Don’t crumble into a lump of sorrow

Remember, what is going to come will come. Don’t destroy your peace or crumble into a lump of sorrow and fear. Even down to your last breath.

Return to your natural state. No anxiety lives here. This is you. Calm center. Eternal. Beyond soul. Self. ⁣

Thank you. Thank you god. Thank you ancestors. Thank you universe. Thank you stillness. Thank you existence. Thank you clarity. Thank you calm. Thank you breath. Thank you scars. Thank you love. Thank you restoration. Thank you rest. Thank you death. Thank you earth. Thank you healing. Thank you…

—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️

#comebacktoyourself
#keepcalm
#thankyou
#thankyou
#thankyou

My ancestors are not monsters in the closet

Understand that when I use the term “ancestors” it’s not because it’s some cute or cliché thing to say. In fact, it’s not a term at all. They’re not monsters in the closet or underneath the bed. These are my blood relatives that I knew in their waking lives. Kinfolk I shared my most intimate moments with. And it’s my honor to acknowledge them and call to their spirits anytime. ⁣

When we call on our ancestors we have to be prepared for how they show up. They might not give us exactly what we’re desiring, but they’ll give us exactly what we need, the thing that will be for our highest good. And they know that.⁣

I was dealing with a situation yesterday that turned out in my favor. As I mentioned in the video as I approached the clerk to sign in, she asked who took her highlighter and suddenly an orange highlighter flew up, off the table, against gravity into her hand!

She was reduced to hysterical laughter and asked if I saw that. She said that had never happened to her. I knew my ancestors were sending me the deepest signals. I told  her that it seemed like a miracle. She said it wasn’t a miracle for her because it scared the shit out of her LOL! I said I guess it was a miracle for me then lol! ⁣

—TheeAmazingGrace

#afrikanface #ancestorsspeak #ancestortones #girlrillavintage #miraclesallaround #smudgetalk #theeamazinggrace

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Understand that when I use the term “ancestors” it’s not because it’s some cute or cliché thing to say. In fact, it’s not a term at all. They’re not monsters in the closet or underneath a bed. These are my blood relatives that I knew in their waking lives. Kinfolk I shared my most intimate moments with. And it’s my honor to acknowledge them and call to their spirits anytime. ⁣ ⁣ When we call on our ancestors we have to be prepared for how they show up. They might not give us exactly what we’re desiring, but they’ll give us exactly what we need, the thing that will be for our highest good. And they know that.⁣ ⁣ I was dealing with a situation yesterday that turned out in my favor. As I mentioned in the video as I approached the clerk to sign in, she asked who took her highlighter and suddenly an orange highlighter flew up, off the table, against gravity into her hand! She was reduced to hysterical laughter and asked if I saw that. She said that had never happened to her. I knew my ancestors were sending me the deepest signals. I told her that it seemed like a miracle. She said it wasn’t a miracle for her because it scared the shit out of her LOL! I said I guess it was a miracle for me then lol! ⁣ ⁣ #afrikanface #ancestorsspeak #ancestortones #girlrillavintage #miraclesallaround #theeamazinggrace

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Smudge talk: Vacillating on a Pass Love

Vacillating. It’s funny how the past comes flooding back and attempts to stifle progress or decisions. Working through ending a sort of mental cycle about a past love in order to align more with my truth. Honestly, it stopped serving my highest good, yet I still find myself unpacking all the years of memories, the way in which it defined me, how deeply I loved them.

Breathing. A constant work…⁣

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—TheeAmazingGrace

#afrikanface #accountability #healing ⁣
#girlrillavintage #mindattacks #perspective #takingtime

Smudge Talk: A Visual Poem for Mama

“my mother was my first country. the first place i ever lived.” ⁣⁣
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—lands 📝 Nayyirah Waheed ⁣⁣
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And today marks 13 years since we found you. The day that grueling 2 years you were missing came to a devastating end, yet we found peace anyway.

My face is a reflection of yours. This visual poem is to remember that. I never want to forget that.

Rest my ❤️⁣😘

—Your kid, TheeAmazingGrace (I remember our last conversation and you told me that I was destined for greatness  and that you named me Grace, but not just any Grace, Thee Amazing Grace. Thank you for believing in me mommy!)

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#afrikanface #ancestorsspeak #centeringmyblackness #dearmama #girlrillavintage #intuitivebeing #mamasgirl #mendesfamily #mymamasanancestor #ripmama #roothealers #shadowkeepers ⁣#theeamazinggrace #unconditionallove #westphilly #westafrican #westafrikan

A prosperous 2020 to you all

On this day in 2013 I was 33 yrs young, slimthick, and struggling after a fuck boy breakup. Instead of sulking my life away I drove to Washington DC, rented the nicest hotel I could find and pampered my damn self. All the many ways 😉 lol!⁣

My bestie @cynmoni and I got all dolled up and found the hottest New Year’s Eve party that night and got lit! Always been resilient and always knew how to be the fun in the throws of misery.⁣

Remember, we never lose our strength, our souls although it feels that way sometimes. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. A prosperous 2020 to you all!⁣

—TheeAmazingGrace

#afrikanface #bethefun #bethepeace #blackwomenbelike #girlrillavintage #happynewyear #happynewdecade #imissthosehotpants #lovelybones #mende #newyearseve2013 #selfiecorner #throwback

Smudge Talk: Prosperous days ahead

Smudge talk. Ready to wash my face and sink into bed. I mean cause when you know, you know.  Ancestors. Always find away. They relieve as much as they can. Heavy burdens don’t last and we don’t have to carry them always, either. Experience more, feel more, then let go of the heaviness. Live in the lite. Prosperous days ahead. 💖

—TheeAmazingGrace ⁣

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#afrikan #afrikanface #ancestorsspeak #blackwomenbelike #bassandtreble #cunninglinguists #gotgele #girlrillavintage #imeverythingatonce #isaidthat #mendewoman #nofilter #ritualistic #sage #smudging #smudgetalk #theeamazinggrace #sierraleone #wearybones #westafrican

My Mamas An Ancestor

Always been super intuitive, but my intuition could’ve never prepared me for losing my mother. She was the first human being to ever break my entire soul and heal it at the same time. ⁣
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Next month marks 12 years since she’s been my ancestor. Found out from city hall that I will be installing my art exhibit at Amtrak on the very day the medical examiner called to tell me they found her. I was all shaken up about it, at first, yet realized the inherent blessing it is. How she likely helped to orchestrate the decision lol! ⁣

I will honor her legacy that day as I do everyday by continuing to build mine, instead of grieving her death. We always had a deeply spiritual bond even through the abuse and turmoil and nothing has ever been able to stop that. As we reach toward each other always. Thank you mommy! ⁣2nd 📷 Circa 1997

#afrikanface #ancestorsspeak #centeringmyblackness #dearmama #girlrillavintage #intuition #mamasgirl #mendesfamily #mymamasanancestor #ripmama #roothealers #shadowkeeperexhibit  ⁣#theeamazinggrace #unconditionallove #westphilly #westafrican

Power Moves

Thinking of freedom. Knowing that it’s mine. It’s me. It’s part of my power. No matter how it shows up. To be free is a gift. Internal wisdom. Children of Obatala. Coded language inside our DNA. It’s our souls song. ⁣

We have to teach ourselves to remember, divination, even when it feels dead. Our power is really only laying dormant. We all lose sight of our power sometimes. This is me returning to mine. Shout out to @tinyandbrave for sharing a dance with me to this dope ass song, Azucar by Los Hecheros, so strong last night! ❤️⁣

#afrikanface #azucar #dancetokeepfromcrying #eternalflame #freedomfighter #girlrillavintage #gift #grooving #internalprocess #locs #loshecheros #mende #merengue #mondaymood #obatala #orishas #powermoves #sierraleone #theeamazinggrace #westafrican

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Thinking of freedom. Knowing that it's mine. It’s me. It’s part of my power. No matter how it shows up. To be free is a gift. Internal wisdom. Children of Obatala. Coded language inside our DNA. It’s our souls song. ⁣ ⁣ We have to teach ourselves to remember, divination, even when it feels dead. Our power is really only laying dormant. We all lose sight of our power sometimes. This is me returning to mine. Shout out to @tinyandbrave for sharing a dance with me to this DOPE ass song, Azucar by @los_hacheros so strong last night! ❤️⁣ ⁣ #afrikanface #azucar #dancetokeepfromcrying #eternalflame #freedomfighter #girlrillavintage #gift #grooving #imeverythingatonce #internalprocess #locs #loshecheros #mende #merengue #mondaymood #obatala #orishas #powermoves #sierraleone #theeamazinggrace #westafrican

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This healing taste different

Thank you ancestors for giving me signs and symptoms of what a healthy way of being feels like. It’s changing how I move. Filters what I allow in. This healing tastes different. Ashe-O

—TheeAmazingGrace

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#afrikanface #afrofuture #ancestors #blacklove #girlrillavintage #healingplace #iameverythingatonce  #manifestation #mendewoman #roothealer #sierraleone #softer #theeamazinggrace #westafrican #wiseriver

This Side of the Moon: A Visit From Sunflower

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I’m Sunflowers sista. And he’s my ancestor. Holds space on my alter and in my heart. ⁣

We talk mostly in my dreams. Told him I want to partner with the most loving spirit this side of the moon.⁣

He said, Oh! That spirit. Bitch, they here lol! He told me to open my heart and be patient. I cried and laughed at the same time as he disappeared over that damn ford stream crossing. ❤️🙏🏾⁣

—TheeAmazingGrace

⁣#afrikanface #blacklove #calmcenter #girlrillavintage #healing #iameverythingatonce #iloveyou #imsunflowerssista #manifestlove #mendewoman #mybrotherskeeper #rip #roothealer #sierraleone #sunflower #theeamazinggrace #westafrican