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Obafemi Origunwa is a babalawo, personal sustainability consultant and counselor. His mission is to facilitate change and inspire greatness.
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those who trust us, educate us. 
- t.s. eliot

this is particularly true of mentors and proteges. to be clear, i'm not talking about clients, who drop in to address an acute problem. proteges are those people who seek me out for ongoing guidance and support. these are the people who, after having their problems resolved, go on to "promote me", either by inviting me to help them with deeper problems or by introducing their friends and families to me. in this way, the people i consider proteges demonstrate trustworthiness. and as that bond of trust in strengthened, i do more to educate them on various facets of life. 
what's important for you to know is that, this kind of relationship is enabled by SHARED VALUES. now, that does not mean we think the same. shared values means that we have comparable concern for the same kinds of issues; it might be that we place high value on sustainability, african spirituality or music. even though our tastes and even our approaches to those topics might be different, we hold them in high esteem. shared values is essential to building trust and enabling education because they provide a shared emotional foundation. the more shared values, the less we need to explain, convince or persuade. 

live the medicine of shared values.

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Black Panther

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The Black Panther is the ceremonial title given to the chief of the Panther Tribe of the advanced African nation of Wakanda. In addition to ruling the country, he is also chief of its various tribes (collectively referred to as the Wakandas). The Panther habit is a symbol of office (head of state) and is used even during diplomatic missions. The Panther is a hereditary title, but one still must earn it.

 

In the distant past, a meteorite made of the (fictional) vibration-absorbing mineral vibranium crashed in Wakanda, and was unearthed. Reasoning that outsiders would exploit Wakanda for this valuable resource, the ruler at the time, King T'Chaka, like his father and other Panthers before him, concealed his country from the outside world. T'Chaka's first wife, T'Challa's birth mother N'Yami, died while in labor with T'Challa, so T'Challa would be raised by his father and his father's second wife Ramonda, at least until T'Chaka was murdered by the adventurer Ulysses Klaw. With his people still in danger, a young T'Challa used Klaw's sound weapon on him, gravely injuring him and forcing him to flee. Around the same time, his stepmother Ramonda visited her old home in South Africa. While on this trip she was kidnapped and taken prisoner by Anton Pretorius (T'Challa would not learn of this until years later).

 

T'Challa was next in line to be the king of Wakanda and Black Panther, but until he was ready to become the leader of the nation, his uncle S'yan, T'Chaka's younger brother, successfully passed the trials to become the Black Panther. While on his Wakandan walkabout rite of passage, T'Challa met and fell in love with apparent orphaned teen Ororo Munroe, who would grow up to become the X-Men member Storm.[26]The two broke off their relationship due to his desire to avenge his father's death and to become the type of man who could suitably lead Wakanda, but they would see each other over the years when they could.

 

T'Challa earned the title and attributes of the Black Panther by defeating the various champions of the Wakandan tribes. One of his first acts was to disband and exile the Hatut Zeraze—the Wakandan secret police—and its leader, his adopted brother Hunter the White Wolf. Later, to keep peace, he picked dora milaje ("adored ones") from rival tribes to serve as his personal guard and ceremonial wives-in-training. He then studied abroad for a time before returning to his kingship. T'Challa next invited the American superhero team the Fantastic Four to Wakanda, then attacked and neutralized them individually in order to prove himself worthy as his people's defender and to test the team to see if it could be an effective ally against Klaw, who had become a supervillain made of living sound.[27][28] After the ruler made proper amends to the superhero team, the four befriended and helped T'Challa, and he in turn aided the heroes against the supervillain the Psycho-Man.[29]

 

T'Challa later joined the Avengers,[30] beginning a long association with that superhero team. He first battled the Man-Ape while with the group,[31] and then met the American singer Monica Lynne,[32] with whom he became romantically involved. He helped the Avengers defeat the second Sons of the Serpent, and then revealed his true identity on American television.[33] He encountered Daredevil, and revealed to him that he had deduced Daredevil's secret identity.[34]

 

T'Challa then helps Ororo Munroe (alias Storm), with whom he had a brief romance during his teens,[40] reunite with her surviving family members in Africa and the U.S. He shortly afterward proposes, and the two are married in a large Wakandan ceremony attended by many superheroes. However, he failed to reunite both Captain America and Iron Man because of their opposing views on the Superhuman Registration Act.[41]

 

One of the couple's first tasks is to embark on a diplomatic tour, in which they visit the Inhumans, Doctor Doom, the President of the United States, and Namor, with only that last ending well.[42] After the death of Bill Foster, the Black Panther and Storm side with Captain America's anti-registration forces.[43] During the end battle between both sides, the Wakandan embassy in Manhattan is heavily damaged, though no Wakandans were hurt.[44]

 

The title "Black Panther" is a rank of office, chieftain of the Wakandan Panther Clan. As chieftain, the Panther is entitled to eat a special heart-shaped herb which, in addition to his mystical connection with the Wakandan Panther god, grants him superhumanly acute senses and increases his strength, speed, stamina, and agility to the peak of human development. He has since lost this connection and forged a new one with another unknown Panther deity, granting him augmented physical attributes as well as a resistance to magic.[52] His senses are so powerful that he can pick up a prey's scent and memorize tens of thousands of individual ones. Following his war with Doom, T'challa loses his enhanced abilities only to once again establish a connection with the Panther God.[55]

 

As king of Wakanda, the Panther has access to a vast collection of magical artifacts, advanced Wakandan technological and military hardware, as well as the support of his nation's wide array of scientists, warriors, and mystics. The Wakandan military has been described as one of the most powerful on Earth. His attire is the sacred vibranium costume of the Wakandan Panther Cult.

 

He is a skilled hunter, tracker, strategist, politician, inventor, and scientist—he has a Ph.D. degree in physics from Oxford University. Considered one of the eight smartest people on the planet,[58] he is a genius in physics and advanced technology, and is a brilliant inventor. He also has been granted the knowledge of every past Black Panther.[55]

 

T'Challa is a rigorously trained gymnast and acrobat, showing mastery in various African martial arts as well as contemporary ones and fighting styles that belong to no known disciplines.

 

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About ObafemiO

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The journey of life has its own genius that can hardly be reduced to words. What I offer here is but a glimpse of the many divine sparks that have illuminated my life travels. My maternal grandfather was born in Mississippi during the 1880′s. His father was born a slave, which makes me just 2 generations from that terrible and inhumane institution that still defines much of the American psyche. As the story goes, Green Green was just a small boy when word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the plantation where he lived. Although he was just a child – not more than 12 years old – Green Green ran and ran until he reached Tougaloo, Mississippi.

 

Leaping forward, to 1992, I was visiting Ecuador when I had a very powerful dream. I was in the forest with a group of Africans, who were performing a very solemn ceremony. We stood in a semi-circle around an enormous tree. In an image reminiscent of the crucified Christ, an African man was tied to the tree, facing into the circle. Deep sadness filled the silence as well as my heart. I thought to myself, “He is dying. The rebel is dying. The people are losing their leader.” Without any outward motion, the crucified African responded, “Yes. Now you must take my place.”

 

Freedom, like love are experiences that one cannot keep to himself. We want them for one another as much as we want them for ourselves. African culture and spirituality radiate an irresistible love of freedom. As a result, Bob Marley, Dr. King, P.B. Randolph and countless family ancestors like Green Green are synonymous with the spirit of liberation.  In the year 2000, during my first initiation into the Ifa priesthood, the Holy Odu Ogunda Meji appeared, telling of the priest who would return to heaven to liberate the heavenly priests, who had been captured and were facing eminent execution. Today, when I consult Ifa, deliver a workshop or teach a class, my objective is to facilitate spiritual freedom.

 

Spiritual freedom begins with acknowledgement and celebration of your spiritual identity and is maintained through personal rituals that energize your highest aspirations.

 

I am available for 1 on 1 consultations, cleansing rituals, workshops, as well as rites of passage ceremonies (e.g., naming, marriage, house blessing and initiation).

 

Call 510.485.2336 | ObafemiO@yahoo.com | www.ObafemiO.com

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Jung on Synchronicity and the Paranormal

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A Book Review Author – Carl Jung 1875-1961 Swiss psychiatrist Founder of Analytic Psychology Book Contents Selected and Introduced by Roderick Main Princeton University Press, 177 pages Part of the Encountering Jung ...
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AJAYI CROWTHER | Nigerian National News

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Ajayi was born in a little town called Osogun in Yorubaland around the year 1810. Osogun was said to be four miles in circumference with about 3,000 inhabitants [1]. His parents gave him the name Ajayi as a symbol of importance. They also consulted the Ifa Oracle to find out which of the four hundred traditional Yoruba deities he would grow up to worship. The Ifa priest was said to have warned them against dedicating him to any idol having foreseen that he would worship the Almighty God [2].

 

Ajayi’s father was a farmer and a weaver. From him, little Ajayi learned how to farm and shepherd domestic animals. He was noted for his courage and patience. He demonstrated this courage when he saved, at the risk of his life, his father’s idols when their house was being destroyed in a conflagration. On a day that looked quite bright, Osogun, his town, was to have her turn of the sorrowful fate of ruin, desolation and deprivation caused by the inhuman trade in slaves. At about breakfast time, the alarm was sounded when enemies were seen approaching. It was at first mistaken for the slave raiders who usually passed by Osogun.

 

Within a short time, the town was surrounded by the Foulahs, the “Yoruba Mohammedans”[3] and the slaves who had run away from their masters. It was estimated that they numbered about 2,000 on strong swift horses. The enemies came at a time when most of the able men and women of the town had gone on their daily rounds of work and those left at home could not cope with the task of beating back the enemies. Houses were ruthlessly set on fire and the inhabitants fled for their lives. Ajayi’s father seeing that it was a situation beyond his control, entered the house after ordering all his people to flee and he was never seen again. The whole town was in flames.

 

Ajayi, his mother and two sisters, ran into the hands of two of the raiders, who put nooses round their necks.[4] They were led away to join thousands of others under the same affliction. They were later marched to Iseyin where Ajayi was exchanged for a horse. This was how he became separated from his mother and was taken to the town of Ijaye where he was sold to a Mohammedan woman. This woman was planning to take him on a journey to Popo from whence Ajayi knew he would never return. The very thought made him sick. He unsuccessfully attempted to commit suicide by strangling himself when he became fed up with the perpetual misery of slavery. In exchange for tobacco leaves and English wine, he was given to an Ijebu trader. He had suffered so much that in desperation he adjusted to slavery and was ready to accept any condition.

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Ose Ifa: Eriwo Ya.wmv

Eku ojo ose! Blessed day of Ifa!! We welcome the Good Spirit!!! Please join us. For more information, please visit: www.ObafemiO.com | 510.485.2336 ... Obafemi ...
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Dreams & Fantasies

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Fantasies and imaginary happenings are frowned upon in the orisa lifestyle. Consequently, even the more esoteric dimensions of the practice are grounded in emperical evidence. Charms, incantations and initiations have to manifest in order to be taken as authentic.
At the same time, nocturnal dreams and creativity are actually very appreciated and encouraged in orisa lifestyle. When a woman dreams of a bat (the winged kind), for example, she will be advised to examine her integrity and loyalties; the bat symbolizes wishy-washy character and questionable loyalty. Likewise, oju inu - inner eye - is requisite for any apprentice. Most importantly, for the spiritual seeker who wishes to learn and develop in the orisa lifestyle, it is vital to master the ability to balance creative impulses and mental focus. To learn more, ask Ifa: 510.485.2336
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Araba Ifayemi O. Elebuibon: Ajosejaye by Araba Ifayemi Elebuibon

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... Transformative Work parents and community members must do to assure the child's safe passage. [Also learn the] Sustainable Practices that will minimize threats and maximize strengths in the child's journey of life."~ O.
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Orisa CDC to Co-Sponsor Sacred Healing Symposium & Host ...

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Orisa CDC to Co-Sponsor Sacred Healing Symposium & Host Visionary Filmmaker at Harvard. Imagine getting a team of African healers to spend four years channeling spiritual energy to help you launch a documentary film!
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The POWER Lunch Obafemi Origunwa 03/22 by The Divine Prince ...

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Obafemi Origunwa. Hoodoo New Orleans Voodoo Secrets and Recipes on The POWER Lunch at Noon US CST LIVE from New Orleans - The Divine Prince. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-Divine-Prince · http://www.
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consistent methodology

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Obafemi Origunwa is a babalawo (Yoruba priest of Ifa) and the creator of the Orisa Lifestyle Agreements, which are personal rituals that help you to Live the Medicine.
Obafemi Origunwa's insight:

The best thing about complaints is that they indicate what you DON'T like. 

I've built my career on helping people identify their natural gifts and talents. Those who have chosen to follow my prescriptions for living the medicine can attest to the fact that it requires focus and concentration upon how you really want to show up in the world. 

By the same token, living the medicine is also about saying no. You need to cultivate an intuitive sense of what is off the mark for you. Bill Cosby said the best way to fail is to try to please everyone. You cannot be everything to everyone and still retain an authentic identity. 

Do you know when to say no? What are using as a filter for what you eat, who you date, where you live, how you dress and why you pray? If you're like most people, you're mixing and matching systems without any definitive method. This creates as much chaos and unpredictability as it does success. 

Living the medicine means adhering to a consistent method that systematically organizes your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual endeavors. 

Live the medicine of consistent methodology.


Available for 1:1 consultations, workshops and retreats.

Obafemi Origunwa | 510.485.2336


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Identity = Destiny

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Martha Stewart has proven that being a perfectionist can be profitable and admirable when creating content across the board: in television, books, newspapers, radio, video, her content is impeccable. And this is the ironic difficulty surrounding perfectionism (i.e., type-A personalities and anal retentive habits); as much as they drive people crazy, perfectionists get the job done, usually the first time. If you've ever created something that even approached “perfect” you know that people are likely to take notice and celebrate it as a great success.

 

At the same time, however, part of perfectionism is actually fear of being wrong. In this regard, perfectionism is an attempt to compensate for insecurity.  Impostor syndrome, sometimes called impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome, is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments. Despite evidence of their competence, those with the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Surprisingly, Peter Senge tells us that many high-level corporate executives suffer accutely from deep-seeded inferiority complexes. For many of these people, proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be. 

 

Inescapable feelings of insecurity can drive a person to perfectionism instead of embracing personal greratness. And while it is important to aspire to perfection, it's even more important to be faithful to your natural gifts and talents. Perfection, in this regard, is reflected in your ability to use your natural gifts and talents to make a meaningful contribution to the people you serve. When you remain focused on the value of your contribution to the lives of others, you discover the ways in which your identity links you to something much greater than yourself. No one who has stood for high values—love, truth, justice—has died being able to claim perfection of the art. When you embrace your highest values, you also learn to align your efforts with long term effectiveness over short term perfection.

 

In the 1 day Identity = Destiny workshop, we will draw from Yoruba sacred texts, rites of passage and personal experiences in order to define personal greatness. Organize a workshop in your community today. 

 

 

 

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Tell Your Story

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Once upon a time, I worked as an Implementation Engineer for the Nation's leading telecom company. I learned a lot about databases, nodes and call scripts, among other things. But the one lesson that has stuck with me was the importance of "putting feathers in your cap" and "tooting your own horn" from time to time. 

 

You see, prior to my my 5 year stint in the telecom industry, I had worked as a professional educator. As such, my attention was focused exclusively upon the student and the material. After all, there's no room for putting feathers in one's cap in an elementary school classroom. I mean, imagine me as a teacher, asking a child to go tell the principle that I had just resolved a big argument over the tetherball game... I would not be taken seriously AT ALL.

 

So, when I got into telecom and I would help a client troubleshoot a problem or launch an application ahead of schedule, it never occured to me to ask those clients to write me letters of recommendation. Similarly, it never occured to me to directly tell my coworkers and superiors that I had been successful. I was just "doing my job" and that was the problem.  

 

But one day, my supervisor somehow got wind of a project I had worked on successfully. She pulled me aside and asked me why I never sent her any report of my success. I explained that it had never occured to me. She kind of shook her head and grinned as if to say, "What a rookie!" Then she explained the nature of the game. "This is a big place. You have to treat these projects like your own business. It's not enough to just show up and work hard if you want it to grow. People have to know who you are and what you're about. So when you do a good job, you have to put a feather in your cap. Then, when the time is ripe, you have to toot your own horn." This is consistent with Mother Wit, which teaches us that "Closed mouths don't get fed."

 

LIVE THE MEDICINE ACTION POINT:  Who knows what you do and why it matters? If you want to earn more money or attract a better client base, it's not enough to just do your job. You have to document your successes and share them strategically. Otherwise, the people who are actively searching for your natural gifts and talents will have no way to find you and distinguish your services from the thousands of others in your industry. To learn more about how to tell your story in a simple and credible way, ask Ifa: 510.485.2336 | www.obafemio.com

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Religion and Science: A Beautiful Friendship, Part 4 | Psychology Today

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The title of Mark Twain’s What Is Man? poses a question that humans have pondered for millennia. Our species modestly calls itself Homo sapiens—Man, the wise. We’ve also been dubbed Man, the builder; the tool maker; the game player; and the talker. Twain himself argued that man is a machine, Homo machinus.

While all these characterizations capture some aspect of humanness, none does so uniquely. On the contrary, it seems that every time someone makes a case that a particular trait sets humans apart, experts in animal life say, ‘No, animals do that too.’ Animals show intelligence and build nests, dams, and webs. They make tools, play games, and make war. They communicate and display emotion.

There’s one faculty that humans have developed more than other animals. It’s our capacity to build ever more accurate and comprehensive models that explain the world and nature and thereby give us a measure of control over it. In this context, you can think of models as explanations and stories—explanations of how the world works; stories about how we ourselves behave.

I’m not saying that other animals don’t employ models. Once again, the distinction doesn’t appear to be absolute. We may never know exactly when our hominid ancestors began inventing stories and telling fortunes, making maps and myths, keeping accounts and ledgers, depicting animals, explaining disasters, and speculating about death.

 

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FOLKTALES ACROSS THE AFRICAN DIASPORA | Why Goats Smell Bad

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This is one of my absolute favorites!!! Yogbo, the glutton is the notorious trickster of Fon folklore. Like his Yoruba counterpart, Ajapa, Yogbo has a special relationship with mischief. He has a unique ability to draw confusion out of an otherwise peaceful situation. Whether it's Only One Cowry, Why Lizards Dont Talk or this one, Why Goats Smell Bad, I am always amazed by the funny way these stories reveal the more unsavory dimensions of the human mind! Please join us at the MoAD for this dramatic telling of a great story!

The storytelling will be followed by an interactive story extension, with percussion, movement and song. Obafemi Origunwa was initiated into the Ifa priesthood by Araba Ifayemi Elebuibon in Osogbo, Nigeria.

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Yoruba Spirituality

While many Americans are drawn to orisa devotion, they are also equally apprehensive about the commitment orisa requires. Find out about the effects of spiritual neutralization, the 3 aversions and what you can do to deepen your well of spirituality. To overcome the 3 aversions so that you can enjoy continuous improvement, ask Ifa 510.485.2336 | www.ObafemiO.com

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Ifa owns today, tomorrow and the day after...

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Ifa is the oracle of upmost importance to the Yoruba people. Because of its efficacy as a holistic system, people from all walks of life and from many diverse backgrounds count on Ifa for creating spiritual strategies for all of life's challenges. 

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Ifa WEDNESDAYS now with Obafemio Origunwa | The Divine Prince Hoodoo Obeah Bokor | Live the Medicine!

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Ojelola Ifasakinand Osebiile Lejuba Ifa Ojelola Ifasakin is the Awo founder presiding priest at Osebiile Lejuba Ifa and will be on The POWER Lunch with Brother Divine Prince Ty Emmecca Hoodoo Voodoo Obeah Bokor.
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Orisa Lifestyle Agreements

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Small actions that have a big impact on your destiny are called orisa lifestyle agreements. These are habits that support strategies for continuous improvement and align you with your divine mission. To learn more, ask Ifa: 510.485.2336
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