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Why is it important to receive a roots reading? Pt 2

Why is it important to receive a roots reading?

An IFA ancestral roots divination reading helps to rediscover one's Origin (Orisun) in life, the source from which they derive from. This type of divination takes one on a journey into the traditional lifestyle of their ancestors.

Who are our ancestors?

The ancestors (asaaju) are those who came before us, they are the ones who established family costumes and traditions, they are the root that holds the family tree together. Ancestors play a very important part in our lives, they influence us to continue to uphold the family traditions and to do what's necessary for the family and community to flourish.

How do the ancestors influence us?

It is through the family costumes passed down from generation to generation that influence us how to think, act and behave. Members of a family may inherit the same traits of an ancestor, this means that they are influenced by this ancestor whether it's good or bad. If the influence is good then through ancestor veneration we continue to ask for guidance and strength. Ifa the influence is bad, then a number of ebo (sacrifice/spiritual work) and other forms of rituals need to be performed to elevate that ancestor and family member who is being influenced. The roots reading (orisun), is a powerful form of divination, it gives the client an understanding of the characteristics of their family lineage, what habits need to remain and what habits need to be shifted.

What Is The Opa Iku?

This is a very important direct communication source to your ancestors, this conduit that is concentrated and made up of sacred sticks . After your ancestral Divination is completed along with the ebos. This is the next step and phase of elevation for your ancestors. This is placed on the ancestors shrine, more direction is given during the process.

How do you know who your ancestors are?

It is through the system of Ifa that we learn who our ancestors are and where they come from. It is one's family Odu that tells the story of their family before the coming of colonialism. Of those Africans sold into slavery in the United States, nearly half or more came from West Africa. The roots reading will pinpoint what region of Africa your ancestors came from and the name of the town or village they derived from. Learning who your ancestors are helps you to know part of yourself, it gives you stability and pride in yourself.

How do the ancestors communicate with us?

Understand that you are your ancestors and your ancestors are you. We are connected to our ancestors genetically, by birth right you have an open connection to your ancestors. Many communicate or receive messages from their ancestors through dreams or visions, some connect with their ancestors by constructing an ancestor shrine. An ancestor shrine represents the connection between the physical and spiritual world, it is a sacred place to commune with your ancestors mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally, an ancestor shrine and Opa Iku is that borderline where the physical and the spiritual meet without overstepping their boundaries. In Yoruba culture and spirituality the ancestors are always communicating with us, either through dreams, visions, divinations, people or signs our conscious eyes just need to be open to recognise and receive their message.

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