OrisaLifestyle is governed by tradition, which is conservative, by definition. That is, within the tradition, you are constantly admonished to do things as they have been done in the past. At the same time, however, there are times when Ifa says that you ought to exhibit your uniqueness. When these messages arise, you must never imitate anyone. You must do things in original and unique ways in order to avoid the disappointments and dangers associated with imitation. At these times, Ifa will advise you to purify and empower Ori to boost creativity and discernment. Consider that Ifa says in the Holy Odu OturaOfun:
My Kokorogun shrub, with sharp thorns
Cast Ifa for Meeeye
When going to the farm to pick eburo seeds
She was advised to offer ebo
Some picked 20 eburo seeds
Some picked 30 seeds
Some picked 50 seeds
Meeeye was able to pick only one seed
Meeeye and her colleagues went to the farm in search of Eburo seeds. Some of her colleagues found and picked 20, some picked 30, others picked 50, but Meeeye found and picked only one. They were making jest of her that she would not be able to sell only one in the market, and if she did, the money she would make from it would be nothing compared to what they would make.
When they were about to cross the makeshift bridge on their way back home, Meeeye fell into the stream and the eburo seed was washed off her hand. She pursued it, until she found herself in a big city. They pulled her out of the stream and inquired from her what her mission was. She explained her ordeal. She was given three small gourds and asked to return to her home. She was asked to hit the gourd on the floor of her room when she got home. She did. In the first gourd were expensive beads, in the second gourd were gold and diamond and in the third gourd were expensive clothing materials – Meeeye became an instant success.
She shared part of her success with her bosom friend. This friend was not satisfied. She asked Meeeye to explain to her exactly how she made her success, Meeeye told her. The friend quietly returned all what Meeeye gave her to Meeeye.
The next time that they went in search of the Eburo seeds, this friend went with them. She saw many seeds but picked only one. On their way back home, she threw her eburo seed into the stream and jumped into the stream to pursue it. She followed the seed until she got to the big city that Meeeye saw the last time. They pulled her out of the stream. She told them that she had come for them to make her as successful as Meeeye. They gave her three gourds and asked her to hit them on the floor of her room when she got home.
She could not wait to reach home. She threw one of the gourds on the ground on the way home and bees flew out and stung her mercilessly, she ran. She threw the second and third down at the same time in her room and emmets and snakes came out and bit her to death.
That is why people say that “Enikan kii fori w’ori Meeeye lo oko eburo” meaning “nobody can compare his luck to that of Meeeye when going in search of eburo seeds in the farm”.