Sunday, 17 May 2015

The African Legacy & The Holiest Place


On Wednesday 13th May 2015 I was invited by Dr. Liya Nawa Mutale to Chita Lodge to speak to a small interdenominational group about the topic: the African Spiritual Dilemma. There is only so much one can discuss at a meeting such as this and so now I would like to elaborate adding much greater detail.

I began by explaining why I wrote this piece in the first place which was inspired by many of the challenges Africans were facing not just on the continent but in the diaspora. I likened this suffering to a child walking in the street covered in dust, walking from car to car begging for alms, sitting by the road side selling fritters in a persistent state of desperation. This child’s family provided for the child in their legacy. In their legacy they bequeathed the child land, a house, livestock and chattels. Workers maintain the house, they tend to the livestock, till the land and keep the legacy growing from year to year in good stead for the child. Religion is that legacy, it is the churches and believers who tend to the legacy and keep it alive. The child is unaware of this legacy and this great wealth. It continues covered in dust, knocking on car windows with an outstretched hand. The suffering of Africans spares no continent, spares no class and no level of accomplishment. You can be dirt poor and suffer pitifully from poverty from day to day, but you can be educated, greatly talented, wealthy and proud of your accomplishments, but this will not spare you from experiencing or being injured by racial discrimination or abuse somewhere in the world and at times even in your own country. The nature of this suffering is very explicit described in Deuteronomy. It is so specific in its description that it is categorical in its comparison to what Africans have endured over the ages. If the Bible describes the suffering of Africans, then who are we in the context of this legacy?

The Spiritual Dimension

I then described how a trip to Masvingo brought specific chapters I had read in the Holy Bible. What struck me is when I first saw the abundance of stones with which the Zimbabwe Monument were built and I recalled:

1 Kings 19:11 .. And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind.

A small voice within me said behold the rocks that were broken in pieces; this is the place [Zimbabwe Monument] from which they were built. In awe I looked at the walls and how neatly each stone had been put in place. I thought that this was all there was to it. However, when we approached the Hill Monument we were lead up a path. As I walked on this path Scripture was once again recalled to me:

Exodus 33:21-23 And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: 23And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

A small voice within spoke again saying Behold where you place your feet is Holy, it is the path upon which the Ancient of Days walked. I felt a strange rush as though I was not just observing, but having a front row experience of the unveiling of a grand spectacle. At this time I was still a little sceptical and thought maybe these are just coincidences. As I walked on upward and came around the hill an opening appeared and as I grew closer a cleft shaped cave appeared and began to take shape. The small voice spoke again saying Behold, the clift in the rock which the Lord your God covered as he passed by. The small voice was the Holy Spirit, and I felt in that moment as though I had not been brought to this monument at Masvingo in Zimbabwe by mistake. It felt as though it was ordained that I should visit and be shown this place, not as the thousands of tourists who walk around it see it, but in the glory of its true importance.

I remember looking around seeing all these tourists traipsing around the Zimbabwe Monument and I felt a sudden flush of anger. In that brief moment of consternation I knew how Jesus felt when he entered the Temple in Jerusalem and found it was no longer a place of worship but had simply deteriorated into a place for trade.

Luke 19:45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; 46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.

I would later write to the Zimbabwean government in the hope that if they were aware of the potential significance of the Zimbabwe Monument it would be treated with much greater reverence. I thought it was good to have visitors and tourists at such an important place yet they should know its value as a holy place of prayer and spiritual value. I’m not sure if the letter had any impact. Finally, as I was leaving the monument I acquired a Zimbabwe bird from the vendors. As I opened the bird in my palm, suddenly I was overwhelmed by regal nature of its pose, the slanting wing and the small voice spoke again saying Behold the Emblem of My House, the House of Masvingo, this is the dove by which I acknowledged My Son, Jesus Christ at his Baptism by John. He is a descendant of this House by blood. It is the House of the Holy Spirit.

This time it is only after the small voice spoke that I recalled the scripture.

Luke 23:22And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove on him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, You are my beloved Son; in you I am well pleased.

My mind tried to make the mind boggling connection between Masvingo in Southern Africa and Nazareth, the Middle East where Jesus Christ our Lord was born. It seemed too great a leap. But then I remembered something the Holy Spirit had taught me long, long before the revelation at Masvingo. In response to a question about Africa and Africans the Holy Spirit had explained the link to me as follows: Africans are Bantu. They are Aba-ntu, they are the People of the Father or People of God, the Father’s People and God’s people. Baba or Aba, meaning Father. Jesus Christ was born a Jew; consequently a bloodline descendant of Africans, of the Bantu, who are in totality the People of God. When the term Bantu is used to refer to a child it is sometimes changed to Bana or Aba-na. The Bantu are not just the People of God, they are also Ba-nana, Bana, “Aba”-na or the Father’s Children, the Children of God or God’s children. To think that the Holy Spirit had revealed this linguistic link between Africa and Judaism, then to have this link revealed through the physical evidence I was led to at the Zimbabwe ruins was testimony of the truth. As the bus drove away from the Zimbabwe Monument I remember being filled with pride, it felt as though I had come full circle. To think that Christianity had its origins in Southern Africa and that Christ himself was a descendant of Africans. I remember saying a quiet prayer in my heart. It is no coincidence that Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi form Israel, that Jerusalem is in Masvingo and the Temple at the Zimbabwe ruins. The mystery of how these territories survived and were kept together is God’s alone. No one else may understand it, see it or acknowledge it, but thank you Lord for opening my eyes and for brining me…to the holiest place on earth. Why the holiest? Because this is where it all began, and this is where it will all return.

And if you will make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stone: for if you lift up your tool on it, you have polluted it. Exodus 20:25

The Evidence

Its nice to talk about the spiritual experience of the Zimbabwe Monument, but ultimately there will be evidence required to support this. If we strip away the man made structure at the site, the main physical feature that remains is the Hill. The Hill with the cleft in the rock alone is sufficient structure based evidence of the importance of this site. In examining the Monument it is very important that you understand this. In other words you should not be concerned with when the Monument was constructed as a measure of when religion emerged here. For example an archaeologist may use artifacts to insist the Monument was constructed in "1005AD", "1405AD" or tongue-in-cheek as recently as "1905AD". The date of construction is not relevant as it does not determine when religion evolved here; that is, its genesis. For instance an archaeologist will not, having discovered a church building near your home, examined its date of construction and determine from the man made structure when Christianity began and say it was founded in 1984. Similarly, you should not look at the man made construction of the Zimbabwe Monument, give it a date and determine that this is when the religion began.  What is important is the archaeological age of the principle geological feature of religious merit; that is, the Hill with the cleft in the rock. The Hill itself is ancient (as a are the fractured rocks), practically ageless. It  is around this feature that the genesis of Aba-ntu religion began.

Since the Bible is a record of Jewish history that begins from Genesis, but the Hill predates Judaism as its precursor it can only be pragmatically deduced that the Masvingo site is a religious blueprint of ancient Jewish religious rites upon which Jewish practices would be later founded. For instance when Moses entered the cleft in the rock this is representative of a religious rite that existed prior to this at the Hill. Moses was therefore recreating a religious act or ceremony that had existed originally at the Masvingo site. When Elijah speaks of a great wind rendering the rocks and breaking them into pieces it is not just a reality of the Jewish historic experience, but a re-enacted or relived tradition of what is evident at Masvingo as observed in the stones gathered to construct the site. This is interesting as it means that essentially the Zimbabwe Monument is not just a Monument, it is a vehicle for conducting the religious life, rites and life of the Abantu that would much later historically evolve into the Jewish life and priesthood. After the diaspora when the Bantu left Msavingo these religious rites were re-lived into their everyday experiences and eventually became the events we read in the Bible. What this means is that the life lived at the Zimbabwe Monument is documented and chronicled in the Holy Bible through their descendants, the experiences of the Jews in the Old Testament. The entire life cycle of the Jewish experience from Genesis to the eventual establishment of modern day Israel in Palestine took place and is yet to take place in the cycle of life at the Zimbabwe Monument and Southern African region.The only difference is that the descendants of the Abantu who eventually became Jews maintained the religious rites and traditions on the move from one location to another until they arrived in Egypt and eventually settled in Palestine. Consequently the events of the Bible are a basic retelling of the life that was lived at the Zimbabwe Monument and the region. This is why there is a religious parallelism between Southern Africa and Jewish history as it is told in the Old Testament of the Bible.

There is one exception. As the Israelites lived out the events described in the Bible they eventually completed the prophetic cycle for descendants with the creation of modern day Israel, however, that prophetic cycle for the Bantu, Abantu or Africans despite beginning earlier has not as yet been fulfilled by the establishment of Israel in Southern Africa. This is due to the fact that it requires the Abantu or Bantu, Africans throughout the continent and spread to every corner of the world to begin to gather in the more ancient Israel of Southern Africa (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi) in order to fulfill their prophesied homage to God as described in Deuteronomy 30. They will be unable to do this as long as they fail to recognise the hidden importance of this region as the Holy Land or Promise Land. Every African on the continent and around the world in the diaspora has to be educated on this and come to the realisation. This recognition, gathering and homage marks the beginning of the end of the suffering of all Africans described in Deuteronomy 30. Unless and until they believe and take this leap of faith the fate of all Africans, their descendants and converts hangs in the balance. Likewise the Emblem of the Zimbabwe Monument, the dove represents the core religious values of the Abantu. Therefore, when the dove is mentioned for example at the Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, it is very important as it represents a reintroduction of the core values of Ubuntu for instance that had been eroded over time in the life and custom of the Jews as they moved, mingled with and were influenced by other non-African groups of lighter complexion such as the Persians. The dove or bird is therefore a powerful African symbol for the softer, kinder or higher principles in African society that Africans themselves sometimes find hard to follow. Hence when Christ begins his teaching of tolerance, inclusiveness such as conversion by allowing gentiles to be baptized into the fold; with parables and messages such as turn the other cheek,  love your neighbor as you love yourself  and so on he is restoring and recalling the older, softer principles of the more ancient Aba-ntu, the African side of their heritage back into Jewish life and tradition that are represented by the dove, the Emblem also found at Masvingo. This pleases the Father and it is written God is heard to acknowledge this by saying My Son, in whom I am well pleased. This pleasure is inspired by the softer, kinder principles Christians are expected to have, but that have an ancient past. The same God who in Deuteronomy 30 requires the return of his People or Children in the continent and the diaspora to gather in their homeland in Israel, Southern Africa.


Saturday, 18 April 2015

The African Spiritual Ancestral Dilemma

Siize Punabantu 

Watching xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the shooting of unarmed African Americans by law enforcement officers, attack on innocent students in Kenya, the poverty on the African continent, slavery, strife, migrants seeking a better life dying at sea and the malaise indigenous Africans seem to continually face wherever in the world they go makes it ever more pertinent to understand the spiritual dimension to this problem. These events encouraged some soul searching that lead me to talk about something I believe to be true for many years and that I have not talked about, and yet known for close to twenty years..    

Africans have difficulty deciphering their past and placing this in the spiritual context of the historic suffering and strife black people have and continue to experience in the world today. To better understand the spiritual ramifications of the religious history of Africans it is important to put in context where Africans reside in the spiritual dimensions expressed through religious history. Unless you know who you are and where you came from you will have difficulty seeing where you are and where you are going. For instance many Africans today are Christians and yet they have little knowledge about the black ethnic history associated with their faith. Christianity originates from Judaism. It is a fundamental truth that will be inevitably proven through archaeology and DNA research that Judaism originates from Africa.  As long as you are a Jew, by faith and descent you are first and foremost, before any other affiliation, an African. Although the term Jew is derived from Yehuda and in the current day used to represent those affiliated with Judaism the original term used to refer to Jews was simply the word “people”, Bantu. The religious term for Jew is Aba-ntu, People of the Father or People of God, the Father’s People and God’s people. Baba or Aba, meaning Father and 'Bantu, Abantu. Even today Aba or Father is used in languages associated with Judaism, this is a distinctly African reference, in the same way that Mama or Immah means Mother to this day.

Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi formerly  Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
The Jewish faith is originally an African religion and draws its ethnicity from the Abantu or the Bantu. The problem all indigenous Africans and their descendants face originates from Israel. I know what you are thinking. Not the nation of Israel you observe in Palestine today. The original Israel.  It consisted of three present day nations, namely Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi or a region of Southern Africa the colonialists grouped together and named the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, it is not a coincidence that they combined these three territories together. This was at a time when clandestine groups within European governments including the Hitler’s 3rd Reich, lead by esoteric beliefs, where scouring the earth for religious places and artifacts in the belief they would bring them power, wealth and victory. Cecil Rhodes was dogged by ill health. It was not just the African climate he hoped to cure him when came to Africa as is commonly told in history, esoterically he was looking for a miracle, he hoped to find in a holy place. Jerusalem, not the Jerusalem found in Palestine, but the first and founding Jerusalem of the Old Testament was situated in a region of Southern Africa that today is called Masvingo. In the past, to these ancient people this region was not regarded as "Southern", but "Central" Africa as the centre of a compass needle determines the position of all other locations. Today it is referred to as Southern Africa. If you go to Masvingo, even today you will find the first and original Jewish Temple spoken of extensively in the Old Testament at the Zimbabwe Ruins. Don’t be fooled by the dates and misinterpretations given by archaeologists for this place, that appear to be a deliberate attempt to conceal its true identity from the world. I would intuitively estimate that the Great Zimbabwe Ruins pre-date and are an architecture or construction technique that is precursor to the Pyramids (2630 BC-2611BC), however, not just those in Egypt, but those found in South America. They are likely to be older than the Megalithic Temples in Malta (3,500-2,500BC). They predate the oldest building in France, Bernenez 4,850 BC and yet despite being older demonstrate a building technique and geometric skill that surpasses the workmanship of Bernenez.

Despite being separated by close to 5,500km
the Pyramids of Egypt and the Zimbabwe
Ruins are only longitudinally barely 10km
apart making them constructed almost directly 
opposite one another.


The unseen link between Egypt and Zimbabwe. Intriguingly the location shown in the center between the 6th of October City and Sheikh Zayed City corresponds directly with the Zimbabwe Ruins from which the Pyramids are only 10km away. If one were to travel directly North of the Zimbabwe Ruins 5,500km or so later they would arrive at this location.

The Africans who built the Great Zimbabwe Ruins were exhibiting elements of prodigy, exceptional geometric thinking that rivaled any civilization of that time. Much to the detriment of the region, I am of the opinion archaeologists are underplaying or misconstruing the importance of this place not only to African history, but the history of humanity in general by fumbling the evidence. The occupation of this place by different groups over the years has yielded objects and artifacts that have mislead radio-carbon dating processes into determining it to be much more recent than it is thereby robbing Africa of an ancient heritage. This is a rare living archaeological gem that has clues that it is the place where an advanced human civilization began. It is unfortunate that Africa can posses a place like this, in this day and age, yet appear unfazed by how important it is to the world and remain silent as people who claim to be better informed and educated mislead them about its importance. To put this in context, I am of the opinion that, maintaining the same technological evolution and trajectory, if the civilization that built the Great Zimbabwe ruins were alive today their technological achievements and civilization would be more advanced than ours today. This I believe, if anything, is the greater mystery about the Zimbabwe Ruins.

Geographically, this place was holy and had Biblical significance before any physical structure, stone or building was erected there. The Temple on the hill or mount at Masvingo in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa is in Jerusalem, the first established by God himself. It is the only place on earth where the Bible records that Jehovah himself, indeed the God whom scripture says devotees worship today in the Holy Bible is said to have physically walked on earth creating the Judaic faiths. If you want proof, go there with your Bible and you will see this. Indigenous Africans 'Bantu, Abantu or the spiritual ancestors of modern day Jews were once a very powerful people who began a religion where they had a secret and sacred knowledge and ability with which to communicate directly with Yahweh. This spiritual closeness to God granted these people impressive insights, wisdom and they flourished. However, the breakdown of this African society and its drastic change in fortune is similar to the Historic rejection or betrayal of Jehovah by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  It mirrors the historic rejection or betrayal of Yahweh by indigenous Africans in Israel or colonial era Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland that caused a diaspora of Abantu throughout Africa and eventually, as a result of the slave trade, throughout the world. After the first diaspora from Masvingo an attempt was made to revive the religion, its customs and traditions and this lead to the creation of a Masvingo or Jerusalem by the descendants of Abantu or Jews in the Middle East, as many people who emigrate tend to do. When they settle in other lands they establish their beliefs there, be it the Middle East or Ethiopia. Eventually, a second attempt was made to salvage and restore the relationship with God his people once had at Masvingo, by an important descendant of the 'Bantu or Abantu, namely Jesus of Nazareth. Christ was a descendant of the house of the Holy Spirit (the House of Masvingo) which is clearly expressed in the Bible where it is written a dove descended on him at his Baptism by John. This is not a coincidence. This dove found at the Zimbabwe Ruins in Masvingo, that represents the Holy Spirit, is the same dove depicted on the Zimbabwean Flag. (It is your prerogative to disagree with anything written here)



From the time of Jesus onward a spiritual change or covenant took place, one did not have to be African or a bloodline descendant to be a Jew, through Christ this relationship with God was open to all people. However, once again Christ was rejected and though salvation was gained through his death, it did not lead to the return to Israel, namely modern day territory of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi and importantly to Masvingo, the ancestral birthplace of Judaism and modern day Christianity. As a consequence not only did Africans continue to suffer (slave trade, racism, colonialism, lack of civil rights etc) , but so too did those who carried the Jewish bloodline and eventually even those who were not descendants (remember from Christ onward anyone, even a gentile or non-descendant could become a Jew, or child of God. This change did not only create Christianity, it also affected Judaism). This can be observed in the unprecedented suffering observed during the Holocaust by not only bloodline Jewish descendants, but also converts to Judaism who would eventually found the State of Israel - in the Middle East. Even if you are an atheist, if you carry that bloodline you will suffer the same or a similar fate. Even today many Jews may not be Jews by descent but by conversion. From Christ’s time onward there is no distinction between the two, they are considered one and the same and any person who converts shares the same spiritual ancestry and therefore the same fate whether they accept it or not. If they are a bloodline descendant even if they do not believe in anything they are still affected by Biblical caveats. However, the blessings and the revival of the fortune of Palestinian Jews was gained after the return of latter day Jews to Israel in Palestine. They have been restored as was promised in the Old Testament of Bible and have become economically strong. Why have indigenous Africans, their brethren or the first Jews not shared the same fortune and blessings? It’s very simple, Israel in the Middle East is not the first Israel, it is not the spiritual homeland of the Aba-ntu therefore the prophecy required for the lifting of the curse has not been fulfilled. The curse on indigenous African bloodlines and their descendants or converts (Christians) will not be lifted until they return to Israel (which today consists of a region covering three countries Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi) and recognise the region as their spiritual ancestral home.  Africans and their descendants not only in the Diaspora, but on the continent and across the world are the Father’s People, the People of God, or Aba-ntu the ancestors of modern day Jews by bloodline or religion (there is no longer a distinction between the two since the advent of Jesus Christ). Today they are predominantly modern day Christians and Moslems.


The Spiritual location of Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in Southern Africa

Africans, the People of the Father, Abantu, continue to be cursed and have not shared the economic success and fortune their counterparts, that is, the State of Israel has today after their return to Palestine because they have not gathered or returned to the original or first Israel of the Old Testament (consisting of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi) see Deuteronomy 30:1-10. As an African living today on the continent and abroad you cannot know that you have a spiritual debt and duty you have not paid that requires you to return to Israel (Southern Africa) to pay respect to your origins that according to the Bible was and is still required of you by God to lift this curse. How can you return, when you don’t even know where the place you are supposed to return to is and no one has shown you where it is? The place is in Southern Africa covered by three countries Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, together the region they occupy forms the Holy Land. You are expected to recognise this place as the Holy Land, return here, to pay your respects, to journey to the Temple on the Mount in Jerusalem (Masvingo or the Zimbabwe Ruins), sojourn there, kneel there and pray to Jehovah where he walked and remember him, then work together economically and financially to build yourselves up. Until this spiritual return or gathering happens, the prophecy in Deuteronomy 30 as yet remains unfulfilled and the curse on black people on the African continent and throughout the world is not lifted as yet. At present Masvingo is not even recognized as having been built by Africans, an insult. This not just a religious requirement of black people, but of all who are converts to Judaic religions including Christianity as through conversion they share the same fate. Christians in many parts of the world today still suffer and endure terrible persecution. Through Christ your sins are forgiven. However, for your curse to be lifted as a Christian convert or African descendant living today anywhere on the continent and in the world you have to gather and if possible travel at least once a year to recognise the Holy Land, Israel (Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi) then if possible make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem (Masvingo at the Zimbabwe Ruins) to pray, fellowship, recognize and acknowledge Yaweh or Jehovah in the land where he once walked and where he founded the faith many are devoted to, to this day; you thenceforth work together to rebuild yourselves as a people using this region as your fulcrum consequently fulfilling the prophecy in Deuteronomy 30.   The Mosi-oa-tunya or Victoria Falls is not just famous because of David Livingstone, it is even more famous because it resides in Israel, Southern Africa, the Homeland of the Abantu, God’s People, the Father's People.

The need for all Africans regardless of where they are on the continent and in the world to return to their homeland in Southern Africa to gather and pay homage to God is an imperative that the Bible prophecies is required before black Africans and their descendants emerge prosperous and an economic force in the world. It should be remembered that a prophecy foretells future events. For instance, people often make the mistake of saying Christ fulfilled the prophecy of the coming Messiah. This is not how it works. A prophecy is a viewing of an event taking place in the future. Therefore, it is the prophecy that foretells the event, not necessarily the event that fulfills the prophecy. In other words Christ was the Messiah, even before the prophecy was fulfilled. The prophet was only privileged to see the event before it transpired. Similarly, when Africans begin to gather in Southern Africa to pay homage to God and reclaim their ancestry it will herald the beginning of the end of the suffering of black people and their descendants. The Biblical prophecy merely identifies markers or events that transpire and the results. It’s a collective punishment that the Bible describes as a curse (Deuteronomy 28) evident in the difficult history of Africans, and yet this curse may also simply be the suffering of a people described and interpreted through the eyes of a prophet who is also able to see how and when this suffering ends.


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If for a moment you are able to believe, then our living faith today is a testament to the genius of our African ancestors, for it would appear that many thousands of years before it unfolded, through their gifts, they foresaw the tremendous suffering of their people, the unprecedented prejudice  that would be used to unfairly strike them down, the captivity into which they would be lead and described it as a curse. They did not just sit back, but mustered their strength and dug deep, into the depths of their wisdom which is not fully understood even to this day. Their faith gave birth to something beautiful, the Prophets, the Messiah, who died in exemplary righteousness so we could live, the very beliefs and the male and female champions upon which the foundations for the emancipation of the captives was secured. Indeed, we like to talk about salvation, but is that salvation not what many of us experience today? Is it not by this salvation that we are able to enjoy the freedoms from discrimination we have today? We must not underestimate the role of those who came before us, our ancestors. In respect we must return to the Holy Land to acknowledge them and what they did for us by fulfilling their wish that we gather to this place, raise one another up and remain forever united. Though the work is not complete and many remain trapped in poverty, economic strife, slavery and all manner of vices, there is hope that by recognising it and seeing where it is today, we will indeed reach the promise land, Jehovah Shammah and there achieve everything they treasured and hoped for us, as any parent loves and is protective of a child, they were protective of us. There we will come full circle and the square will be complete.

You need not look in the mirror to see who you are, what you are is deep and cannot be hidden by features or your skin colour; you remain an African. The prophets of the Old Testament foresaw the immense suffering of Africans in the world, of their descendants and kin the Jews, of their converts the Christians and Moslems, who have endured unprecedented persecution, marginalization, hatred and economic hardship and predicted that it is only when these people accept who they are, accept one another, with pride acknowledge their black ancestry and come together to uplift one another there will be a change in their fortunes. The oil wealth of the Middle East and the economic wealth of Israel looks west rather than to its own people in Africa. You build sky scrapers and highways in far off lands, but not in the land of your Father, He in whom we place all our hope and everything that we are. Don't be ashamed of your ancestry or the reason for which you were discriminated against, abused and brutalized; instead take pride in it and put your money where your pride is. Instead of spending your wealth and fortunes and casting them relentlessly into the wind bring it home to your people in Africa who suffered with you and for being like you. Of what use is all the wealth and knowledge you have, that you earn and gain when you are unable to recognise your kin and invest in them; you would much rather invest all your time, wealth and interest in the house of the one who discriminated against you, enslaved you, held you in camps, worked you to the bone and starved you to death. It is time for you to come home, to remember in whose house you were nurtured, which Spirit raised you up, who parted the waters for you, lifted for you a healing standard and remember who you are. By travelling home to Southern Africa, to the Holy Land of the Abantu as an individual the curse will be partially lifted and you become blessed. However, for it to be fully lifted you have to help and encourage others to know this truth and make the journey or pilgrimage in fellowship because it is in the collective coming together or gathering from the continent and all over the world of all Africans that the curse in its entirety is lifted and the prosperity promised by God in Deuteronomy 30 fully received. This region is a very important place not only for Africans and all their descendants everywhere in the world, but for all of Christianity. It is not surprising that this curse in the Bible or foretelling of the suffering of Africans, in this context, was created. For the Bantu or Abantu this was not just religion, but a way of life. Generally Africans believe strongly in visiting their village or homeland at least once a year to pay their respects to their parents or the root of their family, bringing gifts, sojourning with them, tending to their welfare and renewing or rejuvenating their ties. Clearly, the tremendous curse placed on Africans revealed in the Bible is simply a means of continuing this tradition, bringing them together to one place – the Holy Land in Southern Africa, to remember where they came from, to pay their respects to their ancestor/s, to pay homage to God and to urge them to continue to work together to uplift their collective family. It may sound like an immense curse, but if Africans fulfill this duty, Deuteronomy 30 explains that it is in fact a tremendous and unprecedented blessing that will come to all Africans on the continent and abroad.

To fulfill this duty Africans have to gather, that is travel to the Holy Land, Israel, in Southern Africa. Some people will argue that when Jesus died for us he cleansed us and absolved us from all sin. This is absolutely true. However, this duty has little to do with sin or whether you go to heaven or not and does not affect any of these statutes. It is a Biblical requirement that you return to the Holy Land to pay your respects. It is a holy tradition. According to Deuteronomy 30 all Africans and all converts to the Judaic faiths including Christianity have to travel to Israel, in Southern Africa, to fulfill their duty to God. Have you paid your respects? Deuteronomy 30 requires all Africans, people of African descent and converts to the Judaic faiths including Christians to travel and return to the Holy Land, Israel in Southern Africa (Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi). To possess it, that is, embrace and recognise this region as Israel, the originating place of their people that is their spiritual  ancestral homeland. Possess here does not mean materialistic things like conquer, own control; it means recognise, acknowledge, accept, come together, work together, uplift, nurture, develop using this region as a fulcrum, understanding it is your ancestral home and you yourself will prosper because you will no longer be cursed, that is, no longer live bereft of the knowledge of the whereabouts of your spiritual ancestral home in order to travel to it.  This recognition and travel is very important for all Africans be they on the continent or African Americans, Europeans etc in the diaspora as it is said to be the gathering that lifts the Biblical curse and all the obstacles that stand in the way to the prosperity of all Africans and Christians around the world. It is therefore mandatory. It is a duty. It’s only a curse if it’s a duty you must perform and a place you must travel to, but you do not know the destination. You couldn't do this before because you didn't know this place existed or where it was. Well now you know.



It may be hard to believe, but if you want proof then go to Masvingo with your Bible, go to the Temple mount or hill there (the Hill Ruins), look for the winding footpath around the mount on which the Old Testament describes God walked. Then follow the path and look for the cleft in the rock (cave) in the side of the mount which Moses, Elijah and priests like them hid during spiritual ceremony, when, as it is written, Jehovah walked by them upon the path (Exodus 33:12-23 and 1 Kings 19:9-14). You will find carvings of the emblem of the Holy Spirit representing the House of Masvingo, the dove that is said in scripture to have descended on Christ at baptism is prolific there (Luke 3:22). Look at the dove on Zimbabwean flag. All of these are there so I don’t need to prove it for you, you can prove it for yourself and the choice is yours whether to believe and have the curse finally lifted or to dis-believe and continue suffering; this is the Christian and African  Spiritual Ancestral Dilemma: to believe or not believe this.


Presently there is a lot of negative sentiment directed at Zimbabwe, especially at its Head of State, Robert Mugabe, mostly over land redistribution. Be very, very careful, look at the land issues between Israel and the Palestinian Authority concerning the Gaza strip. These are not coincidences. Learn to find peace and peaceful co-existence. In a holy place unmitigated wrangles over land seem to persist often defying reason. This is because there is a spiritual element behind what is visible. Know your unseen history. Zimbabwe is part of the Holy Land that includes Zambia and Malawi which together form Israel, with Jerusalem at Masvingo. I am certain this was known esoterically even before these territories where colonised. Though Masvingo and the land where the ruins are found are the first Jerusalem, it is more ancient than the latter day Jerusalem of the Middle East. When its significance is understood by the faithful and they decide to restore and renew their hope through this place, in so doing it will live once again, regaining its importance as new Jerusalem; Jehovah Shammah. It is only fitting that new Jerusalem emerges from the ruins that were erected on the first Jerusalem. However, it will take faith and will to understand, appreciate and rediscover its importance. Only when this significance is understood, will the urge to rebuild it, stone by stone, be gained. None of what I have said contravenes fundamentals of Christianity, and no ill intent is directed at any religion or ethnic group but I feel everyone and especially Africans who are affected by the Biblical curse have a right to know and be empowered by how to lift it. Discover the truth for yourself. You don’t have to believe what is explained here; no one expects you to. Instead take your Bible, come to Israel in Southern Africa and go to Masvingo. Observe and study what you find to draw your own conclusion.




Saturday, 31 January 2015

A one meal per day challenge. Making one meal per day your personal eating policy.

My 2 cents on food. The Real Problem is not Obesity. It's Bigger: It's Food Addiction

 I'd rather be obese yet self-confident, happy and
have high self esteem, than have a perfect bmi and yet be depressed, easily intimidated
and have low self esteem.
A person should be comfortable in their own skin, comfortable in their own size. However, being comfortable does not mean you can't do more to improve your health. Most of us struggle to maintain a steady weight that is close to the recommended bmi. When  we eat too much food consistently it becomes obvious as we gain weight and when it's excessive any of us can become obese. When we eat too little food it shows in that we become thin or in worse cases become emaciated.  The problem is that society has become fixated on the impact food has on the visual aspect of our lives when it may be more important to focus on the role of "food addiction" which leans heavily on the quantity and frequency of food consumption rather than just the quality of food being eaten. When a person has an addiction to tobacco for instance, we don't ask them to get on tread mill because they are over-weight. Why then do ask people suffering from food addiction to do the same? Similarly exercise and dieting are very useful but are not comprehensive solutions to obesity if we treat food with the same respect as other addictive products. Usually the first question asked is how do we wean this person of this addiction and keep them clean? Its not how do we make this fat person thinner. Losing weight should be a benefit of the policy not the awkward objective. This is the approach of the one meal policy.

Meals today can be highly nutritive and high in calories. The tradition of having three meals a day, breakfast, lunch and supper (now internationally accepted) is easy to abuse and is most likely having a negative impact on health. I have seen people eat nshima with t-bone for breakfast without really being aware of the impact this may have on their wellbeing, especially if they do this on a daily basis.  People who can afford it will generally sit down to a sizeable meal three times a day. They will often eat simply out of habit even when they are not really hungry "because its lunch time". Though they may have met their full nutritional needs at the first meal (breakfast) they will sit down at a bigger second and third meal at lunch and supper because it has become tradition and they are trained to be psychologically hungry at these intervals. The body usually digests food in four to five hours. If someone has breakfast at 8am  they will tend to be psychologically hungry between 12pm and 1pm. Normal hunger is usually an indication of the completion of digestion, which took 4-5 hours. It means that the food you have eaten has been converted into absorbable nutrients and energy. The fact that you “feel” hungry may in fact be an illusion. The intervals between meals and ensuing psychological hunger makes many wonder why they gain so much weight as it deceives people into thinking they eat very little food.



People living on a traditional three meals a day lifestyle think they eat very little food  and often wonder why they are over-weight. Since they only eat when they "feel" hungry, hunger deceives them into seeing the one meal (on the left). What they don't see is that its not one meal, its one meal at a time which at the end of the day translates into a large collection of food and unwanted calories (image on the right). This will get you to obesity without you even being sure how you got there.


When you switch to a one meal personal policy, the single meal you have at dinner looks and feels like a full meal, its satisfying yet you gain the upper hand because in reality by only having your "one meal" in real terms you strategically portioned the meal down to one third of its end of day value (Its as if all you ate is the last image on the right).


Many people wonder how their friends or colleagues have large appetites and often eat as much or more than they do at meals yet they annoyingly remain lean or slender. The secret is that, if the friends or colleagues are on a one meal type of lifestyle, though they appear to be eating as much and even more than you at any one time the impact of the meal on their health is only one third of what you see them consume while the same portion you had has three or more times the impact on you  since you follow a traditional three meals or more per day policy.
The majority of people today are not trained or taught to understand how the body works and how to control or manage their relationship with food, consequently society actually encourages them to become food addicts through three or more traditional meals a day. The problem arises when people incorrectly interpret "hunger" as a communique from their body "telling" them its time to eat more food and they do. We tend to think if its what my body tells me it must be right, when in fact its a socially induced misinterpretation of a biological function that leads to a food addicted and unhealthy society. As a junkie you are now caught in this social or traditional food trap. The point at which you “feel” hungry after a full meal is more likely to be the point at which your body is at its optimum to do work or exercise since it has converted the solids and liquids you consumed to fuel your body. These will pass through the digestive tract and be accessed through your blood stream. In this condition the hunger you feel 4-5 hours later is more likely an indication that your stomach is empty; it is not an indication that your body needs more food – hence it is more like psychological hunger. What the body is probably doing is anticipating that when the fuel it has just manufactured and stored using digestion runs out you will need more. Consequently, it is asking you to “refill” the tank (stomach) in advance of the nutrients in your bloodstream being used up. However, if you give in to this “hunger” and yet do not fully use up the nutrients or fuel currently in your system then the body is in fact being over efficient and will have to inevitably store this as excess as fat. Contrary to belief obese people may have an over efficient digestive storage system rather than an under-efficient system that is not burning enough energy. In the 21st Century an adult person most likely only needs one full well rounded traditional meal of about 2,000 calories or less to meet his or her energy and nutritional requirements for the day. The fact that fast food is readily available and more people are moving into income groups that can afford it entails there are more people who are likely to have trouble controlling their appetite.

Encouraging Children to Keep Fit and Healthy

Recently after a rowdy dip in a swimming pool my teenage boys and nephew took a picture just after. Feeling ripped and proud of their growing muscles they tried to show me up. So I went to the archives and pulled a picture of myself when I was closer to their age and "represented". This is possibly one of the only pictures I had ever taken with my shirt off, I am glad it was never lost or I would have no proof I was in decent shape in my younger days.

Proving to the kids I was just as fit as
they are when I was younger.
It’s great to encourage the younger generation to take fitness seriously, to eat well and most importantly teach them skills they need to have to stay healthy. Of course not every one will agree with the "one meal a day" policy, however, it is unlikely to stop people from eating more than one meal, but it will make them more cautious about what they eat when the one meal has been consumed. Since they will know they have all they need nutritively for the day, they will be more cautious about excess food. Creating this simple baseline can be useful to many people. A one meal policy is not for everyone though. Ideally it should be for healthy adults and should not be carelessly prescribed to children. Children may actually require three meals a day as they are still growing. Some adults require three meals a day for medical reasons. However, aspects of this approach can be used to teach children restraint early on and how to manage eating habits for example by recommending much lighter meals at breakfast and lunch and fuller more appropriately nutritional meals at dinner time. This allows children to go through the day not wanting or expecting a full meal until dinner time.

For fully grown adults the body may only need one good meal a day, but society has turned you into a food junkie or addict by teaching you that as an adult you require 3 or more meals a day: Breakfast, Brunch,  Lunch, Afternoon Snacks,  and Dinner. The three meals a day policy is designed to cater to psychological hunger. Psychological hunger is mainly useful to the “hunter gatherer” era of human society where there was no certainty concerning the availability of food or the next meal. To avoid starvation it makes sense that the stomach would induce the feeling of hunger even when the body has sufficient nutrients in order to encourage the storage of energy against the probability that the next meal may not be forthcoming. Today this uncertainty no longer exists for many. This explains why even though the body may become obese with an excessive store of fat psychological hunger continues to drive the appetite and desire for more food. An over-efficient body keeps trying to store unnecessary energy by processing more food than it acquires by inducing hunger in its host. Consequently, it’s likely only one of the three meals a day is necessary. It only takes roughly a month for the body to adjust to having one meal a day. The body begins to naturally revert closer to its correct bmi. After this the weight loss is close to effortless.

Tradition

Probably the best example of the impact of the 3 meals a day tradition is the impact it has on families. Many people enjoy good health in their youth only to have this drastically change after they get married and settle down. Why is this? The pressure in families to over-eat is high as a result of the three meals a day tradition. Parents indoctrinated by this tradition often believe that goading their children to eat more food than they need at these set times is healthy. Growing obesity among children is a growing problem as a result.  Weight gain after marriage is usually because in the past when spouses were single they unconsciously followed the one meal a day policy. When you are young and active, you spend the day moving from one activity to the next. You don’t take traditional times for breakfast and lunch seriously so you often skipped these meals or had a very light snack instead and still had a great day. Marriage formalises the three meal tradition and adds ceremony to it. Your spouse may feel it’s necessary to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner and everyone is expected to sit around the table and eat. Concerned parents push their children to eat at these times even when they don't need the excess nutrition. It becomes a traditional setting where the tendency to over-eat is high. On the other hand, if the whole family knows there is only one formal meal a day instead of encouraging over-consumption this could instead encourage families to eat less yet still gain the correct nutrition they need for their daily lives. The one meal would become the new tradition naturally reducing unnecessary consumption. Couples would have to make the conscious effort to create a one meal policy that leads to a healthy family.

The Myth about Dinner

You've been taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It probably isn't, it’s the least important and most useless meal of the day, followed by Lunch.

When you eat breakfast, it is likely that you are already "overloading" your body which already has unspent nutrients processed from the dinner you ate last night. These are in your blood stream ready to be applied in the work, physical and mental activity you have set out for the day. Despite this, at breakfast you introduce more unnecessary food to your system. What is worse is that this food, eaten in the morning, is a debt in that it is food you eat your body has not and may not pay back through activity or exertion. Worse still what you eat at breakfast will be fully digested by lunch time and "cease to exist". Before you even get a chance to use up this fuel, hunger will overload your body with another unnecessary meal at lunch time. Your body which already had the fuel to power it for the whole day when you woke up in the morning is now overloaded with three times the calories and energy it needs and at this point you haven't even had your supper yet. High blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, fatigue, lack of energy and so on, you then wonder why your health is at risk when it feels as though you eat very little. Hunger deceives many people in this way, turning them into food "slaves",junkies or addicts.   

You've been told dinner is the least important meal of the day, because after eating all you'll do after is sleep. Scratch that. The opposite applies. Dinner is the most important meal of the day. Why? Your body functions more efficiently because you are not forcing it to digest and engage in mental or physical activity at the same time. Digestion takes a lot of energy that drains your body so it is least strenuously, most effective and efficiently done when you are asleep; otherwise it subtracts energy from other important mental and physical activities you could be doing during the day making you at times feel groggy, lethargic and unable to focus. Imagine trying to work, sit in class and pay attention, read, do maths, balance books or go for a jog after a big meal. The consumption of large quantities of food during the course of the work day subtracts from rather than adds to efficiency. The best time to eat a good meal is just before you retire to sleep at night. Since your body isn't engaged in any other activity except rest, it’s the best and most efficient time to allow digestion to take place.

A good, nutritious meal eaten at dinner will be effortlessly, almost fully digested by morning. When you wake up in the morning the important nutrients from that meal will be coursing through your blood stream ready for deployment in any, work, mental and physical activity you have planned for the day.  You will not need to eat a full meal again until dinner therefore digesting a full meal will not interfere by subtracting energy from other activities you perform that day. Any food you eat between now and then is probably merely excess baggage your body doesn't really need, and since it will require digestion may only add an unnecessary load or strain to the work, mental or physical activity you have to do for that day. If you train your body not to expect a large meal during the day, it is likely to be able to get through the day without hunger or strain.

If you find that, after having eaten an adequate nutritious meal at dinner sufficient to meet your full energy and nutrition requirements for the next day, you still crave food during the course of the day, then you likely have a food addict related problem. Being an addict, you need to accept and come to terms with your problem. Strictly fasting between the one meal at dinner will help you eventually manage and restrain your craving for food you do not need during the day and will eventually break your food addiction. It will be difficult at first, however, after several months when the cravings caused by psychological hunger are gone or under control the fast can be loosened. As long as you keep expecting food at prescribed times, as Pavlov has proven, you will experience psychological hunger, like a junkie craving a hit. Traditional meal times form habits. If you make the conscious effort to retrain your body to remove the expectation of food at these times then your body is likely to play along and also remove the hunger or craving. People try to lose weight by dieting or trying different combinations of foods at breakfast and lunch when what they should do is train themselves to accept there is no breakfast and lunch and their objective will be realized; a the Matrix "there is no spoon" approach so to speak. 

Many people think, if I restrain and restrict myself to one full meal a day, namely dinner, then does that mean I will never have cornflakes, sausages and eggs again - all those favourite "breakfasty" foods? No, this is not the case. The "idea" of breakfast is just a meal like any other designed unconsciously by society to turn you into a food junkie, hence you have been psychologically conditioned to think this meal should be eaten in the morning and cannot be done without even when you don't need it. All you probably need in the morning is a cup of tea. A breakfast recipe is just a type of food, you can have the same recipe for dinner. So if you crave bacon and eggs then simply make it a recipe or meal  you will have at dinner when you need it, not breakfast when it's useless to you since your nutritional needs are already in your blood stream from the meal you ate at dinner last night.

Does this mean I will never eat breakfast or lunch again? No its doesn't. You will go out to lunch, go out to have breakfast at a take away or have dinner at your favourite restaurant. You will have more fun eating and enjoying it as you no longer have to deal with the guilt of the negative impact it is having on your body.  The difference is that when you do so you will be leaner, in good health and the meal you eat will have little impact on your size. One meal will not make you unhealthy if it is not what you do everyday. It means you have made a lifestyle choice to have one meal a day as the norm. You eat one important set meal a day: namely dinner. There may be times you find you are with friends, are at a party or function, or have a working lunch or breakfast. Think of these meals at times as one offs or if particularly large as dinner brought forward where your one meal will therefore not be required later. If they are nutritionally inadequate then have something light at dinner to supplement your "one meal" principle or policy. Unless you are fasting to develop discipline there is no objection to partake of these meals as they are taken in lieu of dinner, but they are one-offs as the next day and for the rest of the week you will be back to your normal daily routine.

When you make the "one meal" policy or choice, you are not dieting or going through a fad; you are making a lifestyle choice. By doing away with the psychological framework or tradition that exposes you to excess food you will naturally begin to eat healthier. By being careful, the food addiction will subside as will the cravings. Your body will naturally adjust and, over several months to a year, begin to return to its ideal bmi. You may then discover how eating at these traditional times was a burden on your day rather than the boost you thought you gained that was in fact simply being converted into fat you don't need.You should then begin to feel a rejuvenated since  you have broken the hold of tradition that triggers psychological hunger and the energy you used to spend on digesting large breakfasts, brunches, lunches and snacks while going about your business is now released freeing you to do more with your life, become more sober, emotionally stable and to feel better.

Telling people not to eat before they sleep at night because it will make them "fat" is probably really bad quack health advice

During sleep very important biological functions take place such as cell repair, not just of muscle and bone, but brain cells, nerves and synapses. The brain reorganizes thoughts filing and rearranging memories accumulated during the day and over a lifetime. During sleep the body more rapidly tackles disease, heals itself, wards off ageing by repairing both mind and body boosting both physical and mental or psychological health. These processes are fueled by nutrients from food. Not eating well, or starving yourself before you sleep may therefore be the worst possible time to deny your body food. To advise people not to eat before they sleep is probably the worst health advice to give. Doing so at this critical time may cripple your body, make you mentally, emotionally or psychologically unstable during the day and induce more rapid ageing as your body struggles to find the nutrients and resources with which to repair cells, heal and keep you young; worst of all this will happen without you even knowing it, everyday. Life may become a burden as a result, without you even knowing why. Deliberately retiring to  sleep on an empty stomach, when you don’t have to, may be the recipe for waking up to a burdensome life that is persistently mentally, emotionally and physically constrained. Not eating well at dinner may cause mental health issues and cause you to age faster than you should be. When you eat a proper meal at dinner and sleep your body is inert and at rest. Therefore, the nutrients and fuel being created by digested food are readily available for healing and cell repair, however, because you are not engaged in any physical activity not only are nutrients and energy easier to access for cell repair, they are also being efficiently stored in your blood stream and system in a state where they can be immediately accessed. When you wake up in the morning if you ate correctly at dinner these will be able to fuel your body the entire day without the need for feeding or another "traditional" meal like breakfast or lunch to interfere with your day until dinner time. Simultaneous digestion and physical activity caused by traditional eating times overloads your body during the day making you lethargic and inefficient at what you might want to do or achieve. The one meal personal policy will help you prevent “overloading” unnecessarily. Importantly it will prevent you from creating excess nutrients accumulated during the day that being useless to your body will be stored in fat cells. This will make you naturally leaner. When your body acclimatizes to being able to do without unnecessary food the whole day and it becomes effortless, you will have beaten psychological hunger and will begin to discover a new kind of freedom – freedom from food addiction. The day will come when you are home in the evening and about to prepare your dinner when despite the fact that you have not eaten anything all day you find to your amazement you are actually not hungry. Food and your body are beginning to work for you rather then against you. You will likely enjoy an emotional stability you probably have not felt in a long time. You will begin to look younger. Your body and mind will likely be firing on all cylinders and you will begin to feel more healthy, more creative, more eager to get out there and be fulfilled than you have in a very long time.

A one meal policy allows your body to work more efficiently

You need to give your body an opportunity to use up all the nutrients it has flowing through your system between dinners or the one meal. Which is why you have a one meal policy in the first place. If you had an adequate "one meal" dinner then you are equipped to understand that any hunger or cravings you experience during the day's activity are psychological hunger. You can beat it because you know its your body giving you the wrong instructions. Eating inappropriately in between interferes with the process of applying the nutrients already in your system. Try not to eat at inappropriate times. If you are given a snack take it, but its better to keep it and eat it later with your dinner making adjustments to the one meal policy to accommodate the snack. This is better and safer as there is only so much food you can eat at one sitting, compared to over time. If you eat the snack now, by dinner it will be as though it never existed - which is not what you want. Its much easier to simply abstain from food until your "one meal" time at dinner, than to have snacks, special diets or shakes at breakfast, lunch, brunch or other odd times of the day. "Dieting" consisting of  special combinations of foods taken at traditional or set times of the day will inevitably fail since these approaches do not kill the expectation of food and therefore do not address the problem of psychological hunger. Since you have been raised as a food junkie expecting three or more hits of food per day taking any food at these times acts as a trigger for your food addiction that may lead to a full blown relapse. Small  tid-bits eaten in between the "one meal" time may turn into full blown meals as you add little extra portions you think are not a big deal, but that are in fact your addiction to food outwitting you into succumbing to eating food you don't need just as drugs do to any junkie.

Initially your one meal will tend to be larger than it needs to be, due to the fact that since you haven't eaten all day you will indeed be hungry. Like a laser you are focusing your nutritional needs to one time or period of the day or 24 hour period. Cleverly you are taking this food before you sleep when the hard work done to digest it will not be experienced and will not interfere with your day. By freeing yourself of the belief you need three meals a day you are removing psychological hunger and therefore neutralizing cravings. Over the months as you acclimatize to going through the day without the need for food your body will adjust and the cravings will subside; at supper time, you will no longer be so hungry and this is the time to consciously begin to reduce your meal more exactly to the calories you require for the next day. This will mean a smaller, lighter, more nutritionally smart "one meal" at dinner that you ensure is properly prepared. After six months the results and benefits of this lifestyle choice will begin to take root.

Exercise and the one meal policy

Exercise is important. But not everyone likes to exercise. This "one meal" policy will allow you to restore your appropriate bmi whether you exercise or not. However, exercise and keeping fit are useful. For those who are able to and tend to enjoy exercising, when you are on the one meal policy, the best time to exercise is at any hour during the day before you have your one meal. If need be diligently adjust the nutritional diversity of your one meal to accommodate increased activity which will take place the next day. Remember the one meal covers all your nutritional needs for the next day which begins when you wake up in the morning.

By isolating the times you eat to only one hour of the day (at dinner in the evening), you will begin to set a baseline along which you can monitor your eating habits. In the beginning you may need to fast during this daily interval to begin to overcome the craving or addiction to excess food, which will be worst at the traditional meal times when your addiction will attempt to overpower you. This is when you should be the most firm with yourself. Should you find that you want food during the course of the day and find yourself consequently eating even though you are on the one meal policy then you may have a serious food addiction problem. The one meal allows you to identify this behaviour or eating habit that often is in control of you, you are not in control of it: basically you are a junkie. Technically there is no difference between you and someone addicted to hard drugs or alcohol. You are an addict. Your food problem needs to be dealt with. The one meal policy over time allows you to have a day without interference from digestion (the root of your addiction) and to become clean by taking only as much food as your body requires which becomes naturally evident in you moving closer to your ideal bmi.

Its not about how you look, its about your health 

Don't let anyone tell you, you are not beautiful. Being at peace within and comfortable with yourself is a strong aspect of your personal health. The "one meal" policy is not about being fat or thin. Even thin people can be food addicts. They can have food cravings, binge eat and may be unable to stop themselves from eating at inappropriate times, they can be overwhelmed by hunger to the extent that it overrides their power to say no to food. Consequently the one meal policy is not really about size or looks, its about setting the foundation for developing self-control, are you in possession of yourself, or are you possessed by food, which is evident in your inability to say no to it when you know you have met your nutritional requirement for the day. Even though you have all the energy and nutrition you need for the day why are you still hungry or craving food? You have a problem and need to deal with it, nothing, not even food, should have this kind of negative power over you. Observing these physiological symptoms within yourself  helps you understand your addiction. The one meal policy is a powerful tool for self monitoring, freeing yourself of a yoke you may not even know is weighing you down and developing a healthy relationship with food. It is a lifestyle choice, the fact that your body naturally moves closer to its appropriate bmi as a result of it is just a bonus, the real gain is the peace, clarity and inner strength you gain within from being in control of your relationship with food rather than it being in control of you.

How to manage the initial strain

Each day your body only needs a determined number of calories to fuel its activity. When you make the switch to a one meal per day policy you are basically developing a baseline and  method by which to ensure there is a better balance between how much you consume and your daily activity. To function optimally and healthily your body actually needs much less food than society would like you to believe. When you begin the one meal per day policy you are likely to feel the strain of lowering how much you eat. This strain may include irritability, insomnia, headache, difficultly concentrating, sweating, anxiety and fatigue during the course of the day. When you feel these symptoms some people and society will in ignorance say its because you are starving yourself. It is important not to confuse the symptoms you experience with starvation. You are not starving. You are simply beginning to realise how much damage overeating may be doing to your mind and body. In all likelihood what you experience when you go without eating for the day as you wait for your one meal is not starvation. You ate dinner and scientifically have enough fuel in your body for the entire day when you woke up in the morning. The strain and craving you may experience in the early stages are called withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms are what addicted people go through when the source of addiction is taken away from them, in your case its food.At this stage you are no different from someone trying to kick alcoholism, smoking or addiction to hard drugs that destroys lives. Similarly food addiction can ruin your physiology, health, physical activity, psychological well-being and your relationships. To give up on the one meal a day policy because the initial strain says you are starving yourself is an excuse addicts may sometimes use to justify giving in to their craving and returning to their debilitating habit that is ruining their life in the belief that they are "hurting" themselves by coming clean. Stick it out and after several months, when your body is clear of food addiction you find you can thrive the whole day without being compelled to eat and be astounded to find that at dinner when its time for your one meal you are not even hungry. This power you have gained over cravings, eating and food is simply you having successfully beaten food addiction, you are no longer a junkie. You can begin to get your life back and be the powerful person you were always meant to be.    

Without a one meal policy, you do not have a clear food consumption limit

A one meal a day policy works because there is only so much food you can eat at one sitting before you feel satisfied. On this policy despite having a set meal, in real terms it has only one third the impact on your health. In other words the one meal is then equivalent to a one third portion of the food you see before you. You are in fact getting the upper hand. Whereas dividing food into three traditional sittings a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) potentially unnecessarily triples the amount of food a person is able or needs to eat in a day. The fact that digestion takes place between meals magnifies the amount food a person would desire to consume, whereas if there are no sittings expected at all not only does the person not psychologically expect food they also do not hunger for it thus naturally killing cravings. As Pavlov has shown just the idea that you are expected to eat a meal at a specific time of the day may make you hungry or want to eat when that hour of the day arrives even though you do not need the meal.

Without a one meal per day policy, in principle, you have no reason to refuse or avoid food during the day whether you spend your day at home or work. Consequently you will eat indiscriminately which does not help you. Since you don't stand for anything (where eating habits are concerned) you will fall for anything your unruly stomach wants. Food eaten randomly and at inappropriate times of the day can cause highs and lows. It can make you feel happy, euphoric for no good reason;  it can make it difficult for you to think clearly, make you feel groggy and sleepy. It can make you feel empty or depressed and hungry when the high subsides even though nutritionally you don't need any more grub, you find yourself comfort eating creating a cycle that like any other addiction is difficult to break. Every time you eat because you are bored, is a lost idea or lost creative activity that has been blocked by the quick "high" from food. Since you don't have a one meal policy you have no food baseline by which to manage when and how you eat. Food can take the place of you being a go-getter and dulls creativity as it replaces the "good feeling" you experience when you are being creative and constructive with a quick fix. After you get this quick fix from food you find that you have lost the drive to work, do something creative and so on. Eating can take the place of boredom, instead of making the effort to find interesting things to learn, see and do instead you eat at the inappropriate time and this  kills your drive to do useful and constructive things, some of the very attitudes that characterize and ruin the lives of junkies. Eating can consequently take over your life and you will be powerless to control it. This makes the one meal policy, taken at dinner, a very important lifestyle choice for giving you a boost in the right direction. By sorting out your nutritional needs for the next day, you clear your food schedule and are forced to focus your mind and heart on other aspects of your life that you can improve. You recognize that since you don't need food during the course of the day you should make the effort not to succumb to eating unnecessarily. If you succumb, you recognize you are a food junkie and have to develop greater will power to deal with your addiction, as a junkie is not the kind of person you want to be. Without the one meal as a baseline, it may be impossible to properly manage the psychological and physical pressure food exerts on your mind and body.

The WHO and the struggle for good nutrition

Well, this is my 2 cents on food, nutrition and health related to issues to do with skinniness and obesity. We often hear about addiction to alcohol,tobacco, hard drugs and how they are harmful to society. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has chosen to priorities obesity as one of the fastest growing global pandemics. It’s important to be comfortable in your own size, as you will not always look the way you want to; you will gain weight and lose it throughout your life.  However, the problem may not only be obesity; obesity is merely one symptom of a problem that affects not only people who are stereotypically fat, but even people who are skinny and have perfect bmi scores. WHO may need to move away from focussing on “heavy” people ,which only leads to social stigmatization of heavier people. Low self-esteem helps no one. It’s better to be big yet be happy, self confident and have high self esteem than have a perfect bmi yet be depressed with low confidence and low self-esteem. The WHO should instead focus on the real problem: food addiction and approach it from this angle. If the problem is approached as an addiction then a solution to obesity that avoids stigmatization will have been found as it can affect people of any size or shape. The   profound effects food has on the human physiology and psychology makes it as powerful as drugs or narcotics. The same approach that weans addicts of these may be useful for helping people make healthier eating choices. The usefulness of food to human health does not discard the fact that, when it is inappropriately administered through over or under eating, it can have harmful effects on human mental and physical health. By focussing on food addiction as opposed to the  physical problem of obesity the WHO may increase the resolve for improving social and individual nutrition and better solve the problem. A one meal a day policy at which all of a person's nutritional needs are achieved is a challenge the WHO can champion. Its a simple approach that is easy to sell. One approach to use for adults is to scrap the three meals a day approach to food consumption and instead recommend a "one meal" a day policy. When people begin to think they only need one meal a day they will naturally avoid over eating and will learn to control or limit their consumption. The one meal policy may be able to help instruct people on how to manage food addiction. In any case there is no need to wait for the WHO to tell you what to do, you can begin to manage your relationship with food today, yourself, by adopting a one meal a day policy and ensuring you get the right nutrition you need for each day through that meal.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Congratulations to Edgar Chagwa Lungu Elected 6th President of Zambia





His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu being sworn in as President of the Republic of Zambia on 25th January 2015.



Compliments to Hakainde Hichilema, Edith Nawakwi and all the candidates for putting up a spirited fight.


Friday, 16 January 2015

Today, you will be with Me in paradise. Luke 23:43.


A reason why people may become atheists and a reason why fewer and fewer may attend services across denominations can to some extent be explained.  Across denominations many people abandon the Church, faith and religion altogether, especially in a world advancing rapidly in scientific knowledge, due to a loss of the ability of religion to distinctively identify and define Spirit. Psychology walked in impetuously and sacked the tangible objects that formed the functional basis for religion that have been handed down through the ages.  The Church that had known the Spirit for eons, allowed psychologists like Freud to march in and re-label Spirit as consisting of id, ego and super ego. The Church was charmed, wooed, intimidated and terrorised by the brilliance of science. De-spiritualisation set in through the exchange of labels inspired by philosophers such as RenĂ© Descartes’ ideas which stated “I think therefore I am”, self-awareness gradually became defined as a biological condition or attribute of consciousness whose function is governed by the science of psychology. When science took over our understanding of the human mind, it immediately evicted the Church and religion from the Holy of Holies, the Sanctuary, like the temple veil being torn in two religion lost its importance and place, to materialistic man. Like the Israelites looking for a place to settle and Palestine today searching for statehood, the Church has ever since been wandering through the wilderness looking for sanctuary - a place to confidently call home. To anyone seeking to strengthen their belief, the Church was now unable to show or demonstrate what Spirit is, precisely. A persons physiological self awareness was no longer Spirit, according to science it was now the ego. When the Church succumbed to this change it lost its ability to identify and present Spirit to its adherents and those who earnestly sought a greater, loftier existence through religion. It remains a fact that humanity was made in the likeness of God and therefore mankind’s self-awareness or small “I am” exists in the Great I am or Jehovah, but the presence of God was effectively physically separated from human reality when it was instead labelled a mundane ego and effectively de-spiritualized by a simple but effective change in name, title, label. What the Church did not see is that changing the name or definition of an object, in this case Spirit into the id, ego, super-ego or any other name anyone might give it, no matter how clever, does not change the object itself. It remains Spirit. Consequently, there is a need for the Church to go back to the Sanctuary, take it back and cleanse it, restore the Spirit by restoring its labels and restoring them to the Church. Science can call these attributes whatever it likes, but when a member of a congregation asks what or where the Spirit is, the Church should have the authority to say to a member of the congregation: it is you, the “you” inside this physical body, your self-awareness is Spirit. Close your eyes, focus on yourself, your presence – this is Spirit. Where is God? Close your eyes again, are you aware of yourself? Yes. With your eyes closed look around your ‘self’. Your eyes are closed, they are no longer seeing the room, this surrounding you feel and observe is the presence of God. Without the presence of God, in which your Spirit is contained you could not be self-aware. You can say “I am”, because you are contained in the Great I am, you exist in the presence of Jehovah. The moment you closed your eyes, felt your own self-awareness, looked around and reached for the presence of God, these inadvertently represent the beginning of prayer and meditation, hence their importance in Scripture. The Bible clearly states the importance of eating the bread or body of life, that is, self-reflection and reaching for or acknowledging the presence of God; without prayer and meditation one cannot become fully self-aware and by becoming self-aware acknowledge the reality of existing and standing in the very presence of God. As this awareness grows through prayer and meditation it becomes what in religion is called faith. Faith itself is not something abstract, it is a force the power of which is increased by one’s greater proximity to God, and that proximity is gained through prayer and meditation. It’s really that simple. It is easy to see why the Church would be terrorised by the empiricism in science, intimidated by advances in modern biology, science and psychology into abandoning Spirit to studies in human physiology. But there are things science cannot explain. Just because you are conscious and self-aware everyday to the extent that it feels mundane and there seems nothing extraordinary about it does not mean it has inherently ceased to be extraordinary. When the very attribute by which you define yourself is taken from you, your lost identity is something impossible to restore through materialism and can only be restored by reaching for a higher place, the Spirit. This is why the average person has a natural propensity to seek God, even though often he or she may not understand the what, why and how of it.

By virtue of our consciousness-of-self, the presence of God is always in our very midst, we have only to reach for it. This consciousness of self is also the Church’s scientific proof God exists. Christ is in this presence, the Holy Spirit is in this presence: you are in this presence; that is, the presence of God. Your mind, your self-awareness could not be unless this was the condition.  It is fantastic yet at the same time boring, mundane, everyday, simple, as the truth tends to sometimes be as it is with Occam’s Razor, lex parsimoniae.

The events at Calvary are an important effort to teach this mystery. When Christ was crucified with the two criminals, thieves or “terrorists” it teaches one very important fact, and this is that Christ is in your midst, he shares your pain, your daily life and experiences. He is not a terrorist, criminal or a thief, that is, he is not a sinner yet he allows himself to share in your physical and psychological pain and in the consequences of your actions. He is with you whether you are with a group or on your own. He is always in your midst, every hour, every moment, every day, every thought. He is aware of you and endures your life with you.  Science is useful, but it is not absolute; there is still so much that is undiscovered and so much to learn. When science is used to change labels from Spirit to materiality through labels such as the ego, it is like taking the sign on a building that says church and replacing it with store or warehouse. If the use of the building does not change, in the same way self-awareness remains self-awareness then though you may change the title of the building, it remains a church. However, this mislabeling may erroneously make people believe the building is no longer a church and therefore there is no God and consequently their self-awareness is the ego and not Spirit. This is scientifically flawed and the Church today has fallen into this pitfall. Fewer and fewer people will enter the building for the most part because they are confused and conflicted about what is going on inside, and are wary about its purpose. The first casualty of this mislabeling will be the intellectuals, a powerful group of members who are always wary of being deceived, next will be those whose commitment is weak.They will be the first to leave in droves failing to see how they have been mislead into drifting away from God and the Church. Self awareness or Spirit in Scripture is represented by water. This is why Baptism is at the center of the Church. Under the water, in the water we are as we are now: self-aware, in Spirit. But what we strive for is to rise above the water into the air. In Scripture the air is used to describe the Holy Spirit. Hence, when we are Baptized we are lifted from simple self awareness up above its waters into the air, and receive the Holy Spirit. We reach for holiness, what is loftier than ourselves, we seek God, Jehovah, the Great I am. The presence of God speaks for itself, it is as real as our very own existence Matthew 13:17. Self-awareness like water and air, require a vessel or medium to exist and this is the presence of God. This is one of the most powerful meanings of the Cross. Whenever you see a Cross it is intended to remind you of this blessed presence and condition. The stronger your faith, the stronger is the presence of Christ of which the Cross is representative. Many people are unaware of the practical link between the Cross and their faith.

 You have to teach yourself to be aware of the presence of God. How? It’s actually very simple. When Christ said he would send the Holy Spirit he was not just speaking figuratively. Learn to pray, close your eyes and learn to meditate. If you can feel your own presence, your “I am” in this space eventually you must also acknowledge the presence of God within and around you because this is part of what it means to be in the Spirit. This communication is called worship.  Faith is not abstract, it is not imaginary, based on hearsay and fantasy. You cannot be an atheist on the pretext that God doesn’t exist, proof of the existence of God is evident in your being self aware, full stop. If you choose to label this as a psychological science which has nothing to do with the Spirit this is your prerogative, but then technically your atheism, like any decision is a personal choice or is self-ascribed. You may ask for evidence of God and yet at the same time you refuse it saying it is evidence of something else, that is, the Id, Ego or Superego and so on. However, when the labels were changed this did not change the substance. For a believer, ask yourself, when you close your eyes and begin to pray in earnest, where do you go? That’s right, theoretically you might think you didn’t go anywhere, but the moment you closed your eyes and your “I am” what science calls your “ego” reached for God with your heart and mind – you began to enter deeper and deeper into the presence of God through prayer.  The Church shouldn’t be robbed of its importance in this aspect of human development. Spiritual development is real, it is as real as the process that educates a person from illiteracy to professional. And like education requires instruction. The congregation needs to be instructed on how to pray, how to meditate, hold vigil and understand its own self-awareness in relation to the God's existence. It is an essential part of human development entrusted to the Church. The Cross is a reminder that God's presence is always there with you, you just have to reach for it. If a person does not understand, acknowledge or appreciate this aspect of the Cross, then it is possibly simply being used as a fashionable accessory rather than a powerful object of one’s faith. This is why spiritually a Cross and evil cannot occupy the same space and time; the consequence of this is the expulsion of evil. This phenomenon concerning the expulsion of evil that is inherent in the Cross is what has come to be termed or observed as “exorcism”.  When the Church allowed the physiological and psychological sciences to alter labels and in so doing remove the real, tangible evidence of God humanity has, it gave away its place and authority in humanity’s development and made something real, the Gospels, and what they promise humanity appear as though it is all a myth. The Church needs to take back that authority by restoring and resorting to the original evidence. Some people, even believers and adherents, think they have never experienced or rarely feel the Spirit and have never really felt the presence of God. This is a significant flaw, as being conscious and self aware is Spirit itself. It is as though they live beside a living stream and drink clean water every day, but when asked by someone thirsty passing by do you have any water and do you know what water tastes like? Their response is they cannot help as they have never really seen water and have no idea what it may taste like. They do not understand or realize that when the Bible says water or Spirit, it is talking about their self-awareness. Instead they say they only have an ego, id or super-ego and are looking for illusive Spirit. In other words they have been de-spiritualized by a distortion of facts. Consequently, many people, even the faithful may sometimes feel forlorn, numb unable to feel God’s presence but still try to hold on to belief because their commitment is strong. This is a consequence of mislabeling. Sometimes, especially during difficulty, some feel alone, isolated and wonder if God really exists. But if you understand; you are never outside God’s presence.  If you are aware of self then that itself is proof God exists because your self-awareness cannot exist outside the presence of God. You can be taught and trained to increasingly acknowledge this presence through prayer, meditation and vigil. Studying, cataloging, researching and offering this training to support this aspect of human development is the responsibility of the Church. This hard evidence is the property of the Church and it should not be beguiled into surrendering it to psychology. Science can be considered a branch of Spirit, but Spirit encompasses science, science does not encompass Spirit. If science encompassed Spirit, there would be nothing left to learn as everything would known. 

Which of the two terrorists are you?

According to the Bible, a consequence of original sin, is that we are, every last one of us, sinners. If the two men at the Crucifixion represent humanity at its worst, then we are all low lifes, every last one of us, are inherently criminals, thieves, and "terrorists". Therefore, we should not be too proud and think we are better than the next person we observe with loathing and disgust.  But even amongst us sinners there are two kinds: Those who want to wage war on others, cause pain and injury who take the adverse position; "Aren't you the Messiah [Prophet]..save yourself and us!" Luke 23:39.  And those who recognize innocents should not suffer and take the other position; "Do you not fear Allah [God]? We are punished justly, but this man has done no wrong." Luke 23:40-41. "Jesus [Prophet]. Remember me when you enter into your kingdom." Luke 23:42. He acknowledges his faults, abandons his past ways and reaches for Jesus. The Prophet then says to him "Today, you will be with Me in Paradise" Luke 23:43. According to scripture, as humanity, we are all sinners, low lifes, criminals, thieves and "terrorists" there is nothing too special about anyone, but those of us who believe, turn away from a life of sin and reach for a higher ideal are granted salvation, while those who continue on a path to destruction bringing others pain and injury as we see today are bound to misery and guaranteed to see the inside of hell. Be careful not to side with or sympathize with this adversity even in your heart where no one sees your feelings and thoughts, lest you make yourself a candidate for the pit.

Many today proudly acknowledge and accept that they are sinners. This is largely thanks to an important parable taught by Christ, Luke 18:9-14. When we become too comfortable with our own understanding of morality though, like the tax collector, we accept we are sinners, once again we become too comfortable with the word sinner. More like the Pharisee we begin to look down on another wretched soul hunched in a corner looking to God for forgiveness. When someone is called a thief or criminal for instance, it is not unheard of in modern times to hear that they have engaged lawyers and are pursuing a case of defamation against the antagonist. There are few if any defamation cases where a person is said to be suing because they have been called a sinner. Today it is almost with a sense of pride resulting from humility that people call themselves sinners. It is in this sense that at Calvary, instead of sinner the Bible uses a stronger term; thief or criminal for the crucifixion of the two men beside Christ. Some regard being called a thief the worst possible slight. In today’s context to drive the lesson further still the two criminals might instead be called the two terrorists; since being called a terrorist today, is worse than being called a criminal or thief. Ideally a sinner is a sinner, in the sense that we are all sinners and like the Pharisee should not be so high minded as to look down on those considered our lessers. Therefore the bar has to be “lowered” so to speak to bring the point home. The terms “thief” and “criminal” are used synonymously with “sinner”, although it stands to reason that even today, in the 21st Century, most people would rather be called a sinner, than they would a thief, criminal or terrorist forgetting that the term sinner encompasses these faults. People are as wary of and as offended by these derogatory terms as people were in Jesus’ time.

At the Crucifixion the Bible deliberately uses the lowest and most detested human character; a criminal to teach something fundamental in Christianity to all humanity, a lesson that still reverberates to this day. The two thieves, two criminals or “two terrorists” crucified with Jesus are what humanity regards as the scum of the earth, yet here they represent humanity in its entirety at its lowest. The pain of crucifixion represents the physical and psychological, twisted suffering all of humanity endures, regardless of its place in society. In the midst of humanity, in between the two criminals, is an innocent who saw their predicament and said, I can lift their burden, let me endure this ordeal with and for them. Christ chose to endure this strife and pain with humanity; with you. The ordeal demonstrates he is right beside you today enduring your strife with you; with you even as you read these words, everything you experience he experiences.

Our Lord was scourged, beaten and broken. But the scourging, beating and breaking could not change who he was. In this broken state, hanging from the Cross, the materialistic world thought it had stripped him of everything he possessed, even his dignity. It believed it had left him powerless and yet when one of two men acknowledged what they had done was wrong and reached out to him; he commanded it and instantly paradise was bestowed upon him. Today, you too can see how your cruelty, your selfishness, your own weaknesses; the world and its imperfections have brought you to some of the difficult places you  have been in; but you can acknowledge your faults, lay down your arms, make peace with your enemy, accept you are on the wrong path, and reach for paradise.


Luke 23:43. Our Lord, Jesus Christ was and is……powerful, audacious, inspiring and transforming.