"The teacher and the taught together create the teaching."
I read that after you and your family visited the Cape Coast Castle, where Africans were held in dungeons until they were marched in shackles to ships headed to the Americas, the President described that experience as;
is not a "disorder" that can simply be treated and remedied clinically but rather must necessarily require a profound social and structural change in Americans and American institutions that continue to promote inequalities and injustice.
"The pain-body doesn't want you to observe it directly and see it for what it is. The moment you observe the pain-body, feel its energy within you, and take your attention into it, the identification is broken.
A higher dimension of consciousness has come in. I call it presence. You are now the witness or the watcher of the pain-body. This means that it cannot use you anymore by pretending to be you, and it can no longer replenish itself through you. You have found your own innermost strength.
Some pain-bodies are obnoxious but relatively harmless, for example, like a child who won't stop whining. Others are vicious and destructive monsters, true demons. Some are physically violent. Some will attack people around you or close to you, while others may attack you, their host. Thoughts and feelings you have about your life then become deeply negative and self-destructive.
When you thought you knew a person and then you are suddenly confronted with this alien, nasty creature for the first time, you are in for quite a shock. It is more important, however, to observe it in yourself than in someone else.
Watch out for any sign of unhappiness in yourself, in whatever form--- it may be the awakening pain body. This can take the form of irritation, impatience, a somber mood, a desire to hurt, anger, rage, depression, a need to have some drama in your relationship, and so on. Catch it the moment it awakens from its dormant state.
The pain-body wants to survive, just like every other entity in existence, and it can only survive if it gets you unconsciously identifying with it. It can then rise up, take you over, "become you", and live through you. It will feed on any experience that resonates with its own kind of energy, anything that creates further pain in whatever form: anger, destructiveness, hatred, grief, emotional drama, violence, and even illness. So the pain-body, when it has taken you over, will create a situation in your life that reflects back its own energy frequency for it to feed on. Pain can only feed on pain. Pain cannot feed on joy. It finds it quite indigestible...
The pain-body, which is the dark shadow cast by the ego, is actually afraid of the light of your consciousness. Its survival...depends on your unconscious fear of facing the pain that lives in you. But if you don't face it...you will be forced to relive it again and again."
"The Arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation."
Before I traveled to Ireland in my 20s, I and a couple of S.A students spoke via satellite to a group of Irish students about our tragic experiences in hopes of healing one another. We were all nervous, but suddenly, we saw the Irish students laughing, talking, pointing at me;
"At the White House, Mrs Obama used her platform as First Lady to bring some measure of attention to the slavery experience that had shaped her family and the nation. She told students attending a Black History Month program there that slaves had helped build the exucutive mansion and that the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed there.
In the Capitol building, she helped unveil a bust of S. Truth, the slave-turned-abolitionist fought for racial and gender equality, telling the audience of dignitaries that she could almost imagine her looking down from heaven."
Swarns wrote that your paternal granny LaVaughn Robinson was smart, athletic, spiritual. She says, During World War 11 LaVaughn found her very first office job, at the United States Depart of Agriculture at a time when the doors that were previously closed to women had begun to swing open. This is not surprising at all Swarns reports that LaVaughn's mother Phoebe Moten was a pioneer who traveled more than any other women in Mrs Obama's family tree, in search of a better life. Through these amazing women, it is clear that Mrs Obama's steps are ordered. Generations yet unborn will lead fuller and well balanced lives, because you are one of the greatest mothers on Earth.
First Lady I saw you on tv with millions and millions of smiling faces exercising on the greenest pastures heaven will testify about eternally. You were all so happy and giddy with joy! Ha ha ha! So contagious! I Love it!
"First Lady/Lawyer Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is a South Side of Chicago–born, Princeton and Harvard-educated lawyer, associate dean and public servant. But the first thing she'll tell you is that she’s the mom to two girls, Malia and Sasha. As President Barack Obama’s First Lady, Michelle Obama has been praised for her poise, intellect, and style. Her first official initiative is Let's Move! Which seeks to tackle the epidemic of childhood obesity."
In my family no one treasured education more than my grandfather. He and my teachers would listen to me tirelessly as I taught other kids and my cousins. He educated all his children, pleading with those who dropped out to go back to school so that they could have a better future.
In the 1920's, in the tiny town of Georgetown, South Carolina, most white citizens would have scoffed at the notion that a black person of this caliber could be living and walking among them. After all, how many African Americans had college degrees?
How many had run big businesses or plantations or had become powerful political leaders? Black men could only climb so far in society. African Americans, who worked in the sawmills or sharecropped on the farms, would have nodded knowingly.
Whites have systematically blocked all traditional avenues to success, but that did not mean there wasn't a man who could carry the hopes of his family and community, even if he had to leave home to do so. George town had such a man. He had sawdust on his hands,
"A queen is wise. She has earned her serenity, not having had it bestowed on her but having passed her tests. She has suffered and grown more beautiful because of it. She has proved she can hold her kingdom together. She has become its vision. She cares deeply about something bigger than herself. She rules with authentic power."
"I knew [Barack] was a special person. And it had nothing to do with his education. It had nothing to do with his potential. And I say this to young women: Don’t check off””there are a lot of women who have the boxes. Did he go to the right school? What is his income?”It was none of that. It was how he felt about his mother; the love that he felt for his mother; his relationship to women; his work ethic … he wasn’t impressed with himself. And he was funny. And we joked a lot. And he loved his little sister … he was a community organizer. I really respected that."
"The strongest democracies flourish from frequent and lively debate, but they endure when people of every background and belief find a way to set aside smaller differences in service of a greater purpose."
"Her family is of African-American heritage, descendants of Africans and Europeans of the colonial era and antebellum eras. Michelle Obama's family history traces from colonists and slavery in the South to Reconstruction to the Great Migration to northern cities, in her family's case, Cleveland and Chicago. Each of her four grandparents was multiracial. Some of Michelle's relatives still reside in South Carolina. Extended family from her mother's Shields ancestors also reside in Georgia and throughout the South."
"I speak from presence. Although every word that I use has a history...and comes from the past, as all language does, the words that I speak to you now are carriers of the high-energy frequency of presence, quite apart from the meaning they convey as words." Tolle