Soundtrack: Eric B. & Rakim – “Paid In Full”

In the Semitic languages (Arabic, Aramaic, Hebrew, etc.) the root words from which other words are formed don’t have vowels. There is a particular root word S-L-M (Shin Lamedh Mem) that is the basis of some of the most popular words in the Semitic languages. The word translates to mean “whole, safe, and intact”. Derived from this are meanings of “to be secure, at peace, pacified, submitted”. Some of the words that come from this root are salaam, Islam, shalom, Jerusalem, Solomon, and Muslim.

When I was 15 years old I joined the religion of Islam. Like most people I was told that the word Islam means “submission to the will of God.” Later on when my spiritual preference shifted from religious Islam to the Five Percenters (Nation of Gods and Earths) I was given an alternative way of looking at the word. It took a whole lot longer than it should have for me to finally learn what the word Islam actually means, from its root, in the language that it comes from. When I learned what the root word means it shifted things for me. I’m still experiencing that shift even as I type these words.

The vast majority of people are not their “whole” selves. We live fragmented lives, only allowing ourselves to experience or appreciate parts of who we are. Other parts of self we either ignore, seek to “conquer”, or demonize. Some of us don’t like our ego. Some of us don’t like our flesh. Some of us don’t like our sexuality. Most of us don’t know that we are actually the whole Universe. We limit ourselves by our denial. When you experience your WHOLE self then you realize that you are HOLY. When you separate from parts of yourself then you become the opposite of holy.

Speaking of Islam…In the Lessons that are revered and studied by members of the Nation of Islam and the Nation of Gods and Earths, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad recorded his answer to two particular questions in this way:

Q: To make devil, what must you do first?

A: To make devil, one must begin grafting from the original.

Q: What is devil?

A: A grafted man which is made weak and wicked. Or, any grafted, live germ from the original is devil.

There is so much meaning contained in these few words. I have to keep coming back to this “you are the Universe” thing. The Universe began as an infinitesimally small, infinitely hot, infinitely dense, dot of stuff. After its initial appearance, it apparently inflated (the “Big Bang”), expanded and cooled, going from very, very small and very, very hot, to the size and temperature of our current universe. It continues to expand and cool to this day and we are inside of it: incredible creatures living on a unique planet, circling a beautiful star clustered together with several hundred billion other stars in a galaxy soaring through the cosmos, all of which is inside of an expanding universe that began as an infinitesimal singularity which appeared out of nowhere. This huge place that we live in is still really the same as that Black dot that existed in the very beginning before the Big Bang. We’re all inside of the dot. Our real body is the dot. We are One with everything else inside the dot, which is everything. There is no real separation between you and the star that is 93 million miles away. The multitude of things that we see all around us every day is a beautiful illusion. There is only one Thing, the Universe.

When the Honorable Elijah Muhammad used the word “grafting”, he meant it in the sense of “separating”. At another point in the Lessons he explains this. It is beyond the scope of this writing to explain why he used the word “grafting” to describe this process. The relevant point here is that Elijah is stating that the root of becoming less than “God” or “Holy” is separating from “the original”. The ultimate “original” is the beginning of all things, the oneness of the Universe. Buying into the illusion of separation is what starts one down the path of being made weak and wicked.

Mystics from many different religious backgrounds describe a similar phenomenon that they aim for in their meditation. One of my favorite philosophers, John Hick, describes his mystical experience in this way:

“I have once, but so far only once, experienced what was to me a startling breakthrough into a new form or level of consciousness. I was in that second stage … and when eventually I opened my eyes the world was quite different in two ways. Whereas normally I am here, and the environment is there, separate from me, there was now no such distinction; and more importantly, the total universe of which I was part was friendly, benign, good, so that there could not possibly be anything to fear or worry about. It was a state of profound delight in being. This only lasted a short time, probably not more than two minutes.”

Christian Gnostics, Sufi Muslims, Jewish kabbalists, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. etc. all describe fleeting moments during meditation in which they experienced the Oneness of everything. They rose above the illusion of separation, and they were forever changed. We aren’t required to spend years in meditation and seclusion in order to accept the reality of Oneness. It’s a scientific fact that we can benefit from accepting as truth. However, there is also benefit in accepting the whole person that we see in the mirror.

We are blessed to have these wonderful human bodies with which to experience our universal self. Our five senses and our sixth sense are the perfect means with which to take in the beauty of life. Most of us do ourselves a great disservice by not fully using these senses and the sensuality that they allow us to feel. We literally don’t take the time to smell the roses. We don’t take the time to fully taste our food. We drive past the sunrise and the sunset and the trees and the mountains and the ocean as if they aren’t spectacularly amazing to behold. We avoid touching one another as if human touch isn’t the most wonderful feeling imaginable. And we’re not sensitive enough to be able to feel the things that we can’t see with our eyes but are definitely there waiting for us to acknowledge them. We don’t breathe fully. We don’t take the time to appreciate the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide that we can’t go more than two minutes without if we want to stay in this physical existence. And we don’t know that our thinking, personality, and life experience can be drastically altered by just changing the way we breathe.

We go through this metamorphosis when we get to be double digits in age that causes our bodies to change and our thoughts to focus on brand new topics. When we really get into the swing of puberty we are walking balls of horniness. Any little thing can set us off and have our minds completely focused on sex. We discover how good it feels to be sexually stimulated and we want to experience that feeling all of the time. Then at some point, for most of us, someone convinces us that it is “wrong” for us to feel this way, even though we didn’t choose to have those feelings. We didn’t voluntarily turn on the switch that starts puberty. But we are told that we have to find a way to put a dam on this tidal wave of sexual energy that has flooded our being. I am suggesting that pleasure and sexual excitement are the natural state of the human being. We experience this heightened sexual awareness partly because of the surge of testosterone or estrogen that our body starts to produce. When we convince ourselves to stop having all of these sexual feelings and thoughts, the hormones don’t go away. They’re still there; we just learn how to ignore them. Those feelings should never go away as long as we have these hormones in production. We have to actually traumatize ourselves on an energetic level in order to stop this force of nature. And that trauma negatively impacts us in ways that most of us never comprehend. We limit our creativity. We make ourselves susceptible to diseases and cancer of the reproductive system. We fracture our relationships with our lovers, friends, and family. Religion teaches us that sex is evil, but it is actually the denial of our sexual energy that restricts us from experiencing the Holy.

It would benefit us to remove the separation. What are some practical things that we can do about this?

1)      Get back to Nature. The English language has a problem in that it gives the impression that Nature is one thing and human beings are another. The truth is that we are a part of Nature and Nature is a part of us. It is important for us to actually feel the world around us. Most of us never actually feel the sun on our skin, besides are face and hands. The sun is the source of all life in our solar system and we have a very distant relationship with it. We need to bathe in the sun’s rays with our entire nude body every day, just like taking a shower.

We need to reconnect with the Earth by walking on her every day without the hindrance of shoes. Your feet should touch grass and dirt every day. The Earth is the source of our life, the Sun is our fuel. We need them.

We need to become reacquainted with where food comes from. The vast majority of people in today’s world have no idea how their dinner got from where it originally came from, to their dinner plate. Most people have never seen a seed and actually put it into the ground. We don’t know what food is.

And hug a tree. Touch a tree. Do something to show appreciation for the fact that the oxygen we breathe comes from plants. We can’t live without them. It is the height of stupidity to chop down forests and jungles to make paper and furniture. Having a table is of no use if you can’t breathe.

2)      Get back to human beings. We don’t touch each other enough. We have these silly cultural norms about “personal space” and we think that other people are bad so we have to protect ourselves by not allowing people to touch us without passing an initiation process first. From lowering blood pressure and heart rate to increasing immune function and relieving pain, getting touched or doing some touching makes you healthier – not to mention happier and less anxious.

Anyone who’s ever gotten a massage knows that it helps you unwind. And that relaxed state allows your body to regroup and recharge leading to a more robust immune system. Cortisol, the stress hormone, suppresses the immune response. Anything that increases the relaxation response triggers the restoration of your immune system. The act of hugging someone floods our bodies with oxytocin, a “bonding hormone” that makes people feel secure and trusting toward each other, lowering cortisol levels. Even a hug from someone who is just a casual acquaintance has a tremendous impact on your body. We should be hugging someone at least ten times a day.

Holding hands with someone (anyone) has been proven to reduce activity in the parts of the brain that govern stress and anxiety. It is much easier to stay calm when holding someone’s hand.

And making love, total body skin-to-skin stroking, plus orgasm, floods us with oxytocin and endorphins that do wondrous things for our emotional well-being. Regular sex can even prevent us from getting sick as often. People who had sex once or twice a week had 30 percent more infection-fighting immunoglobulin A (IgA) in their saliva than those who didn’t do the deed as often, according to a study done at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. And solo sex counts too. At least one study links masturbation with lower risk of depression. Even cuddling up with a pet can improve immune function and ease pain.

3)      Get back to Self. We all have different things about ourselves that we don’t like. We negatively judge ourselves for not living up to the standard that someone else gave us. We should stop that. Many of us don’t realize what it is about ourselves that we don’t like because we’re too busy in the daily rat-race to ever get silent enough to hear what we tell ourselves about ourselves. It is totally appropriate to strive for excellence and be trying to better yourself every day. But that quest is misguided if it doesn’t first start with loving who you are. There is a big difference between looking yourself in the mirror and saying “I am absolutely in love with myself and I want the best for myself because I deserve it” or “I don’t feel good enough and I would love myself if I was able to change A, B, and C”. It is difficult to speak about this topic in a general way because we all have very unique issues. One thing that we can all benefit from though is realizing that you are unique for a good reason. There is only supposed to be one person on earth who is just like you. So you don’t need to change to be more like someone else. Being the best possible version of you is the best gift you could give to yourself and to the rest of the world.

Being your whole, holy self is the goal of life.



Soundtrack: Raekwon – “Heaven and Hell”

“[A]ll achievement, no matter what may be its nature, or its purpose, must begin with an intense, BURNING DESIRE for something definite.”

Napoleon Hill

In a previous edition of COMPLETE CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGE, I said “The Tree of Life is a diagram of the process through which God creates the world, humanity, and humanity’s sojourn in the world… as we go further down the spheres in the Tree of Life we discover that in fact, our minds attract our material experience. The energy broadcast coming from the Mind attracts things from the Matter side to us that match the frequency of the thoughts coming from the Mind. So we create everything that we experience”

I want to dig deeper into that using the Kemetic Tree of Life as a framework. Sphere 6 in the Tree is represented by the deity Heru (Horus). Heru refers to the part of human beings that we generally think of as our Will and our desires. Sphere 7 of the Tree represents the part of us that governs joy and the imagination. She is known as Het-Heru (House of Heru) in the Kemetic tradition. It is a congregative faculty, meaning that, among other things, it is concerned with putting things together for beautiful or pleasing artistic effect. Sphere 8 of the Tree of Life represents the part of us that governs logic and the intellect. The corresponding deity was known in Kemet as Sebek. Where Het-Heru at Sphere 7 is congregative, Sebek at Sphere 8 is segregative. Where Het-Heru puts things together in beautiful, harmonious arrangements, Sebek takes things apart and puts them in logical order or relationship. He takes thoughts and orders them into words, one syllable at a time. He governs syllogistic logic, and all manner of information. Sphere 9 on the Tree represents the part of us with which we most identify, it is our personality. The deity corresponding to Sphere 9 is Auset. Above personality, she is what I call our “energy broadcast”. Our energy broadcast is what people “feel” when they come around us; it is our personal vibration. It is a pattern of energy organization that is determined by our beliefs (Sebek), our imagination (Het-Heru), and our will (Heru). That energy attracts our material reality into existence. Sphere 10 is known as Geb and it refers to our flesh and blood body, and it extends to the “stuff” that we have in life (home, cars, etc.)

When Napoleon Hill wrote the above quote in his classic book Think and Grow Rich in the late 1930’s he followed those words with these:


“Through some strange and powerful principle of ‘mental chemistry’ which she has never divulged, Nature wraps up in the impulse of STRONG DESIRE ‘that something’ which recognizes no such word as impossible, and accepts no such reality as failure.”


            With the findings in quantum physics in recent years, that “mental chemistry” isn’t so strange anymore. It is indeed powerful though. Quantum physics is the study of how the very small world, one we cannot see with our eyes, operates. Newtonian physics, dealing with gravity and things like that, gives us the laws for how things work in the world that we can see. On the quantum level, dealing with things smaller than an atom, there are a completely different set of rules. We live in both of these worlds, the seen and the unseen, at the same time. But most of us don’t understand the world of the unseen and the laws that govern it.

In the seen world, no two things can occupy the same space at the same time. But in the unseen world, one thing can exist in an infinite number of places at the same time. In the unseen world, time and space do not exist. Both of these worlds are very real halves of the one Universe. The Universe is all one “thing”. There is only one thing in existence. Everything that we think we can see and give a name to is just configurations of energy within the one Universe, like ripples or waves of water in the ocean. We live in a big soup of Energy. Our brains are able to transmit and receive energy. In fact, we are transmitting and receiving every second of our lives, whether we realize it or not.

Our thoughts are like magnets. When we hold a thought in our minds, it creates a quantum wave function (qwiff, for short) that goes out into the Universe, penetrates and permeates all space and time, and brings to us everything that’s a vibrational match for the thought we’re holding. This is the science behind what is referred to as the Law of Attraction. I want to stress how very real this is.

Scientists used to think that our brains functioned like computers, the regular kind that we use like desktops or laptops. Very simply put, computers use algorithms to solve specific problems and perform specific functions. Although they function very quickly (hopefully), computers cannot solve more than one problem or perform more than one specific function at a time. Science has recently shown that the human brain is more like a quantum computer. We don’t process things in a sequential, or step-by-step, manner. As human beings, we function in both the seen world and the unseen world. We are part Mind and part Matter; our Minds function on the quantum side and our Matter (bodies) functions on the mechanical side. Using the Law of Attraction is about learning how to use our quantum brains to produce the material reality that we choose to experience. Again, our thoughts go out into the quantum universe as waves, or qwiffs, and they cohere (stick) to other waves of energy that match the quality of the thought. If a thought is held in the mind long enough then it will attract and stick to enough waves of energy on the quantum level to produce a new experience in our lives on the material level.  

             This is the primary reason why rich people generally stay rich and poor people generally stay poor. If you grow up thinking of yourself as the kind of person who has material wealth then that thought will attract material wealth to you. The opposite is also true. It is very difficult for a person who has never experienced material wealth to convince their subconscious mind to accept the belief that “I am the kind of person who is supposed to be wealthy”. More often than not, poor people have a constant chatter in their subconscious minds that reinforces how much money they don’t have and never will have. The Tree of Life illustrates the way to break that cycle and attract a new way of life.

            In order to affect any kind of change in your life, you first have to WANT it, you have to desire it. This is the function of our Heru faculty, developing our desires. For the sake of illustration we’ll use the example that a person desires to have a million dollars. After developing that desire, it must be placed into its resting place, Het-Heru (the imagination), where it can be gestated like a baby in the womb. The imagination feeds the desire and makes it powerful enough to go out into the Universe and bring back its matching reality. The thing that the imagination feeds the desire with is emotion. It is emotion that increases the attracting power of the thought. And it works whether the emotion is positive or negative.

            If you hold the desire for a million dollars in your imagination and you feed it with the feeling of “I don’t have a million dollars. I’ll never have a million dollars. I don’t deserve a million dollars. I’m not the kind of person who gets a million dollars. I still want it though…” then you will increase the magnetism of the desire but when it goes out into the Universe it will REPEL your million dollars. It will do everything possible to make sure that a million dollars does not come into your life. However, if you feed the desire for a million dollars with the feeling of “I love my million dollars. It feels sooo good to have a million dollars. It is already mine. It is already on its way to me. I am the kind of person who gets millions of dollars…” then that thought will go out into the Universe charged to attract a million dollars at dizzying speeds.

            Because the brain is a quantum computer, it is capable of doing more than one thing at a time. That is why most people who believe that they desire to become rich never actually get there. Because their desire for wealth is being fed sometimes by good feelings about wealth but then there are other/most times when the desire is being fed by feelings of self-doubt and pity. So they’re attracting and repelling the million dollars at the same time. We see this all the time. The person might attract a wonderful money making opportunity that goes great at first and then it fizzles out all of a sudden. They might actually win the lottery, and then blow all of the money before they even get a chance to enjoy it. They might get the job they’ve been dreaming about for years and then get laid off a few months later. This is how these confused desires manifest into our lives. One of the key components to successfully use the Law of Attraction is to diligently monitor our thoughts and be constantly, incessantly feeding our minds with messages that reinforce our desire. It also requires removing yourself from naysayers and negative people who seek to kill your dreams.

            After feeding your desire from Heru with your imagination/Het-Heru then you must use your Sebek faculty to come up with a plan of how to achieve the million dollars. However, this doesn’t have to be an MBA level business plan. All that is required is actually DOING whatever it is that brings you JOY, while holding and feeding the desire for a million dollars with positive feelings. Whether you find joy in painting, fixing cars, running track, practicing medicine, whatever it is, you have to find a way to do it and not just dream about doing it. If you properly feed your desire for a million dollars while following your passion then your heart will figure out the details of the plan for you. The things that continue to make you feel good will be exactly the things that you need to do to get the million dollars. The reason this is so is because there are other laws at work in manifesting success besides just the Law of Attraction. I don’t have space to delve into that right now but I will at a later time.

            The thing that separates Doers from Dreamers is belief in self. As stated earlier, beliefs are part of what Sebek deals with. There are plenty of people who dream of being professional singers. It seems like every other show on TV these days is a competition for people who want to sing and they go through thousands of aspirants every year in order to find the cast for their shows. The people who go beyond dreaming about singing and actually do it are those who truly believe in their heart of hearts that they are supposed to be singers. They don’t entertain any doubts about whether they’re good enough or if they should just pursue a “real job”. Their firm belief in who they are automatically translates into a plan of action. They see the flyer for the open mic and they don’t just notice it, they go and they do well. They don’t just listen to other singers for the beauty of the songs; they study successful singers as templates of how to achieve the dream. The belief produces a plan.

            The cumulative effect of desire fed by the imagination and strengthened by belief is a personality (energy broadcast) that matches the desire. When people encounter you following your passion, you stand out. There’s “something” about you. They recognize that you are the kind of person who is SUPPOSED to be making millions of dollars for doing this thing, whatever your thing is. That energy broadcast forces people to believe in you and start to support and feed your desire with their time and energy and money. They can’t just let you fix their car and then go on about their way. They feel compelled to introduce you to their rich associate who wants to start a business restoring classic cars. They can’t just pay you the standard $10 for painting their picture at the fair. They feel compelled to introduce you to their associate who chooses artists to exhibit at the art gallery. Your energy reaches out and touches them in a way that makes them want you to have a million dollars just like you want it.

            Walking through life with this energy broadcast produced by the desire and belief that you should receive a million dollars for pursuing your passion will soon manifest itself in the form of a million dollars. And the wonderful part about it is that you can do this even if you’ve never heard of the Law of Attraction. This is the process that every successful person who ever lived has used to attain their success, no matter how they stumbled upon the formula. And it is never too late to start using it. As long as you have a brain then you can use the power of thought to manifest your desires, no matter what it is. The Universe doesn’t recognize the impossible. The laws of quantum physics are laws that work all the time, every time, just like gravity and inertia. If you hold a thought in the imagination and feed it with the right emotions and beliefs then that thought absolutely must go out into the Universe and bring back to you the material reality that matches your thought. Try it, you’ll like it.







Soundtrack: Jay-Z “Pray”

      This is difficult to explain to a lot of people. Most people raised in a culture influenced by one of the Abrahamic, monotheistic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) grew up thinking of God as a Divine Father. Their God is a very emotional Spirit who is jealous of you spending time with other Gods, gets very upset if you violate His rules, and has a special dislike for people having sex outside of the sanctioned system. This blog isn’t about that kind of a God. We advocate a worldview in which the All-Knowing, All-Powerful, and Ever-Present Infinite Intelligence has no preferences. In this worldview, “The All” simply wants to experience His/Her/Itself, and doesn’t have a preconceived agenda about what that experience will be. This means that “good” doesn’t always prevail; the end of the story hasn’t been written yet; and the destruction of humanity and a zombie apocalypse is just as real of a possibility as anything else.

      The Kemetic Tree of Life describes the basic nature of God by the deity called Amen. Amen is the essential state of God or of existence before creation, an undifferentiated Potential – the primordial mist.

In the beginning

There was neither existence nor non-existence,

All this world was unmanifest energy…


The One breathed, without breath, by Its own power

Nothing else was there…

–          Hymn of Creation, The Rig Veda


Quantum Physics gives us the same concept as the Kemetic and Indian Vedic systems of thought. Physicists have spent hundreds of years searching for the basic building block of life, the thing that everything else is made of. At one point they thought that the smallest thing in existence was the atom. Then they discovered that there were even smaller things inside the atom, which led to the realization that things seem to get infinitely smaller and smaller the more we increase our ability to observe subatomic particles. Instead of being able to pinpoint the building blocks of life as microscopic “things” that are easy to understand and predict; scientists have found that at the base of everything is “waves of possibilities”, also described as “vibrating energy packets.” These energy packets exist as an infinite set of possibilities until something acts upon it to make it coalesce into a single observable phenomenon. This means that there is no predetermined agenda as I said before. Literally, anything is possible.

So now, returning to the Tree of Life – sphere 0 in the Tree is Amen, the undifferentiated Potential of existence. But Sphere 2 of the Tree is Tehuti, the Divine Will of God. How does the God who has no preferences end up having a Will?  

We choose the life that we are born into. By that I mean that the eternal part of us, our Souls, make a determined decision about what life circumstance we want to be born into, before we are born, while we are in the ancestral realm. For some people, that is elementary common sense. For other people, that is revolutionary and/or blasphemous. It is a scientific fact that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it only changes form. We, as human beings, are made up of energy. So there is some part of us that cannot be destroyed, it is eternal. That part of us decides what its purpose in life will be, what two parents should produce that life so that it has the best chance of fulfilling that purpose, what kind of body to be born into to facilitate that purpose, and what the perfect time and place is to be born that will make the baby the kind of person who can ultimately fulfill that purpose.

That purpose in life is encoded in our DNA along with the blueprint for our bodies. Just as that DNA attracts the needed material to produce our bodies in the womb of our mothers, the attractive power of our life intention/purpose attracts people, situations, and resources to us throughout life that give us the best chance possible of discovering our purpose and fulfilling that purpose. We are born on a particular path. We are born with a unique talent and a unique way of expressing it. There is something that you can do, in the unique way that you do it, better than anyone else in the whole world. When you’re doing that one thing, or more than one thing in many cases, you lose track of time. No matter how long you do it, it doesn’t feel like work. You would do that thing for the rest of your life, and do it quite well, whether you ever receive a dime for that thing or not. That is your purpose in life. That is what you came into this life to do. And when you do that thing in a way that responds to a unique need that exists in the world, then people will pay you for it and they will pay you abundantly. That is the way to achieve unlimited wealth, abundance, and happiness in life; doing what you were born to do in a way that performs a needed service in the world.     

 So anyway (lol), that intention/purpose that we are born into the world with has attractive power. It attracts people, situations, and resources to us that we will need throughout life. It organizes our personal universe in a way that is conducive to us fulfilling our purpose. It causes Life to respond to us according to a particular pattern. When we fall into the groove of that pattern then things seem to work out miraculously in our favor. We are said to have good luck; because we are approaching life in harmony with our purpose and in harmony with the way that we have caused the Universe to respond to us by our intention. This is the source of Divine Will. The Universe has no preferences other than the ones we create with our intention. Intention organizes its own fulfillment.

Divine Will is different for every person because every person is here to do something different. What is “right” and “wrong” for you might not necessarily be the same for another person. “Right” and “wrong” is relative to what your goals are, or what your purpose is. When those who are in touch with the Oracle do a reading for us and tell us about our life path, they are telling us about the intention that we set before we were born. And they are able to tell us the things we should and shouldn’t do in life because our intention sets up a pattern in the Universe that we can get in harmony with. This is what Tehuti, the deity who expresses the Will of God, is all about. Tehuti is a personification of the part of us that contains the answer to our life purpose.

There is no God up in the sky who decides for us what our fate in life is. We create our lives with the choices we make, before we are conceived and throughout our physical existence. The Universe responds to those choices by moving in a way that will create the fulfillment of our intentions. If we intend something but then we do things that are not compatible with that intention then we are going against the Divine Will and we will meet with frustration and disappointment. If we conduct our lives in a way that is consistent with our intention/purpose then we will meet with success and abundance.