Ori literally means “head”, Ori refers to one’s spiritual intuition and destiny. It is the reflective spark of human consciousness embedded into the human essence and therefore is often personified as an Orisha in its own right.
Human beings are able to heal themselves both spiritually and physically by working with the Orishas to achieve a balanced character or iwa-pele. When one has a balanced character, one obtains an alignment with one’s Ori or divine self.
Ori should be worshiped like Orisha. When things are not going right, Ori should be consulted. And to make things right Ori should be appeased. This is because whatever one becomes or whatever happens in one’s life is as destined by Ori.
Destiny And Fate
All human beings possess what is known as “Àyànmô” (destiny, fate) and are expected to eventually become one in spirit with Olódùmarè (Olòrún, the divine creator and source of all energy).
The Physical World
Furthermore, the thoughts and actions of each person in Ayé (the physical realm) interact with all other living things, including the Earth itself.
Each person attempts to achieve transcendence and find their destiny in Òrún-Réré (the spiritual realm of those who do good and beneficial things).
One’s Orí-Inu (spiritual consciousness in the physical realm) must grow in order to consummate union with one’s “Ipônri” (Orí Òrún, spiritual self).
Those who stop growing spiritually, in any of their given lives, are destined for “Òrún-Apadi” (the invisible realm of potsherds).
Life And Death
Life and death are cycles of existence in a series of physical bodies while one’s spirit evolves toward transcendence.
This evolution is the most evident amongst the Orishas, the divine viziers of the Almighty God.
Iwapẹlẹ (or well-balanced) meditation and sincere veneration is sufficient to strengthen the Orí-Inu of most people.
Well-balanced people, it is able to make positive use of the simplest form of connection between their Oris and the omnipotent Olu-Òrún: an adúra (petition or prayer) for divine support.
Orí Òrún Prayer
Prayer to one’s Orí Òrún has been known to produce an immediate sensation of joy.
Ẹlégbara (Eṣu, the divine messenger) initiates contact with Òrún on behalf of the petitioner, and transmits the prayer to Ayé; the deliverer of àṣẹ or the spark of life.
He transmits this prayer without distorting it in any way. Thereafter, the petitioner may be satisfied with a personal answer.
In the event that he or she is not, the Ifa oracle may also be consulted.
All communication with Òrún, whether simplistic in the form of a personal prayer or complicated in the form of that done by an initiated priest of divination, however, is energized by invoking àṣẹ.
Olódùmarè has àṣẹ over all that is. It is for this reason that He is considered supreme.