For me, psychology and religion can be very useful tools for achieving personal greatness. But they share a weakness, as well. If, for example, you're not self-directed and self-motivated, both processes can meander aimlessly. That is, you can be in therapy and the church for a lifetime without actually changing. Let me say here that change means improvement: for a poor man, change can mean acquiring wealth. For a selfish man, it can be learning to share. For a woman obsessed with her physical appearance, change can mean developing greater emotional depth. For a woman who has suffered a trauma, change can mean healing. And, when they are optimized, psychology and religion can indeed facilitate change.
And so, when you read the numerous verses of Ifa that you encounter in personal consultation or in the reading of the year, I invite you to discover your own position in the stories. But go beyond identifying with a single character. Instead, see each story as an expression of various parts of your own consciousness. Who and where are your witches, enemies and detractors? According to Campbell's interpretation of myth, those entities are the reflections of the unresolved enigmas of your own humanity. Who and where are your kings, good priests and deities. Those ideals are indicators of your grasp of life.
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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.