Now that we’ve covered the primary Orisa I thought I’d switch gears and post about some important concepts in Ifa. The first one, Destiny, is our topic for August.
When most of us hear the word destiny we immediately think of pre-determination. Like the Universe has handed us a fate that is set in stone and our job is to fulfill it. No free will, no option to change what’s been handed to us.
In Ifa we have a completely different point of view. Destiny is just the closest word in English to describe it. Before you came to the planet you made some decisions about the learning and growth you would achieve while here. From an Ifa perspective that learning is your destiny. Some of those choices are likely based on things that your ancestral lineage needs you to get done. But, you’ve agreed to them.
When we incarnate we forget the agreements. Discovering one’s destiny is a big part of the journey for everyone. Knowing what you’re looking for would make the lessons far less powerful.
It is also completely up to us whether we fulfill our chosen destiny or not. We grow through our reactions to our life experiences. But, growth isn’t guaranteed. We are free to resist, or even flat out deny, the need to develop if we want to. Of course, if we choose to follow our path as it’s laid out before us our lives tend to run more smoothly.
The concept of destiny in Ifa relates to a specific energy called the Ori. Ori is the most evolved part of ourself. It is very much like the concept of Higher Self in other shamanic traditions. Our Ori is the part of us that remembers our destiny choices. Through connecting with it we are able to align more easily. Ori guides us forward in the process of living, learning, and growing.
The energy of your Ori resides at the top of your head. In times of great need, or inspiration, it can feel like its showering energy down on you. In order for it to produce positive results anything you do must be aligned with your Ori. Things that you consider essential parts of yourself are likely part of your Ori.
Developing a relationship with your Ori is simple. Sit quietly, pay attention to the energy at the top of your head, then relax and see what happens. I usually have an internal conversation and wait for answers. Some people may feel the energy, others have visions. There are probably as many ways to connect with the Ori as there are people. It is a very personal practice. Your Ori has been with you since the moment of your conception accumulating information, and directing you to experiences that will help you grow.
Your Ori provides continuity between lifetimes. While we may consciously forget the lessons and experiences we’ve had, they are all stored in our Ori and available to us when we need them. This most often comes in the form on simple insights although it can also come as dramatic past life memories.
Your Ori creates a stable foundation based on the broader journey that you are traveling over many lifetimes. Developing a close relationship with your Ori will allow you to align with your chosen destiny during this lifetime and to find the learning and growth that are the real reasons you are here.
I’ve been a full-time life coach, and mentor, since 2007. I’ve helped clients: find new careers or enrich the ones they’re in; discover new love or renew a fading relationship; deal with the stresses of day to day living, and of course deepen into the spiritual dimension of life..