Exploring new places simultaneously means exploring new parts of ourselves. Each new adventure we embark on reveals new strengths and capabilities we were not previously aware of. Our dream life often mirrors our wake life consciousness, like psychedelic experiences lead the seeker in areas of interest already invested in.
Being a lucid dreamer (being aware of oneself in the dream) is an ability carried through the conscious experience into the subconscious, because it is through conscious repetition we program and enable our subconscious powers. Pretty much like the 2006 fantasy comedy Click where Adam Sandler plays a man living a mundane life who discovers a universal remote that allows him to rewind, fast forward and edit certain scenes in his life (thus making it ‘magical’ and exciting). Through repetitively fast-forwarding through family conversations and dinners, he soon discovers the remote has an auto-function based on his repeatedly used functions. Soon he misses the meaning and value from his family life as the remote automatically fast forwards through them, much to his dismay.
As someone who lives their wake state consciously aware, you are thus able to experience your dream states consciously. Meaning you are able to make decisions, explore, enquire, conversate and think while in your dream.
Instructing a young lady I mentor to get herself two books, brought me to clarify these distinctions myself. I asked her to start a dream journal and a vision book. The difference being: a dream journal is where you record your dreams experienced when asleep and a vision book is where you record and explore your goals, ideas and dreams in your wake state (at this point you may be slightly obscured with the ambiguity of ‘dreams’ and ‘dreams’. Great! You’re in the right place). As you consciously record and explore these feelings, ideas and thoughts, you are better able to read into them, making you more receptive to messages, inspiration and guidance through multi-realms, such as experienced during sleep.
Going where you’ve never gone before, doing things you hadn’t done, you open yourself up to not only conscious but also subconscious newness- this feeding your spirit/soul gives you content/hype otherwise known as inspiration. As mentioned in a book titled African Psychology in Historical Perspective and Related Commentary (Daudi Ajani ya Azibo), a contributing writer explains ‘boredom’ or repetitively disruptive encounters are a sign confirming you’ve completed the circle and need newness and/or you haven’t concluded the lesson. The psyche is saying ‘I’ve done this ‘ or ‘I’ve been here’ or ‘I know this now…what next?’, as it is the individual who sets the pace as to how much he or she learns, knows and discovers.
As someone in service to my calling, dream and purpose, I feel like I’m a contestant on a game adventure show, collecting rewards and clues to the next as I go along. Dedication to your calling/dream/purpose is also a dedication to newness and adventure: acknowledging the need to consistently refresh, evolve and enter new data. Yes, opening one’s Self up to all this newness and change can be scary, yet there’s so much to be gained and achieved on the other side of fear. As a creative, new content is drawn from new experiences, and so it is required of you to consistently seek new challenges and knowledge. Do not fear the unknown, for everything you currently know was once unknown too. Learning doesn’t end in school. School doesn’t end in grade 12 or graduation. Life does not end in death.
Now say it with me: I choose love over fear. In every decision and micro – decision. I choose love, for myself, my loved ones and my purpose.
- Light & Love, Rap & Honey … Lex xx
Our birthdays mark the beginning of a new cycle.
We need to prepare in advance for these rebirths so that we enter our individual new year in the right shape of mind and the body we desire to live in.
I am today, 120 days away from 32 (amazeballs!).
So… I am going to use this time as a focused period of bettering myself, nurturing positive habits, uprooting the unnecessary etc. I am polishing myself to be the best version of me!
Wellness is not a diet. It’s not something you start and stick to for a few weeks/months. It’s a lifelong commitment.
So after the 120 days, it is not over. Goalposts and timelines just help us to enforce our strategies and turn them into habits.
The aim is to live fully in the present, so that we are not looking at ‘best me’ as something that is coming later. It is something we are in every moment.
To succeed, you need to know how you intend on nurturing your best you – a plan! So I have outlined a broad outline for myself and I am sharing it with you.
I am focusing on the process more than the results to increase my chances of success.
Shed excess body fat & build lean muscle
Train 4 – 6 times a week
- martial arts
- lean protein
- good carbs
- lotsa water
- limit alcohol
- no fizzy & sugary drinks
- allow one ‘treat’ a week
MIND & SOUL GOALS
Peace, Bliss, Centredness
- Meditate daily (ukuphahla is also meditation!)
- Read soul-feeding literature(eg. Return to Love by Marianne Williamson)
- Freewrite & journal at least 3x week
- Play with children
- Spend more time outdoors
- Think positive thoughts!
Make great art!
- Work on the craft daily, not just for jobs
- Watch great cinema
- Read great books
- Expand good music library
- Daily acting and voice exercises
- Work on my own scripts weekly
- Continue schooling myself on filmmaking weekly
(online articles, books, short courses etc)
- Regularly shoot visual art for the sake of creating
Because sharing our goals publicly helps us stick to them, I will be posting weekly updates on the journey over the next four months.
If you have any personal goals that you would like to share with me, please do post in the comments section below, or on the Ngonyama Force Facebook page.
Thank you for travelling this journey with me!
by Thishiwe Ziqubu
New moon. New cycle. Another opportunity to grow.
Fierce August. My goal is to much more meaningfully and practically choose love, love of self, kindness to the self, stillness, awareness, discipline as well as movement and practices that attend to the needs of body, mind and soul. Even when it’s scary AF.
August is my birth month but for the past few years it has not profoundly been a month of celebration but pain as it is the month wherein I lost my mother. Also, as some sort of sick trend, I generally find myself suffering a similar type of work overload and burnout around this time of year. Even when I think I’m working on managing myself, my habits and my time better, I still find this time of year to be highly stressful. I tend to deplete my energy resources to an unhealthy point.
Not this Fierce August.
In the words of a popular musician, not sure who, ‘let’s just be real, let’s just be honest’ … It’s been a rough time due to health issues and career burnout. It has been a dark week where I also found myself losing out on a much-desired career opportunity that I was heavily invested in because I was physically and emotionally not well enough. Henceforth, I have not been able to move through life as fluidly as I would like to while dealing with these untimely demons. (more…)
- Sign up for Fierce August
- Like the Ngonyama Force Facebook Page & post your personal goals for Fierce August to the page
- Watch and do the Ngonyama Force Workout Series 1 (eg. You may choose to just do the tricep dips, or the sit-out to bear crawl…etc. Challenge yourself!)
- Upload a vid of you performing any segment of Ngonyama Force Workout Series 1 anytime between now and latest 10 August 2016.
Three lucky winners will win a pair of Puma Fierce trainers valued at R1699! Winners will be announced on the 15th of August 2016.
Guidance for the creative by Lex LaFoy | BSocSci (psych.phil)
Energy Management exists on different levels: the first and easiest to understand would be:
Managing your energy
Managing your time
Managing your sleep; your rest and activity cycles.
Ensure that you wake up early enough. Start your day off with some squats. And develop healthy habits and routines: Exercising your physical and mental capacities in the form of meditation, mind clearing or what I call zero-thought (which is a by-product of meditation). (more…)
Here’s the deal. Join Ngonyama Force and pledge to be part of #PhlyJuly. You’re aiming to slay in some type of way – you want to reach certain career goals, or lose fat, or have more vital energy etc.
There is no better time than now to be and build the ‘you’ you essentially are and want to be!
‘YOU WANNA GO TO JAIL OR YOU WANNA GO HOME?’
Ever seen a Van Damme movie? Warriors and sages of all cultures take a period of fasting and reflection. These usually entail less indulgent eating and drinking, and more physical training. These habits then serve the warrior mentally and spiritually for her or his ‘slayage’. (more…)
Guidance for the creative by Lex LaFoy | BSocSci (psych.phil)
The reason we’re called creatives, is because we’ve chosen the path of pure creation. We choose to create and we acknowledge our role in creation and creating on the daily. Creating is making something from ‘nothing’. ‘Nothing’ is an arbitrary term. Because one could see nothing in the ground where seeds live. The realm of ‘nothingness’ is arbitrary according to dimensional sight. Because one looking at only above ground may see ‘nothing’ yet in the next few months see ‘something’.
by Obakeng Moatshe
Two years ago while driving I made a pretty bold statement to the universe, I said: “by the time I die I will be a fearless woman.” Now, who would even say something like that? At the time I don’t even think I truly realised the gravity of such a statement. I now know to be more careful with the things I say as my team (my spiritual team of guides, angels and ancestors) makes sure that I keep my word.
Since making this powerful statement I have been placed in situations that allow me to test my resolve in facing my fears. This hasn’t been easy but it has been worth it. With each fear that has been faced, a new aspect of myself has been birthed.
So, here are my two cents on where fear belongs.
By thishiwe ziqubu
• how we spend our time
• how we relate with family, friends, lovers and others
• how we see ourselves
• how we treat our minds, bodies and souls
• how or where we work
• how much money we make
• how we spend
• how we eat and drink
Be it as ‘big’ as getting off drugs or as ‘small’ as spending less time vegetating on the couch, all efforts at change are necessary, laudable and challenging. (more…)