"Authority is synonymous with recognition. And as such, there are some specific criteria that you must meet before you are acknowledged as an authority. Being a parent does not guarantee you parental authority. Being initiated does not mean you automatically have priestly authority. Having a degree (i.e., a title) does not confer subject matter authority upon you. In every instance, you must demonstrate your ability to perform at an acceptable level of excellence in order to be recognized as a true authority. I'm not talking about the one trick pony here. Instead, I want to draw your attention to those individuals whose contribution has been so exemplary that their peers, subordinates and superiors all recognize as being dignified and trust worthy.
Orisa Lifestyle is based upon real authority, that has been filtered through direct experience and proven ability. Knowledge is called imo, for example. By definition, imo is what you have seen or experienced yourself. Otherwise, it is called igbagbo, which is belief. So everything Westerners call knowledge only amounts to mere belief, according to Orisa Lifestyle. When someone says 'the spirits told me this' the elders will say 'Prove it.' And so, if you are initiated in the West African tradition, you must be fully possessed by the deity in order for it to be recognized as truth, for example. Spiritual authority is not child's play! And so, the elders will tell us that the head of the elephant is too large for the child to carry.
Still, even children are respected as authorities within their own rights. Thus, Ifa teaches us that, while the arms of the child are too short to reach the altar, the hands of the adult are too large to reach into the medicine gourd. So, what the elders ask the children to do, let them do it. Likewise, what the children ask of the adults let them comply, because there are things that fathers must do for their children. Authority is integral to our lifestyle and the wise ones know how to recognize it in all its manifestations.
The Orisa Lifestyle & Mental Health Retreat is for those who wish to cultivate their personal authority, from the inside out. Register before July 31 and save $100. Bring three people and the fourth attends for free."
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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.