I woke up this morning feeling drained, I have no idea why. It is true that I went to sleep uneasy last night due to a slight mis understanding with someone, nothing major, just a small disagreement which will work it self out no later than today, of that I am sure or will it? Often times malevolent beings try to come into relationships already built or newly forming to cause contention and doubt which can lead into separation if we are not prayerful and strong, but in the name of Ifa and Osun all will be well for us, ase! One blogger informed me today that last night was a super moon, I felt so drained all day, that I had no idea, but the lack of energy may have something to do with the moon cycle. We are affected by everything in nature whether we know it or not.
Something on my mind
Something is lurking among us here on this realm and we need to pray against it. There are dark forces who pass through here as we sleep and even in our waking state and do not like the love and Camaraderie but rather to see hate, confusion and discord, so it seeks to divide, but by the Power of Olodumare, and of Orunmila, and of Osun and the powerful Orisha Ogun and all Orisha and our ancestors it will not happen. Something wants us to worry, but we dare not!.
I am not paranoid, just Highy spiritual and sensitive to things most people are unaware of. I laugh, however at these fools, because I cannot type, and I am not interested in learning, yet I am up early, diligently typing posts everyday and the word count for most always exceed over 2, 500 words. I am extremely busy, I have children to attend to, I have my work as a spiritualist/traditionalist, I have people who seeks advice everyday from me and I must pay them attention and give good advice and yet I am dedicated here. This cannot all be me, a mere mortal, It has to be God. So if God is with me who can be against me? if God be for us, who can be against us?
I make no apology for my silly and quirky ways sometimes, If I am not that way, how would I be? how would I handle the seriousness of other people lives which I deal with daily? People who genuinely look to me for solace and comfort. I have no one to go to when I am done with my own situations but to my Osun and my Ifa, that is where I get my strength to push forward. People open up your eyes, be prayerful and pray for guidance!
There I have vented! I feel relieved, maybe I over share at times, but that is really who I am, mi nah mek nutten mad mi and have mi ah road ah walk an ah tear up paper, lol! Still exhausted but feeling lighter mentally. Oonhu Big up oonuh self!
Below I received this email over the weekend from a peeper from our site, I was disturbed by some of its content and felt the need to call the peeper and explain some of their concerns and to inquire things which would tell me if the diviner was indeed a real Orisha Practitioner.
Good evening Obara Meji,
Thank you for allowing me to contact you with the questions I have concerning Ifa and Orisha worship in general. As I mentioned on your site, I am only recently learning about this religion and have found it both fascinating and a bit scary at the same time. Just to give you some context, I recently met with a Babalawo in my area (which I happened to find online) just to have someone explain to me what this religion is all about. I had read some basic stuff online about santeria/lukumi and orishas which I had heard of before, but didn’t know too much more than that. So, of course the Babalawo invited me to meet with him to give me information and he offered me a divination reading as well. I thought this would be great and that a reading would be something like what I have had done before when I used to get them from palm readers and tarot readers a while back (which I have in the past found to be helpful in general). Anyway, long story short, what I got was TOTALLY not what I expected. I consider myself to be a very open person when it comes to spirituality and although I was raised with Christian beliefs, it’s not like I’m all that religious or really believe in traditional Christianity. However, needless to say, I have been somewhat freaking out ever since I got this reading (about a week ago). I was attracted to learning more about Ifa (and I guess I still am), but now a part of me is scared, and I am very conflicted about a lot of things and not sure what I want to do.
So he told me about how important it is to pay homage to my ancestors, which I get that and have no problem doing in theory. The concern/question I have is about the whole notion of invoking spirits of the dead. If I pour libations to invoke my ancestors do I need to be concerned about any of them who may not be at peace and may not have been good people when they were alive? I mean no disrespect to any of my ancestors, but the truth is even though I may know some of their names, I never knew know most of them and I don’t want to call any bad spirits to come latch up on me. Is there a correct way to make sure I’m only calling upon the ones who are in the light and can guide me in a good/positive way? Or is it disrespectful to discriminate among them since they are still my ancestors? I have been hesitant to really do this ritual since then because of this concern.
Among some of the things this Babalawo told me was that my purpose in life is to be an iyanifa and that Orunmila demands this of me and that I was meant to die as a child but Orunmila saved me for this purpose and that Oya (who don’t play from what I understand) is my head orisha. I am to be initiated to Orunmila, Oya, Obaluaye, iyamisharonga (or something like that) and someone else who I don’t remember. I must not drink any alcohol or eat spicy food (). He said I must do an ebo (bring some animals for sacrifice) to remove my blockages to start my spiritual path, but he knows I’m not inclined to want to do this (which he is right), but I must or there will be consequences. At some point, I also have to sacrifice a goat for my father who has been deceased for many years. This is the stuff that freaked me out a bit. Wasn’t sure what to make of it. The biggest concern for me about this is the animal sacrifice thing. I am creeped out by most animals in general (except for cats and horses). Don’t like to touch them or for most animals to come too close (I run from squirrels if they get too close. I kid you not!) The thought of having to go pick up some live ones from somewhere, carry them over to where the babalawo stays, and slaughter them (or watch them be slaughtered) is not something I think I’m physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually prepared to do. So of course my heart sank when he tells me there’s no way around this and there will be consequences. PANIC! How could I ever become an Iyanifa if I’m afraid to see dead people and don’t have the heart to even face animals, yet slaughter them? What if I decide the Iyanifa thing just isn’t for me? Then what?
But the other question I have about that is how, as a somewhat-Christian, can I reconcile in my mind the blood sacrifice of Christ on the cross with still having to do animal sacrifices today? Isn’t Christ’s sacrifice supposed to cover every sin/inbalance/karmic retribution for everybody in the world for all time so we never had to continue with the sacrificing animals bit any longer? Isn’t that why they referred to him as the Lamb in the Bible? Even though I am not a religious christian, I feel like to not accept that Christ died to cover and pay for us all is a big no-no. And that sacrificing animals for God’s favor (through Orishas) is like discrediting Jesus’ death for us. I don’t know if you are Christian too, but I know many Orisha worshipers somehow manage to balance observing both religions. So, if you are one who does, maybe you can help me understand and get over this fear and confusion.
I feel like what did I get myself into with this reading. I’m in way over my head. Yet, at the same time, I still feel compelled to explore more to thoroughly understand this religion and I don’t want fear to get the best of me IF it happens to be the right path for me.
I hope I haven’t rambled on too long and that my questions are not offensive in any way. I’m just trying to understand. I also never want to subscribe to anything out of fear of the consequences. If I do subscribe to it, I want it to be because it’s something I deeply believe in and can be committed to. This starts with understanding, so I must ask questions (even the stupid ones). So forgive me in advance. I’m very curious to hear your advice when you have time. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
When I Obara Meji received this email, I asked for the persons phone number to call them, because I knew that to explain these things would be lengthy and I do not like to type, how much time mi say it?
There are many people within the diaspora who claim to be Babalawo and they are not, Please understand me when I say I am not claiming or implying that the person who did the reading for the peeper is not, but judging from many things which I see here there are somethings here which are false.
I spoke to an Awo the other day (an Awo is a Babalawo in training) concerning a female he has known for a very long time who he said received Osun through initiation and when I asked the woman if certain things (which I cannot reveal here ) was done during her initiation his response was no, and then he went off into saying it has to do with linage and traditional houses how an initiation is done, well all what he said was FALSE!!! Probably him run mi dung just because, lol.
There are certain things which are done in tradition or rather our traditional practice which cannot be altered or changed, of course this is the meaning of the word tradition, things done a certain way and passed down from generation to generation.
Within the email was to contain the ODU, which is the binary code of Ifa which would have come down for the peeper during divination and from it the Babalawo or Iyanifa would interpret what was happening in the clients life and tell them as much, according to the orientation of the Odu which would have come down either negative or positive.
Upon calling the peeper who sent me this email I asked the Odu and was told, but the orientation of the Odu was not specified to the client of the Babalawo. I could go on to say from the email what is correct from what is incorrect here but I will not, except for the fact that the Babalawo told the client that they belonged to Orisha Oya and according to the Ifa which came out, it is just not true. Not true as to the Ifa pointing to that particular Orisha, however upon Initiation Oya may very well claim the peeper, but the Odu did not in no way speak of Oya!
The email showed concern of the peeper and their christian beliefs as opposed to sacrifice, and that is to be understood. I explained to them that Jesus was a Jew and within his Hebrew religion sacrifice was a major part in appeasing God. She said she knew that, but also said “didn’t Jesus shed his blood for all man kind and so why should any other blood be shed”. I again understood her concern and sought to explain.
I explained that in the old testament (I am not a christian, I have denounced that religion and have forbade my children to have anything to do with Christianity, not because I hate it, I do not, but because of its mis information and lies, Why would I have children who are awake only to be put back to sleep? Abomination!) God, according to the doctrine, was disappointed in human beings and wanted to destroy the earth, but was begged by Noah to save the world and being a compassionate God he instructed Noah how to re build all that he God would destroy.
The destruction/death of all those people and animals the first time around in the time of Noah was a sacrifice, and this was to appease Gods wrath according to the Bible. Now we enter the New testament again when man still wicked and bad and here comes Jesus, who came to enlighten and teach, but again de bad people dem nah listen and so God made up his mind that his “Son” would be the sacrifice, he was and as tradition for those times he was nailed to the cross where he died. He gave his life so that the world would continue, and not be destroyed completely this time as in the days of Noah. Jesus Christ was Hebrew, he was Not Christian, He was a Jew. This was how they practiced in those times and still to this day, although a rabbi will not discuss this you openly with you.
It is Christianity who made up the “Jesus is the Ultimate sacrifice”, but as I said before, this was their tradition in the Jewish faith. Please read this to help you understand better why sacrifice is important, and why it is only vilified by people with no understanding of the inner workings of our traditional practice and of metaphysics.
If we were to see how some animals that we buy in the meat shops and the supermarkets are slaughtered, we would not eat meat again. Often times the animals are shot, and cruelly mistreated before they kill them, while during sacrifice of any animal in our traditional practice, the animal is treated with respect and is prayed over, washed and offered up for the goodness of something or someone. If you were to witness this, you would see the animal go bravely, no crying or struggling, and after the animal is consumed by the community.
I believe it is important for us to learn things we do not understand, ask important questions like this peeper, and if you are uneasy about something seek knowledge about it. If the person giving you the advice cannot explain then try to find another as this person did. I shared this email because some of you may have questions of your own concerning our tradition or of Spirituality or even religion, the floor is open go ahead and ask!
Thank you for writing in peeper and for giving me the permission to share your email, God Bless you!
Ẹni tí a kò bá fẹ́ rí ni ilé rẹ̀ ńjìnnà. /
It’s the person we do not wish to visit that we claim resides too far away…..Yoruba Proverb!
[We always have time, resources and grit for whatever sustains our interest and enough excuses for what we’d rather not do.]
All religions are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…..Obara Meji!
There are no disappointments in life, only lessons learned…..Obara Meji!