What a gift it is to be exposed to the traditional spiritual teachings of
This week’s guests are Nehez Meniooh and Men Zebah Hasati, American initiates
into the secret teachings of the late Master Naba Lamoussa Morodenibig, a
Dogon High Priest whose lineage comes
from Burkina Faso, West Africa. Master Naba founded and taught at The Earth
Center in Chicago from the late 1990s until his death in 2008.
Burkina Faso, we learn, along with Mali, comprise the area considered the
traditional capital of Africa, home to the secret teachings of ancient Merita,
"These countries are some of the poorest by Western standards. But they are the
richest in traditional knowledge." The teachings had to be kept secret during
generation after generation of invasion "just to stay alive and get the
knowledge to the next generation."
Earth Center students take annual missions into the heart of these ancient
wisdom locales where they live among the spiritual leaders and visit sites
significant to the teachings. True learning must be experienced. "Education is
your right to understand for yourself, without the filter of someone else’s
The term "colonialism" takes on broad meaning in this discussion. Colonialism, a
"momentum of evil," is a force separating the individual from knowledge of self
and harmony with all things. This force has many faces: academia, government,
even a family member. Colonialism takes you from yourself. It divides and
redefines for purposes of power. Immunity starts by understanding that
construct. "We protect ourselves by being good people, good in the tradition
that our ancestors defined it."
We learn that the Dogon is a culture made up of many different bloodlines, of
which Master Naba’s line is one, the Gormanche. The Gormanche specialized in
spiritual and astronomical knowledge. They were the keepers of the knowledge for
"Every culture has all the answers we seek; that’s what a culture is." But
modern life has no culture, per se, they explain. We’ve been tricked into living
to serve our own ambitions; thinking we can cherry pick what suits us from a
smorgasbord of cultures. That’s why we find ourselves confused, philosophically
Master Naba taught a code of human behavior that has 77 commandments. It was the
dismantling of this code of behavior that disenfranchised humanity. "We say that
what you can do does not define you. What defines you is what you will not
do under any circumstance. Nowadays we put our ambitions ahead of what we
will not do."
We learn the story of The Garlic Effect - a story that elucidates that humans
are vulnerable to manipulations that affect perception, and perception is
"Those of us on the path to enlightenment, on the path of honesty, integrity,
intelligence, we must defend ourselves against these influences [that alter
perception] every day.
"The modern world tells us we can only investigate our world through science."
But all life is "a dialog of energies on a universal scale. Everything that
exists (yes, non-Earth beings as well) has an influence on us. We are all
connected so much more than we know."
"The Earth Center teachings are a return to what works. "We must preserve all
that has been passed down to us. We have to return to the processes aligned with