Reflections of a FAMILY . . . 2012
We were at the hospital yesterday. One of our beloved elders had a massive stroke and was currently in a coma. Of course, there was tears shed and red eyes from a lack of sleep, but there was also laughter, joy and family. We were together building and bonding with each other. Giving strength to those that were waning. We came out in waves, building on the beauty of the life that our beloved elder shared with the world. Conversations with those family and friends that past on to the other side started to take place. The conversation was one straight forward and direct, we were requesting that they do not persuade her to come to the other side. That she was still needed on this one. Not yet. She still had a story to tell. It wasn't a plea, there was no begging through prayer. We picked up the "bat phone" and made that call to the other side.
Now while all this was going on, another family was in the hospital. A young African American male was shot in the head and was in critical condition. The family wailing and the young people plotting revenge. The dynamic of the group was overwhelming. It was a feeling of flight or fight and they were deciding to fight. No one seemed to have the time or the energy to send the young man in the hospital the healing energy he needed to recover. hum....
It's a common story with a common ending. How can we change the dynamic from the outside? We can't. WE have to change it from the inside. The question is how. Through the NuUrban Movement that helps parents establish a Rites of Passage within the home that utilizes the entire community.
Peace and Blessings, that is what people expect when we see each other. If they don't hear a "Peace and Blessings" they start asking questions. It's funny how life can take you to where you began. That's what happened over here. We'll get to that a little later. So Mama Raminyah is a glorious misunderstanding to all those uninitiated souls. She's not without her challenges of course. It's just that the common motto is "God lives IN me AS me."