Day 2, Kujichagulia, Self-Determination: Gifts from Me Inspired By The Kwanzaa Tradition

Day 2: Kujichagulia, Self-Determination

December 26, 2013

For the next 8 days, I will give you gifts (including some of My Beauty & Wellness Secrets) of My Creative Expressions inspired by the Principles of Kwanzaa!  Why?  Because (1) gift-giving is one of My Fetishes and this is a series of special posts to address many questions I receive about maintaining your wellness: Mind, Body and Spirit; and (2) this venture is part of My continuing gifts to improve the state of the Fetish Scene (and beyond) today, which, as with all things, begins and ends with each of Us.  So, I give you opportunities to expand your awareness and education, and to enjoy being creative!

The Kwanzaa tradition was founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga who created a uniquely, African-American and Pan-African holiday which is celebrated from December 26th through January 1st. Kwanzaa is related to many African celebrations of the first harvest.  (Read more on Holidays.net.)

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Kinara Today, the second day of Kwanzaa’s Principles is Kujichagulia (self-determination): To be responsible for ourselves. To create your own destiny.

Pronounced koo-jee-chah-goo-LEE-ah

Symbol: The Kinara (kee-NAH-rah) symbolizes stalks of corn that branch off to form new stalks, much as the human family is created.    Representing our African ancestors, the Kinara holds the seven candles that symbolize the Nguzo Saba (The 7 Principles). The Kinara is placed on the Mkeka (the Mat) and holds the Mishumaa Saba (the seven candles).  Note:  There are 7 Symbols of Kwanzaa.  I have included them in no specific order.

Kujichagulia is My favorite, personal Kwanzaa Principle because each year, I reflect on what I’ve learned about Myself and how I am in the world in order to choose how I want to evolve to BEing Better than I’ve ever been before!

The way to do this is to ACCEPT YOURSELF, which means to allow yourself to be a human being with all your “faults,” “mistakes,” and “fears” – self-defined, and as defined by others usually intending to control you.  The one thing that can be narrowed down from all other things that make Us the most unhappy is JUDGMENT – self-judgment and accepting the judgments of others. 

To BE Your Best, you have to be brave enough to:

1.  Face Your Fears (Remember, FEAR = False Experiences Appearing Real).

2.  Accept Responsibility For Your Actions.  In other words, give up the “blame game” (also known as the “make wrong game”) because even under the most dire circumstances, you have choices.  Most decisions are based on the fear of imagined consequences.

3. Forgive Yourself (and others) for not living up to your expectations (a.k.a. delusions).  The more you hold onto “making wrong” (yourself and/or others), the longer you will remain in the stagnation that separates you from being happy and having valid pride in yourself.  (Of course, if you are a total creep, you should make yourself wrong for heinous behavior and take every step to improve your existence.)  The questions to ask are: How do I want the end of my life to be? to feel?  How do I want to feel now?  Am I living in ways to deserve that?

4. Choose To Become Aware Of Your Motivations To Better Choose Your Desired Behavior.  In this world of distraction upon distraction at Our fingertips with a swipe, it’s even easier to avoid the all-too-often-ugly-truth behind WHY you do what you do.  Repeat Steps 1 through 3 above so that you won’t be a prisoner to subconscious – and “sub-conscience” – influences that inevitably serve to make you feel bad about being you.

5. Be honest about what you want AND allow yourself to deserve it.  It will be no surprise should you discover while taking the Steps above that you, too, are a product of the “social stratification machine” that is designed to keep you a slave to those who control your world – economically, socially, religiously, etc.  Now, don’t get caught up in the blame-game!  Take a deep breath, look at how and when you get “caught up” in making yourself wrong, and repeat Steps 2 and 3 above.  This practice is the power for success in your Personal Evolution.  The questions to ask are: Who do I want to be? How do I want to feel about being me?  Don’t judge the answers; observe them to see what your next steps can be.

6. TRUST that you will be fine – better than fine; GREAT!  This is having faith (Imani, Kwanzaa Principle Day 7) in yourself.  This takes you back to Step 1 above, facing your fears in order to discover what blocks you from being your best – and being worthy of your best.

Yes, this is work – often hard and scary.  Isn’t The Gift Of Your Life worth making the best of it?  Aren’t you worthy of living a fulfilling life of joy and personal contentment?  If your immediate answer was not a resounding YES, the question to ask is: Why not?

And if that’s not motivation enough for you, all of the above will strengthen you against the onslaughts of the jealous and petty who want to see you fail because they are too cowardly to work on themselves to BE Better.

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” – M. Scott Peck

“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” – Helen Keller

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Here’s to BEing Your Best!

Always MY Pleasure & The Best,
Mistress Didi*

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