June 2, 2011 Obara Meji 26Comment

The very first call I received today was a frantic one from a woman who was crying because she was having problems paying her rent. In my state of semi slumber, I told her I would call her back once I was fully awake and able to give her my full attention. I showered,said my prayers and meditated on the day at hand.

I returned the panicked caller’s call and asked her to recount the reason she disturbed my sleep earlier. She said she needed advice because her rent was increased and she feared she wouldn’t be able to afford it and will have to pack up once more and make an  exodus.

As she spoke, I inhaled deeply and went silent for a moment, as I reflected on this woman’s life. I knew that she had recently received a huge blessing from God, along with her ancestors and her astral mates. Therefore, I saw no reason why she was in a frenzied state.
Let me give you a little insight on this woman’s recent moment of serendipity. She has received blessings so huge that there is no denying that the hand of God was steering her towards greatness. Like Job, she had gone through turbulent times such as:

1.having a former lover steal her house and to have it done again by another lover a couple of years after that.

2.Then AGAIN by her own daughter.

By the grace of God and a fortified spirit, she was able to work and save enough money  to purchase another property that she put in her daughter’s name, because by this time her credit was not the best. Some years pass,only to have the daughter move her boyfriend into the house and demanded the mother move into the basement. Naturally when the mother protested the daughter along with the boyfriend beat her very badly and then had her arrested, telling the police that SHE assaulted them, which was not true. Through sheer determination,despite all she had been through she didn’t curl up and die. Instead, she got up (once again) dusted her self off and downscaled to a rented apartment. She struggled to make ends meet by working in various hair salons because that was her profession. I will skip the other trials and tribulations that came her way because they were many. One day after much disappointments she was given a gift suddenly by the Universe, a hairdressing shop already with twenty-five styling chairs, along with hair dryers and washing sinks, all for a very low monthly rent and three months free to work before paying the first month rent.  Ase O! The shop was beautiful and in a central location so customers flooded the place, she stumbled onto this place by…” chance”….(read the post titled chance, search the archives)

Up until this sudden phone call that morning we were celebrating her new-found happiness, and blessings. I understood her worries, but I had to bring her back to focus and said to her, “why are you worrying about things that you cannot change?…… so the management company has raised your rent and it is too much for you, what are the options before you” I asked her,”it’s either you move or you make up your mind to stay . She was quiet as I spoke to her. I told her to consider the blessings that God had just given to her, everything happens for a reason and if we just learn to trust a little more we would see the reasoning of God and grasp the lessons being taught. “YOU HAVE TO FLOW WITH THE RIVER OF LIFE” I told her, and as soon as those words were uttered she said, “thank you Obara, I got it.” She continued to say, “Obara you have always prayed with me and encouraged me to focus my mind on positive thoughts so even if things like these come at odd times to distract me, I should not allow it to weaken me because I know the power in words and the thoughts that I have put out in the universe and I should expect to receive nothing less than what I deserve or delivered to me as a lesson, warning, or “energy” or to make me stronger. EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON!” I was happy to see that she had realized the true meaning of life, and had began to calm down.

Life is like a river, we have to learn to go along with the flow because we cannot swim against the currents. Sometimes the river gets turbulent but if you do not panic you will be able to handle it. Lest we not forget that prayers and personal sacrifices help us to maneuver ourselves as we flow along our path. We should strive for good character despite of your upbringing, environment, peers or social pressures.

Respect the laws of nature and everything within, apply logic and wisdom onto whatever you do, correct your mistakes, and make amends with those you have offended, love yourself and pray for your neighbors, honor your parents whether they were good or bad, honor your elders, be kind to children and animals, give what you can if it is even knowledge, be joyful for one another’s accomplishments, embrace God, remember your ancestors-those you know and those who you don’t know but their blood runs through your veins; the universe and all therein, be the best human being you can possible be and your journey on earth will be richly rewarded.

 “When one is taking a chicken from its roost, the hen is bound to attack with at least its claws”…Yoruba  Proverb.

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Sa-Fo
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I am a Capricorn and a cardinal sign (yep I do like astrology, describes me to a T!!!). I love structure and love having an idea of the end product. “Going with the flow” drives me madd ahaha which is why I am a worry wart.

Some times in the morning, I have anxiety attacks because I haven’t the slightest clue about my life path. I want to be and do so much before I leave the earth, business and philanthropy. I do visualize a lot and always try to stay positive about certain things. The little troubles I have are solved quickly because I visualize the end, it always works out for me. The huge problems or things I want to attract into my life is my struggle.

What can I do to “go with the flow?” More prayer, more mediation? I try you know, but anticipation eats me up lol

Obara meji
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When you come upon something which seems difficult Sa-Fo pray and watch it,when all seems lost, know that there is an out, in actuality going with the flow of life is another way of strengthening your faith, you cannot control everything but with positive thoughts and constant prayers you will always overcome

Sa-Fo
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Amen! Letting go is so scary at times but you are right. Cannot control everything, what I can control is how I react.

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I have a wonderful metor Obara!

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ah thats mentor….Obara

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I use to be a worry wart and still is sometimes however I have learned to close my eyes listen to the winds of trees invision the river and its calm currents moving in its rythimic dance, surrinding myslef with nature and all its splendor which always seems keep me from falling…..no matter what problems may come I always know that God, the Orisha’s, the ancestor’s, our guides in this human life are not far to put my life back on track and hear me when I call upon them for help….My sister told me once “Put it into the universe and watch what happens.” ever since I was a child I would say things, things that I wanted to happen even still and never knew what it meant until “Put it into the universe.” was told to me. Words of one with wisdom.

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Ase!!!!! always thankful….. every thing which is presented either good or bad its a life lesson…. when a child put a mother out or even psychially attempt to harm a parent…. your days are numbered and ya life line get thin.

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I like, it’s a very uplifting story. wow, me can’t believe her own daughter could be so cruel tho, smh!

OrisaPikkney
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now yuh mek mi feel bashful ***blushing*** cho Iya….(hug)

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was a virgin before mi read yuh post I was formulating in my head to say the following : “it is a turn on to see and hear my people using Orisa terminology and refering to the Orisas….ASE!” But my dear thank you I continue to grow and learn and it is my wish for the African in whatever Diaspora to reach back like the Sankofa teaches……and claim our rightful tongue and names! I always say when a man is cut off from his GOD and his TONGUE he is rendered insane……Yuh ever see a banana tree wid di root cut off? You’ll see the hanging of the head like in a state of shame and gloom! Ifa will serve as the catalyst for spiritual and identity reclamation. The Orisa has been my guide for quite some time now and I am loving them and learning how to venerate them on a deeper level I want to venerate the Orisas with EVERY neuron and electron in my body! Ase O! Hey speaking of which, I challenge all who are reading to close their eyes, breathe deeply and imagine, no rather SEE and FEEL the electrons firing off in your brains…….POWERFUL!

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@orishapickey. My girl you deep like Olokun water. Glad to know another Jamaican is in the orisha traditon. Keep on growing omo orisha.

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Sharlene yuh noe sey ah soh mi stay to? Mi ah di rogue, as mi tell mi son when him nuh waan do homework ‘Mi ah di ongle kruff inna dis family, soh yuh naw come tun none’ Poor ting nuh undastan mi, but him wii larn. Mi seem to always ah duh whey mi madda waa mi fi do, Mi used to smoke, goh dance, carry mi rachet inna mi pakit an nuff tings whey mi sure shi wudden like fi mi. Mi worry bout ebbry ting to di pint whey mi feel sey ppl probably tink mi negative but ah juss so mi stay mi affi look pon di ting fram all angles, whey can goh rang if mi do dis etc. As mi madda juss tell mi awhile agoh, mi fi stap look pan di mountain…. I have come to realise that things that I worry about usually work themselves out. (back home after getting paid I would be left with around J$6000 – approximately US$80, out of which I had to fill my tank etc. and remember I got paid MONTHLY. Needless to say, I was extremely stressed (some of this was due to my own stupidity, I say stupidity because I had to be paying back loans for my childs’ father who convinced me to borrow di ppl dem money an chue him noe sey ah nuh him dem ahgoh harras him neva pay a cent afta di fuss payment….

Anyway, I had a few good friends and like Obara said to me earlier ‘good friends betta dan pakit money’ and believe me, If I went to my bed hungry one night it was by choice. My son was well fed and clothed and he went to one of the best Nurseries/preschools in JA (Thank yuh mi sista). So I worried in vain.

Mi a wake nung doe an Obara mi begging yuh fi please tell mi dem name (mi noe sey mi ah Osun pikni an ab Shango pirit). For now though, I don’t think they will mind me calling them ‘dem odda one’.

Peace

OrisaPikkney
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Yes Virgin nature is indeed the greatest teacher so we must therefore venerate “her/him” …….in life Oludumare did not create us in this Aiye without tools with which to navigate the murky waters…..even the body is PERFECT in that it can regenerate organs and heal itself with foods,ewe (herbs), and other bounties from nature’s bossom. Life is AMAZING and PERFECT! Just go with the flowwww…It is when we try to go against it that we confuse ourselves and end up where we weren’t supposed to. However, the restorative powers of the ALMIGHTY is in operation setting you back on the path of righteousness. Ase

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Nature is the greatest teacher in navigating ife. Big up Oshun and her lessons, keep in the flow!

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Obara….this post touches me profoundly because i am one to tend to always swim against the current…can be likened to a rogue…meaning i am wayward and stubborn and as such always a worry and a fret….even though i know God…Oludumare has blessed me with my egun….my orisha….my spiritual guides and a host of the others as Maniac woulda say…and u know say when i just got awakened when fear was still so much a part of me that is how i termed them too…. “.the others” ….Maniac the spirit say “gal no badda fret…no bus no whole heap a sweat…everything corpaset…Yes, so my “others”, have gifted me each and every day of my life…however, I, being human, do sometimes worry and wonder how I’m gonna make it or, you know, whats next…..Then I feel Osun’s cool water bearing down on me and I am able to sit back and know this too shall pass….Life is a journey…once you get a revelation…u know everything have to balance. Ase…O

OrisaPikkney
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Ase O!

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