KPFK On The Air: Inner Visions:
An African Spiritual Science Perspective
|Reverend Byrd - Meri Ka Ra|
If you've tuned in to KPFK around 1:03 pm on any given Monday, you'll hear the melodious interventions of Reverend Byrd, aka Meri Ka Ra, giving voice to the empowering lyrics of The Sounds of Blackness - "Whatever it takes to make it, I'm going all the way! I may be down sometimes. I won't be down always!"
Inner Visions: An African Perspective was created to share ancient truths of spirituality from an African perspective with the entire KPFK family and audience. Coming out of one of those periods of KPFK unrest, the show was formed through a community collaboration representing different organizations with a message of unity, specifically the Christ Unity Center, Khepher Life Institute, and the Triangular Church of Religious Science. The show has developed over the years to include topics on health, lifestyle, and selective events that impact the African American community. While a positive influence on the cultural welfare of the African American community, the audience is not limited to African Americans, as evidenced by the feedback from a diverse range of listeners, including Latinos, East Indians, Jewish, Middle Easterners as well as European Americans.
Don't give up hope! Just keep pressing on!
Inner Visions: An African Perspectiveis consistent with the weekly health and spirituality programming in that it offers content that calls people to deal with issues regarding their spiritual, physical and mental well-being. The program was selected because of an ability to bring principles of truth (also known as "new thought"), rather than focus on personalities. It is an Aquarian age message that explains to the audience how to best understand and use the ancient and new principles in the practical application of their day-to-day lives. The focus on the practical application of spiritual principles allows us to cover a full range of topics from the latest current affairs and scientific breakthroughs to the exploration of the ancient historical and philosophical underpinnings of an issue and what the ancestors have taught in similar circumstances.
Reverend Byrd takes a moment to reflect on an important point. He says the whole movement from a traditional New Thought Church was actually assisted by KPFK. While seeking spiritual guidance to best serve a wounded people in the wake of the Rodney King beating and the L.A. uprising in 1992, he was not aware of KPFK when circumstances caused him to be driving someone's car that was tuned to 90.7 FM. He heard an interview with Dr. Leonard Jeffries and discovered that there was to be a conference on ancient African Civilizations that following weekend, and that was the moment of awakening to the practice of AfRaKan Spiritual Science. Inner Visions: An African Perspective is deeply indebted to KPFK for being there!
Inner Visions: An African Perspective. Produced and hosted by Meri Ka Ra, Brother Yaw and Sister Kamau. Mondays at 1pm and streamming at KPFK.org.