Our spirit guides are chosen by us before we are incarnate into our earthly lives.In the spiritual realm, we choose our family, we choose our lives. In preparation for our life’s journey, our life’s plan is made by us. We know the purpose of our journey, but as I have explained before, it is when we arrive after being passed through the womb, that all is forgotten. When we come here, we do not come alone, our spirit guides are with us from the very moment we arrive. Their position here with us is to guide and protect us, assist us along life’s way, through their influence upon our life’s decisions. As we grow from birth, most of us will be able to realize, eventually that we are not alone. They see our thoughts, knows all our deeds and all our plans, but they cannot interfere with our free will. They can only by communicating with us, I will explain how they do that later. They influence us in a subtle way,into making the right decisions befitting our life’s plan. They are here to help us fulfill the spiritual contract we made before are incarnated to this earth plane.
Yes, we all made a contract before we received a body to come here. This is explained thoroughly in the Cosmology of Ifa/Orisha, the traditional practice of the Yoruba People of South Western Nigeria, and explains the Orisha Orunmila as the witness of fate. According to the Yoruba’s, Orunmila is witness to the contracts of all of mankind. He knows all our do’s and dont’s, all our taboos (things we ought not to do ), what will hinder us on our journey and what will push us forward for progress. Orunmila knows all we will experience either good or bad while we are here, and the he knows the solution to all our problems. This is why in Nigeria, everyone, Muslims, Christians, Heads of State all consult Orunmila, through consultation of a competent Babalawo (high priest of Orunmila), when making important decisions. The Babalawo Invokes Orunmila through his Ifa oracle which is called an Opele, this is cast upon a tray called an Opon Ifa Tray or he may use Ikins (consecrated small black seeds, representing Ifa, which are manipulated with his hands, while he prays) an Odu comes down, which is marked in a binary code upon the tray which only the competent Babalawo, who has studied all his life can interpret. This is similar to accessing our Akashic record, which is our spiritual library, but more intense and detailed. You have never had a divination like this! In the future I will make a post explaining this in detail.
Your spirit guides are different from your ancestors. These are non-physical beings who resides within the dimensions of time and space. They have lived many lives here, incarnated many times and have gone on to work and assist other beings within the realms and also assist us, human beings on this earth plane. These guides, who are here with us are more than one, they are many, but each individual has three main guides who stays with them throughout their lives. Theses guides are all at a different level of consciousness within the spiritual realm. They have been released from the earthly wheel of life having accomplished all they had to do, learn, or teach here in our world during their many incarnations. However there are those, despite being released from the wheel of existence who choose to come back to assist us here for whatever reasons, The Jesus story can be viewed as one. While others are conscious beings residing on the sixth dimension where they are light beings and are referred to as ascended masters, they may be referred to by other names in other cultures, Jesus, Buddah, and many others are ascended masters. Please note that Orishas are not considered ascended masters, the word Orisha is the same as what we call or refer to as angels.
At the birthing table while the mother is giving birth, the spirit guide waits for the arrival of the child. While the mother is pregnant, she is accompanied by not only her personal guides, but two guides assigned to the child walks with her. When the child arrives, and decides to stay here in the world, another guide which belongs to the over soul descends to walk behind the child for the rest of his or her life, protecting the child’s life’s force, located at an entry point behind the physical body. Behind?, Yes I said behind. I have no idea if what I am explaining here, you will be able to find in a book or anywhere but I can only tell you what I know for sure,…. read on.
Our guides are with us all the time, three main ones. One walks on our right side, while the other is assigned to walk on the left, and the other walks behind. Each guide has a family associated with it, which is also apart of your spiritual protection. If your personal guide has to go within the realm to represent you for some reason while you are here, then someone from his/her family assumes his position, temporarily until he comes back. What would be a reason why they would have to go to the realm and represent you? The reasons may be many. For instance someone has accused you wrongfully (you may or may not know that you have been accused), and this accusation may cause your life or hinder you in some major way. You are innocent of these accusations, and your guide sees and knows that you may not be able to get out of this situation. Remember everything that happens to you here, good or bad, is apart of your life’s plan, unknown to you however.
Yet you are on the correct path of accomplishing your earth’s purpose and upon seeing this he makes a decision to bring your case to the spiritual elders within the realms and pleads on your behalf so that this devastation would not befall you. When he leaves, he assigns a member of his family to take his place in protecting you as he travels. He can intervene on your behalf on any issue concerning you, because not only is he protecting and guiding you while you are here, he is also seeking spiritual elevation, should he successfully assist you in accomplishing what you came here for. When you die/make your transition, it is your guide you will first see. Yes your family may be there, but it is your guides duty to settle you within the realm of spirit after you have gone to the hall of judgement, which everyone must pass through. He will be the one to represent you in judgement hall, when you are brought before the elders to review your life. Your spirit guide on the right will be the one first interviewed and questioned, the guide on the left will be the second. Remember your guides will also be rewarded with spiritual elevation, going on to higher realms to perform more functions there. This however depends on the outcome of your life’s review, in other words, if while guiding you their influence over your life’s action helped you to achieve what you went to achieve,. If so and all is found to be well, then they have done their job successfully and therefore can progress within the realm of spirit, while you advance to another stage within the realm. While travelling with us they can only influence our decisions, the final choice is up to us. The guide who stood behind you all your life, is never questioned at all. As a matter of fact that guide ascends immediately to where your over soul resides to join it there.
Your guides speak to you many different ways. This is what I mentioned above by spiritual interventions. They communicate to us through intuition, signs, gut feelings. If there is an accident waiting for you down the street, or across town, or the minute you pull out of your drive way, your guide will either, make you miss-place your car keys, forget your bus pass, or make you miss your flight. A feeling to turn back home and check the stove or oven, regardless if when you return all is well, is them getting you used to checking these things before leaving the house, because some where in the future it may become a real problem. Jamaican people say “Prevention better than Cure”. A gut feeling, such as I had in Black woman and Child urges you to get up in the middle of the night and check on your children or call the ones living outside the home, or show up at your husbands job unannounced. It is they who are responsible for you to find your and embrace your spirituality. It is them who gives access to other beings who may want to talk to you in dreams and visions. They may even stand aside and watch you fail in some of your doings or undertakings, because there are lessons from those failures that you needed to learn. They may also influence your decisions which will perhaps imprison you because that was apart of your life’s plan, something you needed to do to pay a karmic debt owed to the universe or a crime committed by you could change the laws and make the world safer, you may not know it, but you have accomplished your life’s plan.
Often when I do spiritual readings for people, their guides often speaks to me. They may outline to me what is going on with my client or bring forth the clients ancestors or other spirits to talk to me. They are happy when you find and embrace the spiritual side of yourself, it makes their job here a lot easier. Meditation is key to connecting to them. Keep your environment as neat and clean as possible. Good spirits cannot dwell in an unclean space, anywhere cluttered and dirty will only invoke spirits alike and also create confusion. Know that your guides are always with you, they are prudent and benevolent spirits. They are our messengers, they love and care for us. Place a glass of water at your night table to refresh them at nights before you sleep. Speak to them when you are by yourself, tell them your secrets, remember a secret is no longer that, if shared with someone, but these non-physical beings are the best to talk to. Listen to them when they speak, know the signs of when they are speaking to you. Try to know yourself better by being quiet, finding quiet time when you can. Please remind me to make a post about the mysterious guide who walks behind, he is fascinating. If only I had an assistant to type for me, I could dictate while sipping my Iced coffee, but….
Ọ̀rọ̀ tó máa di akàn, bí ẹja ni í kọ́kọ́ ńrí. /
What will turn out well, often do start out as unfavorable….. Yoruba Proverb!
[Things may get worse before they get better; don’t give up.]
One who causes others misfortune also teaches them wisdom. ~ African proverb
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.