When I look at my life and all that I have been through, I can’t help but to think about how my life has been a real journey. It has been filled with many hardships and obstacles. I know everyone has challenges so this is no complaint, it is simply an observation and recognition to myself of how much that I have been through and triumphed over. You see, for much of my life, I settled for being in the background because I didn’t want the attention. Or should I say, I was used to being treated in a less than honorable fashion to which I began to retreat within myself. Then I forced more of what was put upon me onto myself. Our impressions of ourselves usually start at a very young age with family dynamics at play. Although I love my family, I don’t really know them and they don’t really know who I truly am.
I’ve come to realize that none of that matters. We are not defined by the opinions of others regardless of the part of the puzzle that they fit within the scope of our lives. It took a long time to get to this place and I probably wouldn’t have made it this far if it wasn’t for the Orishas.
Through IFA and Lukumi, I have not only learned a great deal but I have gotten answers about things or I should say situations concerning family, work, hobbies….you name it and I have been able to ask questions and get very concrete answers. Even with this I was still lost for a while but something in my life has shifted and I am beginning to feel true peace. I cherish the new space that I have just entered and I know it would not be possible without the Orishas dragging me there kicking and screaming!
Lesson learned: You can save yourself a lot of pain, heartache, or whatever kind of troubles you are having if you just listen and trust the advice of the Orishas. They come into our lives to help us and guide us so that we can get to a higher level of consciousness. Therefore, as the saying goes, try to get out of your own way. Sometimes, the advice given, is the hardest thing to abide by even though it may seem like a small thing to someone else. I’ve learned that what may be easy to one person may not be easy to the next so it is best not to judge. We need to also give ourselves a break sometimes too. We can’t go back and rewrite yesterday but we can take what we’ve learned and be better and more useful tomorrow.
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