In his awesome book, The Hero With an African Face, Clyde Ford tells us that the BaKongo people of Africa have a myth of their people who were born into slavery. The slaves were first taken to the land of the dead, a forest with no food and a sea on every side. In the hearts and minds of their BaKongo kin, slaves were heroes, thrust into the bleak landscape of Mputu (which is what they called the white enslavers) to confront the dark powers there. Eventually, the myth tells us, these forlorn heroes were assisted by divine intervention: ‘God gave them civilization . . . and food … and every needful thing.’ And even today, the BaKongo consider African Americans to be hero-souls of ancestors departed to Mputu who will return home again as heroes must.
The BaKongo understood that the journey home is not just in the material world but in our minds, in our consciousness, in our thoughts. It doesn’t really matter what we do in the physical, we can only return home as we evolve within; we can only return home when we complete that vital process of transformation that infuses us with the hope of glory; we can only return home when we leave the past behind and step out into the unexpected into the realm of nowhere, no place and no time.
When it returns home, the soul of a hero brings transformation, brings the spiritual rebirth of renewal, brings the fresh insight of new visions, brings the tolerance of humility, brings the compassion of love.
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Our souls touch and embrace other souls
with an awareness that defies physical vision.
Our souls see beyond appearances
in the world of flesh to the love
that only the eternal realm of grace can see.
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