What is Lukimi About? Living in high vibration.
Often I get asked what is Lukimi and I explain it is a very old spiritual religious tradition which respects the ancestors and works with nature and balance. With Lukimi we worship the one creator whom we all worship in different ways and different names, with participants aiming to be the best they can be.
Being a Spiritualist Minister with the Spiritual Science Fellowship of Canada, an Interfaith Spiritualist organization, the religion of Lukimi fits perfectly in my personal life as it’s beliefs fall in line with many other world religious traditions. Lukimi is a life long learning process however in Africa learning begins as a child. With this being said coming to the religion in my late thirties with a language barrier and living in a country where it is relatively unknown, I have so, so, much to catch up on.
To give what I thought is a wonderful description of what Lukimi is about, I wanted to share something a respected Elder wrote. The Elder does not wish me to give his name at this moment but perhaps after he is published I may add it then.
The below Seven Lukumi Rules For Happy Living I feel is a wonderful guide for anyone who wishes to live a happy life of high vibration, while providing explanation of what Lukimi is about. I am happy to have permission to share this with you today.
Seven Lukumí Rules For Happy Lliving
• Get the habit of happiness.
Smile, intimately and make this feeling part of yourself. Create a happy world for yourself. Wait every day, even when some clouds obscure the sun, you always find something good.
• Declare war on negative feelings.
Do not allow unreal hardships to devour you. If some negative thought invades the spirit, fight it. Ask yourself, because you, who have every natural right to happiness, must you spend hours of the day struggling with fear, boredom, hatred. Win the battle against these insidious scourges of the twentieth century.
• Reinforce the image of self.
See how it was in your best moments and give yourself some attention. Imagine the happy times and the pride you felt in yourself. Create pleasant future experiences. Give yourself credit for what or who you are. Stop hitting your own head.
• Learn to smile.
Sometimes adults smile or giggle between their teeth, but not everyone laughs, that is true laughter that gives the impression of relief and freedom. Laughter, when genuine purifies, is part of the mechanism of success, casting it to the victories of life. If you’ve stopped laughing since the age of 10 or 40, go back to the spirit school and learn again what you should never have forgotten.
• Discover the hidden treasures.
Do not let your abilities and your resources die within you; give them an opportunity to submit to the trials of life.
• Help the next of kin, your neighbors, and others.
Giving to your peers may be the most rewarding experience of your life. Do not be cynical; understand that many people who appear unpleasant or hostile are wearing a facade that they think is able to protect them against others. If you give to your neighbor, you will be amazed at the grateful response, for the recognition they will have. People who look tough are actually gentle and vulnerable. You will feel satisfied when you give without thinking to yourself.
• Look for activities that make you happy.
Swimming, tennis, volleyball? Paint, sing, sew? I cannot tell you. You have to choose yourself. But life is happy if you do what pleases you.
There is a tendency in man to reduce the new phenomena with which he confronts preexisting ideas and definitions in his mind from previously known facts. This reduction hinders a correct view and interpretation of what is analyzed. Thus, the cultural facts of the blacks of the Yoruba – Benin in their ceremonies and rites become, in this distorting view, a primitive religion.
Lukumí is not primitive, let alone a religion. First of all, this set of precepts, rules, rites and practices forms a weltanschauung (world view, global conception of apprehension of reality) and a technique that allows the confrontation with nature and with their fellows, using the energy of their own mind (the Orí).
The Òrìṣà (of Orí: head, mind, Àṣẹ: force, magic) do not exist outside the human mind, they are not primitive gods of a pantheon imagined by the cultural conception of the white norm are spirits of light commanding “phalanxes” of souls as they idealize them the descendants of the Bantu peoples, associated with the phenomenon of Lukumí cosmogony to their religious culture, which is based on the worship of the ancestors.
We must undress the Lukumí of the syncretic charge that is deviant, in order to give rise to the understanding of what is the purest Lukumí tradition. The rituals and ceremonies will not be described, as this has already been done very well by masters such as Descoredes dos Santos, Fred Afalalo, Roger Bastide, Pierre “Fatumbi” Verger and many others.
What really matters is to comment on every ceremony, every feast, every foundation and every obligation, seeking its purified explanation of the white or Bantu mysticism, in order to bring forth the true function of “Orí”, the sole target and agent of the Ìṣẹṣẹ cult, and of “Ifá” as guiding and true Oluwó.
The intention of this resizing is not to diminish the importance of the facts, but rather, an aggrandizement, in human proportion, so that its original greatness is revealed. To return to the light, coming out of the darkness of ignorant religiosity, in the millenarian wisdom that allows to develop the capacity of man to situate himself and to interact in his formation, nature and social life.
Refusing to divinize Òṣààlá, to demonize Èṣù or to sanctify all Òrìṣà, we must isolate the errors, remove the fears, expel the white demons from our ontogony, opening the doors to understanding, which will allow more people to use this important control system of the mind itself and, consequently, of the natural and social facts in which it acts.
Ọ̀na re o!
Rev. Eileen Casey Gonzalez