Jah loves you and he He wants 5 Basic things from you.
To live his way of life – Jah Way of Life is called “Rastafari.” It was called “The Nazarite Vow,” in biblical times” To live as Rasta is easy. Read my books. Rasta Way of life, Life as a Rasta Woman to learn more. Basically you will eat “clean foods” lock your hair, and treat people with The same respect you desire. Fair enough, right?
To be loving towards your brother – Love your neighbour and other nation people as if they are your brother and sisters. They are your siblings under the name of Jah Rastafari. This is one of the 10 Commandments. “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
To Keep his Sabbath – This is the part most people fail to understand. The Sabbath is a Day just for Jah. One should Honour it and keep it holy. Jah will reward you I promise. You will only know this after you do it consistently. EVERY time after I keep the Sabbath, something good happens in my life, without fail. In my book on Rasta meditation, I talk about the forgotten “spiritual side” of Rastafari.
To not worship, nor keep any “other Gods” – Jah does not like when his children believe in other Gods, or keep other beliefs, or have idols in their home, or in their way of life. Do not do this.The bible says he will let go and turn us over to our own devices, if and when we do this.
Make him #1 in your life in all things each Day. – Make Jah number one. Read your bible, give him thanks for all the things that make you happy, every day. Give thanks for all the things you know you could not live without, like fresh air, food, nature, family etc. Jah loves to be number one, he will take care of you, if you show him that you place him, and acknowledge him as “number 1” in all Things. Some examples praying over your food to Jah, asking him to bless the food before you eat it. When you enter your home, give him thanks, when you wake up in the morning, give him thanks again. These suggestions are simple, but Jah loves the Honour so much, he will acknowledge and honour you back.
Hey guys, my new book “How To Become A Rastafari King” is out. Please enjoy the first 1000 words, on my blog. I hope you find it answers your questions on Rastafari, and stimulates your interest in Rastafari culture. BLESSED LOVE. I wrote this book for men whom want guidance on embracing the faith as a King.
Every Rastaman was given life to walk the face of the earth as a “messenger of Jah.” He knows that in the physical he has been ordained to live as a humble spiritual King. For this reason all Rasta man know, there are many things in this life he must refrain from partaking in.
Rasta Kings are Chosen at Conception
A Rasta man is “chosen at conception” to keep his mind, spirit and body clean to ensure, upon his transition, he may be deemed, clean, holy and acceptable to enter Mount Zion.
This book was created for men who know that they too are Kings, and know that a true King has a special and unique, way of thinking, living and being. May Jah bless you on the journey, as you live the way of life as a Rastafari King.
Blessed Love. King Selassie I.
Rasta King Way of Life:
5 Things Rasta men teach their Rasta Children
Rasta King teach his children to love & Fear Jah – Rasta King’s children learn very young, that there is a consequence for every action. That there is one who sees and knows all things good and bad. His name is Jah, the almighty creator.
Rasta King Teach his “Rasta Love” – Rasta children are taught that other nations are their brothers and sisters under Jah. With them we must share, be respectful, and live harmoniously, even if culture or skin color is different. This is how we as Rastafari share “Rasta Love.”
Rasta King Teach his children to Study black leaders – As soon as Rasta children are old enough to read on their own, they are taught to study the lives of black leaders. Such studies teach Rasta children about, equality, helps to build strength, perseverance, character, and wisdom, as their personalities are molding. Rasta children will learn to see themselves as “here to make a difference” rather than here to be “self indulgent, in Babylon”.
Rasta King Teach His children to be Proud of their Roots & Culture – Rasta Children learn that their heritage is a gift. One of which they should be proud and that Black slavery was an “interruption” in African history, not African history itself. All Rasta children regardless of their ethnicity learn about African Roots Culture and History.
Rasta King Teach his children to be Patient kind and humble – Patience comes from fearing jah, and reading his words. Rasta King teach his children to be humble, not arrogant before Jah, and to take an interest in the holy bible.
Rasta King teach their Children to be Respectful – Rasta Children are taught to be Respectful to the elderly and the weak/meek. Rasta King teach his children that, in this way Rasta children are blessed in this life, and save up rewards with the Most High Jah, by these actions.
Rasta King Teach his children to Say “no” to Babylon… – Babylon offers everything. To be a true King or Rasta Queen one must be speculative. Rasta King teach his Children that, not everything is for Royalty, but that all is for the heathen. Lust, lies, whoredom, self hate, wickedness etc. Rasta children must pause, and think, before saying “yes” to all things.
Rasta King Teach his children to Read the King James Version Bible daily: Rasta King knows that one can acquire, wisdom, and knowledge, from reading the King James version bible. A Rasta King encourages his Rasta child to start reading the King James Version bible between age 10-13 on his/her own. Before, then he himself will read the bible to his child explaining the verses and text in a simplistic manner as he reads. Rasta King knows he is raising an Empress or King, and that requires time effort and love.
Every time I purchase a new Rasta Wallet, I always experience positive energy in my finances. Something good concerning money happens for me. King Selassie I energy is high when I carry a new Rasta colored wallet,
Rasta wallet Size (4x5Inches)
Rasta Wallet Attributes; A part for coins and change on the side. Put your dollars bills and credit cards in the larger space in the center.
Hey guys, I know you have waited a long time. I am finally wring a book for men who want to live as Rasta King. Its called Rasta Man way of Life – 101 Rules and Principles to Become a Rasta King. Or the Rastaman book. I am not sure of the title yet. I am so excited. I want it to be done now. But its a process. Please check it out on amazon. I have some more books coming too. I love you all…blessed.
Rasta man Unity with himself – Rastaman respects himself as an individual in terms of his natural born culture. Rasta man maintains Unity with his own spirit/soul with meditation and clean eating.
Rasta manUnity with all of nature – Rasta man is aware of his unity with The sun, moon stars etc. trees clouds, wind, etc, animals, plants, fish etc.
Rasta man Unity with his bloodline – Rastaman maintains unity with, the family he came from and unity with the family he creates.
Rasta man Unity with Jah – close relationship with most hgiht creator. Respecting his creations, and acknowledging him as higher being.
Rasta man maintains Unity with all people – Rasta mans, Unity with all nations as brothers and sister of Jah creations.
Rasta man Unity with the African Nation – Loving and Sharing African culture, As the original culture of Jah original created people.
For a Rasta king “Unity” means loving and not Judging, and acceptance, of individuals and not trying to change them.
Most Rastas will tell you they are not all that into Christmas. But some celebrate Christmas, and some just like the gift receiving part. You can give a Rasta a gift at Christmas time. They will enjoy it just like anybody else. Tell them you are embracing the gift giving and not Babylon meaning of “Christmas.” From a smaller budget to a larger budget you are sure to find something you like for the Rastafari in your life.
Rasta Hat/Dreadlock Hat – Rastafari love Rasta Hats as we always need somethign to cover our dreadlocks when we dont feel like having them out
Rasta Lion of Judah Flag – Rasta Lion of Judah Flag is a “spiritual” symbol to a Rasta. We are always happy to recieve one of these.
Jamaican Flag Towel – Rasta love the Jamaican flag and love to have the Jamaican flag in a towel because it just looks cool. All Rasta from any Island would appreciate this. Rastafari is a celebration of all the Islands.
Rasta Wallet – Rasta Wallets bring good energy and prosperity. i should know. I have purchased my 3rd one now. Buy your Rasta a Rasta colored wallet, they will love it.
Rasta Mug – This has 3 birds on it in silouette and a red Yellow and green gradient background. Simple and nice. Good for morning meditation.
Rasta Steering Wheel Cover– I have always wanted a Rastafari steering wheel Cover. Any Rasta would love this as a gift. Especially if he or she doesn’t already have one.
Rastafari marina – Well in Canada we call these shirts maybe a whole whole wife beater. Not sure. In Jamaica they are very popular as they provide nuff ventilation for Jamaican men. This one is Red Yellow Green and Black. My Husband has one I lo
ve it on him.
Frankincense and Myrrh is a Incense so commonly used by Rasta. I wanted to do some research and find out what the internet had to say about it. At the end I will give you the Rastafari version of why this Incense is so important in our meditation.
Frankincense is a white-colored resin from the Boswellia tree species, which is often made into an essential oil. This oil is often used as an overall health tonic, as it offers benefits to all of the body’s systems. One of its star functions is helping the body to optimally absorb nutrients.
Frankincense essential oil has antiseptic and disinfectant properties, and may help boost your immune system to more effectively ward off illness. It can be topically applied to minor cuts and scrapes to protect against infections, and it also functions as a coagulant to help wounds stop bleeding. One ancient way of using frankincense to disinfect is to burn it as an incense and rely on the cleansing properties of the smoke.
Frankincense Positive effects on the (temple) body in aroma therapy
This essential oil promotes relaxation by helping to open airways and reduce blood pressure, and is connected to feelings of mental tranquility, making it an excellent oil to use for meditation or a de-stress massage.
Great in Rasta Meditation!
The use of frankincense combined with regular meditation could be very helpful in decreasing anxiety. To get the sweet, earthy aromatherapy circulating throughout your meditation space, put a few drops of the oil in a diff-user, or burn in an incense holder.
More Benefits of Frankincense
Other benefits associated with frankincense include relieving indigestion,
helping to fade wrinkles and scars and
reducing acne. It has also been used traditionally to
regulate menstrual cycles and aid with a variety of menstruation-related issues.
Myrrh is a red-hued resin that hails from various species of the Commiphora tree, and also often takes the form of an essential oil. Its similarities to frankincense are many, including its sedative properties and its benefits for use during meditation.
Like frankincense, myrrh also aids in digestion, can help fade scars, may strengthen the immune system, has been traditionally used to regulate menses and can be applied topically to disinfect wounds. It also helps to ease respiratory trouble and may act as a decongestant.
Myrrh has a characteristic that contracts the skin, and has therefore been used to strengthen the gums and help prevent hair loss. It also has fungicidal properties, and may be beneficial to skin ailments such as athlete’s foot, eczema and ringworm.
…Myrrh rids the body of toxins?
Myrrh can also help relieve chapped skin, stimulates blood circulation throughout the body, and can be used during the course of a detox, as it increases sweat to rid the body of toxins.
When purchasing essential oils, it is very important that you choose a quality, therapeutic-grade variety. If the oil that you choose is less-than-quality, the benefits may be severely compromised – or non-existent – and you may be introducing unwanted chemicals into your body.
If you are going to be using essential oils internally, be sure that the oil is also food-grade, and that you talk to a naturopathic practitioner before beginning, as essential oils are very potent.
Why do Rasta Love Frankincense and Myrrh Incense?
Because it gets rid of negative energy and helps the home to feel brand new. Rasta love to use this herb, after we have cleaned the home, and want to cleanse the home “spiritually” to complete the Job.
The God of Rastafari – The “God” of Jah Rastafari is “King Selassie I of Ethiopia, crowned King of Ethiopia November 2nd 1930. Some people wonder why we praise King Selassie I if he is dead. To Rasta King Selassie I never dies. Give thanks and praises to the Most High.
The Colors of Rastafari – The official colors of Rastafari are Red Yellow and Green. The same colors that are on the Ethiopian flag. Sometimes we include white or black.
Who was the first Rasta? – This is a tough Question to answer. If you ask me personally now that I have thought about it…all the main men in the bible. Samson, Solomon, Samuel, Ezra…King David…Jesus Christ….apart from them you have Leonard Howell. Google him.
Biblical Royal lineage of King Selassie I – King Menelik, the child of Queen of Sheba and King Solomon was King Selassie I uncle. Royal blood line from the lineage of King David and the Tribe of Judah. (left is a photo of King Selassie I father, Ras Makonnen.)
King and Queen of Ethiopia – I am told first time in History a King and Queen were crowned (King of Ethiopia and Queen of Ethiopia) at the Same time. In Rastafari Culture there is no such thing as a woman beneath her man. If a Rasta woman is submissive to her Kingman, it is because it is written on her heart, not because Rastafari calls for her to do that.
King Selassie I birthdaycelebrated – King Selassie I Date of birthis July 23 1892 and is celebrated by Rasta every year as “Earth Strong.”
Groundation Day – King Selassie I visited Jamaica on April 21nd 1966. That day is know celebrated by Rastafari people worldwide as “Groundation Day.”
Dreadlocks – Hair worn in Dreadlocks of Rasta Represent, Dedication to Jah, King Selassie I, a symbolic crown, a natural way of life. No fuss, no vanity. “Yahweh spoke to Moses and said, ‘Speak to the Israelites and say: If a man or a woman wishes to make a vow, the Nazirite vow, to vow himself to Yahweh, he will abstain from wine and fermented liquor, he will not drink vinegar derived from one or the other, he will not drink grape juice or eat grapes, be they fresh or dried. For the duration of his vow he will eat nothing that comes from the vine, not even juice of unripe grapes or skins of grapes. As long as he is bond by his vow, no razor will touch his head; until the time for which he has vowed himself to Yahweh, he will not go near a corpse, he will not make himself unclean for his father or his mother, or his brother or his sister, should they die, since on his head he carries his vow to his God. Throughout the whole of his vow he is a person consecrated to Yahweh.”Numbers 6:1- 8
Rastafari is not a Religion – Rasta says Rastafari is not a Religion. Rasta say Rastafari is a way of life. Pure and simple. There are no Rastafari practices which one must do. More Rastafari Religion Facts to teach your child Here.
“Good Morning Jah, in the name of His Imperial Majesty, Holy Emanuel I, King Selassie I.
I and I give thanks for this blessed day. May all the land be touched by your presence beauty and power.
Keep I and I protected from Babylon tricks and adversity.
Give I and I strength to survive another Day in Babylon.
Bless I and I that I may maintain a positive loving caring and sharing spirit as I serve you Jah on this day.
Keep Satan and his workers out of I and I path as I trod the earth today.
In the name of King Selassie I, Holy Emanuel I.
Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He kept His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, to such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. Bless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the LORD, all His works, In all places of His dominion.
We do not have sex to relieve sexual tensions (we make love)
We do not believe in a lust driven life
We are non materialistic
We make Jah the focus of all that we do and say each day.
We donate to the poor and needy
We do not believe e in hording money
I have also written Rastafari Beliefs and principles, my newest ebook. I have come to understand that this book is not for everyone. This is not a book of entertainment. It is a book of truth. The truth is not for everyone. Some people do not know what to do with themselves when faces with the truth, so they get angry if it does not give them information to inflate their ego. This may sound arrogant but there are a lot of arrogant people who want to say they are Rasta.
Rastafari livity is for everyone but please only embrace this faith if you want to do it completely and forever. Rastafari is not a Religion but Jah is so real. He does not like to be disrespected. Well, it is his job to bring Judgement on the people who want to say “Yes, I am Rasta” and then break the covenant, not mine. I write my books to bring the light to the people…that is my job, what they do with the light after that is their own Judgment.
Hey guys…I wrote this book, as a detailed guidebook to help those who are interested in following the faith of Rastafari. I hope the table of contents inspires you…I hope the book is helpful. May Jah guide you and bless you on the Journey, Rastafari.
Rastafari has specially selected every Rasta, however that Rasta must also choose Rastafari to reap the rewards. It is a two way spiritual street. A Rasta man can be “powerful” or “weak” depending upon how deep he chooses to live and embrace the faith.
Every Rasta knows within themselves if their life is a Reflection of their spiritual beliefs that puts the will and the works of Jah first. When this happens the Rasta woman or Rasta man will be powerful, peaceful, confident and content.
Rastafari is a spiritual gift, if you want to see its power working in your life, you will have to work Rastafari in your life.
May you meet Jah on your Journey, May you know his might and his blessings. Rastafari, King Selassie I.
IMPORTANCE OF KING SELASSIE I AND EMPRESS MENEN IN RASTAFARI
As an aspiring Rasta, You may be wondering about the importance and meaning of King Selassie I and Empress Menen in the Rastafari faith. What role do they play? Why are they so important? The following is 5 reasons…
IMPORTANCE OF KING SELASSIE I AND EMPRESS MENEN IN RASTAFARI
#1 Royalty and Self Respect
The life and crowning of King Selassie I and Empress Menen in Rastafari, is to demonstrate Royalty, Self Respect
By the example set by the crowning and Relationship of King Selassie I and Empress Menen, Rasta maintain a high standard for ourselves in all things. From the clothing that we choose to wear, to the way we speak, the friendships we keep, and the way we choose to live and view our lives. Rasta emulates the life and standards of King Alpha and Queen Omega at all times.
How to Emulate “the King & Queen” as Rasta
King Selassie I is the Role Model for the Rasta man, and Empress Menen is the Role Model for the Rasta woman. Some of the ways we as Rasta Emulate the King and Queen are…
Maintaining cordial relationships with others including those who we may consider “difficult to deal with” or whom we may consider to be our “enemies.”
Expressing Love and appreciation for our Kingman and Empress as Creations of Jah
Speak using consideration for the sensitivity for hearts and minds others
IMPORTANCE OF KING SELASSIE I AND EMPRESS MENEN IN RASTAFARI
# 2 the Royal Lineage of King Solomon
Another reason King Selassie I is so important in Rastafari culture is to put a faceto the Royal Lineage of King Solomon.
King Selassie I is the 225 direct descendent to sit up on the throne of King David, which was also occupied by the wise King Solomon, who is King David’s son.
Rastafari Legend has it that, The Queen of Sheba and The Wise King Solomon made love and had a baby boy which was named Menilik, who became “King Menelik I.” King Menilik had a son “King Menelik II,” who is King Selassie I uncle. King Selassie I and King Menelik are of “the tribe of Judah,” which is part of biblical Royal history, related to King Solomon.
As Rasta we pay our Respects to King Selassie I as the face of Jah, and all the ordained Kings of the Tribe of Judah.
IMPORTANCE OF KING SELASSIE I AND EMPRESS MENEN IN RASTAFARI # 3
#4 Royal energy in the home
As stated Earlier images of “the King and Queen” as Rasta are reminders of our own Royal Heritage. For this reason Rasta love to have images of the King and Queen in every room in thier home. Including Wall hangings, plaqued photos of the King and Queen, Rastafari mugs, clocks with the Kings face, framed speeches by King Selassie I etc. Rasta believe and feel these Royal images of the King Selassie I and Empress Menen brings positive spiritual Energy into the home and into our lives.
IMPORTANCE OF KING SELASSIE I AND EMPRESS MENEN IN RASTAFARI
#4 Demonstrate Positive history and Heritage
Another Reason Empress Menen and King Selassie I have so much importance in Rastafari culture is that they demonstrate positive African history and heritage.
King Selassie I and Empress Menen were crowned November 2nd 1930. As former slaves, black people have had a hard time in Babylon recovering the whole truth about our heritage and our history. Many black youth in school only learn that black people were slaves. Not much before black slavery and not much after black slavery, and not much about our contributions to society as a nation.
There were many photos taken of the life of the King and Queen. Jah ordained the crowning of King Selassie I and Empress Menen so that Black people have a positive black role model couple (male and female) after black slavery was abolished. All though the King and Queen are from Africa, and ruled over Ethiopia, in Rastafari, they represent positive role models ordained by Jah for all people of all Nations.
IMPORTANCE OF KING SELASSIE I AND EMPRESS MENEN IN RASTAFARI
# 5 Equality of the Sexes
In the Rastafari Livity, Men and Women are seen as equal, because, the same day
(November 2nd 1930) King Selassie I was crowned King of Ethiopia, Empress Menen was also crowned, Queen of Ethiopia during the same coronation.
King Selassie I is also known as “The King of Kings” and Empress Menen is also known as “The Queen of Queens” in Rastafari Culture.
IMPORTANCE OF KING SELASSIE I AND EMPRESS MENEN IN RASTAFARI
#6 Self Reliance & Legacy
The King and Queen through hard work and determination created a Legacy between them. King Selassie I created schools in his name, ……..Because of this example Rasta also like to build things in our name that people can utilize positively and that carries the name of Rastafari for generations. Bob Marleys legacy was his music and his message. Through his work, he was also self reliant. He left a legacy for his children, and his children’s children.
The Importance of King Selassie I and Empress Menen in Rastafari Re-cap
Generate powerful positive energy through images and words of King Selassie I and Empress Menen displayed in the home
Demonstrate positive African history and heritage, and positive African role models to Africans and the World
Demonstrate what an image of self respect and dignity looks like in order for one to emulate it
To put a face to the Royal lineage of King David and his son King Solomon
Equality of the Sexes: Teach Rasta equality of the sexes. Both King Selassie I and Empress Menen were crowned November 2nd King Selassie I as “King of Kings…” and Empress Menen as “Queen of Queens…”
Self Reliance & Legacy: The King and Queen demonstrate to Rasta to Create our own work
6 STEPS TO CONVERT TO RASTAFARI
Many people who want to embrace the faith of Rastafari wonder, “just how do I convert to Rastafari?” The answer is, there is no right or wrong way to Convert to Rastafari. As a Rastafari myself having taken my vow just 7 years ago, there was some inner spiritual things I did, coupled with some outer changes to my environment and lifestyle that helped me to convert my spiritual beliefs from Christianity to Rastafari.
Blessed Love, to all the Empress out there who desire to walk the path of Your Royal Highness, Empress Menen, Wife of King Selassie I. The Rastafari Livity is the light for the spiritual woman who desires to live virtuous, loving and Jahly. May Jah guide you on this journey. Don’t forget to read Rasta way of life for more guidance. One Love.
Empress speech and words
Curse Words – A Rastafari woman does not use curse words. If she does she apologizes to Jah and those inher presence. (“Sorry Jah, Sorry guys”)
Sexual Life – A Rastafari woman does not speak of her sexual life (style)
Genitalia Words – A Rastafari woman does not use slang words to refer to the genitalia.
Arguing – A Rastafari woman does not argue back and forth, rather allows the other person to be right or to feel that they are right, in order that we avoid arguments and represent Jah at all times.
Empress Clothing and Attire
Only Skirts – It is encouraged that Rastafari women were strictly skirts. This is seen as embracing the feminine quality as we steer away from emulating the appearance of men (which “emulation” is a sin in the bible)
Pants as disrespect – Some Rastafari women do wear pants but it is highly discouraged and seen as disrespect to the faith, and he Creator who designed you as a woman.
Babylon Colors For Clothing – Rasta women may wear any colors except for pink, blue and purple. Red Yellow Green Black and White are encouraged, as these are Rasta Colors.
Hats and head wraps – A hat may be worn on days when hair is not wrapped. This is to cover the root of the dreadlocks, the most important part of the energy which leaves the head. If a head wrap cannot be worn, a hat is encouraged. Dreadlocks of an Empress uncovered may be seen as “slack.” and not upholding the faith. Check out my Blog post called “How to Dress Like a Rasta Woman.”
Raising Rasta Children
Empress Children must be Rastafari too – It is the duty of all Rastafari Mothers to Raise their Children as Rastafari.
Ital Food – Cooking Ital (Vegan) Food for children, No meat.
bible Readings – encouraging Children to Read the holy Christian Bible, King James Version
African Culture – Teaching them about African Roots and Culture
Rastafari Royalty – Teaching them about the Life of His Imperial Majesty and (his wife) Empress Menen
Regarding your Kingman
Second Leader of the Household – Empress Allow Kingman to be the leader of the household and of the family. He has the final say.
Allows Kingman to make decisions – Empress Supports Kingman in his decision-making, concerning children and household.
Keep house – Keeps the house clean and tidy, as a Mother and Wife of Rastafari livity Representing Empress Menen.
Cooking Duties – Cooking duties are decided between Empress and your Kingman.
Quiet and Virtuous – Is humble, dresses modest, and stays quiet when guests come over unless she is spoken too. Reads her bible “I-Tinuosly” Seeking the heart of a Jah fearing woman.Read how to become a rasta.
Encourages Love & Unity – Encourages Love & Unity with family members and other Rastafari friends, by providing a home where Rastafari friends and family feel welcome to eat, sleep and “Reason.”
Natural Hair Color – Dreadlocks may be dyed only in the natural color. No blonde, or Red etc.
Natural Makeup/Natural Beauty – Makeup may be worn but only in Natural and neutral colors for special occasions. As a Rasta Empress it is preferred to let your natural beauty shine
Babylon Makeup Colors – Rasta women do not wear pink, or purple Lipstick, makeup or anything else in these colors. These colors are considered “Babylon.” These colors often provoke sexual attention, and cause women to appear as women do as street walkers etc.
Red is Rastafari – Red makeup is ok as it is considered one of the (Holy) Colors of the Rastafari Livity, (Red Yellow and Green) Yes, green and yellow are ok too. But, only for work or special occasions. Other times Empress allow Jah beauty to shine – natural.
Empress Entertainment And Friendship
All Rasta Empress are a representation of Empress Menen, wife of King Selassie I.
Friendships – Empress may not be in friendship with others who are
Babylon Drug Addicts
Bars not allowed – Empress Does not drink Alcohol or smoke cigarettes, or go to bars.
Rastafari Empress Entertainment – A Rastafari Empress entertainment is her family and her bible. She is allowed to watch historical African Documentaries, Including on the life of Haile Selassie I, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks etc.
Empress Music – Rasta Empress does not listen to hip hop or Rock and Roll. strictly Roots and Culture Music, and Rastafari Reggae music. Dancehall Reggae is not allowed. Read Rasta Way of Life.
By Maintaining love and Respect for Children, Kingman and household we as Empress show more love to Jah, as we appreciate his creations.
Love. King Selassie I.
Many people become Rasta because one or, both of their parents, are Rasta. I guess its kind of like growing up in a Christian household per say, where you learn about walking in the ways of Christ etc. Only many children of Rastafari parents, learn about “The Rasta Livity” and King Selassie I. as Part of their upbringing.
#2 Bob Marley the Prophet was a Rasta
Many people desire to become Rasta to walk in the foot steps of the Humanitarian & prophet and Rastafari Musician, Bob Marley wrote the song “One Love.” Many people fell in love with him through his music knowing he was being inspired by (his faith) Jah. Many people know that to be a Rasta is to show love, unity and a respect for all of nature and Jah creations.
#3 Their Born with it!
Many Rastas are Rasta because they are born with the Rasta Livity. Jah chose them at conception, then at some point in their lives they have said “yes” to this beautiful gift, they can feel yearning to manifest itself in their life. In other words for some, Rastafari was something that had written on their hearts from birth. Invisible to others, but very real in the heart and mind the individual (Rasta).
#4 Jah Chose them to Be Rasta…
I’ve heard people say “Rastafari is an inborn concept!” and it is. So, many have it since birth, however there are those who are chosen and they don’t know until later. Because (I am assuming) they were not chosen at birth, but chosen later in life. I met a guy (Rastaman) who told me that one day, “Jah just took over” he said. I was happy he shared that with me. It let me know he understood what I had inside too. Rastafari can hit at any age…so there are those who have no clue they are Rasta until the right time.
#5 It Just Makes sense to them!
People don’t want anything to do with Religion any more, but they still want to maintain a relationship with the Creator. Many people know about Rastafari through Reggae music, then research the faith.
Rastas are non Religious, you don’t have to attend church…
We believe in humility, Peace & Togetherness, we are anti war
We do not believe in “converting” others to believe what we believe
We Respect nature
We try to live as natural as possible
We believe all nations should Live together in harmony sharing land and resources
In other words, I think some people become Rasta because it is so calm and peaceful to be a Rasta. There are no real obligations, only the ones you decide for your self, as a Rasta. The basis of the faith of Rastafari is Love! So, why not… become a Rasta...it just makes spiritual sense!
#5 Their Significant other is Rasta
Many people especially women, embrace Rastafari Livity because their significant other is Rasta. More people are traveling now a days, and many people are visiting the Caribbean Islands. Because of this many people who wouldnt normally know anything about Rastafari are now getting to know Rastafari Peoples. So, some feel it makes sense for the relationship to embrace the same faith as say, their boyfriend/husband or their girlfriend/wife.
#6 Rastafari is their Culture
Many people embrace Rastafari because it is part of their Culture. I can tell you as a Jamaican my self, Jamaica is Rastafari, and Rastafari is Jamaica, There is no separation. Rastafari is such an intricate part of Jamaican Culture that you could almost say Rastafari made Jamaica what it is today. The Jamaican Music, Jamaican Food, Jamaican People, Jamaican Landscape, & of course the culture of Jamaica is all effected by the beautiful, love of Jah – the creator.
A friend of mine, who is also Jamaican, starting embracing the livity just before I did in 2009. He came to the faith through a best friend he has known since high school. I asked how he felt now that he was Rastafari. He said “It feels good.” He seems more spiritually at peace now, and he is now a teacher of Rastafari Culture and the life of His Imperial majesty. Rastafari was always his Culture, he just needed to come in a little bit closer to get the real fruits that Jah and his Ancestors had waiting for him.
#7 To Embrace holistic Lifestyle
Many people “become Rasta” because they like what Rastafari represents. The holistic lifestyle, the love of nature, meditation, Creativity, A love for Africa the Mother land of all human life…Dreadlocks (natural and simplistic, no vanity.) Rasta Smoke Marijuana instead of Carcinogenic cigarettes. Rastafari is a faith that loves all things natural, because natural means Jah.
Rastafari is a daily celebration of African Roots and Culture. The purpose of Rastafari is to guide one to live clean and pure that a person may be deemed “fit” (by Jah) to Enter Holy Mount Zion.
What is a Rasta?
A Rasta is someone who adheres to the Rastafari Livity (way of life). Rasta are “called” to carry “the light” of Jah Rastafari, and to deliver “the message” of this way of life to others. By this we can see that to embrace the Rastafari way of life is a responsibility and commitment of the heart.
Beliefs of Rasta about God?
Rasta know that God is Jah. that Jah is an “African” Spirit. That he is very loving, forgiving and very powerful. Rasta “know”that Jah created heaven and earth, the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, and he parted the Red Sea for the Israelites. “Jah” is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob spoken about in the scriptures of the Christian Bible. Jah “Raised up” King Selassie I as his Elect, to protect the Garden of Eden.
What is The Rastafari Livity?
The Rastafari Livity is a Celebration of African Roots and Culture that honors Jah. Rasta live life daily in all things they do to honor and show love for Jah, Jah Elect and Jah Creations. From the food that is cooked (Ital) clean and natural, to the way we wear our hair (in dreadlocks)fuss and vanity free, to the colors that we wear (Red Yellow and Green). Rasta Livity is a commitment of love and honour to and for Jah, the Almighty Creator of all living things all the days of our life.
The Spiritual Duty of Rasta
As Rasta it is our Job to show love. Rasta do not reject love in any form. If someone asks us to do them a favor, we do it…to show even more love. If someone wants to give a Rasta a hug we do not refuse it. Some more ways Rasta show love is by being there for our friends and families, and Spending time in and surrounded by nature, to show Jah, the creator we love and appreciate the land he has given us. As Rasta showing love is one of the ways how we honour Jah.
To Live Free
To live Free as Rasta is very important. Rasta believe life should have no restrictions. As long as a person is not “hurting life” or “taking life”, one should
live as one chooses. “Freedom” in life is the basis for being one with Jah. Freedom to love and honour Jah, Freedom to Roam, freedom to spend our spiritual time as we choose… Just how Jah, the creator, intended!
To Be a Servant of Jah
To fulfill the duty of Rasta as Jah servant is very simple.Iit means helping and loving other people. As Rasta we see ourselves as “extensions” of Jah helping hand, heres on earth. Rasta allows Jah to “use us” as his instruments, to provide help, hope assistance whenever the opportunity presents itself. Rasta always say “yes” to opening the door for others, to carrying a grocery bag, to lending money to those who ask. It is the duty of Rasta to Serve Jah by serving his creations (others)
To Enter Holy Mount Zion
The Purpose of the Rastafari Livity is to provide a guide for those who desire to enter Zion (heaven). Zion is where Jah, the Most High roams. There is only love, peace, light, freedom, wholeness, and Jah “light” in Zion. Only those with clean loving, Hearts can enter Zion. It is our Duty as Rasta, to follow Rastafari way of life, as our Guide.. so that our soul may enter Holy Mount Zion.
That was the first portion of the book. I was too excited. I had to share some of it with you. It is not available for purchase just yet. At this rate it will be finished in 1 to 2 weeks.
Here is an excerpt from my new book Jah Rastafari Beliefs and Way of life
WHY ARE YOU A RASTA?
This section is for those new to Rastafari who may be concerned about what to say when asked “Why are you a Rasta?” Here is a suggestion on how to respond. It has two parts.
Why are you a Rasta?
“I know that King Selassie I is the King of all Kings talked about in Revelation 5:5”
The King James Version bible says…
“…weep not: behold, the lion of the tribe of
Judah, the root of David, hath prevailed to open thebook, and loose the seven seals…”
Why are you a Rasta?
King Selassie I crowing title is…“King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God.”
See how it matches up perfectly? Wikipedia it!
4 PILLARS OF RASTAFARI HEALTH
In Rastafari culture, good health is an all encompassing endeavor. We believe that good health is a result of…
Healthy choices for the temple
A calm spirit and calm mind
Healthy relationships with others
A close personal relationship with the Jah
RASTAFARI HEALTH PILLAR
Healthy choices for the temple
Rasta do not ingest pharmaceuticals (into the temple)
As Rasta we do everything natural as much as we possibly can. The reason is that we feel that Jah made man, and when he made man he gave them natural roots and herbs for their ailments. Jah did not create pharmaceuticals. Rasta takes herbs, roots and vitamins for most health issues. Many of us have natural health and healing books readily available in our homes. Rasta knows that Babylon created pharmaceuticals to keep making people take them (keep making people sick) so that they become dependent and Babylon makes more money. As Rasta you may purchase your own health and healing book online or your local book store.
I strongly recommend having a book in your home on natural medicine to help guide you into natural medicine and healing awareness.
Good health of the body is for the short and longer term as a Rasta.
Many people do not consider the spirit to be part of the health of the body. I can ensure the spirit is an integral a part of our physical and emotional well being and should be maintained and properly “fed.”
2 Reasons Rastafari fast…
Rasta fast to exercise the spirit so to speak, in the way that we halt a time when we eat so that our mind can experience our existence as the spirit instead of as a physical being driven by physical desires. Doing this as a Rasta helps one to practice self control and to develop spiritual health and awareness.
The other reason is to provide the body s some hours break form digesting food. Everything needs to take a break. It’s just healthy and wise to do so.
Many Rasta fast from Friday at sundown to Saturday at Sundown. Some Rasta fast on Tuesdays, to honor the Ethiopian day of Sabbath. As long as you fast one of these days, then you are covered as a Rasta, for exercising spiritual health and well being.
Rasta Temple cleanse
In the Rastafari Livity we are aware of all of the additives and preservatives that may be in our food, also we know that the human body does a good job of food expulsion. However because we as Rasta practice natural health care, we read and learn that the bowels could use some extra help in ridding itself of “gunk.” Rasta like to do a herbal cleanse once a month, for optimal health, and to promote healthy digestion.
I really enjoyed the book. There are some spelling and grammatical errors here and there, but overall, I learned a lot more about the Rastafari lifestyle than I thought possible. I felt a “good vibe” from the book. Check this one out if you are curious about what the term Rastafari means to a practitioner.
If you are like me you have asked your self this question. Well God has a place in all things, but one very important point I want to highlight is, so does Satan.
Have you ever wondered to your self….there must be one truth out of all the Religions. One faith that is the real truth of God. There just has to be….or maybe you have thought all Religions are right they just have different ways of going about getting to God and believing in heaven.
First of all God is not in Religion
I over heard a woman talking the other day saying something like “well, I am a Catholic…” I wanted so much to say, do you know there is no such thing as Catholic. But I did not bother. But really folks there is no such thing as Catholic, that is a division, in a way, and isn’t God God. Jesus was a man, he came here with a purpose, the last thing he wanted to do was have people categorizing, and dividing themselves based on him or anything else. God is in your heart, if you believe in Jesus he is in your heart too. I tell people often…I do not discuss Rastafari because I believe my spirituality is something personal, it is just for me, so I don’t discuss, it. I am not trying to convince others that I am better than them, or that they should follow my way of life. I just think if its personal keep it personal.
What good is it to you?
What good is your spirituality for you if you cannot depend on it wholly and solely for all situations. In other words, if it doesn’t give you a sense of peace, security, and a knowing that all is working to bring you into your highest light, whats really the point of embracing the faith. I am saying if you say you embrace a faith, then there is no reason to become angry, or hostile, or unsure of yourself about anything. Your faith is there for you, always working for your highest good. Well, that is how I see it.
I brought up the issue of beliefs because I recently met a very nice lady, who told me she is Channeling Aliens and that the aliens have all the answer to everything. I am sure this is working for her because she speaks of it in great confidence. My only problem is….what is the faith called, how do you categorize it meaning how do you know when to do what? Is it giving you peace? I quickly learned channeling and depending on the guidance of Aliens was not bringing her any peace. It answered her questions and told her how the universe began, but she seemed to have an overload of information and a great responsibility on her shoulders. I wondered about her morals and ethics too, which I soon learned…she felt it better not to have any. Example, she is 43, doesn’t mind sleeping with a man as long as he is over 18 – I mean from 21 – 72. I just think that is way too slack. Just me, I am an Empress, and I think morals, and values, keep you clean, give you clarity, and give you a direct path to Zion. Just me.
God is everywhere
God is everywhere at all times. Notice I have used the word God and not Jah. Well here is where I switch things up a bit. Let me answer the earlier question. There is one true faith. Remember when Moses came upon the burning bush. He met God. So the truth of God must be somewhere. What faith did Moses practice? What was it called? He obviously believed in God, because he met him. History books will try to steer you away from the truth by filling your head with lies and leaving many things out. When Moses was through speaking with God, he was not the same man he was before, one of the things that happened instantaneously or over time was, his hair formed into dreadlocks. I know this because that is exactly what locks represent. The King James versin bible makes many references to locks, turbans, sabbaths, incense, covenants etc. These are all related to Rastafari. Rastafari is that one truth. Religion never existed, only covenants, with a purpose, with God.
God….Jah is very strong in Jamaica. I know this because I know it and because when I was there his symbols were everywhere. I felt so at home, so protected like I could do no wrong. Jah 2 major symbols are the Jamaican Flag, and the Lion of Judah flag. Jamaicans have these two flags, painted on walls, hanging in shops, hanging in homes, everywhere. I love it. Jah is real, he does have a place and he does have a people, right now here on earth, that is Jamaica. All Rasta people know it.
Why am I writing this? I am writing it for the people who want to know it. I am also writing this because I want people to know if you think you can be your own God and
Channel Aliens for guidance you are kidding your self. God is real, his name is Jah. This is no Joke. The other point I wanted to make is…a lot of people don’t want to have anything to do with God because they think God is boring. Well God may be boring, but Jah is not boring. He created everything so how on earth can he be boring. Jah is very musical, creative, He loves the outdoors, and loves helping people.
Ok enough rambling…thanks. Sorry I was going to really talk about some real things, then I just rambled.
Obtain an image of a “black Christ” and place in a very personal room in your home, such as your bed room or meditation room. Black hue-mans having images of a Christ that does not look like them, only erodes self esteem, and contributes to self hatred. Hang your picture of a Black Christ and see how your life starts to change.
Natural black hair
Anybody who wants to follow Rastafari as a way of life, must wear their hair in natural beautiful dreadlocks. Doing this will help to build your self esteem tenfold. I know because I have my hair in locks, and I am more beautiful and free, now then when I was wearing wigs, weaves and extensions. If you are not ready to lock, be sure to embrace your natural coily hair as an afro.
Support Black business
Supporting black business is extremely important for Self Esteem and the Rastafari community. This builds black business, and creates self esteem by shopping in a shop that has your image and interest, health in mind. Too many black hue-mans are shopping in stores, that know nothing of our culture, and physical or spiritual needs. Support black business and also black Authors, and as a black hue-man, you may feel more “spiritually attuned.”
Positive Black Vocabulary
Its time we as black hue-mans start to use “positive vocabulary” when making references to our to coily African black hair and black skin complexion.
In Reference to our hair we may say…
Wooly Jesus hair
In reference to our beautiful skin tone we may say:
High Melanin Complexion
Beautiful African Skin
Burnt Brass Color
Using these “terms” will go a long way to creating self love, and inner self esteem as a black hue-man. I was sent here to tell you these things. What you are reading may actually be seen as an entire book on how to have black self esteem.
Hi guys. I have a lot of plans for the future. First I just want you to know I have a new blog called how to make your dreams come true. It started as a book, then I decided that this is information everybody should have access to at any time. I decided to make it a blog instead. Please check it out. It is brand new, but there is still some cool stuff to learn. My love to you all.
today while I was getting dressed, I took a moment to ask my self, how can I enjoy to the fullest the day today.
don’t think about yesterday, don’t wonder what is to come tomorrow, just enjoy today.
Today I had a wonderful day.
“yesterday” – October 31 2012 (Halloween)
yesterday I wrote a song while I was brushing my teeth
brush your teeth, everyday
stay away from tooth decay
you will be a better adult
if you get cavities it will be your fault…
that was yesterday.
“I ponder”…- October 31 2012 (Halloween)
I ponder so many things, mostly having to do with ethnicity.
Some people really don’t see color. But most of really do.
I am guilty.
I ponder…why certain people think I need them to make decisions for me concerning my life.
when they have not even a clue what its like to be me
they chalk me up to ‘stupid’ otherwise they wouldn’t think I need them, would they?
“I had a good day today”- October 31 2012 (Halloween)
I wrote a poem
I chose a domain name for my new website
I had good conversation over lunch
I decide u make money by giving people what they want
I listened to my favorite song ‘caution’ by Bob Marley
I realized not all people think the same
I am a little tired but I had a good day today.
“Rastafari a Curse?” – November 1st 2012
I used to think being born Rastafari was a curse.
because no body understood me I felt like a freak.
Now I know there is no bigger honor among men.
Jah bless me every day.
I must do what I know is right as Rasta Empress. This is the one and only way I can find happiness in a very corrupt system that is against all that I stand for, Rastafari.
Sometimes I wish my people could feel even a fraction of what I feel.
The love that I have for Jamaica, the way I feel so blessed to stare at a Jamaican mountain, the way I feel clean clear and free, when I even think of a Jamaican beach. Jamaica is my home, the home I never lived in, but know in my heart Jah destined me to live there.
When I am having a bad day, I play the song caution by Bob Marley and all of a sudden I feel 100 percent. It makes me think of driving really fast in a Jamaican mini bus, with all the windows wound all the way down, and the hot Jamaican air blasting in my face. Could there really be any thing better than that? Well yes…going to a Jamaican night club in Jamaica that plays only Rasta Reggae music, and watching all the people move rhythmically the same, but all doing a different dance…this makes me high,. I also enjoy watching the women hold their beer in their hand while they whine slowly to the nice roots rock and reggae. Jah knows I love Jamaica. He made me that way.
It’s not good to work for Satan. Jah made me born with the formula of how to get into heaven,. Can you believe I don’t practice it – for now anyway. I miss those days. But as long as I know it…I am aware of it when a violation comes into my path, that’s most important.
the other day I was getting all excited and ready to start watching a horror movie, it was called, scary or die. So I put the movie in my laptop…It started out that these three people were driving in a pick up truck…then they stopped and had some immigrants hidden and bound in the back of the truck. They proceed to let them out and let them run across the border aimless in the hot heat…then one guy that was in the truck, shot and killed the first older man who started running….that is when I decided that this movie wasnt for me…but I did watch some more…then they shot and killed the other mexican immigrant too. The blood even though I know it was fake disturbed me. Rastafari does not allow me to watch such things. Too much corruption for the mind, I then took the DVD out and called it a night. I
am just rambling any way. I had a nice day today though. I can’t see for the life of me what time I will fall asleep tonight. I am so wound up for some reason.
A very important part of the Rastafari Livity is to know your history and to take pride in who you are. You will not feel very proud, if the only accomplishments you are aware of are contributions and successes by other nations. Here is a list of 10 Great black inventorsand their inventions….
The Traffic Signal!
Garrett Augustus Morgan
The son of former slaves, Garett Morgan was born in 1877 in Kentucky. He later moved to Cincinnati and then Cleveland, where he owned and operated a sewing-machine repair business and earned quite a reputation as a technician. A multi-talented businessman. Before The invention of the Traffic Signal by Mr. there were lots of accidents involving motor vehicles. Mr. Morgan felt compelled to create a device that would prevent such situations. The Traffic signal was pattented on November 23 1923. The rights to his invention to General Electric. Isn’t that amazing. (Red Yellow and Green) Ras Tafari
The Gas Mask
But Morgan’s most prolific accomplishments came in his role as an inventor. He received a patent for the first gas mask invention in 1914, but it wasn’t until two years later that the idea really took off. When a group of workers got stuck in a tunnel below Lake Erie after an explosion, Morgan and a team of men donned the masks to help get them out. After the rescue was a success, requests for the masks began pouring in.
The Lawn Sprinkler & The portable Ironing Board
Elijah McCoy (1844-1929), was born in Colchester, Ontario, on May 2, 1844. His mother and father were George and Emillia McCoy. They were slaves from Kentucky who escaped through the Underground Railroad. Elijah McCoy invented the portable ironing board, rubber shoe heels, tire tread, and lawn sprinkler, to name a few. Many inventors tried to sell imitations of the devices that Elijah invented, but companies wanted the real items, that’s how the term “the real McCoy” came to be.
The First Clock
Benjamin Banneker, born November 9, 1731, created the first Clock. Apparently using as a pocket watch as a model, Banneker carved wooden replicas of each piece and used the parts to make a clock that struck hourly. He completed the clock in 1753, at the age of 22. The clock continued to work until his death.
Kenneth Dunkley earned a significant place in the history of black inventors by creating Three Dimensional Viewing Glasses (3-DVG). This patented invention …Born in Karsalona, New Mexico and was born in December 12,1966.He is still living today and is the president of Holospace Labarotories Inc. in Camp Hill,Pennsylvania.
home security inventions
Marie Van Brittan Brown
While home security systems today are more advanced than ever, back in 1966 the idea for a home surveillance device seemed almost unthinkable. That was the year famous African-American inventor Marie Van Brittan Brown, and her partner Albert Brown, applied for an invention patent for a closed-circuit television security system – the forerunner to the modern home security system.
Brown’s system had a set of four peep holes and a camera that could slide up and down to look out each one. Anything the camera picked up would appear on a monitor. An additional feature of Brown’s invention was that a person also could unlock a door with a remote control.
A female black inventor far ahead of her time, Marie Van Brittan Brown created an invention that was the first in a long string of home-security inventions that continue to flood the market today.
Every time a person crunches into a potato chip, he or she is enjoying the delicious taste of one of the world’s most famous snacks – a treat that might not exist without the contribution of black inventor George Crum.
The son of an African-American father and a Native American mother, Crum was working as the chef in the summer of 1853 when he incidentally invented the chip. It all began when a patron who ordered a plate of French-fried potatoes sent them back to Crum’s kitchen because he felt they were too thick and soft.
To teach the picky patron a lesson, Crum sliced a new batch of potatoes as thin as he possibly could, and then fried them until they were hard and crunchy. Finally, to top them off, he added a generous heaping of salt. To Crum’s surprise, the dish ended up being a hit with the patron and a new snack was born!
Years later, Crum opened his own restaurant that had a basket of potato chips on every table. Though Crum never attempted to patent his invention, the snack was eventually mass-produced and sold in bags – providing thousands of jobs nationwide.
The Blood Bank
It’s impossible to determine how many hundreds of thousands of people would have lost their lives without the contributions of African-American inventor Dr. Charles Drew. This physician, researcher and surgeon revolutionized the understanding of blood plasma – leading to the invention of blood banks.
Born in 1904 in Washington, D.C., Charles Drew excelled from early on in both intellectual and athletic pursuits. After becoming a doctor and working as a college instructor, Drew went to Columbia University to do his Ph.D. on blood storage. He completed a thesis titled Banked Blood that invented a method of separating and storing plasma, allowing it to be dehydrated for later use. It was the first time Columbia awarded a doctorate to an African-American.
At the onset of World War II, Drew was called upon to put his techniques into practice. He emerged as the leading authority on mass transfusion and processing methods, and went on to helm the American Red Cross blood bank. When the Armed Forces ordered that only Caucasian blood be given to soldiers, Drew protested and resigned.
The Super Soaker
Lonnie G. Johnson
An anonymous source said of the Super Soaker®: “I got fired from a job once because of my Super Soaker. I guess that’s what happens when you accidentally drench a customer when you’re trying to get a co-worker who ducks.”
Famous black inventor and scientist Lonnie G. Johnson probably didn’t have that little scenario in mind when he invented the Super Soaker squirt gun, but it is one of the countless memories that can be recalled by those who were young enough to enjoy the Super Soaker after its release in 1989.
Johnson’s resume boasts work with the US Air Force and NASA (including work on the Galileo Jupiter probe and Mars Observer project), a nomination for astronaut training and more than 40 patents, but it’s for a squirt gun that he’s best known. Johnson conceived of a novelty water gun powered by air pressure in 1982 when he conducted an experiment at home on a heat pump that used water instead of Freon. This experimentation, which resulted in Johnson shooting a stream of water across his bathroom into the tub, led directly to the development of the Power Drencher, the precursor to the Super Soaker.
Lonnie G. Johnson now has his own company, Johnson Research and Development, and continues to do work for NASA.
Long Distance Cargo Refrigeration System
Anytime you see a truck on the highway transporting refrigerated or frozen food, you’re seeing the work of Frederick McKinley Jones.
One of the most prolific Black inventors ever, Jones patented more than 60 inventions in his lifetime. While more than 40 of those patents were in the field of refrigeration, Jones is most famous for inventing an automatic refrigeration system for long haul trucks and railroad cars.
Before Jones’ invention, the only way to keep food cool in trucks was to load them with ice. Jones was inspired to invent the system after talking with a truck driver who lost his whole cargo of chicken because he couldn’t reach his destination before the ice melted. As a solution, the African-American inventor developed a roof-mounted cooling system to make sure food stayed fresh.
In addition to that refrigerator invention, Jones also invented an air-conditioning unit for military field hospitals, a refrigerator for military field kitchens, a self-starting gas engine, a series of devices for movie projectors and box-office equipment that gave tickets and made change. Jones was posthumously awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1991 – the first Black inventor to ever receive such an honor.
Dr.James E West.
Inventor. Born February 10, 1931, in Prince Edward County, Virginia. West headed to Temple University in 1953 to study physics, and worked during the summers as an intern for the Acoustics Research Department at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hills, New Jersey. He received a bachelor’s in physics in 1957, and was hired by Bell Labs in a full-time position as an acoustical scientist.
In 1960, while at Bell, West teamed up with fellow scientist Gerhard M. Sessler to develop an inexpensive, highly sensitive, compact microphone. In 1962, they finished development on the electret microphone. By 1968, the microphone was in mass production. James and Sessler’s invention became the industry standard, with 90 percent of all contemporary microphones??including telephones, tape recorders, camcorders, baby monitors and hearing aids??using their technology.
Upon retiring from Bell in 2001, West became a research professor at Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. During his career, he has developed more than 250 patents on microphones and related discoveries involving polymer foil electrets.
First Open Heart Surgery
Dale Hale Williams
Daniel Hale Williamswas born on January 18, 1856 in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. He was the fifth of seven children born to Daniel and Sarah Williams. Daniel’s father was a barber and moved the family to Annapolis, Maryland but died shortly thereafter of tuberculosis. Daniel’s mother realized she could not manage the entire family and sent some of the children to live with relatives. Daniel was apprenticed to a shoemaker in Baltimore but ran away to join his mother who had moved to Rockford, Illinois. He later moved to Edgerton, Wisconsin where he joined his sister and opened his own barber shop. After moving to nearby Janesville, Daniel became fascinated with a local physician and decided to follow his path. He began working as an apprentice to the physician (Dr. Henry Palmer) for two years and in 1880 entered what is now known as Northwestern University Medical School. After graduation from Northwestern in 1883, he opened his own medical office in Chicago, Illinois.
Because of primitive social and medical circumstances existing in that era, much of Williams early medical practice called for him to treat patients in their homes, including conducting occasional surgeries on kitchen tables. In doing so, Williams utilized many of the emerging antiseptic, sterilization procedures of the day and thereby gained a reputation for professionalism. He was soon appointed as a surgeon on the staff of the South Side Dispensary and then a clinical instructor in anatomy at Northwestern. In 1889 he was appointed to the Illinois State Board of Health and one year later set for to create an interracial hospital.
On January 23, 1891 Daniel Hale Williams established the Provident Hospital and Training School Association, a three story building which held 12 beds and served members of the community as a whole.
The school also served to train Black nurses and utilized doctors of all races. Within its first year, 189 patients were treated at Provident Hospital and of those 141 saw a complete recovery, 23 had recovered significantly, three had seen change in their condition and 22 had died. For a brand new hospital, at that time, to see an 87% success rate was phenomenal considering the financial and health conditions of the patient, and primitive conditions of most hospitals. Much can be attributed to Williams insistence on the highest standards concerning procedures and sanitary conditions.
Two and a half years later, on July 9, 1893, a young Black man named James Cornish was injured in a bar fight, stabbed in the chest with a knife. By the time he was transported to Provident Hospital he was seeking closer and closer to death, having lost a great deal of blood and having gone into shock. Williams was faced with the choice of opening the man’s chest and possibly operating internally when that was almost unheard of in that day in age. Internal operations were unheard of because any entrance into the chest or abdomen of a patient would almost surely bring with it resulting infection and therefore death. Williams made the decision to operate and opened the man’s chest. He saw the damage to the man’s pericardium (sac surrounding the heart) and sutured it, then applied antiseptic procedures before closing his chest. Fifty one days later, James Cornish walked out of Provident Hospital completely recovered and would go on to live for another fifty years. Unfortunately, Williams was so busy with other matters, he did not bother to document the event and others made claims to have first achieved the feat of performing open heart surgery. Fortunately, local newspapers of the day did spread the news and Williams received the acclaim he deserved. It should be noted however that while he is known as the first person to perform an open heart surgery, it is actually more noteworthy that he was the first surgeon to open the chest cavity successfully without the patient dying of infection. His procedures would therefore be used as standards for future internal surgeries.
For those who seek to live a spiritual life in Jah Rastafari.
The Rasta Prayers
The Rasta prayers are intended to activate the powers of the Most High, to help one find help and healing during a time of distress, need or comfort. The names of “King Selassie I,” “Empress Menen” and “Jah” are the equivalent of saying “Jesus Christ” and “God” in Christianity. These names are used to invoke high, clean, positive constructive, spiritual energy.
The Bible Psalms
Read the Psalms scripture that follow each prayer, to help further activate and communicate your need, to Jah Rastafari for help, protection, healing, and strength.
To the Almighty Creator. You love me and forgive me, always. Your mercy is as big as your Majesty. In you I put all my faith and all my trust, you are there for me even before I need you.
‘Jah Jah right now I am feeling lonely. Please help me Jah, to feel safe, fullfilled and loved. Jah I know in your time, I will feel condifent and hopeful once again.’
Jah is the creator, he created me to be a happy and fullfilled being. Jah is with me at all times, in his rememberance I am never alone.
‘Jah Jah, Satan is trying to get in the way of the beautiful plans you have for my life. I am feeling suicidal right now Jah. Please fill my mind and heart, with your truth, that there are good things coming to me right around the corner when I walk with in your loving light’
Only two entities know my future, the Almighty Jah, and the wicked Satan. I defeat Satan with Jah love, every time.
‘Jah Jah please help me to forgive… Please put your light into my heart that it may be unhardened. Jah I know with you all things are possible.’
Jah causes the sun to rise and to set, a new day comes every 24 hours. With this new beginning day, we are encouraged to release all that is no longer serving us, and make way for new opportunities, and experiences to come.
‘Jah Jah please, in your time, and in your very special way, reveal to me, the path of least resistance, for my financial prosperity.’
Jah Jah sees and knows all things, he will reveal to me the path that is just right for me for my personal financial prosperity.
‘Jah Jah, right now I am not feeling much self love. But I know Jah Jah you made me in your image. Please Jah, help me to see my self the same way that you see me. For I know in your eyes I am a perfect beautiful being.’
Jah made me complete, Jah made me whole. Therefore in his eyes I am perfect. Today I will love my self and see my self Just as The Almighty Creator does – as His masterfully created beautiful perfect being.
‘Jah Jah you see the loss that I am facing, and you know how this loss has effected my heart. Jah please give me relief from this loss, help me to see each day anew, and instill in me forward perspective.’
Jah Jah sees and knows all things. He wants me to depend on me. In the past I have suffered a loss, but now with the guiding light and love of Jah The Almighty, I am looking forward to a brand new day and more opportunities to be an instrument of Jah. Sometimes loss, is an opportunity to work for Jah the Almighty, in disguise.
‘Jah Jah, please remove these feelings of anger from my heart. Please fill me with your living light so that I may be uplifted and free. Jah Jah, walk with me each and every day that may be a clear example of your love in action.’
Jah Jah made me to live in love. In him I put my faith and trust. Anger cannot stay where the love of King Selassie I, and Jah the Almighty thrive.
Broken heart /Break up
Jah Jah, you have always been my guide. I am suffering a broken heart. Please Jah send me a healing for my heart, that I may start to feel a new.
Jah created me whole, even with a broken heart, I am a whole and complete being. I look to Jah to fill me up, for he is my unlimited everlasting source of love.
“Jah Jah right now I have an enemy. ….is his her name. This person is causing a disruption in my life and my thinking patterns. Jah Jah, I leave vengeance up to you, for in Romans 12:19 you said ‘…vengeance is mine I will repay.’
I put my faith and trust in Jah that in his time and in his great wisdom, he will rectify the situation hand with my enemies. Jah Jah is the great equalizer.
“Jah Jah, you see and you know my heart. Right now I need some healing, oh Most High. Please, heal my heart. Plant your seed of renewal and hope inside my heart dear Jah. In your name, I seek healing to start a new.”
Jah Jah is the creator, he sees and knows all things. He wants me to cast my troubles upon him, he has the power to heal me. All my faith and trust is in Jah the Almighty.
‘Jah Jah, Just like you created the Garden of Eden to bloom a new, I ask Jah Jah for a fresh new start. Bless me so that my mind nor my heart will not be weighed down by troubles or concerns of the past. Bless me so that I may look forward to taking a new step forward, on a brand new horizon.’
Jah Jah, is the creator, he builds a new. By the birth of new born babies to the rise of a new sun each day. I know he is constantly serving humanity, with his love and his new beginnings.
‘Jah Jah, I am feeling overwhelmed at this time. I know all things come to “pass.” Therefor I ask that you please lift this feeling of being overwhelmed from me, until this time has passed. Bless me Jah, that I may feel free, and light, once again.’
Jah Jah, created me, he never leaves me alone. I cast all my troubles upon him, for he has the Almighty power to handle all that I with human abilities cannot.
‘Jah Jah at this time I am feeling hopeless. Please help me to feel a new. Place it in my heart that all that is happening around me is happening for your Higher Purpose. I remain steadfast, that you are watching over all things Jah Jah.’
Jah Jah, I know you designed my for greatness, I will remain steadfast, until the tide has turned.
‘Jah Jah, please help me. I am feeling unloved. Jah Jah, I know you never leave me, I know your presence, is everlasting. I know you are always there and hear my every request, for I am your child.’
Jah is the Almighty. He has powers and abilities to heal and help me. Jah has the ability to love and accept me, in ways that no human can. In Jah I am always loved.
‘Jah Jah, you see and you know my heart. Jah please help me to turn my addiction to …around. Please eliminate the urge to ….from my heart mind and body, oh Jah. You are the great creator and the great healer.’
Jah knows Satan has many temptation in our path, with the love and light of Jah all can be over come, I trust the Almighty, to release Satan’s hold on me… and to release me from this addiction.
‘Jah Jah, please remove these lustful thoughts, feelings and desires from me. Help me to walk in your light of self control, Self love, and Self Confidence. Please Jah Jah bless me to start a new.’
Jah, gives me self control, Jah gives me self love, I need not be temped by lust and promiscuous sins of Satan.
‘Jah Jah, you hold the light. The light of truth. Please protect me oh Jah from….’
Jah Jah, holds the power of the light of truth and love in all things. In Jah light, as long as I have a clean heart, his light surrounds me and protects me from evil day and night.
‘Jah Jah, when you made me I was perfect, please put me on the path to become more like the day you made me. In you Jah Jah I seek to improve my self, please put your hand on my heart in order that I may fulfill this desire.’
Jah Jah loves me and wants me to be my best at all times, with his love, and guidance, self-improvement is inevitable.
Updated June 22,2016: I have a Rasta Prayer book coming out soon. Please check back for that on amazon. It will be finished by the end of July. As soon as it is published I will update this page. I give you my love. Rastafari.
I also have a quick concise very informative book on Rasta beliefs book coming out soon. I was inspired to write it when I paid attention to how I speak to others.
Its been a long time since I did one of these but I feel it is the best thing right now. I am suppose to be going to Jamaica by the end of the year. I feel I am not financially prepared. But Jah asked me to do this about 3 years about, just fresh after I started growing my dreadlocks. Could you imagine telling the Almighty that you are not ready? Well…that is exactly what I did. I have not stopped paying through the nose for this decision. I now know my happiness and financial situation today would have been dramatically different had I taken his advice.
I am feeling somewhat confused right now…about many things. The only thing I know for sure is that I do want to keep on writing e-books. I will be honest. My heart has been broken by a Jamaican man lately without explanation. There was no intimate action, so I guess that makes it a bit better, but still it hurts. One good thing is it has inspired me to write a new book. I’m still scared to go to Jamaica, and having a broken heart is not helping, but some where deep down inside of me, I know that with what I intend to do, it’s better I do it without him. I feel like my mind will be more focused now on my business instead of him. I swear some women just give too much to their men, I am definitely one of them.
Advice from Spiritual Friend
So, I have a very spiritual friend. She is a Christian, we talked last night, she encouraged me to pray and to Just take a leap of faith. This is after I told her that the Almighty has a way of working things out for me. Sometimes even better than what I had intended. He knows me, he knows whats best for me.
He foresaw our Breakup
Before my boyfriend ( a Jamaican man) and I broke up, I was entering it felt like, a state of depression. I couldn’t seem to get my self to be happy. To be happy was an effort. I hated pretending, but I felt I had to do it, mostly for him. Would you believe every time I needed that guy, he would turn his back on me. In hindsight, he wasn’t interested in me at all, just the idea of me. Having a woman from foreign to talk to. Gee Wiz. I was being used. Truth is I was using him too. I knew I was. Cause I wanted some one living in Jamaica to talk to. Funny. You know what he said to me recently. He said…in reference to a text message I sent him expressing my love….’ If I am pretending…I know you are not pretending’ I was so focused on the part of him knowing that I was being honest, that I didn’t even realize, he was telling me he wasn’t being real with me. The part that really kills me is….why on Jah green earth would he do this 30 days before I am about to see him again. We have been talking on the phone for 8 months….30 days before I arrive you pull out. I suppose I should look at it figuratively as well huh. Gross but true. I am thankful to the Almighty Jah, that I found out how he was now instead of later.
Any way I have some big plans for my visit, or my move to Jamaica. Everything is up in the air. My spiritual friend suggested I buy a new backpack, just for my trip, and just go with the flow. With the Almighty, all things are possible.
Some of my Rastafari Books
Well, I have recently finished my book on African-American Spirituality entitled ‘Rastafari’ get on amazon.com Its Jam packed with information. Great for anybody who wants to understand Rastafari, for the truth of it. Actually I wrote the book with the Jamaican black people in mind. I am currently writing a book of ‘Jah Jah Prayers’ and another book called ‘White Rastafari’ Well maybe I am burying my self in work so that I don’t think about that guy who just stopped calling me with no explanation. That’s life right. But the truth is I didn’t much appreciate his way of thinking. It was very different from mine. I am about cleanliness, the Rastafari way of thinking living and doing. He had more of a Babylonian mind; sleep with as many women as you can unprotected. I’m sorry but its true. The funny thing is, I know he is one of the better quality Jamaican men. LOL. Anyway I think I have talked enough. I love you all. thank you for listening.
New Book ‘Jah Prayers’ Jah Rastafari Prayers for life’s difficult times.
‘Jah Jah please help me to forgive. Please put your light into my heart that it may be unhardened. Jah you created, day and night, I know with you all things are possible.’
Jah causes the sun to rise and to set, a new day comes every 24 hours. With this new beginning day, he encourages us to release all that is no longer serving us, and make way for new opportunities, and experiences to come. In the light and love of the Almighty Jah, I allow forgiveness to fill my heart, with the rise of the new sun.