Oh guys thanks a lot for your warm welcome. I believe that there is a lot we have to share with each other so that we can all contribute to the spiritually awakening society.
Alisha. Zulu is an ethnic group in South Africa. I speak Zulu as my first language, mother tongue (that sounds much better). So I grew up in a family much involved in the indigenous cultural practices (which includes ancestral ceremonies, ceremonial weddings, housewamings - the matter is that I grew up in an uncompromisingly Zulu environment); whilst also, on the other hand, we went to church - equally uncompromisingly. I was raised as a Methodist also known an Weslyens. Now the Methodist church is quite a liturgic church. Which means that they barely, if ever, indulge in things relating to ‘gifts if the spirit’ as they would in charismatic churches.
Nevertheless the community that I was raised in, and still live, is quite diverse in religion and culture, as well as race (of course). Anyway, so I was raised Methodist. Then one day whilst deep in prayer I felt my tongue go stiff, and it came as though there were an outpouring from above, to my head, and then my tongue…a tingling, then outburst of these ‘words?’, ‘syllables?’ maybe…but then who cares, and what does it matter, when in the midst of it all I can feel is this enormous amount of peace? Peace and connection the host high God, this is what I felt.
Now the thing was that I’m a Methodist, how crazy would it sound if one day during deep prayer they hear these ‘weird sounds’ that I’d make? I laughed at myself thinking about it.
I researched about it. I found that it is called glossolalia because it’s not a real language, they reckon. As opposed to xenoglossia where the practitioner would speak in a known language, that listeners would understand if they know the language being spoken. Research aside, at those times in my life I was lucky enough to be in a group of people who met and shared spiritual experiences without judging your background. We even had spiritual experiences with the group and explored these things. This helped me fill the void of not being able to communicate these things at the church I attended.
Now speaking in tongues. When this happens (I will speak for myself) you first stop listening to the words coming out of your mouth and you start listening to the feeling. Your focus moves from the outside environment and from the people around you, and you begin to focus on that familiar feeling of your personal relationship with God. As you focus on this feeling, your worries begin to shed, it is at this point where you start feeling the strain, worries, and stresses of others around you. Sometimes, not always, see things about their future.
Now here is something interesting. We (Zulu) believe in spirituality. So close attention is paid to people who are born with spiritual abilities, people like these sometimes go on to be iSangoma, a witch doctor. We call these people ‘abantu abanabant’wabadala’ meaningful ‘those who have an ancestral spirit’.
When/if these people go to any Charismatic church they are more prone to get spiritual gifts. They are sensitive to spiritual activity and crowded places (where a lot is happening).
Kelson Scott. Thanks. I am well and safe, I’m just worried about the economy in these times of the pandemic. More specifically, will I still have a job after this - if there is an ‘after this’. I hope you’re safe too.
Sieglinde. Thanks and hello. I hope some of what I said can open up the conversation enough.
Embracing all religions. Yes! That’s what I mean, I do hope that what I say won’t offend anyones cultures and religions. I want to see what others also have to say on spiritual matters because it appears to me that people are slowly recognising an aspect of self that cannot be filled with material things.
Hello Mike. Lol, you’re putting me and my sorry English on the spot here. Siyanda broken down is Si-y-anda, or simply Si-anda.
Si - means ‘we are’
Anda - means ‘growing’, think in terms of numbers/population.
So when my parents had me they said Siyanda, meaning ‘we (the family) are going’.
I hope some of what I said titillate your fancy…your fancy being your love for all things holy and eternal.