how to know if you should become rastafarian: 10 questions

Should I become a Rasta? 10 Questions

Wondering how to know if you should become Rastafarian? Are you wondering what it all entails and if it’s the right thing for you to do?….here I have written some things for you to consider before following this way of life.

Rastafari comes from the heart…

how to tell if someone is RastaDo you feel in your heart the Rastafari livity is right for you?  You will now follow the way of life of the Rasta people. To start the Rasta livity and then to, stop the Rasta  livity, is a sin in Rastafari. So, know that if you begin and accept this way of life…it is forever? To call your self Rasta, is not just about wearing Rasta colors….it is a spiritual mindset, a life acceptance…a spiritual way of life, that comes from the heart.

Lock your hair and accept whatever comes?

dreadlocks cleanPeople won’t always like or accept you as a Rasta. They may not like your appearance. They may view you as a rebel of some sort, with your hair in dreadlocks. Are you willing to accept these judgments?  Some people think that to be Rasta is a group venture, or something you do because your significant other is a Rasta. Rasta is Rasta when nobody is looking. We never turn it off…even when we are put down for it….we just accept the negativity of Babylon…and keep the ways of Jah and Rastafari in our lives. Are
you willing to do the same?

Your friends and family may turn against you

Many Rasta  will tell you that their family turned against them once they started to lock their hair and embrace the Rastafari spirituality. This is especially common in Jamaican and Caribbean  families. I believe your family turning against you is just part of the process of drawing closer to Jah. He wants you to depend on him, and him only. This was certainly true for me. it truly hasn’t been an easy journey.  I also have a friend who’s family did the same thing to him (he is Jamaican as well) He said once he started accepting him self as Rasta and teaching the livity to his younger brother, his mother kicked him out of the house, with nothing. Just something for you to consider.


Ready to give up some so-called, “simple pleasures?”

You don’t mind being the only one in the room who is Rastafari

cropped-Bob-Marley-900x1600.jpgBelieve me if you live in America, it may happen often that you are the only one in the room who is Rastafari.  A lot of this will depend on your life style and day-to-day activities, of course. Don’t be surprised if you are the only one who is Rasta in any given situation. I find people respond fine to me as long as my dreadlocks are not showing. Once my locks are showing, some people seem to treat me even nicer, and some just want nothing to do with me. You see you must understand many people have preconceived notions about Rastas, and some have preconceived notions about what it means to have dreadlocks. Just wanted to give you a heads up that you may be out numbered sometimes. Just remember Jah is everything, and Zion our home.

Willing to give up late nights, and drug abuse?

Late night parties and drug abuse seems to be the in thing now a days. I meet many people who say ” I did this drug, or I haven’t tried such and such a drug yet!” like for real??? Late night parties and drug abuse, or light drug use….is not a part of the Rastafari livity. We make exceptions for Rasta  gatherings and marijuana, but that’s it. The Rastafari spirituality is about purity, and cleanliness, this is why we do not smoke cigarettes. We feel that staying out all night, is an abuse to the body. We also feel that late night partying does not often lead to anything good. We avoid clubs and bars unless they are Rasta oriented. Could you cut out the club, and bar scenen, and refrain from any type of recreational drug use?

Read your bible and follow the commandmentsconvert to rastafari

Rasta like to read our bible. Many of us like to carry our bible with us when we go out. It is important if you are thinking of following the Rastafari way of life, to read the bible on a regular basis, and make an effort to understand what you are reading. The commandments of the bible, is something we Rasta take very seriously…Here they are for you to consider to know if you should become Rastafarian. Rastafari Empress women dress respectable

Rasta Women Cover up for Jah

rasta cover dreadlocksOne thing I forget to mention on my blog, that is actually written in the bible is….Rastafari women don’t wear shiny jewelry, nor do we fancy up our hair. Ok maybe not never….but it is important to remember that to be humble is the name of the game. We dress for the lord. We don’t dress as if we are stepping out of a hip hop video. We are conservative, feminine and simple. As a Woman are you ready to do the same?

Are you willing to teach the Rastafari livity to your children?

rasta childRastafari is an all-encompassing spirituality. This is the reason it is known as a way of life and not a religion. Rastafari starts with the most high and permeates everything we do. Including what we eat, how we dress, how we wear our hair and what we teach our children.  Again, Rastafari is all-encompassing. I am in the process of writing a book for you to read more until then….ask your self if this is something you would like to teach your children as well. Even if you don’t directly teach this way of life to your children, through  your actions you are teaching it to them, because children, sense, see and hear all that you do and say, and feel.

Rastafarian beliefs on Universal Love:

For a Rastafarian love is everything. There are two things that a dread cannot separate, that he hold dear to his heart, the first is god, the next is love…this includes all type of love, and love for all. A dread loves like no body else. He is true, accepting, and remains constant. Love to a Rastafarian, once started just grows from his heart. Rastafarians love their romantic partners with every part of their being, and enjoy it. We love with honor, peace, and respect.

Rastafarian beliefs on Money and Employment:

Rastafarians believe everyman must live how he chooses. But we know the best way for a man to make his money is by doing something that he loves, and by sharing the word, and his love for God. The best occupation is to do one of these things. Rastafarians know they are here to serve God and that is why flexibility and creative independence in his work is so important to him.

10 questions to know if you should become Rastafarian …Rasta_Way_of_Life_Cover_for_Kindle

  1. If my boyfriend/girlfriend and i broke up (the one I converted to Rastafari for) would I still keep the faith?
  2. do I love Jah with all my heart morning noon and night keeping his words and desires for my life in my heart?
  3. Am I willing to stop unproductive behaviors to keep my spirit “clean” in the eyes of the most high?
  4. Am I willing to be the only one in the room who is Rastafari at times?
  5. Do I know enough about the Rastafari Livity to call my self Rasta? here is 5 facts about Rastafarians
  6. Am I willing to accept Emperor Haile Selassie As God?
  7. Can I say no to meat, pork bacon, pizza, etc whole heartedly embrace vegan diet?
  8. Can I truly say I love everyone on the planet regardless of race color or  class?
  9. Can I be humble and walk away from arguments, conflict, etc as a Rasta?
  10. Can I accept my self as Rasta without seeking the approval of others?


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46 thoughts on “how to know if you should become rastafarian: 10 questions

  1. I am looking to develop into the rasta lifestlye. I am 15 and have read this article countless times and believe i am ready. I have had bursts of anger in the past and have been under the law. I believe becoming a rasta would keep me on the right track and show me the meaning of life and mental cleanliness. I am a frequent user of ganja but not in the essence to “get high.” Ive used it to understand nature and find out who i truly am. Oh, one last thing. I am white and have faced constant discimination by my parents once they found out my interest in becoming a rasta, but i believe in what i am doing is morally right. i believe every human on the planet is one. No matter what race we are all brothers. I am looking for someone to guide me in becoming a rasta. Please help me if you can, E-Mail me to give me guidiance to teach me more beliefs or maybe tell me abbout your expirience or even a book i could follow by. I hope my race does not effect ones choice to help me out. As Haile Selassie said,”the color of a mans skin is of no more signifigance than the color of his eyes

    Jah Bless
    One Love

    1. Your wisdom of Rastafari is beautiful. A you are white, and B, you are only 15 years old! You are so blessed. I am in the process of writing a book exactly for persons such as yourself who want to become closer to Jah and understand exactly what it entails to be a deep Rasta. If you have any questions, and I can answer them, I will.

      What you are doing is morally right. Rastafari is the truth, and for everyone. Yes we believe it is important to be menatally clean.

      Jah Bless, You follow a healthy and true way of life.

      I am curious to know, How did you start this way of life Idren?

  2. i have a rastafari boifrienn… and were having relationship problems that i dont understand sum timez… sumtimez were on 2 diff levels where i understand him and he dont understand me… please message me bakk on facebook… or email. thanks

  3. I brethen..I-n-I wish you the very best on your upcoming book. I-n-I pray that Jah guides your words into the right hands and opens the minds of every race n culture. I-n-I is 23 yrs old, I am originally from Lake Providence, Louisiana. Jah guided I to Rastafari I and I-n-I have been happy eversince. To anyone who is curious about Rasta way of livin this is a blessed website and a very blessed brethren. I-n-I wish many blessing for you from now until everlivin..RASTAFARI I JAH ONE LOVE PEACE

  4. i hav read read dis whole website, wel nt all of it..but mostly becoming Rasta…and i am sure that i want to start embracing the Rastafarian life style every question that is listed here on becumin a rasta i have have agreed to with no hesitation so i would like to recieve advice during my process….i’ve just begun dreading my hair and already my aunty and bestfriend are complaining. but only Jah knows what my mothe r will do once she knows about my hair…aniwaz i would like more info and advice

    Jah Bless
    one love

    1. It seems almost everybody I talk to who has just begun embracing Rastafari, says there family members have turned against them…
      you are not alone in this….
      My Mother and I have a next to non existent relationship, but didnt have much of one to begin with…
      I rely on the bible….to help me understand what it taking place in regards to other turning against me…
      Try to get to know as many Rasta people as possible…this will give you strength…
      Embracing Rastafari is the right thing to do…you know that already or you wouldnt be doing it…
      Much Love Sistren….
      Jah bless.

  5. Hello i am fully agreed to all of the beliefs but i only have one question. how do i dread my hair? if you could could get back to me on this i would greatly appreciate it. my e-mail is email me any time that is good for you.

    thanks and Jah bless

  6. Yesterday my best friend for 6 years told me that because I am rasta that she wont talk to I till I “come to” and realize my mistake. I thank Jah for his tests. I felt lighter after it happened. and I wish she could of accepted I for who I am as my family and other friends have. But Jah has his plan and I thank him everyday for it.
    Jah Bless

    1. Tim, I am sorry about your friend. I cant believe people are so against Rastafari. Still I dont totally understand why. I feel it is their lack, of understanding, and they are fearful of the unknown. You are not alone my friend. Please visit often. Maybe make some Rasta friends here including my self. Keep the faith. We Rasta know Ras Tafari is the right road.
      Jah Bless.

  7. This is just a poem of mines that InI want to share to all the ears, eyes, and hearts of Rastafari

    Most of us are blinded by times of the past,
    By the lies of the present,
    Or by unfaithfulness in the King; for our future
    Our eyes have become spectacles of black
    We place far the laws giving by Moses
    We disregard the place from whence we came; trying to blend into the ways of storytellers
    So many of our ears listen to their words of what’s to come
    O Lord, are we all traitors?
    For Jah has said beware of them; they mean to harm you; they mean to change the ways of righteousness
    And force slavery in every aspect of human living
    They spat on HIM; told us not to believe.
    But who died and gave them dominion over the minds of men?
    Did not the Creator of all, give all the power of free will?
    Brothers and Sisters be not tricked by words
    But be instead ready to challenge their opinions
    And stand by ol facts; that GOD is King of Kings
    And has made His land to be equally inhabited and ruled by any-every man
    Not distributed by the hands of any race
    Africa/Rastafari must unite against the racial apocalypse; become what we are meant to be; being created by the same Creator of every organism
    Become royal due to the connection to our Royal Highness
    If GOD has overcome the world, cant InI do the same?

  8. mi really havin trouble quitin meat, pork is a very easy issue becuase i dnt even like it but meat will take quite a while for me to quit…..and i dont mean to sound as if i dont want to stop eating meat, i mean that i believe in not makin ma body a cemitary but i need some time gettin rid of the habit of meat.

  9. dear
    jah friend
    am interestin raste life and grow my dread and looking for white single girl who want raster guy for friendship leadin to marriage
    could you please help me
    thanks for your mind

  10. I’ve always been a spiritual woman…hair loc’d for 5+ years, starting on no-meat diet, and rely on nature for the holy spirit. I just began my study on the rasta culture…and it’s amazing! I feel as if i’m there yet i didn’t have a name for it. Thank u for this website! It’s very helpful in over-standing rasta lifestyle. Peace be with u’ sista.

  11. greetings sistren Yuajah mi like to appreciate you for this fantastic site it has helped I en I strengthen my faith in the rasta culture. Jah bless. Ras Felix

  12. I am writing this to look for answers because i requier some guiance on enbrasing the rasta way of life i am only 15 and i want to be able to reflect my belifes in a way that gives me a sence of being . I reqire a place in life that gives me a purppose and devoting my time ,love and apriciation of life to the rasta way of life appeals to me in all ways.

    1. i am very new to all this and i wish for help because im a easily influenced person and am very vonourbul to my own feelings .how do i combat this in order to find peaci in my own mind and settle down into my new found way of life .im just trying to decide if its relly for me

      1. ive put some time into reading the history and learning about the way of life and i have decided that ill find it difficult to follow the requests that id have to undertake if i wer to enbrace tha way of life ,but a factor that will never change is my love for all people and my ability to acceppt anyone from any background .I would like to say that after reading up all about this i relly apriciate what you are ppramoting and hope meany more enbrase your teachings of jah

  13. Hello!how are you? i just wanted to ask you a couple of questions.
    you see i am a white teenager living in sweden,though I have grown up in greece… anyhow since i was 8 i have listened to reggae music but the last year I have given the idea of rasta a bit more thought.. and everything i have read about rasta so far seems like me.and most things that you have written on how to become a rasta I am allready 😛 anyhow that was just my backround , my question is , do you see it as bad for a white person to grow dreads and become rasta? Now i love Jah,our God with all my heart and i am prepared to do what it takes to call myself rasta. but then i again i think, does it really matter what colour my skin is? because Jah may created me this way but I still really want to become rasta so i am asking you. Does it matter that i am white?second question I was just wondering if you could shortly give me some proof that Haile Selassie is Jesus reincarnated.( i am willing to accept haile selassie as my god i just want something to strengthen my beliefe in Him) Thank you very much for what you do.jah bless you .hope you reply 😀

  14. i am 13 year old and my parents were divorced when i was 6 and i came across rastafari by my father, and believe it would help me stay true to jah in life but ive always had a problem with getting correct information and steps i need someone to guide me to zion and teach me this lifestyle please contact me a

  15. My name is Nia im 19 going on 20 and Im really sure I want to change my ways to the rastafari ways I understand most of everything through research but I know I am gonna continue to need some kind of gudience. Thankfully my family is really accepting of all of this. I really wish there was some type of support group for rastafari here in dallas,tx.

    1. Yes I know how you feel. Rastafari is the rightful way for all nations. You are do a good thing for your spiritual destiny.
      Bless. Love.
      PS. Try facebook.

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