Ori

 

ORI – the inner altar, a place, where our destiny is created is a principle that decides on human lives.  

Ori is the basics of our personality, it decides about our good and bad luck and that is why our Ori (the place in our head) is the most important thing we have, something that we should worship in our life.

Ori is symbolically represented by our head. Our head is also the reference for our physical personality. In the physical world Ori is responsible for all personalities that we show outwardly; for our good character, bad character; for our impatience, self-confidence, responsibility and lack of responsibility. Our Ori is the main reference for our spiritual and social identity, therefore it is of great importance to take good care of it.

Do we believe in destiny?

Destiny (or predestination) consists of two levels. The first is what is intended for us in our life, the other is the realization of the first one. Our effort, our actions, everything we do in our life, is what turns our destiny into something concrete, what implements it. If we wish for our destiny to be active, the foreseen to occur, we have to be active. Unfortunately we often see people of 40, 50 years of age, who lack real direction in their lives. We also know people, who had a lot of opportunities in their lives yet used not one. Some people would love to be happy in their lives, they would like to enjoy their life, but somehow they cannot manage that. Our Ori is worshiped and taken care of in order for us to have spiritual balance in our life; to know right directions and right paths in our life.

Ori is considered a divinity. Ori is our individual god. Each of us has his/her own Ori, whether strong or not. Ori can join us in two ways: We can choose our destiny ourselves, or something is meant for us to happen. Ori and human destiny are in close relation with time. Destiny is the reality. Our destiny determines what we are supposed to or what we are going to experience in our life. There is no need for despair or anxiety in one's life. It is very important to take care of one’s Ori, to worship and to talk to it. In this manner we will always be at the right time in that specific moment in that right place, where our destiny can most positively take its course. In this way we have control over our life. Therefore we will not be too impulsive and we will be able to control our impatience. If we have more control over our own manifestation, we will also gain more control over things that occur in our life. For a person, who respects, takes care of and values his/her Ori, lack of balance in his/her life is not an option, such person is very harmonious. The process of taking care of one’s Ori simultaneously means constant care of one’s spiritual energy and greater harmony in life. These are few facts about our Ori and they apply to every individual. These facts depend on us. If we wish to actively participate in configuring of our own destiny then we have to change certain things in our life, such as our way of thinking, our way of experiencing life. 

Having a good destiny primarily depends on us. Moreover, the reduction of our suffering in life mainly depends on us alone. Human beings are not resistant to suffering. We have common sense, which helps us react to suffering that happens to us – one which we have triggered in our life and are now trying to regulate with the help of common sense. We are all born capable of making changes to reduce our suffering, and precisely for this reason we have to be in touch with our inner mind so that everything functions perfectly. We know many people for whom somehow everything goes wrong. They do not have a plan or special intention. Things just happen to them. These peoples’ lives are on autopilot. Nothing is conditioned by their activity. They do not think and they do not feel their life. Such people are lead only by the consequences in their lives. However, other people, who wish to dominate the events and paths in their lives are here to get to know their Ori and to work with it every single day. Ori is the one, who helps us become the conductor to our destiny. Ori is the one, who provides us with the minimum wisdom and intelligence to solve things, to react to events in our lives in the right way.

 

WORSHIPING OF ORI

My Ori is like my lover. It is a divinity. I embrace it in the morning, stroke it and ask for good things in my life – aloud, with a loving determination. Continue repeating this, and you will find out how very responsible you can be in your life. This is the first and the simplest way of worshiping our Ori. The other one is more difficult; we ask ourselves how to be more tolerant, more patient, how to get inner peace, inner fulfillment in our lives. In the spiritual world we are always trying to teach people how to concentrate on their lives. We always teach people how to implement more values into their life. The second way of worshipping Ori – the more difficult one – is to know one’s own direction in life, one’s own orientation, one’s own wishes, to control one’s impulsiveness in life, because we ourselves are the most important goal, the most important target in our life. If we concentrate on ourselves in our life, we are going to have a more peaceful life and therefore our neighbors will as well. This is the most interesting way of worshiping our personal god, it is a challenge for every individual about how much he/she is prepared to change to his/her own benefit. We have to take care of our good luck and of our frustrations in life as well. 

Another way of worshiping Ori, is a ritual way of worshiping it; it is called Bori. This way is more complex. It involves certain procedures and is performed by certain people, who are qualified for it. This is a ritual through which we feed our personal god and honor him to be nicer to us. Moreover, we do this ritual for our Ori, our personal god, to be present and attentive in our life, so he can be at our service at all times. Ori is something of a significant importance and something we all possess, therefore in the philosophy of Orisha Ori is the first divinity – the first energy, which needs to be worshiped. Our individual Ori is the one, who creates the conditions for all other divinities, regardless of the religion we belong to, to exist in our life. I have my Ori and this Ori is my personal divinity. All other gods, from whichever religion, all depend on how my Ori receives their messages. Each individual is the basis for gods.

Sometimes we have a feeling, as if we had somehow stopped in our life, that we do not now where to go next; we feel depressed or we are so stressed out that we no longer know the way. If we know how to worship our Ori in such times, if we know the procedure, then we can rescue ourselves from such situations with the help from our Ori.

A little criticism for the ladies: we go to the hairdressers’ for example and then try so hard to preserve the hairdo, that we do not wash our hair for a whole week. To our Ori this is the same as if our body had not got any water for a week. We have to take care of our outer Ori (our scalp), so we can gain access to the one inside. For all of you, who are not familiar with the Yoruba philosophy of Orisha, what is most important for you to be aware of, is that if you wanted to have a Bori ritual, to refresh your Ori, it would represent no religious vow, it would just be a spiritual experience. We worship our Ori to have spiritual balance of our choice. 

Ori is our spiritual blessing that helps us discover our goals in life. 

A good Ori is the one, who assists us when making choices in life to choose the right thing for us. A good Ori makes our life more interesting, it protects us from unsuccessful life. 

We all have an Ori and we do not believe in poor, miserable, unlucky destiny. However, we do believe in lack of ability to improve one’s life and this is a matter of training. Literally we have to train our perception, our thinking, our comprehension, our vision of life. We have to train ourselves to comprehend the good things, to direct our actions in achieving the good things in our life. We have to actively make ourselves happy.