“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.* You will be tempted to confront adverse situations and personalities. In fact, we have placed a high value on being able to do so. Courage, valor and strength have become synonymous with confrontation. At the same time, however, if the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. So, if you approach your own spiritual development as a battle then you will spend the rest of your life at war with yourself. How can you win such a battle and be healed at the same time? So, when it comes to your own learning and spiritual development - which are fundamental to ALL forms of change and healing- you cannot fight your existing reality. Instead, you must make it obsolete. Your anger, temper tantrums, laziness, procrastination, self doubt, insecurities and contradictions must all be made irrelevant.
But let's be very clear; I am not suggesting that you ignore your weaknesses and flaws. That would be foolish. I am affirming, however, the fact that your goal is to outgrow your weaknesses and flaws. You must expand your awareness - as well as your habits - in ways that reveal how certain traits may have been useful in the past but serve no real purpose in your future. For example, once upon a time, you did not know the alphabet. You thought that ELEMENO was the letter before P, right? It would have done you absolutely no good to fight against that reality. Instead, you merely needed to learn the letter correctly. Once that happened, your prior thinking was made obsolete. And so it is that learning one lesson is fundamentally no different from another. They all require a change of perception and practice.
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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.