With the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful and in the Presence of Our Ancestors, Both Seen
and Unseen February 27, 2004 We the children of the 60’s those who walked in the civil rights marches, those who rebelled against the establishment and those who reached across time and tapped into the ancient mysteries of our highly evolved ancestors are now the Elders. We were for change, we were for freedom and awareness. We were for the richness of our parents yet, longed to stand in equal space with those in power. We who claimed our identity are now finding ourselves the spiritual elders and having to face yet uncharted territory, having to be spiritual Elders with no examples or support close by. We are learning to walk on water only by faith. Like we did in the 60’s, we had courage where other failed, today we must have courage to believe that God in its infinite wisdom is raising us up and giving us clear vision to lead others into the new day. Far to many of us are still waiting on this world to validate us, when each day God is showing its hand to us. The fact that we are here in the now and conscious that there is a God is all the validation we need.
All of us have had experiences that we cannot explain. No amount of rational reflection will produce the correct phrases that will allow one to convey to another the impact of such an experience. Yet, the experience itself is real, ever present and itched into the memory of the one who experienced it. I like most Orisha Priest am walking a path that is ever evolving and expanding. As one travels this path here are few or no Elders Priest to help one understand the ever changing spiritual landscape. Thus, when one has a mystical experience of grand proportion one can only hold on to the inner knowing, and realize that the experience real and for a higher purpose in one’s life. Thos of us who have under gone initiations at the hands of others understand that forces were set in motion to facilitate the expansion of our consciousness over time. This is a process which takes time, requires patience and submission to higher realities and a higher way of living. Besides Orisha initiation, many, of us have been called to be initiated inot the mysteries of Orunmila/Tehuti. This is an initiation which attunes one to the frequency of Orunmila/Tehuti, the witness of fate, the one who stood with
his love and frequency to earth in this life. There is only ‘knowing and experience’. then
. The popular interpretation of this is that one should marry only a Babalawo. undercover and unavowed’. Thus. Through her Orunmila produces numerous children. “Apetebii. her body. nothing more than subjective knowing predicated on this experience of being touched by the divine. it is not until you have the experience yourself that you will KNOW! I am sure most Babalawos married to Apetebii can bear witness to what happens when you disrespect her.” Besides meaning ‘hidden. or you trying to protect your fractured manhood. The secrets that are revealed to the initiate defy anything within the realm of human comprehension. how many of us really understand the concept of ‘Apetebii’ and honor of being entrusted by Orunmila with one of his wives? This understanding can only come for an experience with Orunmila teaching you such. the all knowing aspect of God. I am writing to suggest that there is another realm to which Apetebii belongs.’ Once it is determined that a woman is Apetebii she becomes fair game to be prayed upon by us Babalawos.
In our faith there is the concept of ‘Apetebii’ which means ‘Wife of Orunmila’.” “Father of the Secrets. Those of us who are initiated into this energy are know as “Babalawo.God as all of creation came into existence. Such revelations from Orunmila come and expand the consciousness of the initiated to the point that everything seems surreal. secret also means ‘Revealed Only To The Initiated ‘. As such she is protect by Orunmila and should be treated with honor. You experience something much deeper . Orunmila. is the Prophet of Ifa. It is as if one’s entire being become unsettled deep within and you know this is more than just your ego reacting. Wife of Orunmila’ means just that ! She is the wife of Orunmila and carries his energy. the senior priest can teach one of this and relate stories. of which it becomes a means to justify selfish interaction with female who are identified as ‘Apetebii. purer and very unsettling. I need not go into the horror storied for those of you reading this article understand. Olodumare. It is not about her personality. that we Babalawos have the responsibility to ‘father’. Yet. this would imply that Orunmila would reveal secrets to his initiates and his initiates only. it is about the fact that she is a vehicle for the expression of Orunmila love for us. her earthly charm. While.
seeking always to be in accord with the divine plan in my life. You cannot turn to your limited understanding and worldly conditionings in dealing with her. what I am suggesting is Orunmila will touch you and her in such a way that you will forever understand that your marriage is far beyond your frail egos and tender feelings. The tow of you are to be the parents of Orunmila children in this day and time. You must turn to Orunmila and leave the matter there for Orunmila with deal with her.
. in this case it is turning to Orunmila. That you have been blessed by God and carried by God in the darkness martial time.Orunmila reveals to you that this is his wife and it is to him that you must turn to understand the treatment of her. I am not suggesting some spooky reprimand will take place. It matter not what she does.
It is to that aspect of God known as Orunmila that I turn surrender. what matters is what you do. a responsibility that requires constantly turning to the divine for guidance.