Shamanic Yoruba prayer and healing Attunements and empowerment by Ramon Martinez Lopez

Shamanism encompasses the belief that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the humanworld and the spirit worlds. Shamans are said to treat ailments/illness by mending the soul. Alleviating traumas affecting the soul/spirit restores the physical body of the individual to balance and wholeness. The shaman also enters supernatural realms or dimensions to obtain solutions to problems afflicting the community.

Besides Nigeria, the Yoruba are also found insizeable numbers, in South-eastern part of the Republic of Benin, Togo and Dahomeyin West Africa, the West-India and South Africa.

There is also a thriving Yoruba culture in South America and the Caribbean,especially Brazil and Cuba where the descendants of the unwilling immigrants to the new world have been able to keep their identities and guard their cultural heritage.

In the Yorùbá belief system, Olódùmarè has àṣẹ, the spark of life, over all that is. It is for this reason that He is considered supreme. Olódùmare or Olòrún, the divine creator and source of all energy. Olódùmarè released the "breath of life" to blow across the land and all creatures.

Prayer to one's Orí Òrún has been known to produce an immediate sensation of joy.

The Ori is the existence of the human individual which is present intwo forms in the material world; the world Ayé and the supernatural Orun, Ori means actually having birth in the material world.  the Ori Inu lies within the human and its spiritual double Orun Ori resides in the spiritual plane.

ẸLÉGBARA (EṣU, the divine messenger, like angels) initiates contact with Òrún on behalf of the petitioner, and transmits the prayer to Ayé; the deliverer of àṣẹ or the spark of life. He transmits this prayer without distorting it in any way. Thereafter, the petitioner may be satisfied with a personal answer.

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In the Yorùbá belief system, Olódùmarè has asé, the spark of life, over all that is. It is for this reason that He is considered supreme. the divine creator and source of all energy. Olódùmarè and loasreleased the "breath of life" to blow across the land and all creatures.

Prayer to one's Òrún has been known to produce an immediate sensation of joy.

in new yourba vodum you are your own authority guided by the higher forces of light, service and love. though you can be a mediun for other souls, you are in command of soul healing and guidance.

be empowered by your own light, this is one of the main objetives of this workshop.

But what is vodum? In its purest form, vodum thumps into the primordial belief that every living thing has Spirit. Every rock, tree, root, and stone is connected to a single Divine energy and as such, is Divine energy. The practitioner understands that it is the root that connects and grounds the universal life force; thus, the ultimate power lies within the root.

Vodum belief is that loa communicate with followers through possession. The loa temporarily displaces the soul of its host, or medium, and takes control of the medium's body. According to this belief, the medium cannot feel pain or become injured while possessed. The loa speaks through the medium, often giving instructions, advice or prophecies of future events. Sometimes, a loa censures followers for failing to perform their duties to the loa, their family or their community. In some Voodoo traditions, a few select people have the privilege of becoming cling to. In others, the loa may choose to hold anyone at any time.

This idea -- that powerful or influential spirits can possess people -- unites two distinct forms of Voodoo. One exists primarily in the northern and central portions of the western African coast. The other is practiced primarily in Haiti, as well as in parts of North and South America. Books that explore either form often explain the religion through a series of stories or tales instead of as a straightforward analysis. There are several reasons for this:

  • Voodoo is an oral tradition without a primary divine text, prayer book or set of rituals and beliefs. In unusual regions, Voodoo practices, the names of gods and other traits can vary considerably.
  • The religion makes use of a wealth of rituals and observations that affect followers' day-to-day lives, making a straightforward list of observances impractical.
  • In many ways, Voodoo is a personal religion. Followers have direct experiences with spirits and loa, and these experiences can be dramatically different from place to place and person to person.

·         Voodoo Symbols

·         Vodoun religious practices commonly include appealing to the loa, or spirits, and inviting them to temporarily take possession of (or "ride") human bodies so that they may communicate directly with believers. The ceremonies commonly include drumming, chanting, dancing and the drawing of symbols known as veves.

·         Just as specific colors, objects, chants and drum beats appeal to specific loa, so to do the veves. The veve used in a ceremony is dependent upon the lwa whose presence is desired. Veves are drawn on the ground with cornmeal, sand, or other powdery substances, and they are obliterated during the ritual.

·         Veve designs vary according to local customs, as do the names of the loa. Multiple veves generally have shared elements, however. For example, Damballah-Wedo is a serpent deity, so his veves commonly incorporate two snakes.





The History and Image of Vodou

Vodou is actually nothing like its popular image of something that is dark, dangerous and sinister. This image has been fed largely by Hollywood, and by the church, which was funding the slave trade and needed an excuse. In reality Vodou is both a religion, with a strict moral code that keeps tribes in harmony, and a system of practical magick, that provides for all the people’s needs. It honours the spirits of the land, and one’s ancestors, to keep us in harmony with all the worlds that surround us. It has a number of deities known as the Vodou Lwa.

Its roots go back to the dawn of civilisation. It was developed through several African traditions, which combined with European influences during the slave trade era, in order to preserve their traditions. Vodou preserves the fundamental spiritual and magickal practices that enabled man’s survival. Intervention of the Spirit world has enabled man to overcome many problems. Although the religion is now based in Haiti, it adapts to any land and culture. The methodology can be used to interact with the Gods and Spirits of any land. New Orleans in the US is another area where Vodou is practiced -here it is known as Voodoo.

Although many spirits are honoured, the Vodou religion basically believes in one God, which we call Bondye. Then there are the other deities, called the Lwa, which order the universe. One does not worship the Vodou Lwa, only God is worthy of worship, but one develops a two way relationship with the Lwa; you feed them, and they grant you favours in return.


Basic Tools of Vodou

The fundamental tools are drums, and a rattle known as an asson. Sound, dance, rhythm and colour all help to attune us to particular frequencies. Each Vodou Lwa is best described as an energy, which we may need to change the overall resonance that makes up our lives. A particular drum beat, dance and song will bring the energy into us. During dance, you feel overshadowed by this power, and can petition it to change a particular aspect of your life. According to what area of your life you need to change, you choose the appropriate Lwa, and then work with its unique rhythm, song, dance and a pattern drawn on the ground in cornmeal, called a vever. There are particular food offerings and colours which help bring the favour of the Lwa. In the longer ceremonies, possession may occur which is very positive as it allows the people present to speak with the Lwa who can answer questions and perform healing.

The Vodou Lwa

There are many Lwa. I shall describe just a few which cover the main needs a person may be seeking help with. They are generally divided into Rada and Petro: Rada brings the good, heavenly Lwa, and Petro the more earthy and aggressive. Then there are also the Ghede Lwa, which deal with death and ancestral issues. The ‘chiefs’ of the Rada Lwa are the good serpents; Dambullah the white serpent, and Ayida Wedo, the rainbow serpent. These help with spiritual growth, dreams and visions. You would work with these Lwa if you are attempting to develop your psychic gifts.

The first Lwa we call is Legaba, as he will open the door to other Lwa. He is the door keeper, so you can call on him to open or close doors. For instance, if you are having a run of bad luck, you could ask him to close the door on that. Or it could be an old relationship, or something coming back to haunt you. Or you could ask him to open the door to opportunity, to more money, a new career or relationship. It is good to call him when starting any new venture.

If you are having problems with enemies, bullying or need more strength, Ogoun is the one to call.  You can send him out to defeat or control enemies, or you can invoke him to give you strength, courage and fortitude. Ogoun is a warrior, leader, politician; all manifestations of strong masculine energy.

Ogoun’s wife is Erzulie Freda, the Lwa of romantic love. She is the one to call when you want romance. However, she is not the best one to call if you want a permanent relationship, as she would have you fall in love again and again.

For more stable love, invoke La Siren, the Lwa of the sea. She heals all emotions, and brings abundance. She can heal and strengthen relationships, heal emotional wounds, bring harmony to families, strengthen love, wash away all kinds of negativity, as well as bless you with abundance. She is a very positive Lwa to work with.

Another very positive Lwa to call is Gran Bwa, the Lwa of the forest. He is a great healer, as he governs all herbs and also holds magical secrets, and can bring wealth. The forest is seen as a source of great abundance, so you can invoke Gran Bwa to bring you wealth, as well as to bless your herbs to increase their healing power.

Before deciding which Lwa to petition for help, one should do some kind of divination to find out which Lwa are close to you, as they are not equally helpful to each person. To each person there is one Lwa that suits you most closely, the Lwa met-tet, or ruler of the head. During initiation, your met-tet Lwa is called into you so that its magickal ability is bestowed upon you, and then it will always be close to you, ready to help you. Beyond your Lwa met-tet, there are a few other Lwa that work with you most readily, and it is good to get to know these.

You will find Vodou to be a positive practice that brings nothing but benefit to your life.