Orisa Worship Handbook: A Complete Guide to Ile Ifa, and Yoruba Healing (Ebook)
Taking a good look at our condition in the Diaspora, we as decedents of Africans must reflect on our history. We must ponder on the journey which our forefathers endured. It is because of their desire to survive and overcome against all odds that we are here today.In the Spirituality of the Yoruba, prayer, offering, herbal medicine, and spiritual enlightenment is essential. Yoruba like all
of your indigenous wisdom traditions of Africa is based upon the power of
the word (Ofo Ase). In the wisdom of the Yoruba, the word is sacred and the
word is truthful. Within the word, there is a holy, mystical force called Orisha. It is this holy primordial force that sets Ase in motion. It is bara that is the language that the Irunmole understand and obey. It is bara that is the true source of nourishment for the orisa. Prayer is the means by which the aborisa enters into communion with the Irunmole (all the heavenly beings). Thus, it is through prayer (adura) that we are able to influence the orisa to act on our behalf. The aborisa should know that when we pray, it is the orisa that rules our head that hears and carries or transmit our request to Olódùmarè.
Are we any different than our forefathers? I would like to say that we are
not. We have within ourselves all that glorious energy and will to endure the
harshest of conditions life may throw our way. We have the power within us
to overcome and conquer any and all obstacle because they are within us.
There is a tremendous spiritual energy working within the hearts and soul of
our people. This energy is stimulating our psyche to the point wherein we
can't help but believe there is truly a merciful God in the midst of all of this
worldly confusion. This dynamic and invisible force brings with it the
endurance and energy that will take us to live our life with purpose. It is by taking charge and
ownership of your destiny that you will triumph over any adversity.