...The next logical step for me in my spiritual growth. It also was the only choice I had. Nothing else seemed to fit. Nothing else felt so right. To neglect to consult Spirit at this point is to neglect any opportunity for purpose and meaning in my life. After nearly 47 years of trying to "figure it out", wandering through life making good decisions at times and bad decisions at others, I needed a way to connect to the only thing I know is sure: Spirit. The Christian church seems to promote a connection with Spirit on the surface, but it really only delivers a subscription to religion. On top of that, it's the religion of the oppressor. Ifa is of my own people. And it works. Baba Obafemi immediately spoke to my Spirit and my intellect the moment I saw one of his videos for the first time. He just made so much sense!! There was a complete absence of empty dogmatic rhetoric and instead there was a rich, colorful illustration of how to live. He seemed practical and accessible. Holistic. Contemporary. I picked up on his progressive ideas on a very old tradition. He was willing to work with a same-gender-loving couple (no small consideration for me) as who we are: human beings. Also, the fact that he is a professional counselor was icing on the cake. And I have to say--the person I saw on the videos is the same exact one I met in person. He's real. No pretense. We did the Opa Iku ritual, training and divination.
I no longer feel like a wandering soul trying to figure it out. My feet touch solid ground. I am not exaggerating when I say that the experience was one of the most profound moments in my life. I came away from it with a real, tangible, palpable sense that my life had officially been ordered, structured, defined. It's like walking around with blurred vision for decades and then putting on a pair of glasses--everything is now clear and well defined. My natural habits now make sense to me. Though I don't know what each step will bring, my overall path has been laid out in front of me. All I have to do is put one foot in front of the other and keep touching my hand to the ground. In this way I am on sure footing. I am grounded. I don't have to be afraid of the unknown. I can be comfortable in the uncertainty of the particulars. Obafemi is a teacher at heart and he is patient. He is genuinely concerned with seeing a transformation in the lives of those who have consulted with him. It's not about the money with him (though he deserves every penny he charges and them some). It's about service and fulfilling his own ancestral promise as he helps others.
-Grounded in Gratitude, Detroit, MI
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.