"Let us thank the shoulders,
Which prevent our clothes
from falling off of the body
Let us give thanks that a good mother
Birthed us to a good father
This was Ifa's declaration to them at Ika Ereja
When they came into the world
with three Ori each
They were advised to sacrifice
Iroke was used to remove
the ori on the right shoulder
Irukere was used to remove
the one on the left
Before long, join us in the midst
of all blessings in life
Travellers to Ipo
Travellers to Ofa
Those whom their Ori supports
Are the ones installed as Oba (king)
- Holy Odu IkaMeji
The people of Ika Ereja were living in a state of confusion because they were beautiful by day, but hideous by night; everything they did by day was destroyed by night. When they decided to do something, they could not complete it because they would change their minds before they had a chance. It was this set of circumstances that drove them to consult Ifa.
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The Awos told the people of Ika Ereja that the source of their problem was that they had all come to the world with three Ori instead of one. Not only that, the three Ori were working against one another. So it became necessary to drive away the two extra Ori and enable the real Ori to function properly.*
Your identity is multifaceted. You belong to a family, an ethnic group, a gender group and a political party. Sometimes, they all get along nicely. But at other times, they wage war inside your head. As you allow yourself to live a fragmented life, these kinds of inner conflicts become more and more pronounced over time. In extreme cases, people become schizophrenic but more times than not, people just use a lot of drugs, alcohol, sex and money to compensate for their lack of solid identity.
Think of a time when you felt internally conflicted or lonely, in spite of being surrounded by familiar people and places. Have you ever tried to achieve great things without being true to yourself? How did it turn out? Living the medicine means harmonizing the heart, the heart and the hands."
* Popoola, Solagbade. Ifa Dida V1