My name is Cheptu. Welcome to my blog, NOW Journey Home.
Bernice Johnson Reagon’s song from the PBS series, “Africans in America,” asks, “What Kind of Land Is This Gon’ Be?” The haunting lyric and rhythm forebode the ultimate vulnerability of a people forcibly displaced from their ancestral home lands that once provided a wealth of happiness, abundance and self-understanding in the context of nature, community and Spirit . . . that brought homeostasis to their lives. In the film, “What Kind of Land?” is sung as enslaved African peoples in chains make their first bare-footed steps onto North American soil where they have been sold into the hands of merchants who treat them as nothing more than chattel and cash crop . . . their perceived ultimate tabula rasa to brand and redefine according to colonial interests.
Several centuries removed, yet the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the trans-generational terror and shame, and its compensatory mechanisms passed into my psyche and lived in my bones, keeping me separated from the love and the power and that I once knew and deserved as a royal daughter of the Divine. My archetypal Soul Girl got trapped in the residuals of an ancestry that involved both the slave owner and the enslaved. Pathology covered me with a hardened shell of independence and aloofness that alienated me from her libido and passion. Yet, despite a legacy seeped in travail and despair, sometimes vibrancy and triumph, and sometimes downright messiness, my heart continued to search for the answer to the question, “What Kind of Land Is This Gon’ Be?” Yet now, not geographical land, but spiritual soulful “land” . . . the imprint of the I AM in me . . . and the seeds I plant in the land for those who will come after me.
Enter my personal journey into the world of the “healing theatre” (i.e., Archetypal Dreamwork) where I am on my “Now Journey Home” to reclaiming my Soul Girl, the one who possessed vintage radiance, power and vulnerability, knowing and trust, and purest relationship with the Divine. As an Archetypal Dreamwork practitioner and student analyst at the North of Eden Center for Archetypal Dreamwork, my experiences have helped me to face into past and present life trauma—not to wallow in it, but to experience the intrapsychic and intercellular release that brings healing to the heart and to the soul. The stone to my cave is rolled away and I can appreciate and function in the greater story of who I AM, and who I AM continually becoming.
Every one of us has our own unique path. What chains enslave you? What colonializes your mind and robs you of your Divine Essence? What separates you from the fullest manifestation of Divine empowerment in your life? Through my blog I will share some of my dream journey. I hope to inspire you and challenge you to trust that the realm of the Divine is here for us and in us, in this life. NOW Journey Home!