48 LAWS OF POWER: When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity... You cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others.
About five years ago, I started to teach step by step phases of living the medicine: Step #1: Optimize your natural gifts and talents, which is consistent with mastery of your ori. Nothing else matters if you do not start with yourself, your true gifts and essential truth.
Anybody who knows me and has followed my work can see that I depend heavily upon my own natural gifts and talents daily. I'm a communicator. My top priority is to convey meaning through words and images. The deeper I delve into my natural gifts and talents, the more Ifá reveals to me about the greater mysteries of life and death.
For every bright light, however, there is a dark shadow. In this case, when you begin to optimize your natural gifts and talents, you inadvertently trigger the greatest fears of other people. The closer they are, the stronger the reaction. Sometimes, the people who love you the most will become the most fearful. Consequently, they potentially become the most destructive.
This is, however, in keeping with the teachings of Ifá, which tell us in the Holy Odu OfunIrete about how all the òrìsà comprised to destroy ori. As it were, the divinities were planning to descend into the world but they needed a leader. They went to consult Ifá and were told to sacrifice. "What is the sacrifice? " The Babalawo told them they must awaken at dawn and put their foreheads down to pay homage to Olodumare.
All the òrìsà felt certain that their destinies were so great that it would be impossible to lose. They all started to celebrate late into the night. The next day, they all overslept. Only ori awoke at dawn and put his forehead down to pay homage to Olodumare.
Later, they all assembled at the feet of the Almighty to discover who among the òrìsà would become the leader. The awo revealed Obi Alase, the Kola Nut of Authority. The one who could open it would be the leader. Each òrìsà tried and failed. Finally, it was ori's time. With a single attempt, ori opened the Obi Alase with a BANG!
The heavens were filled with jubilation! Everyone sang and danced. But then, they started to think of themselves... "I'm destined to be GREAT! I have tremendous powers! They told me I would change the world..." And so, the òrìsà began to RESENT ori. Their resentment turned to conspiracy. One-by-one, they attacked ori. One-by-one, ori defeated the òrìsà in heaven and RECREATED them on earth, assigning to each of them the natural gifts and talents for which they are praised today.
Ori mo gunwa!
Remember, destiny is greater than circumstance, more powerful than conditions and more influential than slander. Ori mo gunwa!
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