Welcome to Egbe Iwa-Pele
Egbe Iwa-Pele is an international association of Ifa devotees who have joined hands to preserve the ancestral wisdom that supports the development of iwa-pele. The word iwa-pele from the elision Iwa ope ile meaning I come to greet the earth. The connotation in the Yoruba language of greeting Earth is to live in harmony with the Earth and all the people who share it with us. As a spiritual discipline that teaches atunwa or reincarnation we want to leave the Earth a better place than when arrived.
Egun and Ancestral Wisdom 2 weeks ago
A Yoruba proverb says we become who we are by standing on the shoulders of those who come before us. From the perspective of traditional Yoruba culture, remembering those who came before us is a sacred obligation. Each generation takes responsibility for preserving the wisdom of the ancestors. In most earth-centered cultures, meaning those cultures that make an effort to live in harmony with nature, dissemination of ancestral wisdom is the foundation of the methodology used to guide consciousness along the path leading from childhood to maturity and self-actualization.
About twenty years into my thirty-year study if liturgical Yoruba I started to notice the stories found in Ifa oral scripture had deeper implications beyond physical healing and problem-solving. It appeared to me that many of the stories had deeper levels of meaning that reflected an ancient wisdom I call paleo-science. The idea of paleo-science is the idea that the Ifa elders in ancient times had a cosmology, an astrophysics, and a quantum physics that gave them access to the ability to alter physical reality.
Iwa-pele: What Is Good Character? 3 weeks ago
Ifa teaches that every moment presents itself as a choice. In every moment we can either elevate our consciousness our resist growth. It is always a choice; it is never the result of influence by others unless we choose to give that influence credibility. We are only prone to give that influence credibility if we allow ourselves to takes things personally.
The Search For The Source of Santeria and Lucumi: “Iwa-Pele” – Ifa, Historical Facts, and Spiritual Development 3 weeks ago
Ifa is a celebration of life in all of its diversity. It is based on the belief that the full scope of diversity is experienced through the reoccurring cycles of reincarnation. The rebirth of an old spirit in a newborn child is considered a joyous and blessed event. There is no curse, no blame, no guilt associated with the return journey to Earth. Ifa teaches that Earth is the place where the ori experiences the divine link between human consciousness and the consciousness residing in all of Nature. During the process of exploring the Mystery of Spiritual transformation, it is possible for the human soul to become elevated beyond the limitations of human consciousness. When this occurs new potential is created that becomes a potential source of inspiration for future generations. Ifa describes this process as the elevation of Ori to Egun and Egun to Orisa. The human personality that becomes Orisa is both projected into the future and returned to Source as an expression of the Ifa concept of circular time.
The Symbolism of Odu Ifa Part 18: Oyeku Ogbe 4 weeks ago
Once we reach a place where the head and heart are in alignment we experience inner peace called suuru in Yoruba. Suuru attacks good fortune by attracting others who function from a place of inner peace.
Preparation For Initiation
Building An Ancestor Shrine
In traditional Ifa culture everyone is believed to have the ability, and the obligation to communicate with the ancestors on a daily basis. According to Ifa oral tradition, communication with your ancestors is a birthright and requires no special sanction. At times this communication can simply involve remembering a revered ancestor and making use of the memory as a basis for making an important decision. In many ways ancestor communication is an extension of the training and wisdom we receive from our parents and grandparents...