What does an Ifa initiation endow you with? I often get similar questions regarding the various initiations of our way of life, but for the most part what they are really asking is what kind of good fortune will the initiation bring to their life.
One does not go to Ifa with hands extended; folded like a bowl, in supplication of good fortune. To the contrary, one goes to Ifa offering one-self as an offering. It is in this spirit of giving that we receive. However, the biggest misunderstanding is in what Ifa is all about. To this, I want to share a few thoughts.
I will start with the fact that you cannot solve a persons problem which you have not learned how to solve in your own life….
Thus the only focus or objective you should have in your pursuit of “good fortune” is self development. And you will have plenty of opportunities to do just that upon completion of your Ifa Initiation.
It has been my experience, that during the first year after your Ifa Initiation, you are going to be challenged with many opportunities for personal development. To some, this year will be full of wonderful insights, yet to others the experiences will be like challenges whose intent is to bury you under a pile of misfortune, and confrontation.
You see, you are to face yourself during this first year, and learn to overcome your short comings. In doing this successfully are you able to receive the most “good fortune” available to you.
Do not accused your Oluwo of bringing misfortune to your life. The misfortune is nothing else but the repercussions of your choices which have all been accelerated to manifest now, and not ripple over a span of years.
These repercussions will manifest in many different ways….
At times you will come across people who will be instant enemies. I submit to you that they are nothing else but messengers which personify an aspect of your persona which you need to deal with – overcome if you will. Other times you will find yourself disliking your immediate surrounding or even your social life. Please pay attention to these changes, and do not face them alone. Talk to your teacher, he/she will be able to assist you with these challenges.
Having said this much, I must share a solution to these potential challenges….
You must precede your Ifa Initiation year with a year of Ancestral work. We truly stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. And some of those Ancestors are in a position to help you deal with your personal issues. Think about it; you have several Ancestors who love you and are in a position where they can help you solve your personal problems. For the most part, these are the type of problems which are the main distractors blocking your spiritual progress.
Communication with your ancestors is your birth right. There is no initiation ritual required in order to speak with them. All you have to learn is the Obi Oracle, and all your questions will be answered along with guidance you can follow.
Another area of work you must submit to is the study of the Orisas which are represented by the Elekes you should received prior to your Ifa Initiation.
These Orisas will provide you with focus energy which will help you understand yourself, and your challenges. They will speak directly to your consciousness and inspired you with transcendental knowledge you will be able to use to help you grow.
Therefore; spend time with each Orisa. Get to understand their energy and message. Learn how to invoke their life changing energy, and start making positive changes within yourself.
These are all the prerequisites to a successful experience during your Ifa Initiation. All the good fortune that is to manifest in your life depends on how solid a foundation you have built prior to the initiation.