I needed to do something besides just sitting around thinking...lately thinking only leads to one place and I'm all out of tears today...

So I went to my mind's journal and started remembering a conversation I had at the dinner table with my family last week...

The conversation went jokingly something like "dreadlocks...damn hippy...white girl...etc."

My defense for having dreadlocks, from day one, has been that dreads don't just belong to one culture. Most people associate locked hair with Rastafari or African culture. Both of which are beautiful, deeply rooted, and highly spiritual and anyone who belongs to either or both should be proud. However, locked hair has also been noted throughout history in many others: the Picts, the Celts, the Australian Aborginees, the Egyptians, the Hindus...and many more.

Having locked hair means many things to me. It's not a style. It doesn't classify me into a subculture. Having dreads is a way of life. In my own spiritual path, I believe that each strand of a persons hair carries in it the energy or essence of that person. When they leave bits or pieces of their hair behind, they leave a bit of themselves. Anyone could take parts of my hair and use it against me...spiritually. By keeping my hair in locks, I am protecting my essence from harm.

Locking my hair took dedication and strength. It was a painful process that took weeks to complete. The determination to go forward with my intention, despite the protests of my family, shows great character-- I believe. Many cultures believe that people with locked hair are highly spiritual and noticed first among their Gods.

While I am not Kemetic, I do hold many of the Kemetic values in my own life. They believe there are 77 commandments to leading a spiritual life and that only a person who can uphold the 77 commandments all of the time can be worthy of dreadlocks. That's deep.

I'm happy to provide the following links for more information on the dreadlock history, culture, and subculture.
http://thebutterflytribe.com/articles/historyofdreadlocks.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreadlocks
http://www.howtodread.com/dreadlock.html


Namaste,


Lou

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Comment by Leslie Lou on April 8, 2009 at 1:25pm
You guys rock my socks just about every second of the day. I love you so much!!!
Comment by Good Energy on March 30, 2009 at 1:38am
ps I believe the energy thing too!
Comment by Good Energy on March 30, 2009 at 1:36am
Ahh dreads...I love em! love mine. These are the second ones I've grown. the first I did the whole back comb beeswax thing and hated it!!!! I knew from the moment I started em they weren't what I wanted. I knew enough about dreads that I felt i sold out. So they left (I have em in a mason jar!)
And last year after growing my hair to almost to my butt, I quit brushin it. Seperated em and they're slowly growin. My mother hates em as she use to be a beautician years and years ago but she's starting to come around. My family is one of the coolest families around. Not hippies or rainbows just hard workin people who are always curious about my hippie lifestyle. They figure I'm old enough
to make my own decisions. (yeah 36). So anywho I love my dreads and my family and I love all dreadies too! You're beautiful with or without em Leslie Lou!
Comment by Leslie Lou on March 11, 2009 at 5:50pm
Thank you for sharing on the dread site my sweet. I actually picked the link up for its history section...

Where was my soaringeagle friend when I started dreading? xoxo Lou
Comment by soaringeagle on March 11, 2009 at 3:59pm
just reread that howtodread site what a bunchh of lies and misinformation
it says most naturals cut then use a wax/backcomb method thats absiolutekly the oposite ofd truth most waxy backcomvbed dreads get cut then either they backcomb again no wax, or , go natural.
they say wax is a natural product for hair..
its wax.. think anbout what wax is
does it make sence at all wax belongs in hair? none at all..it never comes out without 140 f or hotter oplus a ton of work and ..dirt sticks in wax (maybe youve seen the new vids satying it doesnt with him talking to ya like your a moron for thinking it does? he mocks you into believing the illogical)
Comment by soaringeagle on March 11, 2009 at 3:51pm
i thuink i love you
but
i definately am not into the howtodread site
they promote many harmful practices and products and are basicly just an adffiliate site of the great dread scammers dreadheadhq or knottyboy
they promote wax which is harmfull and ruines most dreads

im very into the natural dreading process, no backcombing, no interference just letting dreads form as nature intended
you need no how to dread site if you let dreads happen on theyee own (like mine were born at the vermont national)
there is no making in dreadong, only allowing..letting them grow
its not painful, its pain free liberating.. doesnt take weeks (usualy some do dread in weeks naturaly) but months
..years
its a never ending process that goes on till you die
and all u gotta do is stop preventing dreads and alow them to return to the natural state of hair

pure simplicity
Comment by Benny Bear on March 11, 2009 at 6:48am
Ha for that matter Caucasoid Cro-Magnon remains have been found with Locks .....its a "things with long hair" thing ...
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