My ancestors were forced to circle the iroko seven times so that they would forget Africa, forget, their origins, forget the deities. They were loaded onto ships and sailed across the waters, carrying nothing but prayers and determination.
Ifa says, when we get to the house of a respected elder, we bend down LOW. Orunmila convened the orisa and asked them all, who among you can accompany your devotee on a long journey - even across the seas - without ever turning back? All of them failed the test - even Orunmila himself. At the time, Orunmila explained; the only deity who can accompany his devotee on a long journey, even across the seas, without ever turning back is ORI apere, ateteniran! And so, our ancestors taught us to pray, THANK GOD I WOKE UP THIS MORNING, CLOTHED IN MY RIGHT MIND!
Ifa goes on to tell us that when we awake in the morning, we should teach one another wisdom and not lay the foundation for madness. On this morning - like every morning - I greet you with wise teachings and sincere love for the tradition which has made our people legendary the world over. May good things manifest in your life as a result! Ase! May the blessings flow through you and improve the lives of others! Ase! May you always remember who you serve! Ase! Live the medicine in everything you do.
Obafemi Origunwa, MA | www.ObafemiO.com
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.