All praises be to the most high God, and all which he has created. No one understands God ,but what is sure is that he exists! As I have explained here before God is not human but we apply gender to it because of the limitations of the human mind, we cannot imagine another possibility outside of what we are use to, imagery projects reality, and it is assumed that the masculine energy is the more dominant or powerful (lol) hence God becomes HIM. What I have realized over the years that I have been living on this earth plane is that in every area of our lives and all that we go through Life gives us signs. I wondered for a long time if it were me alone because only a person living his life can testify to his own life and its happenings accurately, but after examining other people who I know or who I have met throughout life and my experience as a spiritualist/traditionalist, I realize that we are all given life signs, the problem is that most of us are too asleep or distracted to see them.
There was a time when things were rough for me, well I should rather say slow down. Let me explain somethings before I go any further. Since I have been on my own, God and my ancestors have always been good to me, I have never suffered to the point of being homeless or gone without food. If I woke up with no way to feed myself or my children, miraculously before the days ends God send someone to me or some miracle happen. I have often wondered about money appearing from out of now where when a bill is due or something is about to be cut off, often times coming with just a little left over to spare for whatever. It seemed as if all my life something invisible took care of me and as I grew older I realized that although I could not see them, I was never alone. I have never gone through such a rough time in my life where I could not find food or I did not have shelter, I repeat, and for that I give thanks to my Ori (my head), My God, my ancestors, my guides and guardians, my Orishas and the Others. I have always had my own business, I have only worked for another a certain amount of times in my life. There was something about having a boss, that didn’t sit well me. Calling someone my boss, and having anyone speak to me in a stern manner, reprimanding me and the possibility of hearing the dreaded words, “you are fired” from someone, was a cringing thought. My spirit is Royal, Queenly, and for me to be told to do this or that by anyone, it just would not fly with me. A command from a life partner, perhaps, if done respectfully, because someone has to be able to reason with you, but fi ah Boss ah bad me up, no way!
I had a friend who had a business and he had moved to another state but he needed someone to run his business, in this kind of business you had to have a license to do it and I had the required license for such a business so he requested that I meet with him to discuss me running his company while he moved away. This was before I became an initiate but I was a practicing spiritualist and so I had an altar dedicated to Orisha Sango (Shango), I had some candles burning to this Orisha, although in Africa we do not burn candles to Sango or any Orishas. I knew the secrets to candle burning and during these times things were a little slow for me and so the candles were fixed and lit to aid me in lifting up my prosperity (Juju wuk, lol).
It worked, because the friend called and requested our meeting. I got ready that evening to leave and drive to my friends office, There were three candles burning to Sango, as I was about to go through the door, I heard a very loud Bow!!!, and also some crackling weird noises, I turned around and looked and it was the candle on Sango’s altar, the glass which held the candle had shattered, the glass flying all over and splintered pieces every where. I sat down and looked on in space, shocked at what I saw, but at the same time realizing that it was a message for me not to go. I didn’t go. I called my friend and gave him an excuse as to why I could not do what he proposed. It were to be some months later that I heard that he and all his staff were arrested and given prison time, him getting the most, twenty five years, the least amount of time the workers got was nine years and some were deported after doing their time because of their immigration status
Apparently, my friend was under Federal Investigation for using his license in helping criminals, the license he had was given by the state, and strict rules were given in how to use it, the hell one had to go through to get such license and even the exam which you had to take was tough, I do not use it but I still have my own and I renew it ever so often when required by the State. When I heard this, I gave immediate prayer to Sango, Osun, God, my Ori, my ancestors and all. If the candle had not shattered that day when I was going through the door and had I not been aware that it was a warning I would perhaps be in prison stripes by now, bawling mama come check mi regula, R.I.P Baby Wayne! I am too cute fi prison.
We ought to pay attention to our lives, we must!. There are signs given to us all the time, but most people miss them because of many reasons. In the world we live in there are so many things for us to deal with, which makes for so much distractions, For some people it is family, husband and children, and for others it is career, bills, school, you name it, but if you take the time to look the answers to many questions are right in front of you and how beautiful a thing that is. For instance you may wonder about something or you may want to make a decision and not know what to do and as you step out to go to work you see an animal and right away it clicks to you what to do, your spirit speaks to you and often times in a way which only you can understand, when it happens do not second guess yourself. Nature works in harmony with you, giving you omens and signs, and we are all apart of nature and as such we are never alone. Have you ever been out walking and you look up or about you and there is a bill board or a sign which seems to speak to you?
Years ago, I made a trip to Jamaica, just to renew something in me. Whenever I want that extra something (do not ask me what, and no, it is not a rent ah dread) often times I have no idea what it is, my spirit leads me to Jamaica, land of my birth and when I arrive I feel as if I am embraced there by the spirit of the land. I went there by myself some years ago and spent six weeks chilling in some bush in the country, somewhere overlooking the wonderful Ocean and which had a beautiful scenery. Some people who know me and who I am and what I do were there with me, and we cooked, bathe with a hose outside in the wide open (the area was completely private, we saw someone pass perhaps once per week, I loved it) kept kumina and drummings at least twice when I was there and just had a hell of a good time chilling and bugging out which is my favorite things to do, ( mi full ah vibes!). Read this, when I got back to America, I felt like paying a visit to one of my favorite metaphysical book stores and I with both my girls in tow drove to the Book shop and to look around and just enjoy the vibes.
While I was there I saw a book by the Greek–Armenian mystic G. I. Gurdjieff, Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson, I picked it up curious at the title and began to peruse through it, while doing so a very nice and respectful Caucasian gentle man sat beside me and we smiled at each other politely and continued on with our own musings. I was tapped on my shoulder and my seating companion asked me if I was familiar with the work of Gurdjieff and of course I told him yes, (I love Theosophy), and so we embarked on a conversation on the likes of some theosophical heavy weights such as Madame Helena Blavatsky, Rudolf Steiner, Khalil Gibran, Alice Bailey and others, we spoke for a while and then he rose to leave, but as he did this he looked at me pointedly and said, you should write a book, you have much to share and it is time, your guardians have approved it and it is your mission, at least one of them. He left. I felt slightly winded after he left. He seemed to give me a direct message and in that moment I felt as if it were time for us to go home. I paid for the book and we left, while I drove home I was pensive, I had thought of writing before but I never thought me good enough to publish anything, and while I was in Jamaica the women who were around me urged me to do it. I came home after my visit home to Jamaica asking myself if I were fit to do this and I even planned to go back to school and take a creative writing course, but the idea of school, although I love school, would be hard because I travel a lot, I had no time to stay beholden to semester after semester, so I was at odds with my decision.
The decision to go to the book shop was impulsive, I am that way in most things I do and so I had a thought to go to the shop and we did and now on my way driving home, I realized that I went to the shop to receive this message from this kind unassuming gentleman. I tucked the message away in the file box in my mind and waited for the correct time to come when I would put thoughts together and maybe some of my life experiences or things that I know for sure could be put in print and binded as a book, who knows? but it was a possibility and I have always remembered my encounter with dah bredda deh, that gentleman.
As I have written before in some of my posts, signs can come in ways of songs or through a complete stranger, your child, your dream, vision, this blog, your family, a movie, an advertisement, a animal, or even the weather, we should pray that we do not miss them when they come,we sh ould include in our prayers that we do not miss the signs of life, remember “Everything comes when it must and everything happens for a reason”, these are my own sayings and I believe in them. You may have been putting off joining the gym for months, and when you finally join it, you find your husband or wife, your long last sister or brother or the father who ran away from his responsibilities before you were born, (lol), there are no coincidences, none! Albert Einstein reminds us that coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.We live in an energy field where everything resonates with everything else. The world we inhabit mirrors our thoughts and feelings, and vice versa. Nothing happens by chance, everything has it own reason for being, but God our creator takes care of us by showing us signs and preparing is for things to come.
How can we not embrace our spirituality, how can we not do the best for ourselves and look at life in what is described in the context of this post or this blog?. It makes sense to explore all the possibilities of life, things which will make the quality of our lives better for us here in this realm and with the time which we have.
Wake up to your life, when you get up in the mornings, strip naked and face your window where the sun shines on you as if to greet you with a kiss, and raise you arms above your head as if you are stretching with extended arms and gaze outside at nature and inhale slowly for at least 6 seconds while you repeat in your mind “I am pulling in to my being all which is good for me” and hold for 3 seconds and then exhale slowly, while exhaling you say in your mind, “I am releasing all that which is bad” Do this three more times while looking outside, bathe in the warmth of the sun, let the sun become a momentary lover as it embrace you, while becoming one with nature, and you will see the influence and the impact this simple exercise will have on your life.
Ẹni tó sùn là ńjí, a kì í jí apirọrọ; táa bá jí apirọrọ kò ní dáhùn. /
It’s the person who’s sleeping that one wakes, not the person pretending to be asleep; the person pretending won’t respond, if one wakes him….Yoruba Proverb!
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All religions are valid as long as it teaches peace and love….Obara Meji!
“Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.”
― G.I. Gurdjieff
“Conscious faith is freedom. Emotional faith is slavery. Mechanical faith is foolishness.”
― G.I. Gurdjieff
“It is very difficult also to sacrifice one’s suffering. A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering.”
― G.I. Gurdjieff
“Two things in life are infinite; the stupidity of man and the mercy of God.”
― G.I. Gurdjieff
“I will tell you one thing that will make you rich for life. There are two struggles: an Inner-world struggle and an Outer-world struggle…you must make an intentional contact between these two worlds; then you can crystallize data for the Third World, the World of the Soul.”
― G.I. Gurdjieff
“A lonely day is God’s way of saying that he wants to spend some quality time with you.”
― Criss Jami
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.