Written for Black People (Moors and indigenous folk too) who know that we are at war…
- Stop Talking: During times of trauma, continuously speaking about negative events keeps us in a low vibration. It becomes difficult for us to think clearly and strategically; which is needed during times of war. It is also important to be quiet and pay attention to your surroundings. If something fishy is going on around you, you will not know if you are too busy talking and trying to debate everyone.
- Exercise: To be a solider at war and at peace, you must be in shape. This is something that I am reminded of while participating in long tiring protests in New York City, that usually have protesters marching across the entire borough of Manhattan. Just think, if you had to out-run a dog, defend your family against an attacker, or crawl into a tight space to hide from a gunman could you do it to save your life?
- Fast: How long can you go without food. If this country continues down this path of destruction, martial law will be implemented. What if you could not go to the grocery store when you ran out of food? Developing your discipline now is important to prepare yourself for times of distress. Fasting is not limited to food. How long can you go without your phone, checking Facebook, smoking a cigarette or getting your hair done? What ever your vice is, I challenge you to take a break from it for at least a week, so that your spirit can be released from its tight grip. Even if you return to the behavior, you at least know that if you can do it once, then you can do it again.
- Have a Food Supply: Once again Marshal Law is a very real possibility. If you have not started building your personal food reserve, you need to do so immediately. I often imagine what would have happened in Ferguson and Baltimore, during the riots, had our brothers and sisters had at least a 3-week food supply. The government would have probably dropped a bomb on those communities because food and water would have kept them healthy, alert and ready to keep fighting.
- Limit Your Time on Social Media: If you are not conducting business on social media you honestly have no business being on there all day, every day. These sites are making revenue based on the number of users actively using the site. During times of crisis, social media turns into a cesspool of negative thoughts that are detrimental to our mental wellness and physical health. It’s okay to step back and work on yourself. Don’t worry; it will still be there tomorrow.
- Stop Worrying About What Other Black People Are or Are Not Doing: You are the most important person in your life. If you are not alive and healthy then you will not be around to “save” any of the heathens that you preach about. Be an example by actually doing what you think is best. Worrying about any person other than yourself is a lowkey way of making other people responsible for your happiness; don’t give anyone that power. If you believe that Black people need to come together and create a plan, then what you should do is come together with other Black people and create that plan, and if you are already doing that, congratulations. Be happy with those in your circle and focus on what you have accomplished. If you are not doing that, stop talking and get to work.
- Forgive ALL Black People: We don’t have time to hate each other. I’m sorry we just don’t. An enemy of my enemy, usually an officer of the state, makes you, my beautiful Black Brother and Sister, my dearest friend. Do yourself a favor and create a list of all the people who have done you wrong, including yourself. Go down the list one by one and forgive them. Be sure to say it out loud, it’s more powerful that way. Be sure to include yourself, because the most harm that is done to us on a daily basis tends to come from within, that’s how Willie Lynch works. When you love yourself and the people who look like you, it won’t be hard to identify who the real enemy is.
- Expand Your Hustle: If your income is solely based on a job, you are less powerful in the movement than a person on unemployment. If your employer turns out to be a white supremacist and clearly despises your passion for Black Lives, how ready are you to leave that job if you have no other forms of income? We have always been the ultimate hustlers in America. Whatever it is that you do for your job, become an expert consultant on the side. If you have a hobby that you are passionate about, learn better ways to enhance your craft so that you can put a price tag on it. The more streams of income you can generate the more powerful you will become in fighting against white supremacy. You will also be able to give more to the community when the time comes that we really must depend on each other solely.
- Save Your Money: everyday that you go out to dinner instead of cooking at home, you are giving up your right to control your empire. Money is a resource that should be kept within your fortress. Every time that you spend your cash or credit on a non-essential item, that is not helping you become a better, more educated person, you are empowering other communities while depleting your own supply. Money can be used to negotiate with powerful people, but if you don’t have money, even a little bit; you are as good as dead.
- Raise Your Vibration: Energy is neither created nor destroyed it is simply transferred. Your frequency determines your thoughts and emotions, and how you perceive the world in front of you. While some people are panicking, a person tapped into a higher frequency is usually calm and can see the bigger picture, allowing them to play chess and not checkers. The following are a few ways to raise your vibrations: Eating a raw food diet (the closer to raw vegan the better, just do what you can until you get there), mediating, reading inspirational books, being in nature, exercising, dancing to an African drum beat, laughing and being around people who you genuinely love.
I made this list because social media has become too toxic for me to participate in or even eavesdrop. I see people who I love dearly, giving their energy to useless debates that are actually counterproductive to the revolution that they would like to see. I love you all dearly and I have decided to use my energy to create art and develop deeper connections with the Black people in my life. Anything or anyone that could potentially lower my vibration will be politely ignored. Black on Black Love, All Day Every Day!