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Eshu-Elegba and Energetic Contracts

Eshu Elegba says that people need to be careful about the contracts that they sign.

They need to be sure the read the small print, the addendums, and the information that is exchanged nonverbally.
I am pretty sure that this non-verbal exchange of information is the energy that is passed from one person to another. People need to be sure that they are not signing their life away or putting themselves at a disadvantage.

Most people would agree that energy is information in its most basic form.
We, as human beings, as living organisms are nothing more than energy that vibrates at different frequencies.
When we interact with people, our energetic bodies merge and we began to share information with them.

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However, there are some people who just want to take and not give.

These people are commonly called bloodsuckers, energy vampires, and psychological manipulators. These are the people who give off bad vibes, or the people you just don’t like, but can’t understand why.
They operate based on the 80/20 rule. An even, 50/50 exchange of energy is not enough for them.

They want to suck you dry.

However, they will only take 80% of your energy. They will leave you with 20% because they need to keep you alive, so they can continue milking you for the rest of your life. These people have creative ways of manipulating people.
They use all kinds of tactics like guilt, shame, and fear. Their main purpose is to have total and complete control over you, because then they know that they have a huge stash of energy to feed off of.

Negativity will always need some kind of outside source to support it.
Positive energy has its own intrinsic value. When entering into an energetic contract, you need to be sure that you are expressing what your needs are.
If people are not meeting your needs, then the contract is null and void. The courts that govern spiritual laws will not uphold any contract that puts one person at a significant disadvantage.

Just remember, people with lower levels of consciousness seek to destroy anything that they feel threatened by.

This is why it is so important for all of us to know our worth, to understand our personal power, and not be victims of energetic vampires. This concept is further explored in the fiction book
When The Shadows Began To Dance. It is a book that touches on the healing power of African deities and Orishas.

If you are looking for a crash course on how to be fearless, check out my e-course. The Seven African Powers: The Stepping Stones to Enlightenment. Or, if you have additional questions call for a consultation. I am always ready and willing to help!


Ogun, The Deity of Compassion

Ogun, the Yoruba deity of war and iron is much more than people perceive him to be. There are a lot of stories that portray him as being a fearless warrior. He is a deity that is stringent, bold, and powerful and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. However, the most powerful warrior in the Yoruba religion has a dirty little secret. He has a heart, a big one.

I mentioned in previous articles that Ogun is associated with the manipura chakra. This chakra works as a storage unit, housing our judgments, opinions, and beliefs that we have gathered about the world and ourselves. The third chakra is also a source of cognition, where virtually all thought forms are produced.

Our power center also works as an energetic field that surrounds our body. It protects us from external influences and it ensures that we receive information that is necessary for our survival. Just imagine a huge fort surrounded by a fleet of soldiers with machine guns. Their job is to keep the riffraff out, and only let in the people who are going to bring happiness, love, and piece into your life. Then, it happens, someone sneaks pass your guards and invades your fort. You get angry and vow to never let anyone into your fort ever again.

However, there is one small problem. You need food, provisions, and resources to survive. So then, you start making judgments about who to let in and who to keep out. You start to form opinions based on previous experiences. You understand that your soul needs love in order to survive. But, you just can’t get passed the last person who snuck into your fort. Then, you start to get hungry, you’re guards revolt because they are not getting paid, and the fort that you created to protect yourself from the outside begins to implode and kills you from within.

Judgments are forts that destroy us from within. As humans, we all have judgments and opinions. However, we need to have compassion and be willing to forgive to grow spiritually. We must understand that the people, who hurt us, were operating from a bad place. Perhaps they were at their weakest point. Or maybe they were struggling with one of life’s lessons. People need to understand that the power of forgiveness is not about amnesty. It is about growth. The power of forgiveness and growth is explored in the fiction book
When The Shadows Began To Dance. It speaks about the healing powers of African deities and Orishas.


Ogun, Energy Gone Wrong

We have all seen them, men with huge beer bellies. They walk around with spare tires, plumber’s butts, and A cup boobs. What has happen to these men? Maybe they got older? Or maybe they just gave up on life and decided to let themselves go? Well, it all boils down to one thing, power.

Aside from sexual organs, men and women are quite different. Men are reared to be courageous and powerful. This power comes from the manipura chakra, also known as the third chakra or power chakra. It is located in the solar plexus, in the center of the body. The power chakra is commonly associated with the Yoruba deity Ogun. The manipura chakra is considered the seat of the soul. It is a place that manages the digestive system. However, the digestive process is the reflection of one’s ability to assimilate and “digest” not only food, but also thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. This center determines the health of both our bodies and mind.

Have you ever had a “gut” feeling? This is the manipura chakra working to process information, to help you make the best decision possible. However, a blocked manipura chakra can lead to problems. Many men have a difficult time expressing their emotions. So they go through life with all of their feelings balled up inside of them. This is why men like to watch violent movies, or listen to music with explicit lyrics. These forms of entertainment resonate with men, because it gives them a vicarious thrill.
However, the fantasy world is just a temporary solution to a permanent problem. Sooner or later, men are going to have to release the energy that is trapped inside of them. And they are either going to punch a wall or someone’s face. Some men have the opposite effect. They just give up entirely. These are the men who have no “guts” they don’t stand up for what they believe in. They’re scared to go after what they want, and they are always making excuses for their shortcomings. In worse situations, these men become deadbeat dads, convicts, and losers.

Men with blocked manipura chakras need to reach out to Ogun. Somewhere along the line they have been robbed of their personal power. In many situations, their feelings were never appreciated or validated. Other things like cruelty, abuse, ridicule, shaming, blaming, and guilt, destroy a man’s confidence, resulting in them losing the desire to live full and productive lives. These issues are reflected in the fictional character Ali in the book
When The Shadows Began To Dance. It is the first novel that touches on the power and healing abilities of Orishas and African deities.

Ogun and The Power of Making Money

Having a difficult time making money? Can’t find a job? Are you working two jobs to compensate for the one that you lost? Are you tired, overwhelmed, overburdened with debt and credit card bills? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to work with the African deity of iron, known as Ogun.

Some people are reading this article and probably thinking, what the hell does iron have to do with me not having money? Well, that is a really great question. Ogun is the deity who is revered throughout the diaspora. Venerations for Ogun started in the Iron Age around 500 BCE. The adoption of iron tools sparked progressive growth in African communities. Iron tools significantly increased agriculture. Craftsmen and artisans were able to carve pots, pans, masks, and statues. And medicine men had sturdier tools to work with.

Ogun symbolizes fertility and growth. He may not be the patron of agriculture, but he is credited as being the mastermind that made agriculture possible. You don’t need to be an inventor, beauty queen, or rocket scientist to attract money, power, and success into your life. Iron is in our blood, and we are each born with gifts and special talents that enable us to earn money.

Bill Gates didn’t invent the computer he just created software that revolutionized the technology field. Gates is a man who knew what he wanted, and didn’t waste anytime going after his dreams. Many people believe that they can manifest things that are outside of themselves. So they work to manifest someone else’s ideas, someone else’s plans. People who don’t have money, waste a great deal of time, doing what is expected of them, as oppose to doing things that they truly love. People have to take their traits, their talent, and skills, turn them into “tools” and manifest them into something bigger.

There are a lot of people who believe in pipe dreams. They feel that if they make the necessary sacrifices and offerings that Ogun is going to send them a winning lottery ticket in the mail. They feel like someone is going to just call and offer them their dream job. Ogun doesn’t work like that. He is stringent, precise, and a tireless worker. He is a deity who will believe in you, as long as you believe in yourself. You just need to be a visionary and take the necessary steps to make things happen.


Ogun, And Rites of Passage

I had the most difficult time writing about Ogun. From my research, I found that he was the patron of war, check. I found out that he was instrumental in the Haiti Revolution, check. I found out that he clears paths with a machete, check. With all the information that I gathered, I still had the most difficult time writing about Ogun. Then, I had a breaking point. I stopped menstruating and the words began to flow. I learned that the powerful deity of war hates bloodshed, and avoids it like the plague. To Ogun, a woman menstruating is a “period” of mourning, for it is a child that failed to be born. Wow! Ogun is deep and incredibly compassionate. The more I began to write about Ogun, the more I began to develop a deep respect and a profound love for a deity that every male should strive to be like.

Ogun is a savior, a breadwinner, and a hero. He is the patron of war, of clearing paths, of tool making, and agriculture. He is the Orisha who makes sacrifices for his family and community. He is the patron of iron and he is commonly associated with the manipura chakra. Our ancestors understood that men have ten times more testerone than women. It is believed that testerone makes men, in particularly teenage boys more aggressive. So in traditional times, every boy went through rigorous ceremonies to be come a man. Back then; boys didn’t get cake and ice cream when they came of age. They were sent away from their mothers and sisters, to work with the men in the village to perform, backbreaking grueling work.

They wrestled and fought, kicked and punched. They did this so they would know not only how to throw a punch, but how to take one too. I suppose that these rituals were very much like boot camp today. Only, they didn’t have all of the fancy gear and equipment to protect them from the elements. No, our ancestors were out in the fields for days, with bare feet and just the clothes on their backs. There are many people who view the Africans as primitive, engaging in barbaric practices that didn’t make any sense.

However, these rituals taught men how to become men. The rituals reared boys to be like Ogun, strong, powerful, and controlled. These rituals molded boys to make the necessary sacrifices for their family and loved ones. Most importantly, these rituals taught boys about compassion and the pain that comes from bloodshed. They knew how much it hurt to be hit, so they would never hit their wives and children. They knew how hunger felt, so they ensured that their family ate well. They understood pain and would do anything to keep their loved ones from experiencing it. Lastly, they understood that the essence of being a man was caring for a woman.

Ogun, A Necessary Evil

Sigmund Freud was perhaps the first person to mention the ego. He wrote long articles and books about how dangerous the ego was. Then, there were others who jumped on the Freud bandwagon, claiming that people needed to free themselves entirely from the ego. I have read numerous books by self-help gurus, spiritualist, and holistic health practitioners who all say the same thing, “get rid of the ego.” However, after studying Ifa, and learning about Ogun, the patron of iron and war, I believe that it is best for everyone to hold on to it.

I studied Western thought practically my whole adult life. I wasn’t exposed to African principles until my later years, and when I finally came across the works of Ifa, I was blown away. Ifa, unlike many other religions is a practice of balance. I know, there are a lot of religions that talk about balance. However, balance is about understanding the male and female, or negative and positive forces in nature, and in life. Ifa is about acceptance of all things, and that means taking the good with the bad. The ego is a necessary human element that is needed for our survival. People need to have a strong sense of self. They need to understand their worth in order to develop spiritually.

In fact, the people who are incredibly successful have tremendous egos. They took a chapter out of Ogun’s book, borrowed his machete and not only cleared pathways, but chopped their competitor’s heads off to get to the top. Other forms of thought would teach people to play nice. However, we don’t live in an equalitarian society. We live in a world where winner takes all. We live in a world where we are judged on our accomplishments, our wealth, and success. We live in a world where there are limited resources, and we all have to fight to get a piece of the pie.

Ogun is the deity of power. He represents our personal power, our self-worth, and our ability to believe in ourselves. He is the Orisha who gives us the stamina to pursue our goals. He is the Orisha who gives us the courage to face our worse fears. It is Ogun who creates pathways and helps us to overcome obstacles. As I mentioned in earlier articles, Ogun is a deity of compassion. Having a huge ego doesn’t give anyone a free pass to exploit others. Rather, having a huge ego can protect people from being exploited.


Chango The King Who Became God

There are a lot of stories about Chango.

He was the king of the West African city Oyo. He was cruel and kind. He was a womanizer and a woman lover. He was a great strategist, yet incredibly passionate and sympathetic.
He was a man who felt deeply, lived life, and hung himself from a tree out of self-indulgence. Chango is followed all over the Americas, in Africa, and Europe because, according to legend, he was the first man to become enlightened.

Just imagine, driving in your car in the pitch black with one headlight.

You wouldn’t be able to see much. You would only be able to see the road directly in front of you.
This is how most people go through life. They live just to satisfy and fulfill their basic needs such as, hunger, sexual desires, and sleep. There are others who drive with two headlights. These people can see twice as much; they can see more of the road, side-roads and signs. Their immediate desires are fulfilled, yet they are still looking to fulfill other desires such as security, love, and stability.

Then there are those who drive with their high beams on.

They can see whole intersections and U-turns.
These are the people who have satisfied virtually all of their physical needs. They can see more of the road, and are able to make decisions that have a grave effect on themselves and others. These people become the business moguls, visionaries, philanthropist, and star athletes.

Then, you have the very few people who don’t need headlights at all, because they don’t drive in the dark.

These people are awakened, enlightened. These are great prophets, Gods, and kings. They are the people who had gone through all the stages of driving with just one, then two, headlights. And after many years, or lifespans they realized that they didn’t have to operate in the dark.

This concept, explains Chango’s process.

He was a man who lived life. He failed and succeeded. He loved and he lost. He learned from each experience and pushed himself forward, until there was nowhere else to go. He killed himself from the indulgence of life.
However, only the human part of him died. The God part of him began to live on, defying the laws of man.

Many religions speak about enlightenment.

However, very few people will be awakened in their lifetime. T
his is because people need to experience life fully and have all of their physical and basic needs met. People who are unable to fulfill their basic needs will have a difficult time growing spiritually, and will have a hard time trying to attract abundance, success, and love into their lives.

If you are looking for a crash course on how to be fearless, check out my e-course. The Seven African Powers: The Stepping Stones to Enlightenment. Or, if you have additional questions call for a consultation. I am always ready and willing to help!


Chango and Oshun, A Match Made In Hell

Falling in love is such a great thing.

Chango and Oshun ideally are perfect for each other. Chango is the personification of the masculine figure. Oshun is the goddess of love, divinity, and beauty. These two forces coming together create the ultimate power couple. But when the Honeymoon is over and the spark is gone, all hell can break lose. Falling out of love is awful, and the experience can be worse than an addict detoxing in rehab. One of the reasons why love hurts so badly is because our emotional memory is twice as long as our mental memory.

Our emotional memory works more like a long distance marathon runner, while our mental memory is more of a sprinter.

Our emotional memory is like the energizer bunny. Even when we are old and suffer from long-term and short-term memory loss, our emotional memory keeps going and going and going.

Scientist and holistic heath practitioners believe that the emotional memory is part of the aura.

The aura is the invisible field that surrounds the body and all living organisms. The aura has bands of energy that all vibrate at different frequencies.
The layer that Oshun rules over is called the emotional layer. Two people with similar vibrational frequencies are often attracted to each other. The invisible force that pulls them together is called magnetism. The field of magnetism is Chango’s domain. When two organisms, or people, continue to vibrate at similar frequencies, their auras began to merge. The feeling of falling in love is so intense because you are not only feeling your own emotions, but your partner’s as well.

However, the merging of auras can also produce a negative effect.

When the spark is gone, the chemistry is lost, so is the synergy and vibrational levels of a couple involved. It’s common sense, right? Wrong.
Couples fail to understand that using lower emotions like arrogance, greed, jealousy, and envy are extremely toxic. Transferring negative energy to your partner is like giving him or her a disease. It kills the chemistry that two people share. Then, it makes it difficult to rebuild the relationship and get the “spark” back because the negative aspects of it are too strong. There are people who end relationships because they are “emotionally” draining. Just remember, if you’ve experienced the feeling of love, you are bonded to your partner, and feelings whether positive or negative are much more intense.

The best way to combat this is to use the yin and yang concept.

When one person is weak, the other partner must be strong.
However, in order for this to work a couple has to understand what each other’s weaknesses and strengths are. They must also agree to continue to work together.

If you are looking for a crash course on how to be fearless, check out my e-course. The Seven African Powers: The Stepping Stones to Enlightenment. Or, if you have additional questions call for a consultation. I am always ready and willing to help!


Yemaya and The History of The Chakra System Yemaya and The History of The Chakra System Yemaya and The History of The Chakra System

I have been asked repeatedly why I continue to talk about chakras. After all, I do write for a website that is titled African Spirituality. I write a lot about Orishas and people either can’t bridge the gap or can’t accept the fact the all religions or spiritual sciences, or forms of new thought all come from one central place, the collective consciousness.

We’ve all heard the argument there is one God and one heaven, but there are a million ways to get there. We are now able to communicate with people from the opposite sides of the world. And we now work and converse with people from different backgrounds, ethnic groups, and countries. The Internet, International trade and commerce have connected us on a level that our ancestors had never experienced, but yet they understood, we are all one.

Most researchers believe that the chakra system began in India more than four thousand years ago. Like most religions, it branched off into sects. The one sect that Westerners are most familiarized with today is the Tantric sect. The word Tantric can be translated into the liberation of knowledge. Tantra is a life practice based on teachings about chakras, kundalini, hatha yoga, astrology, and the worship of many Hindu gods.

However, the Dravidians who originated from the country that is now known as Ethiopia also practiced Tantric yoga. In fact, there are a great deal of scriptures that make the connection between Tantric practices and African practices. Some historians have alluded to the fact that African deities and beliefs heavily influenced the ancient Egyptians. We can see this by studying the city of ancient Kush and their migration patterns to the Northern parts of Africa. The Native American communities also practiced their own forms of the chakra system. Some, such as the Maya Indigenous culture believe that they taught the Indians the energy system.

What does this all mean? It means that we as human beings are all connected. We share information through the collective conscious. The collective conscious is a force that allows people, tribes, and communities from different sides of the country to tap into the same pool of energy to get knowledge and information. The deity Yemaya, the mother of all creation, rules over this pool. When people really began to understand spirituality as a science, as a religion, as a form for new thought. They will begin to understand that all facets of religion are one in the same.


Oshun, The Orisha of Love

Falling in love is incredibly easy for some, and extremely difficult for others. Many people can go years, or spend their entire life looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right. Love and good relationships continue to be a struggle for a lot of people. Couples have a difficult time staying in love, once they fall into it. Very few understand that people when in love connect not only emotionally but also energetically.

I explained in previous articles that all human beings and living organisms have an aura. The aura has multiple bands of energy that surround the body. Each band vibrates at its own frequency, very much like a heart beat. Holistic health Practioners believe that like attracts like. This means that if human beings operate or resonate on similar vibrations, one can have an extreme effect on another. If you ever felt really attracted to a person, and experienced the magnetic pull of two things coming together. You can understand how difficult it is resist someone who you are attracted to.

Other people would call this attraction a “spark” or “chemistry.” What is truly happening at this time is that you and your partner’s aura are merging and sharing information. There are many layers to the auric field. However, the one layer that is most potent to falling in love is the emotional layer. The Orisha Oshun rules over the emotional layer. The emotion of love is an exchange of energy. In the most ideal cases, people are giving the best of themselves emotionally. This creates an euphoric feeling. Walking on clouds, head over heels in love, are expressions of the energy and power of love in its most elevated state. The feeling literally blows you away. In fact, most spiritualists believe that understanding the emotion of love can lead to enlightenment.

However, people tend to fall out of love because they don’t know how to take their feelings “to the next level.” Energy, or ashe has to move and it can either rise or fall, but it will never remain stagnant. For people to maintain their relationships they have to love from another “layer.” The have to love from the astral layer. The astral layer is another band in the auric field. However, it vibrates at a much higher frequency. Obatala is the Orisha who rules over this layer.

The astral layer allows people to bond in such a way that they can affect each other across time and space, even when they are separated. We see this with married couples that finish one another’s sentences. Couples who can read each others thoughts, and those that even feel their partner’s emotions from long distances. Falling in love is such a great thing!

What Is Brujeria?

The whole concept of Brujeria, also known as witchcraft, or black magic is a little confusing. There are some who would associate Brujeria with spell casting, incantations, and rituals. Others see it as a practice that is more associated with cults and gangs. It is incredibly difficult to get accurate information online aside from the fact that Brujeria is magic with malevolent intentions. However, the real definition of Brujeria can be wrapped up into two words, “psychological warfare.”

It happens all the time, you wake up in the morning, turn on the TV to watch the morning news and see a donut commercial. The advertisement is enticing, it shows people running with coffee and donuts, and conveys the message that coffee along with donuts is the perfect way to get energy. You drive to work and pass a donut shop. A part of you wants to keep driving because you know that eating donuts early in the morning is really bad for you, the other part of you feels sluggish and weary. You remember the commercial and decide to stop and indulge in sugary foods that send your insulin levels through the roof.

You caved in, you gave into temptation and the only thing that you have to show for it is a burgeoning waistline. Advertisers and marketers have been using this technique for years. They are appealing to your weaknesses and your desires. They are using Brujeria. I like to think that Brujeria is really about psychological warfare. Instead of fighting with weapons, or with your hands and feet, you are fighting with your mind. We are being picked on by bullies everyday. They make us feel insecure about our bodies, about our weight, about our sexuality, about our life choices. They do this because they understand that their power relies on them being able to control and manipulate others.

Besides, if we didn’t feel insecure, we would not go out and spend a fortune on diet pills and plastic surgery. If we are confident and received support about our life choices, we wouldn’t have to marry the wrong person, or stay at a job that we completely hated just to get approval or to feel accepted. Brujeria, as a concept is insidious and works on many levels. It tears the soul apart. It breaks people down and makes it almost impossible for them to defend themselves against further attacks. Brujeria is nothing more than brainwashing techniques that we see in cults and gangs. Yet, we as a society refuse to acknowledge the fact that Brujeria happens on a much deeper level.


The Power of Voodoo

I am sure that there are a lot of articles circulating on the Internet that explains the Gods and or deities associated with Voodoo. There are tons of books published that speak about where Voodoo came from and where it is widely practice. And there are a lot of people who still don’t really have a clue as to what Voodoo is. Well, Voodoo in a nutshell is about energy.

Voodoo had been demonized throughout the years. Voodoo also known, as Vodun is a widely practiced religion that originated from the Congolese people in Africa. Vodun was then syncretized with Catholicism in Haiti and is still heavily practiced today in the Caribbean and on the African continent.

The first thing that people fail to understand about Voodoo is that our ancestors in Africa were much more evolved spiritually than we are today. They believed in the concept of “we” and not “me.” They understood that everything in the world was interconnected. The concept of “me” is relatively new, where people believe that they are separate from the universe. The concept of “me” makes it difficult for people to see the adverse affects of their actions. This concept enables people to just turn the channel on the television when they see starving children in Asia. The “me” theory allows people to feel that if something isn’t truly affecting them, than it’s simply not important.

People who practice Voodoo believe in the concept of energy. They understand that it is pure and free flowing and that it activates and nurtures life. Energy connects the small and the great. Our ancestors’ perception of the world was different. They understood that everything in the world was interconnected, and that events could occur instantly regardless of the distance, time, and space. They believed that through intention, our personal field could interact with someone’s field and instantly transfer information.

Research has suggested that those who operate or resonate on the same vibrational level can have an affect on another human being with the same frequency. This means that people can heal and help others from great distances, just by using the power of intention. Through prayer and positive thought, we can help people throughout the world.

Our ancestors, in particularly those in the Voodoo or Vodun faith would say that the spirits have turned their backs on us. This concept is true in many ways because we have turned our backs on each other. Our perception of spirituality is fragmented, and because of this, people are suffering. The power of Voodoo is connecting all the dots, and using the power of intention to heal our communities and ourselves.


African Ancestry

If you were to Google African ancestry you would probably get a myriad of results.

You would see websites offering to trace your ancestry back from thousands of years ago until now. You would see services claiming that they can tell you what tribe you’re from and when you came to the Americas. You would even see some websites that warn you about the scams that have been circulating around the Internet about African ancestry. However, people are failing to understand why knowing who your ancestors are and where they came from is so important. Many Shamans would say that our ancestors walk with us, which means they are a part of who we are.

Recent studies have supported this theory.
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People who watch the History or Discovery channels may be appalled to see a
Shaman or medicine man spitting rum or some other kind of substance on a patient. People in the modern Western world just don’t understand the concept of cleaning someone’s aura. It has never been scientifically proven that the aura actually exists. However, there are over ninety-seven different cultures that refer to the aura using different names.

Many holistic health practitioners believe that the aura consist of multiple bands of energy called auric layers or auric fields.

These fields not only encompass the body but every living organism on earth.
Energy, or ashe flows throughout the fields at different levels of intensity and has a pulse, very much like a heart beat. Within this auric field is something that holistic health practitoners call a morphic field. The morphic field is explained in my e-course, The Seven African Powers. This field works as a database, storing information from past lives. Within the morphic field there are programs that instructs our bodies on how to behave, or on how not to behave.

The morphic field enables members of the same family to pass down certain behaviors and even emotions to their offspring.

This is also why the same species and relatives share common characteristics and developmental patterns. Recent studies have shown that family members, even when separated acquire similar traits or behaviors.
Many parents often wonder about their children’s bad habits. Some parents may even have problems disciplining their children. A Shaman would say that bad or negative spirits possesses these children. In Western terms, these spirits are negative traits that are embedded in a child’s DNA and in their morphic field. In many situations, negative traits are passed down from generation to generation and stored in the morphic field without being cleaned.

We can see this through cycles of abuse, poverty, alcoholism, and drug use.

We can even see it through diseases, and why so many people have a predisposition to certain illnesses and addictions. It is only natural for us to understand who we are, and where we came from.
A huge part of healing is about awareness, and if we are not aware of our ancestry we are unable to have balanced and prosperous lives.

If you are looking for a crash course on how to be fearless or to learn more about
morphic fields, check out my e-course. The Seven African Powers: The Stepping Stones to Enlightenment. Or, if you have additional questions about tantra and relationships call for a consultation. I am always ready and willing to help!


What Is Santeria About?

You can’t believe everything you watch on television. Thanks to Hollywood, a couple of alternative rock bands, and a few episodes of Law and Order, Santeria has been misconstrued and portrayed as being a satanic cult. We have all seen the movies about the mindless zombies, or the savages who collect and worship human body parts. Just remember, Hollywood’s job is to sell movies, and portraying Santeria in a positive light is not going to generate a lot of ticket sales. That is why it is our responsibility to change our perceptions about Santeria ourselves. There is a great amount of knowledge and history that is shrouded in these African and native religions, knowledge that may very well be the missing link to a lost history. Now is the time to bring light to darkness and show the greatness of our past.

Santeria is a compilation of beliefs. Like its followers, it is an eclectic mix of Yoruba, Catholicism, and Native American folklore. This mixture of African tribal religion, animism, ancestor worship, and more has shaped the lives of many people throughout history. The Yoruba religion itself came to the New World via slaves who were captured by the Europeans with the help of rival tribes in Africa. Many were spiritual leaders. They were high priests and priestesses who brought their knowledge to the new world. Healing rituals were rudimentary, because of the lack of supplies and the need for secrecy. However, these rituals often involved the practice of trance dancing and drumming, often used to communicate with their gods and ancestors.
Santeria is mainly practiced in Cuba. However, with the influx of Cubans, it is now a growing religion in the United States and the Caribbean. Santeria in many parts of the Caribbean has been heavily influenced by the Native American culture. Both practices believed in spirit worship and the need for balance between man and nature. This is perhaps why terminologies throughout the Caribbean and the rest of the world are different. For instance, a priest or priestess, once called a babalorisha can also be known as a Santera or a Santero.

It is unfortunate that that Santeria has been caste in the shadows. It is a taboo to merely mention the name. Very few people understand that our ancestors, as slaves survived both the middle passage and slavery by calling on the Gods and deities that we now disown. Not everyone has to become a babalorisha, or denounce all association with Christianity or Islam. However, we all must embrace our past, because it is truly who we are. Once we understand our ancestors’ religion, we can begin to realize that they are all the same thing. All religions speak the same language and work as a vehicle to guide us closer to God.

Santeria Religion Beliefs

There are many misconceptions about Santeria. Perhaps the most popular is that it involves black magic or witchcraft. The fact of the matter is that there is witchcraft and black magic that are used in Santeria, just as there is darkness and evil throughout the world. Western history is rattled with Jihads and Crusades where people forced their religions and ideologies on others with the strength of a blade. Like any religion, there are people who use the forces of the universe for evil.

However, most people in Santeria use magic for good. Another misconception is that Santeria is used to hex people, to put a curse on others, or to cause adversity or misfortune. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, followers of Santeria only worship Orishas (saints). They obey the guidelines of the religion, observe important feasts, and carry out the rites that are expected of them. In return, those who follow Orishas are promised access to powers as well as protection from evil.
A more controversial aspect of Santeria is the practice of animal sacrifices. While animal sacrifice is a fundamental part of Santeria religion, it is used in order to acquire what is considered a cosmic energy as well as to appease deities. Virtually all-traditional religions made animal sacrifices.

The truth of the matter is that sacrifice is a great component of spirituality. Some may call it creative destruction, when something has to die in order for something else to be created. However, the premise behind the act of making a sacrifice is to understand that everything in the universe is interconnected. In Santeria, worshippers understand that the world is perfectly balanced, and in order for something to be created, something else has to be destroyed. The basis of sacrifice in Santeria is for the worshippers to give something of themselves.

Worshipers are known to give charity, prayers, songs, foods, time, and money as a sacrifice. Worshippers also use dance, rituals, and tell stories as sacrifices. However, the best sacrifice that a worshiper could ever offer the Orishas is to sacrifice his or herself. They can do this by conducting a service that is totally self-less. This service could be in the form of charity, of giving, or merely sending out prayers and good intentions to others. Worshippers of Santeria understand the true value of sacrifice and have a profound respect for animals and nature.

Yamaya Cruz


Yamaya Cruz is an author of New Thought. She has traveled to the deepest parts of Africa to learn the secrets of the Zulus. She has studied with a shamanic midwife from South America, learned about the chakra system from a seasoned Yogi and studied the secrets of Tantra from a Greek master. She currently holds a Masters degree in Leadership & Management, and works as a spiritual/life coach and intuitive healer. Yamaya Cruz is also an expert author, novelist, and student of Ifa.

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