Oppression as Disease

Updated: Mar 29, 2019

After Hurricane Maria on the way to Jayuya

Living in Puerto Rico brings up so many questions and answers about life as we know it on planet earth.  This little island is symbolic of many experiences I have had in Africa, U.S.A and now the Caribbean. She is a microcosmic representation of the mainstream current state of consciousness. When I first arrived I was excited to unpack all my bottled up stresses and frustrations from the society I was living in in the USA.  I did find that this little island opened her arms and laid a basket in front of me where I could drop my baggage and purge. I in return promised to do what I do everywhere I go. Heal.  She seduced me to her fauna and friends, I was touched by feeling included in a family of like-minded folks, something I had suffered from lack in USA.  

It usually takes at least 2 to 3 years to understand anything.  It's the rule of thumb for relationships, business, and living situations.  Once that mark approaches you know in your soul of souls whether you like or dislike or can intelligently construct an opinion around an experience.  That mark has arrived for me here in Puerto Rico.  Committing 2 or so years in volunteer work, teaching classes, healing people, mothering people, thinking that I am considered a member of the whole and regarded equally with love and compassion, as I would my other members; I stand alone.  

Deep deep within the waters of the island people are oppressed.  People are living in a samsara of the historical cycle of oppression that keeps recycling it's toxic nonsense, recirculating within the mental, spiritual and physical health of the people.  As a dark skinned African woman, priest of Ifa, clinical herbalist and nutritionist with higher education degrees, always wearing African clothing and teaching the mystical; finding real community here is hard.  The talk about being 3 races is talk but not the deep experience the islanders really want to have, oppression has created confusion. Racism is here it just expresses itself in self hate and self destruction yet speaks of it's roots as if proud.  Then there are the free spirited islanders where as if anything on the ship is grabbed; new ideas included. No credit for the ones who intr