Theological Concepts Ori

Topics: Ifá, Yoruba people, Divination Pages: 76 (23622 words) Published: December 18, 2012
Ifa Theology; volume 1

Inner Peace
the Yoruba Concept of Ori

By Awo Falokun Fatunmbi Egbe Ifa Ogunti Ode Remo

Table of Contents


Introduction Ori The Ifa Concept Ara The Ifa Concept Ori – Inu The Ifa Concept Egbe The Ifa Concept Ipako The Ifa Concept Ile The Ifa Concept

of Consciousness of the Physical Body of the Inner Self of Emotional Guidance of Balance Between Head and Heart of the Extended Family


I want to thank those who taught me that the key to understanding the Mystery of Creation is through an understanding of the mystery of self. Kikan mase Araba Adesanya Awoyade who

accepted me into his family without hesitation and told me the way to understand self was to call red, red and to call black, black. Kikan

mase Baba Medahochi who is a true friend. A special thanks to Iyanla who reached out and offered me some kind words at a time when I needed a little encouragement. In terms of making this book possible I want to extend a special thanks to Francis Charteris for her unrestrained suggestions as an editor to Aboyade Omobola (www.windshispers) for her persistent encouragement, to Esubiyi ( for his inspired artwork, and to Ron Williams for having the vision to make this series possible to all of you I say a dupe pupo. Ire Awo Falokun Fatunmbi Egbe Ifa Ogunti Ode Remo


Spirit can’t give you what the head won’t accept. Yoruba Proverb

How we see the world informs how we see our self. How we see our self informs how we treat others. How we treat others is a

measure of character. In the language of traditional Yoruba religion: Ayanmo ni iwa-pele, iwa-pele ni Ayanmo. Destiny is good character, good character is destiny. This saying means, when your future is unclear, simply do the right thing in the moment and you will be guided towards your fullest potential. The traditional religion of Yoruba culture is called Ifa. The word Ifa means wisdom of Nature or that which guides through the process of spiritual growth. Ifa is the obsorption and integration of ancestral wisdom in personal human experience. Ife is the projection of wisdom from the personal to the community. Ifa and Ife form a polarity with Ife being the Yoruba word for unconditional love. This polarity is

nurtured and developed in the realm of ori. In Yoruba language ori is the calabash that contains the head and the heart. The word is

frequently translated to mean either head or consciousness. Because


the ori embraces both knowledge and wisdom, and because it is a manifestation of both thought and emotion, a better definition would be either the human soul, or the human spirit. The sacred scripture of Ifa asks the question; how do we know we have discovered our destiny? We know because destiny brings a blessing of children, abundance and long life. Destiny is described by Ifa as our source of peace and joy; it is a gift of the heart from Spirit. When we contemplate our future how do we know it is our destiny we see? According to the elders of Ifa, a true vision of our purpose fills us with passion and longing. When the self and the higher self meet

there is moment of recognition. This vision does not bring an end to suffering; it does, however, set the standard for experiencing a sense of balance. Ifa says Ti aba nje ohun aladidun lai je orogbo, onje yio padanu adun re meaning if we eat sweet things and avoid the bitter kola, all food will loose its flavor. In 1989 I traveled to Ode Remo, in Ijebu State, located in the southwestern region of the Nigerian rain forest. It was my intention to

study the systems of divination, healing and spiritual transformation used in traditional Yoruba culture by the elders of Ifa. During five

subsequent trips to Ode Remo I was given a glimpse of a spiritual legacy that traces it’s beginning to a time that predates recorded history. Nigeria is one of the three oldest landmasses on...
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