The road to be a priest or priestess in Santeria, Yoruba, Haitian Vodou, Palo Mayombe, Ifa, Akan, is not an easy road. But, we should not let our personal trial and tribulation prevent us from seeing the bigger picture. That is not only to elevate our family and our lineage but to elevate people who come across our crossroad.
We meet people each day for a reason, each person that come across our path is a representation of a Loa, a Orisha, a egun, and/or a Nkisi.
I say this because if we keep this in mind then perhaps we would not always think about money when it comes to helping someone. I do not say that someone should not be paid for his/her knowledge. But, there are times were an individual just need a little boost to be where he/she need to be.
I remember when I first came into Santeria twenty years ago, spiritual mass (misa) was free everyone benefited from a message and/or cleansing. Now, I am hearing people charging to do a misa and with no guarantee results. Where did the spirit of charity go? Did we come into this religion so we can cash in on what we know? Or did we really come into this religion to help elevate people lives?
I remember many year’s ago I knew this drummer, who is a child of Ogún. For the sake of privacy I will alter his name and call him Ronald. Ronald’s god mother is a child of Oyá and one day his godmother had a very bad dream about her godchild Ronald. Instead of telling him about the dream, what she did is divine with her orisha to find out what she needed to do to remove what she saw in her dream that same day. She called Ronald’s best friend and told him to bring Ronald over to her house. When Ronald got to his madrina’s house, his best friend locked the door. Immediately his madrina proceeded to clean Ronald with two guinea hens, two duck eggs and broom of herbs. After that was done she than told him what the dream she had, what it meant and what she removed. How come there are not more godparents out here like this? Where did they go?
It is elder’s like this that maintain the tradition and made people proud to be involve with the religion.