I believe we all seek to be happy, to be fulfilled and to live life as the hero in our own journey. This journey is a series of choices, a dance between fortune and misfortune where we embrace the curse and the blessing with equal acceptance. When the flow is good we revel and when the hooks and crooks of the path and the sandbanks in the river entangle us, asking us to stop, rest or make choices a state Ifá calls Òwónrín arises. Òwónrín is a form of internal turbulence, a transformative power, which forces us to make a choice. The more agitated we are in the choice the more we tend to make choices of desire and by consequence some form of misfortune or setback is instigated. It is natural for the human being to immediately looking for scapegoats when we make the wrong choice. Ifá tells us that it is from Òwónrín that the Orìsá Èsú is taking his ase – or power. This means that Èsú is a force we will meet constantly in our journey on earth.
Ifá consider our soul, our consciousness to be a young, beautiful, curious and restless woman and our choices can bring growth and wisdom to our consciousness – or the opposite. The goal is however to mature this young and beautiful woman so the experience of life can be as wonderful as fate intended. Because if the right choices are made we can be sure that our journey will be a happy one, veiled in understanding, experience and growth of knowledge.