A balance of cosmic forces in your life…

Obatala priests in Nigeria: (Photographer Unknown)

Obatala priests in Nigeria: (Photographer Unknown)

That’s what the Ifa spiritual tradition is all about – balance. “If it’s too hot, cool it down. And if it’s too cool, heat things up,” my mentor, the late Dr. Afolabi Epega, once said to me during divination training.

Baba Epega, a 5th generation Ifa priest, also said: things should neither be too positive nor too negative.

What’s wrong if things are flowing too positively (or smoothly) for you? A lot of folks struggle with that spiritual concept. Where’s the harm in that?

From Ifa’s point of view, if everything is going smoothly (positively), how can you grow? How can you reach your full potential? How can you develop faith?

Too much positivity lulls you into a sense of complacency – it dulls spiritual awareness…

Though we dislike negativity, it can provide the impetus we need to move in the right direction. Sometimes you have to be forced to do what’s good for you. The negativity on your job, might force you to find a job that’s more fulfilling.

Same thing for the negativity in your relationship. It might inspire you to question why you’re in the relationship in the first place.

Don’t be too quick to curse the negativity that has appeared in your life. Negativity isn’t always your enemy, sometimes it can be your best friend, a blessing in disguise.

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James Weeks

Producer/Across The King’s River