Every day I awake before dawn to continue my work on Blond Voodoo. I ask for guidance with a prayer, “Please show me the way, to touch hearts with what I have been shown in Haiti.”
The Haitians taught me the power of prayer and how to build a reservoir of strength so anything that happens to you ( good or bad) will be observed as an opportunity for growth. For me, Haiti was and is my spiritual boot camp, a training ground for furthering our evolution in the Universe.
I was asked yesterday if I practice Voodoo and did I believe in God? The person who asked this question has not known me as an adult.
In the 1960’s we were kids growing up in the same, small town in Illinois.
The question was prompted by my recent marketing efforts, a personal email sent to my Facebook friends, for my soon-to-be-published memoir entitled, “Blond Voodoo”, a female photographer documenting the Vodou culture in Haiti. Although he did not come out and say it I believe his opinion was that the word “voodoo” makes me look bad, that I may be dismissed for employment opportunities if my name is “googled” and associated with Voodoo.
I have no fear of these consequences. If you enter, “Lynne Warberg, voodoo” into any search engine, my name will pop up in hundreds of articles written on religion in Haiti. I was interviewed by Sharon Guynup for the National Geographic Channel in 2004 and this quote,
“One common saying is that Haitians are 70 percent Catholic, 30 percent Protestant, and 100 percent voodoo,” said Lynne Warberg, a photographer who has documented Haitian voodoo for over a decade,” has been re-used hundreds of times in articles written on religion in Haiti.�
I purposely chose the title, Blond Voodoo, for various reasons. One: I am blond and was lovingly nicknamed, “Blond Voodoo”, in Haiti. �
Two: I want to change the perception of the word voodoo.�
If the word frightens you because you believe it to be something evil then I hope you will give me a chance to share my experience. Please take the time to ask a question instead of dismissing something I have worked years on to create.
Everything Blond Voodoo stands for stems from love. Love for myself, love and respect for all beings, especially love for Haiti.
Now more than ever our survival on this planet depends on coming from a place of LOVE. As the world, we live in becomes more divisive, hate gains ground. It is our predicament as a society, that we cannot change the current climate of racial, religious and cultural stress, but we can change our spiritual position.
Peace begins with you.
It may sound like an oxymoron that in a place with a reputation as the most dangerous country in the Western Hemisphere, I found unbelievable peace in my heart.
I worked the magic of Love, released the fear and willingly embraced a path of self-discovery.
“It is a knowledge of self you must acquire in order to understand voodoo”. Aboudja
“In Haiti, in the voodoo, we say that Jesus is a pure Ginen ( a righteous state of mind or state of being), so is Buddha, Mohammed, Moses – all Ginen. People who believe in voodoo are going toward the state of Ginen, where you find the totality of yourself.”
Lolo Beaubrun, voodoo priest and founder of Boukman Eksperyans
The “Blond Voodoo” campaign can be seen on Indiegogo, go here , youtube, Facebook, Twitter, my blog, and other social media sites. Pay it Forward to yourself by sharing my heart. You will be rewarded as I have been in wonderful ways.
Religion is a path to God. Spirituality is also a path to God. However, they have differences in approach.
The essence of religion:
Fear God and obey God.
The quintessence of spirituality:
Love God and become another God.”
– Sri Chinmoy (1)
Jesus of Nazareth is the central figure of Christianity, held by most denominations to be the Son of God. Believers regard Jesus as the awaited Messiah (or “Christ”) of the Old Testament and refer to him as Jesus Christ, a name also used in non-Christian contexts. The Bible is filled with his words that speak volumes to people throughout the ages.
“Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.”
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