THE ESSENCE [HEART] AND PURPOSE OF THE TRADITIONS OF THE IRUNMOLE-ORISA

The Essence [heart] and purpose of the traditions of the Irunmole-Orisa: The outlook you adopt will determine where you end up. Your intent will determine your quality of being, your potential [ability and capacity] for progress and your experiences. You must first know and understand the true purpose of the path of the irunmole-orisa if you are to successfully reach [achieve] the goal [the aim and purpose] of that path. You must first know, understand, choose and define your goal prior to choosing your path, then, upon choosing your path you must commit to that path. All paths will not take you to the destination you seek. All roads will not take you to the same place. The irunmole-orisa will not help you see, seek and pursue a purpose and destination that is contrary to the good, noble, satisfying and loving purpose and destination that they have in mind for you. You must understand what the path of the irunmole-orisa was really established for, what it was intended to give you, and what it is supposed to do for you so that you are not disappointed and your expectations are fulfilled.

[***A brief lesson and reflection for the sincere. May these spiritually passionate, caring and loving thoughts serve as a timely path-finder, guide and way-maker for the sincere. Àse. May you all find peace, clarity, hope, wellbeing and contentment. Àse.***]

Aboru Aboye. Ogbo ato asure iworiwofun. Àse.

[1] The path of the noble irunmole-orisa is not for everyone. The path of the divine irunmole-orisa is only for those who have been chosen. The path of the irunmole-orisa is only for those who want to know, enjoy and live in spiritual reality, contentment, peace, love and truth.

[2] The sweet and beautiful path of the irunmole-orisa is for those who have chosen to accept their selection. It is for those who want to press forward to spiritual maturity, clarity, fulfillment and harmony. No one really comes to the irunmole-orisa purely by their own initiative, strength and/or will-power alone. We come to the irunmole-orisa as a result of an empowered response on our part that has been made possible by the initiative, attention and direct action of the irunmole-orisa upon our lives. Fortunate, blessed and accomplished are those have been chosen by the irunmole-orisa and who wholeheartedly strive on the noble, adventurous, exciting and fulfilling path of the irunmole-orisa.

[3] Upon being chosen we must willingly, joyfully and deliberately adjust, modify and conform our heart, mind, speech, actions, behavior, manners, conduct and life, according to the loving, joy-conferring, peace-giving and health-promoting wise directives of the irunmole-orisa. The irunmole-orisa accept those who wholeheartedly dedicate and commit themselves to them.

[4] Upon finding ourselves on the path of the marvelous irunmole-orisa we must participate, and we must allow ourselves to be acted upon by the wonder-working sacred energy or àse of the irunmole-orisa. This energy is pure wisdom [intelligence], love, power, vitality, health and bliss [happiness]. This very special and unique divine energy is curative, ennobling, empowering and purifying. Our part is to deliberately choose to bring our intentions, feelings, will, manners and actions in harmony with the workings of the divine power [sacred energy] of the irunmole-orisa. We must not work against or go contrary to the wonder-working energy and power of the irunmole-orisa. We must allow ourselves to be moulded, taught, guided, developed and corrected by the divine inflow of the àse of the irunmole-orisa. This divine flow enters us, fills us, empowers us, surrounds us and shields [perfectly protects] us. Our own will [intent] and the will [intent] of the irunmole-orisa must become progressively and experientially one.

[5] The irunmole-orisa choose, select and attract us by exercising, applying and directing towards us an attracting, sweet, uplifting [energizing], ecstatic, pleasure-giving and irresistible power. The irunmole-orisa move us, they awaken us to the reality of their existence, and they gently draw [attract] us to themselves by provoking a mysterious exaltation of intimate nature within us, something that can be called spiritual ecstasy, delight, optimism, supernatural pleasure, supra-mundane inspiration and supernatural confidence. We then come to know how sweet, good and loving the irunmole-orisa are and what their divine works truly consist of. We awaken to the true nature of the irunmole-orisa, and we awaken to the remembrance and recognition of our true and eternal identity.

[6] This mysterious, attracting, pleasure-giving, enlightening and enrapturing power fills us with divine pleasure, satisfaction, confidence, expectancy [hope] and delight. It satisfies us, completes us and gives us peace, serenity, abiding inner-calm and harmony. It guides, motivates and inspires us. It give us a fresh, inspiring and new vision, understanding and experience of life. This power completely transforms and revolutionizes our inner state, condition and outlook to such a wonderful degree that what we formally thought to be obstacles, we now experience as stepping stones to victory, fulfillment and greater happiness, prosperity and abundance. We look forward to overcoming the obstacles, because to us they are not obstacles but stepping stones [blessed and fortunate opportunities] to greater achievements. The àse of the irunmole-orisa awakens our inner-spiritual powers and faculties, and teaches us how to develop, use, employ and perfect them. This energy exercises a healing, correcting, calming and purifying influence upon our lives. Upon experiencing this spiritual, emotional and psychological healing, empowerment and purification, we must resolve to remain in purity and cleanliness and we must pursue a healthy and wholesome lifestyle. The àse of the irunmole-orisa imparts health, vitality, strength and wellbeing to our spirit, soul, mind and body. How wondrous is the àse of the irunmole-orisa!

[7] The path of the irunmole-orisa is a path reserved for the spiritually mature [spiritually maturing], awakened, resolute and sincere person. Humility, patience, realism, gentleness and perseverance are a must for anyone who is serious about treading the path of the noble irunmole-orisa.

[8] The irunmole-orisa desire that all of us be free from distress, sorrow, anxiety, fear and perversity. The irunmole-orisa desire and want us to know the state and condition of abiding [permanent] bliss [divine happiness, satisfaction, fulfillment, ecstasy, pleasure, delight and contentment]. It is unfortunate that many seekers, aspirants and devotees have become overcome by superficiality, arrogance, nonsense, superstition, baseless-fear, aimlessness and hypocrisy. So much so that they care not to hear about the true heart, purpose and intent of the irunmole-orisa and the sacred traditions which were founded and instituted by the irunmole-orisa for our individual wellbeing, happiness and peace, and for the wellbeing, happiness and peace of the world.

[9] Only few people can see, understand and embrace the true path of the irunmole-orisa: the path of divine morality, honesty, humility, love, moral-courage and sanctity. Only the rare, select, chosen and determined ones can receive, direct, manifest and exhibit the full and true power of the irunmole-orisa. Only the select, rare and determined few can embrace this holy, divine and sacred path. Will you be one of them?

Aboru Aboye. Ogbo ato asure iworiwofun. Àse.

~ Awo Òrúnmìlà Mark Casillas /!!!\ A.O.M.C. /!!!\

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IFÁ MEANS FAMILY. IFÁ MEANS LOVING COMMUNITY. IFÁ MEANS YOU ARE NEVER ALONE

Aboru Aboye. Ogbo ato asure iworiwofun. Àse.

In today’s world there is so much stress, strain, pain, sorrow, and pressure of all sorts. Some of us are in sorrow, strain and excessive states of stress due to the pressures of the environment which surrounds us. Others are suffering mentally and emotionally due to unhealthy conditions in the home and dysfunctional relationships. Others suffer due to inherited congenital defects. Some are suffering from physical, psychological and emotional illness and disorders. Others suffer from loneliness, melancholy, depression and from the sensation of feeling out of place or misunderstood.

Many suffer from things that are not their fault and which they did not cause. Life can be difficult. Life can be hard. Even though we know that there is a supreme person, Olódùmarè, who loves us and cares for us, it is hard to accept certain situations in which we find ourselves in. During times of great pain and suffering just listening alone to speeches, talks and lectures about Olódùmarè somehow is not sufficient to heal the pain and wounds in our hearts and lives.

What we need is to see and feel Olódùmarè manifested in and through flesh-and-blood people to derive comfort, hope and confidence. We cannot always fathom the plan and purposes of Olódùmarè in our lives. We cannot fathom the mystery of suffering and pain especially when we are the ones who are personally being overwhelmed with suffering, pain and anguish, and which seems in all honesty senseless, meaningless and purposeless in our lives.

It is easy to speak about the love of Olódùmarè and His wonderful plans for us, the love of Ifá and the love of the irunmole-orisa when we are enjoying health, means, opportunities and a success sustaining environment. But when pain, mishap, great suffering, anxiety and fear comes knocking in person at our doorstep, it can be hard, difficult and even impossible, to see, feel and acknowledge the reality of Olodumare, His love and His glorious plans for us. How can we accept, feel, see and find love in suffering, in worry, in anxiety and in fearful times?!

It is hard if not impossible to convince ourselves of the existence, goodness, wisdom and perfection of Ifá-Olódùmarè, when we are personally and individually undergoing a great crisis and a prolonged period of worry, anxiety and depression due to illness or other upsetting events.

Human beings of all faiths, traditions and no traditions, including many Ifá-orisa devotees are suffering from diverse illnesses and ailments simply because they are human beings who are susceptible to sicknesses and ailments like all other human beings. Whether we are at present healthy or not, the fact of the matter is that we are all subject to mortality. Not a single one of us will live forever in our present bodies. We will all in one way or another succumb to sickness, old-age and death.

Even when we are healthy and life seems to be smiling upon us, our lives can be taken from us, due to time and unforeseen circumstances. Our bodies and lives as far as the human body is concerned are limited, transient and impermanent. We are all dying…with every breath we take we are getting closer to the grave. This is a sobering but strangely comforting fact if we understand that we are all undergoing and experiencing this process TOGETHER.

There is a reason and good purpose for everything that Olódùmarè institutes, even if we cannot at present comprehend or accept this fact. What often makes our pain and suffering unbearable is not necessarily the fact that we as human beings are mortal and that we will die someday from one thing or another, but what injures our minds and feelings is when we have to endure our pains, sorrows, suffering and loneliness alone. There are hard and difficult things to accept or comprehend in regard to the divine arrangements of Olódùmarè that we cannot at present understand, and to be quite honest there are things that are hard, difficult or impossible for us to accept.

The only comfort that we have is in knowing that somehow or other everything is tending towards our ultimate good and happiness, and that we are not alone, and that we have friends, companions and family who love us, who will be with us and there for us. Our friends, companions and family might not always be able to do something about our illness, problem, situation or ailment but it is surely easier to enjoy life, to cope, to persevere and to live with hope and gratitude when we have good friends, companions and family who are with us from moment-to-moment and day-to-day, who are able to impart strength, comfort, love and hope to us, by which we can live one-day-at-a-time.

The fact of the matter is that there are things for which a solution, reason or cause will not be found in this world at the present time. Only trust in Olódùmarè, resignation to His will and the comfort and company of beloved friends, companions and family members will be able to give us strength to live and courage to press forward.

Ifá is about community and wholesome, nurturing relationships: this means to come together in unity with care, affection, sympathy and concern. Ifá means family, friends and associates bound together by mutual love, respect, care and concern. How wonderful it is when a true friend, brother, sister or family members arrives to comfort us when we are not well, when we are sick, when we are fearful and worried. How wonderful and comforting when a friend, family member and fellow believer arrives to comfort us, to bring cheer, to laugh with us and to cry with us and to tell us that they are here for us and will always be there for us.

How wonderful to have someone or many people to come around you and then they throw their arms around to tell you that they care about you and that they are going to be with you come what may. These people are veritable Orisa to us! They are bearers and emitters of life, strength and hope!!! They are a life-line to us. We see and feel Olódùmarè in them, thru them and because of them.

This compassionate and sympathetic feeling, sentiment and attitude is the all consuming disposition of Òrúnmìlà, of Ifá and of Olódùmarè, and of all genuine devotees of Ifá-Olódùmarè. No one here can go at it alone. We all need each other. We are all in part strong. We are all in part weak. We are all in part resilient. We are all in part vulnerable. We all experience periods and moments of fear, doubt, worry and insecurity, but… oh…how wonderful it is when during these periods of struggle, unclarity and challenge a friend, brother and companion in the faith comes alongside you, to stay and be with you, until all things unfold as they must and as they will!

Do you know that there were moments in the life of Òrúnmìlà when he completely felt alone and misunderstood? Do you know that there were periods in the life of Òrúnmìlà that were intense in pain, worry, suffering and anxiety in which he was only able to make it solely through the assistance, comfort, relief, encouragement, nearness and dedication of loyal friends and companions?! We are all subject to suffering, fear, illness, worry and anxiety. We are all subject to impermanence and decay, no matter how our bodies feel at the present time and no matter how our bodies look at the present time. We are all ‘sick’ with mortality. We are all ‘sick’ with aging. We will all succumb to illness, decay or dis-ease of one form or another. We are all in this together.

Olódùmarè arranged things like this so that we might learn to value our lives, our health, our time, our faith, our friends, family and each other. Olódùmarè arranged things like this so that we might learn to discern and value what it truly important in life. What would we give to have another moment with our father, or mother, or friend, or brother or sister, or son or daughter who passed!? How would we treat them and speak to them? How much more time would be have dedicated to them? What would we do different if we could go back in time to our youth with the experiences, maturity and knowledge that we now have?

Olódùmarè arranged things like this so that we might learn the highest and greatest values. Olódùmarè arranged things like this so that compassion, generosity and sympathy might arise in us towards others. It is a fact that those who have been through the fire of pain, affliction and suffering are more sensitive, understanding and responsive to the pains, sufferings and ailments of others.

When we are in true need we really discover the value, blessing and preciousness of our genuine friends, relatives and companions of faith. Through these unwanted but necessary processes of alternating pain and pleasure in life, we are developed, matured and perfected by Olodumare. His purpose is that we might grow, develop and bond together. His purpose is that we might simultaneously learn how to unpretentiously serve others and that we might learn how to receive humbly the generous service of others. This is what Ifá reveals and teaches to us.

Friend you are not alone. Olódùmarè loves you and is caring for you no matter how things may seem. He is not upset with you or angry with you. Your pain, ailments and/or sufferings are not existing because you have done something wrong. You are not alone. There is a community of faithful devotees who reach out to you with their means, time, practical assistance, resources and strengthening prayers. Our bodies are transient, impermanent and subject to decay and decline. We are spirit beings who inhabit and utilize these physical bodies to connect us with the physical world through which we experience lessons which purify our lives and which cause our spirit to gain intelligence, maturity, knowledge, values and advancement.

We are all on our way to the higher states and higher worlds of completion and perfection where all suffering, pain, illness and worry will exist no more because they will have fulfilled their training purpose in our lives.

If we consider our lives, this world and our bodies as a divinely established temporary school and as a temporary practice vehicle for training and developing our mind, spirit, will and emotions, it will be more easier for us to resign ourselves to the plans of Olodumare with courage and without fear.

Ifá teaches us to achieve clear-seeing consciousness and a sympathizing heart. Let us reach out to one another in a realistic way with compassion, understanding, patience, practical love and steadfastness. Let us help each other as best we can, each one contributing what he can to benefit and comfort his brother or sister who is enduring a difficult and painful time. Our love and sympathy may not instantaneously or completely rid them of their illness, problem or ailment, but it will contribute to their healing, it will relieve their suffering, it will give them hope and strength to endure one day at a time. It will minister to them moral, emotional and psychological health, strength and courage which will surely have an impact in the overall improvement of their health and situation.

This is the message and understanding that Ifá would have us understand, appreciate and assimilate. You who are well, remember that a day will come that you will not be. You who are not well, do not lose hope and courage. You will make improvement. Things will get better.

~ Awo Òrúnmìlà Mark Casillas /!!!\ A.O.M.C. /!!!\

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THE TRUE-NATURE OF IYAMI-OSORONGA

The true-nature of iyami-osoronga: The importance of acquiring a true, elevated, accurate and spiritual comprehension of spiritual realties. It is time to come out of fear-mongering, superstitious [backward] thinking, spiritual-immaturity and childish ignorance.
Iyami Osoronga has nothing to do with antagonism or malice. Iyami Osoronga is the ancient, sublime and venerable mother of great wisdom, dignity and power. Iyami-Osoronga is power, vitality and supramundane-ability. If and when she opposes us it is for our own benefit. Iyami-Osoronga is Mother. When we say Mother in regard to iyami-osoronga we are not referring to the female sex as physically understood by us. In spiritual matters MOTHER refers to the nurturing, upbuilding and delightful aspect and quality of the DIVINE ENERGY that is able to completely satisfy our personal, peculiar and individual spiritual needs, aspirations, desires and longings. MOTHER refers to and emphasizes the tender, nurturing and sympathizing aspect of the divine, as well as the steps that the tender, nurturing and sympathizing aspect of the divine will take and MUST take to ensure our success, happiness and wellbeing. Mother -iyami osoronga– is the one who completely understands what we are feeling. Mother -iyami osoronga– is your greatest friend and ally to whom you can open up without fear, pour out your heart and share your innermost secrets, hopes, aspirations and concerns. She will not judge you. She will understand and sympathize with you and help you come out of your troubles, problems, worries and affections. She will help you and build you up. You can speak to her freely about anything!
Mother -iyami osoronga– is your closest, dearest and greatest friend, who even without you sharing with her what is going on in your life and within yourself she will unfailingly do for you whatever is truly in your best interest! Mother -iyami osoronga– is especially there to lift you up when you are feeling down, downcast, discouraged, despondent [hopeless] and demoralized. Mother -iyami osoronga– does not look down on us. She will stand by you to help you in both moments of happiness and sorrow. She will lift you up and give you a new lease on life. She is their to lead you to the discovery of your true worth, dignity and potential. Let there be no doubt in your mind that Mother -iyami osoronga– will always do what is ultimately good for you even if you are not accepting or understanding what she is doing and why. When iyami osoronga grants you her friendship and accepts you as her friend and child she takes full responsibility to get you to where you need to be. She will get you there the direct, sweet and fast way if we are agreeable to her action, or she will get you there the indirect, distasteful and long way if we are resistive to reason and commonsense, but get us there she will! If and when she opposes us it is for our own benefit. If we are doing the wrongs things in life and if we are going in the wrong direction in life she will apparently or seemingly oppose us to steer us in the right direction. She is not actually opposing us but steering us in the right direction, helping us and correcting our mistaken course. She only appear to be opposing us from our own perspective but in actuality [reality] she is helping us. She is not opposite us. She is opposing the wrong attitude, disposition, demeanor and improper resolve that is present in us. She opposing our negative attitude, our irresponsibility, our recklessness, our irritating deliberate stubbornness [stupidity] and our indifference.
Just like your earthly mother will oppose you, disapprove of you and course-correct you if you are wasting your life and pursuing things that will not bring you happiness, success and fulfillment, in the like manner will Iyami Osoronga oppose and resist for your own benefit. Just like we misunderstand and misinterpret the loving, firm and corrective [disciplinary] actions, intent and motive of our earthly mother in the same way due to our own ignorance, stubbornness and backwardness we misinterpret and misunderstanding the noble, loving and firm [tactful] actions of Iyami Osoronga. Iyami Osoronga will use and apply the best and correct strategy that will get our attention and cause us to reflect, reconsider our position and to encourage us to make a decision for positive and constructive change.
Sometimes our early mother can appear to be our enemy but she is not. Our earthly mother can appear to be against us but she is really not, she is for us. We only interpret her loving actions, disciplinary [strong corrective words], actions and intentions wrongly because we are the ones who are wrong, stubborn, recalcitrant and irresponsible, and we are behaving like our own enemy. So when our mother presents herself to correct us and to discipline us, we think that, or take it as, that she is going against us but in reality what she is doing safeguarding us and promoting our true happiness and success. Just like our mother applies tenderness and firmness [hardness] to guide, teach and discipline us so does Iyami Osoronga. Iya Osoronga is also like this. The mother can display or exhibit a fearful, threatening and no-nonsense posture and even apply what may seem to be a harsh remedy when needed, but behind the apparent or actual display of anger, displeasure and dissatisfaction there is a great, immeasurable and boundless love and goodness that we are not perceiving or aware of. Some people can be led by the soft hand. Some people can only be led by a hard hand. Some people can be reasoned with and motivated through tender means and some people can only be motivated, encouraged and corrected through hard means. Some need to be shocked, threatened and scared straight. [They need a shocking, fearful, life-changing [altering] and/or threatening experience to wake them up and get them to stop the foolishness and begin moving in the right direction].
The words eye abapa we…etc…are words of praise to the Divine Mother Iyami Osoronga. The Divine Mother is compared to and represented as a majestic bird that moves with swiftness, dignity, gracefulness, awe-inspiring mystery and majesty. Iyami Osoronga is compared to a bird that has a tremendous vision [which means that she has the power to see and understand all things clearly beyond all appearances. She sees things from the root, she sees things as they actually are. She perceives the reality of a thing, person and situation and cannot be taken in, deceived or tricked by appearances]. These words eye abapa are words of praise that are praising the swift, beautiful and majestic wings of the mother [noble, gracious and loving activity], her majestic and graceful feet [gait or footsteps] and her great wisdom, power and sagacity.
The divine mothers Iyami Osoronga will take the shape, form and expression that will best get our attention and that will benefit us the most. The divine Iyami Osoronga is kind, tender hearted but simultaneously firm and tactful. She devises many ways to help us, encourage us and to steer us away from foolishness, wrong-doing and nonsense. Her preference is to appear to people according to her true nature which is friendly, disarming and which inspires trust but when there is a need for to get through to a stubborn, nescient, recalcitrant and deliberately bothersome [irritating] person she can and will appear in a fearful, threatening and terrific form. She knows when to offer the hug of encouragement and understanding, and she knows when to give the from and tight-slap of correction and discipline. When the wrongdoer, stubborn and recalcitrant person gets the hint and begins to adjust and correct themselves then Iyami Osoronga will relent or abandon who fearful form, aspect and activity and her true face of pure love, concern and tenderness will be clearly perceived and experienced. If the hint is not taken then she will intensify her strategy of firmness and hardness. She will even ‘squeeze’, ‘crunch’, ‘fold’ and ‘crush’ you if she has to, to get the nonsense and foolishness out of you. Her hardness is not blind and is not lacking in self-control. She applies only as much as is needed to bring about and facilitate wholesome correction.
I don’t know about you and I cannot and will not speak for you, but personally I prefer to see my mother happy, and I prefer to relate to my mother in love and tenderness, and I prefer to have my mother relate to me with tenderness, love and with a smile that reveals her love, genuine concern and support for me. Why make mother angry when she only loves us and wants what it best for us? When mother is happy we too will be completely happy, content, peaceful and satisfied.
It is time for devotees and spiritual seekers of today to come out of superstitious nonsense, ignorance and fear-mongering. We must transcend the ignorance and misunderstandings of the past and we must make the effort see, appreciate, understand and experience things with a more sublime, mature and illuminated understanding. Let us understand things as they should be understood and not as scheming, ignorant and manipulative people want to impress upon us.

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ORI

ORI IS THE SUPREME-SECRET, HIGHEST-POWER AND KEY TO LASTING PEACE, HAPPINESS, PROSPERITY, EMPOWERMENT AND FULFILLMENT.

[Ifá-Orisa]: The knowledge [personal recognition and experience] of Ori is the key [supreme-secret] that will lead [and take] you to lasting peace, happiness, prosperity, empowerment and fulfillment. Knowledge of Ori is knowledge of the super-self. Knowledge of Ori is true, complete and irrefutable true-knowledge and true-power. When you know Ori you will know yourself in wonder, astonishment and marvel.

The essence of true-spirituality is peace, contentment, happiness, self-knowledge, inexhaustible spiritual-vitality [power], harmony [integral-health] and self-acceptance. Only when you accept yourself as as you are can others accept you as you are. When you recognize and experience your own ori you will know yourself truly and will be peaceful, content and brimming with happiness and confidence.

Understand, know, accept and embrace the fact that you have within you a unique share of the supreme divine power [Ori]. When you actually understand, know and perceive [experience] this fact then will you know and have true peace. When you realize the fact of Ori your worries, agitation, turbulence, confusion, unclarity, aimlessness, melancholy and uncertainty will come to an end.

When you embrace and fully trust the unique expression of the divine spirit [Ori-Eleda] that is within you only then will you be free of all worries, concerns and pressures. You will have strength, power and ability to rise above all difficulties and you will do so with a peaceful, content and serene heart. Nothing will be able to hinder and obstruct you.

All human beings have received this endowment of the manifesting divine spirit [Ori-Eleda] indwelling within them. You have your own unique, peculiar, powerful and special spirit of divinity [Ori] within you, and I have my own unique, peculiar, powerful and special spirit of divinity [Ori] within me. They both emerge from and originate in the one supreme spirit but the divine spiritual intelligence that is in you and me are original and have been uniquely and perfectly fashioned and crafted for each of us. Yours is different from mine. Mine is different from yours.

This inner-power is guiding us in a unique, peculiar and specific way. This is why there is no reason, purpose or point to be made in comparing oneself with others, or others with us, because we each have our own unique mission, purpose, path and destiny. There is only one universal and supreme spirit who is the Master, Guide, Creator and Friend of the innumerable [infinite] universes: Olódùmarè. This one supreme spirit [Olódùmarè] manifests and appears uniquely and in diversity in every one of us. This unique divine inner-presence, energy, sublime spiritual current, supra-natural intelligence and power is what nurtures, protects and develops our spirit, mind and body. This inner-intelligence, presence and divine inspiration energy, power and entity is a plenary [direct, immediate and actual] personal manifestation of the supreme universal spirit: Olódùmarè.

Olódùmarè [the spirit of beauty, life, peace, joy, elevating [inspiring and empowering] wisdom, diversity and harmony] truly and literally lives within us. When you entrust yourself to this inner-power and exercise faith in your true inner root and foundation [ori-eleda] then only will you be able to appreciate its power and find your own center, foundation, peace and serenity. Our lives become filled with gratitude, wonder, excitement, enthusiasm, optimism and delight when we entrust ourselves to the divine power, spirit and energy [ori-eleda] that is within us and who is our life companion, friend, protector, well-wisher and helper. When we neglect this inner-guide and we allow ourselves to be led and influenced by people and their opinions, worries, fears, biases and concerns then we too become lost in a maze of confusion, bewilderment, disenchantment, melancholy and aimlessness. When you have confidence in ourselves and in our ori-eleda we transcend ignorance, turbulence, agitation, fear, worry, insecurity and doubt. We become efficient, power and independent of the thoughts, opinions, biases and conclusions of others. We will not be and cannot be swayed by praise or criticism. We become manifestations of divine equanimity, peace, contentment and transcendence. When we discover ori-eleda, experience ori-eleda, follow ori-eleda and entrust ourselves to ori-eleda by the blessing [benefit] of receiving sound and empowered knowledge we became awakened persons who know who we are, what we believe, we become unified within and harmonious without, and we live an original, attractive and spontaneous beautiful life that does not conform itself to any superficiality set pattern, tradition or routine established by others.

You were created to perceive, experience and enjoy your inner-guide, friend and companion and to listen to this divine inner-voice, energy, intelligence and inspiration. You must follow your own endowment of the divine power [ori-eleda] that is within YOU and not someone else’s endowment. Your Ori-Eleda is the true initiator and recognition, experience and ones entrustment to ones one ori-eleda is the TRUE-INITIATION and the TRUE SOURCE AND FOUNTAIN OF POWER, GRACE AND VIRTUE. All the GOD-POWERS originate in and which emerge, flow and emanate from ori-eleda. Let your yourself be filled by, surrounded by, permeated by and immersed in the GOD-POWERS that originate in and which emerge, flow and emanate from your own ori-eleda!

Have confidence in yourself and have complete faith in your complete, unique and perfect portion of the universal supreme power [ori-eleda] that is within you and has always been within you. If you listen to and obey the voice of your inner-personal divinity instead of the comments, complaints, opinions and views of others you will find true peace and happiness because you will have found yourself. You will come to your senses and true nobility and dignity will be yours. You will be established in serenity, calm, peace, balance, synergy, harmony and wellbeing.

The divine spirit [ori-eleda] within you will only grant good to you whether you have asked for this goodness or not. The divine spirit within you will always avert, block and deflect anything that is not in your true best interest. The divine spirit [ori-eleda] within you will also safeguard you by not granting you things that you asked for that you erroneously thought would be good for you but really were not. You don’t need to complicate yourself and you don’t need to stay on the path of disenchantment and disappointment. You don’t need to keep following people who are not worthy of being followers. You don’t need to keep drowning out your own true feelings and convictions to appease or attempt to please others. What you need is to entrust yourself to the Divine Beloved, Companion, Guide, Superpower and Friend who exists within you and manifests in your life as inspiration, enthusiasm, illuminated intelligence, tenderness, understanding, strength and love.

My friends, recover and take notice of the priceless sacred gem of the divine power, presence and virtue [ori-eleda] that is within you and which is enshrined in the sacred shrine of your heart like a burning flame that cannot ever becomes extinguished and which never ceases to give light, comfort and warmth.

This divine power, supernal divine intelligence and living spiritual current [ori-eleda] will lift you up and keep you up. It will make you aware of the sweet fragance, goodness, dignity and beauty of your own person and your own life. Freedom and peace will be yours. Gratitude and the joy of living will overwhelm you. Anyone who awakens to the reality of his or her ori-eleda will become established in strength, stability, confidence and in an amazing personal spiritual power and wonderful spiritual intelligence and charisma. All the good things of life will run to find you! You will no longer be subject to the manipulation, deception and trickery of others. You will see what needs to be seen. You will know what needs to be known. You will understand what needs to be understood. You will see people as they really are and not as they seem. Everything will become clear and comprehensible to you.

My spiritual friends and family return to your true-home [ori-eleda]. Return and awaken to your own ori-eleda [to the realization and refreshed recognition and experience of the supreme beloved, divine-current and the omnipotent indescribable power living with you]. Become sensitive again to the divine sweetness and inspiration! Abandon and give up the doubts, worries, anxieties and insecurity that others have caused to arise in you or have attempted to impose upon you! Recover your spiritual autonomy, dignity and self-confidence. Take wholesome pride and delight in yourself. Value and cherish yourself because you are precious. Return to your true home [the divine dwelling place of the sacred, divine and holy -ori eleda- within you] where the infinite sea of tranquility, power, joy and confidence is brimming. There you will attain eternal [unending, complete, peace-conferring and satisfaction giving] joy. This is the place of true initiation. This is the true initiation, the true knowledge and true power. Let no one live their lives, opinions, conclusions and biases through you. Take your life back and live YOUR LIFE and let others live their own lives through themselves and not through you.

The secret of ori-eleda is found in Sacred Odu-Ifá Ejiogbe. Please ponder this secret of secrets and let it uplift, transform and empower your life. This is all your really need to know, understand, recognize and realize to find peace, fulfillment, satisfaction, happiness and contentment in your life. This is the supreme secret and the supreme power. No can give it you and no one needs to give to you. You already have it. This is the supreme secret and supreme power. No one can sell it and no one can buy it. You already have it. Ori-Eleda is the true benefactor, savior, well- wisher and giver of peace.

Sacred Odu-Ifá Ejiogbe [Eèpàà-Baba!]:

ORI you will benefit me. ORI you will not let me labor in vain. Ifá was consulted for the 401 [innumerable] irunmole when they were to descend from heaven [the divine spiritual world or the spiritual universe] to the earth [the physical world or the physical universe].

ORI is the ONE who established Òrúnmìlà at Oke-Igeti.

ORI you WILL bless ME abundantly. You WILL NOT let me labor in vain. ORI you WILL bless ME abundantly.

ORI is the ONE who established [gave power and authority to] Oshun at Ijumu town [Oshogbo].

ORI you WILL bless ME abundantly. You WILL NOT let me labor in vain. ORI you WILL bless ME abundantly.

ORI is the ONE who established [gave power and authority to] Obàtálá at Ifon town.

ORI you WILL bless ME abundantly. You WILL NOT let me labor in vain. ORI you WILL bless ME abundantly.

ORI is the ONE who established [gave power and authority to] Awon-Iyami at Ota town.

ORI you WILL bless ME abundantly. You WILL NOT let me labor in vain. ORI you WILL bless ME abundantly.

ORI is the ONE who established [gave power and authority to] Sango at Koso [Oyo].

ORI you WILL bless me abundantly. You WILL NOT let me labor in vain. ORI you WILL bless me abundantly.

ORI is the ONE who established [gave power and authority to] Oya at Ira town.

ORI you WILL bless me abundantly. You WILL NOT let me labor in vain. ORI you WILL bless me abundantly.

ORI is the ONE who established [gave power and authority to] Ogun at Ire town.

ORI you WILL bless me abundantly. You WILL NOT let me labor in vain. ORI you WILL bless me abundantly.

ORI is the ONE who established [gave power and authority to] Esu at Ketu town.

ORI you WILL bless me abundantly. You WILL NOT let me labor in vain. ORI you WILL bless me abundantly.

ORI is the ONE who established [gave power and authority to] Orisa-Oko at Irawo Agba.

ORI you WILL bless me abundantly. You WILL NOT let me labor in vain. ORI you WILL bless me abundantly.

ORI is the ONE who established [gave power and authority to] Eegun at Oje town.

ORI you WILL bless me abundantly. You WILL NOT let me labor in vain. ORI you WILL bless me abundantly.

Further complementing secrets of ori are revealed and elaborated upon in Sacred Odu-Ifá Otura-Ogbe.

Sacred Odu-Ifá Otura-Ogbe:

Wisdom, power and intelligence comes from ones own Ori. [Wisdom, power and intelligence comes from nurturing your relationship with your own ori, by listening to the guidance, inspiration and illumination of your ori and following or obeying ori]. Everything depends on your relationship with your ori. Everything depends on your trustful compliance with the directives of your ori. Entrust yourself to the light and power of your ori and ori will without fail uplift you, create favorable circumstances for you, build you up and attract the good and worthwhile things of life to you. Ori is the teacher, guide, master and parent. You are the student, pupil, learner and child. Be humble towards ori and be obedient to you ori and ori will take and elevate you to the highest rank and dignity.

The crowning and completing revelation and vision of ori is found in Sacred Odu-Ifá Irete-Ofun.

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Ifá Message Of Divine Optimism, Confidence, Assurance, Inspiration And Enthusiasm

[Ifá-Orisa]: Ifá message of divine optimism, confidence, assurance, inspiration and enthusiasm. Do not despair. Never lose hope and never give up.

Aboru Aboye. Ogbo ato asure iworiwofun. Àse.

Do not think or worry about who is on your side or who is not on your side while going about your service to Olódùmarè and Ifá. With great joy, enthusiasm and expectancy just think about how and in what wonderful way the àse of Olódùmarè Enitolaaye will manifest in your life.

Give space, time and occasion for the divine guiding power to manifest. When you do all things with care, love, respect, truthfulness and honesty, Olódùmarè will take personal and direct charge of all your affairs and will cause all your doings to bring forth abundant and satisfying fruit. Do not worry yourself as to how, when and where the divine àse will manifest itself in your life.

Do not see any secondary causes in your life, just acknowledge and see Olódùmarè alone, the supreme controller, master and guide of all things. Do not consider people, places, circumstances and things as the directors and/or determiners of your life.

Above all, and behind all, see the gracious and loving hand of Olódùmarè at work in you and in your life. Olódùmarè will surely bring accomplishment, peace, satisfaction, success, health [vitality] and prosperity into your life. Your patience, effort and perseverance will surely be rewarded. Just do not give up. Get up and try again. Keep moving forward.

Just be at peace, and know with unshakeable and unwavering assurance that the divine àse will unfailingly manifest. Deepen your trust in Olódùmarè and let your actions be the expression of the flow of the gracefulness, pure energy and invigorating power of Eledumare. Do your level best in all things, be inwardly still, tranquil and at peace.

Exert yourself diligently as if all depended upon you, but know in your heart that all manifests due to àse, grace, presence and will of Olódùmarè. Do not consider your actions and endeavors as something separate from the actions and endeavors of Olódùmarè. Affirm and recognize your essential and qualitative oneness with the Source Supreme, Olorun-Alaaye. Olódùmarè’s actioning is your actioning. Your actions are Olódùmarè’s actions.

Be calm, serene and at peace with yourself. You need not know how, when, in what way and where the relief and aid will come from. Why trouble yourself with what is not necessary when you can be at peace through the power of faith, trust and confidence in the Divine leading you! Having entrusting your situation, dilemma, problem and/or concern to Olódùmarè, know that the answer and solution is swiftly on its way and will reach you at the best and most [excellent] propitious time.

You are perfection in the making. All precious, shining, resplendent and finely faceted diamonds start off as a dark pieces of charcoal, but through the divinely established process of programmed tensions, pressures and stressors it emerges a transformed, beautiful, peerless, translucent, priceless and luminous gem.

Delight in your trials, glory in your challenges and thrive in your moments of adversity because that means that at any moment the mystic, pure and holy gem within you is soon to emerge and be revealed! Your true divine identity, greatness and power is to be manifested! Do not exasperate yourself. Practice patience, gentleness and kindness towards yourself. You will surely attain [obtain] benefit and advancement beyond your personal hopes and expectations, of this there is no doubt.

Olorun Alaaye [the master of limitless, immeasurable and boundless life [vitality] is with you! Àse.

Olorun Alaaye [Enitolaaye] [the supreme absolute truth and power] is with you and within you! You will succeed! Do not give up! You will surely break through the barrier of resistance and achieve your sincere goals! You will defeat and transcend all negativity, pessimism, hindrances and obstacles! You will be made stronger by your experiences and you will unfailingly triumph! You will surely advance, triumph and succeed because your iponri and ori will not abandon you and will not allow you to give up! You will be a better, new and more advanced you! Àse.

Do not dwell on the past. Let go of the past [past mistakes, past errors, past offenses, past hurts]. Let it go and your present and future will become light, joyful, serene and new [refreshed]. Àse.

Forgive others and forgive yourself. Do not repeat what has caused you regret, sorrow and pangs of conscience in the past. You have been created for great, marvelous and wonderful purposes, so have no fear or worry. Àse.

Dignity, honor, peace and abundance are yours. Àse.

Blessings, honor, success and prosperity will follow wherever you go! Àse. Peace, joy, abundance and happiness will be your constant companions. Àse.

Make a fresh start. From this day forward do not allow any palm-oil [negativity, impurity and pessimism] stain your [spiritual] white garments. Àse.

Do not despair. Never give up and do not lose hope. Àse.

Oruko Odumare ni ka fi iyin fun. Àse.
Oruko Odumare ni ka fi iyin fun. Àse.
Oruko Odumare ni ka fi iyin fun. Àse.

May you be comforted, strengthened and empowered by these truths. Àse.

Aboru Aboye. Ogbo ato asure iworiwofun. Àse.

~ Awo Òrúnmìlà Mark Casillas /!!!\ A.O.M.C. /!!!\

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Ifá Is The Path Of Simplicity, Naturalness And Ease

We all live in a difficult, challenging and complicated world. The amount of things that affect us today are bewildering. With the advent of modern technology and social media the world has become smaller and in many ways more connected but at the same time the hearts and minds of people are more far apart than ever. Today humanity lives disconnected for nature, from one another and from its own wholesome essential nature. Humanity lives alienated from itself. Superficiality, shallowness, strife and vanity are reigning unchecked in the lives of countless people. Many ask, “Why are we here?”, “What are we living for?”, “Why the increase in emotional and mental health issues today?”, “Why the disparity between what we know is the right thing to do and the actual implementation of what is right?”

Individually and collectively, directly and indirectly we have complicated our own lives. Sometimes others have complicated our lives. We have fragmentized ourselves. Ifá has the realistic, practical and satisfying answers to our questions, problems and concerns but we must personally take the time to study, reflect and discover what Ifá has to say to us. Our present age of stress, anxiety and worry is ready for and direly in need of Ifá. Ifá means that which brings coolness, freshness [revitalization] and harmony to one’s life. Ifá is that which attracts and manifested the harmonizing powers of creation which bestow freshness, vigor, stability and healing to our lives.

Nature did not create us to live lives of anxiety, worry, fear and stress. Our current manner of living and thinking are at the root of the anxiety, worry, fear and stress that we see and experience today. We have moved away from the nourishing root which gives life, health and vitality. This root is Ifá. The àse that flows from the actions of Ifá and from the practical teachings which flow from Ifá have one main purpose in our lives. That purpose is to establish us in a life of true peace, wellbeing and happiness which is characterized by simplicity, naturalness, ease and wholesomeness.

Nature is inherently bright, harmonious, healthy, vibrant, joyful and peaceful. Ifá is the wisdom and power of nature. Ifá exists to bring us into harmony with nature’s law. This state of balance, harmony and equilibrium is our true and natural state. If we take a fish out of its natural habitat which is the ocean or river and place it on land it immediately experiences pangs of distress, anxiety and unhappiness because its equilibrium, harmony and balance has been disturbed. As soon as the fish is placed back in the waters it immediately recovers it peace, balance, health and happiness. In like manner Ifáyelele is the true and natural state of humanity.  When we live disconnected from Ifá we also begin to feel the symptoms of disharmony. We also begin to experience pangs of distress, anxiety and unhappiness because our equilibrium, harmony and peace has been disturbed. Ifá exists to restore and maintain this harmony, health, wellbeing, equilibrium and happiness in our lives. Our true spiritual place of habitation is called Ifáyelele.

Ifá exists outside of us as well as within us. Nature’s law exists and operates within us, and nature’s law exists and operates outside of us. The guiding directives of nature, or the protective functions of nature are what we call orisa.  Ifá is able to bring to us balance, stability, peace, success, happiness, health and progress by revealing and explaining to us what we need to think and do so that our lives are harmonized or brought into harmony with the guiding directives of nature, or the protective functions of nature, i.e. the orisa, and in harmony with our true selves. Ifá is able to impart àse [healing, harmonizing and rectifying power] directly to our lives and Ifá is also able to give us the means to receive the àse of the orisa into our lives, situation and circumstance.  Ifá and the orisa are never out of sync with us. It is we who for various reasons can find ourselves to be out of sync with Ifá and the orisa.

When we are in harmony with Ifá [Ifáyelele] this means that we are in harmony with all the protective functions of nature and with our true selves, and therefore we enjoy, feel and experience the symptoms or fruits of that harmony. The fruits of being in harmony with Ifá are what we call authentic and naturally arising peace, happiness, contentment, health, peace, prosperity, rectitude, simplicity and empowered intelligence. When we are in harmony with Ifá we are in harmony with nature and with our true innate fundamental goodness. When we are in harmony with Ifá the negative conditions of shallowness, superficiality, anxiety, worry, melancholy, despair, disconnectedness and unhappiness flee from us. Ifá is able to repair and correct whatever it is obstructing the natural flow of our peace, happiness, fulfillment, wellbeing and prosperity.

It need not be hard or difficult to have and enjoy this harmony because this harmony is intrinsic to our being. This is why our hearts seek this harmony. When we are searching for happiness, peace and fulfillment what we are actually searching for is the peace, strength, knowledge, experience and power of our true selves i.e. Ifáyelele.

Ifá is about enjoying and celebrating life by being truly alive, radiant, bright and joyful. If we live artificial, fake, pretend and superficial lives then we will always find ourselves alienated from true peace, happiness, contentment and from ourselves. When we live disconnected from nature and nature’s law the result is a sense of hollowness, dissatisfaction, discontent, alienation, purposelessness, despair, melancholy and meaninglessness. There is no need or reason for us to live such an empty life. We are created to be vessels and embodiments of life, light, wellbeing, peace, clarity, enthusiasm, optimism and contentment. We are created to enjoy endless and ever-increasing divine delight, satisfaction, contentment and pleasure.

I want to invite you to reconsider your relationship to Ifá and your understanding of Ifá. I want to invite you to reconsider your relationship to the orisa and your understanding of the orisa. The orisa also dwell in Ifáyelele and it is to Ifáyelele that they invite us. Dive deep in your Ifá studies. Seek to acquire a direct, simple and profound spiritual comprehension of Ifá. Ifá is sweet. Ifá is beautiful. Ifá is the path of naturalness, ease, comfort and satisfaction.

In Ifáyelele we will know and discover that all the wholesome qualities and divine potencies are already ours. We need only to recognize this fact, and by recognizing this reality we will immediately experience its power, delightfulness, benefit and beauty. The natural result of such recognition is a life which expresses genuine simplicity, loving-kindness, rectitude, gratitude, inner-strength and humility. By recognizing and experiencing Ifáyelele we cease to be fragmented persons and we become whole, unified, balanced and clear-sighted.

By approaching Ifá and ordering our steps according to Ifá we refresh, increase and strengthen the àse in our lives which makes it possible for us to recognize, experience and express the essential truths of our being according to the sacred revelations and confidential teachings of Ifá.

When we are living in this joyous, supramundane, satisfying and wonderful condition we carry this state and condition of mind, attitude, spirit and living into our relationships, our friendships, our community, our homes and our places of employment thus contributing directly and indirectly to the establishment of Ifáyelele in others.

By the association of others with you and you with others Ifá will communicate to them his blessings, presence, graces, benefits and ability. When we are in harmony with Ifá, Ifá causes us to see, come in contact with and experience the seeds of goodness, beauty and truth within ourselves.

Life is hard and complicated enough as it is. Our spirituality [faith and practice] need not be hard or complicated. Remember and never forget that Ifá is the path of simplicity, naturalness and ease.

May you all be blessed, encouraged and inspired by this consideration. Àse.