the selfology movement is designed to assist black women &girls in our journey of re centering self in order to reclaim the black female voice &redefine personal identity.. in a society where black women are often devalued &disempowered, this movement seeks to shift racist& sexist power structures that exist against us as forces of oppression.. instead of trusting our story in someone else's hands, we take back the right to tell our own stories as a personal tool for enlightenment.. we self proclaim the rights to reject false notions of black womanhood &reshape them for ourselves.. using the five layer selfology template (body, mind, soul, ancestry, spirituality) to guide self reflection, the selfology movement attempts to break down the primary aspects of human existence &encourage black women to understand what each layer means to them individually.. the goal of this movement is the holistic liberation of black women through multilayered self discovery so that we might be more in tuned with our true selves &more equipped with the personal tools needed to live out our destinies..
the herstory of selfology
it was the summer of 2015 and ree botts felt the urge to publish her very first book of poetry, but struggled to conceptualize her vision for the text.. what was her message? what was the arch of the narrative? as a sociologist and anthropologist by training, she knew that the systematic study of self was most important to her journey.. about a year prior, she had changed her instagram name to "reeciology", a combination of her childhood nickname Reeci and the "ology", meaning the study of.. when she looks back on the series of events and divine occurrences, ree realizes just how anointed the creation of selfology had been.. she believes that she had been living selfology subconsciously in the duration of her lifetime, but had not recognized it nor had she known what to name it.. the universe sent selfology to her and through her, and now she is spreading the message of selfology in order to inspire other black women to embark on their own journeys to self love, self empowerment, and self enlightenment..
today, selfology has expanded beyond ree's wildest dreams.. since the launch of The Selfology Movement in Aug. 2015, the message of Selfology has spread across the world - from Kentucky State University to the University of Los Angeles to Alabama State University. Ree has created a Selfology Curriculum to be implemented in Oakland school districts and Alameda County, and looks forward to expanding even further. Selfology has become a staple of Black women's liberation across the globe.. what began as an insgram name turned book concept became a movement for black women all over the world to dig deeper within themselves and get free..