"Ogun is synonymous with freedom. He is a spirit that refuses to be controlled by external limitations. Ifa says that he killed an antelope in the field. He killed a Buffalo at the river bank. Ogun killed an elephant in the forest. He went on a killing spree and could not be stopped. Ogun acts with impunity and without hesitation.
Clearly, this is risky behavior! What provokes someone to take such chances? You might assume that he has no remorse. Some would assume that Ogun lacks discretion, or that he has no self control. And even if all of those things are true, let us still ask why? What is the reason that Olodumare would require a divinity such as Ogun, who is the most ubiquitous of all orisa? After all, he is the only orisa who is synonymous with a divination signature, i.e., Ogunda.
Ogunda! Ogun destroys and creates. Therein lies the secret: Destruction and creation are inseparable manifestations of truth. One of the first poems I ever learned says, In choosing to live, I find that I seek to die. And in death, find life. Let it come on! What do you live for? What truly inspires you to propel yourself forward, into the blinding light of unknown possibilities? What is it that calls out to your lonely soul, begging you to unify yourself with the only thing that will make you whole? If you do not know, how can you claim to really be alive?
This is the wisdom of my father, Ogun Lajaiye! The tempestuous, restless and uncontrollable divinity who bites himself. When he speaks, let not a single voice utter a sound. Let not a single cooking utensil touch another. When my father speaks, let every man and deity alike stop and be in total concentration. Ogun's laughter is no laughing matter. So stop skinnin and grinnin and start living for the divine purpose that you chose in the beginning. This is the only authentic way to live the medicine that will heal your life and the lives of the people you are destined to serve. Learn more at the Orisa Lifestyle & Mental Health Retreat. "
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.