Hello all. OMOU classes will resume again on 24 September 2016. This first course will last for 4 weeks (4 Saturdays). This course topic will be on Obeah. Obeah as a “science” (the philosophy of it), Obeah coming through lineage (bloodline, those who were born for the practice), Obeah as apart of the natural order of spiritual consciousness and awakening. Obeah, malevolent and benevolent (good and bad) as structured in the minds of the participants, and lastly the recognition of Obeah when it is present.
Obeah is a name synonymous with Jamaica or Jamaican Dialect, but it is relative to what is known in West Africa as Juju or voodoo. The expressions of these terms resonates within the minds of ones hearing them as bad, evil, or wicked practices, which is not necessarily the truth. Many are of the mindset that there is no structure, form, teaching, or scientific base upon these practices. Again, this is a fallacy. To understand something and overcome the fear of it, you must first learn about it. Human beings have the tendency to take what they’ve heard, whether good or bad, and run with it. In other words, spreads the propaganda of it’s effect in how they have heard it.
This first course actually aims to remove the fear and stigma, how to understand the good and the bad within the practice itself, and to recognise when it is present in it’s malevolent form and how it resolves matters in its benevolent form. It also serves to activate within the minds of those who are apart of the class, who innately have the power within, because this spirituality comes through lineage.
When I first was awakened to whom I was to become, and I began my practice as a spiritualist, I was often times referred to by my Jamaican counterparts as an “obeah woman.” At first, it bothered me that I was described as such, until one day I complained to the Bishop of the spiritual Zion Church where I was a leadress, and she laughed. She said she was jealous that I was accorded that name and she wasn’t. In my confusion, I asked her why and she said “Anybody that is known as an obeah man or an obeah woman is feared, and to the amount of enemies that I have, if I was known as such, they would all leave me alone.” She told me to be happy with the name and never correct anyone again. It took years and the teachings of my non-physicals to allow me to understand that it has to do with the human being and the knowledge he or she has been handed, and what they do with it in to making what ever practice they are apart of, become negative or positive.
Jamaican people say “Two roads before you, pick your choice.”
I therefore began to realise that Obeah, although a term that sounds negative in the ears, is a good thing if found in the hands of good people.
After this Obeah course, the next four weeks course will be on the tradition of Ifa/Orisa as practiced in Yorubaland in Nigeria. This first four will be for non-initiates; people who are interested in this class who are either considering initiation, or are simply interested in learning more about the tradition (from the African perspective). This class is also open to initiates as there will be the breakdown of the tradition from the classical Yoruba standpoint.
During these courses, I will have Babalawos here in Nigeria take part in some classes where you can ask your questions directly to them for them to answer.
Following this set of classes will then be the second part of the tradition courses, but this will be for initiates who want to delve deeper into their studies of the tradition. Again, this is from the African school of thought or teachings. I will be teaching the practical way of Ifa, how it is done, the Do’s and the Don’ts where the Orisas are concerned, which is very important in the communication of human beings and deities.
For all who are interested in any of these courses please send emails or comment below so that I can send the class format, price, and schedule for the classes. Please be prompt in your responses as two weeks is around the corner for the first course and I’d like to know the number of people who will be apart of the class.
Looking forward to seeing all of you,
Have a blessed day,
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” – Albert Einstein
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.