The hero represents the quest to discover and master your identity, which is synonymous with destiny. The process of becoming a hero then, is what we call Ijo L'aiye, the journey of life. Each segment of the journey is an invitation to show up more fully and demonstrate your ability to focus relentlessly and perform effortlessly. Can you be unwavering in your purpose? Can you be fearless in your love? Under any and all circumstances, can you stay totally committed to your spiritual identity?
These are the multifaceted challenges outlined in the sacred text of Odu Ifa. There are 256 Odu Ifa, each of which has hundreds of verses, mythological stories, sacrifices and spiritual powers. In all, there are tens of thousands of Ifa verses. More importantly, each Ifa verse represents a pathway to achieving your destiny. Think of it this way; when you consult Ifa, the Odu that emerges represents an itinerary that outlines your Hero's Journey.
It is for this reason that so many Ifa verses detail the heroic journeys of Orunmila, who is the custodian of Ifa and the intermediary of fate. The heroic journeys can be divided into three parts:
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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.