Now I don't know much about Topology. In fact, it was the first time I had ever heard of the word... But I do know about opening and closing and it struck me how Ifa is based on this very science. I shared that with my daughter and she began to explain that the human brain is made up of circuits. These circuits have positive and negative polarities that are either zero or ones. Essentially, our brain is hard wired for binary language. As infants, our understanding is simplified into basic zeros and ones. Each learned behavior creates a group or complex set of zeros and ones. These learned behaviors are determined by the conditions we are placed in and become our programs that we run in our lives by. They determine character, talents and challenges and our opportunities based on how many circuits are opened or closed in a set of behaviors. Not only that, those opened and closed sets of binary frequencies tell us what is or is not possible in our lives.
If we want to do a thing, and we have too many closed circuits, it ain't gonna happen. The conditions that created those closed circuits prevent it. However, if we understand how to open a circuit... By changing our the conditions upon which we operate... Our behavior, character, attitude, we then have access to the ability to do that thing. It's about turning your negatives into positives. I said, "well I'll be damned!" "My baby girl done dropped some science about Ifa and she didn't know it! She is Igbo, so maybe it was her Afa ancestors coming through...
Ifa specializes in character cultivation and espouses that character determines real success. Our Ori, our head is what we are consulting when we consult the oracle and it tells us what is open and closed and how to open those that are closed. By cultivating our character, we change the conditions for our success.
Esu is the one who opens or closes the way. We always give reverence to Esu first. The master communicator between that which is seen and unseen. In that way Esu is like the motor cortex in the brain that gives us the power (Ase) to do, move, act, etc. Since the motor cortex is run on these binary programs in the brain it literally determines whether we will be successful in what we are doing. If the motor cortex says no, the way is closed to your moving your arm, it won't work... No matter how strong you are....no matter how you feel about it...or desire it. This is why Esu holds the key and allows us to interpret the oracle properly. Esu literally allows for a open or closed mind. We can't see a thing if we have a closed mind about it. We can't visualize and dream a thing into being if we have too many negatives or closed perceptions about what is doable, right, or achievable. So herein lay the key to life. Open your mind... And the rest will follow. Close it, and you short circuit your potential for greatness.