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Transcending Survival: Are You Really the Strong Person You Believe?

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“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell”

Buddha

We live by the motto, “What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger”. But contrary to popular belief, just because you survived something, doesn’t necessarily make you strong. You aren’t stronger if what didn’t kill you made you bitter, resentful, jealous, spiteful, and angry. Are you really a strong woman if you make it through every day, but you do so wearing a mask, riddled with sickness, excess weight, a wounded womb and nonexistent smile? Did the nonkilling truly make you stronger?

We have placed such value on being strong, but we have made the grave mistake of equating strength with a mere survival from day to day, despite how haggard and unhealthy that survival looks. It is time we redefine what true survival and strength looks like. Being strong doesn’t mean suffering day in and day out after a survival. Being strong doesn’t mean dragging yourself through life with a deep and unending sadness in your heart. We all have war stories. Each of us has experienced inexplicable sorrows and undeserving traumas. And we have survived them. Because we are here. But that is not enough.

I don’t want to know what you have managed to survived. I want to know what you have transcended and what levels of self-mastery you have attained. I want to hear about the resulting triumph. I don’t want to know that you made it through. I want to know where you’ve gone and who you’ve become after you’ve made it through. Are you stuck in the in-between space of what you’ve gone through and where you can go next? Have you made a forever home in the survival stage of your journey, constantly attending to your wounds? Are you content with just knowing you survived what should have killed you, or are you ready to transcend and triumph over what should have killed you, master yourself and experience radical self-love and a peace no devil can destroy?  These are tough questions to ask yourself. It’s a very hurting thing to take a look at where you are and admit that not only don’t you belong there, but it is only because of you that you remain right where you are. It is easy to convince ourselves that we are ok. That it could be worse. But nothing is worse than not loving who you are or where you are. Nothing is worse than denying yourself the experience of discovering your greatest truth and knowing true happiness.

We have to start somewhere, and I have the perfect place to begin. My e-book, The Black Girl’s Guide to Radical Self-Love is available for download and will provide a perfect blueprint to find your true strength and transcend survival to experience triumph. Click here to download today.

Kathleen is the Owner of Melanin Rich Wellness, an African Holistic Health based company dedicated to optimizing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the Black community. Kathleen holds several certifications in the fields of Holistic Nutrition, Womb wellness and Yoga. She is an Intermittent Fasting Guru and Self-Healing strategist. She relies on the wisdom and strength of the healers and warriors she lovingly calls ancestors. To learn more about Melanin Rich Wellness and Kathleen click here.

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I Do Not Consent: My Three Reasons for Not Getting the COVID “Vaccine”

“Only the strong go crazy, the weak just go along”

Assata Shakur

At 14 years old, I became a staunch critical and independent thinker. In 8th grade my Black social studies teacher taught us Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. In 9th grade, I took an American History class and learned that wasn’t how it went down. Abraham Lincoln did not free the slaves. In fact he didn’t give a damn whether slavery existed or not, his only goal was to preserve the Union. I went home absolutely livid. How dare this Black teacher teach her Black students lies about so-called white saviors. I told my dad that I would never let anyone teach me anything about our people and history ever again and I would learn everything on my own. He fully supported me and gave me the book 100 Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof by JA Rogers and that was where it all began. I learned to rely solely on my own research and intuitive promptings. I learned to never take anything anyone tells me at face value without first asking the most important question. Where is this information coming from? I’ve been at this for 23 years and COVID was not going to make me stop being and doing what has always been my MO. Here are my three reasons for not consenting to the “vaccine”

  1. White Ain’t Right

And that is my all-encompassing, number one reason for not getting the vaccine. I don’t trust or support anything that comes from white society. Especially the US Healthcare System. SERIOUSLY. There is nearly 500 years of hard core, proven evidence that Black people cannot trust in or believe anything white society says, does or promote. Just a few examples of the inhumanity of white society:

The transatlantic slave trade

The dehumanization, subjugation, and oppression of Chattel slavery

The terror of the KKK and lynching

Jim Crow

Devil’s Punchbowl

Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

And the list goes on and on. Finally, don’t offer me a free “vaccine” while I’m still waiting for my 40 acres and my mule.

2. Genetic Experimentation

This “vaccine” is not a vaccine in the traditional sense that we know it to be. They are not injecting you with a weakened or inactive virus. They are injecting people with mRNA. RNA informs your cells what to do (carries genetic information). This RNA supposedly instructs your body to create a spike protein to trigger an immune response. This is a genetic treatment. One’s DNA has been altered, perhaps permanently. This type of genetic treatment is the first of its kind. It has not been approved.  It has been authorized for emergency use. They did it with plants beginning in 1994 with GMO crops (genetically modified organisms) which they still don’t know the full impact of on the human body. For example, GMO corn is linked to the drastic increase in gastrointestinal diseases. Prior to the introduction of GMO crops, there was no such disease known as diverticulitis. It will be years before we know the full impact of the COVID 19 genetic treatment. I love my melanin too much to allow it to be altered. Feel free to research the following:

Gene drive technology and research

Monsanto and the link between GMO crops and the “vaccine”

Vaccine shedding (even genes can shed)

Genetic experimentation

The gene drive files

3. The Body Can Heal Itself

I was never worried about getting COVID because if I did, I knew I would be ok. The body is designed to self-heal, self-regulate, and regenerate. I trust in my body’s ability to heal more than I do the US healthcare system. I trust my body to fend off foreign invaders if contact is made. Given the right conditions, the body will heal itself. I haven’t been intermittent fasting over the past 3 years for over 20,000 hours, drinking water, getting as much sunlight as I can, getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night, training in the gym, walking/running, stretching, and doing yoga, and juicing to all of a sudden go get a shot. No! I nourish my melanin, ensure my immune system is fortified and take care of my body so that it can and will take care of me.

I don’t watch the news, ever. I am not fearful. I don’t follow the masses. I am careful not to follow the crowd. I ask questions. I research. I read. I listen to my intuition. I follow the guidance of my ancestors. I rely on my melanin. I rely on the inherent truth of my greatness as the descendant of the enslaved superhuman here on American soil. And I do not consent to your vaccine.

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Harpo, Who Dis Woman…Discovering Your Purpose and Greatest Truth

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“But the question that will most help you live your purpose is not what have I come here to do? But rather who have I come here to be”

Unknown

If you are wondering who you are or why you are here, I have a little bit of advice to offer you. This is from my own personal experience. You see, I’ve been through some things and seen some things. But most importantly I have transcended some things. Most people merely survive. They survive their childhood traumas, their pain, disappointments, rejections, and sickness. But only a few are able to transcend survival to experience personal transformation and mastery. This is definitely another topic for another day, but I have shared this to provide the proper context that you definitely want to pick up what I’m putting down. I know who I am and what I am here to do. All I had to do was ask myself two questions and listen for the answers. The two questions are:

If you didn’t have to get up and go to work every day…If you had no familial or societal obligations… If you didn’t have to worry about money…what would you spend your time doing?

Imagine the best version of yourself. What does it feel like to be him or her?

Asking these two questions will allow you to discover your purpose in life. You will unearth your greatest and highest truth. But I must warn you, the asking is the easy part. Listening for the answers have proven to be more difficult. It requires that you take an honest assessment of your current habits, beliefs, and mindset. It requires an intentional silencing of outside noise. It demands that some beliefs you’ve held all your life are discarded. It forces some people out of your life. It often times means preparation for some stormy weather.  

There are many joys in life, but nothing compares to knowing the truth of who you are at the soul level and being able to live in and walk in that truth daily. Asking two simple questions and bracing yourself to receive the answers will be well worth it.

Kathleen is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, Vaginal Steam Practitioner, Yin Yoga Instructor and Death & Mourning Doula. She is an Intermittent Fasting Guru and Radical Self-Healing Specialist dedicated to optimizing the physical and spiritual health of the Black community using African Holistic Health, Black Radicalism and Intermittent Fasting.