Oshun, Orisha, Ashe
29/11/11 21:57 Filed in: Oshun, Orishas, Orisha, Ashe
Oshun is known in Santeria and in Yoruba as the Goddess of love. She is revered in Western Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States for her beauty and grace. Others describe her to be the ultimate feminine essence equivalent to Venus. Oshun’s beauty is not just skin deep. She is the Orisha of unconditional love and is called upon for family matters and relationship issues. She resides in all rivers and lakes and is said to be the Orisha of sexuality. However, Oshun also resides in the rivers of energy that flows through our bodies. These rivers are called meridians.
Although the Chinese are credited for discovering the invisible energy channels that flow throughout the body and the world, the Africans were also very much aware of the power of chi. Unlike the Chinese, they called this energy ashe and the meridians that this energy flowed through were called rivers. Today, meridians and energy fields are studied by holistic health Practioners and are used in the common practice known as acupuncture. However, the concept of treating the root of an illness as oppose to its symptoms is universal. Ancient healers understood the power of ashe, and could see beyond the skin, sinew, and muscle tissues of an ailing patient. They understood that disharmony in the meridian channels caused illness. They worked to treat the sick by reasserting an energetic balance within the meridian system.
They understood that old, rusty, tired bones were a result of ashe being blocked in certain areas of the body. They understood that wounds that were slow to heal meant that the body wasn’t giving off the proper electronic shock needed for healing. They understood, that ashe much like chi, prana, and mena was an organic life force that flowed from the air into the lungs, into the execratory system, and back into nature.
Oshun is the Orisha who is commonly called on by healers because she presides over the rivers of ashe that allow our bodies to operate at optimum levels. She is the Orisha of unconditional love, because she understands that healing is a holistic approach and study. Oshun understands that all facets of the body must work together harmonically. A healer cannot just treat one aspect of a patient and ignore another. Traditional healers understand that all parts of our body work together interdependently. Knowledge needs to be transferred through the channels to ensure that each entity receives the ashe needed for balance and efficiency.