The Great Awakening: Consciousness in the Black Community

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Let me start by saying that I am writing this article as a devout Christian. Despite of my own religious views, I believe that it is important to remain open minded to ideals and belief systems that differ from your own. Although I have devoted my entire life to Christianity, I have spent an extensive amount of time studying the concept of consciousness and the Awakening Movement. I am positive that my research will allow me to write this article to the best of my ability, while still remaining neutral. With that being said, what does it mean to be awake?

I initially noticed the reference to being awake on social media in regard to social injustices that were racially motivated. Black people would remind the world to “stay awake” as a way to warn people not to be easily distracted from what is going on around them. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I learned that consciousness spans far beyond what I initially assumed. Consciousness means to be completely aware of ones self as well as the things going on in the world around you. Not only is it a lifestyle, it is also in some ways a religious decision.

Most people who believe in consciousness either believe one of two things: humanity derived from an African woman that reproduced asexually, or that the foundation of Christianity is a replication of the Ancient Egyptian story of Heru, also known as Horus. The Egyptians believed that Auset, or Isis, became impregnated by her late husband Ausar’s spirit after her was murdered by his brother. Ausar never consummated his marriage to Auset (Isis) which made her a virgin mother. Heru (Horus) was the son of Ausar and went on to become a fearless ruler. Many people believe that this is the story of the original Holy Trinity and that slave master’s used Christianity as a method to control black people with fear.

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Although I disagree with these beliefs, I know that two of the many keys of Christianity is love and tolerance. I think it’s important to educate yourself about other cultures and belief systems. You never know when you may learn something that could be applied to your own faith base. If you come across someone whose beliefs differ from yours, take a moment to listen to what they have to say. If you feel need to get your point across then do so respectfully. Don’t debate, educate.

Darshay K. Lampley is a Broadcast Journalism major and Creative Writing minor at Jacksonville State University. Upon graduating, she anticipates a lucrative career in the entertainment industry. Darshay is an entertainment journalist, on-air radio personality, and is currently writing her first book. Darshay believes that her ambition along with her strong faith in God will lead her down the pathway to success. "God is within her, she will not fail." Psalm 46:5

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