Mother Teresa put it aptly when she wrote, “I am a tiny pencil in the hand of God, writing a love letter to the world.” But would God use me — a brown girl — to express love in the world? The answer is yes. Love is part of the very fiber of our being — not separate from who we are; it was created when we were created and it never stops creating itself. Love is in our hearts; and we are in the heart of love. As John says, “[e]veryone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:19) Many brown girls the world over suffer from a lack of self-esteem, which is really a lack of self-love and self worth. We are inundated with so many negative opinions of us — from the media, family and friends, or our own minds. We are obessessed with who we aren’t, what we aren’t, what we haven’t done, how we don’t look, where we haven’t been, why we can’t — rather than focused on the love of God blessing us and lifting us unconditionally. Roberta Flack sings, “where is the love?” To find love, we have to stop looking outside of ourselves and dig deep within. We have to release the beliefs that society imposes on us, as well as our own self- imposed negative thoughts about ourselves. The best way to start loving yourself is through forgiveness. We have to forgive society. We have to forgive the world. We have to forgive ourselves. We have to forgive the haters and even the discriminators. We have to forgive those who hurt us. We have to forgive those who lost our trust. The amazing thing is that forgiveness is not for the other person, it is for us. Forgiveness opens our hearts to accept the love that is always inside — and by so doing, forgiveness creates spaces to accept the love of others. Brown girls need love like everybody else. Brown girls have a tremendous capacity to love too — because we are here to radiate the love of God as us — in our beauty, in our rhythm, in our warmth, in our strength, in our wisdom, in our creativity, in our dance, in our song, in our power, in our intelligence, in our compassion. The problem is that we need to believe that we are the best thing that ever happened to us — not a man or a job or an opportunity — just us. When we brown girls truly begin to believe in our self-worth, then we will begin to pass our love to the world. The Ragbaby Exchange uses doll-making to help release the layers of self doubt and unforgiving attitudes to uncover the love and beauty of the brown girl. The magic of making and embracing our love through dolls is healing. Doctors use dolls to calm patients with dementia. Social workers and therapist use dolls to help victims of abuse express what has happened to them. Children hold and play with dolls to comfort them but while playing they learn how to be nurturing. The Ragbaby Exchange engages participants of all ages in doll-making as a way to express themselves. The dolls becaome their self-portrait. This self-portrait begins the process of discovery that brings about a sense of acceptance of one’s own love and beauty. Through our doll-making workshops, we peel back the layers of negative thoughts and allow you to: • express your thoughts and emotions in healthy growth producing ways, • gain a sense of accomplishment, which helps move you toward self affirmation and divine potential, • learn to forgive, accept and value yourself and others, • see your own inner beauty and feel the love inside of you. Once we can see our own beauty and feel our own love expressed through this doll, we are able to be that tiny pencil. Through our release and acceptance of self, we become the words in God’s love letter. When we decide to pass our beautiful loving self-image to another person, in effect, they are given a love letter from God, which says, “I love you.” Peter said, “above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (I Peter 4:8) Change your life by joining me at God is a Brown Girl Too, and start a chain reaction of spreading God’s love with a little brown doll filled with your love. Sherri Roberts-Lumpkin, Founder/Creative Director, The Ragbaby Exchange, will be doing some fantastic workshops at the Retreat, using the power of dolls to transform a Brown Girl’s love and appreciation of herself.
This is simply another way of saying, it is already done, but asking and believing are the tools that you need to use in order to see your desire take shape.
This is easy, simple stuff that is so hard for us in our human-ness to do. But Jesus taught us that we are gods.
God always does the work that God appoints us to do.
The right people will show up to help us, mentor us, bless us, guide us, prosper us. The right situations will unfold. Even if we can’t see the finish line, the road will rise us to meet us, and show us the way — when we are tuned in and turned on to Spirit. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a multimillionaire from Scarsdale or a brown girl from the South Bronx, the same God is blessing you from the same Infinite Source.
When the news is burdening your soul with the appearance of lack, it is even more important to affirm for yourself, my work is done. When you truly believe that it is done and you speak it boldly and courageously in your life, Spirit will knock you over with the abundance of success. You will find that you don’t need to be captive to a consciousness of lack because God is always making a way out of no way.
You will know without a doubt that all of those things that you need in the material world are manifesting right now.
You will start recognizing the pure potential that God is expressing as you.
You will begin to embrace the divine legacy that is yours because you know that the Word of God — spoken from your lips to the ears of the Universe is as good as it gets. You won’t need to tip-toe around the periphery of your greatness because you will acknowledge that Spirit expressed through you is the omnipotent creator of the shape and form and texture of everything in your midst!
My work is done! So you can awaken to the truth that Jesus taught — that the Kingdom of God is within us. And in that Kingdom of God, everything that you want, that you need, that you plant — is done.
When we can say affirmatively and powerfully that it is done, we know that we do not need the economic appearances of health, the promises of others, the limited resources that we see in the physical world: the only thing that we need is the full and complete understanding of our divine nature.
When we say it is done, we really do walk by faith and not by sight. We really do step through our self-imposed boundaries and move into a new existence.
For ages, women and girls of color — of every nationality, ethnicity, and origin — have been dehumanized, marginalized, enslaved, murdered, raped, or otherwise oppressed — as the “least” of humanity. But we are all Gods.
As the Bible teaches, whatever you did or didn’t do for the least of us, you did or didn’t do for God.
Whatever you did or didn’t do for your brother or sister who suffers from poverty, hopelessness or despair, you did or didn’t do for God.
Therefore, self-empowerment, self-enlightenment, and self-love for those often viewed as the “least of us” is the starting point for this ministry — because the liberation of those most in need is the catalyst by which we all obtain salvation.
We must not only celebrate “brown girls” of all ages and hues, across every race, culture, country, sexual orientation, and self-expression — but also uplift everyone who needs uplifting. Somehow, through the passing of time and the re-writing of history, we have lost our divine legacy, or have simply turned a blind eye to the truth that we are spiritual beings in physical form.
The Bible says that God created human beings in “our image, in our likeness . . . . male and female” God created them (NIV Genesis 1:26-27). This teaches us that God is not the proverbial old white man in the sky that so many of us grew up imagining God to be, but that each one of us are — as Paul said — temples of God, made in God’s image and likeness.
In Romans 8:9, the biblical witness said “Ye are not [merely] flesh, but… the Spirit of God dwells in you.” In John 10:34-35, Jesus said, “it is not written in your law, I said, ye are Gods.” In fact, Paul said that we “live and move, and have our being” in God (Acts 17:28).
If we really believe that God made all of us in God’s image and likeness, we should have no problem believing that each one of us, including the “brown girl”, is a God, too. This is meant to expand the notion of humanity’s Oneness with God.
The oldest bones of the mother of all civilization were found in Africa. If the brown girl, who is the foundation of all life, has become disconnected from spiritual Oneness, then so has all creation.
But if the brown girl can realize God as herself, then so can all humanity. We are not authentic because we are religious but because we realize that we are power; we are love; we are truth; we are Spirit; we are Gods.
The truth, Beloved, is that we don’t need anything or anyone other than this full and complete understanding of our divine nature because when we know that we are divine, then we truly begin to experience the same consciousness that was in Jesus Christ.
The knowledge of this Truth is the Kingdom of God — without which, we will never be full and complete. In God Is A Brown Girl, Too (© 2009), the Legend reads:
who will discover the bones of the plain brown girl
whose skull is as old as time
buried deep in the recesses
of prayers long forgotten,
who will look long enough
into her empty sockets,
who will dare to see themselves
who will find the courage to lift
their legacy out of the realm of
and speak the Truth
Not that we’re looking for God,
SPIRITMUV® (www.spiritmuv.com), founded by Cecilia Loving in September 2007, exists to build a community of like minds dedicated to self-transformation through the cultivation of spiritual development. At the heart of its teachings is the principle that the Kingdom of God is within us (Luke 17:21) and that we all live and move and have our being in Spirit. The following are some of the services that SPIRITMUV provides: a meaningful, motivational, life-transforming worship service every Sunday (www.spiritmuvvideo.com); a daily meditation (www.spiritmuvmeditation.com); online spiritual messages at www.spiritmuvblog.com), workshops and classes on spiritual principles (see, e.g., www.godisabrowngirltoo.webs.com). Reverend Loving is the author of Prayers for Those Standing on the Edge of Greatness, God is a Brown Girl Too, and God is a Lawyer Too: Ten Laws of Unlimited Success, as well as several workbooks.