I remember that when I was still an aleyo, I had the most vivid dream and upon waking up, I took notes and called my godfather José B. excitedly to tell him all about it. To my surprise, he completely dismissed my dream saying that I read too much about the Orisha and I needed to cut back on my learning.
My dream was pretty detailed, it described the Olokun ceremony nearly step by step, even parts that I had no way of knowing about. It would be some years later when John Mason would write “Olookun: Owner of Rivers and Seas,” a wonderful book on the subject that has plenty of information on Olokún.
In my dream, there was an old woman, a daughter of Yemayá who told me that two people would receive Olokun before me, but not to despair, as money would come for me to pay for the initiation. She has been a regular visitor in my dreams over the years, particularly in many dreams I had while preparing for Kariosha.
Only time can test the veracity of the messages that are contained in dreams. In the six months period following my dream, two Olokun initiations indeed took place before mine. One of those was that of my friend Tom Savage who received Olokun right before I did. On the night that my godfather and I made the 5 hour drive to reach the Texas coast and start my Olokun initiation, I reminded him of my dream and the synchronicities that had come to pass. Sometimes dreams do not require other validation than to see them manifest as life gently unfolds before our eyes.
But my experience is not the only one where what seems to be the spirit of an olosha has manifested in a dream and shared information. Recently, an old friend called me to tell me about a very vivid dream where a special ritual was performed. I listened in awe as he described a head feeding that is done to uplift people and involves the sacrifice of a bird. Out of respect for the privacy of this individual I am withholding details, but I do believe that he had no way of knowing the particulars he described to me.
Do spirit guides and the Orisha interact in the realm of the oneiric? Can they influence our destinies and help us solve problems even if we have not pledged allegiance to them? Do they touch minds and hearts thusly to sway people into their path?
Another case of orisha related dreams is that of Kjerstin. She has given me permission to post some details from a series of dreams that depict what could be either a spirit guide related to Obba, wife of Shangó, or perhaps even a manifestation of that orisha herself. In the next post I will recount her narration so you can make your own mind and perhaps there are some of you who have had similar experiences and want to weave them into this conversation.
Oní Yemayá Achagbá