Good day everyone, here are some of what you all sent in as to what you have received from Embracing Spirituality in terms learning as well as what you may still be puzzled about. I will have to do these in two posts as it may be too much for us to focus on today. Today I will respond to any questions regarding what any of you are still grappling with, or things you may want me to expound on. I thank you for sending your emails. Know that although I sit and write these post everyday, about my life experiences and things that I have learned over time which I share daily, I love being here everyday with you, although I do a million things daily, but I am ever mindful of my obligation here. I began this journey in 2011, because I believed I had something to share, even though most of it was my personal business, I made up my mind that what I had gone through were life lessons which others could learn from,however painful and embarrassing those experiences were for me. Experience teaches wisdom, and the universe teaches us from every which way, we just have to pay attention. I thank God that I or my children have never experienced any devastation, but I began learning life’s lesson from early. While I went through some of my unhappy moments, I remember wondering if anyone in the world besides me was going through this. Often times I wondered this through sadness amid tears. I thank you for being here with me everyday, and I really love you all, but I am sure you all know and can feel it through cyber world. May Osun, (sweet cool water) bless you always, ase!
Howdy Obara hoping your better ma I guess it can post..i’m a little shy at times cause me feel I don’t know as much but I promise I’m learning. Tell me if a too much mi will re-write
Haaaaaaaaaaaay mi happy like pitni pon holiday! Yes, I am learning so much it makes me happy. It makes me happy that I’m learning about spiritual beliefs from my ancestors ancestors n their ancestors ancestors. Yu zimi!
I have learned so very much I don’t know where to start but I have a few that really spoke to my spirit. Thank you Obara and all of you. You just don’t know how this is helping me spiritually. ((((Big hugs))))
I have enjoyed the spiritual baths and learning these has helped me to detox my body and mind of negative vibrations. Never really knew why my spirit would get vex from being around certain people but here it was explained. I’m starting out slow but will soon try the love bath. Cant wait to feel those lovely rose petals against my skin.
The astral realms have touched me as well as I grew up in Christianity and was taught heaven and hell. While I’ve often times felt like I was here before but the bible teaches that death is the end and we cant reborn. It was a relief to learn that we return life after life until we get it right and reach nirvana. Feels good to not feel strange or different for thinking this.
Reading Obara’s life’s journey has been helpful. As some of her journeys are painful to her it helps me to realize that is not me alone has had tormentors or wicked men in my life. I really like the post where she talked about how she does not have any friends and for years it has bothered her. I’ve felt like that all my life and recently was wondering why I don’t have close girlfriends. Even though I am very nice, caring and loyal true true friendship has evaded me. I have gf for couple years then braps we usually go our separate ways. Most times it is without malice. Then I read the post and it has answered some questions.
My Orisha is Sango, King of thunder and lightening. I’ve read plenty on him and he fits me perfectly. I would like to find out if I have another Orisha. As I am most peaceful around and in the ocean. I wouldn’t mind if I was a child of Osun or Yemoja.
I am thankful to have learned how to honor my ancestors. I never knew it was important or even thought anything about it. I have been slow in erecting my altar but this weekend it will be put up. I was thinking the other night of which ancestors to honor as we have a lot of jackets and adopted elders in my family. Just when I was having these thoughts Obara had written a post and said even if you don’t know their names still honor them because they know you.
It was a great pleasure to meet my spiritual guide…I think his name may be Nice. I asked him last night to tell me and that is what I heard repeatedly. LOL and if you hear me a say are you sure? I will enjoy journeying to officially meet him with Obara the next time.
The fast was powerful, I felt it! We even learned how to fast and nuff little things to help us along in our fasting. I greatly enjoy embracing spirituality and all my family there.
I appreciate Obara sooooooooooo much!! Haaaaay she probably don’t even know how she is helping me and all the bloggers. She is humble, and willing to teach us. She takes time to answer all our questions while making us think or visualize exactly what she is explaining. Big up Ty mi scholar she break everything down to my understanding more time. Bless up MTH DWRCL mi comedian fren! I look forward to read ur comments. Yazzy Yaz wi bussssss eeh!!! Nunu, mommy, cgoh such a strong spiritual family thank yu for sharing this journey with me. Thank you Sa-fo and her guides thank you!!! Hail Cami yu kno tings n yu a tek time share, I R reading! Shy gal Vanessa I look for your one liners… Sweet Cas yu a tek time bruk out ina wi skool LOL Miss Toy bless up! Maniac SharleneRose weh yu deh?! All bloggers and peepers, I thank you for sharing this journey with me. Each one teach one….Knowledge is power, please continue to share.
While growing up I use to feel so misplaced and because of this I lacked confidence;I can truly say this is the most enlightening time of my life(borrow some a Yazzy bawlin’ put right yasso).This is because of the things I’m learning from ‘Embracing Spirituality’. being led to this blog has opened my mind, through the various articles/posts written by Obara Meji, to the fact that the ‘world’ outside of the physical one that we know is vaster than we can ever comprehend. By her guiding hand and teachings I plan to persue the knowledge that it gives with vim and vigor.I’ve also learned( something mainstream religion failed to teach me) that my spiritual ‘self’ needs to be taken care of on a daily basis like my physical body. It needs to be ‘fed’, ‘clothed’, ‘washed’ and ‘communicated with’. This blog has shown me the various techniques to do this and taught me that these connections needto be made. The term ‘Know Thyself’ has taken on an entirely new meaning for me. I have learned that there is an energy associated with everything and because of that knowledge, I am more careful of what I say and how I say it. I am so much more aware of the things that the natural eyes can’t see. I want to use these experiences to shape myself into becoming a better person and to reach others in a positive way. I am learning to be less selfish because I am now aware that the path I walk on earth not only affect me, my friends and family but my guardians as well (Smile and dem 🙂 who based on my life decisions get the chance to ascend. I now know how important it is to appease the Spirits and show love as well through various practices.
I can’t thank Obara Meji enough, the gratitude, appreciation and love I feel because of her kindness,patience and willingness yo give so much of herself to others. I would be remiss if I didn’t say that the bloggers and peepers too have not only given me knowledge that I use eg( Ty and the blue boot dem) but all of your uplifting energy made me feel genuine love and I look forward to blogging with you all.(pls excuse mistakes)
Because I have been raised under the Christian religious umbrella I grapple with teachings that I learn on this site vs what mainstream religion has taught me eg.(Jesus is the son of God who died for our sins/Jesus was a light being who came to teach peace, lake of fire for sinners aka hell/no such thing as hell; reincarnation/ sole existence and possibly having a spiritual husband/wife in the realms / no such possibility, just to name a few) I want to clearly state that I don’t disagree with these bits of information, I am however restructuring my way of thinking to accept it as truth. I read an article which stated that to lose one’s history is to lose ones soul and to risk a disintegration of self and self-group and that is what I believe has happened to certain people who have gone through a “‘psychic genocide” centuries in the making and so it is hard to accept what you do not remember and what has been bashed over the centuries as ‘wrong’. (Not making an excuse for certain peoples ‘unkind’I however am coming to terms with it and I’m trying to slowly change the mindset of others based on information I learn here. I would like to understand a number of things but firstly I’d like know how to consolidate what I learn here with what I’ve learned over the years eg. Who is the Holy Spirit, and what’s its function? Who is Michael, Gabriel, Raphael? What exactly is the devil/Lucifer?
I have learnt so much from you all and appreciate everyone’s honesty and genuineness
Hands down what I have learnt the most is to as teacher say, ” trust my head” …I trust my guides, ancestors, Orisha and God …I really wanted to learn meditation and have tried on and off for a long time…when we fasted, I tried the water meditation that was mentioned in the water blog… The first few times I did it, I fell into deep meditation quickly and was afraid…now I know that the fasting enhances it…I have continued to do the water meditation and can control what I am doing and seeing…I know I have lots more to go but trodding on…The other thing that I learnt here is to truly and fully embrace my ancestors…both good and bad ones…I am from a strong line and have always felt proud of my heritage …however I never really honored them…the only true ancestral honoring I learnt from my family was ” keeping up the tomb and re- tombing” …. Through Obara I learned that there is reverence in honoring my ancestors…
This is a big deal for me…I do not look like my parents, I look like my grandmother on my mothers side, she died when I was 7… Her husband when he saw me would get sad because when he saw me, he saw her… My other grandmother did not acknowledge me as her blood for years…and oh I missed my mirror image…
When I did my ancestral altar, I felt my grandmas presence so strongly…I know she is always with but it is different to feel her and smell her scent…this is such a priceless experience for me and very hard to put in words…
My altar has been a work in progress…my grandfather asked for his hat to be there…my husband’s grandfather asked for his picture, he dreamt me ( and unno know me cannot remember dreams) ….then when mi get him up, him ask fi di frame fi change….lol…I swear him picture did look vex…
The altar is truly a center piece in my home…my children love it, my husband loves it…even mi staunch seventh day Adventist mother see it and bawl tears of joy…
Each day I get up and pray about 5:30am, I honor and thank my ancestors and often why it took me so long to do… I feel secure, safe, and well protected…
Thanks again Obara…please know that you have touched my life and centered me…love, happiness, long life, and abundance to you and your family…
Obara Meji uses this proverb a lot ‘when the student is ready, the teacher will turn up’. I was going through a very difficult time and I am sure I was on my way to lose my mind. In April 2014, I found this blog and since then, I have gathered a wealth of knowledge, found a family to which I belong. I now find myself using this proverb, “no matter how boastful the soup is, the salt is the star’. , a proverb the Yourba people of Western Nigeria use.
I have gathered so much knowledge on the Number 3, Candles, Acknowleding Our Ancestors, The Power of Salt, The Power of Water, Spiritual Baths, Hope, Sexuality, Spiritual Altars to name just a few topics. I am in awe as to some of the basic things that I have learnt on the site; simple life lessons such as not to count money on your bed, that some of your essence is lost during sexual encounters, do not let anyone put their hands on your shoulders to burden you down. One of my ‘kip dear to mi chess’ information came from blogger Ty, who told us about wearing a blue shoes to an interview for a favourable outcome.
Honouring Your Ancestors
Last Saturday, June 7, 2014 Obara posted about honouring your ancestors. I personally connected with this post as my relatives and I dont honour our dearly departed. I am so ashamed to say, that I do not know my mother’s father’s name and my mother is alive. I only know my dad’s father’s petname. It was only when we were discussingitthat I realized that my beloved big daughter’s name and her great-grandfather are rhyming names (Baaaa-yo & Maaa-yo).
In 2002, while living in London (I had gone there in2001), I would go visit my grand-aunt (she had migrated some years before well into her 60s I believed). My grand-aunt would complain that she hated London, she just wanted to be home. For her, she was uncomfortable in London. Her standard of living was better but she had no independence. She loved to walk and would go to market every weekend. She would go to meat shop, her church meetings and many things. In London, she was always in doors and that significantly impacted her.
I returned to Jamaica in 2002 and shortly after I returned she passed away…Alone in an apartment in London…They said she died of a broken heart. When I did up my altar and was hailing up all my ancestor, I forgot this grand-aunt. Tuesdays, while I was showering (to go to work) I was saying is there someone I forgot…Tuesday evening when I got home I was on the toilet and the thought ‘be ye careful’ sprang into mind. That was my grand-aunt favourite saying (like how me love sey quick & fast). I knew she was said. Her essence told me she was forgotten from she was taken to London. She died alone and now we have all seemed to forget her. I was the last f her realtives to have seen her other than my cousin and her daughter whom she lived with. (Suh yu know mi haffi guh extra hard fi mey har feel nice).
Had I not done the ancestoral honouring, I would have certainly forgot about my people.
Experience Teaches Wisdom
This particular blog taught me so much. I, too like many other people narrowly thought that blessings were always material based. I have lost so much in trying to gain material things. Then I looked backed in my life and realizedthat both my children have been to the hospital only once and my big daughteris in her 20s and the baby is 8. I have been blessed with a sense of humor, I have been blessed with good health, I have been blessed in so many other ways.
I remember Obara, told us that sometimes when we have we have financial blessings but poor health. I pondered and thought, I might not have all I want, but I certainly have all I need. My body parts are functioning just fine. I am alive and in my right mind. I have never hadto be up at nights wondering where my children are. My children have never had to go out on the road to beg a night’s dinner.
I for one, use to speculate even ridicule people who couldnt seem to stay in relationships. I always wondered how someone as beautiful as Halle Berry never seem to be able to stya with a man for any long period. Elizabeth Taylor married twice and Kim Kardashian has three knotches under her belt. Reading this post showed me that a greater force is at work.
Be Careful Of The Energy You Bring To My Space
I knew that being around certain people brought out certain things in you both good and bad. The reason this post stands out so much, is that I have a friend whenever he comes around he leaves a negative energy behind. I have to full bottles of water and put behind my door after he leaves.
The Gifted Child/MyTraditional Grand-Mother
These posts made be aware that even more spiritualpeople than you can be envious because of your gift. Sometime because be are naive we share what we know to people we thing are more mature. Insteadof nursing us, they abuse us. Jealousy is real, be ye careful of what and who you share your dreams/visions to.
Hope strengthens your faith, often times without you even realizing it. No matter how bad a situation is, it is common knowledge that anything is possible. A scientist whole life and research is Based on Hope. The aforementioned is a part of the post on Hope (June 5, 2014). Above all esle I have hope. If it wasnt for hope, we would have sunken to nothingness. My hope is alive. I hope that life will get better, I hope that love and peace will be with us always.
It would be remiss of me if I didnt mention the posts about candles, the number 3 and cats re-visted. I love all those posts but I suspect that other will on them…As a student of the wonderful class, I want to caution you that ‘when the normal becomes abnormal, evil is at play’.
Biblography-All materials quoted were taken from Embracing Spirituality
What have you learned on the site?
I have learned many things on this site, that I can go on and on about, but the most profound for me was fasting. I have always heard people in chruch talk about fasting, and I have always asked questions but their feedback never really moved me. I just figured fasting was something I really didn’t need in my life. God is so amazing and I grateful to have met Obara and my new found spiritual family. One week before Obara put up the post about fasting. I was having a conversation with one of my very close friends about fasting. I was asking her simple questions why does she fast and what has she gotten out of it? Well, her response was just as whack as everyone else I had asked. (Excuse my slang). The next week I came on the site and Obara mentioned that either MTH or Ty said we should all fast together. When Obara put up the post about fasting she explained everything in detail, all of my questions were answered in her post. I decided to join in and fast with everyone , because my spirit felt compelled to do so. I was just asking questions about it the week before. I know it was nothing but God. It was my first time ever fasting and I went from 6 am to 6 pm for three days and I was proud of myself. As result to me fasting for those three days. I have been so calm with my kids that at first they didn’t know how to handle it, because they are so use to me always yelling and getting very impatient with them. I rarely cuss now, because I use to cuss like a sailor. My mouth was disgusting. My house is more peaceful. Overall fasting was a very pivotal moment in my spiritual growth.
2. Something you don’t understand? I don’t understand my dreams. I have dream about Angels with golden wings. I keep dreaming about homes and the outside is run down, but the inside is beautiful. I know house means death, but when I get those dreams I usually don’t walk inside like it is my house, and fire. I always see water in some of my dream, but I am not sure if it means spiritual awakening or something more? How do I know who my ancestors and my spiritual guides are. I am still trying to figure that out. I don’t know who to thank.
“Words without works aren’t sustainable….”
I have always been a spiritual person but knew there were more to my spirituality than what was taught in books, schools, churches and Christianity.
My ori has led me to my Mommy O, the highly blessed Obara Meji’s Spiritual School, where I have already began to embrace my spirituality. Though there have been many outstanding stories posted here over time, one of the most immensely compelling, for me, has been that of the Most Honorable Marcus Garvey’s hauntingly courageous and selfless life and essence.
A him seh “BROTHER’S KEEPER” and before me guh nuh furda, mi wah salute mi dan dada, The Most Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey. We HONOR you. Yeah uuuuuu! A you seh Brother’s Keeper baby love.
Yazzy’s spiritual enlightenment and self improvement has peaked thru Garvey’s eyes, his soul and his essence. Like Garvey, we came to this earth plane with a task to be our Brother’s Keeper thru Love, Courage and Sacrifes. With that said, I learnt we can’t know where we are going without first finding out where we are from, who came before us, their spiritual influences and honoring them. Most importantly, recognizing that our entire existence is that of selflessness and of pure altruistic love. God is so awesome, in that, we are given life but it was never our own. It is for the upliftment and love of each other. His creation, in its entirety, has to do it. Our ancestors aren’t elevated until they do it. Our spirit guides have to do it. Our Orishas have to do it. This selflessness never ceases. It’s ever revolving. God is awesome. God is love.
We are our Brother’s Keeper… when we fast, pray and pour out our raw emotions, collectively. Obara Meji once wrote…. “best be the ties that binds our hearts in sacred love, the fellowship of kindred minds, is like that above…”
We are our Brother’s Keeper…
“The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into ETERNITY” – Marcus Garvey (Most Honorable)
Ps, Love you Mommy O and alllll my sweeties. Love and Light.
I did not know that we have ancestor and that we suppose to honor them…Like for instant didn’t know we have to honor our ancestor by lighting candle for them putting water with salt under your bed shower with salt water wiping the house with salt water and call them name .One more I didn’t know that some of river have name .and when you are a sleeping our spirit leave our body at night,to go do work didn’t know that information. So I thank you for your teaching and your knowledge. I know there are so much I will learn this is just beginning.
Ẹni tó bá ńjẹ nínú ọlà ẹnìkan nií pèé ní anímáṣaun. /
It’s one who shares in another’s wealth that hails him as a generous person.
[Subjectivity: people are wont to praise or speak well of those from whom they profit]
All religions are valid as long as they teach peace and love…Obara Meji!
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.