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The Power of Your Word

In our Ahiah Community healing circles, both Ubuntu and the Beloved Community, we are discussing the power of our word to inspire and uplift us to reimagine and dream of the future we want to see for our spiritual community.

As we continue in our journey to deepen our relationships and build trust and empathy with one another, what is emerging is a deepening of our collective intention to love one another as we come to know ourselves and one another a little bit better.

As we deepen our exploration of racial harmony and the harmful elements of discrimination that impact our society, we are looking at the relics of oppression and racism that weigh on our citizens and continue to show up in our media streams.

We have begun to realize that when people are targeted, discriminated against, or oppressed over some time, they often internalize (believe and make part of their self-image – their internal view of themselves) the myths and misinformation that society communicates to them about their group.

Sometimes this can bring on a kind of "fatigue" where individuals believe that "I have been there and done that" when it comes to healing the trauma of racism. Others can feel it's pointless to address these issues, saying "What's the use in talking about that stuff?"

From an African-American perspective, it's easy to feel since one deals with this reality daily, it's futile to spend time continuing to work through the effects, exploring the impacts, and helping others understand our experience.

And yet, in my experience as an advocate of racial harmony, I have experienced that when we become vulnerable to becoming an ally in this space, we create connection, build empathy and understanding and we contribute to building a foundation of peaceful relations in our community.

Make no mistake about it, we at AHIAH are on the vanguard of growth in this area, especially because of the commitment of our AHIAH members who have anchored the intention over the past 3 years to uncover, discover and discard old ideas that no longer serve us, while embracing a deeper commitment to loving one another.

We are coming to understand the power of our words and the healing they can bring to us. Furthermore, each one of us has a divine piece of the puzzle and our voice counts.

When we use our words to inspire and create a positive vision for the future, we are empowering ourselves and each other. We are creating a space for people to come together and share their stories, help build bridges, and become closer as a spiritual community. We are learning to trust and be vulnerable with one another, and in doing so, we are helping to create a healthier and happier spiritual community.

Our words create a space for open dialogue, honest conversations, and the exchange of ideas and opinions. They help us to build relationships, to understand perspectives, and to gain insight into our own experiences.

Our words also have the power to heal and bring transformation. They can help us to move beyond our comfort zone and to challenge our own beliefs. They can help us to explore new ways of thinking and to bring a deeper understanding of our own culture and beliefs.

The power of our words is an essential part of the journey toward cultural harmony and healing. As we continue to come together to explore the power of our words, we can help to create a space for healing, growth, and transformation. The power of our words brings us closer together and creates a brighter future for our spiritual community.

Coming together in our healing circles enables us to move forward together in unity and love. It is important to remember that the power of our word is a powerful tool for transformation. We must use it to spread the message of our collective intention to create a world that is equitable, just, and loving. We must use it to remind ourselves and one another that even when the journey is difficult, together we can make a difference. We must use it to remind ourselves that we have the power to speak truth to power and to use our voices to uplift and inspire each other. We must use it to share our stories, to express our pain and our joys, and to connect with one another in a deeper, more meaningful way. As we continue to move forward in our collective journey to racial harmony, let us remember the power of our words. Let us use it to support one another, build bridges and break down barriers, and create a world of love and understanding. Let us use it to create the AHIAH spiritual community that we all dream of; one that is rooted in the understanding of our shared humanity.

Set your intention to join us in the Beloved Community at our next gathering on Sept. 18th. If you are African-American, the Ubuntu circles meet twice monthly. Reach out to Marcia Bradshaw at for a personal invitation.

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