Hurt and negativity are everywhere. I realize that there have been many cases recently highlighted in which young black children were killed by their nonblack neighbors. I also understand that its more common for people to speak negative about oppression, rather than infuse love so that it can drive out that darkness exist in the minds and hearts of many. Well, I choose light. The last couple of days, I've seen so many memes about the injustices done towards the deaths of young black youth and even convictions of Black lawbreakers versus Whites. As someone with a background in Sociology and Social Work, my world was consumed by knowledge, awareness, and work towards eradicating isms: colorism, classism, racism, etc. Yet as I entered a more progressive spiritual journey, I truly do believe in the power of energy, thoughts, and the law of attraction. My sense of consciousness, and the gifts I can share with the world to impact have evolved. I'm more of a Ghandi, as opposed to a Malcolm X. I would not say that I completely ignore these isms, but I do not dwell in them. I am aware of major stories because I see them on my timeline and look them up, but I don't watch the news. Every once and a while I check headlines on the internet. Some say that I'm choosing to be oblivious, but I disagree. I am selective of what I voluntarily open my awareness to. Everything that we take in, affects our thoughts, which affects our beliefs, and thus our behaviors and lives.
Instead of fighting systems, I've chose to impact people. People are the ones that carry out, affect, abide, or cause revolutions against the systems. Inequalities, discrimination, and injustices are existent; I am very present to that. Fighting dark with dark, does nothing. Only light can drive out darkness. People act out of fear, hate, and discrimination because they do not know what love looks like. There are lots of minds that have been heavily impacted by negative images and prejudices of others, therefore creating a never ending cycle of bad judgments, and worse consequences for others lives...but there is a fine line between sharing stories for global awareness versus doing it to demonize the "oppressing group." It's more powerful to post about positivity, love, joy, harmony, and even the act of truly working on bettering one's self. If people focus on love, and making themselves better people, they will be able to live from a place of love, and these injustices will naturally begin to fade away.
My charge to you is to send love and light as you may hear unfortunate reports. Comment from a place of love. Those who hurt lack love, and possibly mental stability; speak for their healing. Speak to the impact that the stories will make. Speak to the lives touched by those affected.
Written by: Tiffany
It is no mystery that we are inundated with thousands, even millions of images daily from tv to magazines, and more so than ever, social media. Social media has changed our world forever. We literally are connected globally, and we see even more the impact of major trends in US culture. With hashtags, memes,and videos, its easy to see whats going in pop culture, sports, music, fashion, etc. As special as this advantage is, I feel that it impacts a generation to focus on duplication rather than uniqueness. When there are nearly 7 billion people in the world, why do the majority of the 3 billion Gen-Yers want to be similar? (Of course this is a rough estimate...and I'm referring to those in major societies with access to technologies). When I get on ig and explore hashtags related to women I see "brows", "beat faces," "nail art", "ducklips", repunzel-like weaves, makeup and makeup and makeup, and consistent midriff bearing outfits. Now of course, these are just images. I don't know what the souls and spirits of these individuals are like but with such priorities being on physical appearance, it just makes me think about the women who I see who don't fit these trends. Why are they deciding to shine uniquely and freely? I'm not sure, I don't have an answer but I do have an opinion.
Femininity comes in all forms, and everyone is free to express their love and beauty in the way they see fit, Yet, I feel there is a "common look", vernacular, and code of conduct for Gen-Y women nowadays. It'd be different, if these perfectly adorned "baddies" were entrepreneurs, professors, doctors, pilots, artists, etc. posting about museums, travelling, politics, history, changing the world! ...of course some of those titles do exists, and maybe these topics might be covered in their timeline but I'm speaking of the masses. Individuality is underrated. Uniqueness is ignored. Everyone has a unique purpose; has a special spirit; is intended to think on its own path. Its ok to love to be adorned, but understand your purpose goes past following the current trend. To change the world, it requires searching your soul, not the makeup counter. To connect with who you are, and let that shine. At the end, ride in your lane because it was designed just for YOU! others may watch your journey, duplicate you, and then be inspired to ride their own lane!
Written By: Tiffany
Is your word your bond? Are your words your servants? Mine are. I speak things into existence as though they were.
Did you know that you are a Spirit, you live in a body and you possess a soul?
I used to be impulsive. Eating whatever I wanted. Saying whatever I wanted and even worse, wallowing in my emotions for however long I wanted. These endeavors and activities proved to be fruitless overtime.
Your soul is made up of your mind, will and emotions. If you are not careful, your soul will take you into stagnant waters and soon you will find that you have no winds to cast you anywhere that you want to go. The mind, will and emotions are very strong and childlike. Your spirit however, is mature and eternal.
Have you ever wondered why it’s so easy to walk away from plans and do what you want in the moment? That is your soul right there. Wanting, yearning and demanding your attention to take the path of least resistance. The soul is like a child. The Spirit, is mature, it does not override the Soul, it moves via permission. Like God, who will knock until you answer. If you train your mind, quiet it down and focus on the truth, you will have accomplished what is referred to as a "sound mind." A sound mind is rational. For example, you say, "I want to lose weight" or even better you make your goal specific. "I am going to release 30lbs in 4 months." You've made your meal and exercise plan. You purchased healthy foods. You are ready! Suddenly, at work, everyone is having a birthday and bringing decadent treats around. What do you decide? Let's say, you decide to have a slice of cake, and you half-heartedly follow your plan. You say things like "One piece won't hurt, I've done great all day, I deserve this." Is that rational to your goals? No it is not. That, is not a sound mind. A sound mind, would say "I would love to have a piece of that cake, but I am choosing to stick to my plans because I have a goal of 30lbs and a window of 4 months, I have no time to waste." Quiet the mind, and you will grow (change). Train your mind to become more aware, not of self (soul), but of truth (spirit). Be truth-aware. The mind, if it believes the emotions, can cause your will to go against what Spirit truly wants. A healthy mind will produce healthy behaviors.
How to communicate to your Soul
There are a few “gates” you may have heard “the eyes are the windows to the soul.” The eyes, or what you watch sends messages to your mind, also what you hear, and also what you speak! Whatever you see, hear and say is going to become your soul’s “genetic” makeup. For example, if you watch twerking, hear songs about twerking and talk about twerking, guess what you will want to do? TWERK! Now, that you know how powerful you are (which is that you can manifest things into existence) you must know that you cannot serve two thoughts at the same time. The word of God says you cannot serve God and mammon, you will love one and hate the other. Serve one thought and stick to it. If you want to change something, say, develop discipline. Then, watch shows about discipline, listen to podcasts about discipline and talk about how disciplined you are. The change will not always be overnight, it happens over time. Sometimes you will find yourself battling certain thoughts, but even if you spend 51% of the time thinking about the change you WANT you’ve won.
1. Make a simple goal that you can follow perhaps make a vow that you will workout for 30 minutes
2. Prepare one day in the week that you will commit to this and do it (not 29 minutes, 30!)
3. Acknowledge that you have kept your word and say “My words are my servants, I shall have what I say.”
4. Ante up the goal and repeat.
5. Create affirmations: In the event that old recordings come to thought, replace it with an affirmation, repeat these day and night.
6. Use youtube, podcasts, books and songs that are congruent to who you are.
In time the child/soul will become obedient to what the Soul desires because you practice what you preach.
I am a woman of my word. My words are my servants. I have what I say.
Soon your words will be so obedient to you that you won’t have to make an effort. You will speak to things as though they were and they shall come to pass quickly.
You do not have to teach yourself how to be impulsive. But rather, you train yourself to be disciplined. Train your mind, quiet your mind. This message is not to beat you up. Know that you will want to do what you feel like doing. But you can speed up your process by flooding your gates (eyes, ears, mouth) with the change. You will have your same memories, you will have some old recordings but your affirmations that are connected to your Spirit will continue to grow.
Your actions will go in the direction of your dominant thought. Your natural impulsive thoughts can become overrided. That is the part you can control. Later in this posting I will go into how you can do this.
Seed..time and harvest. It takes time. You cannot cram all of this new information and think that you will change.
You are transformed by the renewing of your mind.
What Can You DO? Think of the Gates: Eye, Ears, and Mouth.
Eye Window: Vision board, watching youtube videos, reading books, reading your own affirmations
Ear Window: podcasts, songs, youtube videos, hearing your own affirmations
Mouth Window: Speaking your own affirmations to yourself. Talking about your change with other people.
The eyes are windows to the soul, what you see picks up messages and has direct access to your soul (mind will and emotions) and when these messages reside in the soul, your actions follow accordingly. What are other windows, or message receivers? What you hear and what you speak.
Are you moving? Time is Money
I believe just about everyone in America has heard the old adage “time is money.” What is money? It is a currency, or a current it flows. If you are not careful with where you place your time your precious money can go anywhere.
Written by: Cassandra Nathan
About: Cassandra, accepting the authority over her life is now rewriting her song.
I am blessed to be surrounded with so many passionate people in my life! Empowerment can be expressed through any lifestyle or creative venue. I reached out to a good friend of mine to ask her about what empowerment means to her! The greatest result of the conversation was her sharing with me her new song, "Live in Love & Love out Loud." Check out her beautiful thoughts below!
Tiffany: How would you describe yourself in relation to Empowerment?
Tyra: I’ve never been the one to not stand up for injustice of any sort; whether its on a large scale or a small scale. Many times I feel as though we as people don’t have any outlets to express ourselves-not as the person the media tells us to be but as the person we truly are deep down inside. Everyone has his or her own struggle and/or obstacle that they have to overcome but often times it’s hard when you live in a society that pretends our individual issues don’t exist. So then how can one feel empowered to overcome their obstacles? This is where Tyralucia comes into play!” Her music is Empowerment!!!
Tiffany: What is your passion?
Tyra: I absolutely love performing. Whether I am on stage acting or singing, dancing or playing an instrument, I get to just BE. I get to be everything that I was created to be. I get to use every piece of my being with no fear, no hate, no confusion, no negativity…nothing of the sort. I just AM when I am performing. There is no other high like it. I love watching others discover who they are when they are on stage performing. It is an absolute marvel to see others living in their true light and living at their full potential.
TiffaNY: Could you share your the lyrics of your new song?
TYRA: LIVE IN LOVE & LOVE OUT LOUD!
Cuz time didn't waist on you
You were left behind
Trying to unwind
That turned your heart from red to blue
Nervous systems down
Panic all around
So then ya tried to make a
Run for it baby
Just to find out you killed your
Self on a daily
Turn away hate and pride
Just open up inside
And face that girl in the mirror
And tell her just too
LIVE IN LOVE
AND LOVE OUT LOUD YEAH
LIVE IN LOVE
AND LOVE OUT LOUD YEAH
The clock's letting up for you
You've got one more shot
Giver it all you've got
They're all looking up
Keep your head held high
Never let em see you cry
Can't turn back time with all you've been given
Just free your mind
Cuz life's worth living
Turn away hate and pride
Just open up inside
And face that girl in the mirror
And tell her just too
Tiffany: What action step would you give readers to live their best lives?
Tyra: There is always a thought at the root of your feeling. If you want to change your feelings, you must change your thoughts." - Toure' Roberts
Write down the top 3 areas of your life that you wish to change. Next to each item, write down the various thoughts that you have about them. If the thought is negative, write down a positive change that you will make to reach your goal in changing that area of your life. DO NOT WRITE THE WORD TRY ANYWHERE ON YOUR PAPER. IT IS A DEAD WORD. Now, post the paper in a place where you will see if every morning, when you wake up! NOW, MAKE YOUR DREAMS A REALITY! READY, SET, GO!!!
Tyra "TyraLucia" Dennis
Check Out Tyra' Music and follow her next moves!!!
iWrite (stories), iSing (in 7 languages), iRead (books), iLove (life), iCompose (music), iFear (not), iWent (from Underland to Wonderland) there for iAm Lucia!"