THE YORUBA CONCEPT OF ORI IN RELATION TO HUMAN DESTINY
By RAYMOND OLUTOYIN OGUNADE, 2010
What is Ori-Inu?
Ori-inu (literally, “inner-head”) is “the individuality element or that which is claimed to be responsible for one’s personality”;10 “it is the real essence of being, the personality-soul, which guides and helps a person before he is born, … through the passages of life, at death, and finally goes back to Supreme Deity, its Creator, to give an account of man’s conduct on earth”11; it “rules, controls, and guides the life and activities of the person”12; “it also serves as a man’s double or guardian angel or counterpart”13. From these interpretations and meanings of Ori or Ori-inu, it is categorically clear that Ori-inu is a person’s spiritual element or being which is invisible but actively present when one is being created, throughout life, at death and when one appears before the Creator in judgement.
The spiritual essence of Ori-inu is evident in the fact that it “is closely related to God and it is given to man by God Himself”14. In this regard, Ori-inu can also be considered as a divine assistant delegated by its Creator to assist a Continue reading
By Philip Neimark
Ori plays an important role for Ifa devotees. The word itself, in Yoruba, has many meanings. It means head, or the apex or highest pinnacle of achievement. In a spiritual sense, the head, as the highest point of the human body, represents Ori. The head of a company or organization is known as Olori, or Ori for short. The supreme being, our single God, is known as Oludumare, another form of the word.
In the human body, Ori has two roles: the physical and the spiritual. The physical functions of Ori will be familiar to us: our brains think, our eyes see, our noses smell, and our ears hear. Our mouths speak and eat and breathe. Our faces are different from all others and provide our physical identities. Our spiritual Ori are themselves subdivided into two elements: Apari-inu and Ori Apere. Apari-inu represents character; Ori Apere represents destiny. An individual may come to Earth with a wonderful destiny, but if he or she comes with bad character, the likelihood of fulfilling that destiny is severely compromised. Character is essentially unchangeable. Destiny is more complex. Continue reading
Fundamental Education. Chapter XXXVII: The Consciousness
By Samael Aun Weor
People confuse Intelligence with Intellect, and say that a very intelligent or very intellectual person is very conscious. We say that the CONSCIOUSNESS is, in man, beyond any doubt and without any fear of fooling ourselves, a very particular type of “APPREHENSION OF INNER KNOWLEDGE” which is wholly independent of all mental activities.
The faculty of Consciousness allows us to reach the knowledge of ourselves.
Consciousness provides us with an integral knowledge of what is, of where it is, of what is really known, of what is certainly not known.
The Revolutionary Psychology teaches that only man himself can get to know himself. Only we can know whether we are Conscious or not at a given moment. Only you yourself can know about your own Consciousness and whether it exists at a given moment or not. Continue reading
Light & Shadow Tarot by Michael Goepferd
From Vopus [Excerpted]
The Being, the Inner-Self, the Monad, has two Souls; the first is the Spiritual Soul, the second is the Human Soul. The former is Dante’s Beatrice, Beautiful Helen, the Shulamite of the wise Solomon, the ineffable adorable wife, the Buddhi of Theosophy. The Latter is the Human Soul, the Causal Principle, the Noble Husband, the Superior Manas of Theosophy. Even when it may seem rare and strange, while the Human Soul works, the Spiritual Soul plays.
Adam and Eve integrate within the Monad and its Kabbalistic value is 10, which reminds us of the IO, in other words, of the vowels iiiiiii ooooooo. The very sacred union of the Eternal Masculine with the Eternal Feminine, the integration of the opposites within the Essential and Divine Monad. Continue reading
ARE WE POSSESSED?
By Paul Levy
The demons, psychologically speaking, are very real, in that they alter our experience of ourselves. Jung says,
“As a rule there is a marked unconsciousness of any complexes, and this naturally guarantees them all the more freedom of action. In such cases their powers of assimilation become especially pronounced, since unconsciousness helps the complex to assimilate even the ego, the result being a momentary and unconscious alteration of personality known as identification with the complex. In the Middle Ages it went by another name; it was called possession.”
We, as “modern” people, to the extent we are acting out our unconscious, are as much “plagued” by possession as people in the Middle Ages.
“…in all cases identification with the unconscious [complex] brings a weakening of consciousness, and herein lies the danger. You do not ‘make’ an identification, you do not ‘identify yourself,’ but you experience your identity with the archetype in an unconscious way and so are possessed by it.”
Anything we are unconsciously identical with we are possessed by, and hence, compelled to act out in our life without understanding why. Though we have dismissed the idea of demons on the altar of our rationality, to quote Jung, Continue reading
ARE WE POSSESSED?
By Paul Levy
C. G. Jung writes, “If, for a moment, we look at mankind as one individual, we see that it is like a man carried away by unconscious powers.” We are a species carried away — “possessed” by — and acting out, the unconscious. Jung elaborates, “Possession, though old-fashioned, has by no means become obsolete; only the name has changed. Formerly they spoke of ‘evil spirits,’ now we call them ‘neurosis’ or ‘unconscious complexes.’” To condescendingly think that we, as modern-day, rational people, are too sophisticated to believe in something as primitive as demons is to have fallen under the spell of the very evil spirits we are imagining are nonexistent. What the ancients call demons are a psychic phenomena which compel us to act out behaviors contrary to our best intentions. To quote Jung, “…the psychic conditions which breed demons are as actively at work as ever. The demons have not really disappeared but have merely taken on another form: they have become unconscious psychic forces.”
“Possession,” according to Jung is “a primordial psychic phenomenon” that “denotes a peculiar state of mind characterized by the fact that certain psychic contents, the so-called complexes, take over the Continue reading
Where in the World is Dantian?
By Sifu Anthony Korahais, 2012
The Chinese word dantian (丹田) literally means “elixir field”. A better translation is “energy center.” It is the natural center for your body’s energy. Dantian is important not only for energy arts like Qigong, but also for martial arts, especially Tai Chi Chuan and Shaolin Kung Fu.
So where in the world is dantian?
Traditionally, it is located slightly below and slightly behind your belly button. The classical measurement uses a biological inch, which is the width of your own thumb. So your dantian is located 3 thumb-widths below and 2 thumb-widths behind your navel.
But if you go searching for dantian with your thumbs, you’re not likely to find it. First of all, dantian can be in slightly different places for Continue reading