HUMANITY IN AFRICAN TRADITION
In African Tradition, “Humanity” is at the top of the Metaphorical Cosmic Ladder. But at the bottom is Europeans’ definition of “Human” (person)–a C14 English contraction of “Man” + “Hummus” (black fertile soil attributed to God making humans from clay)–implying ones Lower (animalistic) Self operates out of animal instincts and lower level mind thinking. By their very nature, Lower Self faculties are incapable of leading humans into their Highest (divinity) Selves. Human (or Humane) was originally used in referring to ‘earthly beings’ so as to distinguish them from immortal gods. Today, identifying with the human aspect of ones Selfhood equates to being about emotionality and sensuality. To say: “I am only human” is an excuse to remain in the status quo and that is the basis of being inhumane. In African Tradition, the Amenta (named for the one Universal High God Amen) is a “Heavenly Black”–which gave rise to a Black Dot (Divine Archetype) which, in turn, is the “Seed” out of which all Humanity–i.e. all God’s creatures and creations–derive. African Sages said the Black Dot is the hidden doorway to the Collective Unconscious (whereby all things possess a memory of their collective ancestors)–to the human’s Soul–and to the advanced laws and rhythms spanning the Cosmos which feeds every dimension of time and space. Blackness, they added, is the universal solvent of all–the one reality from which life’s loom spins–and that all colors (as vibratory energies) are but shades of black (King, African Origin p13). By the Black Dot Seed of Humanity being most obviously manifested in them as Black People was a reason Ancient Africans were so prideful in calling themselves “Black.” Hence, our Ancient African Ancestors had a preoccupation with the sacred and that education, as exemplified by the Ntru (divine principles) of Tehuti and Ma’at, was a process of igniting the divinity of Humanity within them.
The essence of these principles are that out of God’s Mind flowed the Spiritual Elements in the form of the Ocean of Nun–the Darkness–the Shadow–the Hidden Doorway of life–the Primeval Ocean of Chaos–the Cosmic Womb. Inside this Ocean of Nun are all “Virtual” (a boundless ‘Becoming Being’) Cosmic Organism creatures and creations–symbolized by resting inside a cup at the bottom of a bowl of water. The water in that bowl represents the Spiritual Elements–i.e. Unconditional Love, Truth, Reality, and the Natural. Inside that cup the Cosmic Organism entities lack any form, are inactive, and interrelated because they lack boundaries, and share the same Spiritual Elements. All off-spring emerging out of the cup remain Spiritually interrelated, no matter how remote in time or space (called the Law of Sympathy)–each staying in communication by means of Instincts with all the others who allow this to happen. Because the Cosmic Organism is orchestrated by the Cosmic (or God) Mind, each entity has a drop of God’s boundless Intelligence. For these reasons, African Sages used their inferred laws of the Cosmic Organism to serve as the basis for setting up the daily living aspects of African Tradition. Included in these laws is that Humanity is a universal, unifying force touching all aspects of existence–a universal Spiritual Energy comprising the “essence” (what a thing is when it comes into Being) of all that exists. Its four main principles are Harmony, interconnectedness, authenticity, and balance.
Since all contents within Humanity, and on any plane of Cosmic existence, are made out of the Spiritual Elements which, in turn, give birth to the Ether (pre-matter) making up Spiritual Energy, the Ether bases its functions on Divine Laws. Therefore, flowing out of Spiritual Energy is rightly arranged and combined Spiritual Elements in such packaged forms as Justice, Righteousness, Truth, Order, Rightness, Straight-forwardness, Conscientiousness, Beauty, Perfection, Integrity, Goodness, Practical Reality, Harmony, and Balance. In African Tradition, Spirituality is each human’s own means of discovering the practices for understanding and achieving the Spiritual Elements. Though each person uses a different spoke to arrive at that hub of the Wheel, their direction and purpose is the same for daily functioning within the context of the Community. Interconnectedness within and between the individual, family, group, and community are all integral parts of the “Larger-than-life” interdependent Humanity, with all striving for “Me/Us” harmony. jabaileymd.co