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  • Writer's pictureShaunda Lewis

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Hello Lover & Warriors - Welcome to the inaugural edition of Decolonizer Dialogue! Decolonizer Dialogue is a space to discuss and learn from the words of sage, wise, powerful masters that are currently walking, or have walked the Earth. The thing that all of these people have in common is that they in some way, shape or form live, or lived with a decolonizer mindset. In understanding how others embody a decolonizer mindset, it helps us to decolonize ourselves, and effectively support the decolonization of others. It helps us to see and identify the differentiated, distinct master power that lies in us all.

This very first Decolonizer Dialogue is inspired by the words of the late, great, and almighty Ms. Maya Angelou. Her famous quote:

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."

Let's first get a glimpse into the innate, inherent essence of Maya Angelou. Born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Ms. Angelou entered this world an Aries Sun through the 4/4 portal, on a 1 life path (4+4+1+9+2+8=28=10=1). Aries is also the first astrological sign of the zodiac. For those familiar with Human Design, Ms. Angelou was also born a 6/2 Splenic Manifestor. If there has ever been the perfect combination of leading, driving, building, pioneering, fiery energy, this is it. And boy did she need that specific energy to break through barriers and accomplish what she did being born Black and female in Jim Crow America. When we look at her expression/destiny number through her full name at birth we get a total of 111=12=3. 111 reads as "master of creation" or master of creativity." When we add her birthday and her expression/destiny we get a soul purpose number of 139=13=4 (or master number 22/4 depending on how you calculate it). If we were to literally translate her soul purpose number of 139 it would state "assert/lead creative humanitarianism." An author, poet, activist extraordinaire, among many things, she was a formidable force that lived in complete alignment with her soul purpose - and having lived until the age of 86, how lucky we are that she fulfilled her soul purpose through her final breath in this incarnation. What we have here through an analysis of her date, name, and place of birth is her own specific piece of universal symmetry shining through. And the numbers illuminate 1's, 3's, and 4's.

When we look at this quote from Ms. Angelou, what it brings to life for us is that she was someone who understood that to really live life, you have to move beyond surviving to thriving. This is what decolonization is all about. The majority of us, because of how deeply conditioned we've been through colonization (arguably for millennia), live life in survival mode. We have to because of the ways we've been systematically held down and back. We have to because of the generational trauma we were born into. We have to because of the responsibilities we bear. We have to because...

But do we really have to?

Decolonization is all about transitioning from living in a survival mindset rooted in hundreds of thousands of years of the passed down fear embedded in our DNA as human beings - into a humanity, as individuals and collectively, that is balanced, intuitive, and driven by love enough to realize that there is enough; we are enough; for all of us to thrive. Decolonization is about moving from living through fear (fear of not having enough, fear of rejection, fear of abandonment, fear of harm, fear of not mattering, fear of dying) to living through love (love of yourself, love of others, love of discovery, love of possibilities, love of meaning, love of purpose, love of making things happen). Ultimately living through love is living through love for the unfolding mystery of life, and finding the gift in whatever happens. Shirzad Chamine reminds us of this.

It seems like Ms. Angelou was onto something with her statement above, doesn't it? A decolonizer mindset she embodied, and a decolonizer she was. A decolonizer one must be to "assert/lead creative humanitarianism."

Maya Angelou reminds us to live life to thrive! We appreciate these infinitely magical words shared from the late creative Manifestor mastermind! She reminds us that having a decolonizer mindset is never too personal to impact the world.

Are you living life to thrive?

Do you have a personal mission? Is it rooted in love?

We'd love to hear your answers in the comments below.

With Infinite Love & Light,


A Specialist in Decolonization

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