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African Spirituality is Embodied

“the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” …according to abrahamic traditions your physical body is the root of much of your wrong doing. you want to be better but your flesh is weak & prone to wickedness. Nothing could be farther from the traditional African view of the body. Your body is the home your ori (spiritual self) built to live in. The body is an extension of your spirit & is intimately connected to your spirit. Your body also mirrors your spirit. Any acute illness your body experiences has a spiritual cause. And any spiritual growth you make will result in a healthier more beautiful body. Our Ancestors knew that actions done to the body impacted the spirit & therefore ALL of our rituals are enacted on the body. In order to fully embrace west African spirituality it is essential to love & take exquisitely good care of your body. It is essential to understand that the body is not wicked or lowly or weak or sinful. Your body is not lower than your spirit, they are integral parts of one another. Proper care & feeding & testing of your body are offerings to your Ancestors & EarthMotherOnile & the orisha. Because a well taken care of body makes you a kinder, happier & more powerful being on EarthMotherOnile & in the spirit realm. Don’t neglect your body…🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤


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💯💯💯 I've come to the understanding that I'm not a sinner. I wasn't shaped in iniquity. But rather that I'm a Goddess that's here to display balance between my deity-self and this earthly self.

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Omimiluiye
Omimiluiye
Jun 27, 2022

Ase'oo

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ktlexius
ktlexius
Jun 26, 2022

I grew up believing my body was a weak vessel from Christian teachings and I can say my spiritual life changed when I started flipping that on it’s head and seeing my body as my teammate not my adversary. Listening to the Iyalosa and reminding myself that I can trust my eyes and ears. My body won’t lie to me, all my parts work together to keep me safe and nurtured. my hair stopped thinning as much, my weight became easier to control. This is so true and theres so much damage I do to myself believing the opposite.

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Watesa Ware
Watesa Ware
Jun 25, 2022

This is definitely true for me...the more time I invest in my feeding rituals ..I feel empowered..when I invest enough time in making sure I groom myself properly..I feel empowered...when I speak gently with my children and listen to them...I feel empowered..it's a trickling affect...it moves through my different interactions with others...my work..my long drive doesn't seem so bad..and most importantly...my mental conversations and prayers are elevated with ease...it works if you work it I tell myself

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