This is an excerpt from the book GOD IS A BROWN GIRL TOO, available on the God is a Brown Girl Too website, Amazon and wherever books are sold.
Here God speaks as a black woman — Listen!
She sings melodies from psalms
only she can hum,
Galilee on her tongue.
speaking from that city on a hill,
singing “this ‘lil light of mine —
I’m gon’ let it shine.”
Many of you have been telling the same stories for so long that you no longer know truth from fiction. By that I mean, you have no idea who you really are versus the you were in the past. The “you” who has been hurt, abused, neglected, rejected, or condemned has been given a starring role in your life story, while you have taken a back seat. You will never be able to see me, if you keep holding up the past to impair your vision of all who you are. The only way you are going to see me reflected in your image and likeness is to tell a new story. Throw away the mess you’ve been wading in forever and start looking at yourself with a new light.
You are not who you were yesterday. Let me say that again, the you who just opened this book is not the “you” who did all of the things that you believe held you back from accomplishing your goals. You are different; you are reborn; you are free. Begin to see yourself with a new light.
Read the Book of Matthew, Chapter 6, Verse 22. It says that “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” It is providing you with a new vision for seeing all of the circumstances and people that I have placed before you in this life. The things in the flesh are around you but they are not of you. I am the only thing that matters. Look only to me. Seek first my kingdom. Wait upon me.
If you see with a new light, you will know that I am in the midst of everything and everyone, and you will be able to discern my presence. But you can’t have it both ways. You can’t see me half the time and get stuck in a rut the other time. Your eye must be single and focused on me. Otherwise, you will multiply your errors, lose your perspective, and do foolish things. You will say what you later regret. You will waste time that could have been well spent in a more focused, productive, enjoyable fashion. You will act out of negative emotions rather than with confidence and purpose.
When you fail to keep your focus on Spirit, you will find yourselves like that beggar on the roadside — blinded by your lack of faith. Remember what Jesus told the blind man? Jesus said your faith has made you whole. The blind man’s faith in me had made him see. If your eye is single, your whole body shall be full of light. But if you are not centered in my light, your direction, your intuition, our divine compass will be off, and you will find yourselves stumbling in the darkness. Without my light, it’s difficult to recreate a new story for yourself because you cannot see who you really are.
Spirit is the light that unifies you in consciousness and centers you in peace, clarity, creativity, joy and abundance. Only when you are centered in me do you realize your oneness with the entire universe. If you achieve this going forward, you will not be limited the way that you were in the past. You will realize that the heartache or the pain that you experienced can be released and you can stop re-living it again and begin to recreate who you want to be rather than who you used to be.
One way of centering in my presence is through the third eye, which can be accessed by focusing on the center of your forehead. The pineal gland — located in the brain behind the eyes — is said to be the physical entry of spiritual enlightenment, and through that illumination, it is also known as the gateway to faith. It is the home of higher consciousness, healing power, and psychic perception. Some say that this is the place where you see God face-to-face. When you practice looking deeply into your third eye, you will behold my light emanating from infinite source, what many of you call a cosmic vibration. When you are centered in this divine light, you can be even more open to my presence — beyond words and thoughts. When you focus your spiritual eye, your inner eye, your third eye on my presence, your entire being — mind, body and soul — will be filled with light. This is the energy and the concentration that will also build and develop your faith — so that you don’t have to spend a long period in tapping in or tuning in to me.
In our connection, you will feel the super-consciousness of absolute good and trust that whatever you ask for has already manifested. With a single eye directed to divine source, you will be catapulted beyond asking to believing that whatever you ask for, you receive. You will be able to walk by faith in me, which is more important than mere physical sight.