Rastafari: Calmness of the Spirit

Stay cool and be easy. Jah will pull you through. Wait patiently and listen for your signal. The escape will come and opportunities will arise. Remember opportunities are missed by the blink of an eye. A militancy stance has to be taken in order to analyse and implement a resolution with little resources and time. Staying calm is important in order not to miss that little glimmer of hope every Human Being is entitled to.

Staying calm in the midst of adversaries is very important. The inner soul is similar to crystal clear water with sand at the bottom. If you are walking in the water, then it becomes murky. In order to study your next step, there has to be a calmness to let the entire sand settle at the bottom. Then after, you can see exactly where you are going.

LISTENING

The teachers at my high school use to say “You can never listen and talk at the same time”. Learning can only be initiated by listening. A small child once came up to me and told me “You are a rich man”. This was when I was at my lowest. I interpreted the gesture as mockery because I was not LISTENING. I had missed the signal out of arrogance.

It is a mystery how the lord communicates to his children. If you are not prepared to listen, the message will miss you. Calmness of the spirit is required in order to rid the self of ego. The logical self TALKS TOO MUCH. It is very important to stay calm and wait for a reply from the spirit. It may not be a voice in your head like in the movies. The message may be from a homeless person on the street.

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Becoming Calm

Listening more and being humble is very important for the advancement of the human race. Stop the chatter externally and internally. Concentrate on yourself as the universe and then seek the answers within thy self.

Quantum Physics

The uncertainty principle states that you cannot identify an objects motion and exact position at the same time. They are inversely proportionate. Therefore, if you concentrate on your motion through life, you will not worry about your present position.

Concentrate on your position and you will not know your motion through life. Staying calm with the spirit will help accomplish goals. HUB : Controlling Life using Quantum physics.

Most people listen to everyone else except themselves. Society has brainwashed the populace into looking for answers from Google. The tell-Lie-Vision set also delivers answers to those who think its their only hope. You ask your doctor what is wrong with you when you have never asked yourself that question.

Rastafarians always emphasize calmness of the spirit. This is because society, family and friends may stress you out to a point where your personality may become dissociated. Babylon also alters peoples decision making ability through the mass media. The brain is constantly being tested and tried. Therefore, the subconscious and the conscious brain needs to re-calibrate.

In order to calm your spirit, the only option is to remove yourself from the direct influences of Babylon. Sitting on a lonely beach is just find. There is also the option of pretending to leave the house and just chill in the garage. Abstaining from meat or guilty pleasures for a while is also good.

Ecclesiastes 10:4

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.

Once you have learnt to talk to your inner self and trust your own instincts then you reap the benefits of calmness of the spirit. This passage of scripture also shows that if you are humble, you are less likely to be a target. A person with great rage is less likely to fight another person who is not showing any rage.

Apologizing is also an option. It is one of the factors of a calm Rastafarian spirit. Running away should be the last option. Running can make you look either guilty or weak. Standing your ground through great adversary is always admired. Bravery is built up through periods of calmness.

Making Better Decisions

It is not wise to make decisions while you are alarmed or in a hurry. For example you are trying to enter your house to avoid that suspicious guy that's behind you, but you keep fumbling the keys. This happens because the spirit is not calm.

Staying calm means doing things slowly but surely. Decision making should be done by identifying and evaluating all the factors involved. The final output of your decision is dependent upon keen analysis. For example, the school bus is a block away and you make a dash for the next schedule stop but did not see the neighbours hose on the lawn. Instead you end up in the hospital. Because of not listening to the environment.

Within the Rastafarian movement, calmness of the spirit is similar to doing a puzzle. The harder you concentrate on the puzzles, the more the answers become apparent. Haste can lead to factors not being analysed and negative outcomes.

Avoiding Stress and Depression

Sleep is also a function of calmness. The body needs to undergo repair by removing itself from daily strenuous activities. Therefore, in the morning you are ready to go again. It is same thing staying calm in spirit accomplishes. It rejuvenates you. The less stressed you are the better decisions you make. Rastafarians use calmness of the spirit as a away of fighting stress. Just chill out!!

Staying calm can help us to identify the objects in our lives that are causing stress and depression. Then logical decisions can be implemented to find a final solution to happiness. The self nor Jah is almost never consulted. Babylon is more than happy to fill in that gap that you fail to figure out.


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· Rastafari: Twelve Tribes of Israel: Explains the beliefs of the twelve tribes of Israel movement within the Rastafarian Culture. This article shows how the expatriated descendants of Jacob are now the Rastafarians’ in the west. Twelve tribes of Israel is the movement that is responsible for the exodus of Rastafarians and black people to our rightful home, Africa.

· Rastafari vs Babylon: Explains the conflict between Rastafarian beliefs and Babylon. The continuous and soon to end battle between the righteous and the unrighteous. The wicked will continue to take advantage of the innocence of the people. It is the job of Rastafarian culture to shine a light on the deceptive techniques used by Babylon.

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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

Another great, thought-provoking hub!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Vote up! Great hub you have here.


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Blair-Renee 4 years ago from the beautiful Bahamas.

i really needed this.. great hub, this spoke to me


kelleyward 4 years ago

Thanks for this enlightening hub! I enjoyed reading this one. I think listening is a lost art and hope to practice more of this soon! Kelley


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Felicia K 4 years ago

please consider following me .


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Thanks, Rasta 1, we all need to be reminded of this continuously. And, I especially needed to hear it today.


amandriap 4 years ago

A friend and I were discussing calmness and inner peace last night and how to achieve it. Insightful.


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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England

This hub is a very useful reminder that we must be serene in our own minds and souls in order to take right action. Seems like Rastafarianism has some things in common with Buddhism. :0)

So true that we are constantly barraged with junk via the tv and advertisements, etc. I often love to walk our community's labyrinth to keep my mind and spirit calm.

My family is reading a book titled "The Why Cafe" by John P. Strelecky. Great story. :0) One character discusses the lesson she learned by swimming with a giant green sea turtle.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

@Natashalh, I am glad to have provoked your thought.

@ Unknown, Thank you for energizing the the hub. Respect

@Blair, I needed it more. This hub helped to calm me down.

@KelleyWard, Listening to the answers is a lost art for true.

@FeliciaK, I am a big fan of beauty and health also. I will oblige to your request.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Sandrabusby, we all need a continuous reminder. Things happen so fast these days.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

@SeafarerMama, Serenity is very important for the mind and the spirit to synchronized.Rasta translates to "the path" in Buddhism.

@amandriap, This article is basically preparing myself for the paradigm shift coming soon.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Very inspiring to read. God can use anyone/anything to talk to us. I like what you shared about that little child. I wasn't aware one of the qualities of Rastafarians was calmness of the spirit.

Brilliant Hub.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Lady E. staying calm is the only method of listening. Most spiritual movements also adopt similar ideas, such as meditating or fasting.


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Rastamermaid 4 years ago from Universe

Great hub rasta1,so spot on!

I wonder,do I possess that calmness of spirit? Is that calmness of spirit what made you think I was a yardie?

I had a great time chillin with you last week and will most def call when I return!

Soon Come Friend!


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Rastamermaid. I not only thought you were Jamaican, but also a Rastafarian. Yes, you are a very calm and wise person. Calmness can only be learnt through enduring rough experiences or researching literature like this hub.

You were not rude to that guy from philly even though He made questionable remarks. Being polite is a consequence of being calm.

Hurry up.


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Rastamermaid 4 years ago from Universe

lol he wanted some rastamermaid badly, he was the most forward I encountered this trip. And he's jamaican, even married to a jamaican woman (Staceye asked him) he also saw a yardie in me but when we spoke and he knew I was american I think it turned him on more.

He was very amusing and a good laugh but this rastamermaid don't swim that way!

Mi be back ras!


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poojasd7 4 years ago from India

I am loving this Rastafari way of life!

Never knew about them before! Great that I came across these hubs!


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Poojasd7. Humility is a major function of Rastafari. I am happy that your are amused.


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Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

Good advice - finding calm can only lead to a healthier and more productive life.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Yes Melis. that is the main objective of calmness. It restores the self.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Hello Rasta1, Really great article. Thanks for the reminder that you can't listen and speak at the same time. You learn so much more by closing the mouth and opening the ears. Stress is a detriment to spirit and to health and serenity the way to excellence and well being. Voted up and sharing.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Cyndi10. Glad to have reminded you. I too, feel very strong about being calm and listening.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

I think most people agree that listening is important, but few people do it. Most of the time it would seem that people are waiting impatiently for whomever is speaking to get done so that they can talk again.

I always say prayer is important. Going off where you can have peace and quiet and talk with God as you would a good friend -- but at some point you need to listen. Often His voice is very quiet and if you do not listen carefully you may not hear it. As with any conversation there should be an exchange of information, not one person doing all the talking. So once you have presented what you want to discuss with God, it is important to be quiet and listen.

Good advice here. Voted up!


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Au fait. Thank you for being in agreement with this message. We all need to humble our souls and spare some time for receiving spiritual enlightenment.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Useful effort. Great song by Marley, my favourite.


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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Manatita44. That Marley is a favorite of mine too. Thanks for passing through.

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