Have you noticed that I end every post with a Proverb or a Quote. I usually use those from the Yoruba’s because I believe that they are such a wise set of people. In Jamaica and as Jamaicans we use Quotes and Proverbs all the time. Words of Wisdom!. Proverbs is truth based on common sense or practical experience, while Quotes are words repeated from a speech or texts. I live by them, I learn from them as I am forever a student. I crave Knowledge so much, that I would sit at it’s feet all day, everyday, if I were to find it. Trapeze across the globe forfeiting food, and any worldly pleasures, just to learn! I view myself as no master teacher, but I do see myself as a teacher,we all are, because of my experiences and what I have learned so far in life, I believe is worthy to share. I am observant, and I listen well. When you speak I hear beyond your speech, when you write, I go into your world, what I do not understand I place it aside in hopes that I will re-visit it one day, or it will open up it self to me. What I do understand I share it, I learn from it, as so it should be. Iron sharpen Iron and the countenance of one brightens the other. Share your own Proverbs or Quotes with me, if you so choose! I have read two of Dion Fortunes book, they were very good and so I share some of her quotes with you.
“Never trust the occultist who tells you that he is the head of a tradition, because if he were, in the first place, he would not tell the fact to the uninitiated, and in the second place he would in all probability be living in great seclusion and inaccessible to all but his immediate subordinates. If a man is a great artist he does not need to inform us of the fact; we shall know him by his pictures that are hung in the galleries of the nation, and we shall, moreover, find that he guards himself from casual acquaintances because of the inroads on his time to which his fame renders him liable. The more eminent a person, the harder he is to approach, not out of any spirit of pride and exclusiveness, but because so many people want to see him that discrimination has to be used in admitting them.”
“There are two Paths to the Innermost: the Way of the Mystic, which is the way of devotion and meditation, a solitary and subjective path; and the way of the occultist, which is the way of the intellect, of concentration, and of trained will; upon this path the co-operation of fellow workers is required, firstly for the exchange of knowledge, and secondly because ritual magic plays an important part in this work, and for this the assistance of several is needed in most of the greater operations. The mystic derives his knowledge through the direct communion of his higher self with the Higher Powers; to him the wisdom of the occultist is foolishness, for his mind does not work in that way; but, on the other hand, to a more intellectual and extrovert type, the method of the mystic is impossible until long training has enabled him to transcend the planes of form. We must therefore recognize these two distinct types among those who seek the Way of Initiation, and remember that there is a path for each.”
“The man who is an initiate of one of the great Mystery Schools never fears to let his pupils outdistance him, because he knows that it stands him in good stead with his superiors if he is constantly sending up to them aspirants who ‘make good.’ He therefore never tries to hold back a promising pupil, because he has no need to fear that pupil, if allowed to penetrate into the Mysteries, would spy out the nakedness of the land; he will rather bring back a report of its exceeding richness, and thereby confirm the statements of his teacher and spur his fellow pupils to yet greater eagerness.”
“Those without the gate frequently question the wisdom and right of the occultist to guard his knowledge by the imposition of oaths of secrecy. We are so accustomed to see the scientist give his beneficent discoveries freely to all mankind that we feel that humanity is wronged and defrauded if any knowledge be kept secret by its discoverers and not at once made available for all who desire to share in it.
The knowledge is reserved in order that humanity may be protected from its abuse at the hands of the unscrupulous.”
“A school of esotericism usually arises in connection with some special realization of the Truth, which it sometimes stresses beyond its due proportion to life as a whole, but there will never be found any teaching which has the power to hold together a body of earnest seekers which has not a spark of the divine fire at its heart; therefore respect should be given to all how seek in sincerity, however far from the goal they may appear to be, and all who are engaged in the great Quest should rather try to see the vision which a brother has glimpsed than the special errors to which he has fallen victim.”
“…a trained occultist, especially if of high grade, has an exceedingly magnetic personality, and this is apt to prove disturbing to those who are unaccustomed to high- tension psychic forces. For whereas the person who is ripe for development will unfold the higher consciousness rapidly in the atmosphere of a high-grade initiate, the person who is not ready may find these influences profoundly disturbing.”
― Dion Fortune, Psychic Self-Defense
Afọgbọ́nọlọ́gbọ́n ṣọgbọ́n kì í ṣìṣe. /
Those who adopt the wisdom of others seldom trip….Yoruba Proverb!
[Be open and quick to learn from others]
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.