Besides seeking a reading to figure out matters of love or money, one of the most common reasons that people consult merindinlogun is because they believe that someone is using witchcraft to work against them.  This article isn’t about negating the existence of witchcraft, but rather begs the question about the depths of our faith.

destinyIn Candomblé we believe in Ori and it’s the first entity we praise.  Ori is both the physical
head and our spiritual selves (our destiny and the divine force residing within us all).  Ori is one’s guide even before being initiated.  In fact, an Orixa cannot claim one’s head without Ori’s consent.  When we take care of Ori, Ori takes care of us (or rather, helps us take care of ourselves).

In his Yoruba Beliefs and Sacrificial Rites, J. Omosade Awolalu writes of Ori that:

When a Yoruba says Orii mi ba mi se e (my head has enabled me to do it) he is referring to the fact that it is the alter ego that has helped him.  If a person miraculously escapes from harm, he will say orii mi yo mi (my ori has saved me). If, on the other hand, a strong boy maltreats a weaker one and the former, in an attempt to run away, dashes his toe against something, the latter will say ‘orii mi lo mu e yen (it is my ori that has caught you).  In other words, it is my ‘head’ that has passed judgement on you.  If an enemy plans some mischief against a person, and the mischief is miscarried, people will say of the fortunate person, ‘orii re ko gbabodi‘ (his ori does not compromise with the evil one; that is, his Ori wards off evil).

In short, the belief that no weapon formed against me shall prosper is not new.  People around you may want to see your demise, but your misfortune is not necessarily a result of their ill will.  People can try as hard as they want to bring you down, but your Ori will lift you up when you put in the work. Have faith in Ori.  Ori wants to see you win.

While we believe in destiny, there is also an element of free will.  We may have chosen the general direction in which our lives would go prior to incarnating, but the smaller decisions we make on the way to reaching our destination are up to us as we’re on Earth. Sometimes, the bad luck we experience is a consequence of actions that we took ourselves. It can be easier to say someone put something on you rather than to accept the fact that somewhere on the journey you made a bad decision.  Ori is your biggest cheerleader.  Ori is not going to allow someone’s ill wishes get in the way of achieving your destiny.  We are on an endless journey learning how to take responsibility for our lives without needing a scapegoat when things don’t go our way.

As you navigate your journey, try to relinquish some of the fears you may have picked up along the way.

See also:

What Does Candomblé Believe Anyway?

Why Not Me?