Obara divorces Otua
There is a war in their bedroom
The beads are burning
The farm is on fire
We looked at the farm and claimed no loss
Don't we know we're in denial
so that we do not feel bad?
The house burnt down and the dog burnt with it
We are asked if there is anything lost
We answer that nothing is missing
This is being deceitful
All because we do not want to feel terrible
about the situation
Cast divination for someone
that empties wells in the middle of the night
And explains he is doing it out of thirst
But before he arrives the well has been blocked
He was asked to offer 6 strong arrows,
a net and take them to the well
If he meets a person near the well
in the middle of the night
He is the wicked one that has blocked the well
- Holy Odu ObaraOtura
Some situations are so painful that the mere thought of them seems to overwhelm you with fear and anxiety. It might be associated with illness; it could be the result of financial hardship; perhaps it is a troubled child; or it might be marital strife, as described in the verse above. Whatever type of suffering it is, there are times when you would rather avoid it than seek solutions. It is not only humans who live in denial in the face of our ailments. Even the orisa sometimes tried to evade their frailties:
The ocean is pure white
And so beautiful
However the ocean's bottom floor is pure mud
Cast Divination for Olokun
Who is deceiving herself
Who is sick within
But pretending all is well
- Holy Odu OdiOgunda
Ifa strongly encourages us to be honest and truthful with ourselves about our discomfort. In fact, it's not until you recognize your pain that you can seek help. No matter how difficult it is to face your fear, remain confident that the moment you decide to do so, your destiny will assist, guide and protect you. The Holy Odu OgundaOtura says Ori rere nii segun ota Ori aisan l’ota di ni adipa. It means, It is a good destiny that overcomes the enemy; It is the defective destiny that the enemy renders permanently impotent.
The Source of Suffering
Where does suffering come from? According to a study on Yoruba health and wellness performed by Ayodele Samuel Jegede of the University of Ibadan, 96.5 % of the respondents indicated four causes of illness:
In all four instances, Ifa Divination is a effective means by which you can determine the source of your illness. Once you have defined the true source of your suffering, you can be about the business of removing it. Orisa Lifestyle offers an abundance of both natural and supernatural interventions in order to heal all kinds of ailments.
Prevention > Cure
Perhaps prevention is the greatest healing agent promoted through Orisa Lifestyle, which is effectively applied to all categories of disease. Here are three means of prevention that you can apply to different categories of diseases:
By doing all three, it is possible to not only remain healthy but to also grow stronger in your spiritual, emotional and social development. Learn more in my FREE eBook on Living the Medicine!
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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.