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2 Things I LOVE About Korra Obidi

I knew about Korra Obidi when the news of her marriage failure with her American husband Justin Dean. Before then I did not know about Korra Obidi; what amazed me most is that Korra Obidi is from my state (Delta State). From there I knew also that Korra is a dancer and singer. In truth, I can say that Korra is a beautiful woman, a woman of substance and truly talented! Suffice to say that I am a huge fan of Korra Obidi as I am following her on all her social media.

Recently Korra wrote a children’s book titled The Last Seed of Odinani; so it means that Korra is also an author. Is this not laudable? Sure it is! As a an ardent follower of Korra Obidi; I have discovered some things about her and I want to share with you the things I have discovered about Korra Obidi—things that makes me LOVE Korra Obidi.

1. Korra Obidi is a Natural Woman. In today’s world, women (especially Nigerian/Black African women and Black American women) are now CRAZE after lightening their skin. Bleaching their skin has become the order of the day. The rate at which most women bleach their skin is very alarming and disappointing (even some are joining in this madness too). It begins to make one to wonder what happens to maintaining your natural skin color. I must also admit that I was once caught up in this madness of bleaching skin during my teenage years. But thanks to personal development and new knowledge that helped me stop towing that useless path of bleaching. There is nothing beautiful about bleaching your skin. I don’t want to start talking about the effects of bleaching skin. I am sure you know about them.

If you look Korra Obidi she maintains her original black skin color and that makes TRULY beautiful!! Honestly, men and women who bleach their skin are just engaging in some madness in practice. You cannot trade your originality for artificiality!! Korra Obidi is a role model to women (being divorced does not mean you are a bad person because I know many women and men are going to start pointing at the failed marriage of Korra Obidi).

2. Korra Obidi loves Buddha. When I started following Korra Obidi I noticed that she used the multiple hands of Kwan Yin as her profile picture in her Instagram page. Then again, I was watching Korra’s song Royal Lamba and I saw the picture of Buddha in the video. In my full transparency, I LOVE this song and it is actually one of my favorites as I always play it on repeat, sing along and dance along! LOL! In the video of Korra Obidi song; the Buddha’s picture is SO visible and close to Korra.

Now, the question is who does not love Buddha or Kwan Yin. If I am going to be honest; I will say that these two Light Beings (Guan Yin (also Kwan Yin) and Buddha are TRULY Light Beings worth loving as they embody wisdom, grace, enlightenment and compassion in its HIGHEST form! I follow the wisdom and teachings of Guan Yin and Buddha and trust me it has been life-changing for me. I actually have the pictures of Buddha and Kwan Yin in my room.

Another thing I love about Buddha and Guan Yin is that they are Universal Beings. They are accessible to anyone who is aligned with them. There are other Light Beings who do not make themselves accessible to everyone. They are only limited to a specific region, person/people. But in the case of Guan Yin and Buddha it is not like that!  

I will round up this post by saying

Namo Guan Shi Yin Pusa

Namo Buddhaya

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A Successful Farming Family

Today, I wanted to share with you a story about a family in northern Nigeria. I do not know them by any means. I heard it from a very heartwarming conversation between two friends and I thought I would share with you. I hope you enjoy it!

I shall always remember my old friend, Tanko. Tanko’s father, Alhaji Ibrahim Nuhu was the District Head of Yandaka District, near Katsina. Tanko was the eldest of three sons and he and his brothers all worked on the Alhaji’s farm.

The Alhaji had about six hectares of manure farmland near the village. On this farm he grew groundnuts, cowpeas, cassava and early millet. In addition, he had a bush farm of about five hectares, about three kilometers from the village. On this farm, he grew late millet, more groundnuts, cowpeas and guinea corn. Every year, the Alhaji paid some Cattle Fulani to bring their cattle to the bush farm to manure it. Tanko worked hard on his father’s farm and when he was about twenty four years old his parents helped him to marry. His new wife came and joined him on his father’s compound and Tanko continued to work hard. He helped to cultivate his father’s land. He was very good with the ox plough. During the dry season, he worked as a labourer and also began to sell groundnuts. So when his first child was born his parents did not have to pay all the Naming Ceremony expenses: he paid for some of these himself.

Tanko also found that he could make more money by selling boiled cassava in the nearby market. After a time, he and his family moved to another house in the village. His father lent him some money to help. Tanko’s wife began to trade from the new house, selling roasted groundnuts, groundnut oil, different kinds of cake and tuwo. Tanko too became a well-known trader in grains, groundnuts and cowpeas. He usually bought these at harvest time and stored them for some months before selling.

On the death of the Alhaji, about three years ago, Tanko and his brothers each inherited some of the Alhaji’s land. But by then Tanko was rich enough to buy another farm of his own.

Last year, I went to visit Tanko in his village.

“Tell me, what are the reasons why you are so successful?” I asked

All things are possible by the will of Allah,” he replied. “But a good father, hard work and a good wife also help!”

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Must I Compete?

Competition is an assumption that someone else in your market place is vying for the same money, the same clients, or the same business as you. This whole concept of competition is based on scarcity, the idea that there is not enough for both you and your competitors to have as much as you want.

Competition makes sense in fear-based reality. A reality that says rocks are hard and water is wet, and that’s just the way the world is. In a reality that says, take before you are taken, that you must fight for what you want because the world is cruel and harsh and there is not enough for everyone. It makes sense in a dog-eat-dog world of corporate greed where the big guys take all and the little guys get squashed.” It is reinforced by advertisements such as one that is currently being aired by Chase bank promoting the use of their credit card. In the advertisement they end with this quote: “Chase…so you can.”  Every time I watch it, I shout, “No you don’t want to do that!” You never want to have to run after anything—that means it is not within your reach. This kind of mindset and mentality comes from the place of (negative) ego and attachment which ultimately leads to suffering!

That is the ultimate of scarcity. In the frequency of scarcity everything is in short supply which leaves you with very little choice. Manifestation and scarcity energies do not mix. They function in entirely different frequencies, so if you are competing and chasing after, know that you are operating in scarcity and you are on the short end of the stick.

Competition also breeds jealousy. Jealousy is when you think somebody has something that you feel you should have instead. It’s like you want what they have, but they’ve got it, so now you are going to have to go out and really work hard to find other ways to get what you want. For example, as a young girl or boy who is been seen as ripe for marriage can also face the pressure to get married. Parents and siblings do this by comparing you with folks, peers, friends and people. Not knowing that everyone is on a different “time zone” and life path. You do not have to rush into marriage because your mates are getting married. Rather get married because you are ready.

Here is what Reno Omokri has to say

“Marry when you are ready, not when you are pressured, or the marriage will be sad endeavour. People who pressure you to marry will be the same ones who will spread the scandalous stories that will happen when you marry unprepared. When you ask them for loans for food, rent, school fees, they will tell you stories, and later tell others your stories. They told you marriage brings blessings. They did not tell you that those blessings require feeding, and if you can’t feed them, the blessing becomes a lesson. That is why you should marry when you are under treasure, not when you are under pressure!” Reno Omokri

Jealousy is a simple identification with that other person as that person should have been me. Jealousy can also bring a tremendous amount of anger and blame at that other person for having what you want.  And that’s why many people who become successful become targets of the jealousy of other people as they wish and hope for an opportunity to sabotage and tear them down. BE CAREFUL with the energy of jealousy. You will always limit your prosperity, your abundance, and the amount of love you can receive, if you judge others who can receive apparently more than you.

Remember, we are all walking in our own unique life paths. There is no need for competition or comparison

So must you compete? Must I compete? Must we compete? There are people who are trying their best to have successful businesses, and yet it is difficult not to fall into the current model of competition which can also lead to jealousy. The current model of running a business to put it in one word is to become a workaholic, to push and drive because by golly you are competing and you’ve got to out compete.

However, the energy of the workaholic is the energy of not enough. In this energy you feel you are not successful enough. You always feel like you are not doing enough, and you always have to be doing more because you are competing with these other people and if you don’t run faster and harder than them, then they are going to take over and make the big bucks and leave you behind.

BE CAREFUL with the energy of jealousy. You will always limit your prosperity, your abundance, and the amount of love you can receive, if you judge others who can receive apparently more than you

The truth is you don’t have to compete. Competition exists because of a belief in lack and a belief in fear of failure. So here’s what you can do. The first thing to know is that there is no competition because you can create whatever you choose. There are statisticians out there that will tell you that your market is so big and only so much of the pie can be yours. Don’t fall for it. Statistics don’t count. They don’t make any difference. YOU are the one that makes all the difference. As a reality creator, you are creating your clients and your business. You came into this world with talents, strengths and capabilities that are unique to you. As such, nobody is going after the same market as you and you don’t need to compete against anyone.

If you will let your talents, strengths and capabilities be an expression of what my dear Unseen Friends Galexis calls the 3 Divine Channels of Creativity as opposed to doing whatever you do solely for money, you will find that you will be fulfilled and you probably will make lots of money because you will be doing what you love. When you base what you do according to money, you probably won’t be successful because you are making money more important than you.

A Biography About Galexis

Symbol of Galexis: http://www.galexisspirit.com

Galexis is a group of beings who speak as One through the channel Ginger Metraux, Ph.D. These beings come from various levels, planes, dimensions, and planetary systems. Most members of Galexis have been physical on earth, so they have direct knowledge of physical body experiences and have tremendous compassion for all of us beings who are having a physical plane experience. The members of Galexis have no competition with each other and can merge into one entity/soul while still retaining their individuality. Occasionally, an individual spokes-being for the group can be distinguished by a change of accent or body posture of the channel.

The 3 Divine Channels of Creativity as described by Galexis are as follows:

  1. The first is to Love, Touch and Heal which is to connect with others, to give and receive energy to love, touch and heal.
  2. The second one is to create, to imagine, to dream, to put together something that’s fun for you, to activate your own energy, your passion, your drive and your divine flow.
  3. The third channel is to learn, to grow and to expand your awareness of yourself as a Divine Being.

Try activating any one of these three channels in whatever you do and see if you don’t find your life and your business running more smoothly.

And finally, look at a person who is successful and who is happy and enjoying what it is that you have been desiring and raise your resonance by inspiration to a level where you too can participate and experience that same joy and success that they have. You do it by saying, “This person is an inspiration for me. If they can have it, I can too. I want that for me and I choose that for me.” Rather than being jealous of them, celebrate in their success KNOWING that there is MORE THAN ENOUGH to go around!!!

Until next time, stay detached, with mindfulness and Higher Consciousness!

With Warmest Regards and Tightest Smoochy Hugs,

Your Friend,

Kingsley Osajie

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7 Ways Powerful Creators Think Differently To Manifest Their Desires

In today’s post, I want to share with you some gems of inspiration from Sarah Prout. (side note: Sarah Prout has been very influential to me. She is among my mentors and influences who have helped in having a better understanding of Law of Attraction and Life. Without wasting any further time; do yourself a favour to read through these gems of inspiration that is capable of setting the tone for a positive life momentum–albeit serving as a “game-changer.”

To your EMPOWERMENT and Reality Creation!

Are you a powerful creator? Do you set an intention and then it manifests easily and effortlessly?

If your answer is NO (or even a maybe) then I have something really important to share with you. Over the last (nearly) 20 years I’ve worked with people on how to guide their energy and set inspired intentions to manifest. One of the things that I’ve noticed is the radical difference between those that take ownership of being a “Powerful Creator” versus those that like to play it safe and not step out of their comfort zone.

This spiritual work requires bravery.

You wouldn’t be reading this article right now if your soul wasn’t calling you to play a bigger game that is more inspired by GRACE and meaning.

It’s really quite simple. If you change your thinking – the way you think – then you will see different results start to show up in your life.

Here are 7 Ways Powerful Creators Think Differently To Manifest Their Desires. Focus on trying these methods and watch the magic begin to appear into your life.

1. Powerful Creators Visualize

Seeing your desired outcome in your mind’s eye is the most effective way to spark the process of manifestation. When you have clarity and you can picture and tune into how your desire will make you FEEL then the Universe will respond to your request and begin to co-create with you.

2. Powerful Creators Ask For Support

Have you heard the saying that it takes a village to raise a child? Rarely, has anyone ever achieved something great without having the guidance, wisdom or mentorship to support them along the way. This is a key element in my Manifesting Academy Soul Tribe where if my students have a question or a concern they can get the support they need to inspire them on their journey. If you can’t ask others for support then the Universe won’t know how to support you better. 

3. Powerful Creators Are Positive (but don’t make negativity wrong)

There’s a beautiful sense of optimism and positivity with powerful creators. They TRUST that everything will work out as it’s meant to in perfect timing. They don’t dwell on the past or the negative, but they KNOW that sometimes these emotions are helpful and must MOVE THROUGH YOU for a purpose.

4. Powerful Creators Don’t Do Drama

Gossiping, bickering, feuds, grudges, complaints, and bullying is so high school! A powerful creator detaches from drama and can remove themselves energetically from the bullcrap of others. Why waste your energy? Focus on what serves you.

5. Powerful Creators Trust In Divine Timing

Powerful Creators remember that life is seasonal. It’s cyclic and that just because they are going through a rough patch right now does not mean that it will last forever. Powerful Creators trust in Divine Timing.

6. Powerful Creators Guide Their Energy

The wisdom of discernment is something that a Powerful Creator has dialed into their soul. They know when their vibration is high or low and can troubleshoot a course of action that will be helpful. For instance, if you feel cranky you can meditate or watch your favorite TV show of dab on some Wild Orange essential oil to tune into the energy of abundance. WE get to choose how to guide our energy. We release others from the burden of being responsible for the way we feel.

7. Powerful Creators Understand The Process

Ah manifestation! It’s a process. You set the intention, you align your energy with that which you desire and you SURRENDER. You also surround yourself with like-minded kindred spirits that support you on your journey. Powerful Creators understand the process isn’t going to work for them if they don’t follow the steps and relax into the unfolding.

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Advice For Writers

In the course of my writing journey and career, I have made many mistakes. But those mistakes served as a lesson and I have used them as a stepping stone! Before I start bringing out the tips; let me tell you more about some of the mistakes I made. I am sure you will learn from it. First of all I am kind of ashamed it but I have to make the confessions (LOLS).

At the beginning of my writing career; I used to have the worry that “oh…there are lots of books in the marketplace; who is going to buy my book? How can I get attention, wider readership and blah blah blah… but I was able to overcome this limiting belief. I finally came to realize that the Universe has more than enough space for everyone to express their talents and potentials. That there are millions books in the marketplace will not serve as a barrier for me and my books in any shape or form. One thing I learnt along the way is that everyone has their own audience and followers.

Let me illustrate the analogy that helped me burst through that limiting belief: if you walk into a market you will see that not only one person sells clothes, food items, meat, fish, etc. in that same market you see many people selling the same wares and stuffs and it does not stop them from having customers and patronages. So the same thing applies to my writing. Just because there are millions of books out there do not mean that I will not have readers, buyers and followers. I SURE will and I am having them already because I have empowered myself with the belief THAT I HAVE my own audience and it is just the fact.

I used to have this belief that once I have my book published by a publisher; it will start selling and my royalties will start rolling in (smiles). But the reality I have experienced is quite a different one! Although it has served as a LESSON for me! Yes, I am “Traditionally Published” but as it stands now, I am determined to take the route of self-publishing in my next books. I was rejected by 13 publishers before I finally found a publisher in America who agreed to publish my book.

Today, my story of how I became a published author is published in a South African platform (I will share the details later in this article; in the meantime keep reading)

I have a dream of establishing my own Self-Publishing platform subsequently. I want to be in charge of my books completely. I want to be the only one to receive whatever dime that comes from my book as a royalty; I want to take it up as my own personal business and investment—so that when I am using my resources to promote my books I will know all the benefits are coming back to ONLY ME. I am faithful that my dream of having my own Self-Publishing platform will inevitably become a reality.

After having a deeper understanding of how the publishing industry works and the way it is going; I conclude for myself that self-publishing is the best option for me. It no longer pleases me to “hand over” my manuscript to a publisher (unless on a “special situation” because there are always exceptions)

So, here are the advices I have for any upcoming writer or anyone who wants to consider going into writing:  

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. 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. The list goes on and on. So the formula is originality and craft, workmanship and sweat. Lots of sweat and Grace too.

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. 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. I have no ambitions about masterpieces–I just want to write for the passion and 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 (if you think it is your best option because you must always consider your circumstances and pocket too).

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.

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. The consumer’s focus on established talent makes it incredibly difficult for a publisher to make a first novel a commercial success.

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. 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. So the question is who will buy your books? Yet even if there was an audience out there, a publisher 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. Once your money is gone, it’s usually gone forever.

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. You see I emphasized the “must”–that is why I am deciding to go into self-publishing so that I can channel all my energy and resources to the success of my book with the BEST of my abilities!

My book (Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird) is available worldwide and it was nominated for the Readers Choice Awards in 2020. Here is a trailer for my book

My story of how I became a published author is published in a South African platform

You can purchase Cindy And Her Beautiful Bird at the following bookstores or wherever books sold worldwide

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Google PlayStore

Waterstones

I wish you the very best in as pick up your pen to start writing.

Good Luck!

Kingsley Osajie

Author of Cindy and Her Beautiful Bird

www.kingsley-osajie.com

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Your Ego is NOT Your Amigo

The negative operates from a lower vibration and a powerless place. When you are in the negative ego, you NEVER win. Some forms which the negative ego can take are: pride, bragging, pretense, fear, jealousy, fear, desperation, limiting beliefs, negative thoughts/voices, feelings of unworthiness etc. The negative ego is another EPITOME of lies (as limiting beliefs ARE!!)

I am very grateful to Lazaris, a Non Physical Entity of Light channeled by Jack Pursel. Lazaris explains in detail what the ego is. The ego is two types: negative ego and positive ego. But many people generalize it as ego which is not true! Self-love, self-confidence, gratitude, mindfulness, humility, honesty etc are egos too; but these are positive ego.

Our Higher Selves works with the Positive Ego. The Negative Ego can be correctly named the Devil in every human; the dark side of human beings. Assuming we as human beings do not have the negative ego we would be more like the Angels in terms of Consciousness—because Angels of Light and other Light Beings do not have the negative ego. And the positive ego is full of unlimited possibilities, celestial mandates, higher vibrations and higher consciousness all-round.

I used to wonder why someone cannot change completely. For example, nobody is perfect. Even if you are a religious leader, spiritual teacher etc you still have the negative ego in you. Only very few humans has been able to dethrone their negative egos. When someone changes from a bad habit or deed to a good path; I used to think within me in my cradle days of spiritual development and awakening that once you turn away from whatever bad thing you used to do that you will become perfect because you God/Universe will give you perfection; but I come to realize that having the negative in us is like a learning curve for us, a reminder to keep embracing the light and using our freewill. But I think it is “WORK”!! because you know how I see it and how I am feeling about this is that—if God/Universe/Angels removes the negative ego from humans we would not need their help because we will be vibrating at the same level of Consciousness as they are—and even if not exactly; our own Consciousness will be at a very high level—one worth adoring and being a force to reckon with!!

To help us further understand the Negative Ego (Devil) and the Positive Ego (Angel); here is an illustration of the Negative Ego (Devil) and the Positive Ego (Angel) as explained by Morihei Ueshiba (aka O-Sensei):

No matter how you ‘chop off’ negative thoughts they will keep appearing according to the law of action and reaction. That’s why you needn’t fight with them. You should withdraw from them, artificially developing positive thoughts inside yourself. In other words, concentrate on something good or recall something good. Only in this smooth withdrawal will you be able to defeat your negative thought.

And why can thoughts sometimes be the absolute opposite of each other? Let’s put it this way: in the human body, there is a spiritual nature, or soul, and a material nature, or animal, beastly, call it as you wish. The human mind is a battlefield of these two natures. That’s why different thoughts arise in you. And who am ‘I’ then, if thoughts are alien? Not alien, but yours. You are the one who’s listening to them. And which nature you give preference to, that you will become. If you prefer the material, animal nature, then you’ll be evil and nasty, and if you listen to the advice of your soul, you’ll be a good person, and it will be pleasant for other people to be around you.

The choice is always yours; you are either a tyrant or a saint. You turned to the soul, your wish was fulfilled. When you weakened your control over yourself, you were pulled over by the animal nature, imperceptibly for you at that, by your own favourite egoistic thoughts. There is a constant war of two natures inside of you for you. And your future depends on which side you choose.

It is possible to fight with the one who offers resistance. But fighting with a vacuum is senseless. Against a vacuum of negative thoughts, it is only possible to create the same vacuum of positive thoughts. In other words, as I’ve said before, to switch to a positive and to think about good things. But always stay vigilant, listen to what your brain is thinking about. Observe yourself. Be aware of the fact that you don’t make any effort, but the thoughts in you are constantly swarming. And not one thought. There can be two and three or even more at once.

It is like in Christianity, they say, on man’s left shoulder sits the devil, and on the right, an angel. And they are always whispering “something…” But for some reason, the devil whispers louder, he probably has a rougher voice. What’s called the devil in Christianity is the manifestation of our animal nature (Negative Ego).Well, if the mind is a battlefield of two natures, and as far as I understand it, their weapons are thoughts, then how can you distinguish who is who?  How do the spiritual and the animal nature manifest in thoughts? In which way?

The spiritual nature are thoughts generated by the power of Love, in the broad sense of the word. While the animal nature are thoughts about the body, our instincts, our reflexes, megalomania, desires, which are entirely consumed by material interests, and so forth. (Sense I The Primordial of Shambala by Anastasia Novykh)

Just imagine how it would look like when you become the individual who does not have limiting beliefs, negative thoughts, negative energies and vibrations. Your aura and third eye are highly activated, clean and fortified at all times. You are in mindfulness and well connected to the Ethereal. In that kind of reality you are an Enlightened Being (suffice to say an Angel) because negative entities and energies cannot penetrate you because you are too much of a high vibrational being for them to come near to or try to penetrate!

Another thing is that the Earth has its own troubles and hiccups. As the beloved Ascended Master Kwan Yin taught us; “The realm you’re in has a heaviness that mutes energy. You can penetrate through it, no matter how dark and heavy.” It takes spiritual muscle to penetrate through the denseness of this earth (trust me!) but it is possible to penetrate through it.

It is my joy to see humans dethrone and starve their negative egos. But wait; are my daydreaming by saying that? Lols! No. Subliminally and honestly I know that this cannot happen once! It will take centuries for humanity to have come to this state of Higher Consciousness. Right now, the earth is healing, humans are healing. And humanity’s consciousness is rising to a higher level. Many are awakening (spiritually) and we are all at our own pace and time.

Always remember that your (negative) Ego is not your Amigo; because if you do not take your time the (negative) Ego will tear you down and destroy you in a twinkling of an eye. You do not want to be in that reality because like Lazaris said; the (negative) Ego can destroy all your efforts and achievements that you have laboured to accomplish in an instant.

I will say it again; if you are living from the negative Ego you will NEVER win. Quote me anywhere! I used to feed my (negative) Ego. But having caught the tricks of my (negative) Ego I now disrespect and disobey my (negative) Ego because it is not going to lead me into a positive life momentum. You have got this!

Until next time, stay mindful; in Higher Consciousness with constant Divinity.

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Some Dose of Inspirations for Us Today

Hi there! What are you up to recently? As you go about your schedules and journey through Life I wish you Illumination and Higher Consciousness with Constant Divinity.

I thought to sprinkle some doses of inspirations to you; hence I am sharing these Sages with you. I am sure you draw in inspiration to help you step into a more positive life momentum. So there have you the inspirations below! Feel free to pass it on to others.

Born To Shine

Our deepest fear is not

that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are

powerful beyond measure.

It is our light,

not our darkness,

that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves,

who am I to be brilliant,

gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.

There’s nothing enlightened

about shrinking

so that other people

won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine,

as children do.

We were born to make manifest

the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us,

it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,

we unconsciously give other people

permission to do the same.

As we’re liberated from our own fear,

our presence automatically

liberates others.

— Marianne Williamson

The Law of Least Effort

The Law of Least Effort is the principle of least action, of no resistance. This is, therefore, the principle of harmony and love.

Act from love. Least effort is thus expended, because nature is held together by the energy of love.

Attend to spirit rather than ego. When your internal reference point is your spirit, you are immune to criticism and unfearful of any challenge.

Accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they are, not as you wish they were. When you feel upset, remember that you are not reacting to the person or the situation, but to your feelings about the person or the situation.

Do not blame anyone or anything for your situation, including yourself; then every situation will become your teacher, and an opportunity for the creation of something new and beautiful.

Completely desist from defending your point of view. Relinquish the need to convince others of your opinion. Make a commitment to follow the path of no resistance: simply declare your intent to yourself, and you will experience fulfillment, delight, joy, freedom, and autonomy in every moment.

Ultimately you come to the state where you do nothing and accomplish everything.

– adapted from Deepak Chopra, Seven Spiritual Laws for Success

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 got these bunches of inspirations from the beautiful and magical erin Dragonsong; the Founder and Chief Esoteric Officer of Wicca Spirituality. So pass it on! Blessed Be!

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The Untold Story of the Wright Brothers that Will MOTIVATE YOU

When I was in high school, my English teacher told me about this story of the Wright Brothers. And I read about them in a local magazine. In truth, when I first story from Adavenge Onise website I was enchanted. It REALLY caught my attention! Hence I decided to share it with you! Another thing that really, really, fascinated and also re-inspired me is that Adavenge Onise is a Nigerian and am a Nigerian too!! I have been inspired and rekindled by this story of the Wright Brothers.

On my own personal experience, I have also had some challenges which I was able to overcome. Before you start reading the story of the Wright Brothers; I deem it fit to also share my story and journey of how I became a published author with you. My story was published in a South African platform and you can watch the video on YouTube. I have also grown to learn and understand impossibility only exist in the mind. Nothing is impossible…

Without further ado, there you have the story of the Wright Brothers below:

Once upon a time in the year 1903, on the 17th of December.

Two brothers and an eager crowd had gathered at the open plains of Kitty Hawk to make history.

The Wright brothers(who were bicycle makers) were attempting to make the first powered flight of an airplane.

The Wright Brothers

Orville Wright climbed onboard their crude airplane.

At the back of his mind, he could clearly remember that men(who were more educated with more resources) had died in horrible crashes trying to fly their airplane designs.

His brother, Wilbur looked at him to confirm he was ready and then started the engines of the plane . . .

Orville took a deep breath and released the latch holding the plane in place…There was no turning back now.

The Wright Brothers

20 seconds later,

The Wright brothers had successfully completed the first powered flight in Human history.

Before this historic flight,

Many had tried and failed(Some even died in the process)

People claimed it was impossible for an airplane to fly.

Wright Brothers

They said it was a pipe dream that would keep costing money and lives.

But here we are today. . .

Seeing a plane fly over your location is something you are used to.

Listen . . .

Everything seems impossible until someone actually does it.

Why?

It all comes down to Mindset.

How you approach a problem determines the result you get.

If you see a challenge as do-able,

You would carry this confidence into ensuring you accomplish it and surprisingly, you would always achieve it(irrespective of the challenges you face along the way).

But if you see a challenge as insurmountable,

You would quickly give up at the first sign of trouble . . .

You are reading this write up because . . . Destiny wants you to come in contact with all the tools and information you need to build an excellent and amazing life, to fulfil destiny and create income streams which would pump money into your account and solve your money issues and give you the freedom you deserve.

You might feel at this point it is impossible.

But look at the results of people around you who have fulfilled destiny, made an impact, and are earning money while they sleep.

Do you know the difference between you and them?

MINDSET…

If you want to live an excellent life and fulfill your God-given purpose on earth.

You must learn to transform your mindset.

Having finished reading this story; I want you to read carefully the lyrics of this song by the enigmatic and beautiful Irish singer: Enya. The title is Only If.

To your inspiration and motivation!!

Here are the lyrics:

“Only If…”

When there’s a shadow,
you reach for the sun.
When there is love,
then you look for the one.
And for the promises, there is this land.
And for the heavens are
those who can fly.

[Chorus:]
If you really want to,
you can hear me say
Only if you want to
will you find a way.
If you really want to
You can seize the day.
Only if you want to will you fly away.

When there’s a journey,
you follow a star.
When there’s an ocean,
you sail from afar.
And for the broken heart,
there is the sky.
And for tomorrow are those
who can fly.

[Chorus]

Ooh go doe bay mwa.
Ooh go doe bay mwa.

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The Message I Have for Korra Obidi and Justin Dean

From the moment I began seeing and watching Korra Obidi and Justin Dean displaying their lovebirds attitudes on social media; I began having some doubts as to how long this their lovebirds attitudes will last. I was really skeptical about their showiness and social media display of affection. If we want to be honest with ourselves; we would ACTUALLY acknowledge it that NOT everything or moment of our lives are meant to be shared on social media. Because the social media is an open place filled with different kinds of energies, consciousness, vibrations, people and things…

Now, not long. If I am able to remember correctly; not more than two weeks after Korra Obidi gave birth to their second child. Justin Dean is now telling divorce!! I mean it sounds sooooo strange and odd!! Those of us who are intuitive and understands that there are more than meet the eyes would want to say that somehow and somewhere; a negative energy/vibration has been projected to Korra Obidi. Not everyone is happy for your success; hence the need to be MINDFUL and CAREFUL cannot be overemphasized!!

In my full transparency, I am and I was happy for the couples (Korra Obidi and Justin Dean). But the news of their divorce is enough to make someone gut-wrenched!! At first I thought it was one of this publicity stunts. Until it became very real and serious that the ex-husband of Korra Obidi (Justin Dean) came out to affirm that the divorce is TRUE. Well, only God knows what will come out of it for them. As I always tell people that every moment is a manifestation of something…and every experience is a lesson or a blessing.

Below are all the brouhahas and drama going on between Korra Obidi and Justin Dean

Korra Obidi: I’ve Been Betrayed Once Again and She Is Unbothered, Dancer’s Hubby Writes, Says He’s Heartbroken  

Dancer Korra Obidi’s husband, Justin Dean, has taken to social media with yet another post amid their marital crisis Dean in the post shared to his IG page mentioned how he has always been dedicated to his family but must now leave for the sake of his mental health He equally accused his wife of being unbothered about the entire situation as netizens flooded his comment section with different reactions

The drama between US-based Nigerian dancer, Korra Obidi and her husband, Justine Dean, continues to unfold on social media to the worry and concern of their supporters. In a fresh Instagram post, Dean explained how he has always been dedicated to his family but is now being forced to walk away from his marriage for the sake of his mental health.

“I’m walking away from this marriage for my mental health and to be the best version of myself. I must set a healthy example for my children. This has nothing to do with postpartum depression,” he wrote.

The heartbroken husband mentioned how he feels betrayed and how Korra’s unbothered attitude to the crisis sums up what their marriage has been like.

“I’m heartbroken!

Anyone that knows me or watches me online knows that I’m a dedicated family man to both Korra and my children. This is honestly the hardest decision of my life, but necessary.

I’m walking away from this marriage for my mental health and to be the best version of myself. I must set a healthy example for my children.
This has nothing do with postpartum depression.

I’ve been betrayed once again and she is unbothered, which pretty much summarizes our marriage.

My apology to the all the young men and women that believed we had a “perfect marriage”.

Marriage is based on mutual love, respect, humility, accountability, empathy, apologies and most of all effective communication to understand the other person’s perspectives.

Likes and views shouldn’t be the highlight of your relationship.

Men: Your mental health matters!

In order to be strong, you have to be happy.” Justin Dean

Dancer Korra Obidi has spoken out for the first time since her husband announced their divorce.

In a video, the dancer expresses her gratitude to her supporters for their support and concern.

“I hope that me finding the strength to come up here will make you happy,” she told her followers as she thanked them.

She also said that her priority now is herself and her newborn.

“So, I’m gonna be one hundred percent committed to taking care of my newborn and myself, cause if the mama is good baby is good.

My message for Korra Obidi and Justin Dean is: STOP FLAUNTING all your affairs on the social media. Get in CAHOOTS with your Higher Selves and Angels. Embrace Higher Consciousness. STOP and DO NOT feed your Ego again because your Ego is NEVER your Amigo. Remember, when you are in the (negative) Ego you will NEVER win!

Finally, I wish your duo peace, bliss and grace to overcome this turbulent. For the sake of your children; why do not you two seek for a way to reunite? Well, the choice is yours. 

Sending you Peace, Love, Higher Consciousness and Light!

Kingsley Osajie

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Bring A Beautiful Soul to Canada!

Canadian flag: Google images

Our environment we live in has a big role in the shaping of our destiny and living our dreams. The role environment plays in our lives cannot be ignored! Even scientists and psychologists have realized that phenotypic factor which is about the physical environment plays a MAJOR role in our growth and development. You cannot become successful when you are living in an unhelpful environment neither can your dreams manifest when you are in an unhelpful environment.

“There is no joy, passion or fulfillment to be found in living a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela

An unhelpful creates a roadblock and obstacles for your dreams because the opportunities, atmosphere, people and platforms you need to succeed CANNOT be found in an unhelpful environment. When you are living in an unhelpful environment the only reality you can have is one of difficulties, hardships, suffering, stagnancy, poverty and limitations. Unhelpful makes you crawl, shrink, hidden—with all your dreams, talents and potentials locked and stifled!! And that is a really terrible reality to be in. In my previous post, I talked about environment in details. You can read about it in the hyperlinked text.

Aeroplane: google images
Aeroplane: Google images

I as an example, my current location (Nigeria) is and has been doing me a BIG DISSERVICE! Because Nigeria is an unhelpful environment to me; because of the corrupt government and system with the disharmonious environment—it makes me trapped and stagnated. That is why I am VERY passionate and determined to LEAVE Nigeria to Canada. Honestly, this is NOT life I am living in Nigeria at all!! Suffice to say that I am not in a positive life momentum. I believe that moving to Canada will pave the way for me to sprout the ideal life I deserve—one which is harmonious with my dreams and destiny; because as Nelson Mandela so eloquently puts it: “there is no joy, passion or fulfillment to be found in living a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” This statement of Nelson Mandela holds TRUTH for me.

Truth be told, I have so much to offer the world but my current location has proven to be a barrier and limitations to me as all my dreams and potentials are stifled!! Canada is a country that is ideal for me where I can thrive, flourish and soar—hence becoming the Luminary I am meant to be and I can assure you that my coming to Canada is a BIG PLUS to Canada; trust me—I kid you not!! Because I am a bunch of talent and potentials that have not been discovered! I know the stuff I am made of. I am very correct to describe myself as visionary, innovative, talented, brilliant, smart, disciplined, trustworthy, intuitive, influential, inspiring, intrepid and creative.

For me to be able to start my journey of moving out of Nigeria to Canada; a dear friend and mentor of mine (Tricia Schinkel) have set up GoFundMe Campaign for me. Please kindly donate to my GoFundMe as I am will be very grateful for every dollar that will be donated to my GoFundMe. It is my determination to give back to the society once I get to Canada; because Canada is a place where I can sprout the life of my dream and a life that I deserve to live!

If you have any questions and further enquiries please contact Tricia Schinkel as she is the one organizing my GoFundMe; the link to my GoFundMe is below.

GoFundMe for Kingsley Osajie: organized by Tricia Schinkel

Thank you all for your kind donations. My family and I are indeed grateful

With deepest gratitude

Kingsley Osajie  

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Traditional Nigerian Religion

Sacred Grove of Osun Shrine: Google images

Religion in various forms is very strong in Nigeria. In other words, Nigerian people are VERY religious. Most Nigerians believe that there is an unseen supernatural world apart from the natural physical world. This other world is inhabited by beings who are the source of our knowledge of good and evil. They watch and judge us and if we offend them they may have to be appeased with prayers.

Certain individuals in the natural world—priests, prophets and diviners are believed to be endowed with special powers to make contact with the other world. They lay down ceremonies or rituals which must be observed if due honour is to be paid to the unseen beings.

The religious beliefs and practices of Nigerians can be classified under three main headings: Traditional religion, Islam and Christianity. This is the order in which each made its appearance in the country.

Traditional or indigenous religion continues to exert a strong influence on many people’s minds, partly because of its association with their birthplaces and family. Each ethnic group has its own religious traditions and these are often linked to some sacred spot or sports in the ethnic homeland; e.g. Ile-Ife. Yet, the various traditional religions have much in common: a remote but benevolent high god; under him, a number of lesser gods who interact with mankind and below them. Various spirits who inhabit natural objects such as: trees, streams, rocks, etc below them again and closest to living men and women, the spirits of the ancestors.

In Yoruba religion, for example, there are more than 400 lesser deities presided over by the high god Olorun. Because he is remote from mankind, shrines are not built to him and worship is not offered to him directly. The lesser gods on the other hand are the subject of special cults, each with its own priests and devotees. Eshu, the messenger of the gods, Ifa the god of divination and Shango the god of thunder and so on. Traditional religion was strong in other parts of Nigeria too.

In Igbo traditional religion, there were fewer gods. Although there was a remote high god, the most import figure was Ala or Ani; the goddess of the earth. In Hausa land, traditional religion has largely gone underground, owing to the influence of Islam, but belief in the existence of ‘Bori—spirits and their power to possess people, especially women—is strong in some areas. Each spirit is associated with a certain type of behaviour which is manifested by the possessed individual.

Divination, that is the discovery of what is unknown or is yet to happen by supernatural or magical means—it is an important element of traditional religion. It is often of the functions of the ‘medicine men’ or inhabitants. In Igboland, there also used to be several oracles which people consulted in order to seek answers to their problems. With the coming of Christianity, their influence waned.

It is so sad, disappointing and shameful that Africans are more religious in the entire planet. Yet, lacking behind in terms of development and progress; countries where the Bible and church are not paraded and where believe in God is little or none are obviously are doing well. Example, Singapore, Denmark, China, Japan etc. I am always thankful and happy that I left church and religion years ago. After I left Jehovah’s Witness I embraced spirituality and I could not have made a better choice! Even Jesus Christ said to worship God in spirit and in truth. Not according to religion!

Sadly in Nigeria where many people are possessed by religious spirits they misunderstand things which are natural part of human nature. For example, the Ozuu which is a natural wine used in ceremony in Nigeria; they say it is not good for a Christian to drink as it is used in shrines. Now the question is; are there not other things used in the shrines? One woman said that during her marriage she did not allow them bring in palm wine because it is used in shrines and idol worships.

There many so-called “Christians” (are they really Christians? I like to call them “Churchians”) who have this false belief that Kola nut is not supposed to be consumed by a “Christian” as it is used in idol worship and shrines. The truth is that all of these useless and blind beliefs are born out of religiosity, ignorance, misleading and brainwashing that religion has done to them!

Charly Boy: Google images

To wrap up this article, I want you to watch this eye opening videos posted by a legendary Nigerian singer; Charly Boy. To me, Charly Boy seems to be one who is awakened. I love his Maverickness and Quirkiness. You are going to learn a lot from it. I actually enjoyed watching the videos as I watched it on repeat! They are videos you MUST watch! “A mind stretched by new knowledge can never go back to its prior form.” The Mastery of Life

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Money Matters

Money: Google images

Money is a subject of great interest to most people and most people want to get more of it. The lawless ones among us see robbery, arson and other forms of stealing as their way to it. Others enrich themselves by using the posts they occupy in companies or government departments to collect bribes or pickups for the award of contracts. Those without financial acumen whatever will merely save any money they acquire by keeping it in the proverbial box under the bed or hole in the ground in which case, clearly it earn no interest. But most people with legacy to spare will think of some kind of holdings, acting on the sound principle that one sum of money can be made to grow into a larger sum.

This can happen in various ways. In Nigeria, small businesses are very popular; saving becomes the foundation needed to establish a provision shop, say or to run a taxi. Although this type of business entails some risks it also offers the prospect of fairly quick and sometimes quite healthy credits. Less enterprising citizens will prefer to put their money in savings or mortgage accounts in banks or they purchase interests-bearing government obligations or stakes in companies that pay a regular refund.

Trading in stocks and shares is what large scale financial dealings are all about and in Nigeria as in other countries these are entirely carried out through the Stock Exchange. The Nigerian Stock Exchange has trading floors in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano; it also has branches in Kaduna, Onitsha and Ibadan. The middlemen of the Stock Exchange are known as stockbrokers; they buy and sell shares on behalf of clients for which they charge a tax. Often the client is a company seeking to purchase shares in another company, sometimes with a view to taking over completely. The reason is that several companies operate in a particular line of business. E.g. timber production or textiles and each have a natural interest in driving out competitors and establishing a uniformity.

However, some of those dealing in the Stock Exchange are not there to further the interests of a company engaged in productive business; they are there merely to accumulate that is to purchase shares when they are relatively cheap and sell them again when they fetch higher price. At any time certain shares are increasing in attractiveness and price while others are less attractive and their price is falling.

Occasionally, there is a general loss of confidence in the Stock Exchange, people rush to sell all their shares and there may even be a worldwide Stock Market strike.

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The Kind Lady! Oh….! How Sweet and Heartwarming!!

Lavonda Wright Myers and Jayden Sutton: Legit News

Lady Gifts Secondary School boy Who Treks Long Distance to Work a New Car, She Said His Heart Made Her Cry

A kindhearted lady identified as Lavonda Wright Myers has put a smile on the face of a secondary schoolboy who treks long hours to work After her first encounter with the 18-year-old boy named Jayden Sutton, Myers took it upon herself to get him a new car and made good with that vow Speaking on what inspired her kind gesture, the businesswoman said his heart and determination made her cry.

A young boy’s hard work and positive approach to life have earned him a life-changing gesture from a stranger. 18-year-old secondary school student, Jayden Sutton who is from Cobb County, Georgia, US was surprised with a new whip by a kind woman who had given him a ride in her car.

Determined against all odds, the young lad would trek about 7 miles every day after closing from school by 3:30 pm to do his shift of 6-7 hours at the restaurant.

By the time he finished work and trekked back, Jayden would arrive home by 11:30 pm. A date with destiny On December 10, 2020, a lady identified as Lavonda Wright Myers was driving by when she saw the boy trekking in the rain. The businesswoman offered him a ride and learnt about his touching story of how he trekked because of his inability to pay for Uber rides.

“Once I dropped him off to work, his heart and determination filled my eyes with tears.” He said, ‘Ma’am, I walk because I have to.’

“He was smiling in good spirits, and that’s a child worth blessing,” she told newsmen.

She immediately moved into action From that point, the woman vowed to get him a car and shared his story online as well as set up a GoFundMe page for him. Within days of setting the page, it received $6,635 (N.7 million) in donations.

She bargained with a car dealer to bring a Honda price from $7,800 (N3.2 million) to $7,000 (2.9 million) and added $635 of her own money to complete it. Jayden was overwhelmed with joy and showered encomiums on Myers for the car gift. In his words: “I love her for it. I just want to thank you so much, you don’t even understand how much. “I knew that if I had to walk to work every day to get a car, that is what I was going to do. If you’re doing something good or trying to reach a goal, keep doing it. You might get some help. That’s what happened to me.”

GOD DID IT YALL 😭🙌🏾 ‼️Plz know GOD PROVIDES‼️🗣Jayden no more walking 7 miles to work after school young man. GOD bless everyone that donated entrusting me & GOD with your seed I declare a 100 fold return. On, Dec 10, I passed a 12th grade stranger walking in a light rain at the speed of lightning headed to work after school. After working a 7hr shift, He would walk miles back in the cold arriving home around 1130pm at night with this same smile! I gave him a ride to work on DEC 10th and I told him in BOLD FAITH the next time you see me it’ll be with a car the lord’s going to bless you with. We prayed together on the steps of his job and activated our faith! This child nor his family never asked me for a penny it was all GOD‼️I sowed my seed first on Dec 11th, created Gofund me on Dec 12th with a goal of $4,000 and within 30days GOD demonstrated his love, power and ability to provide over/above my goal with a $7,000 miracle in the middle of a pandemic. Thank you Jesus for an ear to hear, a heart ❤for your people and the obedience to be a blessing in this World 🌎 His mom’s car was recently totaled and she was laid off from work. If you’d like to be a blessing to her as well you can give on the Gofund link on my Facebook page posted on Dec 12th. 👈🏾 I definitely heard GOD clearly concerning this family. She said this act of kindness from a genuine heart expecting nothing in return has blown her mind. She thanks me daily by text and tears of gratefulness is her sentiments to GOD and everyone that gave. Jayden Sutton will never forget this reward for his Faithulness over a few things as an amazing YOUNG BLACK MAN!!!! All the Glory belongs to you GOD! I bless your great NAME 😭 Everyone from around the world that donated, believed and prayed with me thank you for trusting me with every penny and I bless GOD for your sacrifice. I declare it returns to you 100 fold. My husband was overly supportive and found the perfect car for Jayden🚗 Nalley Honda Dealership heard the story and dropped the price for us as well to meet budget 🙌🏾 GOD’S FAVOR & 🖐🏾was evident all around. 🙏🏾‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️

Netizens shower encomiums on the kind lady Wanda Morrison said: “You are so amazing, My God continue to bless you so that you can be a blessing to others. This is also my prayer for others and myself as well.” Dynomite Jones stated: “Lord !!!!Bless this child and u as well plus blessings towards anyone that took the time out to donate!!!!My heart is filled.”

Michael Anderson wrote:

“Cuz you have always had a heart for other people even for me may God continue to bless you and may you never change reap the harvest he promised you!!! You shall and you will recover it all! Love you!!”

Sherri Wright opined: “God Bless you abundantly for hearing Him and willing to do the work so God could put His Super on the natural!! You just ENLARGE YOUR TERRITORY and increased the faith of everyone that gave and that family!”

Source: Legit News,

https://www.legit.ng/people/1457602-kind-lady-gifts-secondary-schoolboy-who-treks-long-distance-work-a-new-car-she-said-his-heart-made-her-cry/

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Talking About Intelligence

Intelligence Quotient: Google images)

Hi there!! I wanted to tell us about Intelligence. Hence I am sharing this post with us today, Hope you enjoy reading through it.

According to Psychologists, there are four types of Intelligence:

1) Intelligence Quotient (IQ)

2) Emotional Quotient (EQ)

3) Social Quotient (SQ)

4) Adversity Quotient (AQ)

1. Intelligence Quotient (IQ): this is the measure of your level of comprehension. You need IQ to solve maths, memorize things, and recall lessons.

2. Emotional Quotient (EQ): this is the measure of your ability to maintain peace with others, keep to time, be responsible, be honest, respect boundaries, be humble, genuine and considerate.

3. Social Quotient (SQ): this is the measure of your ability to build a network of friends and maintain it over a long period of time.

People that have higher EQ and SQ tend to go further in life than those with a high IQ but low EQ and SQ. Most schools capitalize on improving IQ levels while EQ and SQ are played down.

A man of high IQ can end up being employed by a man of high EQ and SQ even though he has an average IQ.

Your EQ represents your Character, while your SQ represents your Charisma. Give in to habits that will improve these three Qs, especially your EQ and SQ.

Now there is a 4th one, a new paradigm:

4. The Adversity Quotient (AQ): The measure of your ability to go through a rough patch in life, and come out of it without losing your mind.

When faced with troubles, AQ determines who will give up, who will abandon their family, and who will consider suicide.

Parents please expose your children to other areas of life than just Academics. They should adore manual labour (never use work as a form of punishment), Sports and Arts. Develop their IQ, as well as their EQ, SQ and AQ. They should become multifaceted human beings able to do things independently of their parents.

Finally, do not prepare the road for your children. Prepare your children for the road.”

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The Three Men Who Looked for Death and Found It!!!

RIP and Skull: Google Images

Long time ago in a faraway land; a wealthy young man died in that land. His death was SO mysterious and painful that it actually SPARKED curiosity among the people of that land. Filled with curiosity, three men decided to embark on a journey to find death and put death out of existence!! Is that possible?

They told the people of the land that they were going to find death and put death out of existence. Some people laughed at them others were surprised and suspicious of their movement. Some of the people in the land called them all kinds of names and how foolish their mission was!! But these three men were too determined to be discouraged so they embarked on their journey to find death and put death out of existence.

After walking a very long distance, they came across a huge baobab tree. The three young men enter and sat under the baobab tree. Surprisingly to them there was calabash filled with gold coins in it!!! They knelt down and screamed, “WE ARE RICH”!!

First Man: There is no need for any of us to work again!! We can buy clothes, house, horses and wives. The world is ours!! The whole world is under our feet!!

The Second Man: Friends, listen! What are we going to do? If we take this money home now; people will say that we stole it. We have to be careful. Let us wait until nightfall

Third Man: A very good idea!! Then we can take the gold home. Nobody will know anything about it.

First Man: But we cannot wait here all day. We have nothing to eat and we have finished the water we have with us already

Second Man: I was thinking the same thing. I have three straws in my hand. The one who chooses the shortest will go and get some food and drink. The others will stay and guard the money

Third Man: Good idea!!

First Man: Agreed!

Second Man: I am always the one who does the work. I do not have any money to buy food and drink

Third Man:         I am always the man who pays for everything! Ok, take this money and go to the town—buy us food and drink. Don’t forget the change!

First Man: Alright, my friends see you soon

Second Man: (thinks to himself) If I have all the money myself, and did not have to share with the other two. I would be very rich!! But I cannot fight these two. There is only one thing I can do. I will visit a witch doctor….

Second Man: (arrives the witch doctor’s shrine)

Witch doctor: Greetings! What do you want from me? I have some excellent bat teeth to help you see in the dark, or perhaps you would like some snake blood to make your girlfriend love you

Second Man: No. I want some poison—some very powerful strong poison

Witch Doctor: Aha! I have some that are very strong that the smallest drop will kill a man in seconds. Don’t make any mistake with it!

Second Man: Thank you wise one! (Pays the Witch Doctor and pours the poison into two bottles of wine)

Third Man: You know, I have been thinking…there is not enough money for all three of us. You know.

Second Man: But what can we do? The other guy is coming back soon

Third Man: Two are stronger than one! When the other guy comes back, we will wait till he sits down and then we will both stab him

Second Man: And then we will both share the money between us! All right! Agreed—but look out here he comes!!

First Man: Hey my friends, I am back. I have bought some food and drinks for us to enjoy

Second Man: Welcome! Come and sit down

Third Man: Sit down let us eat first and then count the money

First Man: Ok (sits down)

Second Man and Third Man: (grabs the First Man and stabs him with their knives)

Second Man: You see, I told you it was easy! Now you and I can share the whole money between the two of us

Third Man: Yes, greed, I was getting tired of First Man. He was always grumbling and he never had any to pay his rounds of drinks

Second Man: Let us forget him. We will bury his body in minutes. Let us have a drink first to celebrate!

Third Man and Second Man: (takes the bottles of wine and started to drink to celebrate. Few minutes later….they both dies)

That was how the Three Men found death when they least expected it

The End.  

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Love, Romance and Valentine’s Day: Are They Really Connected?

The concept of Valentine’s Day celebration is something I did not understand until I graduated from college. By the way, I am Maverick. So I don’t usually follow the societal programming. For example, I “laugh” at people during Christmas celebration. That’s not say that I don’t receive Christmas gifts. I do, but there is a reason why I said I laugh at people during Christmas celebration. I will share my reasons with you in my next post.

Back to Valentine’s Day celebration; they say that the Valentine’s Day celebration is Lover’s day. I am certainly not against people who are celebrating Valentine’s Day or Christmas celebration. But I wish people would understand some things. Not because I am single is my reason for saying this. Countless times I have heard people say that they “fell in love.” I remind you that I am also quirky. So I want to add my quirkiness. Here it goes: “I don’t want to fall in love. I would rather be in love. There is a difference between the two. Falling in love and be-in Love.

When you fall in love you also fall out of love. When you are in love you are embodying love in your being. You BE-come Love. You are loved and BE-LOVED! You Do as a loving/lovely person should/would. Then you have Love—equals to: Be. Do. Have. This can also be translated to mean: be doing what you want to have…it is just my own personal opinion and belief that is unique to me. It might not make sense to others and that’s okay too.

There is something I want to share with you about this Valentine’s Day. It is from Dr. Kristin Neff. I hope you enjoy reading through it as much as I did. You should learn something from it too. Let me also add that I really agree with Dr. Kristin Neff and thanks to her for such an insightful perspective!! I believe so much in compassion: compassion on one’s self and compassion towards others; this is the message Guan Yin has been teaching us. Think about this:

“Until compassion is spread to all of creation, humanity will never find peace.”

Albert Schweitzer

Meeting Romantic Yearnings With Compassion

Dr. Kristin Neff

Dear friends,

As Valentine’s Day approaches, romance is in the air. Stores are full of bouquets and chocolate-covered strawberries, selling us myriad ways to celebrate love.

Some people are in fulfilling romantic relationships and Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to express appreciation for one’s partner. The problem, however, is the not-so-subtle message that romance is necessary for our happiness – that we need someone else to complete us.

The truth is we don’t need to connect with a romantic partner to be whole, we need to connect with our true nature to be whole. Women especially are raised with the notion that our worth stems from finding someone to love and cherish us. We’re taught that our value is derived from the adoring eyes of another, and if we aren’t in a relationship with someone who cares about us, we must be a failure.

These deep-rooted cultural beliefs are spotlighted on Valentine’s Day, and can be painful if we don’t have a partner or if our relationship isn’t what we’d like it to be

We often yearn for that feeling of intimacy, of closeness, of oneness, and feel dissatisfied if it’s lacking. These unfulfilled yearnings, though painful, are actually invaluable guideposts.  They’re signals that we’re looking in the wrong place for happiness.

Feelings of incompleteness stem from the misperception that we are separate from life, isolated individuals removed from the whole. When we give compassion to ourselves for our unfulfilled yearnings, we become that which we seek. 

By opening our hearts to our pain and remembering this shared aspect of the human experience, we experience true intimacy with life. Happiness doesn’t depend on circumstances, it arises from connecting with the loving quality of awareness, which can hold feelings of loneliness and romance equally.

So if feelings of sadness or dissatisfaction arise for you this Valentine’s Day, try to seize them as an opportunity to see through the illusion of separation. Our real Valentine is the loving nature of our own hearts.

Warmly,

Kristin Neff

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Compassion as Epitomized by Guan Yin

Kwan Yin: Instagram

Compassion is a word that sounds so sweet in the tongue and yes it is a very beautiful virtue to have. “Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.” – Albert Schweitzer.

On my own personal journey of spiritual awakening and personal development; I have Guan Yin (also Kwan Yin) an EPITOME of Compassion. How did I discover this BEAUTIFUL and POWERFUL Goddess?

My experience and connection with Guan Yin began when I was a Jehovah’s Witness (around 2011/2012). There were two publications by the Jehovah’s Witness. One is Mankind Search for God and Keep Yourselves in God’s Love; in one of these two publications Holy Mother Mary and Guan Yin was talked about. Guan was adorned with a golden gown carrying a baby. As I was already familiar with Holy Mother Mary; I became curious about Guan Yin! I was like “Goddess of mercy? How? Why…”? But my curiosity did not stop there. I could remember using a friend’s phone when I was in college to read about Guan Yin (for the virtues of Guan Yin TRULY captured my attention!! At that time and has been endearing and enchanting to date and will always be forever!).

Kwan Yin Google images

When I finally left Jehovah’s Witness in October 2013; my quest for Truth, Light and my journey to Spirituality and spiritual awakening began. I began exploring Eastern spirituality: for some reason which I have not known yet; I am subliminally drawn to Eastern Spirituality. I have a thing for Eastern spirituality.

As my connection and relationship with Guan Yin began to blossom; I became more drawn towards compassion. With Guan Yin; I have grown more to appreciate compassion. Compassion for one’s self and compassion towards others: this is what Guan Yin is teaching us. Every since I have developed a connection with Guan Yin there have been remarkable changes in my life as I am embracing more of compassion each day and striving towards being a better human being; I affectionately refer to Guan Yin as my Mother (and I am Her child).

I am fond of playing the compassionate mantras of Guan Yin: they are SO healing, sublime, uplifting and peaceful. Suffice to say that they could leave you in joyful tears with goosebumps (as I always experience when I am playing them). Even as I am typing this article I have been playing them on repeat (Lol). These mantras keep you in mindfulness, empowered, grateful and blissful!! I am talking about the Om Mani Padme Hum and Namo Guan Shi Yin Pusa; if you have ever played these mantras you will understand my reason for loving Guan Yin and I am sure you will confirm what I have said. I have the pictures of Guan Yin in my room.

Kwan Yin atop a Dragon: Google images

About two weeks ago, I was going to the farm and mindfully singing the Namo Guan Shi Yin Pusa quietly to myself; unknowingly to me; there was trouble and danger ahead of me; but it was averted (maybe I would not have been alive to write this as it was something was about to lead to  bloodshed…).

Trust me; Guan Yin is a force to reckon with! A Goddess to be honoured and respected; She is preeminent. I follow the teachings and wisdom of Guan Yin. In truth, compassion is the pill the world need today because if we all have compassion on ourselves and towards one another there would be no wickedness, racism or trouble as there would be understanding, peace and harmony in the world!

May All Beings be free from Suffering

May All Beings receive Illumination

I will round up this article with some quotes from Guan Yin

“Sit with me in divine faith and believe in me. And I will be there. This goes for all beings…It is difficult for some to hear the voices of the Divine Spirit. This may be because some are so invested in material things. I understand. I feel a deep compassion for these human beings. Material things are a temporary relief from pain.” Kwan Yin

“Some believe I am in servitude to Buddha. However, Buddha doesn’t see it like that. We’re more like brother and sister. There is a difference. I come to people in many forms, forms constructed from people’s own perceptions of how I should come to them. And it is individual spiritual needs that create these unique perceptions. In the end, it does not matter what form I take.” –  Kwan Yin

“A life should definitely belong to the one who tries to saves it, not one who tries to take it.” -Kwan Yin

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An Unscriptural Doctrine of the Catholic Church That MUST Be Stopped!!

Pope Francis: Google Images
Pope Francis: American Magazine.org
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To be honest, I have always wanted to write about this. Frankly speaking, it was in my bucket list just that I have been busy with other stuffs. Once I read the newsheadline about Reinhard Marx speaking about it I knew it was a reminder to join force with him to also speak against this unscriptural practices and doctrine of the Catholic Church!!

The Catholic Church seems to attempt being altruistic and compassionate BUT all the same they have MISSED IT for a very long time. And it is only pertinent that they change this unscriptural practice because it is baseless, unscriptural and enslaving. What is this unscriptural practice of the Catholic Church? Celibacy; serving God should and is not required to make you a barren. In the same Bible we have been told to go into the world and multiply. If ever someone wants to serve God as a celibate that should be something that comes from the person’s willingness—just the person’s volition!! But making it a compulsory requirement is unscriptural.

We have heard and seen cases were Catholic Priests are been found in the act of fornication and abuse of children sexually (pedophile) all of which are born out of the enslavement they are in. How about the so-called Reverend Sisters; they are not left out as they are still involved all manners of sexual activities. I used to teach in a Catholic School; the so-called Reverend Sisters are NOTHING to write home about as it is very obvious that they are not virgins. Even if they claim to be emulating the footsteps of Holy Mother Mary; but their lifestyle and character is NEVER in harmony with the example of Holy Mother Mary.

There are Rev. Fathers and Catholic Priests who have children, wife and girlfriends secretly. This is not something that is supposed to done in a hidden way; but because of the religious bondage they are in, they have to play “hide-and-seek.” Let us say the truth: is that allowed? Was it supposed to be so? Even the Jesus Christ they are emulating did not put a law that one must be a celibate to follow him.  Mary gave birth to other children apart from Jesus Christ!

Sex is part of human existence. I have always said it and will keep saying it: religion is another form of colonialism and brainwashing—that is why I left religion years and I could not have made a better choice!

I also want to thank Reinhard Marx for speaking up on this unscriptural doctrine of the Catholic Church. I strongly believe that Reinhard Marx is making a ripple effect with such boldness of speaking the TRUTH! Also, I sincerely desire that other people even world leaders alongside other religious bodies, individuals and organizations should join hands to speak against THIS unscriptural practice of celibacy by the Catholic Church because it is UNSCRIPTURAL, ANATHEMA, inhuman and baseless. 

Below is what Reinhard Marx has said about this unscriptural practice of Celibacy by the Catholic Church. I consider Reinhard Marx a SAGE!!

Reinhard Marx: Punch Newspaper

German cardinal urges lifting celibacy requirement for priests

By Noah Banjo

A German Cardinal, Reinhard Marx, whose archdiocese was the subject of a recent damning report into child sex abuses, said Wednesday he was in favour of lifting the celibacy requirement for priests.

“For many priests, it would be better if they were married,” the influential archbishop of Munich and Freising told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

His comments came after a damning independent report last month found 497 victims of sexually abusive behaviour by 235 people — including 173 priests — in the Munich and Freising archdiocese between 1945 and 2019.

The report by law firm Westpfahl Spilker Wastl found that former Munich and Freising archbishop, ex-pope Benedict XVI, failed to take action to stop four priests accused of child sex abuse in Munich in the 1980s before he became pontiff.

It also accused current archbishop Marx of failing to act in two cases of suspected abuse. After the report was released, Marx said he was “shocked and ashamed” by the findings.

On Wednesday, Marx said he wondered if celibacy “should be a basic requirement for every priest”.

“I think that things, as they are, cannot continue like this,” he added.

“I always say this to young priests: living alone is not so easy.

“And if some say: without the obligation of celibacy, they will all get married! My answer is: so what! If they all marry, it would at least be a sign that things are not currently working.”

The unusually forthright comments on the subject came on the eve of a new assembly of the German synod, which is expected to move towards modernising the institution by 2023.

It is expected to look at several subjects viewed with suspicion by conservatives and the Vatican, such as allowing priests to marry and a greater role for women.

Last year Marx offered Pope Francis his resignation over the church’s “institutional and systemic failure” in its handling of child sex abuse scandals.

However, Pope Francis rejected his offer, urging the cardinal known for his reforms to stay and help shape change in the church. Four years ago a report found that at least 3,677 children had been sexually abused in the Catholic Church in Germany since 1946; but its authors, who did not have access to the church’s files, estimated that the true number was far higher.

Source: Punch News Nigeria

https://punchng.com/german-cardinal-urges-lifting-celibacy-requirement-for-priests/

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The Fish Racket

Fishes Google Images

My father always gave his share of the catch to me to guard while he went to help another group. At first, I sat there, patiently and proudly guarding the growing pile of fish. But then a group of my friends came by, laughing and playing. They called to me and I left my post to play with them for a few minutes, but always with frequent glances at my pile of fish and with one eye on the figure of my father. If anyone came too near my fish or if my father turned in my direction, I hurried back to my post. But the morning was long and hot and I was only five years old. I became tired, hungry and thirsty. Food sellers went to and fro among the fishermen, with trays of tempting cakes, fruits and sweets upon their heads. I looked longingly at the food, but I had no money to buy things with.

Then, one day, I made a discovery which was to lead me into such a tangled web of deception that I was in the end unable to extract myself from it. I discovered that the food sellers would accept fish in payment for their wares. I began by exchanging the smallest fish in my charge for an orange, or piece of sugarcane. Then with a larger fish, I bought cakes and sweets and shared them with my friends. At last, the day came, when in a reckless burst of goodwill or bid for popularity, I exchanged my whole pile of fish for food and distributed it among all the children who came crowding round me.

During the next half hour, while I waited for my father. I was in agony. At last, I saw him coming.

“Where are my fish?” He asked at once. 

“I sent them to grandmother.”

My father was content with this answer

Fishes : Google Images

He took my hand and we walked to my grandmother’s compound. Here he spoke for a few minutes with his mother and then asked her, “Where are my fish” my grandmother assumed that he was speaking about that part of the catch that was always put aside for him as a son of the house. She fetched a tray of fish and gave them to me to carry. My father assumed that the fish which I had bartered away were among those which his mother gave me. He was quite satisfied. He took my hand again and led me home. I could hardly believe my good fortune. I breathed easily again and I began to think I was rather clever.

The next Saturday, I did the same thing. I bartered away all my father’s fish. I told him that I had given them to my grandmother to be put with those which she had for us and I was not found out, I did it again the following Saturday and again and again. But my luck was too good to last….

This is a story by Francis Serlomey (The Narrow Path)

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The Hidden Persuaders

Image: Instagram (@queenmercyatang)

Personally, since my primary school, high school, college and even after college I have been wondering how come these advertisers are SO smart and manipulative! They seem to be able to control the human mind…I am still WOWED by some jingles that are been played to make us buy products and services. These advertisers have the tips and tricks to penetrate our minds and in the end we end up doing their bidding (buying their products!). That is why today I decided to talk about advertisement. I hope you enjoy reading through and learn something from it.

As a Maverick and Quirky person that I am; I do not just subscribe to whatever is been advertised. If it is not necessary for me to have I do not spend my money on it. But unfortunately, there are people who always fall prey to the tricks, manipulations and sweet-tongues of these advertisers and their advertisements. Suffice to say that some people are like puppets—hence making to wonder where they put their willpower, discipline and integrity. By puppets I mean some people just fall for anything in vogue. Is that allowed?

Well, I am of the believe that you will find this blogpost helpful, insightful, liberating, inspiring and a game-changer: ultimately setting you up for a more positive life momentum!

Are you a victim of the hidden persuaders? We are all influenced for more than we realize by professional persuaders, the men and women of advertising. Advertisers have something to sell and they use a number of ways to persuade us to buy their products. They spend millions of naira every year studying human behaviour so that they can control our choices effectively.

Certain feelings and fears are common to nearly all of us and advertisers take advantage of these emotions. For instance, most of us need security and want to be popular with others. We also want to be healthy, successful and attractive. By playing feelings like these advertisers make us believe that we need and want certain products because they will improve our lives in some ways. For example, toothpaste makers doubled tier sales in a few years by making people uncomfortable about their teeth and breath. Unless you had fresh breath and white teeth you would be a social misfit!

Another interesting example of emotional manipulation can be seen in the advertising of beauty products. An advertising executive once said that women will pay a hundred naira for skin cream but no more than ten naira for cake of soap. The reason is that soap promises to make them clean. However, cram promises to make them beautiful. The women are buying a promise. In other words, the cosmetic manufacturers are not only selling cream, but hope. Perhaps, the most obvious method of advertising is the use of sex appeal. Some adverts promise success with the opposite sex. If you buy a product, you will get the man or woman of your dreams. For example, an advert for impulse products tells us ‘impulse made me man’s favourite.’ Sex appeal is used to manipulate men as well—“Change to Ego, it will change your life,” says the man in the advert; surrounded by beautiful women.

Image: Instagram (@queenmercyatang)

In other adverts, aimed mainly at men, women are used to sell products not normally associated with them. Research has shown that the image of an attractive woman is always an effective way of advertising. She may sit on a new car or she may lie at a man’s feet stroking his new socks. Whatever she does her image sells. Women are used to as objects to attract male customers. Even colour is used to manipulate our choices.

A company did a test to see if people were influenced by a product’s packaging. Firstly, they gave a group of women three different boxes which all contained the same washing powder. Then they asked them to try out the different washing powders and decide which one was best. After they had used the products, many women stated that the one in the brilliant yellow box was too strong while the one in the blue box left their clothes dirty. The best of all, according to the most of the women was the powder in the third box which has a design of soft cololurs on it.

Next time, you buy something. Ask yourself why you choose that specific product. Are you being persuaded that you need something by the men and women of advertising?

Adapted from The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard

“Change to Ego, it will change your life,”

Do you agree with this statement above made by the man in the article talking about advert? I do not agree with him because our Ego is NOT our Amigo!!! He made that statement from a ignorance, blindness and narrow-mindedness

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Journey Through The Forest

Forest: Google Images

Hello there!! Let me entertain you with a story titled “Journey Through The Forest.” Sit back and relax as we follow Kaiga and Karanja on their journey in the forest. Enjoy!

On the morning of the journey; Kaiga was careful to note who the first person to knock on his door was. People from certain clans bring bad luck. These people are well known. If one of them knocks, you have to put off the whole journey. The first person who knocks was Wakonyo; this new girl who was taken on just the other day to wash clothes and scrub the floor. She is a girl, she is not yet married. She is bound to be a good omen…

Kaiga and Karanja were away early in the morning. People were still asleep but the milk boys were already at their job. There was a lot of dew on the grass and the cold air made the ears hard and painful. Travelers can walk fairly fast in the morning, but by noon the thigh muscles get tired. The soil on the path is hot and the sandals sink into it. Then you know it is time to take a rest. It is time to eat the bananas and drink sour milk.

Inside the Nyandarua forest, it is dark during the day and it is dark during the night. You do not know the time until you come out of the forest on the other side. The paths are very narrow. They wind themselves between huge trees, into great big gullies and out again into more trees. The ground is dark and humid. The falling leaves have formed a carpet on the ground. Sometimes, a little light filters through and this gives rise to some very weird shapes among the thick trees. You see what looks like a buffalo but it turns out to be a tree stump. You see an object moving in the distance but then you decide that it is not moving at all. But when Kaiga saw a white spots across the path, he began wondering “Karanja, do you see those white spots”? “Which one?”

“Those ones near the big podo tree?”

“Yes, now I see them. They look like black and white spots spread out across the path.”

“Do you see the head?”

“Which head? Where is it?”

“On one end of the black and white spots.”

“Yes. It is the head. It is the head of something.”

“Do you see the tail?”

“Which tail? Where is it?”

“Opposite the head.”

“Yes. Now, I see the tail. It is the tail of something.”

“Karanja, what does a head and a tail and lots of black spots in between add up to?”

“A leopard. We are finished!”

“Yes, we are. If we go into a hole, the leopard will find us there. If we run, it will run after us. If we climb a tree, it will also do the same.”

“And if we sit down.”?

“Just calm down Karanja. The most important thing with a leopard is not to sit down but to be careful not to step on its tail. We won’t sit down, we will keep going. We must go slowly past it.”

“Kaiga, you mean we must pass it on the head side?”

“Yes. That is what I mean.”

“Then you go in front.”

“No. If we change places the leopard will get frightened and jump on us. Keep going, Karanja.”

“I think we had better go back, Kaiga. That girl Wakonyo is not a girl for good luck.”

“Well, maybe.”

But you cannot blame Wakonyo for this. It is the light that is to blame. Without the light there would be no optical illusions. And this was one of them.

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Dr. Joseph Ladapo: A Patriotic and Luminary Nigerian-American Doctor!

Dr. Joseph Ladapo (right) with Governor Ron Dion DeSantis of Florida (left)

Florida’s Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo issued new guidance for COVID-19 tests on Jan. 4 in a bid to reduce the strain on the state’s testing centers.

So many people are using the centers the availability of tests is under pressure.

“We are going to scale back,” Ladapo told reporters at a press conference. “We’re coming back to something sensible.”

People have been flooding Florida testing sites, leading to long lines, he said.

Instead of restricting testing, however, Ladapo said he would place a new emphasis on “high-value” testing against those of “low-value” in order to give priority to tests that would “likely change outcomes” based on a positive or negative result.

For example, someone who is elderly with pre-existing medical conditions and is having symptoms he regards as high value.

Someone who is otherwise healthy with no pre-existing medical issues and with no symptoms is low value, he explained.

Ladapo said people need to get back to a “sense of normalcy” in society.

“We need to unwind this sort of planning and living one’s life around testing,” Ladapo said.

“It’s really time for people to be living; to make the decisions they want regarding vaccination; to enjoy the fact that many people have natural immunity; and to unwind this preoccupation with only COVID as determining the boundaries and constraints and possibilities of life.

“And we’re going to start that in Florida.”

Ladapo said Omicron is “on the rise” in Florida and cases are “vertically climbing,” but people are being “whipped into a frenzy” over it and there is no need because the variant is “much less violent” than other variants that have spawned from the COVID-19 virus.

“What you’re seeing in cases is actually just a fraction of what’s happening in the community,” he said. “For example, the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] estimates that only one in four cases of COVID are diagnosed, that may be an even bigger ratio with Omicron.”

He said that Florida has seen a rapid increase in cases and hospitalizations, but added it is not comparable to the case rise.

“A substantial share, based on the data we have from some of our hospitals of the patients in hospitals with COVID, are there in the hospital with COVID rather than for COVID.”

In other words, people who go to the hospital are there for other reasons and then test positive for COVID-19 because hospitals test everyone who comes for treatment, Ladapo said.

The surgeon general said that federal leadership had “created a monster” in public health.

“What’s happened in the country is that people have forgotten, or abandoned basic public health principles,” he said. “Instead, they have opted for things that are anti-public health.”

He said anti-public health is “taking away people’s options” and “ability to choose.”

“Anti-health tends to be mandates,” he continued. “Anti-public health is losing touch with sensibility.”

The Surgeon General’s office wants to educate and provide people with the ability to make “better decisions.”

“That’s what public health used to be,” Ladapo said. “The federal approach has been to mandate and to create division and strife and really politicize this pandemic.”

Getting back to basic principles of public health is important, he said and part of that is prevention such as weight loss, exercise, and vitamin intake.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was present at the press conference and said COVID-19 tests have turned into “a testing industrial company” and are a “cash cow” for people.

“There’s people making huge amounts of money,” he said of the COVID-19 testing companies.

DeSantis urged everyone to live their lives like they did before the pandemic.

This article was taken from The Epoch Times news platform. Here is a link to read directly from their website

https://www.theepochtimes.com/florida-surgeon-general-if-you-have-no-symptoms-please-dont-get-tested_4194832.html

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PSYCHOLOGY OF MASKING

With all the COVID and Omicron Vaccination madness and drama going on in the world; I decided to share this post with you today. I found it helpful, inspiring, eye-opening, empowering and enlightening. I got this post from my LinkedIn Connection (Ole Karlsson). It is so true and touching!!

I totally believe with what is stated below. Already ubiquitous smart phones are greatly contributing to a frightening degree of social withdrawal. Being an old-timer, I can actually remember (ancient) times, 20 or more years ago, when people waiting at bus stops actually used to interact with each other.

(Chatting, joking, etc.)

Nowadays everybody is completely riveted to their phones, absolutely ignoring those alongside them. Even though they most likely see each other every day, they continue to remain strangers!

When driving by, I can’t help but see a complete withdrawal from society! Which is resulting in younger generations who are socially inept, inarticulate, awkward with strangers, and incapable of easily conversing with people they have just met.

A huge part of human communication depends on facial gestures. Here’s a thought! Do you still find yourself smiling at somebody even though you’re wearing a mask? And then it dawns on you that they have idea that you are smiling!!!

(For all they know – you may have been scowling at them.)

Humans have 42 facial muscles, meant to help us communicate.

(ie: smiles, grins, chuckles, sneers, expressions of surprise, grimaces, pursing of lips, blowing a kiss, etc.)

You get the idea!

Masked children are growing up now – never seeing any of the above facial gestures, while being unable to express their own emotions, delights, shocks, fears, or empathy!

Ole Karlsson

Pictures of People on Masks: Google Images

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Christmas in Nigeria

Father Christmas (left). Christmas Tree (Right) Gogle Images

Every 25th December Christmas is celebrated throughout the world! To mark the birth of Jesus Christ; when I was a Jehovah’s Witness we were told not to celebrate Christmas because it was not written in the Bible and Jesus Christ did not celebrate his birthday. There have been many speculations as to the exact date of Christ’s birth; whether Christmas is a Pagan holiday festival or not there is something I find ridiculous about Christmas: that is the mentality that says “Christmas is a season to show love.” I laugh at this statement. Here is what Mother Theresa said which I agree with: “Love is a fruit in all seasons and it is within the reach of every hands.”

Waiting for December 25 before you show love and kindness to your fellow human being is a very silly, lope-sided mentality and attitude! What happened to other months of the year? When Jesus Christ said to “love your neighbours as yourselves” did he say that we should show that love ONLY on December 25?

During Christmas period there is this kind of joy and celebration in the air that is very visible in every body and places. Playing of Christmas songs, Father Christmas (Santa Claus), giving of gifts, buying new clothes, food etc. people want to look special and beautiful on Christmas day (LoL). The way Christmas is celebrated vary from country to country. I learnt that in some countries (especially in non Christian countries) Christmas are not recognized as an holiday period.

Father Christmas (Santa Claus: Google images)

In Nigeria, during Christmas period things are exceptionally costly!! People even get to the extent of borrowing money to fulfill their needs. For example, I know of someone who bought Christmas clothes for his children on credit just because he wanted his children to be happy on Christmas day. And what was the result of the debt? He was disgraced as he could not pay up as he promised. This is just one among the numerous ugly cases we hear about during Christmas season in Nigeria. There are cases where a husband and wife will fight because of Christmas celebrations; just because the man did not have money to meet up with the needs of the Christmas. For me, I do not attach any special thing to Christmas. I just believe that showing love and compassion does not have a fixed date!

They say that some people used to have high blood pressure during Christmas in Nigeria because of the pressure they mount on themselves to meet up. We have heard of a situation whereby a wife stabbed the husband to death because he could not give her money for Christmas—to mention but a few! It makes me to start asking: if Jesus Christ was still with us here on earth would he want people to be buying things in exorbitant prices all in the name of celebrating his birthday? Should we be having altercations and negative dramas all because of Christmas?

Maybe it is known in other countries of the world; in Nigeria there is a belief that is well known. The belief is that during Christmas period witches and wizards are always on the lookout for human bloods and dead bodies hence the high rate of accident happens in the December period or at least once we enter the months that ends with “ember.” As a child, I have always heard this statement even till now that I have become an adult! They say the accidents that happen during the December period are caused by evil ones. But I am not surprised to hear such because if you ask me I would ask you back by saying: how far can you see? What do we know? There are lots of things going in the atmosphere that we cannot see things going on in the intangible realm.

To wrap up this blogpost, I have a Christmas story I want to share with you; I read it on Facebook. I found it very funny and I trust you would enjoy reading through it.

X-Mas Humour!!!

Three West Indian men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.

‘In honour of this holy season’ Saint Peter said, ‘You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.’

The Trini fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. ‘is ah candle’, he said.

‘You may pass through the pearly gates’ Saint Peter said.

The Bajan reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, ‘Dems bells, ma’an.’

Saint Peter said ‘You may pass through the pearly gates’.

The Jamaican started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women’s panties.

St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, ‘And just what do those symbolize?’

The Jamaican replied, ‘Dem is Carols.’!!!

Copied!

I would love to hear your story on how you celebrated your Christmas holiday and feel free to share with me in the comment below how you celebrate Christmas in your country.

Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year!

Kingsley

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Who Are Earth Angels, Healers, Lightworkers and Starseeds?

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Elementals: Facebook pic

If you have experienced spiritual awakening or is experiencing spiritual awakening; you will come across such terms as the one that makes up the title of this blogpost. And of a TRUTH; there are people who are Healers, Earth Angels, Lightworkers and Starseeds. Everyone is on a mission in this planet earth. Some people are working for the ascension of humanity into a higher dimension; while others are doing contrary.

For me personally, I have been blessed to come across Healers and Earth Angels who have TRULY and are still TRULY contributing to my growth, success and development. Indeed, there are people who are emissaries of Light.

Image: Facebook Pic

Thanks in part to Steve Anhael Nobel; whom I got this information from in his book titled Starseeds. The book is so profound I thought to share from it; as I have always wanted to write about this topic. Then the Universe led me to come across it. Steve’s book (Starseed) has been and is actually an integral part of me being able to write this post.

So, without further ado, below you are going to find out who Earth Angels, Healers, Lightworkers and Starseeds are.

1. Lightworkers and Healers: These are the people interested in ascension and enlightenment practises such as connecting with the HS, angels and guides. They are into channelling, awakening the lightbody, DNA activation and connecting with the Planetary Grids and the Cosmic Christ. They are interested in various forms of energy healing such as Angelic Reiki and they can be found hanging out around most spiritual meetup groups and busy centres of spiritual learning.

Source: Steve Anhael Nobel

2. Earthworkers and Bodyworkers: These groups are into sacred sites, leylines, permaculture and earth healing in a big way. They are often into communities and living offgrid. You can find many at the various summer festivals letting their hair down with drumming, dancing and various creative pursuits. You may find these travelling around different communities checking out how others are living closer to the land. Another subgroup are into working magically with nature spirits and elementals. In this group are those working with the body bodyworkers, dancers and martial artists.

3. System Busters: These are the ones that go into a system to eventually break ranks and reveal some of the hidden ways of that system. This is a challenging role since many get prosecuted and even imprisoned. Yet this is a very effective

way to bring about meaningful change especially with the huge impact of the internet and social media. A few examples of Starseed whilstleblowers are: Julian Assange (Wikileaks), Edward Snowden (NSA) and Corey Goode (US Military Secret Space Program).

4. Technical Innovators: There are many Starseeds coming in now whose focus is scientific advancement and technical innovation. An example of a Starseed who had this focus is Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs was a visionary and a creative genuis and he left behind a legacy that changed the computer, music, film and wireless industries. There are many more souls of his calibre incarnating now and further along the 5D timeline. As we move further along this higher frequency timeline there will be an acceleration of our ability to access higher forms of technology. This will effect the way we live on earth forever. Starseeds have already shifted areas such as communications and many are interested in developing free energy technology. Already we are living in a global Village where we can all connect if we have access to the internet. There is much work that needs to be done to clean up the planet. As we go further into 5D we will find ways to bring our need for technological development together with building a safe and sustainable planet.

5. Dark Arts Practitioners: This is a rather specialised group and its main purpose is to neutralise and redeem the ‘dark’ forces on the planet. The dark is comprised of those souls who have volunteered to play for the side hindering and blocking spiritual awakening.

6. Soul Awakeners: There have been many who have come here to awaken us from our slumber of 3D living. Many great spiritual teachers such as The Buddha and The Christ were Starseeds of a very high vibration. Starseeds in this group include artists and musicians. Advance guard members of this group include the composer Motzart and the painter Chagall. More contemporary Starseeds include musicians David Bowie, John Lennon, George Harrison and Bob Marley who have opened many up of us to a new way of living and loving. Many soul awakeners are parents of Starseeds who are guiding these new souls as they grow in light and wisdom. There are many spiritual teachers on the planet now who are here to wake up Starseeds to their true multidimensional potential.

Source: Steve Anhael Nobel

This work only begins once the Starseed has awoken and integrated the high frequencies of this process in their energy fields. This is not a mission that can be rushed.

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Detachment is POWER

Buddha: Instagram pictures

Have you ever set an intention to manifest something and then you begin to feel the need to have it manifest quicker and faster into your reality or getting worried about how your set goals will be manifested? I think everyone is guilty of that (including me! LoL). In my own personal journey of manifesting, spiritual awakening and personal development; I have grown to learn that when you get attached to something; you get yourself entangled in a vortex of defeat. But I did not get the understanding easily just like that. I made mistakes and saw for myself that attachment is a negative energy. “Desperation, neediness and attachment are repellant energies.” So said Jeannette Maw (the Good Vibe Coach)

Now let us see the difference between attachment and detachment. When I first read the Buddha talk about attachment as the root of suffering; I was like “what is this one talking about.” At that time I have not understand the meaning of what Buddha said about attachment; later on when I understood what the Buddha was saying about attachment I came to appreciate Buddha well. My love for Buddha soared!! Suffice to say that I fell in love with the Buddha! And to seal and show that love; I made a frame of Buddha in a picture and hang it on the wall in my room—with the statement about attachment.

Johnny Manuel: Google images

Whether you believe it or not; detachment is power. I have been in those two spaces and I know which better (detachment) is. When you embrace detachment; you are handing over everything to the Universe—with faith. But when get attached to something/person etc you create suffering and stagnation for yourself because you give your power away: as you will be living in fear, anxiety, desperation and worry. Attachment is really feudal! Because you will be resisting the Universe—and that leads to self-sabotage! I used to be a person who is TOO attached to things but I have outgrown that reality because attachment worsens situation. I have learnt my lessons though. It was not a smooth outgrowing. That is not to say I do not flop on it; but not like I was before.

“The root of suffering is attachment.” Buddha

Further Explanation on Attachment

Attachment makes you to try to control and know how everything will unfold. This is like fighting a losing battle. You NEVER win! Fear, powerlessness, anxiety, desperation and neediness are the hallmarks of attachment (equals to suffering). Your DUTY is to trust and not to know how everything will unfold; believing that everything will work out fine. To quote the eloquent words of Tania Kotsos: “When you make a request to the Universe, it is not your responsibility to know how your dream will manifest. Trying to know how is telling the Universe that you know better.” Unfortunately, you CANNOT know better than the All-Knowing Universe.

When Debbianne DeRose (aka Woo-Woo Debbi) told me to handle everything with LEVITY; I did not quite understand it. But I came to realize that it was TRUE! Levity is the best way to go about things because like Doris Day said “Que Sera Sera.” Think about it, you CANNOT trade or compare the mental stress, restlessness, anxiety, sickness, depression, sorrow etc that comes with attachment to the peace of mind, joy, good health, happiness, freedom and bliss that comes with detachment.

It takes some level of spiritual muscles and higher consciousness to master detachment. It is easier said done right? Anyway, I encourage you to chill out and TRUST that the Universe is “taking care” of everything for YOU! And also remember this wise words form Sarah Prout: “Manifestation unfolds in PERFECT Divine Timing. Everything is in God’s clock.”

To conclude this article, I thought I would leave you with these two quotes to ponder on.

“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

You’ve got this!

Kingsley

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Europe sent Nigeria up to 1 million near-expired doses of covid-19 vaccine

By Annalisa Merelli

Published December 10, 2021

As many as 1 million doses of AstraZeneca’s covid-19 vaccine reportedly expired before they could be used in Nigeria, a country of more than 200 million where less than 2% of the population is fully vaccinated.

According to Reuters, the doses were sent from Europe through Covax, a program to distribute covid-19 vaccines donated by rich countries to poor ones. But Nigeria didn’t have enough time to distribute the supply before much of it expired—in some cases, within four to six weeks, versus the AstraZeneca vaccine’s typical shelf life of six months—and much of the donation went to waste.

Vaccine waste routinely occurs in large immunization campaigns, and rich countries such as the US, UK, and Canada have been especially cavalier in letting millions of doses expire and destroying them, even as the rest of the world was short on supplies. But what happened in Nigeria is a different issue: Not only is the number of wasted doses very large, but they arrived relatively close to their expiration date, in a county not yet equipped to ensure rapid distribution, offering yet another indicator of the severity and complexity of vaccine inequality.

Vaccine waste is on Europe, not Nigeria

The blunder in Nigeria isn’t the first. In November, despite needing vaccine doses, Namibia warned it would be forced to destroy doses because their remaining shelf life wasn’t long enough to allow for distribution. South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Malawi similarly had to destroy or return doses of vaccines donated by wealthy countries because they didn’t receive them in time to distribute them before expiration.

In November, Nigeria was able to distribute 800,000 doses that were close to their expiration date, thanks to a plan that has ramped up vaccine facilities, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

One year after the global vaccination campaign started, rich countries continue to hoard vaccines, pretty much limiting their global redistribution efforts to leftover doses arriving too late for their usefulness to be fully maximized.

Former UK prime minister Gordon Brown warned in late September that 100 million surplus doses of covid-19 vaccines would go to waste in rich countries by December and urged those nations to donate them instead. Even a timely response back then would have likely left receiving countries with only a few weeks to administer the doses.

Ad-hoc vaccine donation is ineffective

In a statement from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), on behalf of Covax, which it leads with the WHO, the organization nonetheless praised Nigeria’s success in delivering large numbers of doses in a short period of time, pointing at an important issue that limits the ability of poor nations to deliver what they receive: the lack of a vaccine supply stream that is predictable and reliable.

Although more doses of vaccines have been sent to poor countries (chiefly African) in recent weeks, the donations continue to be piecemeal and ad-hoc, with doses often received close to expiration dates, according to GAVI.

The lack of a steady stream of supply is one more challenge in countries already grappling with a lack of refrigerators or reliable electricity to store the vaccine in remote locations, a lack of health workers to administer the shots, a shortage of syringes needed to deliver the life-saving medicine into arms, and the need to conduct other large immunization campaigns alongside the one for covid-19.

So alongside other measures (such as sharing patents), wealthy countries need to get more consistent with how much they’re sending and how often, and making sure their donations have enough shelf life left to get distributed.

Responsibility is on vaccine manufacturers, too. “We’ve seen manufacturers [that] delayed their shipments to Covax while we know that they’re supplying other buyers, countries,” WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said at a recent press conference.

As the emergence of omicron has shown, until better immunity is reached globally, the whole world continues to be under threat from new variants. We need wealthy countries and drugmakers to stop treating poor countries as repositories for soon-to-expire leftovers, so that we have a chance to have some actual control over the pandemic.

Now, reading such information can make one become resentful. But I am not. Who do you blame? The foolish and gullible Nigerian government.

This information is gotten from: https://qz.com/africa/2100629/europe-donated-near-expired-doses-of-vaccine-to-african-countries/?utm_source=YPL&fbclid=IwAR1bm6zTchI3l7MiFAF9M27enZrs5FAqOMZ0L1iTNt6J6pSDHR_jatRWprc

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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!!

Image: Courtesy of Alex Martin Bee

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!

Eye: Google Images

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.

Photo Credits: Money pictures: Google images; other pictures: Facebook

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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!

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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!!

Twitter Logo: Google Images

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
Map of Nigeria: Pinterest

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.

Photo Credits: All pictures were sourced through Google Images.

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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

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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. T