Many Slices of a Pie
Some things I have come to learn in my deep space exploration of wisdom is that often times, it's just a slice of the pie. I keep in mind that everything is not contained in one place ( culture, language etc). One thing I learned researching with my wife is to eat the fish and spit out the bones. Knowing that everything doesn't apply and that's okay. As a mystic like Orunmila, you must always search for other pieces of the pie. As African Americans, we have an unique perspective because we are made up of so many bloodlines. It's easy for us to connect to a variety of cultures, religions, etc. Literally there are not many that we cannot connect to because we are all over the world. When it comes to Africa, I try to avoid getting caught up in tribalism and nationalism. I try to learn as much from as many tribes and cultures as possible. I understand that it was the lack of unity that was the ultimate weapon used to enslave our ancestors and to that point we must unite them within ourselves!!
Ifa Orisa Priest