Ifa is the wisdom or laws of Nature- To be initiated into Ifa is to initiate the process of becoming whole. The process of becoming whole involves the awakening latent areas of ones consciousness, developing deficient areas, and decrease the areas of excess in ones consciousness. Becoming whole brings us into balance with nature and harmony with all life. Doing so produces as state of inner peace and thus a state of spiritual perfection.
This doesn't means our life become immediately easier. In fact, it can take on a troublesome pattern as the inner elements of your nature come into view. It can produce an alchemical effect of internal emotional combustion as the excessive elements magnify even more before they are neutralized. It is through inner cultivation that we are able to mutate that internal combustion, then neutralize it producing a pressurized release and restoration of balance.
Ifa encourages sacrifice and offerings.. The nature of sacrifice is to make sacred. To sacrifice that which is common for that which sacred. This involves the sacrifice of one's mundane nature for ones spiritual nature. Or offering up our negative ego to Spirit to allow spirit to transmute it into spiritual essence. Each animal represents a quality of character that must be either sacrificed or embodied to produce balance. So Ifa allows us to discover what is out of balance and restore balance.. which is interpreted as good fortune or good life. It enables spiritual transformation that creates peace of mind, healing in the body and alignment with Spirit. On a plane of greater awareness, it produces the release of our human limitations in order to manifest our immortal self.
Oru-n mi la - Heru mi ela or Heru, my light. or My heavenly light. -- It is the inner light that is able to see through the darkness. In our consciousness Orunmila is our witness of creation. Our inner sage, or guru on our path of consciousness. The witness is the Self that is the detached observer of its creation or experience. That wisdom part of us that is able to differentiate the difference between the experience and the person who is having the experience.
Odu- is our conscience. That which tells us right from wrong. The seat of feminine consciousness that grows and raises us into spiritual maturity. Odu is the womb of spirit that gives birth to our dual selves. Our light and shadow.. the sun and moon. Our conscience gives us the ability to compare and contrast that which is for our highest good. She is the unseen self that creates and gives birth to our reality. Odu gives our life direction and guidance. Odu is the seat or lap that is the throne of God. O tutu wa- The wisdom of the womb. She is the great mother. The calabash of existence that supports the four corners of the world. The egg of creation , the axis mundi and tree of life. The matrix through which the world becomes manifest.
Ifa is a dance between matter and spirit or the rat and the fish. The rat representing earth plane and matter as it is able to navigate any place and anything with its burrowing holes and sharp teeth, and keen awareness. The fish represents water and spirit and the ability navigate the waters of life and spiritual consciousness. Together they represent the harmony of life Asians call the Tao and Africans call Fa.
Then there is our Ori. The Higher self... Our Ori is the master of our destiny and who we must depend on to support us in our life. No Orisa, person, or opinion is higher. That is the hardest part sometimes... People will try to project their stuff on you.. society, dogmas, and group... but at the end of the day.. We must ultimately follow our Ori..