There are some people in life whom we meet, who are on a spiritual path, they are awake or are becoming awakened, but often times when they discover that there is something different about them from the rest of society, when they realize that there is a special calling in their lives, they begin to run before the horse, instead of embracing their new found light, and trying to understand what it is they came here to this realm to do, they begin to seek power, often times the wrong kind or type of power. Some use the fact that people look up to them as enlightened beings and so they use the respect they are given to their advantage often times creating havoc in other peoples lives. Knowledge is good, and the saying is that Knowledge is power, but power can never be really owned by any human being. All things belong to God and we should know and respect that. Once you decide to walk the path of enlightenment, you have to be responsible, because there are those who will look to you for guidance, be of good stead and ready to give good counsel when called upon, never becoming mischievous or creating problems as in the story of Miss Dottie told below.
Living a spiritual life means living a life of love, light and harmony. Awakening to your spirituality, for me at least, allowed me to see life differently and to understand human beings a little better and situations encountered daily are viewed for there reasons or lessons more than by chance or mere coincidences because all these are falsities there are no such things. A newer perception of life is taken on when a person becomes aware or awaken, and you are now better able to put things or fit them into their right perspective as oppose to what may have been indoctrinated within your mind from birth through family upbringing, religion or the television/media. For me, my awakening was very jarring, almost to the point of where I thought, fret and worried that I would lose my mind, and maybe I did a little, it is possible (not in the becoming a lunatic kind of way), but in the way which, what was there for all the years I grew and for all which I had learned and come to know all those were stripped away and gone, leaving me refreshed and renewed, re-born.
I went through my awakening alone, no spiritual guru or spiritual house to attend to my fears or worries. I was taken over at nights by beings who visited me in my darkened room and introduced themselves to me one by one, some not all, but their presence was felt and I knew them to be there. I would lay there on my bed, and wait while all in my house were asleep, I waited, scared and nervous, wishing I could run, but where to go?. I remember a very black beautiful woman would come to me between the 2 am or 3 am hours. I would be asleep and she would come in and tap me on my legs three times, often times while I slept I saw when she glided toward my room and come through my door, she wore blue, she had with her many different Oracles and she would teach me how to use them, her method was very swift and she never stayed long with me but she would tell me in a strict tone that she would come back in however much nights time and I had better be able to read the Oracle, like a teacher warning her student, and a frightened me would stare as she glided backwards out of room, goose bumps shivering all over my body, lol. This is the premise of a script, lol warning everything here is owned and copy righted.
I know many of you who may read this and have no idea of the spirit world and how it operates and if these people of which I speak really exists, and if the cow jumped over the moon, and if Wee Willie Winkie really ran through the town, up stairs and down stairs in his night gown and did the dish really run away with the spoon? lol, and I understand your skepticism but trust me, I speak the truth. If I were to tell you all, the real, real, real deal it would be mind blowing, so I stay topical on this blog so as not to shock the hell out of some of you, (big up oonuh self Ty, and Cami, mi know fi oounh mind would be still be solid, lol, to my other bloggers you all are coming along nicely) but shaking someone awake is never the way to go, it could lead to dangerous results.
When you become awake spiritually you now have a responsibility to humanity, because know it or not you are now an elder, an elder for all those still asleep. As an elder you are suppose to be circumspect in your actions and attitude. You must carry yourself appropriately, your speech should now be different, meaning, you will no longer use frivolous words, abusive language, negative words should never escape your lips, your home or apartment or living space should be clean and uncluttered since dirt and untidiness calls and entertains negativity and negative spirits, promiscuity should never enter your life or if it were there before you have now driven it away for good, your body is a temple and should be honored as such. You will not easily be vexed nor should you ever keep malice with anyone, nor participate in any row, no matter how pushed. You will now read or sing or listen to music, anything which you are led to listen to often times God or your guides, or ancestors speaks to you through music. Engage in anything which will allow you to grow while on your path and as you learn you will teach, because knowledge is not only for you it must be shared. You will love all people, not some, it matters not who they are, race, color or creed these things do not exist spiritually or within the realms of spirit, never let it once be among your thoughts, we are all the same, all discrimination are humanly bred, and it dies along with the physical flesh once a person makes their transition. You will not practice evil, wish it or even entertain the thought, nor will you partake of the same soup of an evil person, but rather shun their presence while you pray about them to your God. Iron sharpeneth Iron, so you will be your brothers keeper, so to speak, people will know you by your actions, it will speak loudly without saying the word, “I love, I care”!
Because of your wizened state of being others begin to look up to you, you begin to influence others, this responsibility must be taken very seriously, and now with your mild and gentle nature, which you now have due to your awakened state, you will attend to all and sundry with the manner of peace and love. You will not use your influence to abuse or use anyone. Remember everything you do or say affects others. You are accountable for what you do in life and how it affects another, be responsible.
I knew a woman when I lived in Jamaica, her name was Dottie, Miss Dottie to us children. Miss Dottie lived upstairs across the street from my house. The house where Miss Dottie lived was a rooming house which hosted many families and there were many shops below belonging to all kind of businesses. Dottie claimed that she was a born again christian, she lived alone in her room. Our street was a main street, and so at nights Dottie would sit at her window where she had the view of all the happenings of the street, right left and center. Everybody complained about Dottie not sleeping when night came and they all called her a spy, Jamaica was the best place when I lived there, fun memories. I remember the area boys would wait and wait and wait for Dottie to go to sleep, so that they would be able to bridge the light from the light post, a gentle man who worked for JPS, Jamaica Public Service lived around the street and he and Dottie attended the same church, so no one wanted to take the chance of Dottie squealing on them which could lead to their arrest.
Now Dottie always greeted everyone with “Praise God”, and whenever she had any conversation with anyone, “Glory to God” and “Glory Hallelujah” would be uttered several time from her lips through out the conversation, she was an upright up standing christian despite the fact that she was having ‘relations” according to the rumor mill with rum head Stanley (as he was called) who was married and lived up the street, this news was supported when Stanley’s wife Fatty came to Dottie’s house and even went to the church and had to be held back from giving Miss Dottie the beating of her life for being rum head Stanley’s mistress. Tall Jennifer who lived with Mr. Smalls was having an affair with bad man Dog, yes that was his name, Dog. When it came time for tall Jennifer to meet up with bad man Dog, she would come visit my mother and tell Mr. Smalls where she was going and all would be well. My mother was well respected, so Mr Smalls would be home secure in the fact that his sweetheart was in good hands. Unbeknownst to my mother, Jennifer used her as an excuse to go to Big 5, a motel on Lyndhurst Road (I hope my memory severs correct), and so Dog would know the time tall Jennifer would be visiting my mother and would ride his bicycle and stop to hail my mother then ride off. When this happened Jennifer would stay for a little while and then leave with the promise to come back, she never did. This happened about four times, and according to my mother, she had no idea, but story was about to come to bump when, Mr Small came to our house one evening and dragged tall Jennifer off our veranda and gave her the beating of her life.
Dottie had told Mr. Small what she had observed tall Jennifer and bad man Dog entering Big 5 motel when she was on her way home from church, Mr. Small had kept quiet until Tall Jennifer came to visit my mother again, only to see Dog stop at our gate hail our mother and leave, as tall Jennifer gathered her things to leave, Mr. Small pounced on her with a mighty beating while shouting that Dottie told him he had seen both Jennifer and Dog at the motel. Needless to say Dottie had to move and quickly as the community came down very hard on her and also bad man Dog could not be tamed.
In the above story Dottie had become a born again (according to her), she was on her spiritual path, her route was through religion, and she was so holy that there was never a time when she was not ministering to another or giving praises to God, despite breaking her religious commandment with her relationship with the very married “rum head Stanley” and also her news carrying to Mr Smalls which could have earned tall Jennifer her death. Dottie was a trouble maker and a very wicked person. As a christian Miss Dottie was respected and held in high regard, she was an evangelist and would often times go to the nursing homes and minister, comfort and care for the people there, Dottie preached the love fo God and called for the saving of souls, yet through her actions Jennifer was beaten and could have died.
There are people who seek the wrong kind of power and claim to be spiritual, whether they are coming from religion or they are Seers, diviners, Prophets, Motivators, Inspirational speakers, workers of tradition, or Guru’s, Teachers, Mentors or others. People who claim to be awakened but use who they are or who people believe they are to mis lead or harm others.
Power is something which can rise a person fast in life and so people seek fame and money so that they can be apart of the lime light. It does not matter how some people get to the top as long as they get there, and once there they will do anything to stay. All Power belongs to God and If you have been fortunate in life enough to have an audience, to be a major player in someone else’s life to assist another in their spiritual growth, be responsible! “Lawd Obara Meji, you always preaching about goodness and mercy”, some people may say, but in this post this is not what I am saying. I have met too many people who God has risen up and sent them out to help their fellow beings and they have dropped the ball seeking power, creating mischief or becoming jealous of what another have as opposed to what they were given by the almighty. Too often people use others all because of the love, respect and appreciation they receive from being who they are as religious or spiritual elders and while I cannot stop it, it will certainly continue, human beings are just that, flesh, I can however post it here and say it is not the right way to be.
I am Obara Meji, and I am well respected in my real life and in my cyber life, I love people and I may not have the love and affection of everyone, I carry my self in such a way that I always give respect and in turn I get it returned to me. I try to be responsible with my words and what I put out there to the universe and how I speak to my children and to people in general. I am in no way perfect, nor will I ever be, but I try to do the right thing, I try. Have I ever stumbled, yes I have, I have gotten upset many times while on my path and have even cuss two claat, but I have since resolved those as the journey is a process and it continues until the day one makes ones transition. You improve however, as I have, as you travel along life’s way and you own your mistakes and pray against them. Love leads the way to everything in life. Love, so sweet an emotion, so good to give and so wonderful to receive and everybody deserves it. There are those who we will leave for God to handle, because some people are just stemmed from a bad seed and it is for a reason that they came to live amongst us. We should pray that we or anyone who belongs to us, never fall victim of these malevolent beings who walks among us here on this earth plane, as no one knows the mind of God or how he operates. We should spend our days seeking truth, knowledge and wisdom with full understanding and we should, as we become awakened in a world so frightfully daunting and filled with so much chaos become an example of all which is good.
Be positive at all time, give hope to those who seem to have lost it or on the verge of losing it, believe in and practice what you preach, be objective, not all people or circumstances are the same, do not judge another based upon who they really are, how they live or their appearance or their profession, rather counsel them, lovingly and without judgement. Be an ear for people if and when you can, sometimes people just need an ear. Remember to smile, that act alone can save a soul! I love you all!
Bọ́wọ́ ò sun’nú àwo tí ò sùn sẹ́nu, bó pẹ́ bó yá, èyàn à yó. /
If the hands won’t stick to the plate nor the mouth, one will be full eventually….Ypruba Proverb!
[If one won’t give up, results will come eventually]
All religions are valid as long as it teaches 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.