AFRICAN METAPHYSICAL PRINCIPLES
A Fishnet is an analogy for the “Wholistic” Cosmic Organism because every part of every string is in harmony and balance with itself and with all other strings. If any given string is microscopically as small as it can be, one will get to the string’s Essence–what it was when brought into being. Each such string, like all the others, consists of an unchanging sameness because of being composed of Spiritual Elements arising out of the Mind of God. In comparing humans’ strings, environmental strings (e.g. trees), and animal strings they have nearly the same “genetic” elements and physical make-up. For example, humans’ separation from animals is by only a 3% or less difference in genetic materials. Thus, Principles (unchanging realities) are Essences, being composed of first formed pieces of the Spiritual Elements and thus having Certainty because each cannot be broken down any further. Fundamental to understanding the Ancient African Bible is that their Metaphorical Language of both mythology and metaphysics is not denotative of actual worlds or gods but rather connote levels and entities within the person touched by them. To make them “facts” is “Concept Violence.” The “Seed” Essence of every Real thing is the “Life-Force”–also called: Ra (Kamitic); Chi (Chinese); Ki (Japanese); and Kundalini (Dravidians of India). Early African Sages said it was revealed to them that the metaphorical Waters, the Ocean of Nun, is the primordial Life-Force substance underlying all things in the Cosmos.
In the cosmology of the Dagara (Africa) the story of Creation began in “The Other World” where Beings who came out of its waters evolved into higher-dimensional spheres. Those waters were of a primal nature that spilled into the present Cosmos at the beginning of its creation. Primordial indicates the Ocean of Nun (out of which Creation began) was formless, pure, and the very life sustaining essence of Creation. In other words, the Nun represented the Image of Prime Matter–i.e. containing all solid body essences before they acquired form/rigidity–being potential possibilities. Upon appearing as objects their metaphorical expression is known as the Four Elements–Ra (fire), Shu (air-space), Tefnut (water), Geb (earth). From these four Archetypes (“Seed”) or Icon Symbols spring Essences (Principles) and Elements of everything produced throughout the Cosmos. They, in turn, express themselves in succeeding levels of denseness. From those elements evolved the gods, humans, and the world as we know it. These Metaphors are not to be confused with Reality, whose Elements are “bottom-line” top Essences (also incapable of being broken down any further). They are incorporated into today’s Physical Sciences. Yet , their Principles are the same–i.e. having in common dynamic Spiritual Elements. To illustrate, the first is that Water unresistingly accepts the lowest level and settles into the lowest places rather than seeking the highest levels. Second, water demonstrates that it gets its way by yielding–avoiding confrontation by going around whatever gets in its way, taking the path of least resistance, and, in the process, wearing down everything of resistence in its path while wearing away the hardest substance. Third, flowing water always penetrates crevices, slows to fill deep places, and is persistent in continuing to flow onward. Fourth, water maintains integrity by holding to its true nature and by following the natural forces in the Cosmos. Fifth, water has great flexibility, as seen in its liguid, gas, solid, cold, and moist states.
Ancient Africans used these Water Principles by incorporating them into their mythological stories of Creation; by fashioning their philosophical daily living concepts of Nonaggression; and by transferring them (c10,000 BC) into their martial arts (e.g. yield to and flow with the force of the attack). A root or fundamental Ma’at Principle for living a personal, community, and spiritual life of wholeness was (and remains) to do all one can to benefit the well-being of others, of Nature, and of oneself. Its flip side is to do all one can to not harm the well-being of others, of Nature, or of oneself. Other ways these principles apply to today’s world involves realizing how Water also demonstrates principles contained in the African Sankofa concept of “returning to the source” of Ancient African Values so as to get ones Selfhood ordered in stability and strength before launching out to “take on the world.” These Principles–known by observation, research, experimentation, and verification–are used as fundamentals to learn and teach Knowledge–Certainty. jabaileymd.com
Joseph A. Bailey II, MD, FACS
To create, maintain, and enhance HARMONY