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What Is The Importance of IFA Initiation?

What Is Initiation?

This is a rites of passage into a group or secret society with ritual. Intiation is a major life changing step for an individual to take in the traditional system of IFA. Originally derived from West Africa Nigeria, however practiced all over the world.

Through Ifá Initiation ( Tefa) we will know the Odu that gives birth to us on earth and through "its orientations, sacrifices, medicines, taboo, behaviours etc. that we must put into practice" and in this way we will give a turn in positive sense to our life.

Initiation is not something external, moral or social, but can be considered an internal process.

What Does Initiation Mean?

In the Ifa tradition, initiation is the process of birth and rebirth.

The dictionary meaning of initiation is the act of admitting someone into certain society or group usually with certain rites or ritual, ceremonies, ordeals, or instruction with wish one is made a member of a sect or society or is invested with particular function or status.

Oxford dictionary defines initiation as act of admitting someone into a secret or obscure society or group typically with ritual.

The term initiation itself is derived from the Latin phrase “in itiare" which means to go inwards. It is the path, the path that an individual travels to the interior self. It is the entrance to a new state of consciousness, which is not normally retrograded, that is why we must differentiate between ceremony and initiation and understand that it is not the same.

What are the advantages to getting Initiated?

Tefa is about becoming a changed person both in character and wisdom. Lack of positive character transformation after the initiation process on the part of the initiate who has undergone Tefa is deemed to be a character transformation failure.

After Ifá initiation Odu Ifá teaches us that an initiate should re-initiate him/herself by cultivating good habits; he or she should try to seek knowledge, be more prudent and thoughtful than ever. Ifá initiation is meant to bring comfort to the initiate, not hardship, so an Ifá initiate must learn how to avoid all taboo and social vices. That is when the initiate can be said to have a spiritual rebirth or as re-initiate himself or herself in terms of character and values.

What Is the reason why IFA initiation are so important?

Allows one to discover one’s real identity e.g you will know your taboo, what is compatible with your destiny, what colours or food is not good for your star, the kind of women or man suitable for marriage etc.Having your personal Ifá provides spiritual guidance and protection.IFA initiation gives the initiate the spiritual blueprint of his life. For example, it allows them to ascertain compatible profession or career for them, it given them ability to know how the future will look like, it serve as guiding compass on how to achieve their goal in life.​ Ifá may demand during divination that some people be initiated to get through difficulties within their life. This is why regular divination is important. It brings direct connection to Orunmila and OLODUMARE It serves as a compass to steer through the ocean called life. It reveals to us the importance of our taboo (eewo) a contract we made with heaven that we will not break certain oaths that can cause harm to ourselves, community and environment.

Initiation is a step towards coming into yourself, understanding your purpose in life.

I am new to the IFA tradition what do I do if I am told that I have to become a Priest or Initiate?

Usually it is determined through IFA Divination and revealed by the Babalawo /Iyanifa IFA Priest if one is destined to become an Initiate.

How will initiation change my life?

Inititation helps to reinforce balanced transformation towards us being in alignment with our destiny. Initiation helps to realign our Ori and head with our true destiny and purpose.

To those who are devoteed to the teachings of Ifa, they understand that initiation is a normal part of the experience. One may need initiation, to obtain the spiritual support needed to reach their potential in life, One may need initiation to open that part of the Ori (head) that will unlock the individuals hidden talent and skills, one may need initiations to overcome health challenges and

attacks by spiritual and physical enemies. Whatever the case maybe. Initiation is a spiritual awakening of the inner head (ori inu). In its physical representation, the Ori experinces many blessings such as. Awarness, a since of direction in life, protection, happiness, patience, and humility.

How old do I have to be to be initiated?

You can be any age to be initiated from birth to elder age.

Odu Ifá Ogbe–Ate laid emphasis on this assertion.

Ko suhna kaji lowuro aye, ka ma mon Odu to bi ni Dia fun Olupo Alaelu To sunkun owo oun ko to ire Ti ile aye le fun kokoko bi ota

Ebo ni won ni ko se, ko si tefa O gbebo nbe o rubo

Ko i pe, ko i jina, e wa bani ni wowo ire gbogbo Ifá de Alase Ope a bi ise warawara

Translation:

It is not advisable for one to rise at the dawn of one's life, without knowing the Odú which gives birth to one. This was Ifá divination for Olupo Alaelu. Who is in lamentations of his inability to get all good things in life.

He whom his life was as hard as stone. He was advised to offer a sacrifice. And they also told him get initiated He complied

Before long not very far every good thing in life comes to him in abundance Here comes Ifá, the personification of Ase The spirit of the palm tree ensures that these predictions will pass quickly.

Why is initiation cost effective?

It strongly takes much of physical, mental, and spiritual time financial responsibilities and energy by all professional Babalawo, Iyanifa IFA Egbe Team of Healers, Priests,Doctors who are involved to facilitate the initiation on your behalf. You appreciate what is down and how much his done when you see it for your own eyes. This is none other that what you have ever seen before. Alot of planning and things behind the scenes happen in order to ensure that every step and procedures are completed in a precise format. Much

Can my children get initiated?

It is advisable for families to support there children to be intiated it could save there life and ensure longevity and good health. It can prevent issues that do not have to be experienced. If children are intiaited from a young age this helps to guide them to their right path in life. They will have a better chance to overcome difficulties and prevent all negative influences from impacting their life.

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