As an archetype, Olumeye is shown as a woman in a kneeling position, carrying an offertory vessel in her hands and a baby on her back. There are other details, which include her traditional hairstyle,her clothing and facial expression. Together, these details all reinforce Olumeye as a symbol of abundance that results from generous devotion.
To whom much is given much is expected. Olumeye is wealthy, yet she still kneels to make offerings to the ancestors, the Orisa and her own destiny. Humility and discipline, these are the characteristics of graciousness. Olumeye embodies it to the utmost. As hard as she works, she never looses sight of the purpose for which she works. In other words, she knows who she serves and as a result, her approach and delivery are consistent with the desired outcomes.
The teachings of Ifa remind us that the blessings of our lives are really gifts that have been passed down from one generation to the next and ultimately, Olodumare is the source of all good things. So, when the oracle advises us to receive our blessings, but to also give back that which has been given upon demand, there are at least two meanings. On one hand, honesty builds trust and confidence. When someone knows that you will return what does not belong to you, he will know you have integrity. On the other hand, humbleness inspires greater support. The deities can work miracles as long as you don't make the mistake of thinking that you are the sole architect of your good fortune. When you know what Orisa has done in your life, you do not hesitate to sacrifice. You acknowledge the fact that part of your accomplishment is the direct result of divine intervention.
And so it is, Olumeye symbolizes the success that results from hard work and spiritual discipline. These are the teachings that transcend ritual and ceremony. When internalized, they demonstrate how a good life is a highly ritualistized life, governed by the eternal principles of life. Living the medicine means embodying the wisdom and the beauty of Orisa Lifestyle in everything you think, feel, say and do. The Orisa Lifestyle Academy is your online guide to personal priesthood. Learn more today!
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Obafemi Origunwa, MA
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