Heat from the fire disturbs the fish
Too much run harasses the crab
the vulture ate yesterday' offering
Without thanking the offering maker the next day
If he had thanked the offering maker,
He would have eaten another
The Akala bird Ave some ritual food
without thanking the ritual maker
the next day
If he had thanked the ritual maker
for yesterday's offering
He would have eaten another one
These were Ifa's teachings to Ori
Who was lamenting the inability to find a suitable wife
He was advised to make sacrifice
He performed the sacrifice
When his the came to marry
He married Apere, a state of perfection,
the daughter of Olokun...
- Holy Odu OgbeAte
Ori wanted to marry an extraordinary woman, who would complement his stature as the apex of all things. Consequently, he set his sights on Apere, who is universally recognized as a state of perfection. When the word got out that Ori wished to wed Apere, he was advised against it because her mother, Olokun was known to take her daughters back after they have been married. When Ori insisted, they gave him examples of those who had tried to marry Apere before, including King Alara, King Ajero and King Orangun.
Fortunately, Ori was counting on Orunmila's spiritual guidance and not the wisdom of the commoners. Orunmila advised Ori to accompany him back to the palace of Olokun the day after the wedding just to show gratitude. Ori followed Orunmila's advise. Olokun was so deeply impressed that she sent Ore, kindness to marry Ori as well. This was the start of the Omo iyawo tradition, through which younger sisters will accompany the bride to their husband's home.
The evolution of consciousness takes place through merging impulse, experience and change. Your ability to live the medicine that will heal your life and the lives of those you serve is realized through first being true to the impulse that drives you to action. In this, you will become eligible to ascend to a state of perfection and become one with kindness and comfort. This is why, the more true you are to your essence the more successful you will become. And the more successful you are, the more opportunity you will enjoy.
Live the medicine.
Obafemi Origunwa, MA | ObafemiO.com
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.