Dr. Kokayi interviews Alwyn Thomas on the topic of Divination, specifically the Divination system coming out of the Dagara culture of West Africa. Thomas has been intrigued by the principles of divination since the age of 14, and through the events of his life journey was compelled to become a diviner. It was through one of Malidoma Patrice Some’s courses in New York, that Thomas was able to begin to take up his calling. Divination is a ritual process by which the diviner taps into a universal consciousness that leaves its imprint on the arrangement of the divining items. The diviner performs this reading in a ritualistic fashion which involves the diviner intuiting and tapping into a different aspect of Consciousness which brings the stories represented in the divining kit to life. Thomas explains the role of diviner as one of submission, and through that submission it is possible to tap into unlimited consciousness. Your intuitive processes are in control and you must move with the spirit in order to make this work. He relays accounts in which he was able to perceive parts of peoples’ life stories as well as foresee solutions to their life problems. Thomas also discusses the components of a divination kit and the process of creating it.
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Dr. Kokayi interviews Sister Kwayera Archer-Cunningham, founding president and chief executive officer of the Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy. Ifetayo’s success at creating a community based organization that not only gives younger people skills but helps to reestablish their cultural identity is highlighted. Ifetayo has been able to overcome many of the problems that plaque organizations in resource poor communities. With almost twenty years of operation Ifetayo has drawn on traditional African community and and spiritual values and cultural technologies to lay the foundation for an organization that has had to offer no apologies for its orientation but yet has been able to successfully garner resources from the non profit world as well as setting up other programs in and out of the United States; Chicago, Brazil, Senegal, Ehtiopia, Jamaica, and South Africa.