This month I’m writing about a very important, and somewhat misunderstood, energy in Ifa, the Ori. Traditionally Ori is described as an individual’s guide to their destiny. You can think of it as your personal Orisa. If you come from another shamanic tradition the the higher self is pretty close. .
The most common debate about the Ori is whether it is part of the person. In my view Ori is the most highly evolved part of ourselves. It is the divine aspect, a unique reflection of Olodumare through human consciousness.
Ori is the getaway to all of the most evolved energies of the Universe. It is thorough our connection with Ori that we experience: our Guardian Ancestor; our Guardian Orisa; our Life Path Odu; and the power of our initiations.
Many Ori prayers begin with a call to Ela, the energy of wisdom in action. She is the infinite pool of energy that sits and the centre of the Universe. This calling upon Ela in the prayers equates Ori with Ela’s infinite wisdom in limited, human, form. It is our Ori that synthesizes the knowledge of a lifetime, creating wisdom. Your Ori then carries what you’ve learned to the ancestral pool where it becomes available to your entire lineage, and perhaps, the entire species.
We have a tripod of spiritual support structures in Ifa that allow us to stand steady in the face of life. They are our ancestors; the Orisa; and the Ori. Ori is the best place to start a regular Ifa practice. It is our most personal connection and can be the easiest to develop. Ori can also help you deepen into your own way of connecting with any of the energies.
To connect with your Ori, sit quietly and focus your attention at the top of your head. Notice the presence of you Ori. You may see something, you may have a sensation, you could hear a sound, or get a sense that it’s there. Be okay with whatever happens. As you practice you’ll get more sensitive. I usually get a strong sensation of tingling at the top of my head where I imagine my Ori as a ball of light that encompasses my whole head and spreads up and out into the Universe. You don’t need anything so dramatic for your connection to be effective. You can use the prayer I’ve included to help you connect, or for an even more powerful experience give the Journey to Ori Vision Quest a listen. I’ve included a link to stream or download the track right after this post.
Connection with your Ori allows you to open up to the energies that you connected with at conception. They will guide you towards your destiny. Regular connection with Ori also provides a deeper, more secure, sense of self that allows you to align with your deepest guidance. Try connecting with your Ori every day and see what it can bring into your life.
For an even deeper connection listen to the Journey to Ori Vision Quest here. This is a Spotify Link. To use another music service search for artist Oluwo Brian Olanipekun.
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..