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Who and what is an orisa?
An orisha is a person, power, intelligence and energy who is with you during your time of need, struggle, melancholy and difficulty to uplift you. An orisa is a person who remains with you to comfort you until your situation improves. An orisa is a person who brings light, direction, order and clarity to your life when you are experiencing confusion, uncertainty and doubt. An orisa is a person who assists and strengthens you during your moment of need and helps you to come out of your troubles.

An orisa is a person who takes your suffering upon himself and gives you joy, peace and happiness. An orisa is a person who draws near to you in earnestness and friendship to let you know that you are not alone and who will be with you through thick and thin until he sees you through and out your problems. An orisa is a person who feels your despair, loneliness and need as if it were his own. An orisa is a person who brings sweetness, joy and hope to your life when life seems sour, sorrowful and purposeless. An orisa is a person who sympathizes with the plight of others and is able to relate and understand with what you are going through. An orisa is a person who brings compassion, brightness, cheer, hope and optimism to all he does and to all who cross his path. An orisa is a person of courage, reliability, dependability and perseverance. An orisa is a person who can be relied upon to fulfill his words, commitments and promises. An orisa is a person who is deserving of trust and confidence. An orisa is a person who carries themselves with dignity, self-respect and honor. An orisa is a person who brings out the best in you and helps you discover the goodness, value and beauty of your life.

Be an orisa…and people will always remember you, love you, support you, defend you and revere you. When you are orisa you cause others to become orisa and our world will then become a veritable realm of delightfulness, pleasantness, happiness and beauty.

We may not always know what is right, correct and good for others but we may always know what is true, right, correct and good for ourselves. In addition to our basic human mind, intellect and intelligence, we have all have been gifted with and endowed with a divine monitor, guide, companion, supramundane intelligence and presence…we call it ori. This ori has been primarily given to us so that we can understand, discern and know what we personally should and must do. Our ori is our individual, unique and personal compass, map and blueprint which can and will lead us to fulfillment of divine destiny…Ifáyelele if we listen to and abide by our divine ori…holy conscience and divine intelligence. There is strength, assurance, security and stability only in being aware of our own ori and in faithfully working in harmony with our own ori. Our ori has not been given to us so that we can decide and choose for others what they should and must do. Our ori is not qualified to tell others what path they should and must walk on because our ori has been given to guide and lead us personally. Our ori has been give to us so that we might know how to direct ourselves and not necessarily to direct others. What is good and needful for you may prove to be neither good nor needful for another. Others must learn to discern and discover their own ori and must learn how to order their steps accordingly. Each one must listen to, consider, respond to and obey the truth, light and guidance of his own ori. Ori is part and parcel of Olodumare. Ori is a fragment of Olodumare which has been deposited, installed and activated within our own human mind to nourish us, guide us and develop us according to the individual and unique blueprint that Olodumare has mapped out for us. Ori dwells within our mind. Ori is the mind of our mind. Ori is the spirit of our spirit. Our divine ori monitors our mind, will, feelings, thoughts, intentions and emotions. Ori guides, shapes, adjusts, modifies and informs our awareness, consciousness and understanding. Ori gradually, progressively and by stages transforms, sublimates and elevates our spiritual state and nature. Ori helps and assists us to make forward progress and advancement. Ori is personally, intimately involved and active in our spiritual unfoldment  and our moral-ethical-intellectual-emotional evolution. We can undoubtedly benefit from and be enriched and empowered by the light, grace, power and understanding emanating from someone else’s ori, but ultimately it is through our own ori that we must live by. When we discover our own inner root and foundation i.e. our ori; and we wholeheartedly and courageously live in harmony with the dictates of our ori we become ori-sha. We become divine beings whose consciousness has been selected by and permeated with the divine energy and intelligence in a conscious and experiential way. Ori is a powerhouse of inexhaustible strength and limitless wisdom. Ori is a pure fountain of refreshing and life giving divine water. We become divinized or divine human beings who are led exclusively and totally by the divine consciousness and divine sentiment alone when we are awakened to the awareness and living experience of ori consciousness. When we follow our ori and are unified with our ori we become one-minded, unified, singular in intent and effort, and we enjoy unitive awareness and power. We become free from inner divisiveness, fragmentation, bewilderment and confusion. We are led by our true self and our higher mind, which in-fact is our true identity and self. Do not take it upon yourself to tell others what they should and should do or what they should and should not pursue. You can offer others your friendly suggestions, experienced based opinions, expert advice and considerations of wisdom but leave it to them to decide for themselves. They have ori to lead and guide them. Do not attempt to be a substitute for their own ori. But do offer them guidance and support that will enable them to be established in confidence, and that will help them establish contact with their own ori. Above all else ensure that you listen to and abide by your own ori, and all will be well. Also remember that your own ori has a way to directly communicate truth, strength, light, information, well-being and encouragement to the ori of others without you even having to say or speak a single word.

A maturing, morally-spiritually evolved and awakened human being who wisely awakens to the reality of the presence of ori, and chooses and selects to live his life in complete and full harmony with his ori, ceases to be an ordinary human being and becomes:
ORI-SHA. One who chooses, selects and determines to walk in unity, harmony and conformity with his own divinely bestowed ori. This is the secret which explains and reveals how human beings become orisa.
Ogbo ato asure iworiwofun.
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