I'm on a double mission here on Earth.
Individually, I am here to grow and learn as a soul. And, I am here to collectively grow and sustain sacred environments where folks can be their whole self and proud of their contributions on Earth.
Earlier this year, I knew I needed more opportunities to be active in my double mission.
I felt ready to show up in a way I haven’t before.
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
I found OurSpace World.
In May, I attended an in-person Ujima Jam (an opportunity to help each other out on farms). This Jam was at A Heart 4 People Farm with Farmer Michele Coleman. I remember driving to the community farm and being unsure if I was in the right place. Soon after, I met folks that ensured I was exactly where I needed to be.
Farmer Michele is a guiding light. She greeted me with open arms and let me know how I can support her tasks with the skills I already had. I spent the day in community with folks who value land, farmers, reciprocity and ancestral wisdom. I left that Ujima Jam with my heart full.
I knew I would return.
In the Summer, I stayed connected with OurSpace World and waited for an aligned opportunity where I could show up in a meaningful way. The Ujima Jams became an entry point.
I spent some time with OurSpace World team members, apprentices, interns and farmers who all believe in collective work and responsibility.
On October 22nd, I returned to A Heart 4 People for another Ujima Jam. But, this time I had a deeper appreciation for the Jams because I experienced some of the planning and action required to make it possible.
I saw how dedicated Farmer Michele is to sustaining her farm and faith in God.
I saw how committed OurSpace World is to making their vision a reality.
I saw how supporting Black and other underserved farmers is an act of love.
I innerstand why my guides have called me here at this time.
During the Ujima Jam at A Heart 4 People, we worked on Farmer Michele’s tasks and listened to music. Karla Felecia Scaife’s “shining on me” played and I smiled.
We took a break to taste some okra that was hand-breaded by the OurSpace World apprentices and toasted by Aita. Farmer Michele isn’t a fan of okra but she tried it anyway!
We did not complete all the tasks on Farmer Michele’s list. But those who attended were able to support her efforts and leave her with a message. There is more work to be done. When I was driving away from the farm, Farmer Michele was still working.
Thank you Farmer Michele for being a remarkable and exceptional guide on Earth.
Photo Credit: MJ & Aita