Too often, we consider “fitness” a physical undertaking—but it’s only one part of comprehensive wellness. There’s also emotional, spiritual, social and mental fitness. Focusing on mental fitness can help boost creativity and productivity, two traits essential for a fulfilling life. You don’t need to be a graphic designer, filmmaker or novelist to benefit from increased creativity. However, you do need to know some key mental fitness exercises to help workout your brain. Your brain might not technically be a muscle, but it behaves like one.
Working out your brain requires seeking out varied, fun and engaging exercises that fit easily into your schedule. Just like gym-goers avoid certain machines and classes, you’ll also avoid mental workouts you don’t like. Focus on variety and, if necessary, schedule mental workout breaks throughout the day to ensure those sessions happen.
Here are a few mental fitness options to get your creative juices flowing:
Adult coloring books. Even CNN has recently reported on the many benefits of adult coloring books, and it’s easier to find these mental workout books at a number of retail locations. According to CNN, everyone from yogis to Johns Hopkins researchers say that adult coloring is an excellent form of meditation. (Of course, this is something that adults who color with kids have known for years).
Crossword puzzles. Perhaps one of the most sustaining forms of a mental workout, crossword puzzles come in a plethora of challenge levels. You don’t need to master the Sunday Times’ crossword challenge to get the benefits. Instead, choose options that are both challenging and enjoyable. Crossword puzzles are a staple for a reason, and help grow your vocabulary while encouraging creativity.
Sudoku. It’s not for everyone, but it’s shocking that a numbers-centric game has made such a big impression on adults around the world. Lifehack has reported on the many benefits of Sudoku, from better memory and concentration to decreased risks of dementia to simply feeling happier. Like crosswords, Sudoku comes in a myriad of challenge levels so you’re always in control of how demanding the mental fitness exercise is.
Try an app. There are a slew of apps available to challenge your mental fitness, and options like Luminosity have made huge gains in recent years. As we begin to revere the importance of holistic fitness, not just physical fitness, more and more options are being developed to tone your brain. If you’re not engaging with a particular approach, try another. Many apps and other mental fitness workouts are completely free, which lets you experiment and find the right matches for you.
Break out the games with kids. Whether you’re a parent, beloved aunt/uncle, occasionally babysit or otherwise interact with little ones, try your hand at one of the many games designed to increase memory, creativity and concentration in players of all ages. Just because a game was designed for kids doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy the benefits, too. Memory card games are a classic, and in addition to getting a mental workout for all players involved, you’re also getting quality non-screen time with the children in your life. That’s a win-win.
Read. It really can be that simple, but the Pew Research Center reports Americans are reading less and less. Women and young people read the most according to research, but books are still declining in popularity. Reading forces you to imagine and picture scenarios by only offering part of a presentation. It’s by far the simplest and one of the most enjoyable mental workouts.
Challenge yourself to more mental workouts and to try out different approaches. Just like the muscles of your body from biceps to glutes, if you don’t work out your brain it tends to atrophy. Fortunately, you’re in control and it doesn’t take much time for a few mental workouts per day.
AUTHOR: Larry Mager – email@example.com: Larry is passionate about the study of how to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. He believes in regular exercise of the brain as a means to do just that.
I would like to thank my guest, Larry Mager, for contributing this awesome article. I know that many of you can benefit from this empowering information.
Hello everyone, it’s me Papa Hector here, and today I wanna share a video with you on something known as stealing a person’s Lwa. This is a question that I get quite often, and recently someone’s asked me the question again, so since it’s a question that I answer so frequently, it’s something I decided to make a video for.
So a common thing, or a common worry / fear / complaint that people have is that their Lwa might get stolen from them and can someone actually steal your Lwa. And the answer can be a little bit confusing because it’s a little bit of a tricky answer. The fact of the matter is that no one can really steal your Lwa but they can block you from that Lwa, they can use your Lwa, even use your Lwa against you, and they can make it difficult for you to access that Lwa.
So, let me explain: no one can technically steal your Lwa because technically speaking, your Lwa never actually fully detaches from you when someone goes ahead and works to use your Lwa or block your Lwa from reaching you or from you and the Lwa having communication. So, the Lwa can technically be brought back to you and brought back to work for you.
However, people can steal your Lwa, so to speak, because they can go ahead and they can block you and the communication from you…from you having communication with your Lwa, they can take your Lwa and have your Lwa working for them, make your Lwa work for them instead of for you, and…you will experience issues and problems that come from not having that connection working for you with your Lwa.
So, in a way they can steal your Lwa, kind of…meaning, like, they can’t detach it from you, but they can block it from communicating with you, they can block it from helping you, they can take it and use it for their own gain, their own means, they can even use it to attack or harm you.
And a lot of times what happens is people will block the communication between a person and that person’s Lwa, and then go ahead and take that Lwa and start using that Lwa to work for him or her. And exhausting that Lwa, using that Lwa up without really taking proper care of it, and then very often will let go of the Lwa, allowing the Lwa to go back to where it came from. By that point the Lwa is usually very weak because it hasn’t been taken care of although it is being worked with, and it is being required to work. So it comes back and it’s really weak and it’s unable to really assist the person that it originally belonged to.
So, the answer to “can someone steal your Lwa” is “no, not really” but they can block your Lwa from helping you, from working for you; they can go ahead and work with your Lwa against you or work with it for their own aims, and they can cause you many problems from you not having access to your Lwa. By you not having access to your Lwa, that Lwa is no longer protecting you, it’s no longer guiding you, it’s no longer working for you. So then you’re going to experience problems because of that. Not because the Lwa simply has been stolen but rather because now you have nothing that’s working on your behalf.
So I hope this has clarified that question for many of you, if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below in the comments section, and also don’t forget to subscribe to the channel which I’ve been meaning to tell everyone to do, but I keep forgetting! So subscribe to my channel so you can keep up to date with all the videos that I’ve been doing and all the videos that will continue to come out.
So until next time, keep the faith, it’s Papa Hector, signing off.
Since I’ve announced the Lave Tet people have been asking….
Papa I understand the spiritual benefits of the ceremony, but are there any other?
And well, I want to answer this question for you. …
Yes there are, but in order to understand all the benefits and why, I have to explain to you a bit more about the way the World really works.
You see in order to understand why the spiritual benefits are so important and powerful, and to really understand the value and weight that they hold, we must discuss how and why things in your life work and manifest as they do.
First, when a problem or a blessing manifests in your physical life, the issue has been being worked on on various levels prior to you seeing anything on the physical level. The first level on which it becomes created is the spiritual world.
Overtime it slowly grows and develops more and more on the physical world. When you undergo a ceremony such as the Lave Tet, you are undergoing a cleansing clearing and strengthening of your foundation which is your spiritual body. Problems and issues in the spiritual body become manifested in the physical world. The ceremony resets your spiritual body in a clean and strong state.
However, some of the issues that already have a strong root in your spiritual body, or already progressed even further in one of the other phases of manifestation, will be uprooted, drudged up and drawn up.
These issues are the undercurrent energies which are why you are facing certain problems or symptoms of issues in your physical life. This is why you may have the unexplained “bad luck” or the problem with every male, etc.
Those issues have to be brought to the surface so that you can deal with them, work on them and finally change them so that they are no longer causing negative cycles in your life.
Spiritual Work ain’t always pretty!
You have to deal with those “roots” so that you can be finished with the issue once and for all. The Lave Tet ill bring them up and make you face them. It is One of the Most Powerful Ceremonies one can undergo to literally change your life.
So, if you are scared, or aren’t ready to deal with things and issues in your life, or prefer to continue the negative cycles. . . then I don’t suggest you Lave Tet.
Some of these shifts and changes caused by the Lave Tet happen immediately. Others take time to rearrange and manifest. You can expect for it to take about a year (sometimes more) before your life has totally undergone all the shifts and changes that will happen. It all depends on how much of a mess your life already is to begin with.
Another thing that happens with the Lave Tet is that your head is aligned with your Lwa. The connection between you and your Spirits is refreshed. Cleaned out. Made Stronger. So therefore, you being guided and making wise, guided decisions in your life, increases. As you head down the proper roads, your success and luck increases as well.
Because it is not only about who you are or what you got, but it is also about the choices you make, the opportunities you take (or don’t), and what roads you are or aren’t on.
When your life has a stronger intuition, when you are living more in accordance with it and it’s guidance, your life will improve as will the roads you are on, and the part of your life that you make happen will go much better. I am not saying you will know everything, or will know everything in the future, or become some world class psychic, but your internal navigation will work better and lead you to more success.
If your whole life is a hot mess, if you need a serious change, if you are way off the course or way off track of where you wanted to be in life, then Lave Tet should be a serious consideration.
If you have a cyclical issue, over and over again, you have something then that is deep rooted, Lave Tet might be for you.
Lastly, one of the biggest and most important reasons people undergo the Lave Tet is because they want to develop spiritually, have a deeper connection with their Lwa, and Initiate their relationship with the Sacred as a Blessed Being. This is another whole post to cover all of the benefits that Lave Tet brings to the table when that is the purpose for which one undergoes it.
A lot of people fall victim to “scams” and other issues due to the fact that they desire convenience. Spiritual Work is not always convenient, it often requires various sacrifices in order to get things done. One of the things that I often run into is people who “don’t have the time” or “don’t want to have to travel” for their Spiritual Work. Only certain levels of things can be done at a distance.
In fact, I have had many people that have either come to me — either after or before– being scammed due to convenience.
For example, I have a client, who had come to me for many years to help him and effectively did help him. However, at some point, one of the required steps that was needed for him to get help was that he had to come in person. He didn’t want to come because it “was far, would add costs, etc” and thus found someone more local to “help him”. This local Priest, claimed to know me and be friends with me though he wasn’t, said he could do the prescribed ceremony for him.
Long story short, the ceremony was done wrong. The problem worsened. My client ended up coming back, and we had to do even more work to get him right, and then additional work to get the ceremony fixed.
And this has happened countless times. . . .
I’ve also had people who “ran into me or my website first” only to go to someone else, due to cost, travel or whatever. Then to return to me telling me about how they were scammed, taken advantage of, etc. . .when the Spirits were clearly sending them here to begin with.
The Lave Tet is one of those ceremonies that is extremely life changing, transformational and and empowering but it does require various sacrifices in order to happen. This is on both parts of the people doing the Lave Tet and those undergoing the Lave Tet.
But it’s one of those ceremonies that you want to . . . NOT WANT, IN FACT NEED TO . . . Undergo with the right person. If not, it will affect you and your life.
The Lave Tet sets you on a new road, a fresh clean road. A new path in life. It elevates you. It is also a ceremony that lets you gain many of the benefits of an Initiate, though not all, without necessarily having all the responsibilities that come with initiation.
and How they are all a reality and relate to each other
EVIL SPIRITS, DEMONS AND THE CONJURING 2
and How they are all a reality and relate to each other
Hello everyone, it’s me, Papa Hector. So my family recently took me to go see a movie as a gift. The movie is called the Conjuring 2. And I like movies like this, I’m a movie person, I like to watch movies, but do I believe that such exists and such things can happen? To some extent, yes. So that’s what I actually wanna cover in this video…evil spirits. I just wanna give a little touch upon it.
So, do evil spirits exist? Yes, they do. Do demons exist? Yes, they do. Do false guides exist? Yes, they do. Do evil dead exist? Yes, they do. Can they harm you in ways that they show to harm people in the movie? Yes, they can. Can they harm people in many other ways? Yes, they can. Does it happen? Yes, it does. Does it happen all the time? More often than you think.
So, naturally, because you’re watching a movie, they’re gonna dramatize and to some extent exaggerate things that are along the plot line. You have to make it more fantastical because it’s a movie! But many things happen and do happen that are similar and that do happen that are very close to the same thing even if not exactly the same thing as what happened to individuals there.
And is it true that demons or negative spirits can latch on to individuals? Yes, it is. And there’s a variety of reasons and causes and ways that demons make their way into the body and connect with the body and slowly infest the body. So, that’s something that can happen and does happen all the time, and there’s many symptoms of infestation, and I have seen, witnessed, helped, removed, gotten rid of many such infestations and worse.
So, these are just some of the things that I wanna say about that. And I wanna tell you that if you’ve never experienced evil spirits like this, then it’s kind of hard to believe. And there’s things that I’ve seen and if I told you and you’d never experienced it, then it’s gonna be even harder for you to believe. You’re gonna think I’m cray cray, you’re gonna think I’m crazy or something. So I’m not going to…But there’s many things that if I told you and you had experienced any real demon or negative spirit infestation, you would be like yeah, you would totally believe me, you would totally understand, you would have probably have gone through many of the same things yourself. And that is the power of these things.
Many times…I have many people who came to have these spirits removed and we remove them all the time, and…when they first come in they tell me that a) I never really believed in demons, or b) I didn’t believe in spirits, ghosts, demons, any of that type of thing, c) I’m very religiously devout – yes, they do attach themselves to people who are very devout religiously, whatever way – I’m a very religiously devout person, or, you know, I’m a very good Christian, Muslim, etc; and once they experienced it, they came to really believe and know that this world is really real.
Just like the physical world you have good characters and bad characters, so in the spiritual world you have good characters and bad characters. And unfortunately it’s much more easy to get into the group of the bad characters and line up with the bad characters than it is to get in line and group up with the good ones. So it’s the same thing in the spiritual world, and many people who have actually had a demonic attachment, infestation, things of this nature, when they tell you they sound like they’re totally crazy because of what has happened to them. But many of these things do go on and it’s very true.
I’ve seen, you know, all sorts of things that go on with people who are suffering through a demonic or an evil spirit that’s been attached or infested in them, and many people who have gone all over the world to get such demons or evil spirits removed from them and have been unable to and we’ve been able to remove those spirits, clear them of those spirits, get them protected, close off those portals and those doors for them, so I’m really happy about that. And it really does change someone’s life either way – from when you go from being totally clear to first getting the infestation, to being infested and then becoming clear again – each one really throws your world for a 360, really turns your world all the way around.
So, that’s what I wanna say about evil spirits, the movie, and if you’re into movies like that…it wasn’t that scary to me, but that’s because, you know, I know about these things, but other people that I know have seen it who don’t find most movies scary said that they found it pretty scary. So, they say that it’s based on a true account, a true story, and I don’t doubt it and it wasn’t a bad movie. So that’s my little review on that movie and at the same time getting to talk to you about evil spirits and demons and such.
. . . within your Temple, with Regleman, Sosyete . . .
MISTAKES IN VODOU. . . within your Temple, with Regleman, Sosyete . . .
Hello everyone, it’s me, Papa Hector, and I’m excited to continue doing these video blogs with you, and keep talking about different subjects, different subjects about spirituality, about me, getting to know y’all a bit more. So, today what I want to talk about is mistakes in Vodou, in the spiritual tradition, and elsewhere as well as with me.
So, the first thing is that I as a spiritual teacher embrace and have the belief that earth is the classroom for the Spirit or the soul. So therefore you’re going to make mistakes. You can’t get an A in every single class. You’re not going to pass with a hundred in every single area or subject of your life. You’re going to make mistakes. Mistakes happen, such is life, se la vi, anyone who knows me knows that they hear that constantly coming out of my mouth, se la vi, such is life. So it’s not about whether or not you make mistakes, it’s whether or not you take responsibility for those mistakes.
Now, when it comes to making mistakes in Vodou and making mistakes in the Regleman and la Regla and the way that we do things…one should acknowledge one’s mistakes and yet come to understand that acknowledging one’s mistakes and asking for forgiveness for one’s mistakes doesn’t mean that the Spirit still is not gonna require you to pay a penance or balance out the situation. The Spirit is all about balance and it’s going to rebalance out the situation and you may have to pay for some of your mistakes, take your punishment with resignation, deal with it and move on with life. Such is life, se la vi.
Number two is, a lot of common mistakes that a lot of people make – woo! – a lot of people make, is they make a mistake with their godparent or their temple, their Mama, their Papa, their Madrino, their Padrino, Mama Kanzo, Papa Kanzo, whatever it is…and/or their temple. And if you’re in the Vodou, and you’re an initiate in the temple and you’re a member of the temple, then you’re a child of the temple, you’re a ti-fey of the temple. A little leaf on the branch. And we expect that you’re gonna make mistakes.
If you make a mistake with your godparent, ask for forgiveness and deal with the fact that the Spirit is going to cause balance, respecting the law and causing balance with all things as the Spirit does. So just take that into account, and take into account that you’re going to experience the rubber-band effect of the balance that’s going to have to occur from the Spirit’s end. Bear your cross with resignation, acknowledge your mistake, ask for forgiveness, be sincere, and then get over it and move on.
If you have a godparent or a Mama or a Papa…me, I’m Papa Hector. I expect people to make mistakes, and therefore part of my job as a Houngan, as a Priest, as a Papa Hector, as being Papa Hector, is to expect that people are going to make mistakes, and se la vi, not holding mistakes against people. I’ve had many people who come back to me, who have made mistakes with me, who are scared to come back, or some people who have actually written to me, you know, I’ve been away because I’ve made such mistakes, and I’ve been scared or fearful to come back or what you would say, etc. Let me let you know this about me, is that I’m Papa Hector, and what that means is that, you know, as long as you’re sincere, you come back, you’re asking for forgiveness, you’re coming at me right, and you’re coming sincere, and you’re ready to do what it takes to resolve the situation, then there’s no need to fear and the situation can be resolved.
Just because, now, I’m Papa Hector, I’m a Houngan of Vodou, I practice Sanse, 21 Divisions, does that mean that just because I forgive the mistake that I forgot the mistake? Hell, no. Does that mean that we’re going to have the same relationship that we had before? Probably not. But we can rebuild some bonds of trust and working together and resolving things and moving towards a positive state and getting there. So that is how it works. Now, if you make mistakes with your temple, it’s the same thing, you know, ask for forgiveness of the temple, be man or woman enough to man up/woman up and basically say look, I’ve made this mistake against the temple, and I’m asking for forgiveness.
If you’ve left your temple and you’re returning because you’ve made a mistake, whatever the situation may be, you should go back and make an offering to the Spirits of the temple, the same thing with a godparent. You should make an offering to the head Spirits of the godparent, the head Spirits of the temple, the met kayla, that everything can be set right there, so that you can be held in a position of honour, and then again expect the Spirits to balance the situation out and to cause balance with everything, and such is life! You can’t worry about that, you just have to deal with what you have to deal with…
I’ve had a lot of people commit mistakes against me, lie on me, slander on me, you know, talk bad about me, do negative things to me, try to harm me, etc, and some of the things that I can recount to people, I have yet met someone who would have said that they would have forgiven a person for doing that mistake. And yet I’ve forgiven people for doing such mistakes, because I understand the world and the spiritual world and how this really works. And so I have that capacity to forgive all mistakes. I have that capacity to be able to look past that, look at the true you and the true nature of who you really are and where your heart is at. So that doesn’t matter to me.
But if you’re working on, you know, getting forgiveness of others, you should also be working on forgiving others yourself. Because you can’t expect to get what you’re not giving, you can’t expect for forgiveness and smooth sailing and smooth waters with other people, if you’re not doing the same thing, forgiving yourself as well as forgiving other people yourself. OK? You have to put that energy out so it’s coming back, vire byen, tounen byen, when you put out good, the good comes back, when you put out bad, bad comes back, that’s very basic Vodou for you.
And when you make mistakes with others, apply the same rules, like, pay respect to each other and individuals, take, you know, what’s going to be taken, some people are not gonna forgive you for your mistakes, some people are. And accept whatever you have to accept and move on with your life. Se la vi, such is life. You know, if the person doesn’t accept your apology, or doesn’t accept you coming back and doesn’t forgive you, then you work on forgiving more people your own self.
And if they can’t accept that, clear yourself of that…it’s up to them when they wanna accept that apology. If they choose never to go back into having a connection or a relationship with you in the same format, accept that as well, that’s an individual choice of that individual. And that’s to be expected. Because there is as with everything some cause and effect and you can’t expect everything to be washed away because you say “I’m sorry”. So, if that’s the situation that you have going on in your life, then this is how we properly as Vodouisants deal with making mistakes, which is what we’re all expected to do. So I hope that this has helped you,
Hello, today what I wanna talk about is entitlement. So that’s the topic here of this video – entitlement. And entitlement is something that I see unfortunately all the time, especially amongst the African Traditional Religions, the ATRs, whatever it is you want to call them, the traditions of the Caribbean, and the traditions that have come here. And there is unfortunately entitlement all the way round in many different ways and that’s what I want to come to today…
So first and foremost before I get into entitlement this is what I wanna say to you. I wanna say to you that you can’t buy the Spirit. I know that this is something that a lot of people don’t want to hear, a lot of people don’t wanna know, you can’t buy the Spirit. What that means is: maybe you could buy a bad Spirit, everybody knows that there is hot pwen that they sell, everybody knows that there are hot Spirits that they sell, that there’s negative entities that are sold and traded for Spiritual work…I’m not talking about that Spirit, I’m talking about the good Spirit. You can’t buy that. You can’t buy spiritual gifts and spiritual abilities, OK?
No matter how much you try, no matter how hard you want to, no matter what you do, that can’t be bought. And it’s something that you either have or you don’t have, something that’s either developed or not developed. You can’t buy those things. Those things are just not things that can be bought and sold. So that includes via initiation.
What do I mean by that? It means that getting an initiation doesn’t get you the Spirit. Having initiation doesn’t mean you’ll have the Spirit. If you don’t have the Spirit in you, you ain’t gonna get the Spirit via initiation. This is why a lot of people be running around from House to House, place to place, thing to thing…jumping here and there and everywhere, and don’t understand why – why their things don’t work, why it doesn’t work for them…It’s because it doesn’t matter what initiation you take. You can’t buy the Spirit.
It doesn’t matter what initiation you have. It doesn’t matter what ceremony you undergo. Only if you have the Spirit do those ceremonies really make much difference as far as your spiritual abilities, gifts and your overall picture of your life. I know that this is gonna bust a lot of people’s bubble. It’s gonna pop the balloon, you understand? But it’s something that quite honestly I’m a little bit tired about, tired of hearing about…tired of seeing, is that people think that somehow they can buy the Spirit. And they think that the Spirit is for sale.
Initiation ceremonies may be for sale because there’s labour, costs, materials, supplies, assistance etc that need to be paid for, and the ritual can be done. You can’t buy the Spirit, however. You can’t buy the spiritual gifts to help connect you to the Spirit. Initiation may help change your life, may cause changes in your life, etc, but…if you don’t have the Spirit, that’s through the power of your initiator. That’s not through your own Spirit that that’s happening. It’s through the Spirit that’s with your initiators.
We have a saying that everyone has Spirits. But don’t get this twisted with meaning that everyone has Spirits to work with, everyone has Spirits to work, everyone has Spirits that can read, do readings, do divinations, everyone has Spirits that they can communicate with, or even others can communicate with! So you can have a Spirit, that doesn’t mean nothing. That doesn’t mean that you will be able to work with that Spirit, that doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to contact that Spirit, OK?
So, I say that because a lot of people think that if they go somewhere and buy an initiation, and so now they have the title of this, and the title of that, and they’re a priest, they’re a priestess, whatever…that somehow that buys them the Spirit, that somehow that means something to me. It may mean something to people, but it means nothing to me. Because I know people that don’t have any ceremony done on them who have the Spirit (or had the Spirit), and that Spirit work, that Spirit do what it gotta do – with or without ceremony on them.
So when you are claiming that you are a Houngan or Mambo, a Priest or Priestess of this or that, a Bocor, a Santero, a Santera – whatever you wanna call yourself, OK – to me and the way that I grew up, in my culture, it’s experience, results and proof that validates that. It’s those things that validate your Spirit and your Spirit’s capacity to work. It’s that which makes you really the Priest or the Priestess, the Houngan, the Mambo, the Shaman…the Santero, the Bocor, the this or that. OK? It’s not having a ceremony. That don’t mean nothing.
How does that go along with the topic of this video which is entitlement? That goes along with the topic of entitlement because…a lot of people think that because they’ve been initiated, that that somehow entitles them to learning or information. Let me tell you something. That in other countries and the countries which these traditions stem from, it’s very different than out here. Out here, I mean US, Europe…outside of Haiti, outside of the DR, outside of Puerto Rico. In those countries, everyone who’s grown up in the culture, who’s in the culture, who knows the culture, knows that you’re not entitled to anything!
You’re not entitled to any information, even if you do have an initiation. That’s up to your mentor, your teacher, your godparent, your mama, your papa, whoever that is. You’re not entitled to go and work with any Spirit and just do whatever you want. That’s up to those people. Those people that you say you put your hands in, you put your head in, that you supposed to trust and follow that person’s guidance, etc.
And if you’re having a problem with your mentor, with who’s guiding you, in our culture, in our tradition, you check yourself first. What that means is, look at yourself first. Don’t go to look to blame that person who’s guiding you. Look to blame yourself. Find the needle in your own eye, the straw in your own eye, before going to look to pick something out of somebody else’s, OK? Because a lot of times you may not know why the teacher, why your mentor is doing things the way that they are doing things, for you. That’s why you put yourself in their hands. Because you supposedly, supertemente, trust them. So, that’s another thing. Don’t try to determine or base how things are in other Western religions, Eastern religions, etc, onto us. Because that’s not the way that these traditions work.
People think that they have a right to, deserve, or have an entitlement towards knowledge and information in these traditions, that’s not the way these traditions work. You earn that. You earn that via service in your temple, via what you do for the Spirit. The Spirit decides when it’s time for you to have what you need to have. That’s number two.
Number three is, another thing that people feel really entitled to, or entitled about, is their entitlement for what the Spirits should or shouldn’t do for them. So let me break this down a little bit for you. Number one: if you’re not a devotee of the Spirit, you can’t expect that much of the Spirit. So if you’re not somebody who’s a practitioner who serves the Spirit, who works with the Spirit, you can’t expect that much from the Spirit. If the Spirits say they’re gonna help you, yeah, you expect that they’ll help. But you can’t expect that the Spirits gonna carry everything for you, or that they’re gonna be working for you forever or helping you forever…
Number two…what you should expect from the Spirit, depends on the agreement that’s made with the Spirit. And what you should expect from the Spirit, should also depend on your level of commitment to the Spirit. There’s a reason why Houngans, Mambos, Priests, Priestesses, Shamans, Bocors etc, live the way that they do. There’s a commitment to the Spirit. And that Spirit has a commitment back. You can’t expect the Spirit to work with you your whole life if your whole life isn’t committed back to the Spirit. There’s certain benefits, just as there are certain cons, certain sacrifices that are made, to be a Priest, a Priestess, a Houngan, a Mambo, an initiate, whatever. There are certain benefits that come with that and only come with that, do not come with other things, do not come when you have a work done, do not come when you have a spell done, a wanga, take a spiritual bath, make an offering. OK?
…My grandmother used to say, and this is so true, never expect the Spirit to answer something that your brain should answer for you. Aka, if you either know the answer, have the means to know the answer or could by using your brain figure out the answer, don’t expect the Spirit to give you the answer to that. Or even give you sometimes the proper answer. Because…the Spirit is not here just to do your work for you. It’s not to live your life for you, do what you’re supposed to do on your own for you. God helps those who help themselves, that means you have to do your own work, your own figuring things out, your own knowing about what your life is about.
Number two is don’t expect a Spirit to do what you should do for yourself, what you have the capacity to do for yourself. Aka, don’t expect the Spirit to go put in job applications. Don’t expect the Spirit to go out at night to meet someone for you. These are things that you need to do yourself. Don’t expect the Spirit to substitute for hard work. Don’t expect the Spirit to substitute for actually making an effort in life, for actually making a plan and actually following through with things and actually doing things. OK? So, that’s the next level of entitlement.
Number three is, people who do serve the Spirit, work with the Spirit, etc, when there’s two or three things that you ask for, and you get them, there’s twenty other things that the Spirit did for you behind your back that you didn’t even know about. When a spell or ritual or work manifests, the manifestation that you see, the positive result that you see is only a small fraction of fifty other things that had to be done for that outcome to come together for you. So, when you don’t see things exactly this way or that way or whatever way you may want them, take into account everything else that’s always being done for you and that you don’t hear about, you don’t know about, you don’t get to know about. So, that’s the next level of entitlement.
The next level of entitlement comes from people towards the spiritual worker, towards the Houngan, Mambo, Priest, etc. Number one is, you’re not entitled to free information, free knowledge, free this, free that…Number two is, there’s a reason why our tradition were secret and many secrets still exist and many things are still kept secret, it’s because you have to be in to know. You can’t expect to know if you’re out. So there’s many powerful things that are very dangerous tools in the hands of the wrong people…
Number three is, expect to pay for your services. Pay for what’s done for you, pay for the help that’s done for you. Pay for the time that’s being spent on you, that’s being spent out of that person, that spiritual worker’s, time, their life, to help you – or to initiate you, to guide you, whatever. Honour your godparent. If you have a godparent you need to honour your godparent. I wish all my godparents were still alive. I have some living godparents but I wish that all of them were still alive.
You have to honour your godparent. When you go to Haiti, when you go to the DR, woah! Temples there, how things are run there, are way different than how they’re run here. There, they honour the Houngan, the Mambos, the Bocors, the Caballos de Misterio…they honour that person who’s running those ceremonies, who’s doing that…they make sure that everything is taken care of so that person is focussing on what’s the most important job in those ceremonies, that only they can do. So you need to honour your godparent. Honour your temple. Honour where you come from…otherwise you ain’t gonna get honour where you’re going. That’s how it works.
That’s why Honour and Respect is something we constantly repeat over and over in Vodou. Honour your initiation, honour your ceremonies that you’ve received, honour secrets. Secrets should be kept that way: secret. If you don’t know how to keep a secret these traditions ain’t for you.
We don’t haggle over money. Is it expensive to get spiritual work done in these traditions? If you want a good Priest, Priestess, Houngan or Mambo to do it for you, yes, it’s expensive. Just like if you want a good lawyer, a good doctor, you gonna pay top dollar for top doctor, top lawyer. It’s expensive. You get what you pay for. Why is it expensive? Because we know what we do works. You want cheap? There’s cheap people out there, we’ll see you later. When you go five million places and waste a whole bunch of money with cheap practitioners. Where it don’t work. Then we got to clean up a mess for you. That’s if they do the work at all. Our work works, it’s time-consuming. It’s energy-consuming. People who are really doing this work, are very drained from their energy very often to do this work.
Which comes to my next point on entitlement with the spiritual worker. People e-mail and call spiritual workers, and I know this from my own experience as well as many spiritual workers who are students of mine, godchildren of mine and also friends of mine, and they think that spiritual workers, we’re just sitting here to wait hand and foot on you, on your phone call, your e-mail…And I’m sorry to explain this to you, but in order for us to do spiritual work we’ve got to do spiritual work. It means we can’t be sitting on the computer, on the phone, all day, all night. We gotta actually do the work. And when we’re doing consultation, we got to do consultation.
If you have questions about something that needs the answer from the spirits then you should get a consultation. That’s the proper way of doing things. In these traditions, you don’t take out what you don’t put in. That’s how it works, you put in to take out…
So, if your spiritual worker takes some time to get back to you, be calm, be patient, take into account who you’re working with, how many clients does that person have on board, how busy is that person. Because after a day’s worth of magic or a day’s worth of sessions, appointments, consultations, all day long, your spiritual worker may be too tired because they don’t have the energy, because the energy’s been used up in the work and the consultations, to get back to you that day or the next day. It may take a while for that person to get back to you. Give them a chance to get back to you. Be patient.
The next thing is that people expect that the spiritual worker is on beck and call, the spiritual worker isn’t on beck and call, if they’re actually doing spiritual work, they’re not on beck and call. They can’t be sitting on the computer and lighting the candles and doing the prayers and the offerings and everything else that needs to be done.
And then, the last entitlement that I wanna talk about, actually has to do from people to other people. In general, people are really entitled. People for some reason expect or have a thought, a belief, and therefore an expectation that they deserve certain responses from other people, certain attitudes from other people etc…And that they deserve certain things from other individuals in life in general.
One thing that I was taught a long time ago, and it holds true, in life, don’t nobody owe you nothing. Meaning, even your own parents don’t owe you nothing. Meaning, if they don’t take care of you, it’s because technically, although they should have, although it might have been the proper thing to do…true debts, God finds a way to take, aka, don’t nobody owe you nothing. Otherwise, it would have been given to you…
What you have is what you work for but at the same time, nobody owes you to give you another chance, to be in a relationship with you, to give you a certain job, etc. You have to work towards those things…and nobody owes you certain things when it comes to personal interactions or relationships, and what I mean is family, friends, romantic relationships, business relationships, etc. And when you take those people for granted and have a constant expectation that you deserve or people owe you something, this is one of the very common reasons why people’s lives turn around and it don’t work, things don’t work out for them and they have issues and problems. If you take away that…many issues in a person’s life can clear up, not all, but many issues.
So, it’s something to think about, it’s something that I check myself, that you should check yourself, everybody should check themselves. What is it that I’m feeling like people owe me and what people give me rather than I give others? What is the experience that people have of me? What is the experience that I want others to have of me? What can I give to another rather than just take? How can I create relationships of balance? Symbiosis, symbiotic relationships? These are all things to think about.
So, those are just some meditations there, some thoughts on entitlement in our traditions, as well as life. And I hope you’ve enjoyed my video, we’ll speak soon, God bless. Until next time, keep the faith. Papa Hector.
Alright. So, like I promised you in another video, I’m making this video on St. John the Baptist. It’s me, Papa Hector here.
So, first off, is that St. John the Baptist holds a very special place for me, in my heart, in my world, in my life, because St. John the Baptist a) is the patron, the male patron, the saint of Puerto Rico, and b) is one of the patrons of one of my own teachers and mentors. And so I’ve always felt and had a very close connection with St. John the Baptist.
St. John the Baptist in all of the Mystery traditions. What do I mean by Mystery traditions? What I mean by that is the Vodou-based traditions, the traditions that work with Mysteries, that work with lwa. So, Dominican Vodou, 21 Divisions, in Haitian Vodou and in Sanse, St. John the Baptist holds a very strong and important position. I’m not going to go in through all the Mysteries that St John the Baptist holds in each tradition but I’m gonna actually go into…a practice that we used to do back in the day for St. John the Baptist.
And it used to be popular to do this in Puerto Rico, was to at twelve midnight on St. John’s Eve…to have a bonfire going on the beach. And to jump over the bonfire as you ran into the water, as you went to go run into the water, and dip yourself twelve times at twelve midnight on St. John’s Eve…and then go run back and jump back over the fire as you’re coming back.
This is a special cleansing and a protection that’s done on the patronage of St. John the Baptist because St. John the Baptist is a mystery that contains elements of both fire and salt water. He’s a very powerful mystery. And he also connects with even fresh water. But, we do it at the beach because the salt water removes all that is salao, everything that is salty on you, bitter, any negative energy. Negative energy is often referred to as being salao or a person with negative energy has been salao, meaning they’ve been salted, somebody done thrown salt on them…thrown salt on their name. That’s why that expression comes up. So they’ve been salted.
So, it removes through the law of attraction, the sea salt removes any negative spiritual salt and attracts it into the sea water, from off the person, and the jumping over the fire is actually a reinforcement of the protection the fire gives you. So it’s asking with St. John’s patronage the protection of the fire element within the bonfire and from the Holy Spirit because the fire is representative of the power of the Holy Spirit. So, that’s what we used to do back in the day, and usually I’d be in Puerto Rico at this time, or I’d be in Dominican Republic, and that’s what we would do with my mentor and we would take a whole bunch of people out and it was really a great time to be had because we would have a little, you know, party at the beach beforehand, have our ritual at the end of the night, and then go back and have a little bit more of a party.
So, that’s St. John the Baptist. St. John the Baptist is an important spirit because if you know anything about the biblical text about St. John the Baptist, he is St. John the Baptist because he baptised Jesus. And you have to be a pretty important, special soul to have baptised Jesus, especially in the bible.
And the fact that that was such an important element that it was left in the bible – because we all know that the bible as you have it today is not the bible as it really is because the bible in essence was changed so many times by so many individuals, right – the fact that it was left in there just goes to show you how significant that moment is and how significant, how important that is in the Christian tradition.
And he is representative of various Mysteries because St. John the Baptist is one of those images that can be associated with various Mysteries and connected with various Mysteries. One of the things about St. John the Baptist also in DR is that there is a hole of St. John the Baptist where that hole fills up mysteriously with water, it’s one of the miracles of St. John the Baptist. These are the things that a lot of people don’t know about and these are a few things that it’s normal if you would have grown up in the culture to have either known, heard or seen these things or participated in these things.
And back when my mentors were alive, my teacher was alive, she would hold Misa near to St. John the Baptist’s feast day. And we have a special ritual that’s done, that was done amongst us specially like people that she prepared, people that she taught, for St. John the Baptist and to call upon that power that is especially at a heightened level during this time of the year.
And the feast of St. John the Baptist corresponds with the summer solstice, when the sun is at the height of its power. So remember that the mystery religions, the mystery traditions…they’re very connected with the earth, nature, agriculture, the natural cycle of things. So this date is actually a very important date for many Vodouisants, many Sansistas, many Caballos de Misterio, Servidores de Misterios, etc.
So if you’ve never heard of St. John the Baptist, don’t know about St. John the Baptist, if you have a mentor, a teacher, a godparent, maybe this is something for you to look into or ask about. As far as the Mysteries of St. John the Baptist and how I work with those, how our lineage works with those, that’s something that I teach to my own people…
But I hope that I’ve illuminated some of the importance of this Mystery. Because there’s many Mysteries that we commonly talk about all the time, who are important and who are major Mysteries, but St. John the Baptist is one of those major, important Mysteries who we don’t talk about quite as much. So I hope this has illuminated something for you, has opened something up for you, God bless you, keep the faith, until next time I’m signing off, it’s Papa Hector.
Hello everyone and I wanna say Happy 2016 from me, Papa Hector, where it’s June 20th, we’re about halfway through the middle of the year, and I hope that you’ve been manifesting a lot of your goals, your dreams and your desires. And I hope that you’ve been able to achieve what it is you wanted to achieve this year.
I just wanted to do a check in with all of you guys, with all my subscribers, everyone who watches my videos, and let you know what’s been going on with me most of 2016. So, all of 2016 so far I’ve been doing a lot of travelling for spiritual work, doing initiations, house cleansings, removal of lots of negative spirits. It seems this year that we’ve had a lot of cases where there’s people that have negative spirits attached to them. It’s unfortunate but it’s true, and it’s unfortunate but it’s good that they finally came in and were finally able to find the help to get the negative spirits removed from them.
So we’ve been doing that, we had a number of ceremonies, we had a Gypsy Misa, we’ve had several others Misas so far within the year…I’ve done lots of workshops and new classes on mysticalwork.com, we’ve had a lot of testimonials come in this year. As everyone knows I only take a very limited number of cases each month so that being the case, we’ve gotten an awesome amount of testimonials – many testimonials so far for the point where we’re at it in this year already. So it’s really great.
We have the Three Keys to Power programme…myself as well as Priestess Shoshana have been working together to offer this really marvellous, really potent, powerful, strong course of information, of spiritual knowledge, for which you can use to change your life. And we’ve already started Round 1 of that programme, and we’ve actually had such a big response from it that we’re planning to have a Round 2. The year has been so busy that we had actually originally planned to start it by now, but we haven’t been really able to get that together in the schedule. So, looking forward to starting, you know, a second group of students going through the Three Keys to Power programme later on this year. And I will probably be mentioning that or talking about that further in other videos.
We have second year students who are doing marvellously with their work, as well as people have completed their second year of coursework this year and are now moving on to the third year. And they’ve made tonnes of growth, leaps and bounds of growth and it’s been really exciting to see them grow and change and find what they want in their life and also really delve deeply into the Sanse work which is really powerful work that really does change and transform lives.
So I’ve been to Holland this year, I’ve been to the Dominican Republic several times, anyone who’s worked with me or who knows me knows that for a certain type of magical work, certain type of spiritual work, we only do in the Dominican Republic, we only do in Haiti, because it’s stronger there, there are certain items, certain materials that we can only get there, there’s certain things we can only do there.
So I’ve done that, and I’ve made various other trips. I’ve been to New Orleans, I met a lot of great people, a lot of great new people in New Orleans, made connections with a lot of great friends of mine, other priests and priestesses that I’ve known for a long time, and got to enjoy spending time with them as well as going and doing ceremony and ritual with everyone.
So, that’s where I’ve been at all my year, and it’s really my intention to get as many videos out here as possible, to start making videos more regularly for y’all, and I know that…you wait on that, and I know that…I’ve been telling you that I’ve been trying to get more and more videos out here. It’s just been a crazy year! And hopefully it’s been a crazy good year for you too, because it’s been a crazy good year for me. And, yeah, that’s where we’re at with things.
So just to give you some thoughts and let you know what’s going on forward, leaping forward for this year, I’m gonna make the next video right after this one to talk about St. John the Baptist. St. John the Baptist is a really important spirit to me, and I would like to talk about him to you too so you can get to know who he is.
So that’s one and two, number three is that we just finished having a Misa, next month I’m really excited because, first of all, next month, for those of you who are really close to me, next month’s my birthday, so Happy Birthday to me…but more importantly, we have the Anaisa ceremony which is one of the biggest ceremonies that Sosyete Gade nou Leve – Gade nou Leve, ‘Watch Us Rise’ Temple Society – holds every year. And it’s one of our bigger, well-known ceremonies that we hold annually and we’ve been holding it annually for a lot of years, which I’m not even gonna try to count back at this point. So, ten plus years we’ve been having the annual Anaisa ceremony.
So I’m really excited, but I’m extra excited this year because I’m gonna be having my students, initiates, the members of the Temple, coming from all over the world! And we’re gonna be holding Temple member only workshops, Temple member only classes, Temple member only learning, rituals, and it’s gonna be a week of fun for me and the Temple members. And a lot of time for everyone to get to know each other, connect, spend time with each other and have lots of fun enjoying our spiritual work and, you know, talking! And getting to be with each other.
So I’m really excited about that and we have the big Anaisa ceremony coming on July 30th 2016 at 3pm at the Temple, and it will be no different than any other year except that I will have all my students – many of my students and many of my spiritual family members there present which makes it a really exciting time for me and I’m really excited to do that.
And August so far, we have possible marriage ceremonies coming up, we have spirit marriages, we have all kinds of good things coming through on the rest of the year. I hope to be able to do a video again to catch you up because really the thing about it is, number one, is it’s faster for me to do these videos for you and get you in the loop than it is for me to type everything out. Number two is that, I don’t really…the problem with me doing the videos and doing them regularly is that I like to do them here in the office, this is my office next to my altar room. And because of all the travel and how crazy it’s been, I haven’t gotten to do that. So I’m gonna see if I can start doing more videos, maybe on my phone or something.
And until next time, I hope that you’re enjoying the summer solstice, I hope that you’re enjoying this time, it’s finally getting warm here, hot enough to be considered hot. So I hope that you’re enjoying whatever weather pattern that you’re involved in at this point, and speak to you soon.