MY JOURNEY

Roshanna
Posted September 26, 2015 from Spain

Hello World,

My name is Roshanna and I was born in Seattle WA - long before it was a top destination. Back then it rained 360 days a year (that's what they said), not that I minded, it was a great location for outdoor sports, something I loved.

My family traveled overseas when I was very young and I believe that was my first turning point. Seeing and experiencing other cultures very different from mine opened my eyes to diversity, and the dream of creating a eclectic life that suited my love of people and the world. Our first trip was to Turkey and I never really felt American after that. The older I grew, the more injustice I witnessed, the more my road became that of a rebel and change agent. First, I used theater and dance as my expression and then moved into the therapies of holistic health, then on to education and helping to change lives worldwide. As you work with people from all walks of life you learn that priorities change, the needs are different, and so do cultural views of who people are and what they are capable of. It was eye opening and very humbling.

I am also the proud mother of a multiethnic child and have witnessed the visibile and invisible challenges of creating healthy social identity and integration as well as how poorly the educational system deals with honoring as well as fusing the wealth of genius and imagination cultural and racial diversity brings to civilization.

My goal is to change the social paradigm and the work that I do now focuses on resetting the social contract so we can reunite humanity as a world citizenry with a global conscience and a sustainabile lifestyle for all.

I know this is possible in our lifetime, and I know there is a lot of work to be done on mindset but a humanity aligned is a humanity that is unstoppable. As we break through the barriers of cultural bias, political greed, gender inequity, unthical enterprise, and the fear and silence this fosters in our trust of one another the more we will be able to tap into our human potential and innate intelligence, the better we will nurture our humanity and express the breadth of our genius.

We deserve to experience true solidarity as a species and as members of an ecosustainable universe.

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annadassa
Sep 26, 2015
Sep 26, 2015

Dear Roshanna

Thank you for this special post. A lot that you shared resonates with me to. Especially injustice.........! I salute you as an agent of change and I know that what you are doing you will see the fruits in your lifetime. Remember that change is constant......just keep up with the good work!

Peace,

Annadassa

Olubee
Sep 26, 2015
Sep 26, 2015

Dear Roshanna,

There is nothing impossible if we believe,we can change the world,our collective effort in pulling change in whatever form is very paramount in the change we desire,just as you have said in your words humanity aligned is a humanity that is unstoppable.We will not stop until we see the change we want.

Regards

Bukola 

Roshanna
Sep 26, 2015
Sep 26, 2015

Thank you, Bukola,

I appreciate your kind words and support for this journey to a healthy, unstoppable humanity!

May we all embrace actions that honor our deepest humanity and transform the dissonance into resonance.

best, Roshanna

Elvire
Sep 26, 2015
Sep 26, 2015

Hello Roshanna!

You have a  beautiful heart; it is really great, how your heart goes out to those who need more care and support. That is usually a distinctive of TCKs; I like it.

I have been part of cultural orientation sessions for expatriates working in Cameroon and it was always an encouragement to see how exposure to diversity builds a better understanding of the bigger picture.

You are right when you say that changing the mindset is key. However good the “systems”, procedures, structures, etc, are, if the heart is not changed, the impact is short and narrow.

May you have the opportunity to celebrate milestones of your efforts.

We are together in this battle for more love, sharing and acceptance.

Press on!

Yes you can be seen as a rebel when you desire to see more sharing of love, and I like the fact that you see yourself instead as a change agent.

Roshanna
Sep 26, 2015
Sep 26, 2015

Hi Elvire,

Thanks for your loving response to my story. It feels very much like our souls as well as our spirits are aligned. Your work in Cameroon with expats is an interesting one, and I suspect a bit challenging at times. I find that people are often quite attached to their cultural patterns, even their cultural food. Do your find that to be true as well? What do you notice are the easiest ways to create integration and affinity between cultures?

best,

Roshanna

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Tosin Victoria APIRIOLA
Sep 30, 2015
Sep 30, 2015

Dear Roshana,

Thank God you moved out of Seattle early enough to experience the world. Your goal of social paradigm resonates with my desire and quite inspires me. A need for global conscience is long overdue and for a sustanable future cum lifestlye your work speaks.

I hope we will be able to join forces in the nearest future to achieving this!

Regards,

Tosin

Dr Ghada Amer
Sep 30, 2015
Sep 30, 2015

dear Roshanna

your words really great, it ignite my soul, yes we need We deserve to experience true solidarity as a species and as members of an eco sustainable universe. unfortunately some time the media give us a wrong image about the others, we need to say to all the world, we as women can make you live in peace, and we will help you to know each other

thank you !

Ghada

Carolyn Seaman
Oct 25, 2015
Oct 25, 2015

Hi Roshanna,

Your expression of your journey truly stirs up some deep thought on how greatly our world now interprets cultural differences. Nigeria is a country with over 250 ethnic groups with several cultural differences and languages and even religious beliefs. And the simple truth and reality that we are One Nation and One People - Nigerians, has failed to unite these various ethnic and religious groups. And today, Nigeria is in some dramatic chaos with a number of its states overcome with violent crises and killings, with even manifestations of genocide where herdsmen can attack a whole village and almost wipe out (kill) the people in the community. And while the Government is yet to even admit some of these realities, very little is done to take charge of the situation and establish order or respect for our cultural or religious differences. So, the violence simply continues to manifest in alarming forms and children, women and men continue to die daily across the country. Yet, many are faced with the challenges of raising their multi-ethnic children (like you shared) or for some they have different religious inclinations in the family and they constantly have to struggle to explain these differences to their children. It can be quite challenging raising children amidst all of the violence and apparent lack of political will from our Government to take a stand against the violence. We can only continue to hope for a better world as we constantly explore creative avenues like you did with theatre and dance. May peace rule our world, particularly for the sake of our women and children who constantly fall greater victim in violent situations.

Warm regards,

Carolyn Seaman

Roshanna
Oct 25, 2015
Oct 25, 2015

Hi Carolyn,

Wow, I feel a prickling all over from the way you have clearly described the pandemonium that results from cultural bias. I am bereft by the extremism. We fail to 'see' and 'sense' one another. It is as if we are only toy figures being played  and yet the fear (and need) to survive this cultural nightmare has also blossomed into another extremism. The health crisis of chronic shock and trauma.

Human civilization is not the same thing as humanity. Our species has been derailed by the generational (or even shorter time spans) turnovers of governments, ideologies, practices, rules, laws, and the grey interpretations that allow those ideologies, practices, rules, laws to be legitimately broken. One reason why I am a World Citizen, so I honor humanity and Earth, not a nation, or one 'people'/race/culture.

I am so saddened by the gravity of your story. All those wonderful lives wasted trying to find life and breath wholesomeness, their natural right, an expression of our innate desire to express life, and instead having to die unnecessariy in the hopes of catching a glimpse of living. My heart aches for all the injustices in every country as well as the abusive manipulation of populations between countries - creating war to hide the economic greed.

Underlying all this cruelty is a cultured belief about mankind that is false in principle although it has come to be accepted as true. Mankind is not not the problem. Corrupt social contracts are. Our Achilles heel has been our allegiance to these contracts in the hope that we might change them but corrupt is corrupt, it has no desire to be healthy or honest or civil, its motives are not coherent with an evolving, humane humanity. I hope to undress the hooks behind the hopes this corrupt system has fostered in us, to keep us in its service and therefore part of the endless cycle of hardship and suffering. However, to change 'corrupt' we must know what 'healthy' is - and this we do know, internally, in our cells, in our souls...

You have my heartfelt solidarity as you cultivate the voices of humanity, as you give oasis to the soul and let the hearts tell their tale so they can get back home to that 'healthy', that internal matrix by which they knew wrong from right in the first place.

Keep in touch. I am listening.

best,

Roshanna

Carolyn Seaman
Nov 12, 2015
Nov 12, 2015

Hi Roshanna,

I apologize for my delayed feedback, I almost lost it in my track of mails.

Thank you so much for your kind words. It's quite interesting how like passions can unite us from across the globe.

While we all continue our work in our little corners, please accept my warm compliments.

Roshanna
Nov 12, 2015
Nov 12, 2015

Thumbs up! The human spirit has no borders so we share the journey, always.

blessings,

Roshanna