If they move shabbily
And look like a poor person in the community
They will be looked upon with disdain
People will spread and raggedy mat for them to sit on
And offer them water in a useless container
These were Ifa's declarations to Olomo-Mimi
When going on a spiritual mission to Iwere land
He was advised to offer sacrifice
The way you appeared was the way you were treated
- Holy Odu OseOgbe
Pay close attention to the image you project. Be sure that it's consistent with your spirit and that it supports your purpose. Are you hiding your true identity just to be accepted? Too many people misrepresent themselves and then get offended when called upon to deliver on their promise. If you say you can cook and show up looking like a chef, then you had better cook and not make excuses for why you're not cooking.
The irony is that school actually obstructs your ability to project an accurate self image. Because Western education is so shallow, broad and abstract, you seldom come into contact with anything you study. And so, school is a world of ideas that never challenge you to test their validity in real life. The longer and deeper you get into school, the more likely it is that you will have a very weak self image. And so it is that educated people seem the most confused and are constantly sending mixed messages. School muffles identity.
The good news is that you can rescue your identity and start to be a more consistent contributor to your life and the lives of the people who matter most. Here are three practices that promote a stronger self image:
Live the Medicine
Obafemi Origunwa, MA
Thought leader, Ifa priest and author of four definitive books, Obafemi Origunwa inspires metamorphosis through living the medicine that will heal your life and heal the lives of the people you're destined to serve.