On Awakening the Consciousness of Black Society–
And Why it is Not Enough
I joined a group on Facebook recently, Conscious Black Society– “A Community of Black People Endeavoring to Elevate Their Consciousness”. As a Practitioner of Conscious Evolution I continue to learn what Consciousness really is at a most profound level of understanding. I was very happy to see such a group and also hesitant in joining. You see one of the first steps in Liberation–which is what becoming Consciously Aware is–you have to claim responsibility. I viewed differently the aims of this group which suggests taking ownership. For me, this suggests a power struggle between individuals. However, in Conscious Evolution, you are the creative source and the source of creation. If we turn to a Conscious understanding to frame teachings in, they must abide by the Laws of Consciousness. The second tenet of Conscious Awareness, if you will, is “The Law of Volitionality” and it states that “if we want to be free, we have to be willing to assume absolute responsibility for everything that we do,” it continues “…the reason we believe we couldn’t possibly be responsible for everything that we do is simply that we are convinced that we are victims––victims who are out of control”.
Many works of black intellectuals seeking to liberate black individuals, highlights historically how we have been victims… that we have been subject of actions, we are the effected. I don’t claim to be an authority on this, however, I’ve often wondered if liberation is the ultimate goal, and we desire to liberate the black mind by empowering it, then we should state very purposely and understand that we wont find Conscious freedom steeped in our victimhood. We will merely come to understand the effects of our victimhood. The meaning of Conscious goes beyond the events of culture-it is The Source of Life. So while understanding history and its effects is important, at the same time we must give higher importance to understanding the deeper meaning of humanity, specifically, where and how it all began, and how we are not merely the result of, but we Are.
It is very important to understand how cultural conditioning blinds you from this powerful Truth. Ultimately, the path to liberation is both personal and impersonal. You need only settle matters within (understanding Ego and it’s conditioning effects) as this settles matters with the Whole, because you are (as the mind quantifies) both. Cultures have sub categories, however, Consciousness is one shared entity, Consciousness cannot truly be sub-categorized-it doesn’t “know” categories. Consciousness came before everything else–before there were many there was only one. Here on Earth we see ourselves as separate individuals, a deep form of cultural conditioning, in truth we are one Consciousness. Sounds crazy? Of course, could you imagine a fully decolonized mind/Earth? You could have before we culturally conditioned ourselves and forgot where we came from.
The idea of Black Empowerment through education may mean one thing, but I think for many it is interpretable as an educated way to have an antagonistic relationship with the world. Black (em)Power is a way to achieve self-empowerment. However, is charged with emotions and not the same thing as being Consciously Aware. Furthermore, being black and seeking consciousness is a label. To be Black and consciously aware is grounded in the individual’s history and experience, and possessing knowledge of those. However, it is still only the possession of events. Consciousness is Everything and is That which came before any event or any identity ever was, in fact, nothing ever happens in Consciousness-it is the place of no space, no time, no emotions; no events.
When we are unaware of conditioning, we are living purely in and for the ego. The ego, for some, is a power trip, for other’s obsequiousness. When we Awaken to, or begin, the path to Enlightenment, we become Aware of the workings of the Ego–we see it’s shadow, rather than being in complete (unaware) darkness. It is crucial that the “lay” mind who endeavors Liberation do so for a higher cause and not succumb to the ego’s need to merely find blame, as this is a form of victimization. The reason why unawareness of the ego’s effects, in the realm of Enlightenment, is consider darkness, is because it is what creates conditioning–the Spiritual Guru Andrew Cohen says that it is like having a book square to your nose, and then as you pull the book away (the book being the ego and the pulling away, taking the responsibility for your own enlightenment) you become aware of the book, the title, and eventually the words inside the book. So while learning about the African mind, you should know how the mind and ego work for all people.
Coming to understand how you have been culturally conditioned as a black person, “decolonizing the African mind”, is very important. However, bends down to “decolonizing” the Human mind. We are not here merely to liberate the colonized African mind, we are here to liberate the mind. Take for example, Martin Luther King, Jr. He understood that there was work to be done in Selma… and that ultimately black liberation would come in Washington. In no such way would I dare dismiss the higher works of Malcom X, Angela Davis, or Mwalimu Shajaa and others of that ilk–their works are invaluable. However, see someone like Frederick Douglass as an inspirator; he opened a door and made space for future generations, like MLKJr, to mix and create–the intellectual commodities of later generations are also opening doors and leading somewhere. Meaning, I am pointing to the contemplations of those who endeavor to elevate the consciousness of blacks and to an even higher level of contemplating that endeavors to elevate consciousness, period. The battles of Selma and Washington were for one cause, however, in the hierarchy of things it was ultimately the dealings in Washington that gave us our physical freedom. In matters of Liberating the mind it is important that our intellectual community begin contemplating Washington (i.e. Consciousness in it’s Entirety).
Existence is an evolutionary process, it is a trajectory. Conditioning comes from the Process’s experiences. Consciousness came first and Conditioning–black, white or otherwise–came during this process. Most importantly, Consciousness Is this process that we call life–it is where all life springs forth from. We are Consciousness in the same way that we identify with being Black or African.
More than an alignment or an idea of unification that says we are one (African) people, understanding what Consciousness is will lead you to a profound understanding that Humanity is one. Not only one with humans, but with all of creation. The same thing that created rocks, trees, and elephants is the source of creation that Is Homo Sapiens.
Going deeper into the understanding of Consciousness, equality we are taught is when two things are commensurate. However, equality at it’s most base understanding means identical or the same. While it is ever so important to comprehend what it means to be conditioned by culture, and how historical events within culture are a thread of information that leads to present day–if we want to awaken to the Absolute Truth, we have to go beyond our personal circumstances and conditionings. Following this line of equality–when we remain grounded in our human experiences, we can only see our individual separate selves. We see that we appear as separate entities; we have individual bodies, and physical differences. And to our individual separate sense of self and mind, we Know that black or white, African or German, are equal as humans. However, Consciousness (God) is the Whole process, meaning that Consciousness both gave birth to Africa and Germany(Being), and Is the process unfolding as Africa and Germany(Becoming). That is the most profound sense of Equality, because it is of greater intellectual importance(and less in sum value). It is Oneness; It is Liberation.
Black liberation is a power struggle. You want to liberate yourself from the doings of an oppression and its systematized inequalities; you want to reveal how your thinking and therefore quality of life is altered by these conditionings. You want to take power back. But all of these historical happenings and experiences caused by an Oppressor, all bow down to Creation (God). The human experience is Selma, and Creation (God) is Washington. Selma (Experience/Conditioning/Liberation from particular experiences) and Washington (Creation/God/Law/Truth/Freedom/ Liberation from the Conditioning of the Human Mind) are both important because Selma and Washington are one in the same. However, Washington ultimately holds the key. The African mind will find it’s “decolonization” not by staying grounded in the experience, but by letting go, and allowing the Kosmos (Creation/God/Universe) to reveal itself to you. The colonization of the African mind is part and parcel of the Truth.
The idea of Consciousness in Black society is a useful tool to awakening to specific conditionings of culture. Consciousness, however, is what ultimately we aspire to awaken to. Whereas, Black Consciousness awakens you to a particular group’s cultural conditionings, Liberation, is the ultimate Awakening to the Beginning–the Ground of All Being; Consciousness itself.