He who gives a person Obi gives a person life
Obi Abata, or Kola Nut is used by all who practices the Ifa/Orisa Tradition, as a divining tool.
Kola nut itself can be found all over Africa, It is even grown in my own country Jamaica where we call it BISI
In Jamaica it is used as a tea, where it is grated, dried and bottled and used to remove poison out of the system or for any allergic reaction, It is said that Kola is only grown where people respect their elders.
Divination plays a crucial role in the ancient Yoruba traditional religion of Ifa Orisa. It is through casting the Oracle that non-initiates and priests alike can determine the wishes of their Ori, the Ancestors and the Orisa. One may also determine whether the prayers and offerings presented tothe divine forces are both heard and accepted. Finally, casting the Oracle allows the devotee to have a direct communication with the forces they serve, opening a way for a one-on-one dialogue with divinity.
It is the birthright of everyone to have direct communication with ones Ori and ones Ancestors.Everyone has Ancestors by virtue of birth and all things in existence have an Ori, even the Orisathemselves. While it is a generally accepted belief in the various branches of the Orisa tradition that one should receive Orisa before consulting them with the Oracle, one need not rituallyreceive the Ase of the Ancestors or Ori before engaging in such a consultation. Their Ase alreadyruns strong through your veins and resonates deep within the cells of your body.However, one must be trained on how to properly cast the Oracle in order to perform even themost basic divination. This training involves far more than mechanics and touches upon issuesranging from applied logic during the cast process to the limitations of both the person casting theOracle and the Oracle it self.
It is not the intention of this basic module to provide such detailed training. This module has beenpresented to provide the student with the basic mechanics necessary to determine simple yes/no answers to basic questions, mainly to determine the necessity of making an offering to ones Oriand Ancestors and subsequently to determine whether the offering has been accepted.
IMPORTANT NOTE: One should never divine for another person without being both properlytrained and duly granted permission to do so by ones Elders in the religion. Divining for others isoften a case of having someones life in your hands and one must be properly prepared on many levels to accept this enormous responsibility. The information presented in this module is entirely inadequate to negate or replace the need for appropriate training by ones Elders and should only be used to consult with ones Ori and ones Ancestors on your own behalf.
Students should consult their elders in the religion for more detailed training. Additionally, the student may also find more detailed information in both Awo: Ifa and the Theology of OrisaDivination by Awo Falokun Fatunmbi and Awo Obi: Obi Divination in Theory and Practice by BabaOsundiya.Serious students are strongly encouraged to take their study further using available resources and to understand that this module represents the first step of a long journey.
I was too lazy today to write upon the titled subject, so I found this very well explained peice on the internet and decided to share….
Obara Meji is a spiritualist, Ifa-Orisa practitioner, and teacher of metaphysics. Since 2011 she has used her online platform to share her personal experiences to those seeking answers about spirituality. Her teachings will expand into short stories, novels, and public speaking to continue her mission of bringing enlightenment to the world.