One of my earliest post told the true story of Sharon and Donovan and the problems that plagued their lives through Obeah, read my post Bad Sinting. So many people say all the time, “I do not believe in those things”!, and while I agree that it is remarkable that people truly have the power or the access to power which can destroy, terrorize and harm others, it is nevertheless true, and very real. To destroy, terrorize and harm is only one side of the coin however, because on the flip side there is the power to heal, create balance, bring about peace, joy,prosperity and love!. there are two roads and it depends on which is chosen. It depends on the holder of the power, it depends on Character. Often times it is the simplest of things what produces the greatest results. To knowledgeable people, Salt can heal and it can destroy, also dirt, which is found everywhere can solve any problem and can also create the biggest ones. The woman holds so much power within her womb, but she does not know, and oonuh nuh waan har know because if she knows and decides to use it, God help the world, especially when PMS time!..What is greater than water, if you know how to use it? Eggs are not only delicious but if the magical uses are known even someone who believes themselves to be barren can bring forth twins….and never forget, Word, Sound, Power!!..Free your minds, let go off fear and learn, try to understand and pray for wisdom.
There was a fire man who lived in our neighborhood when I was a little girl in Jamaica, I remember him very well and as I write this story I can see him clearly in my mind. He was a nice man who would stop to greet my mom while she sat with her friends on the veranda of our home on his way to next door where he would go to smoke ganja with my father and the rest of the men..yeah, yeah, Ganja smoking was no big deal in Jamaica, even the police and soldiers were there smoking their chilom pipe too, oonuh nuh judge!…he was always smiling and was a very jocular person. Being a fire man in Jamaica was (according to how the grown ups spoke) a very good job which paid well. One day while we all sat on the veranda, my mom and her friend Miss Ruth, my sisters and myself, it was the middle of the week and it was raining heavily, we all the saw the fire man run up to our gate. He was a short, dark skinned, sturdy looking man who seemed to be losing his hair in the front of his head. On that rainy day we saw him wildly running until he reached our gate, we all stood up and wondered what was happening to him. As he reached our gate, he stopped and stared at us, then he bend down and washed his face and drank from the pool of dirty water which had settled in our gateway. He then ran off, and I heard my mother exclaim, “oh mi God, dem mad de fire man!”, and I saw tears swell in her eyes as we all watched him run down the street.
It was through the discussion of the grown ups that I learned that the fire mans mother had come from the country to take care of her son, as he had fallen victim to witchcraft. My mother told Miss Ruth her friend, that the fire man was offered a bigger position at work and there were others there who believed that he should not get that position and decided to “work” on him resulting in the episode of madness which we all witnessed. He was taken to a man, a healer (this was Kingston Jamaica) and whatever the man did was effective and the curse was removed and the fire man was well…notice I used the word HEALER for the person who helped the fire man come back to his senses, but in Jamaica and all over the world he would be referred to as a Obeah man, a witch, a Juju man or a Voodoo worker, words when heard translates evil and wicked person. Suh how come de same name doe apply to de Pastor wid him olive oil ah Sunday morning ah church?..ah doe waan laugh!
There was also the story of Lukie who was fine one day and mad the next, people said it was the Ganja he smoked, while others said that his step mother obeah him, because of the house his father left for him which she wanted. Janet tried to tie Taylor the supposed father of her unborn child (it is said that her pregnancy was apart of a raffle, she had no idea who the father was, so she tried trick and tie Taylor int her situation), but was found out by Taylor’s mom who took him “out” and released him from wicked Janet’s snare!. Beverly who died, through Obeah, because she would not leave Paul, (de brown gal from Spanish Town) baby father alone, and de Rasta man Pauly who was the victim of “FOOT”, (His right leg had developed sores which could not heal), all because he kicked his mother in law.
There is a story in the Bible of a blind man John chapter 9, who was healed by Jesus. According to the Bible..
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned,this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some claimed that he was.
Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”
But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”
10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.
11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”
In verse 3, Jesus said what happened to the man was so that the works of God might be displayed in him!
Jesus explained very clearly here that the power given to him by God for the service of humanity was being used for just that, to show the world the works of God If someone performed this miracle which Jesus performed for this man, It would be said that he was performing witchcraft/JuJu or Obeah., but where would someone get these knowledge from if not from the creator.
Of course what many of us associate Obeah/witchcraft/voodoo/Juju with is evil and wickedness, but if you read what I wrote in part 1 of this post, It is the character of the person to whom the power is given which the determines whether he/she take some bush from nature and use it to kill and destroy, instead of to heal and assist.
There are malevolent beings within the universe and they interact with men in this realm day in and day out. There are wayward or earthbound spirits, those who have died but have refused to leave this realm and go on in preparation of their next lives. There exists countless of beings/entities in the invisible world of spirits, benevolent and malevolent, and they all have knowledge and power and the ability to interact with us living on this realm. We are all spiritual beings have a human experience, and here on earth are some souls in human form sent to assist us all through out our journey. The repercussions for those who abuse or misuse their powers given to them for the benefit of mankind is fierce, but with human nature there is free will. Power exists in everything where spirit dwells, and spirit is the motivating force behind everything. How one uses their power is determined by them.
In itself, power is neutral, says OSHO
Everybody is full of violence, greed, anger, passion — but has no power; so he remains a saint. To be violent you need to be powerful. To fulfil your greed, you need to be powerful. To satisfy your passions, you need to be powerful.
So when power comes into your hands, all your sleeping dogs start barking. Power becomes a nourishment to you, an opportunity. It is not that power corrupts, you are corrupted. Power only brings your corruption into the open. You wanted to kill somebody, but you had not the power to kill; but if you have the power, you will kill.
It is not power that corrupts you, because corruption you carry within yourself; power simply gives you the opportunity to do whatever you want to do.
Power in the hands of a man like Gautam Buddha will not corrupt; on the contrary, it will help humanity raise its consciousness. Power in the hands of Genghis Khan destroys people, rapes women, burns people alive. It is not power…this man Genghis Khan must have been carrying all these desires in him…..And I Agree!!
There will be a part 3..so to be continued
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.