How African Spirituality Transforms Lives
Byline: JANE ALEXANDER
THERE are many paths to the Divine. Some people feel drawn to the healing traditions of the Native Americans; others relate to the misty spirituality of the early Celtic peoples. But little has been written in the West of the African mystical tradition.
Now Caroline Shola Arewa is seeking to redress the balance. Her book, Opening To Spirit (Thorsons, [pounds sterling]14.99), brilliantly fuses African spirituality with more familiar concepts such as yoga, the chakras and meditation.
'History has masked the spiritual achievements of the African race,' says Caroline. 'Our African ancestors were generalists: spirituality, philosophy, mythology, psychology, the arts and healing knew no separation.' So African spirituality speaks to us all in some way. Follow its wisdom and, Arewa promises, you can learn how to transform your life.
THE MYTHOLOGY: Maat or Matu is an ancient African goddess, the personification of balance, justice and truth. She weighs the hearts of the deceased in the hall of judgment. If the heart weighs heavy, then the soul will reincarnate and return to the world. If the heart weighs light as a feather, then all lessons have been learned and the soul may return to the stars.
MAKE A HEART ALTAR: You will need a green cloth, preferably silk (or cotton). …