Positive Imagery Foundation, Inc.
The Positive Imagery Foundation's philosophy is to provide quality mental and health care promotional services to the residents in Central and South Central Los Angeles. A comprehensive and holistic treatment, educational philosophy and appropriate referrals will be implemented when a humanistic non-judgemental African-centered approach will be applied, inclusive of the immediate and extended family. It is Positive Imagery Foundation's responsibility to not compromise the integrity and care for African American's and others that live within the community for personal gain.
OUR CULTURAL VIEWS
Our views of the Black community to help inoculate it from the Social Illswe've incorporated the views of ancient Egyptians, Ma' at symbolized the highest ideals of living. Indeed, they often referred to their way of life as "Ankh nejer Ma'af': "living in the beauty of Ma'af' (Adams, 1979). Ma' at was the normative standard or criterion for governing human conduct and measuring the appropriateness of human actions-. the means and ends by which human well-being (Le., righteousness, happiness, peace, and prosperity) could be achieved and by which the individual could be supported and sustained by the community (Adams, 1979; Carruthers, 1995; Hilliard, 1989; Obenga, 1992).
Within this cultural framework, "living" meant living from the heart. However, because life was seen as continually presenting opportunities and challenges for deeper and more refined expressions of M a' at, living also meant accepting "the way of Ma' af' as a lifelong process. Indeed, Ma' at exemplified to the early Egyptians the irrevocable relationship between the human and the Divine, between man and woman, state and society, order and chaos, time and space, and finite and infinite. It also embodied the then-inseparable relationship between what was deemed individually appropriate and what was socially beneficial.
THE MA'ATAN IDEAL WAS GROUNDED IN THREE CRITICAL ELEMENTS:
1 Perpetual Veneration-seeing oneself as representing a vital part of a supreme "system" that included all life everywhere;
2 Interconnectedness-viewing life as a historical, dynamic, ongoing, interconnected process of complex causality;
3 Spiritual Oneness-acknowledging the spiritual dimension of the human experience.
These virtues were viewed as the exemplars of good character and proper conduct for Egyptian (Kemetic) society. No single virtue was seen as standing alone; each virtue was believed to coexist in an interdependent, dynamic relationship with each and every other one.
cohesiveness, integrity and propriety in every realm of activity (cosmic, natural, social, personal, spiritual, etc.). The Egyptians believed that nothing was possible without order. Its modes of expression are formality, dynamism, and virtuality.
the state at which all of the elements and functions of a system or individual are in equilibrium: or experience equivalent degrees of quantity, force, value, and meaning. The qualities of balance are stability, equanimity, and modesty.
an existence characterized by a special rapport and unity which characterizes the encounter and the engagement of the form and function of relationships. The qualities of harmony are resonance, beauty, and peace.
the recognition that the most fundamental and universal aspirations of human beings are happiness, affection, and the avoidance of suffering, and that, as such, all humans should strive for the attainment of these goals for all. The qualities of compassion are empathy, joy, and patience.
the harmonious complimentary and interdependent relationships of all things in life. Reciprocity was seen as the appropriate form of exchange for the movement of energy, goods, and services from one person to another. The qualities of reciprocity are fairness, flexibility, and protection.
the reconstitutive, retributive, and generative nature of the universe to resolve conflict and restore order. The qualities of justice are fairness, flexibility', and protection.
the coherence, consistency, and correspondence of an entity. To the Egyptians, truth was neither absolute nor timeless. It was seen as both relative and reflective as well as consciousness- and context-dependent and situation- and occasion-bound. The qualities of truth are openness, authenticity, and trust.
Dr. Ronald Beavers founder of the Positive Imagery Foundation a community–based program was born in Los Angeles, California. He joined the Los Angeles Veterans Resource Center April 14, 1997 serving the combat veteran, and their families from Vietnam and other armed conflicts for (10) Years. After the Persian gulf Operation Desert Storm and Shield, now Operation Iraq Freedom there has arisen a critical need that is trauma focused with SUD’s and other co-morbidity, direct community-based services to these veterans and their families that has overwhelmed the VA service care system. The Veteran Service Outreach Program-VSOP was created to fulfill part of this need.
Dr. Beavers’ received in S’ 1998 graduated from La Salle University, M.S. Counseling Psychology, Suma cum Laude, and S’ 2001 La Salle University, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Magna Cum Laude.
Adjunct Professor Physician Assistant Program Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
Research and Clinical Director His Sheltering Arm, Inc. Women’s Tx facility.
Co-Chair SPA 6 Community Network Meeting.
Ronald Beavers, Ph.D.