Those are the main command buttons on our remote control. Over the years, we’ve mastered these controls. We normally skip commercials, fast forward through the movies’ dull parts. And rewind the film when we feel that we’ve missed something entirely. Fortunately, movies don’t adhere to the same perception of time as we do. Some time ago, a cameraman or director understood that time is an illusion, and can be slowed down or sped up based on one’s perception of it.
Our spirits operate outside the realm of time and space.
We’ve all watched those action packed movies, and have been amazed or in a state of awe when everything in a movie slows down. A flying bullet suddenly appears to be floating through the air. Debris from deadly explosions flurry like snow flakes. And a plummet to one’s death turns into a masterful trapeze performance. These things are not just special effects. We actually experience time slowing down and speeding up in cases of emergencies. So what does this mean? It means that your perception is your remote control. It also means that everybody perceives time differently.
I wrote a previous article, “It’s Time for Enlightenment,” where I explained that the Orisha Obatala is the father of time.
However, time is not linear, as many of us perceive it to be. Time is a concept that is based strictly on perception and the past and future are merely illusions of time. The only real concept of time is being in a conscious state of stillness, where we are completely one with nature. Many spiritual gurus would call this state, the present moment, or living in the now.
However, this concept goes much further.
Your spirit can observe things and can sense things that are beyond your ordinary range of awareness. Everything happens all at once in the subtle world. However, our conscious minds can’t comprehend all of the information at once. This is why we get nervous, confused, or frustrated. We do this because we can’t organize our thoughts in such a way where they make sense, so that we can take action. This is when we become stagnant, immobilized by our own fear. This is when time begins to collapse and we feel that we simply don’t have enough of it.
In these times, we simply have to hit the pause button and understand that perception and action are one.
Then, we are able to slow down time by being in a state of awe or gratitude. We are then able to tap into a higher level of consciousness, where we can see the future before the present. We can see the outcome before the event. And we can visualize ourselves prevailing over the illusions of time. So don’t rush through life. Slow down, and make those magical moments last forever.
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We believed that if we couldn’t see it, touch it, or smell it, that it just didn’t exist. Of course the mystics always knew that there was an invisible world. They knew about energy and quantum physics long before any scientist had ever looked through a microscope.
We can see this in many of the creation stories in the Yoruba pantheon.
Obatala, the father of all orishas; is also known as the deity of purity, peace, and creation. He descended from the heavens onto to earth on an iron chain. This story can be interpreted in two ways. It can symbolize the concept of manifestation. It can also represent the biological makeup of human beings. Today, we understand that DNA is a genetic code that houses information that is past down from one generation to the next.
practitioners in the Yoruba religion seemed to have understood this concept as well. When examined under a microscope DNA looks very much like a chain or a double sided helix. Today, scientists understand that a person’s DNA code is pretty much set in stone. However, there are external factors that influence the behaviors of DNA.
Epigenetics instructs DNA on how to behave.
It works, very much like a light switch, turning our DNA codes on and off. If we are overeating, epigenetics will instruct DNA to increase fat cells. If we are dieting, epigenetics will instruct our DNA to shrink fat cells. It can instruct our bodies to increase the production of cancer cells, or decrease cancer cells. A great way to think of epigenetics is to imagine that your body runs like a corporation. There is an executive board, which responds to the external economical environment. There are the middlemen, line managers who supervise the workers. Lastly, there are the workers, who don’t think. They just take orders without thought or question.
The corporate executives decide that they need to lay-off workers because of a recession.
The executives don’t do the dirty work; they send the middleman or the line managers to do the firing. Workers get laid off, and the ones that remain are doing twice the work. The same thing happens in our body. We are the executives of our bodies and how we respond to our environment has a direct effect on us. Feelings of scarcity induce high levels of stress. We innately send signals to the middlemen to instruct our cells to stop working at optimum levels. As a result, other parts of our body have to pick up the slack. This is why people who are severely depressed are sluggish and lethargic.
In a nutshell, our thoughts can make us sick, or better. Positive thoughts, feelings, and actions allow the body to work at optimum levels. We need to understand the adverse consequences of negative thinking. We must call upon Obatala, the orisha of purity, wisdom, and whiteness to cleanse our negative thoughts, so we can be pure again and realign with nature.
They run and hide in the underworld, the subconscious mind. A Shaman will work to find the lost pieces of the soul, but it is incredibly difficult to do without calling on the father of lightness and purity, Obatala.
Obatala, In Yoruba is the father of all creation.
He brings about wisdom, purity, and peace. Most importantly, he is the mediator between darkness and light, and can help to raise the consciousness of an entire civilization or just one simple human being. Obatala presides over cells within the human body, in particularly DNA.
Legend has it that Obatala descended from the heavens on an iron chain.
This chain represents the genetic codes of information that are housed in our DNA. The chain also represents rings or cycles. This could mean the cycle of life, the cycle of energy, or even cycles of poverty and abuse.
In my earlier articles I discussed how our environment influences DNA.
Epigenetic cells actually turn DNA cells on and off like a light switch. It works in response to our feelings, thoughts, emotions, and actions. We are very much in control of our bodies, even at a cellular level.
Sometimes, our bodies become unbalanced and we get sick. Our sickness can be mental or emotional or even both.
We may visit a doctor or a spiritual healer who works with both physical and subtle energy. I mentioned before that subtle energy is invisible. While physical energy is hard and tangible. Subtle energy acts as a blueprint that instructs physical matter on how to operate.
Many spiritualist, healers, or shamans normally treat their patients by visiting the subtle world.
In the subtle world, they consult the instructions manual to see exactly what part of the body or mind is not operating effectively. In many situations, people’s instructions manual have been changed. It has been translated into French, Spanish, English, and Portuguese. Shamans, spiritualist, and healers cannot understand the instructions and cannot find a way to translate it, because the language that it was written in is now dead.
This is the reason why it is so important for us to understand our culture and history.
Our culture is the original blueprint of our souls. Without it, we are less than whole. Throughout history, parts of our souls have broken off. Our deities, our Gods, our practices are shunned upon and live in the dark recesses of societies’ congenial mind. This is the reflection of how split and broken we are as spiritual beings. Obatala is the orisha of lightness and consciousness. He can be called upon to rewrite, or recreate the instructions manual. We need to have an instructions manual, written in our own language, so we can put together the lost pieces of our soul.