Sunday, February 19, 2012

Use Your Head

I have certainly received a lot of feedback via email about the series of posts dealing with Orasyon. It was an interesting range of sentiments. Oddly enough, a few people seemed to have had some weird personal buttons pushed and were little ‘upset’ that I told that story! Oh well…not that uncommon considering the subject matter.

Quite unexpectedly, I was inundated by actual requests for Orasyones from the general public, including a lot of folks who I’m sure aren’t among my few regular readers. The requests I received ran the standard gamut of people’s main concerns: money, health, victory over enemies, getting the edge over competitors, mystical knowledge, etc. Some went into detail in describing various personal circumstances. In fact, if I was in the business of ‘selling’ orasyones this could have been a windfall month.

Unfortunately those requests must remain unfulfilled. I have essentially two things to say on the matter. First, anything of this nature should of course be given to you by your own Guru/Teacher/Advisor. Orayson, mantra, or certain du’a are highly personal and are not commodities to be bought, sold or traded. If you are so inclined, I might suggest the Book of Psalms which has been a source of such inspiration for many centuries in various traditions – and its free.

Then there’s another way to look at it. Instead of clamoring for esoteric words in foreign languages, you could just as well focus on the Source of the power for any orasyon – which happens to be nothing but your own Higher Consciousness.

I’ll use a verse from a traditional Yoruba scripture to illustrate my point:

Oye betula,

Oye bestusa

Oye fetu sari o sebi oun rogun ire se

Adifa fun ojaja kan nimogun

Omo afi kangan mowo tarun

Nje ori oloja lo doja ire

Oye knelt down to ingest a ‘magical’ powder

Oye uses magical potions to summon power

Oye rubs magical powders on his head (thinking it will solve his problems)

This was revealed for Ojaja

Child uses his hands to skillfully plait his hair

It is the market woman’s Head that makes her trade successful

These simple, yet richly symbolic lines speak to the folly of relying on such things as ‘magic charms’, anting-anting, ajimats, etc. The Yoruba word for ‘Head’ (Ori) refers not so much to the physical container for the brain, but to the Mind and Consciousness itself. In Yoruba verse, the ‘hands’ refer to some sort of skillful action. If one uses one’s hands to skillfully plait the hair, it is the same as we say in English slang “getting your Head together”. The last line emphasizes that success comes not from the use of magic potions or incantations, but rather from working hard – and smart.

Another fitting aphorism of the Yoruba (by way of Cuba) puts it: "If my Head doesn’t sell me, no one will buy me!”

Think on this…

Thursday, February 02, 2012

The Festival

For those who took the time to study the flyer in the previous post, you already know that I will be a featured instructor at this years’ well-known SARATOGA MARTIAL ARTS FESTIVAL in New York next month. It should be a fantastic weekend!

By all means visit the website

Saratoga Martial Arts Festival!