Sunday Church No. 13

Lock eyes with the Sun and spark your inner fire.
Lock eyes with the Sun…

As I sat on a stump in the valley and hummed the ohm, my spirit told me to stand up and look into the Sun. Once my eyes adjusted, rainbow rings radiated from its exquisite form.  I began to feel warm. I discovered that if you lock eyes with the Sun, He will spark your inner fire.

Eye-and-eye mantra: Be the woman you want to be at all times.

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2013-2014 Ajua Hawkins

Yay!! Pics from my “Holistic Health & Intro to Reiki” workshop are up on the APEDF’s blog!

Holistic Health & Intro to Reiki presentled by ajualuv Feb. 16, 2013
Holistic Health & Intro to Reiki presented on Feb. 16, 2013

The African People’s Education and Defense Fund has posted a side-show and article about the workshop I conducted last weekend, “Holistic Health & Intro to Reiki.”  You can find the article here.  I am so thankful for that opportunity and am looking forward to spreading more knowledge about healing and divine-empowerment!  You can read the text of the article after the jump…

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Sunday Church No. 12

Random acts of love!
Random acts of love!

This picture was sent to me by a dear friend visiting D.C. from London.  My friend said that she has been seeing covert love and healing messages in this country and in hers more and more lately.  I recently read a tweet saying, there is no such thing as “conditional love”, there is only love.  Let’s make the evolutionary leap to a heartcentric way of life and use love energy as our starting point for all things.  Love is the way!

Eye-and-eye mantra: be the woman you want to be at all times.

Photography by Caro Money.

Copyright 2013-2014 Ajua Hawkins

Thank you APEDF!

ajualuv presents "Holistic Health & Intro to Reiki".
“Holistic Health & Intro to Reiki” presenation.

Thank you African People’s Education and Defense Fund and Uhuru Furniture for launching the Health in Our Hands Series and allowing me to present the ajualuv workshop, “Holistic Health & Intro to Reiki”.  I appreciate your sincere efforts at creating a more healthy environment for African people.

Eye-and-eye mantra: Be the woman you want to be at all times!

Photography by Uhuru Furniture staff.

Copyright 2013-2014 Ajua Hawkins

FREE Workshop: “Holistic Health & Intro to Reiki”

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Join ajualuv at the Uhuru Solidarity Center in Philadelphia, PA on February 16, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

I will be speaking on holistic health and explaining how Reiki can help balance your mind-body-spirit connection.

I look forward to seeing you there!

For more information contact the African People’s Education & Defense Fund: 215.546.1485

Copyright 2013-2014 Ajua Hawkins

Psychic Cab Driver Confessions

Riding in New York City

One night some years ago, feeling exhausted and ready for bed after a late night work function, I hailed a cab and slumped down rag-doll style into the back seat.  I asked the cabbie to drop me off at my apartment in the Murray Hill neighborhood of New York City.  The driver began to tell me about himself. His name was John Phillips and he was from an island in the Caribbean – which one I can’t recall now.  He then, to my great surprise, began to tell me about myself!

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Happy Kwanzaa!!

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Kwanzaa, created in 1966, is the modern reincarnation of the African first-fruit harvest celebrations observed from December 26 to January 1.  Growing up as an African living in America, I have always felt that sense of homelessness and duality that so many African-American academics write about and discuss.  Last year, I decided to create a list of holy days that I felt called to observe and not just blindly celebrate those the government deemed worthy enough to grant official.  On that list I wrote Kwanzaa and this is the first year that I have ever celebrated it.

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How I Keep Menses Sacred

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For most of my life, because my menses was never regular, and honestly because I wasn’t very aware of my body, I was unable to connect some of the turmoil occurring in my life to my unnatural menstrual cycle.  It wasn’t until my husband (at the time boyfriend) began asking all sorts of questions about the female body and its processes that I gave it any serious thought.  In fact he was the one, after watching a morning news show on menstruation, who informed me that I was indeed not “crazy” but just under the influence of hormones.  Once I began getting serious about my spiritual journey and more in tune with my body, I started to research the sacredness of this natural ritual and why I should protect myself at this very vulnerable time of the month.

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Happy Bodhi Day!

Meditating Buddha

Saturday (Dec. 8) was Bodhi Day, the Buddhist holy day celebrating the enlightenment of Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha, whose teachings form the foundation of Buddhist philosophy.  During his awakening, the Buddha: 1) came to the realization that he had been born and reborn many times, 2) uncovered the Law of Karma and recognized the importance of the Noble Eightfold Path, and 3) discovered the Four Noble Truths, before ultimately reaching Nirvana.

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Review: “Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Maya” by Leonard Everett Fisher

As a lover of colors and shapes, I was immediately drawn to Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Maya by Leonard Everett Fisher while browsing the shelves at my local library.  The mix of earth tones and primary colors encapsulated by thick black lines pop off the page and stirred the indigenous roots of my inner being.  I further found the book interesting, informative and easy to read.  While some of the deities (Goddess of Suicide and God of Human Sacrifice) featured may bring up questions from the youngest audience members, I felt that the book was quite accessible for children.  However, parents may want to edit out content they feel uncomfortable with presenting to their children.  I decided to feature the top five Mayan gods and goddess I felt were particularly interesting and beautifully drawn.

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Mind, Body, Spirit Expo at Lincoln Financial Field

On November 3, 2012, my husband and I checked out our first Mind, Body, Spirit Expo which took place at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.  It is advertised as the largest expo of its kind (personal growth and spirituality) in the northeast.  I was excited to meet like-minded people, see weird and unusual things, and discover new products, books and information.  If you are wondering what you will encounter at such an expo, below are some highlights from our trip…

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