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Throughout recorded history people have always studied the Universe. In each culture, in each nation, there were people who recorded what they observed so that others could benefit from their understanding and knowledge.
What are Orixás?
Orixás are energy formations, or vibrations that form the fundamental structures of the universe. These elemental energy formations can also be found on earth as well as within the human physiology.
In the past there were great Seers who perceived these energy formations and who showed others how to connect with the life nourishing qualities that these energies have to offer. There are cultures and traditions that have kept alive this understanding of the Orixás and today this knowledge is becoming available to the American people.
What will be our experiences? How will we integrate this knowledge with our scientific minds? What will we leave for the next generation?
Today in the United States of America, the Scientists are held to be the most knowledgeable people regarding the understanding of the Universe. They have developed equipment that enables them to objectively observe and examine the Universe. They examine the components of the Universe to understand how it is organized, how it moves and how if effects our lives, here on earth.
Direct Personal Experience
Throughout time there have existed human beings who have studied the Universe in a different way. They have used their subjective experience, their awareness, their heart and their soul, to look inward to find the Universe. And, they recorded what they saw so that others could benefit from the knowledge.
Among the people who used their direct personal experience to gain knowledge, there were those who could observe the Universe in its totality. And in that expanded awareness and refined perception, they could see vibrations, motion, energy patterns and energetic forces within the silence of the Universe.
Not only could they observe the totality of the Universe, and the fact that the Universe contained vibration, but they could also perceive that there are different vibrations. And in their research they were able to distinguish 2,684 different vibrations. Within these 2,684 vibrations, they were able to find commonality and group the vibrations first into 386 qualities, then into 68 groups, and then 16 qualities.
They were also able to find the commonality between all of these vibrations and the elements of fire, earth, water and air that are found on earth.
Names of the Orixás
The Seers gave a name to the totality of the Universe that they were able to perceive. They gave the name Orixá. Furthermore they gave names to each of the vibrations or energy patterns that they were able to observe in the Universe. The Seers perceived that the various Orixás were alive, with personality and intelligence, aware of themselves.
They named each of the different vibrations as a parent would name a child, with love and reverence. They gave names like Ifá, Oxalá, Exu, Ogum, Oxumaré, Xangô, Obaluaê, Oxossi, Ossaim, Obá, Nanã, Oxum, Iemanjá, Ewa, Iansã, and many more.
Showing the Orixás to Others
In addition to that grand accomplishment, these Seers were able to show other people how to perceive what they saw and how to make a connection to the Orixás. These Seers set a standard. They could perceive the totality of the Universe, they could perceive the details of this totality and they could relate this totality and the vibrations that make up the totality to the four elements on earth. In addition, they could show people how to know the Orixás themselves.
It is said that the original Seers of the Orixás were on earth hundreds of thousands of years ago. Recorded history shows they were on earth before Africa became a nation, but today it is in Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean Nations where one can most easily find this knowledge that had been discovered hundreds of thousands of years earlier.
A New Tradition
These Seers passed their knowledge, experience and understanding of the Universe to the people around them, who in turn passed this science, this information and experience to succeeding generations. It became a tradition in that there were people who had the interest to preserve the knowledge of the Orixás and people who were given the responsibility to pass on this science to the next generation. Along the way people learned how to perceive the Orixás and how to enter into a relationship with the Orixás.
Connecting with the Orixás
By entering into a relationship with the Orixás people could find those qualities or vibrations of the Universe within themselves. Once that experience was enlivened within their Self, they found that the experiences brought harmony, peace, and joy to their lives. They found their lives could be lived in accord with the organization of the Universe.
Protection from the Orixás
In addition to perceiving the Orixás, the Seers were also able to perceive that various Orixás become predominant at various times. The Seers were able to perceive which Orixá is prevalent when a man and woman come together to form a child. The Seers came to understand that an individual gains the maximum benefit from the Orixás if the individual can connect to the Orixá that was predominant when the individual was conceived. The Seers saw that making a connection to the predominant Orixá allows the individual personal protection and guidance from that particular Orixá for the duration of the individual’s life on earth.
Passing on the Information
From these experiences and understandings of the Orixás came an increased interest to pass this knowledge on to the next generation so that people could be insured of enjoying the benefit of living life in accord with nature and the Universe. Throughout the passage of time, as people came to know the Orixás there arose different stories and different interpretations of the Orixás. Different knowledge came forth; different understandings and different expressions became apparent.
People utilized drums to give expression to the vibrations of the Universe. And in time the drum become the modality to establish the link between the Universe and the individual. In addition people created songs about the Orixás to express their understanding of the Orixás, to give gratitude for the experience of the Orixás and to ensure that future generations would understand what they knew and experienced. Dress became another expression of the Orixás. The Universe that had become alive within the person needed to be clothed externally to give expression to the particular experience and to honor that expression.
All people, everywhere, have the ability to experience the Orixás. At the same time the expression of the Orixás differs with various countries, cultures and traditions. Today the Orixás can be experienced predominately in Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean Nations, as well as the United States. Thousands of books and websites are available to give knowledge about the Orixás. In Brazil the knowledge and understanding of the Orixás is more clearly understood by the largest number of people than anywhere else on earth.
There exists today places of learning, deemed sacred, that prepare people for the experience of the Orixás. These places of learning are called Terreiro or Templo (Temple). Through initiation one is personally guided by people specially trained called Babalorixá or Yalorixá. (There are variations on the spellings and the names of these teachers throughout the different countries). These Spiritual Teachers spend years in training and are given certification by their Babalorixá or Yalorixá on how to guide people to know the Orixás directly. Through initiation one is personally guided to know and experience their own specific Orixá, also known as their protector.
Over time an individual begins to form a pattern that has characteristics each time they move, through “dance” with a particular Orixá. There are other processes such as the Buzios to determine one’s Orixá. The Teacher is there to provide the next level of learning when the individual is ready to receive that information and experience. The process is carefully orchestrated to insure that the individual has the correct experience at all times. It is important that the Spiritual Teacher has the full understanding of the Orixás and knows how to properly guide an individual through their personal development to connect with the Orixás.
The Hayehwatha Institute, located in Mount Shasta, California, has developed relationships with various world teachers of the Orixás to bring the knowledge and understanding of the Orixás to the United States. The Institute is interested to integrate the tradition of the Orixás with existing scientific disciplines so that the Orixás can be understood and accepted by a larger population in the United States.
The understanding of the Orixás is not known within the American culture as are other sciences and spiritual disciplines that study the Universe and its relationship to human life on earth. However, over the past 50 years, teachers, scientists, academicians, and educational institutions throughout America have researched and developed an understanding of Consciousness. The study and experience of Consciousness provide an introductory framework for subjectively and spiritually understanding the Universe.
The Hayehwatha Institute provides the proper environment to know the Orixás and to experience and understand the various vibrations and energetic forces that form the details of the Consciousness of the Universe, also known as the Soul of our Universe, and the Universe of your Soul. The Institute provides an opportunity for you to know your specific Orixá, to receive the protection of your Orixá, and to live more fully in harmony within the organization of the Universe.
The knowledge and understanding of the Orixás provided at the Hayehwatha Institute are given by Vovó Anamalia, a Cosmic Soul who lives within the folds of the universe, where the Orixás reside. She comes to earth through her Medium, Andrée. The understanding of the Orixás is fundamental to her being.
Vovó Anamalia teaches that the universe has its own presence and this presence folded upon itself to create an environment called a universe. These folds that formed this new environment are called the Orixás. Through knowledge, along with music and drum, Vovó Anamalia provides an opportunity for the energetic forces of the universe, the Orixás, to come forward so that you can experience them through movement and dance. These moments are deeply personal and profound.
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All the Orixá activities of the Hayehwatha Institute are provided by Vovó Anamalia through the Medium Andree. The Hayehwatha Institute is a nonprofit 501c3 organization located in Mount Shasta, California.
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