Ogbe look back
All eyes on earth cannot replace ones own
All ones biological children cannot predict ones thoughts
Both men and women cannot be in love to the extent of knowing where their bodies itch
Cast divination for Stand Up and Do Not Take Too Long Before You Return Home
Maybe a visitor has come home
Quickly stand up and look back
If you send someone home in your place
Part of your message will be lost or exaggerated
Ogbe you better look back, maybe a visitor is at home
Ogbe quickly go and look back
Do not doubt the secrets of the mystery
Do not ever say: Is it not only Ifa at home?
Ogbe go back home
- Holy Odu OgbeIwori
I was taught that progress means never going back to ideas, places and people once I had "moved on." Not that anybody ever had to say it explicitly; fashion, music and computer technology all reinforce the idea that what happened yesterday is no longer useful. And so, we have become a disposable culture that seems to think that the only way to note forward is to throw something away. No wonder we make up only 5% of the world's population but consume more that half of the world's resources and generate more than half of the world's waste!
Our addiction to superficial change is killing us. We rearrange our furniture, change our wardrobe and our profile picture and call that change. But the journey is incomplete until you return home. That is, it's not until you are willing to face yourself - your beliefs, your mental habits, your weaknesses and your strengths - and truly evaluate the ways in which you have helped to create your reality, you will blame other people or circumstances for your problems. This only empowers external forces, while disempowering yourself. So, until you are willing to return "home" to the source of your beliefs and behaviors, you'll be doomed to repeating the same mistakes again and again.
Here are four habits of self examination that will facilitate real change in your life. They're pretty simple, but very powerful. I want you to try them all within 24 hours and let me know what you experienced:
Your belief system plays a pivotal role in how you view and live your life. Ultimately, your sense of reality is largely the result of your beliefs because they act as the lens through which you interpret the world. So, when Ifa says "Ogbe look back/All eyes on earth cannot replace ones own," it is affirmation that your ability to grow, to change and ultimately be happy all depend upon your ability to look at yourself honestly. Learn more in the 16 Essential Traits of Personal Priesthood.
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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.