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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Contemplations on the Odu Ogbe Irete ( Ogbe ate )

Life is a story, unfolding before our eyes unable to pause even for the briefest of moments. We move in and out of a string of scenes, constantly shifting focus as we simultaneously play both lead and support to an ever changing cast of characters. Re-write, re-invent, re-initiate yourself, by yourself. -- Me 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Contemplation on Osa Meji

In order to move forward, we must look to the past and build upon
the knowledge of our ancestors. Passed from parent to child,
teacher to student, book to mind, nature to soul, the ancient wisdom
can guide us forward. There are no boxes without access, only
minds that fumble in the dark for a key they already possess.
We unlock our own potential only after we've freed our minds.
-- Me Contemplation on the Odu Osa Meji

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Contemplations on the Odu Iwori Ogunda ( Iwori Aweda ) part III

Tired of being shunned for speaking the truth, one retreats to the desolate mountain of their inner mind. In silence and quietude, the truth of life settles like snow on the branches of a tree. Only to be appreciated by the few willing to make the long journey to the inner wilderness of human existence. -- Me, Contemplation on the Odu Iwori ogunda (Iwori aweda)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Contemplations on the Odu Obara Meji

The pumpkin is a metaphor we focus on too closely when considering the Ese Ifa of Obara Meji.  The true message is, if we let our vanity take over, focusing on flash over substance, we miss the seemingly mundane thing (pumpkin), which can provide food for us and our family, and wealth in the form a regenerating product to be sold over and over at the market. The Orisa threw away the pumpkin because it wasn't flashy, and in doing so,  flash and instant gratification clouded their judgement. This caused them to miss an opportunity, which in the long term would have put them out ahead. Obara Meji is not about not eating pumpkin, that is done simply to remind us that we shouldn't let flash overshadow substance allowing us to make smart decisions. -- Me