AFRICAN MIDWIFE

 

Struan Douglas has honours in Philosophy and Religion from the Social Sciences Department UCT 1997 … Some of the ideas he champions are “togetherness” and “African wisdom systems.”

He worked with Dr Bhengu in editing and compiling the African Midwife Series

The African Midwife Institute….

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Editors introduction
“Once you turn to the light you cannot turn back”

The ideas of ‘one-ness’ and ‘one love’ propose that we are all an aspect of the same whole. We cannot exist without one another. And as we awaken to this simple truth all our activities such as work, life, society and economy become absolutely totally people-centred and people driven. Serving others is serving ourselves and the path to prosperity consciousness. With the help of others we begin to live the lives we choose and create for ourselves .

In ‘Labour of Love,’ Dr Bhengu shares a practical path to human development that is built upon the African Midwife philosophy. Dr Bhengu is a deeply spiritual person and the path that a labour of love follows says that work and the opportunity to express your talents and abilities through work is a foundation of ‘soul growth.’ Soul growth for one leads to soul growth for all. Such positive action in our day to day lives is the seed of ‘bringing heaven to earth.’ Heaven on earth certainly means abundance, prosperity and equality. Mother Earth has all we need and more as soon as we take responsibility for our own actions and learn to trust and love ourselves as we share in the fruits of creation. The African Midwife philosophy puts fulfilling one’s own God given talent and potential. Fully functioning people are the foundation for a better world! Dr Bhengu boldly addresses the outstanding issues of social justice and equality in our nation. Her simple analogies and sheer determination to create a better world paint a clear picture of the path ahead.

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Editors introduction

“Not my will but thine will.”

My experience of near death is one of absolute nothingness and a state beyond duality consciousness. Duality consciousness generates conflict, competition and drama and is the essence of form issues such as competition, jealousy, inequality and hatred. Near death is peace and oneness. An experience of near death awakened me to the life beyond form and the matrix of the mind; to the life within life, the life within change, the life born from the heart. Through serious illness I realized the great privilege of forgetting my social conditioning and remembering my divine purpose. So as dis-ease can be a catalyst for ease so illness can be a catalyst for healing. This is the dance of life, what the Buddhists call the cycle of Samsara, beyond which is Nirvana.

I take “I am that I am;” to mean that “God is.” Referring to God as He, does not designate gender. ‘He’ is a name for the most high, Divine, God, Lord Almighty: a Force, our Source, the essence of love, forever and ever, Amen.

Thank you MaBhengu for your passionate efforts in helping others to help themselves; thank you to family and friends for helping us to help one another and thank you to the African people and the African continent for holding the meaning of uBuntu in our hearts.

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Editors introduction

Within there is.’ RUMI

The philosophy of the African Midwife is that of the sacred interconnectedness of all things and the unity of human beings as we exist in relation to one another and the Almighty, Supreme, Great Architect of Africa, Yawheh, Allah, God, uNkulunkulu, Modimo, Adonai… We are ‘one’.

The writing of African Midwife reflects MaBhengu’s extraordinary gift as a public orator. Witnessing the launch of her book publically at the African Renaissance gathering 25/05/2010 heightened our awareness as an audience. Like a musician calling on the magic of his/her muse she was conversing with the audience at a soul level. The cover photograph taken by Matthew Willman, pictures MaBhengu seated in ‘the dreams for Africa Chair,’ in appreciation of her contribution to society. The photograph has been used for exhibition in RSA. The dreams for Africa chair came about in 2009 when two hundred HIV & Aids positive women from the Inanda Valley, Kwa Zulu – Natal came together to create a platform for the great tapestry of South African stories and experiences to be told. This initiative is supported by the Hillcrest Aids Centre and this chair is traveling around South Africa inviting people from all walks of life to sit in the chair and to share their dreams, to tell their story. Their slogan is ‘Masibambisane.’ “We are working together.”

I give appreciation for a wonderful midwife, Tessa Douglas who extended the midwife network to make this book a reality and for Graham Michael Lesch, through whose autobiographical work – Shadows of Justice, a foundation for independent and authentic expression was set.

“Beyond Form” means moving beyond physical, emotional and thought form to reach our highest potential. It is about operating beyond one’s conditioned mind and limitation. External reality is shaped by internal reality. Transformation comes through focusing on the internal (inside or heart and mind) issues in our efforts to give birth to a better country and world. A shift in consciousness has proved to have profound influence on how one acts in the world and interacts with others. The ‘African Midwife’ is a vehicle, extending the experience to those who are ready and willing to access the gift.

It simplifies and demistifies human development so it becomes everybody’s responsibility. Human development and personal growth is on going. Awakening creates a favourable context for the birth of fully developed persons.

#humanpotential … The challenge to be oneself no matter what the obstacles is the challenge of a life-time. It is the journey of the hero … Let us journey together, for it is only through sharing that we become …

People are people together as one : uBuntu

uBuntu ideals of unity are ancient and modern, Eastern and Western, African and universal

“Materialistic science has no idea what is healthy food for humanity. That is precisely the characteristic of materialism, that it thinks and thinks and thinks — and knows nothing. The truth is finally this: that if one really wants to participate in life, above all one has to know something!” Steiner

In an ancient African context uBuntu says ‘people are dependent on other people to exist as people.” We can not exist without one another. And as we awaken to this simple truth all our activities such as the economy become absolutely 100% people centred and people driven.

Such a slogan exists too in the bushmen language where their words XE XARRA XE is expressed on the Southern African coat of arms. XE XARRA XE means, “Goods in themselves were not an end in themselves, but a means to a wider, social end – to create and solidify bonds of friendship, which may also become bonds of mutual help.”

uBuntu in an ancient context was lived without saying as the people were living at one with nature. For example, the Bushmen lived a nomadic lifestyle and within the boundaries of nature. The Bushmen were expert at animal identification and animal behaviour and could read tracks. Women were superb field botanists. They could identify plants individually. Knowledge was shared. The result of uBuntu in the modern context is all our activities such as the economy become absolutely 100% people centred and people driven. So as we serve others we serve ourselves. A defining principle of uBuntu in the modern world is the notion of togetherness, the faith that we are all one, aspects of the great whole.

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LIGHT from the spirit world …

“Please let love, the highest energy in the cosmos, uplift your spirit and give you peace of heart and mind as you continue your journey toward the day of rejoicing throughout your land.”  Matthew

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“Wisdom dictates caution so that suspense and doubt will not turn into chaos and fear.” Matthew

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“Trust that the part of the body located in the solar plexus will guide you along with the heart, to be where it is you need to be.” Gabriel

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“Clearly think of what it is that you want, intend it, plan on it.” Gabriel


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“It is the supreme elixir that overcomes the sovereignity of death. It is the inexhaustible treasure that eliminates poverty in the world. It is the supreme medicine that quells the worlds disease. It is the tree that shelters all beings. Wandering and tired in the path of conditional existance. It is the universal bridge. That leads to freedom from unhappy states of birth. It is the dawning moan of the mind that dispels the torments of disturbing conceptions. It is the great sun that finally removes the misty ignorance of the world.” TIBETTAN BOOK OF THE DEAD

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“The 8th dimension is that of unity consciousness, or simply put, God’s consciousness. This energy is the essence behind the events that will soon come to pass. God’s unity consciousness will soon begin to flourish in us all.” Rita Marr

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“In Atlantis everyone had twelve chakras. We then had five chakras taken away, so we traditionally only have seven. For the first time since the Golden Age the five chakras are being returned to us. As the planet moves into the fifth dimension the twelve spiritual chakras of the planet are beginning to open.” Anon

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“the highest achievement open to men on this Earth is to work right down into the physical body. In order to have an effect on the physical body itself, man must learn to control the breath and the circulation, to follow consciously the activity of…” Rudolf Steiner

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“We are all here to more fully develop the capacity to manifest self-sacrificing, compassion and self-less service to all beings—we are eternal co-workers with the Divine Source. This is the time to claim your divine rights and sovereignty, and you are being given every help to do so. We have always known good will overcome evil. It has happened. We are the children of the future and with that comes optimism, faith and rebirth. It is our job to rebuild, restore, renew, rebirth …Be the caretakers of mother earth and the keepers of one another. Simplicity will replace greed. Humility will replace power. Joy will replace oppression. Rejoice rejoice.” Sirian council

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“It is not accidental that time flows at the speed of light, for it is light that caries and contains time. Mind occupies time, when we measure an affect time we can directly measure and affect mind itself.” Tom Beardon

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“There is no salvation in time. You cannot be free in the future. Presence is the key to freedom, so you can only be free now.” Eckhart Tolle

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“All life on the planet is connected, the healing and peace we bring to ourselves also brings healing and peace to the Earth and all life upon her,” writes Jeanne White Eagle in reference to the ‘Dance for the One’ technique.

 

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“I am as I am because I am what I am in the overcoming of that I which is not necessarily a part of the am which is..”

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All that is required of you is that which brings you great joy.” Arcturus

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“From archangels to stars, oceans to insects, flowers to mountains, everything is a soul—not has a soul, IS a soul.” Matthew

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“Angels are here to serve all those who seek peace in the hearts and love in their lives.” Gabriel

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“You are helping to create the world YOU want, and in the reality of the continuum, that world already IS!  And what a grand and glorious world you have made!”  Mattthew 

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“Whenever you see a person who looks sad, or hear of troubled people anywhere, send Golden Light.” Gabriel

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“Consciously visualize the sun illuminating the earth and your being with Golden Light.” Gabriel

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“Only when one is secure in self can he or she give and receive unqualified love.” Matthew

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“You are supported and loved beyond measure.” Raphael

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“YOU manifest whatever you put your attention to!”  Matthew

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“If you are clear in your planning’s, if you count on it, if you state it matter of factly, step into the knowing, not the thinking, but the knowing beyond all shadow of a doubt that you will be here in joy, in harmony, in happiness, in creativity, and in greater rejoicing of building the world, the civilization that you all desire, then so shall you be.” Matthew

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“There is actually only one moment in Creation. Everything you experience is the same moment from a different point of view.” AN

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“You have the power to change a negative reaction to a positive one by changing your thought about it.” Matthew

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“Give yourself over to the spontaneity of this birthing.” Raphael

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“Swimming is a good idea with the thought of creating balance within your body.” Raphael

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“Look past the immediate need and try to see the bigger picture before you make a request.” Raphael

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“Saying, “No!” to all forms of abuse is an essential part of spiritual growth for you and for Earth.” Michael

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“To be truly present in the moment is to be one with the soul-self.” Raphael

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“Your presence is the manifestation of the divine in human form, a Light for the world and of the world.” Raphael

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“Bring forth the totality of your presence into each situation –  have the full experience of the healing you need on your soul level and the healing you extend to each person, including the earth. Remember the totality of your presence and be totally present in each situation. Use the gift of your total presence for understanding, healing and transformation.”  Raphael

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“Look for the energies beyond what the ego can recognize.” Raphael

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“The core universal energies are encoded to love, joy, peace, and happiness.” Michael

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“You have an appointment with destiny. Live it with joy, starseed. Live it with joy.” Sirius

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“Spiritual integrity is based on the amount of light intensity an individual holds, which is directly related to their ability to become Love, to become Compassion, to become Light.”  Arcturus

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“The teachings of all true spiritual masters are based in the simple tenets of Love, Compassion, and Peace.” Arcturus

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“Adherence to Universal Law of Interconnected Oneness will be the only Law.” Arcturus

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“… being so guided by beings of light, by angelic and celestial guardians of high magnitude. Arcturus

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“Smiling lightens the heart and time alone is not selfishness—it is self-preservation, self-restoration!”    Matthew

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“You will find yourself taking these risks toward the freedom of being totally authentic with others.” Michael

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“You will step forward immensely along your path of spiritual growth by revealing your true thoughts and feelings to yourself first, and then to others.” Michael

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“The light in your elation not only will touch all around you, but will radiate out into the universe and through the law of attraction, bring back “like” energy.” Matthew

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“Meditate frequently to feel safer and more peaceful.” Michael

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God said,

“Everywhere I look, I admire what I see. I admire human beings. I look at this world, I look at nature and I admire that nature.”

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  “Focus on the dance of yourself.”

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“I give unto you the world to uplift. This is your assignment,”

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“I ask you to add a dollop of joy to the world. Is there a better assignment?”

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Loving yourself is the “gateway” through which you love others.”

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“Act as if you do create your own reality. Acting as if gives you a commitment of intention.”

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“Free will is Creator’s gift to all souls.”

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“The good luck of virtue never fades, faith also brings great good.”

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“What you do affects the entire universe.”

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“Awareness is the first step to freedom.”

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“The sensation of love is a province of the soul.”

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“Balance is what all souls are aiming for because within balance is the spiritual strength of reconciled polarity.”

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“Love starts with self, with living so that loving self is as natural as breathing. Only then can you give and receive love.”

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“Consider yourself a sun in the world. Shine by your very presence. Light up the world.”

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“Light the world, and you also light up yourself.”

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“My relationship with u has nothing to do with u!”

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“Love is contagious, unlimited, omnipresent. It is what changes bleakness of spirit into fullness of spirit, illness into health, lack into prosperity.”

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“Love is in your heart and love is the very nature of your heart.”

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“There is nothing that has to be anything but what it is.”

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“I ask you to never complain.”

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“You are as free as a bird which is your natural state.”

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“There is an angel of love deep within you.”

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“Possibilities are possibilities because they are not certainties.”

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“Every person who takes another’s words to heart is partnering with the consciousness of the other.”

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“Putting your attention on what you don’t like is like driving in reverse.”

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“Love is a balance between giving and receiving.”

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“Love is the universe appreciating itself.”

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“The Universal Creator never judges you! The Universal Creator is always infinitely loving you!”

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“Love is the universe flowing through itself.”

 

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