AM I the only one who found irony in the achievement of Westbrook in dedication to Ermias Joseph Asghedom? From the first time I heard Nipsey Hussle, I wondered what provoked him to choose this particular stage name, as it appeared to pay homage to one of my favorite actors and comedians from my childhood, Nipsey Russell. But then when RUSSELL Westbrook put up 20-20-20 in honor of Nipsey HUSSLE, I couldn’t help but to consider The Universe was strategic as always.
If nothing else, this whole thing has reminded me that The Universe is always conspiring in our favor. If we can get past the desire to judge good and evil, right and wrong, we can ascend back to the soul’s interconnected view. Just as the venerated Ermias Joseph Asghedom labored to achieve oneness amongst rivals, we ought to learn the lesson that only in bondage to ego is their division, but we are not slaves in fear; we are divine beings in love.
The name Ermias means “God will rise”. When we understand God is the inextricable soul within us all, we can allow God to arise, and his enemies to be scattered (Psalm 68:1). The enemies of God; the enemies of the soul are fear, hate, indoctrination, division, ego, racism, classism, colorism, sexism, homophobia, and all other attempts to judge or control that which is outside of the self. Yes, as it is written, ye are gods; but, you shall die as mortals- because you allow your ego to rule. There are some, like Nipsey Hussle, who die as gods, purely because God did arise within him. Will God arise within you?