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May 21, 2015 | Orisa Lifestyle Academy | Oakland, CA
African Spirituality in the West
Announcing this year's most important book about Orisa Lifestyle
Obafemi Origunwa, founder of the Orisa Lifestyle Academy and creator of the Orisa Lifestyle Agreements, articulates an in-depth, yet simple blueprint of the world's fastest growing spiritual movement. In his insightful study, Origunwa surveys a full range of traditional and modern African thought expressed through religion, sacred poetry, philosophy, mythology, psychology and business. He demonstrates that Yoruba sacred culture is far from being doomed to destruction or irrelevance at the hands of Islamic and Christian incursion. Instead, Orisa Lifestyle is evolving into a world wide cultural empire that is capable of actually using foreign tools to propogate its basic values. The Fundamentals of Orisa Lifestyle presents an invaluable insight into the foundations of the unique and vital tapestry of Yoruba indigenous knowledge systems practiced by over seventy million Africans all over the world.
The text is neatly divided into sixteen major categories of Yoruba culture and religion, two forces which, as Origunwa points out, flow in and out of one another like the water cycle. Although Origunwa makes strategic and historical mention of other West African cultures, like the Ehve and the Fon, his focus here is on the Yoruba, which is the most celebrated and studied civilization on the Continent. The book unfolds in four chapters: Personal, Ancestral, Communal, and Spiritual. Each chapter is subdivided into four segments, for a total of sixteen categories.
Most importantly, for the first time ever, readers will gain understanding of the single, most important goal of Orisa Lifestyle, which is attainment of the Good Condition. As such, the Fundamentals of Orisa Lifestyle offers the first ever definition of the relationship between Olodumare, the Supreme Being, Eniyan, human being, and Ipo Rere, the Good Condition, which is a complete harmonization of Heaven and Earth. As a life force, the Good Condition represents human destiny, which is characterized by our mission to transcend all forms of opposition and be freed from the cycle of rebirth. The Good Condition is a kind of latent, potential energy, that is always accessible, but becomes activated personally and collectively, as individuals and groups realize their personal, ancestral, communal and spiritual capacities.
Readers will notice a total departure from what has become the standard representation of "Orisa Stereotyping," which characterizes the vast majority of publications on the subject. Likewise, another noteworthy distinction of the Fundamentals of Orisa Lifestyle is the way that Origunwa manages to outline the framework of Yoruba spirituality without obsessing over initiations and receiving ritual icons.
Instead, the author gives almost total and complete attention to personal priesthood, which prioritizes human development and transformation over compensation and acquisition of objects. What we have, then, in the concepts of the Fundamentals of Orisa Lifestyle, is a strong emphasis on sacred culture as the language of spiritual consciousness. In the final analysis, Origunwa's treatment of Orisa Lifestyle makes clear the things EVERYBODY should know about the art and practice of Yoruba spirituality. Live the Medicine!