This day brings me nothing but joy.
57. Today will be a gorgeous day to remember.
58. My thoughts are my reality so I think up a bright new day.
59. I fill my day with hope and face it with joy.
60. I choose to fully participate in my day.

When you worry about your future

61. I let go of worries that drain my energy.
62. I make smart, calculated plans for my future.
63. I am a money magnet and attract wealth and abundance.
64. I am in complete charge of planning for my future.
65. I trust in my own ability to provide well for my family.

When you can’t get your loved ones to support your dreams

66. I follow my dreams no matter what.
67. I show compassion in helping my loved ones understand my dreams.
68. I ask my loved ones to support my dreams.
69. I answer questions about my dreams without getting defensive.
70. My loved ones love me even without fully grappling with my dreams.
71. I accept everyone as they are and continue on with pursuing my dream.

When you come face to face with a problem

72. I am safe and sound. All is well.
73. Everything works out for my highest good.
74. There is a great reason this is unfolding before me now.
75. I have the smarts and the ability to get through this.
76. All my problems have a solution.

When you want to do more with your life but feel stuck

77. I attempt all – not some – possible ways to get unstuck.
78. I seek a new way of thinking about this situation.
79. The answer is right before me, even if I am not seeing it yet.
80. I believe in my ability to unlock the way and set myself free.

When you can’t stop comparing yourself to others

81. I have no right to compare myself to anyone for I do not know their whole story.
82. I compare myself only to my highest self.
83. I choose to see the light that I am to this world.
84. I am happy in my own skin and in my own circumstances.
85. I see myself as a gift to my people and community and nation.

When you feel you are not good enough no matter how hard you try

86. I am more than good enough and I get better every day.
87. I give up the habit to criticize myself.
88. I adopt the mindset to praise myself.
89. I see the perfection in all my flaws and all my genius.
90. I fully approve of who I am, even as I get better.
91. I am a good person at all times of day and night.

When you want to give up

92. I cannot give up until I have tried every conceivable way.
93. Giving up is easy and always an option so let’s delay it for another day.
94. I press on because I believe in my path.
95. It is always too early to give up on my goals.
96. I must know what awaits me at the end of this rope so I do not give up.

When you recognize how powerful, gifted, talented and brilliant you really are:

97. The past has no power over me anymore
98. I embrace the rhythm and the flowing of my own heart.
99. All that I need comes to me at the right time and place in this life.
100. I am deeply fulfilled with who I am.

Having shared these affirmations with you; I am confident and positive that they can help you shift into a higher vibrations and positive life momentum! BUT…I have to remind you of something; affirmations are GOOD; but they do not and should not replace your responsibility of doing your “inner work.” What I mean is, if there is any problem you have—whether an energetic block or whatever it is…it behooves you to seek the help and guidance of an authentic spiritual teacher/healer. If it requires you to have a reading and unravel some things about your life; then do it.

Another important thing I have to tell you is; as much as you do affirmations; keep in mind that we are living in 3D (a lower realm) so you cannot always be in a higher vibrations because of the chaos and challenges of this physical world called Earth!!! Raising our vibrations/personal development is a work in progress. There is no graduation in it because the denseness lower vibration of this earth affects our energy, vibration and life in general.

It is like charging our phone and computer; you charge your phone and your computer and it gets full; but it does not remain fully charged forever; subsequently it runs down as low battery. Same thing with your car; when you fill it with fuel; it does not remain full permanently; it gets exhausted and you refill the fuel tank. The same ting applies to us human beings.

Concluding Thoughts

I would like to end this article with this write up below. It is a mixture of affirmations and wise sayings by Max Erhmann called Desiderata.

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann

I BELIEVE YOU HAVE GOT THIS!!!

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WHAT HAPPENED TO MOTHER TONGUE?

Mother and Child picture: National Geographic Photos

According to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, Mother Tongue is “the language that your first learned to speak when you are a child.” I would want to say that mother-tongue does not necessarily mean the language of your mother. Rather, it represents the language of your father and mother. But everyone is considered as a citizen on his or her father’s ethnic background before that of the mother most especially when they are of diverse ethnic groups. 

Today in our society (Nigeria and many other African countries as a case study) it is a very common habit that children can no longer speak their mother tongue! And this varies from ethnic group to ethnic group. It is a very ugly trend! I remember asking a boy if he can speak his mother tongue; his response? “I can hear but I can’t speak.” Isn’t that a sickening reply? Is that supposed to be applauded? Who is to blame for this ethnic misfortune? This is what you get these of civilization and without the proper indoctrination. And the hideous thing is that no one seems to be ready to change the course of things as it is. We have continued to stay aloof and this is not helping matters. The question now is; where do we go from here?

The problem is that most parents don’t take time to teach their children their languages. All they do is to anglicize their homes which will serve as a betrayal to the child. The problem starts from home. Most of the time, parents concentrate on their jobs and they spend less time with their children these days. They expect nannies, babysitters or teachers to teacher their kids all they need to know. In this regard, parents are the one to blame for their carefree attitude as far as their children are not able to speak their language. In the times of old, parents took the responsibility of educating their children on the proper way to appreciate their language but the reverse is the case nowadays.

Our language is our identity, if you can’t speak your language fluently; you are lost and you don’t know where you are coming from. You are more or less as a lost Prince if you cannot trace your Kingdom. We need to ask ourselves question—that is, had the owners of English language not develop it, would it have been recognized let alone being a popular language in the world?

I can remember some years back; a former governor in Nigeria built a school and in that school French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and German language is taught. I asked myself, “How many Nigerian languages are they learning in these countries or in oversea? How many African countries are being studied as a course in school in other countries of the world?

For our generation to be a lively one and for us to retain and revive our cultural heritage and identity, we need to improve and develop our language—I mean value it. It is true that Nigeria is been referred to as a country that speak Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa; but I can boldly say that these three original languages has no value as compared to English language and it is given little or no recognition.

Mother and Child picture: Instagram

I am not an Anglo-phobia, but all I am saying in effect is that we should maintain a balanced view of English language. Nigeria is not the only country colonized by Britain; India is one of them—but in India their native Hindi, Tamil and Creole is spoken with a good accent, pride, joy and love. You recognize an Indian by his or her native dressing and the tone of the Indian language. I am not in any way an Anglo-phobia; I have a bunch of English people as friends and Mentors. All I am saying is that we should maintain a balanced attitude towards English language—I mean we should love and be proud of our language too! I am amazed that in Asia and other European countries; their mother tongues are used as a means of teaching and learning even in their Universities; a trend you can never see in Nigeria or across African countries!

Many Nigerians do not value their language let alone being able to speak it. Now how do you think it will look like when a foreigner ask you to teach him your language and you cannot. Anybody that cannot speak his mother tongue is a stranger in his land. For example, I never expected that someone from Germany would ask me to teach her my mother tongue. In a conversation she was like how do you say good morning and how are you in your language? Now imagine I do not know how to speak my mother tongue; that would have been a shameful thing. But because I knew how to speak my language; I was able to tell her how we greet in our language and she marveled!

I was teaching my pupils in the classroom some time ago and one of them told me “teacher I can speak French language.” I was like, really…? Moved with pride, he began speaking the French language. I let him finish and then I asked him and the other pupils: “How many French people can speak any Nigerian native language? Do you think the French people will like to speak Nigerian native language? How many Nigerian languages are taught in the university in other countries? Then I told my own story. Before I went to college, my parents wanted me to study English language in college; but I told them: “Look, I have learnt English language in the primary and secondary school and that is okay by me. If you insist that I must study English; then I will not go to college. I will just leave home…besides, how many White people are studying our Nigerian language in school?” I am fortunate to have understanding parents. They let me follow my heart—so I studied Political Science and Social Studies. My pupils were dumbfounded to hear me say these. They thought I was going to praise the boy who spoke French; but I did not. Sadly, more than half of them cannot speak their own mother tongue because their parents do not teach them!!

The stronger the children’s mother tongue, the easier it is for them to learn new languages. Children who have a solid foundation in their mother tongue, develop better literacy skills also in other languages that they learn. When parents and other important adults have time to discuss and read in the child’s mother tongue and thus help expand the child’s vocabulary, the child will be better prepared when kindergarten or school starts and can easily learn new languages. Children’s knowledge and skills transfer over languages. Skills learned in the mother tongue will transfer to the other languages learned in school, as long as all languages are supported.

Therefore, it is very important that parents speak their mother tongue at home. Feelings, which are important for the child’s development, are also passed on through the mother tongue. Parents can support their children’s second and foreign language learning by using mother tongue diversely, reading and telling stories. It’s important for the children that parents have a positive attitude towards new languages. If children notice that their parents are supportive of learning new languages, children themselves will then be more motivated to learn. The best way for parents to support their children’s linguistic development is to spend time with their children. Storytelling, discussions, reading books and offering support and encouragement in their mother tongue will aid children on their journey to become multilinguals. Cummins, J. (2001). Bilingual Children’s Mother Tongue: Why is it important for education?

Now, mother tongue has saved so many persons where ethnic crises caused the massacre of innocent citizens. A citizen is caught by his own group and he or she exhibits in ability to speak the language; they might mistake such a person for an impostor and you what that means in times of war. Furthermore, a leader who is unable to speak the language of the subject is in a disadvantageous position.

Skills learned in the mother tongue will transfer to the other languages learned in school, as long as all languages are supported. Therefore, it is very important that parents speak their mother tongue at home. Feelings, which are important for the child’s development, are also passed on through the mother tongue.

The solution to this problem starts from the grassroots. Parents should teach their children their language; they should avoid that “Englishness of a thing” and government in all African countries should try to give more recognition and value to our language just like the English language is given recognition and highly valued. Our educational authorities should put the teaching of indigenous languages in our school curriculum and place more emphasis on it.

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How Do Married Couples Show Fidelity When They Are Living Apart?

Couple sleeping: Getty images

Nowadays, infidelity is on the HIGH….I will agree with Cyndi Lauper when she said in her song Time After Time…”there is nothing new….” Right from the ancient times there have been issues of infidelities in marriages.

Often times we see and hear about unfaithfulness in Marriages. Yes, many Marriages failed due to infidelity on the part of the husband or wife. If you are curious enough to know about the causes of these infidelities; it can have many root causes…. for example, it could be that the man is not doing his conjugal duty enough to sexually satisfy the woman as a man or it could be that the woman does not know how to satisfy the husband sexually as well. As crazy as it may sound, poverty and lack of care by the man can lead a woman into infidelity; when a woman cannot eat three square meal in your house—or meet her basic needs she might decide to look for a man who will be able to feed her. Or if you are the uncaring type emotionally; it might make the woman to start meeting another man where her emotional and basic needs can be met.

Keep in mind that it is ALWAYS vice versa! Sometimes, it could be that the duo (husband and wife) live apart from each other because of work. PLEASE, DO NOT get me wrong! I am NOT supporting adultery or infidelity!! For example, in our neighborhood many marriages failed because of infidelity. I shall tell you about them.

Before I go on to give you some life stories of infidelities; let me tell you ONE FUNNY THING that happened to me during the course of writing this blogpost. One cool day, I was just lying on my bed and this thought came to me…I was wondering how couples cope with sexual urges when they are living far away from each other. I don’t really know what sparked that thought in me. Maybe I was feeling hot and horny that day. So the thought have to come. I remind you that sex is in our Chakras. It doesn’t matter the gender you have it with. So, as I was saying… this blogpost is the most “comfortable” one I have ever written (I decided to use the word comfortable out of Levity). Here is what happened. I got the idea of this blogpost lying on the bed. Then I also found myself typing this blogpost lying on the bed. It was a cool day too. But the difference is that I had an earpiece on my ears as I typed this blogpost and it rained.

Like I said before I am not supportive of adultery and infidelity. If you ask me “Kingsley; are you an unfaithful boyfriend, father or a cheating husband?” The only answer I have is no. I remember Virginia Duan (AKA Mandarin Mama) talked about the Scary Mommy… that’s quite wonder-full…

Virginia Duan (AKA Mandarin Mama)

The question I like to ask myself is, are my a Scary Daddy? Not at all. And when you find out that you are Quirky, Maverick and vibrating the beautiful Rainbow colours it becomes even deeper. My elder sister Maureen got married in 2012. She is happily married with three children. My elder brother Bright got married in 2019 and I am the last child of my parents. One day, my mom looked at me and said of all my children you are the Quirkiest….we both burst into laughter… whether you believe it or not, I am one COOL and HOT dude. No doubt about that. I know what I am talking about. But I don’t focus more attention on my coolness and hotness. I am focusing on building a successful life for myself. To live from the place of Mindfulness and Higher Consciousness is my utmost concern! Every other thing is falling into place.

Now, without further ado let us dive into the topic for today. In our neighborhood, there was a woman married to a man. The husband works in an oil company in Warri so he visits the wife and children. It happened that the husband has not visited her and her children for one month because of work; so this woman began having affair outside. This went on for some time until one day the husband caught the wife. Though he has been hearing rumour about it; but that day Nemesis caught up on the wife. When the man found out that the woman was actually committing adultery. That was the end of the marriage.

Then the case of another neighbor who is a driver; according to what we heard it was said that the woman said that the man was not satisfying her enough sexually. Hence she is meeting another young guy outside who can satisfy her well. The husband is a driver and in his middle age. When the man learnt that the wife was cheating on him with evidence; that was the end of their marriage. But I don’t think distance is really a factor because some couples who live together do cheat. For example, the second couple whose husband is a driver—they live together. Actually, cheating occurs from both sides. Some men are fond of having concubine when they are away from home because of work. So it happen both sides.

And when you find out that you are Quirky, Maverick and vibrating “the beautiful Rainbow colours it becomes even deeper

Having seen that this is really a controversial topic I decided to carry out a questionnaire on this topic. I did the questionnaire online from two Facebook groups. Here was the question I asked as my questionnaire….

If you ask me Kingsley; are you an unfaithful boyfriend, father or a cheating husband? The only answer I have is no.

“Here is the question that I am seeking answers to….

How do married couples maintain Fidelity among themselves when they are living apart? For example; when the husband is in another state working away from his wife and children. So how will the faithfulness be like? U know sex is in our chakras and the urge can be soo strong….on the part of the Man and Woman; how can they keep or be able to maintain Fidelity even when they are living apart? And maybe the Man does not visit often….

Please I need your heart-based responses. Thanks

P. S.

Anyone who wants to chide me should do so with Compassion. I’m human.”

Below are the responses I got from the people who answered my question.

Responses From People

“Wow… This is a great topic that has been affecting many homes. Do you know a man can stand the test of time without sex if truly the two of you are made for each other. I am talking from my own experience. The SP I am waiting for is a great example. I lost him through my insecurities. Although I had another relationship after we were separated for 10years,he begged me to come back to him but I refused but after 10years the spirit told me to go back to him and reconcile but unfortunately for me. He had decided to move on. I went there we had it and I was so ashamed to see him so tight and thick(I hope you get my point). I left there so down that I had betrayed his trust in me. And I will need to accept my fate but the spirit said I must wait for him that he is still faithful to me which I used to confirm through his posts on Facebook. My point now is if the lady wants him to be sincere and maintain Fidelity, I will advise 3 things I learnt through the spirit:

1. DO NOT DOUBT HIS FAITHFULNESS: Your thoughts creates your reality. Once that thought comes in claim this Affirmation or subliminal; I AM LOVE. I AM THE SWEETEST THING…NAME… LOVES TO HAVE IT WITH. HE THINKS OF ONLY ME HE IS SO SINCERE WITH ME. I AM NOW CONFIDENT I AM HIS LIFE AND LOVE ALONE. HE THINKS OF ME ALL THE TIME. ETC. You can add more.

2. LEARN MORE IN SEXUAL BOOST: Learn how to make him feel special with you in closed doors. Make his home coming the first thing that will come to his heart. Help him see how special he is to you. Practice all the method you ever heard him asking you before. Do not say no to him when he ask you, tell him to teach you that you are made for only him. This is the greatest thing a man loves to hear their woman to say.

3.NEVER ALLOW INCINERATION: Incineration is insecurity. And this is no1 enemy of a good relationship. Please even when you see it coming keep your faith on. Keep confirming your truth. Create space for what you want to create and be happy always.(very important) This is my little contribution to this. Thanks” Bolaji, The Aligned Light Inc.

“As a private investigator who specializes in infidelity, I can tell you that the #1 thing that leads to infidelity is not spending enough time together. It may not always be about sex, but it’s definitely about that lack of emotional closeness (especially for women). So the answer to maintaining fidelity is to drop the distance and spend time together. If it’s not possible due to jobs, etc…then find another job. Just my 2 cents.” Ana Falx

“Love conquers all. When you love someone on such a deep level urges are not an issue ever. Even apart. Being an oilfield wife is like being a single parent. Neither have strayed in 12 years 10 years married and 4 kids. Love when on a deep level triumphs desire. If you can’t give your entire self to someone then Love is not the main focus…Lust and Desire are.” Teri Hamilton

“Having sound character and a healthy dose of empathy. If I’m hungry and go into a restaurant that does not give me the right to snatch food off of someone else’s plate. If I am angry, that does not give me the right to strike someone else. Both of these actions would likely have legal consequences, and for many/most, those outweigh any potential benefits or reward gained from such actions. However, if I believed I am entitled to sex, do not value the feelings of my partner or the vows made, then quite simply, I am excusing my selfish desires and justifying it with an “urge.” In this case, my own satisfaction takes higher priority than the commitment and destruction of my partner and our relationship. Urges, distance, opportunity or whatever other reasoning are merely excuses that poorly cover a selfish heart that is more concerned about what they can get, than doing what is right.” AlyssaBeth Harding

“What do you prefer? You want honesty and monogamy, your only job is to focus on that! What does trust feel like? What does passion together feel like? What does freedom feel like? Remember, law of attraction is like gravity so you get what you focus in wanted and unwanted. Are you able to feel good regardless of what’s happening around you? That is unconditional alignment and that’s your best route right now since we cannot control another, nor do we want to. If it were me, I’d find many ways to feel good, besides sex. Meditation, appreciation, finding ways to conjure the feelings that see brings. In your unconditional alignment, he’ll become irrelevant and there’s literally nothing more powerful than that!!! You’ve got this!!!!! If you really can’t help yourself and need that urge settled get some toys and satisfy yourself. Even better while you’re on FaceTime/phone call with your other half. Just meditate afterwards. You’ll be a lot more relaxed.” Danielle Lumbruno Perrino

“My opinion; if you are married, but never spend time with your spouse, get divorced. What’s the point of being married if you can’t do what married people do? Suffer day after day? Nope. Life is too short, people. There are billions of people on this planet, including ones that have the ability to stay local. I’ll probably get grief from people who have military partners, but the statistics are real. With enough time away, somebody is going to cheat. Sorry to break the news. Good luck!” Jesse Hahka

“Cheating is never a mistake it is a choice. My husband cheated on me telling me that I had so many flaws that is why he cheated on me but I told him, he himself is not perfect but i did not choose to cheat on him. Told him he is just plain stupid in addition to his imperfection and I will not be blame for his stupid choice. He made his bed so lie on it.” Queen Bea

“A person either has adultery in them, or not. Period. If they do – deal with it in whatever way you choose, but changing them can only be done if they realize it and are willing to make the enormous challenge of changing. There’s very little you can do.” Hanaan Rosenthal

“The desire to be faithful is a choice. One has to be committed to themselves and the relationship to make it work. Having the technology we have, definitely makes it easier. Video chatting can include sex, you need to be creative.” Juliette Lopez

“I’ve had a situation where me and my love had to be apart for 10 months it came easy to me because I have no desire for another…In short phone calls and FaceTime helped a lot.” Sylva Mor

“How does it feel to be betrayed? Ask yourself… how would I feel if the person that I chose to be married to, share my life with, have children with decided that their carnal/ flesh urges were more important than my trust in them? Is it fair to subject my spouse to whatever I may contract from a person outside the marriage… be it a STD or some bad energy mojo? Once the trust is gone… it is really difficult to get it back. Sex is sacred. To give into the desires of the flesh, lust, with no regard to the betrayal… is still living in the illusion of the physical plane. Ego. well… that says a lot right there. If you cheat on your spouse and commit infidelity – you are committing an act of betrayal of their trust. My ex husband did it to me numerous times and then I left. Not wasting my life with someone like that I know my worth.” Stephanie Renee Hudgins

“Since we are talking of monogamy here, it is only expected to have loyalty. At all costs, period. It is a conscious choice. Believe me, I’ve been on LDR (diff countries halfway across the world in distance) before wherein the guy cheated eventually. and I am on another one now (same amount of distance like before) but the man is full of loyalty and honesty. Cheating is always done out of free will. Distance will never justify infidelity. I’m pretty sure the unfaithful one won’t agree to having a taste of his or her own medicine. There are different avenues or platforms that can be utilized to still foster sexual intimacy. And basic logic is that if you are even entertaining the thought of infidelity, no need to engage in monogamy. Just do Polyamory instead. Good luck with the writing. It’s nice to hear from a fellow writer and researcher.” Therese Medina

“When you have a connection at the deepest level, you feel as one and know that anything that is done without the thought of that oneness hurts one. You know that by hurting one, you are hurting oneself. That connection allows you to be together in any time and distance. It just needs to be kept nurtured by having faith in one and another, and always returning to that truth, even when there is nothing to hold but that faith.” Heather Lea Wightman

“Myself and my Girlfriend have been physically apart for 10 months now, and have no such worries or concerns, despite our both having high sex-drives. We’ve even laughed about this very subject   Why? Because we know each other inside out, are 100% DEVOTED to each other, and Respect each other. That aside, we’re not only ‘lovers’, but Soul-mates also.” Chris Baker

“Self control and freedom to choose is what separates us from the animals.” Robert Hoyt

“We live in a mirrorverse. What you do to others will present itself in your own experience. Every. Single. Time. So people should be very careful what you do to hurt others. That will spin back into your experience and the Universe will always find balance. It’s a lesson in compassion and karma escapes no one. i.e. You waste someone’s time, yours will be wasted. That sort of thing.” Kelly Kryszak

“Once the trust is gone there is nothing left.” Andrea Clavelle

“Well… how do you cheat on someone you married, with a ring on your finger and then not feel bad about it? How would one just ignore their partners feelings completely all the while call it cheating and do it anyway?” Dave Kinniburgh

“They made a commitment not to be with other people when they got married. Not to mention if they love each other wholeheartedly, then they won’t want anyone else.” Shelley Hilburn Peak

“Women seek attention and validation from a relationship if she isn’t getting it she will find it somewhere else. As a man you want connection loyalty and support if he isn’t getting it he will step out.” Matt Phelps

“This part of faithfulness is a choice. I have seen family members who cheat when they are not even far away, I have seen family members who cheats when their husband is far. Same with some people I used to talk to. Cheating can be physical or emotional.” Glory Gonzalez

“Well fidelity was never an issue for me personally. If I’m committed I’m committed. My EX on the other hand not so much. We spent many months apart during our 26 years together as he was military. Never once was I even tempted to cheat.” Myken Auffhammer

“If they find validation in sex then fidelity is impossible. If they have sex only for connection then maintains the connection and they won’t look elsewhere to connect. It’s going to depend on how secure they are in themselves, and the strength of the relationship. In reality however you just need to decide if you could handle if they did sleep with someone else. Are they worth the risk and could you handle the fallout.” Sarah Olson

“People are going to do whatever they want. If they want to be loyal, they will. If they don’t want to be loyal, they won’t. We have these expectations of how something “should be” but is that the reality of the situation? I always say if anyone has to question ANYTHING in reference to a relationship, they already know the answer.” Tiffiney Patterson

Having talked about this, one might want to ask if there is actually a way to stop infidelity in marriage; whether the couples are living together or apart. If there is anything else you think is not added in this blogpost. Feel free to add it in the comments or send me an email and I will add it to the blogpost. I would really love to hear your thoughts.

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YOU CAN NEVER FOOL A SAINT!

Once a noble Kievan merchant exhausted with ailment was brought to Agapit. So, the merchant started promising Agapit the best of his valuables, if only the healer delivered him of his illness. And he was shaking two money-bags with golden coins all around at that, as if implying that there was nothing he wouldn’t part with. Golden coins were items of great luxury at that time. They had Prince Vladimir Svyatoslavovich image on the one side and ancestral sign of Rurik Dynasty, shaped like a trident, with a lettering saying ‘Vladimir, and this is his gold’ on the other side. Those golden coins were a feather in his cap, an indication of his close links with those who stood at ‘control levers’ of the Old Russian State. Not everyone could boast such valuables. But everything loses its meaning, when a disease overcomes. The merchant was ready to part with this money to return his past health.

Agapit healed the merchant. The latter had promised in public to repay Agapit’s kindness, but the greed seized him. So, the merchant decided to swindle the Saint. Nobody saw what was there in the bags, so the merchant put cheap silver coins into the bags instead of the promised money and added only one golden coin for his conscience’ sake. He was glad he could both recover and save so many valuables owing to his guile. He came to Agapit again with his retinue. Agapit only smiled glancing at his proudly held out bags with money and said: ‘I have not taken pay from anyone, and I won’t take any from you. But you shall keep your word. Come out and give away all this gold to beggars’.

The merchant rejoiced even more and went off, his retinue attending him, to carry out the order of the Saint. But when he opened one of the bags to take the money out, all coins turned out to be golden except for one. “So, the merchant became upset and thought he must have confused the money-bags. But he kept the promise given in front of his retinue. When he came home, however, he was terror-stricken, because all his gold and jewelry had turned into cheap silver coins. And among this pile of odd money he was able to find only one golden coin.” “Huh, it appears that such swindlers existed even in those days,” Volodya uttered in a bass. “There are enough of them at any time,” Sensei said with a sad smile.

“Greed is the favorite vice of the human beasts. Not only among the laity, but, unfortunately, also among monks. Even during Agapit’ time many of the monastic community, where he lived, had more love for gold than for God, and they exploited their monastic rank to swindle money out of simpletons.”

This story is an extract from Sensei I by Anastasia Novykh

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Tips For Writers: Scribbling for Fun and Profit

Today, I want to share tips for writers. First of all I am grateful to Stephen Coonts for giving me the permission to publish this article in my website. Here is the permission message from Stephen Coonts to me “Go right ahead, Kingsley, with all good wishes.” Steve Coonts

Stepen Coonts

Stephen Coonts is an Award-Winning and Bestselling American author. He is from West Virginia.

Stephen Coonts

I thought I knew all the tips for writers; when I come across Stephen Coonts write up I wanted to scroll past it but my Intuition asked me to READ IT. As I was scrolling through Stephen’s tips for writers I began to see that it actually contained gems of wisdom—which are practical and indispensable. The only option left for me right there and then was to stop and read it with a great mindfulness. I actually learnt many things from Stephen’s tips for writers which is I asked for his permission to publish it in my website and he gave me his permission.

Stephen Coonts

“Go right ahead, Kingsley, with all good wishes.”

Steve Coonts

So, here are the writing tips for writers. Personally, I have found these tips to be VERY meaningful, profound, universal and eye-opening!!

Writing is a craft, like playing a musical instrument or painting with oils. Every aspiring writer must acquire this craft, just as every musician must learn his or her instrument. Today some high schools and most colleges offer creative writing courses, and so do various writer’s critique groups. If you look around you will undoubtedly find one in your area.

Whether you take a formal course or not, most of the craft must be acquired on your own. The best place to begin is the public library, which is full of good books written by people who know how to write. Check out good books by good writers in the genre in which you are interested. Analyze their styles, see how they set up a scene, how they do dialogue, how the characters are introduced and developed, how the writer makes the names memorable or fails to do that, how the story is paced, how the action unfolds, how the conflicts develop, how the subplots are made part of the story, how the climax is handled. Analyze the scenes, find the key words which bring out the emotion of a scene, study how the writer got his effect, how he uses verbs and adverbs, try to decide why he used the key words he did. Why did the writer choose the point-of-view he used, did he shift verb tenses, why are the paragraphs where they are, why did he use action verbs in one place and “to be” verbs in another?

I recommend that every aspiring writer join a critique group. Smaller is usually better. Each person in the group must commit to write on their story every week and submit it for criticism, and they must agree to make the time to read everyone else’s submissions. These submissions are all discussed at the periodic meetings of the groups. Craft is learned here, and you can see how your stuff strikes readers. And by pointing out weak places in other people’s craft, you are forced to reexamine your own.

The weak point of critique groups is that egos occasionally get involved. If the discussion is collegial and everyone is trying to help every member get better at the genre they have chosen, all will go well. But if egos get out of control, the wise course is to find another critique group.

I also recommend that every aspiring writer attend one or more writer’s workshops which are held on an annual basis all over the country. Google Writer’s Workshops and see what pops up. In addition to discussions of craft which are scheduled throughout the workshops, attendees bring samples of their own work to show to the professional editors and literary agents who often attend. It is here, in a writer’s workshop, that you will have your first opportunity to pitch your work to an agent. The agent you meet at a workshop may well be the agent who ultimately takes you on as a client when you finally have a truly commercial manuscript ready to go.

Originality

Beginning writers are well advised to write about something they know. Many beginners try to write about people and places and events that they know absolutely nothing about, and consequently expend vast quantities of time and effort but cannot get the story to read right.

The flip side of writing about what you know is the publishing reality that originality sells. To break into publishing and establish a major career, you must go boldly where no one has gone before, to steal a phrase. First novelist J. K. Rowling wrote of a boy wizard at an English school. Original and fresh, her novels to date have been mega-bestsellers world-wide and made her our first literary billionaire. English housewife Agatha Christie decided to write mysteries, and although she got them published, was an unnoticed pulp mystery writer until she wrote “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd,” in which the narrator turns out to be the killer. That plot was a stroke of genius; the book was a major bestseller. That idea led to a marvelous forty-plus year career writing mysteries, some of which contain truly dazzling, original plot twists.

The list goes on and on: Arthur Conan Doyle founded the mystery genre with “A Study in Scarlet,” in which he introduced Sherlock Holmes. Tom Clancy broke in with a unique tale of a Soviet submarine skipper who decided to defect to America, taking his sub with him. Amy Tan’s books about a Chinese family plowed ground left fallow since the death of Pearl Buck. My first novel, “Flight of the Intruder,” was the first novel of naval aviation in the modern jet age. The only one remotely similar was “The Bridges at Toko-Ri,” by Michener, which was about the Korean War. (It was also one of Michener’s worst books.) I wrote about Vietnam. My publisher asked, “How come no one else ever wrote about naval aviation?”

“Guess they never thought of it,” I replied.

So the formula is originality and craft, workmanship and sweat. Lots of sweat.

Book Doctors

First time writers, or indeed, any writer struggling with a manuscript, might consider the services of a book doctor. In the past editors at major publishers might labor over a manuscript, writing, rewriting, and if necessary, inserting or eliminating subplots, all in the effort to get a manuscript up to publishing quality. Today editors at publishing houses do not do this—they simply don’t have the time. Nor can the publishing houses afford the cost. The manuscript must arrive in-house polished and ready for the line editor, who merely checks spelling, punctuation, capitalization and the like. The book doctor, paid for by the writer, fills this empty niche. You can find these services on the web, but check out their references before sending money.

Craft aside, to write successfully you must have something to write about. Every word you write is a distillation of everything you know about life, about how the world works, about how people think and feel, their motivations, their hopes, their dreams, and so on. How do you write a woman in love? Well, if you are not a woman, it would help a lot if you had known one or two who were desperately, hopelessly in love. To write successfully you must understand what it is to be human. Only then can you reduce the human experience to language and put it on paper. Our best writers drank deeply of life. I give you Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway.

One of the common mistakes of aspiring writers is to write about themselves. Some do it to explore their inner emotions, others do so for the simple reason that they know themselves best. Regardless, writing about yourself is a literary dead-end, a place where readers do not care to go.
Students of writing must write about other people, learn to create characters that live within the boundaries of the fictional world created by the writer. This is the very essence of the craft, without which you cannot progress.

At some point every aspiring writer must evaluate his or her work and make a realistic appraisal of its worth. Are you just laying bricks? Here is where a critique group can be of real value. Do not try to write unless you are willing to fail. If you are unwilling to let your friends read your stuff because they might not understand it, it is unpublishable–the book buying public won’t understand it either. This leads inexorably to my next point: if you have to explain to a reader what they should have gotten out of a story, it didn’t work. Go back and work on it some more. The story must stand on its own. How well it stands is a direct measure of how well you have mastered the craft of writing.

The Courage to Fail

Speaking of the courage to fail, through the years I have noticed a curious phenomenon. People who are experts in literature, who know grammar, who can discuss the intricacies of plotting, characterization, setting, pacing, etc., until hell won’t have it, people who seem to have all the equipment necessary to succeed at writing fiction, rarely try it. Although these people sometimes have PhDs in English and literature, they seem quite content watching hacks like me turn out commercial novels. I’m not complaining, you understand, but I have a theory about why this is so. These folks would be satisfied with nothing less than writing a masterpiece, and since they know that is highly unlikely, they write nothing. On the other hand, I have no ambitions about masterpieces–I just want to write fun books that entertain people and make a living doing it. I want to write the kind of books that I like to read. So I write and the experts read. In a way it’s sort of sad.

Once the manuscript is well written, all typos and misspellings removed, you are ready to try to get it published. The manuscript should be double-spaced on plain white paper, one side only, not bound in any way. Your name, address and phone number should be on the first and last pages of the manuscript. Do NOT submit the manuscript anywhere until you are convinced it is the best it can be.

Agents today perform the screening process that used to be done by publishing houses. Agents read unsolicited submissions and accept those they think are publishable. Today most publishing houses will not look at an unagented submission. Don’t even try. Get an agent.

The best place to find agents is at writer’s workshops or one of the big three conventions, ThrillerFest, The Mystery Writers Guild, and The Romance Writers of America. Their annual gatherings are happening events, well worth your time. Check them out on the web.

I would pass up any agent who wants to charge a “reading” fee. Bona fide literary agents make their money selling manuscripts to publishers, not reading them. However, do not expect a bona fide agent to return your manuscript with a long letter full of incisive literary criticism. If you want literary criticism it is only fair that you pay for it.

Breaking In

Publishers and agents all say that they are actively searching for the raw material required to keep the presses running and cartons of books on the way to bookstores. There is no conspiracy to lock out unpublished authors. Two hard realities govern the publishing world, and you must overcome them both to break in:

  1. Book buyers like to buy brand names. They will buy a new book by an author they have read and enjoyed without even reading the blurb on the dust jacket. First novels sell an average of less than 5,000 copies. (And just how many first novels have you read this year?) The consumer’s focus on established talent makes it incredibly difficult for a publisher to make a first novel a commercial success.
  2. Most aspiring writers haven’t acquired the craft of writing, so 99% of the stuff agents and publishers see is unpublishable. Consequently, while book people are looking for publishable material, finding the jewels is like searching a hog pen for diamonds. (One editor told me that editors see so much trash, sometimes the glitter of the mediocre seems irresistible, which is, he explained, why so much forgettable stuff gets into print. The book-buying public, less jaded, is more fickle.)

The challenge to beginners is this: you must write a book so good, so compelling, the agents and publishers decide that the book can be sold despite the brand-name focus of the book-buying public. Remember, these people are trying to make money publishing books; they must sell books to survive.My former editor at St. Martin’s Press, Charles Spicer, published fifty books a year. In addition to the books he was publishing, he looked at several hundred manuscripts a year sent to him by literary agents who presumably had screened out the treacle. He made offers on those manuscripts he thought were publishable by his house. He had just two assistants. Since he worked in corporate America, he was held accountable for the sales of those books he published. He survived by picking more winners than losers, so the question always before him was, Who will buy this book? Yet even if he believed there was an audience out there, he would not sign a writer unless he was firmly convinced that writer could deliver a commercial manuscript ready for the line editor with a minimum of editorial guidance, or he was holding such a manuscript in his hand.

NEVER forget–publishing is a FOR PROFIT business. Your manuscript must convince everyone all along the line that they can MAKE MONEY by publishing it. Notice that I said “your manuscript,” for truly, it must sell itself. Regardless of who you know or how persistent your agent is, the manuscript must be good enough that publishers can see how it can be sold.

More people are writing today than ever before in history. Word-processing programs and PCs have freed writers from the clerical drudgery that plagued the craft since the invention of the alphabet. In addition, the booming economy has given huge numbers of people the luxury of time, which many folks are spending at the keyboard of one of those PCs. The result is an unprecedented flood of manuscripts. The market for books, however, continues to grow slowly–while more books are sold today than ever before, the percentage of people reading continues to shrink as technology and lifestyles change. As you might imagine, all these writers searching for agents and publishers have created a bonanza for scam artists.

Be Wary

Anyone can claim to be a literary agent; there are no licensing or knowledge requirements and ethics are strictly optional. Many writers have been rejected so often by the bona fide publishing industry that they become easy prey for the unscrupulous. A few words of praise is the usual hook. Regardless of how the scam starts, eventually the subject of money will come up. The writer is requested to pay reading fees, acceptance fees, all kinds of fees, and promises flow like beer at a biker bar. Some of these people are being actively prosecuted for mail fraud, but jailing scoundrels is a slow business and once your money is gone, it’s usually gone forever.

Often folks who decide to self-publish then think of me. They send me an email or even a book, wanting a puff or plug for their tale. I do not read or plug manuscripts or books that have not been accepted for publication by a commercial–i. e., large, royalty-paying–publishing house, almost all of which are headquartered in New York. I have neither the time nor expertise to read the three or four self-published books that arrive in the mail every week, so I don’t read any but those recommended and sent to me by editors I know in the New York publishing industry. And I plug only those which I think my fans will enjoy reading. Sometimes, alas, I guess wrong, and irate readers feel free to tell me so, too.

Once your novel is accepted by a publishing house, you will find that today you must get actively involved in publicizing the work. Publishers used to do all the publicity and promotion, but we live in a changing world beset by inexorable economic realities. Your ability and willingness to help sell the book will be a huge factor in its success.

Write because it’s fun, because you enjoy the creative process. If what you write ever gets published and you make a few bucks, that will be the icing on the cake.

Good Luck!

P.S.

This article was originally published by Stephen Coonts; but I have the permission of Stephen Coonts to publish it here on my blog

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My Journey to Becoming a Published Author

From childhood, I have always loved writing. I started writing in high school. I published my first book in 2011 when I was in college but it was not a successful one. There were many challenges at that time. In fact, I had to go on an involuntary hiatus of five years! I never wrote a thing! But I am thankful that I am a published author today.

Me (Kingsley )

Before I talk about my book, let me share with you about my journey to becoming a published author. After going on an involuntary hiatus from writing for five years; I picked up my pen to start writing again. We all know the story of J.K. Rowling and how she was rejected by 12 publishers. I had the same experience of J.K. Rowling because I was rejected by 14 publishers.

Worse yet, a leading Nigerian publisher whom I trusted and thought would be very happy to publish my book rejected my book and told me that my manuscript did not meet their standard. But, an American publisher (Christian Faith Publishing) told me that my manuscript was worthy of being published.

Here is the message I got from Christian Faith Publishing when my manuscript was accepted:

Dear Kingsley,

Christian Faith Publishing takes great pride in accepting your book, “Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird” for partnership in publication with us. The review board’s decision to represent your project is a reflection of the high standards we maintain for the kinds of books we represent. We feel yours is a very worthy project and we are excited to begin working with you. We congratulate you on the coming publication of your book
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It has not been an easy journey for me becoming a published author! I wrote Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird in 2013 when I was in College. It took me this long to have it published because of the challenges I had. But I am eternally grateful to my one in a million, amazing and noble mentor and dear friend: Suzanne who sponsored my writing and publishing project from start to finish.

After I got rejected by the Nigerian publisher; I was having a conversation with a friend of mine in Michigan; Kelly and we were talking about writing. When I told her that I am a writer; she exclaimed “Oh that is great! Have your books been published?” I told her no; because I have not found a publisher to accept my work for publication and that I have been rejected by publishers.

Kelly told me that she would make some research and write back to me. Three days later, she wrote back to me and sent me the contact information of Christian Faith Publishing and then encouraged me to write them.

At this point my book was just a manuscript and it had not yet been edited and proofread. I called my dear mentor in Florida; Suzanne and told her that a friend sent me an address of a publisher in USA. Suzanne called Christian Faith Publishing and had a very detailed conversation with them and out of compassion; she willingly used her personal resources to foot the bills of my publishing project.

Even from the beginning, it was Suzanne who paid for the editing of my book which was edited by a professional editor in USA. With the help of Suzanne, I manifested a publishing contract with a five star publishing company in USA and today I am a published author because of Suzanne.

Suzanne is not just a dear friend and mentor; she is a Mother, an Earth Angel, Emissary of Light, Healer and a Goddess on her own right. I honestly describe Suzanne as Kwan Yin personified because that is what she is. Suzanne embodies Compassion in its truest form and she has a heart of GOLD!

As I am typing this line of my story; I am filled with gratitude and goose bumps because without her help I would not have achieved this! Even my blog (www.kingsley-osajie.com) was made possible with the help of Suzanne. Here is what she told me some time ago:

“Kingsley, I see the potentials in you, and I am happy to help you succeed and live your dreams.”
When I told my mom about the publishing contract and the kind sponsorship of Suzanne on my publishing project; she marveled and decided to thank Suzanne.

“Kingsley is like a son to me and I am happy to see him succeed,” she told my mom.

Suzanne gave me a platform to be seen, heard, healed me, and set me on a positive life momentum. I truly cannot thank her enough!! Her type is rare! I believe that if every human has the heart of Suzanne, the world will be a better place.  

About My Book (Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird)

My debut book is a children’s book titled Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird. But I write in all genres. I decided to write this book for the beautiful children out there. I love children; hence I purposely wrote this book for the children out there in the world! As a matter of fact, adult and parents can learn something too from Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird.

Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird is an exquisite book about Cindy and her loving moments with Amy, her pet bird. This is a story of the intimacy and challenges of a little girl called Cindy and her beautiful songbird, Amy.

Cindy’s bird, Amy, affected her positively. It shows how children can be attached with pets once a cordial relationship has been formed. In this story, Cindy showed us that children can have unwavering faith, even if it seemed goofy, unrealistic, and an illusion! Despite all odds about the whereabouts of Cindy’s bird, she kept believing and having faith.

I love children and I believe they are our hope for a better tomorrow, take good care of them and bring them up in the way they should go.

Kingsley Osajie

Children are like wet floors, anything that falls on them leaves an imprint.

Kingsley Osajie

Every child on earth will love to be a superstar, every boy and girl will love to make it big…hold on to your dreams.

Brenda Fassie

I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way; show them all the beauty they possess inside.

Whitney Houston

“I created a girl child Cindy—who had a beautiful bird called Amy and a brother whose name is Quimby. Cindy, a tender jolly girl whose unquenchable faith in the loss of her bird is remarkable and the relationship between Cindy and her bird is truly refreshing. Cindy and Quimby are my brainchildren. Yes, I love children.”

Kingsley Osajie, author of Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird

Nomination of Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird For 2020 Readers’ Choice Award

In 2020, Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird was officially “born.” It was no longer a manuscript; it became a published book. I felt happy seeing it published and holding it as a published book. Now, let me share with you how the nomination for the Readers’ Choice Awards began. Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird was nominated for the 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards by TCK Publishing.

When I began writing Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird I did not set the intention for it to be nominated for the Readers’ Choice Awards. But even as it is nominated it does not make me feel proud. After all, it is just a nomination.

In 2011; I published my first book. On my way home from my publishers’ house I was in the car; I picked a newspaper to read and the next thing I saw on the second page was the news of 25 years old Serbian girl who won the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her name is Tea Obreht and the title of her book is Tiger’s Wife. I looked at Tea Obreht holding her Orange Prize Award and I marveled. On top of that, she was going home with £30,000! That was something illustrious, enviable, laudable and highly remarkable!!!!

The Universe and the Cosmic Forces are always listening to us. This life is really wonder-full…so on this very fateful day; I was reading about this American singer Chanté Moore. After reading through her Wikipedia I noticed that she had more nominations than ACTUAL Awards.

I was like, “Damn! Please! Don’t give me any nominations! To hell with nominations! In fact, I refuse to have nominations. What would I want with nominations? Give me the award. Not nominations.” This was how I said it sarcastically; I was just saying it after reading her Wikipedia. So I continued to make these comments sarcastically. I never knew that what I was refusing would come to me.

After making those sarcastic comments about the nominations of Chante Moore songs; I went about my day’s activities. About three weeks my book was nominated for Readers Choice Awards by TCK Publishing.

When I read the congratulatory message from TCK Publishing I was dumbfounded. I could not cry and I could not laugh. It was a total dumfounding! At that moment everything I said about Chante Moore nominations started resurfacing. If it was to be a movie; I would see the flashback…and I had a flashback in my own case. I felt so TIRED! Because I did not expect it and the nomination I rejected sarcastically came to me. So it is really a lesson for me!!!

There are lots of moral lessons for children to learn from in Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird. It can be used as a bedtime story for children and it is very ideal for a children’s cartoon movie. I can assure you that every child out there will certainly enjoy reading it.

Reviews for Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird

“My son and I read this book. As we read it, he really enjoyed the imagery. He tried to guess what was next, enjoying the surprise as well as how happy the bird made her. From my point of view, it was charming to read about her story. It’s refreshing to encompass the child’s nature so accurately. My son was just as charmed as I was at the cute story and the descriptions were vivid. Wonderful read! I look forward to reading more by this author!”

Camille De Mott, USA

“This book is a really great book for children. Unlike other books which show us the children happy and playful. It showed that Cindy had an unwavering faith in the quest to find her little bird who went missing. It’s easy to read and short. It was a wonderful read.”  Yinka Odufote, Nigeria

“The love for pets.”

“Cindy and her beautiful bird” is certainly a book to remember. It emulates and emphasizes the relationship and connection that can be established between children and pets.” Mariam Owoade, Nigeria

“This story is perfect for younger kids. I read this to my younger brother (6 years old), and he really enjoyed following the story of Cindy. From the perspective of an older reader, the book also had the magical feeling of childhood to it. Cindy’s love for the bird was really enjoyable to read about, and I felt like it taught a valuable lesson for kids. Cindy’s faith in the bird was also another lesson that could have been taken from this book. The images in the book were very engaging for my brother, and the colors kept him engaged throughout the story. The story is well worth a read with younger kids for a pastime, and it was written in a way that could it could have also helped children develop better reading capabilities. All in all, I think the story is perfect read for kids, and can teach them the lessons of faith and love.”

S.K. Way Authors, Oklahoma, USA

Nomination of Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird For 2020 Readers’ Choice Award

In 2020, Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird was officially “born.” It was no longer a manuscript; it became a published book. I felt happy seeing it published and holding it as a published book. Now, let me share with you how the nomination for the Readers’ Choice Awards began. Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird was nominated for the 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards by TCK Publishing.

The Nomination of Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird by TCK Publishing

When I began writing Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird I did not set the intention for it to be nominated for the Readers’ Choice Awards. But even as it is nominated it does not make me feel proud. After all, it is just a nomination.

In 2011; I published my first book. On my way home from my publishers’ house I was in the car; I picked a newspaper to read and the next thing I saw on the second page was the news of 25 years old Serbian girl who won the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her name is Tea Obreht and the title of her book is Tiger’s Wife. I looked at Tea Obreht holding her Orange Prize Award and I marveled. On top of that, she was going home with £30,000! That was something illustrious, enviable, laudable and highly remarkable!!!!

The Universe and the Cosmic Forces are always listening to us. This life is really wonder-full…so on this very fateful day; I was reading about this American singer Chanté Moore. After reading through her Wikipedia I noticed that she had more nominations than ACTUAL Awards.

I was like, “Damn! Please! Don’t give me any nominations! To hell with nominations! In fact, I refuse to have nominations. What would I want with nominations? Give me the award. Not nominations.” This was how I said it sarcastically; I was just saying it after reading her Wikipedia. So I continued to make these comments sarcastically. I never knew that what I was refusing would come to me.

After making those sarcastic comments about the nominations of Chante Moore songs; I went about my day’s activities. About three weeks my book was nominated for Readers Choice Awards by TCK Publishing.

When I read the congratulatory message from TCK Publishing I was dumbfounded. I could not cry and I could not laugh. It was a total dumbfounding! At that moment everything I said about Chante Moore nominations started resurfacing. If it was to be a movie; I would see the flashback…and I had a flashback in my own case. I felt so TIRED! Because I did not expect it and the nomination I rejected sarcastically came to me. So it is really a lesson for me!!!

Where to Buy Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird

Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Watertones etc

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cindy-and-her-beautiful-bird-kingsley-osajie/1137082328;jsessionid=B2203643A8EEA3D9817F1F8C5E16BF67.prodny_store01-atgap10?ean=9781098011222

https://www.waterstones.com/book/cindy-and-her-beautiful-bird/kingsley-osajie//9781098011222#reviews

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cindy-Beautiful-Bird-Kingsley-Osajie/dp/1098011228/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Cindy+and+her+beautiful+bird&qid=1599331187&sr=8-1https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cindy-Beautiful-Bird-Kingsley-Osajie/dp/1098011228/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Cindy+and+her+beautiful+bird&qid=1599331187&sr=8-

Meet The Author

(Kingsley Osajie, author of C

Kingsley Osajie is a children’s author based in Delta State, Nigeria. He teaches in a private school. His debut publication was Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird, which was nominated for a Readers’ Choice Award 2020 by TCK Publishing.

Kingsley graduated in Political Science and Social Studies from the Agbor College of Education, Delta State. He is the youngest of three children still living with his mom, his dad having passed in 2012. Kingsley is quirky, a maverick, witty, genial, positively rebellious, resilient, intuitive, and creative.

He LOVES Spirituality and believes strongly in compassion, considering himself well connected to Kwan Yin (the Goddess of Compassion). Kingsley thinks of himself as a child of Kwan Yin, which he wrote about in Developing the Eyes of Kwan Yin.

When he is not writing, Kingsley enjoys spending time in nature, especially along the river. He loves water and connecting with Water’s Healing Energies. His favorite sports are ping-pong, swimming, gymnastics, and the high jump. As an intrepid adventurer, he loves travelling. He dreams of touring countries in every continent.

Kingsley also likes dogs, parrots, picnics, music, action movies, wildlife documentaries, wrestling, and writing blogs on his website, Kingsley Osajie, where you can also read a longer-length biography.

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Raising Your Vibration With Kwan Yin Mantra

When you hear the statement “raise your vibration” what comes to your mind? What do you understand by this statement “raise your vibration”? It is no longer news that we are living in a Universe where everything is vibrating. Suffice to say that we live in a sea of energy! And everything is energy!

To raise your vibration means to lift up your mood. It can also used to mean to amp-up your mojo. If someone is happy, the person is in a higher vibration. If someone is sad, the person is in a lower vibration. EVERYTHING around us is vibrating at their own frequency!! Even we human beings are vibrating too. Just that these things are too subtle that we can barely notice them. It takes a sharpened intuition and “alignment” to be aware of the vibratory nature of the Universe. That now leads us to the question: what vibrating in? Are you in a lower vibration? Or you are in a higher vibration?

Have you noticed that there are some songs you hear and you cannot help but be happy? Yes, that song has raised your vibration. There are also some songs you hear and you feel sad; that song has lowered your vibration. Have you also noticed the way people feel when they hear a good news? For example, a woman gives birth to a baby safely; everyone leaps for joy and it calls for celebration! That is a higher vibrational experience because it puts everyone in a happy mood and positive momentum. The same thing applies when some gets a job, wins an award, gets a contract, win in a contest, travels abroad etc. On the other hand, when someone is sick, is cheated on have a heartbreak; has an accident, injures you see that the person is not happy. The person’s mood is altered negatively. When you are in a higher vibration, you are LIGHTER but when you are in a lower vibration you are HEAVIER!  

Actually, there are MANY ways we can raise our vibrations. We can raise our vibration by doing the following:

1. Spending time in Nature

2. Playing and listening to uplifting music

3. Reading good books

4. Reading success stories

5. Eating healthy and organic food

6. Showing gratitude (a grateful mind is a magnet for miracles)

7. Keeping good friends

8. Playing Mantra

9. Meditation

As a person who is mantra minded, I decided to talk about Kwan Yin mantra. Now, I understand that not everyone is familiar with mantra.  Someone might say, “I am not your typical Om chanting buddy.” But if you explore the subject of mantra I am sure you will love it. I began exploring the subject of mantra in 2017 when I was in the early stages of my Spiritual Awakening. There are many mantras; but I am talking about Kwan Yin mantra.

I am sure you might be wondering, what is Kwan Yin or who Kwan Yin is. Kwan Yin is a Bodhisattva; an Ascended Master. You can refer to her as Lady Master Kwan Yin. Kwan Yin is WELL KNOWN as the Goddess of Compassion. I have also written an article about Kwan Yin in my previous post so that will give you a detailed knowledge about Kwan Yin.

(Kwan Yin: Google Images)

First of all, what is mantra? Mantra is the bridge over which we pass from the natural to the spiritual order of things. The word itself originated from the Sanskrit language. In the words of Kalu Rinpoche, mantra is enlightened sound, the speech of the Bhodisattva of Compassion. The Kwan Yin mantra is Om Mani Padme Hum, which means “Hail to the jewel in the lotus flower.” Other than the “Om”, probably the most popular mantra of the East is “Om Mani Padme Hum.” (“Om Mani Peme Hung in Tibetan). This is the six syllabled mantra honors and invokes Avalokitesvara, (Chenrezig in Tibetan) the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Avalokitesvara is gifted with complete enlightenment and said to reject no plea made to him by individuals in distress.

Om Mantra Symbol

“Om Mani Padme Hum” has always been one of my favorites. This mantra has the capacity to put in a softer ambience with a great serenity. As it is very TRANQUIL and SUBLIME; even if you are not familiar with mantra; why do not you give this one a try and see for yourself.

The meaning of this mantra is often translated as “The jewel in the center of the lotus”. “Om Mani Padme Hum”, is a mantra that is used for protection, healing and many other positive attributes including communication with higher realms of consciousness. But most powerfully, it is a mantra used to generate compassion. And indeed, when people chant or listen to this mantra, they seem to have the element of compassion manifest within them. I like this. I think the world needs compassion. A whole lot more compassion.I discovered this mantra in 2018 when I was reading my FAVOURITE book (An Awakening: Mapping Your Dream Volume I by Suzanne Hosang. It talked about Kwan Yin in it; so I looked up the name Kwan Yin BECAUSE I had come across Kwan Yin in a book published by the Jehovah’s Witness when I used to be a member of the Jehovah’s Witness.

Kwan Yin seated on a Lotus Flower

In the process of reading about Kwan Yin; I came across Kwan Yin mantra. I was moved and inspired by the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra so I decided to check it out on YouTube. After streaming it for the first time, I told myself again. I played it again. After playing it for the second time; I was like again! Then I played it for the second time. It SO put me in MINDFULNESS and HIGHER VIBRATIONS throughout my time on the PC. Even as I type this blogpost I am still playing it. There after I began playing it often. I studied it and learnt the correct pronunciation. If you want to bring in more compassion, joy and mindfulness I encourage you to incorporate the Kwan Yin mantra into your ritual. YOU V GOT THIS!

I wrap up this post by leaving you with the words of Kwan Yin to ponder on:

Words of Kwan Yin

“Here are my sacred instructions: First, have mercy upon yourselves. You have endured much in your land, and you have eons of lessons yet before you. Only through a gentle touch is Nirvana revealed. Stretch and reach for greatness, but always with a gentle approach. Seek not opportunities, but allow them, to gently come to you as a lotus flower floats upon the currents of water amidst a gentle breeze. Strive, but not with hurry—enjoy the process upon which you embark. Know that each step along the way is akin to a party—a celebration of movement, which is itself a miracle.

“Appreciate the godliness within yourself, within each of you. Do not chide yourself for your errors and mistakes, but laugh, grow, and learn from them instead. You, my gentle child, are doing just fine—in fact, very well indeed.

“If I were to give you any word of wisdom, it would be the word that best embodies love upon this Earth plane to me: compassion. Growing past all shame and embarrassment, and moving toward appreciation, not just for the ‘good’ parts of yourself and others, but for all along the way—it’s all good, believe me. And if you can know that as the eternal truth sooner rather than later, your happiness will come galloping toward you at the speed of mustangs with winged hooves. Believe that as the truth. Now.

“Wisdom comes from sitting still and listening, not from rushing to get ahead. A still heart receives love and information more readily than one that is harried. Do something simple today: Pick a flower and simply study it with no intent. Be blank. Be open. And know that whatever comes to you is good, and a lesson in the making—always and forever.”

Until next time, I say embrace COMPASSION. Take care of your energy and vibrations

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“Who Told The Sky Beings?”

(Sky: Google Images)

When I was in high school, I had an English teacher. He was very vast in knowledge…he speaks French and Latin. I love him so much. It was through him I knew about the Rosicrucian as he always brought their magazine to school; but he refused to let me have it with me. I actually begged him to give me to take home to read but he subtly refused! Most times during break, he would sit me down and tell me things about the physical, history, science, religion and spiritual. He told me about people like William Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nelson Mandela, Nikolas Tesla, Indira Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Miriam Makeba, Queen Elizabeth of England, Buddha, Isaac Newton, Mahatma Gandhi, Orville & Wilbur Wright (the Wright Brothers), ancient Greeks, ancient Egyptians, Eastern Civilizations (of Asia) and many others.

We always enjoyed his lessons because he was very witty. I love him so much! He is very tall, very dark in complexion; a typical ebony African man. He is genial…there is no way he would come to the class that you would not laugh. I think he is a comedian. Because he always made us laugh Lols…he writes in the lettering of San Serif. He actually spotted me out in the classroom among other students. I am sure he saw something in me. Yes, I love his mojo and camaraderie. His name is Elueme. This was a conversation I had with my high school English teacher one afternoon during break.

As a maverick, quirky and a Rainbow Child that I am; during the conversation I asked my English teacher: “who told the Sky People?” I was in senior high school when I had the conversation with him; he would tell me the meaning of words I do not understand or ask me to look it up in the dictionary.

(Sky: Google images)

I have always been a curious type…this conversation with my teacher was so epical and inspiring; that it became indelible in my subconscious mind; I actually wrote it down somewhere in my rough note. Our epic conversation began this way:

My English Teacher: Have you ever thought about who you actually are? Who you are in essence? Have you thought about how you perceive the surrounding world? Not from the point of view of physiology, but from the point of view of life… Who are you? How do you see, how do you hear, why do you feel, who in you understands and, who exactly perceives? Look inside of yourself.

My English Teacher: But you live in this very moment called ‘now’. And what is now? It’s a precious instant of life; it’s a gift from God that should be used rationally because tomorrow is a step into uncertainty. And it is not improbable that it may be your last step in this life, a step to the abyss, to infinity. And what will happen there?

My English Teacher: You are not just a biological being; you are a Human who is endowed with a particle of eternity. Once you realize this, you will understand that your Fate is in your hands and a lot of it depends on you and not only here, but also there. Just think it over: who are you, a perfect bio-robot or a human, an animal or a spiritual creature? Who?

(Sun: Google images)

My English Teacher:What is the purpose of life, have you ever thought about it? The highest purpose of life of each individual is the cognition of his soul. Other things are all temporary, passing, just dust and illusion. The only way to understand your soul is through your inner Love, through moral purification of your thoughts, and through an absolutely firm confidence in reaching this goal, that is, through internal faith… As long as you have a glimmer of life in you, it is still not too late to cognize yourself, to find your origin, the holy life-giving spring of your soul… Sort yourself out, and you will understand who you are in reality.

Me: I always thought that a human is a pretty intelligent being to figure out everything on his own, including scientific discoveries.

My English Teacher: In general, a human, undoubtedly, will one day become a perfect creature…he would not even be able to invent an ordinary chair if he is not told how it should be done.

Me: How do you mean?

My English Teacher: It’s only now that people are so smart because they use the knowledge of the ancestors. But how did their ancestors find out about it, have you ever thought? Even in the most ancient legends of the Sumerian civilization, written on clay tablets, it is mentioned that people from the sky told them how to organize the household, how to build houses, how to fish, how to cultivate vegetative food for themselves, and so forth. Before that, people lived like a herd of animals… have you ever though how do scientists make discoveries?

Me: By intensive work on a given subject of research.

My English Teacher: Certainly, from the outside, it looks exactly this way. But have you thought about the very instant of discovery and instant of insight?

Me: (shrugging my shoulders, lost in wonder in silence)

My English Teacher: The same story goes with discoveries of Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Confucius, Buddha, William Shakespeare and many, many others. Practically all the scientific ideas and theories of mankind appeared as a result of insights, intuition, and more often as ‘revelations from above.’ The depths of the subconscious are the ‘gates’ which can open from one side as well as from the other side. It is just a transition to a completely different dimension. So, when necessary, a ready answer can be inserted into the brain of a scientist, singer, artist, writer etc from “that side.”

Me: What is that side?

Moon: Google images

My English Teacher: The Ethereal Realm

Me: Who inserts it

My English Teacher:   The Sky Beings.

Me: How do you mean by the Sky Beings?       

My English Teacher:   The ones who are located on that side.

Stars: Google images

Me: What are their names?

My English Teacher:   (Laughs) what a wonderful question! They are the Sky Beings…Gods/Goddesses…Greater Energies…Cosmic Forces…Fairies… Angels…

Me: Who gave the Sky Beings/God the knowledge? Who told the Sky Beings?  

My English Teacher:   (jabs me intuitively and tenderly) It is a mystery….                          

                                             

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What is Wrong with Sexual Orientation and LGBT?

Bolu Okupe: Twitter)

Sex is an integral part of human existence. Sexual activity is not tied to a specific gender. It is multi-faceted. Sex is in our chakras. What are chakras? Chakras are our energetic bodies invisible to the human eyes. The sex chakra is the second in the human energetic body located in the genital area and is also called Sacral Chakra.

(Chakra Illustration: Google Images)

Sexuality: Your state of belonging to a particular gender. When I say belong I mean belonging by way of romantic attraction to either same-sex or both sexes.

Sexual Orientation: When you are drawn to a particular gender by way of having the innate desire and feeling of romantic and sexual attraction to same-sex, opposite sex or both sexes.

Over the years there has been a GREAT animosity towards the LGBT and people whose sexual orientation does not “harmonize” with the society. Now the question is what is wrong with sexual orientation? Why is there animosity on the LGBT people?  

I was in college when the Nigerian government passed a bill against LGBT in Nigeria. That was in 2014. When I heard the news on the radio I was like “excuse me, that bill is nonsense. The last time I checked the LGBT does NO harm to any one or the society. In fact, Mother Earth, Universe, Angels and even God are not angry with the LGBT people. Keep in mind that among the top government officials in Nigeria and the elites who made the anti-LGBT laws exist people among them who are part of the LGBT. Most of them their children who are part of the LGBT are living abroad; for example Bolu Okupe. Who is deceiving who?

Unfortunately, Nigeria has a very high rate or homophobia!! When two guys hugs together warmly they are frowned at, when two guys close together genially they are frowned at and “conclusions” will be made… For example, when I was in college; one day we finished lecture and we walked out of the lecture hall. As I was walking, a course mate walked up to me and said,

“Hey Kingsley, how far”? (We were speaking Pidgin English. In Nigeria “how far” is a term use to mean how are you). We had a warm and genial handshake and flicked our fingers as it is normal among guys. So this course mate threw his hand on my shoulder and we were just talking and walking. We walked to a packed car and his hand was still on my shoulders talking to me. I cannot remember what he was telling me but the only thing I can remember was that I was smiling to his conversation… (Lols). Another guy who is also our course mate just walked up to us and he was like

“Get your hands off his shoulders!! This is too gayish”!!

I was surprised to hear him say that and I responded: “Is anything wrong with him putting his hand on my shoulders”?

He answered me by saying, how can he put his hand on your shoulders and your bodies are so close together.” He said this sarcastically and with meanness. He did not even stop there; he literally removed the guy’s hand from my shoulders. I was not angry; I just looked at him and laughed at him. Both of us just laughed at the other guy.   

(Though it is not me in the picture. This is a depiction that two boys can be in an amorous position or en amour. It applies to girls too)
Two girls in Love is not a Crime

Recently a UK agency shut down the YouTube channel of a famous Nigerian pastor TB Joshua. Why? TB Joshua in his YouTube video sermon was seen claiming to “cure” people of LGBT. Now he is appealing to the UK agency to have his YouTube channel reopened.

The Nigerian Pastor whose YouTube Channel was shutdown

The question to ask TB Joshua is, is he aware that there are also pastors and “men of God” who are part of the LGBT? Why doesn’t he start the “cure” with the clergies who are part of the LGBT?

What I tell people is, if the animosity towards the LGBT people was channeled towards racism the world would have been a better place. It is so gut-wrenching to know that the stigma, animosity and ostracism of the LGBT and a person because of his or her sexual orientation are WORSE than a person who has a communicable disease. There is something people do not understand. The practice of anything LGBT is as old as humans on earth. Even the Kama Sutra talked about the existence of LGBT practices in ancient times.

Homophobic people use some verse in the Bible to condemn the LGBT. But in that same, Bible we found two men in love with each other. Romantic relationship actually existed between David and Jonathan. But just in case you are wondering; you can read this verses for yourself: I Samuel 20:40-41 and II Samuel 1:26. Actually, I do not really like sounding religious because I am not a religious type. I left church and religion behind years ago. If you are curious to know my reason; then you can read all of that here

In my interview with Good in the Head, I MAINTAINED my intentions and thoughts about the LGBT because I strongly believe that life will never treat you bad because of your sexual orientation. No matter what your sexual orientation is; you are worthy as a human being because your sexual orientation does not reduce you in any way.

LGBT people should be seen as Humans who are just as normal as other Humans created by God.” Kingsley Osajie

Further Explanation on Sexuality and LGBT

(Picture: Instagram)

I saw this picture post above on Instagram and I wanted to explain more on sexuality. The truth is, your sexual orientation is always valid—it does not matter what your sexuality is. I am Kingsley; and I am here to categorically tell you that romantic same-sex relationship is normal and proper. Nothing is even wrong with being a bisexual. We all have the “bi-ness” in us: each one of us embodies the feminine and masculine energies…just be true to who you are and remember that you are worthy and amazing the way you are! You have your own audience and kind. The thing is this: we are human beings and as such we come in different species. In my own opinion; I think the world would be boring if there was no LGBT!

By the way, this article could not have come at a better time. As this month of June is Pride Month. So I say Happy Pride to all my Rainbow Brothers, Sisters, Friends and Family! Yay!! (Winks—with tightest smooch hugs—Lols!!!)

(All three gay pictures are from Instagram)

I would like to point out facts about being Gay and LGBT; but before I do that let me share this story with you. There is a man living in the same town I live. He is gay and fabulous or gay and popular. His gay boyfriend lives in the same town; the duo has wives and children.

Information came to the wife of one of these guys that her husband was gay. When I heard the response of the woman; I was like: so we have such wise women in Nigeria? It was very unbelievable!! But are we not living in a wonder-full world? When the news got to the woman, the woman answered: “God made him that way. I love him the way he is and I am happy to be married to him; at least I am not going to be worried of another woman snatching my husband from me or sharing my husband with me.” I was like this is unheard of a typical Nigerian woman!!

Facts about being Gay and LGBT

1. Gay men are not sterile

2. Being gay does not mean misogyny. In fact, many gay men have biological children and wives (side note: even if there are also gay men who adopt children as surrogate fathers it does not make them less than human beings)

3. Life does not treat you bad because you are gay or LGBT

4. God loves everyone unconditionally including gay people and the LGBT people

5. Being gay does not limit you. There are many gay people and LGBT people who have made colossal impact and ripple effect in the world

Living in a homophobic environment is another battle ground on its own because you cannot express yourself completely. But I believe you find hope, comfort, and faith to push through any obstacle standing between you and your sexual orientation.

In my next LGBT post I am going to share a MIND-BLOWING and dumbfounding LGBT story with you. Keep on the look out!

Concluding Thoughts

In my own opinion, I think the LGBT should adopt an additional symbol to the Rainbow Flag. The symbol I would pick is the bird: Peacock. The Peacock is a bird that exudes pride, confidence, beauty and debonair. Hence, it would be befitting to add the Peacock as an additional symbol to the LGBT flag symbol.

(Peacock: Google images)

Always remember to fortify and empower yourself with these words below:

“I acknowledge and accept my sexuality and give permission to myself to feel all that I feel. I understand that I deserve pleasure in life and I am comfortable with who I am.” Kingsley Osajie

“It matters not who you love, how you love or when you love. But it matters that you love” John Lennon

“Love is all-encompassing, multi-dimensional and not linear. There is NO gender in love.” Kingsley Osajie

“When you let go of the duality of the physical realm; love is what you find. It has always been there and will always be there.” Melanie Becklar

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GENDER EQUITY: ALL GENDERS ARE IMPORTANT

(image: shutterstock.com)

Throughout the history of humanity; there has always been the issue of gender inequality which is always to the detriment of women.  Misogyny has been going on for a very long time and it does not make Earth a better place. Due to culture and because a Bible verse said women are weaker vessels that has given the society and men (not all men though) the chance to use and abuse women. For example, before now in Nigeria; women are not recognized as fit for education. They see women as people who are meant for the kitchen.

Women have always relegated and put at the backburner. I am not a woman but I understand what it means for those women who have been used abused, maltreated and discriminated against because of their gender. It is quite unfortunate. Some people take refuge in that Bible verse that says men are the head of the house and women are the weaker vessel—with this belief in mind; they go ahead and do all sorts of injustices against women. But I am not trying to deny the fact that men are the head of the family. In fact, man was the first creation in humanity. But that should not be a license to encourage misogyny. Do not even get me started with the École Massacre and Marc Lepine!! That was really a TERRIBLE and INHUMAN event!! And in Nigeria we had the issues of kidnapping of Chibok girls by the Boko Haram.

Contrary to the wrong beliefs about women that culture has taught.  Most women have proven themselves as forces to be reckoned with. Women such as: Miriam Makeba (aka Mama Africa), Brenda Fassie (Queen of Africa), Yvonne Chaka Chaka, (aka Princess of Africa) Angelique Kidjo (aka Lioness of Africa), Oprah Winfrey, Onyeka Onwenu, Christy Essien Igbokwe, Queen Amina of Zaria, Queen Sheba of Ethiopia, Agbani Darego, Madonna, Mother Theresa, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Ladi Kwali, Malala etc. In some countries women are their president. In every areas of life, women have proven themselves as able and capable.  

(Agbani Darego: the first Black Miss World from Nigeria: Google images)

Let me tell you my experience few days on a bike. I stopped a bike-man (in Nigeria we call bike-man Okada). The bike-man told me that he would carry me for N300 (three hundred naira). I was going on an errand to a nearby town. It was N150 before now but due to the inflation and bad economy; everything has skyrocketed. I was begging the bike-man to carry me for N200 or N250 but he insisted N300. He said he cannot carry only me for N200 that if we were two he could take N250 or N200. In the midst of the bargaining, he saw a girl walking past us; he called the girl if she wanted to take bike. The girl said no.

Then the bike-man decided to carry me with the intention that if he sees any person on the road he will carry the person in addition to me—and then he asked me something that left me dumbfounded: “Would you like me to carry you alongside with a girl”? I was like, “Why do you ask me that”? He told me that sometimes if he wants to carry a girl in his bike and the boy is already sitting on the bike that some boys do not want. They would ask him to carry only them that they do not want being carried alongside a girl. “That is nonsense!! The last time I checked girls are human being. By the way those boys you have had this experience were they not born by a woman? Did they not stay in a woman’s womb for nine months”? I responded. He said he does not understand their reason and I told him that those boys needed rearrangement of their life orientation because they are living in ignorance.

Malala: Human Right Activist from Pakistan: Source Google image)

My joy is that some women who faced this gender discrimination and misogyny was able to change their narrative. For example, the celebrated award-winning Nigerian author Buchi Emecheta was denied the right to education because she was a girl—that she would get married to a man and end up in the kitchen and her brother was sent to school. But because the passion was there, she would hide to school when her father was not around and her mother would cover up for her. Sometimes if she was caught; she would face punishment and scolding from her father. I read this in her book Second Class Citizen—a very wonderful, inspiring, gut-wrenching and epic book.

(Buchi Emecheta: Google images)

The misogyny did not end there; when she later moved to London her husband Francis burnt her script because he had the belief that Buchi was a woman who was meant for the kitchen hence should not and cannot be above him. But Buchi would later divorce Francis and continue her life—becoming an award-winning author!! Thanks to her London friends who helped her with her in bringing her books to reality and encouraging her to write and thanks to London because that was where Buchi’s dream and destiny became a reality. Buchi Emecheta is from my state (Delta State, Nigeria). She is very influential to me; she is among my favorite authors!! We used her book in high school.

Now, I am going to share a story with you; a true life story. This story was told to me by my brother Bright. I could not believe my ears when I heard the story. One day Bright came back from the town. It was a weekend so he said he went to a burial of a man. The story of the man whom Bright attended his burial is what I am sharing with you below.

There was a man who had three children; two girls and a boy. The boy was the eldest. So this man called his wife and told her that he was never going to train any of the two girls in school because women are prostitutes and there is no need to train the girls because they would get married and stop answering his name; plus once the girls got married they would forget about him as they would just focus on their husband and children. He said he was going to train his son; that the son would bear his name and take care of him.

Like something that look like a joke; when the children have grown up this man took his son to a welding shop and registered him as an apprentice to learn welding skills. Then he told his wife that she should go and fend for the girls that he was not going to train them because training the girls was a waste of time and money. So the wife and girls began struggling and suffering; the woman and the girls started farming in the hinterlands. This was how they continued to farm to enable them raise money for their education they were willing to go to school. Plus they are intelligent too.

Eventually, the girls entered college and the boy has already finished his welding apprenticeship. The father helped him establish his own shop with all the required equipment and he began working. The girls were in college; during holidays they would come and help their mother with farm work. This was how they did it till they graduated from college.

After college, the girls got jobs as teachers in government schools. The boy was a welder. By this time, the man has grown old. Then something happened; the boy whom he put all his hope on does not care about him! He does not visit him and when he does; it was just to take what he has from him and dash out of the house. Whether the father was sick or healthy was not his concern. All he knows was to demand and demand.

The man has already grown old so he became sick. Throughout his sickness; the boy never visited nor called. In fact, the boy constituted nuisance for him. It was the girls he abandoned and discriminated that took him to the hospital, bought him drugs and took care of him with their mother. The boy never showed up. Even when they called him that the father was sick; he did not care!!! At last the man died, and it was girl that helped to organize the burial well and put things in order. All the boy was after was to put the father in the grave and take over his properties. You see, things did not work out the way the man expected.

When Bright finished telling me this story I was like, this world is wonder-full. I was so touched by this story so I wanted to share with you. Though I lacked behind a bit in writing this blogpost; I once scheduled it for the mother’s/women’s day. But I could not meet up with that date. The fact remains; both genders are important (male and female). I wish that those men who are misogynistic would change from that behaviour because that is a place of powerlessness and lower consciousness. Let love lead, live and let others live.

For women who have been used, abuse and experience misogyny. We are all equal in the eyes of God. You have the power to take your power back!! And yes, you have the power to change the narrative! You have got this!!

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ENVIRONMENT

(Niagara Falls: Google images)

Environment affects our destinies, dreams and life; directly and indirectly. The type of environment you are living in has a greater impact on you than your family. Environmental forces are POWERFUL. To the extent your environment is developed that is how far you can go. If your environment is small and uncivilized; it will keep you small and uncivilized. The ONLY antidote is to STEP OUT of an environment which does not help your dreams and life path!

You cannot prosper in an unhelpful environment that is disharmonious to your aspirations, talents, potentials and visions. Manifesting our dreams are very easy when the environment is beautiful. What will make a fruit planted in a fertile soil not flourish? If you plant a tomato in a fertile soil; it will produce well. But plant that same tomato in an unfertile soil and you will see a different result! It will not produce well; it will only struggle and keep struggling for survival. The tomato planted in an unfertile soil ends up fruitless and withered! Many people have found themselves in this reality and it is quite unfortunate and sad!!

The last time I checked, NO ONE made it living in their “comfort zone.” Do you think that Rihanna could have been successful today as a Singer if she was still living in Barbados? Who would have known Nicki Minaj if she remained in Trinidad & Tobago? Brenda Fassie left Langa to Johannesburg and launched a very successful singing career. People like Buche Emecheta, Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe achieved a very successful writing career because they moved out of Nigeria. For example it was the London friends of Buchi Emecheta that encouraged and supported Buchi Emecheta to help her become a successful writer. Living in London helped Buchi Emecheta prove her worth as a talented writer. Buchi Emecheta is from Delta State, Nigeria and she is an award-winning author!

How about Chimaamanda Adichie? Though she is talented but her moving out of Nigeria to USA paved the way and made her become a very successful writer and even an award-winning writer!!  You see, these writers never achieved their success when they were living in Nigeria! Environment is VERY POWERFUL!!!  An environment can either mar or make your dreams; depending on the type of environment you are living.

(Banff: Google images)

Going back to the ancient times, Abraham (Spiritually honourarily known as the Father of all Nations in the Bible) never made it in his current location; even if it was his homeland. It was when he moved out to a new land he created and tasted wealth, success and opulence!! What about the Ascended Master Jesus Christ? He was born in Bethlehem a city in Nazareth. Buju Banton has told us that “rich man’s way is in the city…”

(Montreal: Google images)

See beyond the shores of your horizon! BE DARING! Dare to manifest and be sassy and intrepid enough to step out of your comfort zone. Dreams do not come true in a comfort zone. Forget what the limiting beliefs and negative is telling you. Tell yourself the truth. NO MATTER how bitter, unbelievable, impossible and odd it sounds.

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Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird

Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird is a children’s book, published by Christian Faith Publishing, Pennsylvania; USA. Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird was nominated for the 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards. (Side note: I will share the story of how my book got the nomination; keep reading). I love children; hence I purposely wrote this book for the children out there in the world! As a matter of fact, adult and parents can learn something too from Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird.

About Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird

Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird is an exquisite book about Cindy and her loving moments with Amy, her pet bird. This is a story of the intimacy and challenges of a little girl called Cindy and her beautiful songbird, Amy. Cindy’s bird, Amy, affected her positively. It shows how children can be attached with pets once a cordial relationship has been formed. In this story, Cindy showed us that children can have unwavering faith, even if it seemed goofy, unrealistic, and an illusion! Despite all odds about the whereabouts of Cindy’s bird, she kept believing and having faith.

I love children and I believe they are our hope for a better tomorrow, take good care of them and bring them up in the way they should go. —Kingsley Osajie

Children are like wet floors, anything that falls on them leaves an imprint.

—Kingsley Osajie

Every child on earth will love to be a superstar, every boy and girl will love to make it big…hold on to your dreams. —Brenda Fassie

I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way; show them all the beauty they possess inside. —Whitney Houston

“I created a girl child Cindy—who had a beautiful bird called Amy and a brother whose name is Quimby. Cindy, a tender jolly girl whose unquenchable faith in the loss of her bird is remarkable and the relationship between Cindy and her bird is truly refreshing. Cindy and Quimby are my brainchildren. Yes, I love children.” —Kingsley Osajie

There are lots of moral lessons for children to learn from in Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird. It can be used as a bedtime story for children and I can assure you that every child out there will certainly enjoy reading it.

Nomination of Cindy And Her Beautiful for 2020 Readers’ Choice Award

When I began writing Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird I did not set the intention for it to be nominated for the Readers’ Choice Awards. But even as it is nominated it does not make me feel proud and I am certainly not proud of it. After all, it is just a nomination.

In 2011; I published my first book. On my way home from my publishers’ house I was in the car; I picked a newspaper to read and the next thing I saw on the second page was the news of 25 years old Serbian girl who won the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her name is Tea Obreht and the title of her book is Tiger’s Wife. I looked at Tea Obreht holding her Orange Prize Award and I marveled. On top of that, she was going home with £30,000! That was something illustrious, enviable and highly remarkable!

I wrote Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird in 2013 when I was in College. It took me this long to have it published because of the challenges I had (I will share my journey to becoming a published author in my next post). In 2020, Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird was officially born. It was no longer a manuscript; it became a published book. I felt happy seeing it published and holding it as a published book. Now, let me share with you how the nomination for the Readers’ Choice Awards began.

The Universe and the Cosmic Forces are always listening to us. This life is really wonder-full…so on this very fateful day; I was reading about this American singer Chanté Moore. What led me to reading about her was her song I See You In A Different Light featuring JoJo Hailey. (side note: I really love this song; especially where Chante Moore said “When did your kisses get so sweet baby…”). I never knew of this song until I watched a sweet-loving video it was used as a background music. Good, Good Loving! I tell ya!! (LMFAO).

After reading through her Wikipedia I noticed that she had more nominations than ACTUAL Awards. I was like, “damn! Please! Don’t give me any nominations! To hell with nominations! In fact, I refuse to have nominations. What are my doing with nominations? Give me the award. Not nominations.” This was how I said it sarcastically; I was just saying it after reading her Wikipedia. So I continued to make these comments sarcastically. I never knew that what I was refusing would come to me.

Like I said before, the nomination of Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird HUMBLED ME!  It is just a nomination not an actual award. It was a lesson for me that I was not in control. After making those sarcastic comments about the nominations of Chante Moore songs; I went about my day’s activities. Within one month, my book was nominated for Readers Choice Awards.

When I read the congratulatory message from the company I was dumbfounded. At that moment everything I said about Chante Moore started resurfacing. If it was to be a movie; we would see the flashback…and I had a flashback in my own case. I felt so TIRED! Because I did not expect it and the nomination I rejected sarcastically came to me. So it is really a lesson for me.

I was interviewed by Chanel Hardy; founder of Hardy Publications. Read my Author Spotlight Interview of my book Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird

https://www.chardypublications.com/post/in-the-spotlight-today-kingsley-osajie

Here are the links to purchase my book:

https://www.amazon.com/Cindy-Beautiful-Bird-Kingsley-Osajie/dp/1098011228/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=cindy+and+her+beautiful+bird&qid=1599330341&sr=8-1

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cindy-and-her-beautiful-bird-kingsley-osajie/1137082328;jsessionid=B2203643A8EEA3D9817F1F8C5E16BF67.prodny_store01-atgap10?ean=9781098011222

https://www.waterstones.com/book/cindy-and-her-beautiful-bird/kingsley-osajie//9781098011222#reviews

https://books.apple.com/us/book/cindy-and-her-beautiful-bird/id1526174258

The Youtube Video of Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird trailer

Reviews for Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird

“This book is a really great book for children. Unlike other books which show us the children happy and playful. It showed that Cindy had an unwavering faith in the quest to find her little bird who went missing. It’s easy to read and short. It was a wonderful read.”  Yinka Odufote, Nigeria

“My son and I read this book. As we read it, he really enjoyed the imagery. He tried to guess what was next, enjoying the surprise as well as how happy the bird made her. From my point of view, it was charming to read about her story. It’s refreshing to encompass the child’s nature so accurately. My son was just as charmed as I was at the cute story and the descriptions were vivid. Wonderful read! I look forward to reading more by this author!” Camille De Mott, USA

“The love for pets.”

“Cindy and her beautiful bird” is certainly a book to remember. It emulates and emphasizes the relationship and connection that can be established between children and pets.” Mariam Owoade, Nigeria

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COVID19 and the Ugly Experience of Omah Lay in Uganda

(Omah Lay and Tems, source: Naira Metrics.com)

There was news that circulated the whole Nigeria and Africa in December 2020. It was news of how a Nigerian singer Omah Lay and his fellow singer Tems were arrested in Uganda and maltreated because of Corona Virus. The Ugandan officials said the duo (Omah Lay and Tems) did not follow COVID19 “protocols.” The bitter truth is that COVID19 is NOT in Africa the way it is in other parts of the world; but the GULLIBLE African leaders have made themselves puppets before Europe, USA and other countries of the world—to the extent that “whatever” direction they (the African leaders) are pushed they fall to. Are they really leaders?

Now, I do not usually follow the noise of the media but I remember hearing this information about Omah Lay’s experience in Uganda and how he was arrested in Uganda and treated like a thief because of the so-called COVID19. I was really disappointed by the actions of the Ugandan police. The question now is if it were foreigners (by foreigners I mean for example people from Europe or America; Caucasians) that came to perform in Uganda; would they treat them they way they treated Omah Lay and Tems? If really the Ugandan officials so cared for their citizens why did they not accept the COVID vaccine made by Madagascar? No, because the vaccine is from an African country they will not accept it.

(Omah Lay)

Omah Lay’s song Godly has been buzzing everywhere; so I downloaded it to my phone and listened to the lyrics. I was playing it while I typed this post. It is really touching; I was overwhelmed and enfolded in sobriety. I have been hearing the song but I did not pick interest in it until I went to an errand to the town today and I heard them play it across various places in the town; the lyrics are really touching. You can read the lyrics of Godly by Omah Lay here. Such experience of Omah Lay in Uganda can land someone in depression…I  never thought I would write a post about Omah Lay but his song Godly—born out of his “nightmare” in Uganda actually made me sit down to write this. It is not actually a funny experience—you do not want to be in that kind of reality. Omah Lay has his own side of the story; something which you would love to hear.

My final thought is that I just hope this COVID19 madness comes to an end because we have had enough of pretense and lies from the media, the so-called Nigerian leaders, other world leaders and people who have been “masquerading? COVID19 to perpetuate harm and evil on their fellow humans; the outbreak of this COVID19 revealed A LOT of things to me…!!!

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Do You Do New Year Resolutions?

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And now…the New Year is here. I have been hearing many people talking about their New Year Resolutions. Right there from the radio people start pouring in their New Year Resolution; what does New Year Resolution mean to you? Do you do New Year Resolutions?

I used to do New Year Resolution but I stopped. Now, do not get me wrong. I am not saying it is bad for us to set intentions or want to achieve some things in our lives. It is perfectly okay but I want to remind you that change starts from the mind. Every moment is a manifestation; what I have grown to learn and understand is that having New Year Resolution makes you attached to your goals and dreams. Manifesting mavens and people who are on their journey to Enlightenment understands that attachment is a repellant energy.

When I first read Buddha say “Attachment is the root cause of suffering.” I dismissed it as just a cliché (Lols). Now I may have never gotten the same level of wisdom and knowledge like the Buddha. But something happened: after some time, I came across the teaching of detachment which I read from Deepak Chopra’s book Seven Laws of Spiritual Success. When I read the Law of Detachment; I was like WOW!!! The Buddha could not have said it any better! Buddha was right after all! I have read This Chopra’s book twice. Detachment is what I am growing more in because Doris Day has told us that Que Sera Sera.

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I want to tell you something about manifestation. It is “trickish” and never linear. “Play” with your manifestations and you become enticing to your dreams. In fact your dreams will be the ones chasing after you (side note: I am using the word “play” to mean detachment and levity. When Debbianne DeRose first told me to hold everything with LEVITY I did not quite agree until I realized attachment is against manifesting. Even the talented Nigerian singer Patoranking also advised us in his song Alubarika; he said “don’t take things too serious, just take time to have fun…” I used to be so attached to things and people but now I am handling everything with LEVITY. If you become attached to your dreams you are acting from the place of powerlessness, fear and desperation = repellant and negative energies!

When my life SHIFTED into a POSITIVE MOMENTUM; it had NOTHING to do with New Year Resolution! Let me explain, back then in 2017 I was having many difficulties and hardships—suffice to say that I was just living in rut and cycles; struggling and futility. Then in January 2018, my life took a turn around from the Ethereal… I remind you that the Intangible ALWAYS precedes the Tangible! In my full transparency, I did not make any New Year Resolution.

Later in that fateful January of 2018; I set a very powerful intention (NOT as a New Year Resolution). It came out from my mind as a BURNING DESIRE that something has to CHANGE in my life. The Universe nudged me and I followed up. On that Sunday morning, I lay me down on the bed, alone in the house; then I was inspired to script. I took my pen and paper and made a very powerful scripting; I also scripted for the Angels to show me vivid synchronicity that my requests have been heard and they did because I was enfolded with faith, confidence, mindfulness, happiness and peace that surpassed all understanding! Subliminally ASSURED I was that my requests have been heard!

I did that scripting for 21 days. Once I was done, I let go and forgot about it. This ritual was a GAME-CHANGER for me! Within 60 days my life shifted into a positive momentum; I began to experience abundance, help, healing and joy. Plus my dreams “awakened.”

I got my wealth of knowledge about the Law of Attraction and Manifesting from these four Divas: Sarah Prout, Jeannette Maw, Debbianne DeRose and Nathalie Thompson). Read my article about the Law of Attraction so that you will understand how Law of Attraction and Manifesting works (plus all hidden truths that you were never told in the book called The Secret—a book by Rhonda Byrne. Sadly, even The Secret does not have the “Secret” to Law of Attraction and Manifesting).

Now the thing about these four powerful women is that they recognize God, Angels, Fairy-Elfin-Friends, Spirit Guides, Cosmic Forces, Universe and Higher Power. They believe that WITHOUT these Greater Invisible Energies we CANNOT manifest! And that is TRUE—if you think you have all the power to yourself; you are setting yourself up for frustration and defeat. How do you manifest without the help of the Angels, Universe or the Cosmic Forces? Tell me how! It is so gut-wrenching and disappointing that many so-called Law of Attraction “experts” are now misleading people with wrong knowledge about Law of Attraction and Manifesting.

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The bitter truth is that no matter what, we are not in control. You can write your New Year Resolutions and blah, blah, blah. But you do not have the final say and we are certainly not in full control in creating our realities.

Here is what this amazing Yoga teacher has to say:

“Whatever directions you look at, you NEVER know what’s coming….Our mind wants to know and likes to believe that we can plan our future…The truth we have to HUMBLY accept is, that we can only do and try our best, but the FINAL result of our efforts or desires is NEVER completely in our hands.

We have to SURRENDER our efforts and wishes to the Universe and learn to accept whatever the universe sends us…

We CANNOT determine what will happen but we can believe that anything that happens is exactly what NEEDS to happen in the MAGICAL game of life.

Life just happens. Do not take it personal.

We CANNOT understand logically why bad things happen or why our efforts won’t be rewarded. Some things just don’t make sense to our limited human mind.

If we go beyond the mind through meditation practice we might get a glimpse of the pure energy which underlies all creation and experience how all forms of existence/nature are just playing their assigned part in this divine play we call life…”

Tina Mundelsee, Yoga Coach and Teacher; www.tinastools.com

(Side note: Emphases in Tina’s article are mine)

When I first read this article from Tina Mundelsee I was overwhelmed and enfolded in goosebumps because I knew it was a BITTER TRUTH. I remind you that truth is not always sweet to the ears. Suffice to say that I was HUMBLED!

So, now that the New Year has come; the ideal thing is to hold your dreams in your heart; live with mindfulness, engage in self-care, self-love and get into cahoots with God/Universe, Angels and Cosmic Forces.

I would love to wrap it up with these powerful and overwhelming quotes below:

“We know that our willpower is a powerful force, and we find it hard to believe that there may be other (sometimes greater) energies at play in determining the outcomes of our lives. The idea that we may sometimes be called to surrender our own will to a greater force (or at least loosen our grip on the reigns of control), can conflict with what we believe to be the measure of an empowered person” -Jessi Kohlhagen

“Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined.” -Deepak Chopra

I am wishing us a VERY prosperous, illustrious, successful New Year filled with mindfulness and levity

Welcome to 2021

Tightest Hugs and Kisses,

Kingsley Osajie

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Monkey For Lunch!

(Monkey: Google image)

This is a story told to me by my grandmother when I was in high school; hence I decided to share with you. I hope you enjoy it.

Long ago, in faraway land in an African village; there lived two men in one hut. One was blind and the other was lame. It was a famine period in the land.

One hot afternoon, these two folks sat together in their hut. Surrounded by the hut were bushes which served as homes to various animals. Shortly, the lame friend saw troop of monkeys in their compound. He imagined monkey soup and salivated relishing in the enjoyment of having monkey for lunch.

“If only I could get this monkey,” he cried.

“Where did you see monkeys?”His lame friend asked

“There are many of them in our compound here. There is even one on a tree staring at us. If I could walk I would shoot a monkey and cook a palatable soup to eat for us.”

The blind friend laughed and said “that would be delicious too. Even me, I am starving.” “There are monkeys outside and right here in our compound. Let us shoot them and cook for lunch.” Persuaded the lame friend.

Convinced, the blind friend said, “You will climb on my shoulders and tell me where to walk and where to stop. I will carry you and the gun to shoot the monkey so that we can cook a good soup for lunch.” The duo was salivating and lip-smacking on how they will eat the monkey.

The lame friend climbed on the shoulder of the blind friend and directed the steps of his blind friend. They came outside where the monkeys were in the cherry tree.

Lame friend fired his gun and a monkey fell. The others fled speedily out of range and sight. They carried the monkey joyfully to their hut. The two friends were filled with joy and happiness. The lame man built set the fire and began to prepare the stew.

As he stirred the pot, the blind friend asked “is the soup ready?”

“Not yet.” Answered the lame friend

All the while, the lame man was cooking the stew and because he was so hungry, lame friend keeps tasting it for flavor. Each time blind man asked, “Is it ready?” The lame friend has just put a large mouthful of hot stew in his mouth and had to swallow hastily to answer his blind friend.

There was nothing left in the pot but bones and a weak soup. This time when the blind friend asked “is it ready?” the lame friend answered “Yes. It is ready.” And he gave his blind friend a plate full of bones and soup.

“What is this you gave to me—bones? You wicked fellow! You have taken advantage of my blindness and eaten all the meat. Did I not share equally with you in the hunting? Should I not then have an equal share to eat?” the blind friend complained with anger.

“Without my legs you would not have shot anything at all.” Answered the lame friend. “I saw the monkey, I shot it. I cooked it. This is the hardest and biggest portion of the work; hence I should get the biggest portion of the food. You used only your physical strength. I used my eyes, my skills as a hunter and talent as a cook. This is certainly more! If I had not first seen the monkeys there would be nothing in the pot at all.” Explained the lame friend.

They disputed and grew very annoyed with each other. Blind went from the house and stood on the road; stopping all passerbies to listen to his account and begging them to judge and punish the lame friend. From the hut, the lame friend shouted his own arguments and begged the people to judge him right. The people were not able to judge.

Now, I want to ask you the same question my grandmother asked me the time she told me this story: among the two friends who do you think is right?

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Missing Truth about Law of Attraction and Manifesting

We all have the ability to MANIFEST whatever we desire. The TRUTH is, we CAN create ANY reality for ourselves—either deliberately (consciously) or by allowing (unconsciously). One thing I have grown to learn and understand is this: EVERYONE is practicing Law of Attraction—consciously or unconsciously. Law of Attraction is not reserved for some “special people.” Even before I heard of Law of Attraction I have been manifesting things—my diving deep into Law of Attraction is just a plus! Before now, I used to think that the Law of Attraction “experts” had it all to themselves and that it was all peachy-keen for them! Upon closer inspection, I found out that they too had their own challenges.

The only difference that counts in manifesting is your “tool.” The sharpness of your tool determines the speediness of your manifestations. By tools, I mean your “beliefs, thoughts, attitude, feelings and choices. Those whom we call Law of Attraction “experts” have “sharper tools.” There are those who are not called Law of Attraction experts; but are manifesting maven on their own right; they know how to work the magic of “behind the scene” to get what they want. And I fall into this second category. In truth, NO ONE is excluded from the hiccups of this 3D! Here is what Katy Perry said:

When I am in between records, sometimes I doubt myself. I’ll be like ‘Did I just get lucky, or did I mass-manipulate the world into thinking that seven songs were worth a number-one position?’ And then I go back into the studio and I start writing, and the true essential oil of who I am comes bubbling back up and reminds me that it’s always been inside of me, that nobody can take this away no matter what comment anyone makes.”

—Katy Perry on her confidence as a songwriter

Now, when it comes to manifesting our dreams, we face barriers. Sometimes, it is not all about not having the financial capacity. It could be a barrier from the energetic aspect: beliefs, thoughts and subliminal whatever… We are all from the Stars; and made in the image of God/Source/Almighty of which are Highest Vibrations all-round. Why can’t we always be reflecting and radiating the Higher Vibrations? Why do the gremlins and gargoyles trip us up with unworthiness philosophy, negative thoughts and such when we are on our way to manifest our dreams? Why do we have to contend with the gremlins and gargoyles in order to be in a place of Higher Vibrations which makes it easier for our dreams to manifest? I wonder it. For example, a lion gives birth to a lion and the young lion reflects 100% the characteristics of its source of life without deviating; why then is it hard for us humans who are higher in intelligence than animals not reflect, manifest and radiate vibrations of God/Source/Universe. Sometimes, we battle with self-sabotage and limiting beliefs just because we are aiming to manifest a dream or thinking big to sprout the life we love.

The TRUTH is Source Energy is all-encompassing. It’s the “all-that-is” and so naturally, all must include everything… yes including the gremlins and gargoyles! We are part of Source or the Universe. We are Infinite Spirit Beings, and part of our infinite experience is playing this Earth Game as human beings. A distinguishing characteristic of this Earth Game (as opposed to many of the infinite games or experiences we can and do have as infinite beings) is FREE WILL. As physically incarnated human beings, we have free will to create our reality here.

Naturally, with all this Free Will in the Earth Game, we experience a wide variety of results. Some behaviors we consider to be bad or even horrendous, understandably so. But from the perspective of Source Energy, it’s all part of our growth. When you encounter someone behaving in a way that does not feel loving, how do you respond? It takes a lot of spiritual backbone to respond with love to someone who has strayed far from love. And yet, this is our challenge in this very challenging Earth Game.

Yes, we are all here co-creating together in the same reality sandbox, and yet… each being’s reality is personal to them. It’s a paradox. Embracing paradox is a fantastic skill that allows you feel more peaceful, not pushing for resolution.  Acceptance and Love are higher vibrational states that ripple outward and give other people permission (if they’re wanting it) to choose Love over Fear to manifest whatever their desire is! All we can do is be the ideal versions of ourselves, and by doing so, we can inspire other people who are ready to be inspired. 

About the gremlins and gargoyles within—the negative thoughts, limiting beliefs and such… it’s our entanglement with others, and that’s part of what makes the Earth Game so challenging. All these thought-forms exist, but are not necessarily our own! They are not actually personal to us. They are part of the group-think consciousness. We can embrace each thought as “truth” for us, or let it pass like clouds in the sky. It takes intention and practice to cultivate sufficient awareness of the mind’s contents. The challenging nature of this Earth Game is what makes it so popular! We come here with a sporting attitude, as spirits. Finding your way back to what’s true; to let your true self BE and shine through. 

Our Higher Selves know all about all of this stuff and they’re totally fine with it. Though we suffer greatly while inside the Earth Game, when we leave, it’s just like stepping off a crazy rollercoaster. So the sooner we adopt that laid-back Higher Self attitude, the happier we can be in the Earth Game, right here and right now. If we can view ALL experience through the eyes of Source/Universe, rather than through the filters of human “judgmentality”, then we see only beauty and spiritual expansion, and we experience acceptance and appreciation of all of it. Not that it’s easy to do so 100% of the time. It’s to be expected that we waver and pop in and out of these different perspectives, because that’s part of the game too!

A lot of time, we hear Law of Attraction “experts” tell us “Ask. Believe. Receive,” but I want to let you know that it does not always happen that way! It is really difficult to describe what has to happen in the Etheric Realm first before our dreams can manifest here on earth physically. And I remind you that the Intangible PRECEDES the Tangible! “Everything, every moment is a manifestation of something…”

The art of manifestation of our dreams and desires into reality is Alchemy. It cannot be measured. For example, if someone set their intention and uses a vision board with the necessary vibrational alignment; in the end he manifests his desires. It is the same as someone who sets his intentions and submits the request to the Undines or someone who sets her intention and puts the request to the Gnomes. What matters most is that in the end, they all manifested their desires! Different approach; same result—hence the old saying: “there are many ways to kill a rat. As Ikkyu (the Japanese philosopher) so eloquently puts it: “Many paths lead up the mountain; but at the top, we look at the same bright moon.” The Universe is unlimited! And it can deliver our “goods” in different ways. Whenever you set your intention you MUST always use this affirmation to close it up: “I accept this_____ or something even better.” For instance, you set the intention to buy a Lexus Jeep. Don’t just focus on that Lexus Jeep; close it up with the above phrase. Now, what if the Universe wants to give you a Ferrari? I am sure you certainly will not reject a Ferrari! Even if you don’t have the means. Remember the Universe works in diverse ways. A relative or an uncle in a faraway land could just be nudged by the Universe to shower you some love and he could wake up one morning and say “Ah! My dear cousin let me send him Ferrari! Anything is possible!

If you have set your intention to manifest anything, please DETACH from the outcome. Be grateful for what you have first. Gratitude is attitude. Don’t tell the Universe how it should come! The Universe knows better than you. Desperation, neediness and attachment are REPELLANT energy. You must also remember Divine Timing. As Sarah Prout said, “Manifestation unfolds in PERFECT Divine Timing; everything is in God’s clock.”

When you have set your intentions and your “goods” has not yet arrived, understand these points:

  1. Maybe you are not well aligned vibrationally. That is where the “tools” comes in.
  2. The Universe wants to give you something even better and it is cooking and conspiring it from the Etheric Realm where the magic starts. Remember, if it does not happen in the Higher Realms first, there is NO WAY it can happen here physically
  3. Maybe not yet time. Due to the fact that there are some sorts of resistance preventing you—maybe karma, negative (family) pattern, etc which you must clear so that you can manifest your dreams.

As you go about manifesting your dreams, remember to take inspired action and surrounding yourself with likeminded people who will support you in manifesting your dreams. “A person is a person through another person.” Brenda Fassie. No one has achieved success without the mentoring, support and wisdom of others because it takes a village to raise a child.

The Secret did not cover all the fact about manifesting. I have read it. It only presented Law of Attraction as the be-all-end-all of creating our reality and manifesting our desires. But I am putting it to you that Reality Creation/Manifesting is a two-way thing: you decide what you want to manifest and your Higher Self/God/Universe/Angels decides how and when it should come. Here is what Abraham said (a non-physical entity channeled by Ester Hicks) “You cannot make anything happen. Universal forces have been kept in place for all of that. Your job is to determine what you want.” Now, don’t get it wrong. Abraham is not saying we cannot create our own reality. Rather he is saying that we must co-create with the Universe to have the reality we want. And how will you be able to manifest without the help of the Universe? For you to be able to manifest your desires or sprout the life you love; you must BEFRIEND your Higher Self/Angels/Spirit Guides/Universe/God or whatever name you want to call it. They dwell in the domain of the “how.” The how is where the power is and they KNOW the road more than you do!

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MAGA Mantra (“Make America Great Again”)

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Ah! America, the “great” land—I love America. When I was in high school I heard the word “USA” and then I checked they said it is United States of America and I asked myself why did they say United States? I learnt that it was 50 States coming together to “live” as one Country in the Continent of North America. I won two books as prize when I was in high school.  One was a book and the other one was a magazine published by Guidepost. It was through the book and magazine that I began to study about America; as it shared many life stories of American people and how they overcame their personal problems. There I read the names of states in USA. It was really inspiring and wonderful!

Now for 50 States to come together to live as one Country actually sounded great! Is it not something remarkable? It used to be! Yes, you read that right; because for a country like USA where you are killed, punished and maltreated because of your skin colour does NOT represent a great country or a country that is ACTUALLY “united.” Suffice to say that United States is just in words; not in practice; reason being that USA is now the HUB of RACISM! I was sobered and left in sobriety when I read what AOC (Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez) said about America:

“Removing Trump will not remove the infrastructure of an entire party that embraced him; the dark money that funded him; the online radicalization that drummed his army; nor the racism he amplified and reanimated” -Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

(American Flag: Google image)
(MAGA Cap: Google image)

That statement is enough to leave you teary-eyed! RACISM IS A MIND DISEASE. Like the Barbadian-American singer Rihanna rightly said in her song Disturbia. Rihanna says “…a disease of the mind it can control you…”

Yes, racism is actually a MIND DISEASE; it possesses you, controls you. It creeps up inside you subliminally and starts consuming you and like a thief in the night as Rihanna also said in Disturbia

“It’s a thief in the night

To come and grab you.”

It is true, that spell of Racism first of all grabs you. Racism is evil; I am saying this NOT because I am a Black person. It is JUST the FACT (if I was a White person I would say the same thing; I am COCKSURE that there are some very few White people who knows what I am saying is TRUE). I love this song by Rihanna; I played it while typing this post. Well-done Rihanna!

When I first read the make America great again mantra I was like “Great again in what sense”? One American person asked “when was it great”? The bitter truth is that the mantra of “Make America Great Again” is born out of negative ego. I was surprised when I saw one of my American friend who I thought was on a journey to enlightenment and quite not in the way of the consensus use the MAGA Mantra in one of her social media pictures. I was like even this one is still following the crowd; I actually felt disappointed!

Honestly, every country is GREAT on their own right! For example, countries like Israel, China, Japan, Bhutan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ghana, Namibia, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya and Egypt are GREAT on their own right. I love the words of Abby Wynne:

“We are all neighbours because we live on Planet Earth.  We are all human. Instead of focusing on making any country great again, let’s remember the greatness in ourselves, and in others.” Abby Wynne

Whenever I see Donald Trump or any American wearing the “Make America Great Again” (MAGA Mantra) I feel disappointed; but I see them with the eyes of Compassion because they (Americans who wear the “Make America Great Again”) are consumed with the negative ego and it is correct to say that they are under Disturbia and “un-awakened” because “a mind stretched by new knowledge can never go back to its prior form” as said in The Mastery of Life of the Rosicrucians.

The last time I checked, no one race is better or greater than the other. As no skin colour is neither! We are equal; honestly I do not see myself as “less-than” because I am Black; I see myself as a human being with Divine rights, loved unconditionally by God/Goddess, Angels and the Universe.  This is how I see my fellow human beings no matter what skin colour you want to label yourself.

I am a Nigerian and ultimately UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK. Someone will want to say that I have not talked about the problems in Nigeria; I am talking about USA. I will also talk about the issues of Nigeria as well but this article does not focus on Nigeria.

The question now is “Make America Great Again,” for who? Is it really for “all” Americans? I DOUBT if the Black Americans are included in this “Make America Great Again” (MAGA Mantra)! Because the narratives in America speak volumes; don’t even get me started with the death of George Floyd and the likes of it (SAD!!!). In the eyes of God, Angels and the Universe we are all equal. Let me ask you, does natural disaster know skin colour? Does sickness or death know skin colour? NO! They affect everyone; animals too do not know skin colour; so why is it humans that are made in God’s image are “knowing” skin colour? The Bible did not say God made White people in God’s image. It said “Man” meaning all humans.

My Conversation with Elizabeth Billingsley

Photo credit: Elizabeth Billingsley)

I had a conversation with this amazing woman Elizabeth Billingsley on Instagram whom I call my friend and by extension a Soul Sister. If all White people had the kind of mindset Elizabeth has; the world will be a better place. Elizabeth was humble and wise enough to acknowledge the faults of the White people (even if she is a White woman). Plus she agrees not all the White people are truly “awakened…” I hope you enjoy my conversation with Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Billingsley:  A quote to think on: “History does not happen by chance. We are the products of the free choices of our ancestors if we are white.  If we are black, we are the products of our ancestors who did get the same choices.” – 13th, Netflix documentary.

Kingsley:   My take here is….the White people are fortunate to have ancestors who were Wise enough to foresee the future and created a better reality for them. Hence putting the White people in a “better position…..” This also applies to the Asians whose ancestors have laid a good foundation for them and helped them rise and shine. Today the Asians are in a positive life momentum. I am a Black person. Hence, I think part of the blame for Africa’s backwardness is in the hands of the African ancestors. Although part of the blame are still on the Europeans who came to colonize Africa. I really love this post. I’m writing a book about this issue and will be out in due time.

Elizabeth Billingsley:  Thank you for your perspective! White culture has much to repent for. We don’t have it all together. We have not treated black persons and other people of color as fellow image bearers. Sadly, many still aren’t. This must stop

Kingsley:   Unfortunately, not all White people have the same mindset as you. If only the White people can “repent” as u rightly said. Then the world would be a MUCH better place. Though they parade the Mantra Black Lives Matter. But has it??? Unfortunately it has not!!! Even if I am African; I transcend Africa.

Elizabeth Billingsley:  Yes you do. Thank you brother! I agree, it will have to move past symbolism (another white culture thing we do to feel better about ourselves). Forgive us, we are working on all this…some will come along more slowly than others.

Kingsley:   I totally understand your point. And it makes sense. I will surely let you know when I publish my book on this issue. Namaste

Elizabeth Billingsley:  Thank you!

When I watched the victorious video of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris; I marveled! I also congratulated the duo and followed them on their social media handles. Here is the thing—now, when you meet the supporters of Joe Biden they will tell you that Joe Biden is an “Angel” and they will pour out all sorts of errors, criticisms about Donald Trump. If you meet with the fans of Donald Trump; they will tell you that Donald Trump is a Hero with all his “GREAT”-NESS and then they will pour out all the flaws of Joe Biden. The only thing we can do is to watch and see how the American narratives go; as actions will also speak louder than words.

If America wants to be “great” or “great again” America MUST FIRST HEAL from the MIND DISEASE of RACISM! The great Black American singer Michael Jackson has told us to heal the world and it starts with healing ourselves first whether mind disease of racism or any other thing…the ONLY way to make America “great” or “great again” is seeing each other with the eyes of love, understanding and compassion. Not letting the negative ego deceive you with the MAGA Mantra (“Make America Great Again”).

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“You Are Not My Church Member”

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I was minding my business one Sunday afternoon when a neigbour told me “Kaycee I am amazed at what happened in the church today.” Curious, I asked “what happened”? (Side note: Kaycee is my nickname. In Nigeria, people whose names are Kingsley are called Kaycee/KC) And then she began to narrate the events:

“Today, as service was going on in the church a woman came to the church. She sat down, after the service she went to meet the Pastor of the church; a woman. After explaining her ordeal to the Pastor, the Pastor asked her which she worships. The woman told her. And the Pastor responded to her “Go and meet your Pastor to solve your problem. You are not my church member. I have worked for many people, once they get solution to their problems; they never come back to my church again.” When my neighbour finished telling me this, I told her: “that Pastor is an end-time Pastor.”

My neighbour started telling me what happened in that particular church. She said, as the “woman of God” was preaching, she was being followed—guarded back and forth as though she may not strike her foot against any stone. Can you guess what she wore? Trouser! Cocooned with negative ego and cockiness she was. “Hmmmm, so you are able to endure those nasty scenes”? If I were you; I would leave immediately. I told my neighbour. “Right there in the church sachet of pure water we buy for N10 were being sold for N50 while a stick of candle we buy for N60 was sold for N100. I was dumbfounded.  “The desperate members were all buying and even borrowing money to buy”! My neighbour said. Nowadays, people no longer go to church to serve God. They go to church to look for “miracles.” To be honest, that is not a true worship!

The last time I checked my Bible, most of the people Jesus healed in the Bible did not become his disciples. Examples: blind Bartimaeus, Jairus daughter, the Syrophoenician woman, the woman with the issue of blood, the ten lepers, the possessed man that was chained in the cave and many others. Jesus’ disciples did not do these things nowadays “men of God” are doing. Are they really men of God? I read a very famous Nigerian pastor say “I am at your service.” https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2019/12/01/i-am-at-your-service-t-b-joshua-tells-david-lyon/. We all know that most politicians do not follow the right procedure in entering office. How can a “man of God” be at the service of someone who does not have good reputation? A governor whose reputation is not guaranteed—with no example of a good leadership.

The prophets of God in the Bible never asked for a dime from people they healed. For example, Prophet Elisha healed Naaman for free. Jesus’ disciples never demanded for seed before they healed those that came to them or the ones they met. Personally, Jesus is a man I love and respect. His teachings and wisdoms have also contributed to my spiritual awakening and personal development. Yes, his handsomeness alone can dissolve mountains!

Many people who are calling themselves “Men of God” or “Pastors” are not actually doing what Jesus did. If you listen to these modern Pastors they say things like “sowing of seeds,” and such. I begin to wonder, all the people Jesus healed in the Bible he never asked for a dime from them. Why do these nowadays Pastors put a price tag just because they want to pray for their church members?

I left church many years ago; I ran away from Church. I CHOSE Spirituality over Religion. And Jesus said to worship God in spirit and in truth not according to religion or religious denominations). Honestly, I do not know how a quirky, maverick, magical, woo-woo loving, positively rebellious wild child like Kingsley can be tied down with some Religious Doctrines. IMPOSSIBLE!

The most painful part of it is that “Christians” (or let me say churchgoers) have given their power away to a person (Pastor) who they worship. If you go to church today, you will notice that church members worship their Pastors….it is sad that people no longer remember that they are Divine. You will see someone showering gifts to “men of God” with the intention and belief that he or she will be blessed by giving to a “man of God.”

Here is what Morihei Ueshiba said about Religion

“Religion is just show business begotten by the megalomania of its ruling class and created to fleece money from a crowd of stupid (m)asses.”

“Well, why stupid?”

“Because these people become very limited in their knowledge. It is constantly being drummed into their heads that they should listen only to the speeches of their religious leaders, they should read only their literature and stick only to their herd, because all other religions are wrong.”

Sensei I A conversation of Sensei and his students (Sensei I, The Primordial of Shambala)

The TRUTH is, we are all children of God. We are Human +Divine: one with God, Goddess, Angels and Universe. Just because someone wears a suit and carries himself/herself with a so-called piety of “holier than thou” does not mean they are better than you. God can use anybody to carry out His will. God used a prostitute to rescue the Israelite men when the wall of Jericho was to be destroyed. Her name is Rahab (Joshua 2:7)

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