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Jamaican Rastafari Empress Diary

“Today” – October 31 2012 (Halloween)

today it rained all day.

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?

just ignorance…really.

“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.

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“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.

Empress Diary Entry, love and rasta books

Listen to the Almighty

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.

Broken heart

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.

Forgiveness

‘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.

sorry I traveled to Jamaica…but im back!



I am so sorry to everyone that wondered WHAT THE HECK, happened to this website? I was away, I traveled to Jamaica in February. I was told on very short notice that I had this ticked (one day actually) and so I did not get a chance to wrap all my projects the way that I would have liked to. Oh my goodness, imagine one day to prepare for something you have been wishing for for 3 years. Here is a list of some things I had to do before I actually went to Jamaica.

  • go to the bank
  • call the company running my website and make a payment
  • call the company hosting my website and make a payment
  • go shopping for summer clothes and shoes
  • clean the house
  • buy some gift for my family memebers
  • do my laundry
  • pack for the trip
  • buy a new suitcase
  • …and so much more. Out of that whole list, I think, I only went to the bank, did my laundry, and packed for the trip u sing a very old suitcase, and oh yeah I cleaned the house too.  Clearly I did not have enough time to call the company running my websit and make a payment.  (I will post some pics and video soon) or visit my youtube channel

New book out! How to date a Jamaican man

So I should probably tell you about my new e-book, its called “how to date a jamaican man” it was inspired by my trip to Jamaica, and a fantastic friend/lover I met when I was down their. I was also inspired to write this book because of an article I wrote on this website with the same name, that so many people wanted to read. I figured…” why not do a book?” I thoguht that way I could include a lot more detail on Jamaican culture and the Jamaican mans way of thinking and of course his upbringing.

Here is some more detail on what is inside the e-book…

The Jamaican male mind on women
Recipes to keep your Jamaican man Strong
What to expect in your Role as Wifey
How to handle a Cheating Jamaican Man
How to Bring your Jamaican Man to America
10 Rules for Dating a Jamaican man
3 Things a Jamaican man must have
The Truth about the Rastafari Jamaican Man

bonus chapters
Sex with a Jamaican man for the first time, what to expect
How to meet the Jamaican man of your dreams

 

It is available on amazon right now.  Buy “how to date a jamaican man” the e-book on amazon. Instant download.

I have been doing a lot of black writing lately

I have been doing a lot of black writing lately. what does that mean? It means I seem to be drawn to write books that are about my people,  mainly to help to open our eyes. I did enjoy writing how to date a jamaican man, however i feel my purpose is something “higher” than this. I am enjoying my roots and and culture and my spirituality.

The Almighty gives me my direction…

I asked The Almighty about what I am soppose to be doing, (i am feeling weird in this moment) and what he told me shocked me, to think I have been given such responsibility. I mean I am happy, but I am terrified. The only way I can explain it is. This must be the way Obama felt when he realized he was actually going to be the one running the country. I mean it is certainly something I want to do, but the thought of actually doing it over whelms me. By the way, if there is anything in particular you would like to see on this website, anything in particular you would like me to write about you can always leave it in the comments. Back to what I was saying. I think since “he sees and knows all things” I will go ahead with what he has asked me to do.  I am scared shitless!

Rastafari book still to come

I have a book on Just Rastafari. It is very extensive, this is the main reason it is taking me so long to write it, plus the unexpected trip to Jamaica. But I am working on it and I am enjoying reading. I really do hope people like it. It is still coming please be patient with me.

Spirituality and more, Jamaican Website

I have a new website, but there is nothing there right now. Its called Jamaicanspiritualist.com. You will have to visit to find out what it is all about. i really do like sharing my spiritiuality and other things with you guys. Lifes good especially, when you be your self. Dont forget to read “how to become a rasta” now available as an e-book on amazon, as an instant download to your computer or kindle. In how to become a rasta you will learn…

Learn the ways of the Rastafarians, How to cook, pray and meditate like a Rasta. Find out what deep Rasta men are not allowed to do. The black King of Ethiopias’ (Emperor Haile Selassie) appeal to the leage of Nations. Learn the best way to start your Dreadlocks, based on your hair type, know the meaning of life according to Rastafari.

Well there is a lot I am doing right now. I will be offering Tarot card readings on my new website, for anybody who is interested. e-mail me any time at info@jamaicanspiritualist.com

More about my trip in a different post

I will write some more about my trip to Jamaica in a different blog post. I love Jah, and I love Jamaica. I have a lot to tell you. Mostly about how I felt as a Rastafari woman living in North America her whole life and finally going to the place that I have always known is my home. Until next time. Keep loving. Live as black African, this truth belongs to all of us.

Jah bless me, and Jah bless the whole world.

Rastafari lives.


 

Move to Jamaica? More Rastafari, More Jamaican vibes, my roots and culture

Should I move to Jamaica?

 

Every thing in my life tells me that I should move to jamaica? What do you think, should I? Last year I thought about it every day about 15 times a day. I kid you not. For a whole slew of reasons. Mostly I think the most high was trying to send me there. And he told me so. But of course I didn’t listen once again to my intuition….and doubted my self. Now I kick my self because knowing what I know , I could have been much happier there.

Here are my top 5 reasons for wanting to move to jamaica

For my jewelry (roots and culture) I  have a much better market, more Rastafari people and more Jamaicans and Caribbean

  • I have a family home there … my mother would like one of her children there
  • we could allow tourists to rent  our Jamaican family home to generate some income
  • More Rasta and Jamaican vibes (Reggae music, jamaican food, rasta parties etc)
  • many more single Rastafari men live in Jamaica….who approach life in the same manner as me
  • My astrology chart said my life would be better if I move to jamaica

So, why is it even a question in my mind….?

 

I am Afraid of the unknown…I am afraid of not knowing how things work. I am afraid of not being able to predict what my future will be like in Jamaica. Here in Canada, everything is streamlined. I know somethings in Jamaica are about who you know, or they have a more relaxed way of approaching things. I am afraid of having to get use to the market instead of the Grocery store….and so many other things. But I know I wont really know unless I try  it out….kind of like when I started my dreadlocks….lol

Am I running away from something?

The answer is yes. All that I want and the responsibility of it all. I am running away from that. In a way going to Jamaica is also a form of giving up (in my mind) things are progressing for me but the responsiblity and the time line just scares me ( and pisses me off) some times. Like this book, on “how to become a Rastafarian” I have just now printed it from my computer, to edit it. Why did it take me so long. Before this point I felt like I was getting no where with it…..Now that I see it as a hard copy in front of my….I know the train is moving…but it is just happening so slowly.

My Grandmother did not like living Canada

My Granny before I was born, use to live with my mom and Dad to help raise us. Apparently one day she had a conversation with my Mom, telling my mom that she was going back to Jamaica to live. My mom recounts my Granny saying something like “….Jamaica is my home….I’m not gonna let Canada kill me…” or “…Im not gonna let Canada work me to death..!” Some how she got a piece of land in Jamaica and that is where our family home sits today. As I am writing this I feel said because I know every part of what my Granny spoke to my Mom on that day is true. When I use to visit my Granny in Jamaica, her and my Grandpa were so at piece. Could you imagine, having your own property, and never having to move. Waking up to the hot sun and the rooster call every  morning. What a nice life. I want that life too.

My biggest Nay sayer is Mom

My biggest naysayer is my Mother. Sometimes I wonder if she is afraid of my success. She has way too much passion behind her response to me every time I say I want to move there. It’s almost like she sees in my something she wished she had. She can come up with huge reasons why I should not do it. One thing I have in my mind is…”God, please do not let me die on Canadian soil!” I want to die in Jamaica. That was also something my Granny use to tell my mom….lol So my Mothers biggest argument is….those people want to rob you as a foreigner. Like give me a break, you dress like you have nothing obviously, which I don’t…and dont flash gold or silver jewelry around…and you will be fine…..show the people who you have nothing you of value. Even if I do make money it wont be tun of money. I will only sell Rastafari and Jamaican colored jewelry for goodness sakes. How enticing can that be for someone who wants to rob someone…I mean really. And I am a girl. Like calm down mom, and stop dumping your own insecurities me.

My heart is in Jamaica too! 

I just feel like every day when I wake up and walk down the street, that this, is not my rightful home. It has every bit to do with what I feel in my heart. The good thing about it is this is not motivated by any other person such as a boyfriend or pressure from parents, so therefore, I know this is purely my desire.

I know once I touch down in Jamaica for the first time by my self as an adult, I am gonna wonder “what the hell took me so long?” That is not good, its like wasting time, and being completely aware of it.

What about Failure in J.A.?

I don’t really think about Failure when I think of moving to Jamaica, because I feel any thing I do in Jamaica, anything that does or does not work out for me, will be a “win win!” Why, because I will have hot whether and the beach to visit, more Rastafari men and women to relate to, and my own culture surrounding me 2 hours a day 7 days a week. For me as a Rasta, those things are priceless. So what do you think based on all you have Just read, should I move to Jamaica?

Cheap place to stay in Jamaica? Private Jamaican home / hostel

Hi guys this is gonna be just a small post on my family house in Jamaica. I was wanting to know how many people need a cheap place to stay in Jamaica. Our home is private, we charge hostel prices about $30 – $50 a night depending. Let me know.

Jamaican Dating

I know many women men and couples are interested in traveling to the caribbean to meet jamaican men or jamaican women. Your reasons are irrelavent to me, but if you need a cheap place to stay my family home might be just the trick especially if you dont wan to spend alot of money on accomodations. or if you are seeking free jamaican dating or rasta dating online please sign up on my forum….http://forum.jamaicanrastafarianlove.com, I am considering just hooking people up while I am there my self.

Jamaican Culture and Jamaican travel

Many people want to visit Jamaica to learn about the culture or just to get away as a vacation. Jamaica is the place to be. Our home is located in the country in Westmoreland close to negril. So if you were searching for a cheap hotel accomodation in Negril maybe today is your lucky day.

jamaican flags: bob marley, rasta lion, meaning and where to buy

Jamaican Flags, how many are there, what do they mean?

Jamaican Flags and Jamaican Culture have literally been a part of my life from the moment I was born. When I was a little girl, age 0 – age 3 my Family use to Run a Reggae music Record Store. So, from a long time, I have the influence of Rastafari and Reggae music in my life. Jamaican flags have surrounded me and given me a feeling of comfort, for many years. There are 3 main Jamaica Flags.

The Rastafarian Flag, or Lion of Judah Flag – This flag was popularized by many Rastafarians of the late 70s including but not limited to Bob Marley. You know this flag by its Red yellow and green stripes, and the beautiful lion that stands gracefully yet, victoriously against the rasta colors. Originally this flag was the Ethiopian original flag, and still is today. Rastafarians pay homage to this flag as it is representative of Emperor Haile Selassie, a black King crowned king of Ethiopia in 1930. If you want to buy a Rastafari lion of Judah, rasta flag, click here.

The Jamaican FlagThe Jamaica Flag has been an important symbol in Jamaican Culture and abroad forever. Jamaica got its independence in 1962.  Since then Many Jamaicans proudly display their Jamaican flags, in their home, in their cars and even on their clothing. Truly I find the Jamaican Flag to be one of the most beautiful Flags ever. The black represents the black people of Jamaica, the green represents the agriculture of the Jamaican land, and the yellow represents, the sunshine that so beautiful surrounds this beautiful Caribbean island. As a Rasta Woman, the Jamaican flag is very special and will always hold a special place in my heart. If you are looking to buy your very own jamaican flags click here.  Or read more about the meaning of the jamaican flag.

The Jamaican Flag with Bob Marley – This flag is an absolute Gem. Bob  Marley took Rastafari and the Jamaican flag Globally. all around the world people can sing the words to at least one Bob Marley Reggae music song. Bob Marley became so big, that people think red yellow and green is a representation of Bob Marley. They don’t know that these colors symbolize, Rastafari. Well, that’s a beautiful thing. Bob Marley sang many songs, of love, freedom and equal rights for all, and togetherness. For this reason, there exists a Jamaican Flag with Bob Marley on it. I am so proud to be a Jamaican. Jah Rastafari! To buy your own Jamaican Flag with Bob Marley in the middle, at this flag shop for jamaica and rasta items.

2 biggest influences in Jamaican Culture

The Jamaican Culture is made up of 2 very basic things, in regards to the way the people think. Reggae music, including Rasta Reggae music, and the Christian Bible. Jamaicans take what is written in the Christian bible very seriously. About 11 out of 10 yes I did say 11 out of 10 Christian Jamaicans know exactly where their bible is in their home, and that very special location is usually on the night stand next to their bed. This influence creates a people who are hard-working, caring, and who speak about God, and the work of God very openly. Jamaicans do nothing without God! I think the influence of the Christian bible is positive, it makes for a people who have very clear opinions on whats right and whats wrong. To learn how to date a jamaican man, click here.

The next biggest influence is Reggae music. Reggae music is played in Jamaica morning noon and night. The thing is music is also a great motivator. This is why Jah has so many Rastafarians working through music to share his word and desires for people to come closer to him and to love each other. Yeah, that may have sounded like a whole bunch of nothingness, I know….I am hoping you did get something meaningful out of what I just wrote. Reggae music, sits next to the heart of many Jamaicans and sounds good too! I think Reggae music causes the Jamaican culture to be creative, honest, and fun. To Check out some cool places to buy reggae hats…click here.

2 Religions of Jamaica

RastafariRastafari is the spiritual beliefs of the Rastafarians. Rastafari has grown world-wide. This way of life became popularized by the late great Bob Marley and is now known by the wearing of the Red Yellow and Green, Rasta colors. Rastafarians believe that Zion awaits (heaven) and that living a pure and clean life is the way to ensure your own spiritual entry into Zion.

Christianity – As I mentioned earlier. Christianity has a big influence over the Jamaican people. I can remember as a Child all adults in my family read the bible before going to sleep. Now I have become the adult who reads the bible before going to sleep. So, you see these christian beliefs have been passed down from generation to generation. As a Rastafari woman, the Christian bible has a special meaning to me. (that was not meant to be a put down to anyone…lol)

Mindset of The Jamaican People

In the Jamaican culture there is a lot of emphasis on Education and creativity. Why? I don’t know. But they believe if you are good at something you should push to get your self known. Which makes sense now that I think about it. There is also much emphasis on education because the jamaican people believe a good education is the foundation to a good life and good future.

As far as socializing goes, Jamaican people are not the friendliest when they don’t know you. But once you do know them, you will find that they are a very warm and generous people. You just have to get past the tough exterior to the warm heart. But, don’t go trying, it must happen naturally other wise they will view you as a fake and a phony. Even to this day, I am still like this my self.

Jamaican people also believe each man should be free to do as he or she feels, as long as they are not hurting anybody. We have a common phrase…..”its not my business” in other words you mind your own business, and I will mind mine. We dont easily poke our noses where they do not belong. I like this, and follow this philosophy my self. Read more about Jamaican traditions here.

Caribbean Love

I have so much love for the Caribbean culture. The music, the food, the people. I am happy Jah made me a Jamaican, and happy Jah made me Rastafari. If you have not yet visited Jamaica for your self, I encourage you to go. It is an experience you will never forget, and one you will desire to experience again and again. If you are searching for information on traveling to Jamaica, check out some forums online. Just type Jamaica+forum+travel. Want to learn how to cook a Jamaican style Breakfast…? Just click here.

Do you want to see some of my Rastafarian jamaican Accessories, that I hand made….just click the picture

 jamaican flag earrings, jamaican accessories, jamaican jewelry

jamaican flags: bob marley, rasta lion, meaning and where to buy