R.I.P. Baba Oje
The Story of Akashic Jewelry (part2)
So, the saga continues… Many moons later, many deaths, many hospital visits, much growth, plenty of healing, overcoming betrayal and deception, watching many of my loved ones suffer, finding victory over pain, refining the power of my skill and watching the birth of several companies influenced by the coming into fruition of Akashic Jewelry, I think that it is safe to say that I have pioneered a legacy that has no expiration date. From Sickle Cell Anemia, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Kidney Failure, to the common stresses of our environment, those closest to me battle on levels that are unrelatable to most. The testament of our greatness is in the fact we can be faced with so many life-threatening obstacles and continue to smile and represent a beauty that is unmatched. These are just a few of the ailments that challenge some of the people involved with this Akashic Jewelry movement that began when I was a teenager and has since blossomed into a global revolution.
There is not much that I need to say in this follow-up story, the proof is “in the pudding,” and the work speaks for itself. I remain wholeheartedly focused on the development of the youth, through various activities and programs that I participate in and/or orchestrate. Currently I also work with a Juvenile Justice Detention Center. I have taught health and nutrition classes, spoken at universities, and most recently worked as a Behavior Technician with Autistic children, all while diligently working to bond with my own seeds. The challenges that have come as a result of participating in these goals are too numerous to mention and I have still only scratched the surface. I have been knocked down, thrown of balance, taken off tracked, lost focused and bounced back to become more refined in my approach time and time again. There is no pretend to be posing, lusting for camera time or clout chasing with this movement. I have most recently had to the honor to act on the set of a film that, unfortunately, I can’t yet mention due to confidentiality agreements. I have sacrificed opportunity, been unprepared, been too busy or overwhelmed all while learning to master the sacred art of stillness and precision. I have travelled, lost friends, removed enemies, all while gaining a stronger sense of self awareness. I have met some amazing people and I have had moments of isolation. I have disconnected from family members that perpetuate toxic cycles. I have misplaced my guiding light, but I have also learned to see in the dark.
With that said, it has been the people that appreciate Akashic Jewelry that have forced me to continue to pick up my tools and continue to grow this business. It has been the constant demand and request that reminds me of why it is so important that I continue to represent and raise the bar for this craft.
I plan to take these next couple years to a place not yet travelled to. For all the new upcoming artist and for the few veterans that are still around, I plan to contribute a greater level of inspiration than I have done in the past. I know that many are silently watching, waiting, and anticipating, the Fifth Element.