Monday, March 19, 2012

Being You: Are you keeping your heart open?

In this post I explore the Ogun’s big heart. Many of us see the hardworking, honest and dedicated Ogun and don’t even notice one of the most important traits, the Ogun heart.

If you pride yourself on how hard-working you are,  you have likely chosen Ogun as your Guardian. Honesty is extremely important to you. Your ability to focus inspires those of us who get pulled off track. Your sensitivity is something that you may be reluctant to share.

Oguns can show us how to connect with others. The reason for this is their big, open, hearts. People feel safe and welcomed because Oguns really care about them. They connect with an openness and honesty that sets even the most introverted person at ease.

In our world of shut down hearts it can be hard to find a safe place for an Ogun to be themselves. Some of my Ogun clients want me to help them be less emotional and caring. I prefer to help them embrace themselves. Boundaries can let them express their grounded innocence. Their embracing personalities are a valuable part of our world.

How open is your heart?  It is important for everyone to balance the need to work hard, to be doing things, with time to connect with others on an emotional level. A strong work-ethic will certainly serve anyone well, but, it is equally important for us to feel that the work we do is valuable. The Ogun energy teaches us that our work must be a worthwhile use of our powerful and focused effort.

Many Oguns judge the contributions they make by the effort that they put forward and what they produce. I like to shift that focus to their open, accepting nature. As an Obatala I admire the loving and straightforward approach of the Oguns in my life. They inspire me to come out of my shell and to connect deeply and honestly with others. I think that is the greatest gift that the children of Ogun have to offer our world.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Being You: Are you expressing your joy?

In our cookie-cutter world many of us find it hard to express our true nature. Expressing our deepest selves is the most important thing we can do in life. In Ifa we believe that each of us chooses a guardian energy, an energetic way of filtering our experiences and expressing ourselves. We made our choice because it was the one that will most likely allow us to fulfill our purpose.

In this post we’ll explore the personality traits associated with Osun, the energy of joy. If you chose Osun as your guardian it is very important for you to have joy in your life. Find joy by being curious and exploring all the good things that the world has to offer. Osuns have a great desire for pleasure. They are very sensual people. They also love to be in love. If these traits resonate deeply with you then you are likely a child of Osun.

How are you doing expressing your joy? Many of my Osun clients struggle against themselves, trying to fit in and take life more seriously. Most Osuns don’t find a good, stable job, or a white picket fence, very attractive. They get very uncomfortable if they have to shut down their hearts and use their heads to make decisions.

Being one with this energy is about being in the flow of life. It is about being out in the world and enjoying yourself and sharing with others.  A job where you have the movement you need to keep creatively exploring is your best way to success.

As an Osun you have a great deal to offer the world. The more you can bring your whole self to the table the more opportunity the rest of us will have to experience and express more joy and love. As an Obatala I find Osun people inspirational. They help me to balance my serious mind with joy, and fun.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Is it all about money?

Each of us can make a  living doing something that expresses our uniqueness. We are meant to express ourselves, and our gifts, as a way of life. It can be hard to balance the need to make a living with the need to contribute. Sometimes I’ve felt like our society is set up to make those things mutually exclusive.

In order to break out of the current model we need to understand who we really are. The Ifa Life Path is a great way to deepen that. From understanding ourselves we can create a mission that excites us. Then we can start to look a how to use our unique gifts to help others.

Finding the energy can be a challenge. You may have to work at a job you’re not satisfied with to make a living. The drive you need can only come from your passion. If you create energy by igniting that passion you can discover a life that truly inspires you.

Nothing will happen if you don’t take action. Start thinking about what you love, what you’re good at, what you’d like to be doing with your time every day. Get really honest about it. Allow your mission to form. Give it time. It took me a very long time to get to the point of making a change, but, eventually, I made it. It was the best thing I’ve ever done.

Focus on what you want to give, the work you would like to do, rather than what you will get, the money you can make, by doing it. Take reasonable, logical, and sensible out of the equation for now. If you have something wonderful and unique to offer, and learn to communicate its value, you can’t help but succeed.

Be ready to give from your truth, openly, and passionately. You will find people who are ready for what you put on the table. If you make money the only point then you are simply buying into the old thinking that makes most of our dreams impossible to achieve.

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