The Earth is One
Powerful Secrets from Africa’s Oldest Religion
By Brian Ewuzie
Copyright Brian Ewuzie 2016
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“Do you know what this is?” My elder brother, Nze, asked me. He held a dark brown, cylindrical object in his right hand.
It was a dry windy day in December 2006, and we were going through our family museum in Abba, south-east Nigeria. I gazed at the eight-inch long object and said, “A piece of wood.”
“No,” Nze said. “I’ll give you a clue. It belonged to a member of our family who died a long time ago.”
The piece of wood didn’t look like a pestle. And it wasn’t long enough to be nguru, a hooked stick used to pick fruit from trees. I thought of deceased relatives who could have owned it. Dozens of uncles, aunties, cousins and second cousins.
I gave up. “I don’t know. Tell me.”
“C’mon, you can’t even guess?”
“I don’t know what it is.”
“Alright, let’s forget about it,” he said and put the piece of wood back in the collection of artefacts.
“Tell me what it is,” I pleaded.
“You don’t seem eager to know,” he said.
“I want to know.”
Nze seemed to consider whether to tell me or not, then he picked the wood. “It’s an ofo.”
Ofo was a symbol of honesty and integrity in Igbo culture and religion.
In pre-colonial Igboland, speaking with an ofo was like taking an oath with the Bible.
A person making statements with an ofo meant, ‘this is the truth and nothing but the truth’.
But in present day Igboland, ofo was as rare as a mud hut.
“This was Ohiaeri’s ofo,” Nze added.
I was sceptical. “Are you sure?”
There was nothing unusual about Ohiaeri, our grandfather, keeping an ofo. Most of his generation had one.
Ohiaeri was a Christian. In fact, he was one of Abba’s first Christians.
I knew the story of his conversion very well.
On December 24, 1901, a 3,500-strong British army invaded Arochukwu, the major power in Igboland. By the end of January 1902, Igboland was under British control.
Ohiaeri Ewuzie was a young farmer in Abba. Three years after the fall of Arochukwu, he visited a British army base at Nkwerre, a nearby village.
The khaki uniforms and drills of the military base fascinated Ohiaeri. He offered to work for the British.
Another version of the story is that he got to Nkwerre and a soldier beat him. Enraged, Ohiaeri swore to learn the ways of the British.
Whatever happened to him in Nkwerre, Ohiaeri came back to Abba a changed man. He converted to Christianity and helped the Anglican Church set up a parish in Abba.
According to family lore, Ohiaeri was a visionary who embraced a more humane religion.
But if that’s the case, why did he keep his ofo after he converted? Shouldn’t he have discarded the pagan symbol? And why haven’t his descendants seen a Bible, hymn book, cross or any Christian object he used?
To answer those questions, I had to dig deeper into Igbo traditional religion.
Odinala, the traditional religion of Igbos in Nigeria, has no sacred texts or clergy. You will find its teachings in the rituals, beliefs, songs, names, proverbs and customs of the Igbo.
Odinala means ‘it is on the land’. An alternative translation is ‘it is inside the Earth.’
There are different forms of Odinala. Villages in Igboland have their own unique practices and rituals.
Nobody knows the exact time Odinala started.
But it was in practice thousands of years before any civilisation known to man. And before humans migrated from Africa to the rest of the world fifty thousand years ago.
In prehistoric times, a group of elders wondered why humans were on Earth. After deliberating for years, they decided to ask Ala, the Earth.
The elders asked Ala, “Why are we here? Who created us?”
Ala told the elders that Chukwu, the great God, created humans and messenger gods.
Ala named the major gods and their powers:
Ahianjoku was the goddess of yams
Anyanwu the sun god
Igwe the god of the sky
Amadioha the god of thunder
Agwu the god of divination and healing
Ala said that Chukwu lived in a distant world, but a small portion of Himself lived inside every human. Any person can contact Chukwu and the messenger gods through that divine portion.
The elders thanked Ala and named the portion of Chukwu within them chi.
They learned to use their chi to communicate their desires, hopes and fears to the gods. And they taught the world their newfound knowledge.
But the wise elders died out and so did their students. Soon, few could remember what the wise elders had taught.
After many years, humans stopped communicating with the gods. Evil and injustice prevailed.
A king took it upon himself to recover the lost knowledge of the elders. He travelled the world and pieced together remnants of the ancient knowledge.
He re-established communication with the gods. Then he assembled a massive army and defeated oppressors and evil people.
The king’s relationship with the gods was so intimate that he acquired godlike powers. He radiated light, disappeared at will and could transform into a leopard.
The king’s name was Ikenga, and he’s the most important personality in Odinala. Ikenga reincarnated in different cultures, teaching the knowledge of the wise elders.
Igbos commemorate Ikenga with statuettes of a horned warrior holding a sword in his right hand. The last known Ikenga incarnate in Igboland was Eri, a priest-king who founded Nri Kingdom in 900 AD.
Before my interest in Odinala, I had been seeking an alternative spiritual system.
At the age of seventeen, I lost interest in attending church. I felt that sitting in a hall with a group of strangers and listening to a priest for hours was a tedious path to God.
There had to be an easier, less boring path.
I didn’t know if such a path existed. But I knew that I had to find a way to relate to God without waiting for a priest to take me to Him.
Sometime in 1998, I got a ray of hope. I was going through my father’s library when I spotted a book wrapped in a bright green cover. The title of the book was The Master Key.
I had seen the book several times in the past but never thought of reading it. This time, I felt a strong urge to read it. The book seemed to be saying, “Read me.”
I took The Master Key from the bookshelf, ran up to my bedroom and started reading.
I finished the book in five days. I was ecstatic. The author, Charles Haanel, hinted at an alternative path to God. I didn’t understand all that he wrote, but I enjoyed the book.
I tried the spiritual exercises in The Master Key, expecting something special to happen.
I read and re-read the book and did my best to put Charles Haanel’s inspiring ideas to work.
I put The Master Key aside and went on with my life.
Then something special happened.
I discovered another book that seemed to urge me to read it. The book was The Quest of the Overself by Paul Brunton.
In a friend’s house, I saw another inviting book, Vernon Howard’s A Mystic Path to Cosmic Power.
Browsing a bookstore, I saw and bought Michael Talbot’s The Holographic Universe. My father’s library gave me yet another powerful book, The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn.
Since I read The Master Key, I had a steady supply of books on spirituality and self-help.
The only problem was implementation.
I would discover a new book, read it and feel inspired by the ideas and promises in the book.
Then I would be back to where I started—frustrated, scared and depressed.
Maybe I was too lazy to apply new knowledge. Or the books were too complicated for me.Whatever the reason, I kept getting mixed results.
I studied Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Although they all had powerful spiritual insights and wisdom, none satisfied me.
I studied occult masters: Aleister Crowley, S.L. MacGregor Mathers, Austin Osman Spare and Israel Regardie. But I was too scared to practice their teachings.
By the time Nze showed me Ohiaeri’s ofo, I was twenty-six years old. Eight years had passed since I read The Master Key and I still hadn’t found an alternative spiritual path.
But I had a sense of what my ideal path to God would be like:
1. It would give me direct access to God.
2. It would have a simple doctrine that I can change according to my needs and circumstances.
3. It would improve my quality of life.
4. It would not hinder scientific progress.
5. Anyone—regardless of race, religion or residence—can practice it.
To be honest, I didn’t expect much from Odinala. Throughout my search for a spiritual path, I hadn’t bothered to study an African religion.
I believed that African religions blended primitive superstitions with ancestral worship. Studying them would be a waste of time.
My initial efforts to learn Odinala failed. Igbos would rather identify as Christians than traditionalists.
“Why do you want to study Odinala?” an elder asked me when I broached the subject.
“Curiosity,” I replied.
He shook his head. “You don’t need Odinala. We are Christians.”
The same conversation happened each time I asked a village elder about Odinala. I got lectures on marriage customs, kola nut rites and ancestral migration. Nothing on Odinala.
Later, I had the good fortune to meet an elder who didn’t shy from discussing Odinala.
The elder explained the four basic beliefs of Odinala:
1. Chukwu kere uwa (God created the universe):
Chukwu is the mysterious entity that created the universe.
Chukwu is genderless and without form, yet described as He, She, or It.
2. Mmadu niile nwere chi (Every human has a divine self):
A small, invisible portion of Chukwu resides in every person. This portion is chi.
Your chi helps you solve problems in the spiritual and physical worlds.Life is easier when you work with your chi to achieve your goals.
Struggle and hardship are signs of a disconnection between an individual and her chi.
3. Onye kwe chi ya kwe (If you believe, your god will believe):
Your beliefs influence your relationship with your chi.
You may view your chi as a master, servant, sibling, lover, secretary, business partner or supercomputer.
There are no limits to what your chi can do for you.
4. Ala wu otu (The Earth is one):
Odinala is effective in every corner of the globe. It is not exclusive to Igbos.
You will get positive results from Odinala regardless of your background or location.
Odinala assists the stockbroker in New York, the mountain climber in Nepal, and the cassava farmer in Nigeria.
You may fuse Odinala with other beliefs, religions, faiths or philosophies.
The four basic beliefs opened my eyes to the possibilities of Odinala.
I understood why my grandfather retained his ofo. And why a few decades after the British arrived, millions of Igbos became Christians.
Odinala enabled its adherents to switch to Christianity without much trouble.
My grandfather knew he could practice Odinala even as a Christian. He could learn the ways of the British without sacrificing his spiritual roots.
He probably thought his ofo would escape notice. But if a reverend father asked, he could reply with a straight face, “It’s a piece of wood.”
My grandfather’s gamble paid off. The British made him a court messenger. His children enrolled in missionary schools.
One of his sons became the first Abba indigene to attend secondary school. Another son was Abba’s first medical doctor.
Ohiaeri descendants got lucrative jobs as teachers, court clerks, pharmacists and civil servants.
Odinala had helped my grandfather and his children adapt to a changing social order.
I was intrigued. I learned how to contact my chi. I learned to be patient after making a request to my chi.
The more I studied Odinala, the more intrigued I became. But I wasn’t convinced that I had found the spiritual path I had been looking for.
Not until my life fell apart did it dawn on me that Odinala was my last hope.
On the night of June 7, 2010, I was wide awake, sitting on a plastic chair by my bedroom window. My girlfriend and two-year-old daughter were asleep.
I was hungry. There was no food left in the kitchen and no money in my pocket. The only thing of value in my possession was an unsold film script.
I knew that something needed to change in my life.
Maybe I needed a real job instead of depending on unreliable film producers for income.
Maybe I needed to change my attitude towards money and start saving. Or maybe I needed help from a higher source.
“Why did you let this happen to me?” I whispered to my chi. I knew my chi wasn’t to blame. My relationship with it was lukewarm at best. I still felt awkward practising Odinala.
“Do something,” I said to my chi. I inhaled a couple of power breaths to reinforce the message, then went to bed.
The next morning, an old friend visited me. He gave me some money, two cartons of Indomie noodles and a can of kerosene.
I’ve contacted my chi every day since then.
I still get financial challenges from time to time, and there are days when it feels like my chi has abandoned me.
But after so many lucky breaks, I know beyond doubt that I have an invisible assistant.The alternative spiritual path I had been looking for was under my nose all along.
I’ll explain the major concepts of Odinala and the amazing things you can do with your chi.
1. Chukwu – the great God. A being of infinite potential.
2. Chineke – Chukwu as creator, manifesting His thoughts into existence.
3. Chi – the portion of Chukwu in every human.
4. Arusi—deities, gods and supernatural forces.
5. Onwe – the everyday self engaged in activities in the physical world.
6. Omenala – the laws, customs, beliefs and expectations of a clan, village, organisation or nation.
7. Odinala – beliefs and practices that connect an individual to her chi.
8. Ekpere – prayer, communion, request
9. Ulo ekpere—shrine, temple, church
10. Akaraaka– Akaraaka is the agreement you had with your chi before you incarnated as a human being. It is your mission and purpose on Earth.
11. Agwa – character, temperament, personality, habits
12. Ofo—staff of integrity
13. Uche – thought, memory, imagination, will
14. Imu anya – attention, awareness, awake
15. Igba mbo – hard work, commitment, dedication, endurance
16. Ike—power, strength, energy, life force
17. Dibia – diviner, healer, master of reality, a person who makes incredible things happen
18. Uwa—world, universe
19. Uwa mmuo—spirit world
20. Ilo Uwa—reincarnation
21. Ndi ichie—elders, ancestors
How to Activate Your Chi
Your chi trusts you to take care of events in the physical world while it handles your affairs in the spirit world.
Activating your chi means turning your chi’s attention towards the physical world.
1. The first activation step is to locate your chi.
You can locate your chi anywhere—in the clouds, a star, the ocean, a painting, a sculpture, a flower or a figurine.
Ancient Igbos placed their chi in Ikenga statuettes. But the most potent location for a chi in modern times is the human heart.
Imagine a tiny bright star shining in your heart.
That star is your chi.
2. The second step is to name your chi.
Naming your chi initiates your relationship with it. Your chi will no longer be an abstract concept, but a living being. When you name your chi, you acknowledge its existence and welcome it into your circle of friends.
Your chi will accept any name you give to it. Your middle name, the name of a historical person, or a name from religion and mythology.
Below are powerful names you may call your chi.
Martin Luther King
John the Baptist
You may change your chi’s name anytime you want.
The first name I called my chi was John. Then I switched to Jupiter, and later, Ikenga.
3. The third activation step is choosing a personal shrine.
A personal shrine is any place you communicate with your chi. It could be your bedroom, bathroom, living room, car or a quiet section of your local library.
4. The final activation step is challenging your chi to prove its existence.
This step is important. There’s no point practising Odinala if you don’t believe that your chi can help you solve problems.
Test the waters and find out if your divine self can help you improve your life.What’s the most pressing problem you have right now? Is it settling a debt? Securing a contract? Mending a relationship?
Go to your personal shrine. Close your eyes and imagine your chi shining in your heart.Talk to your chi like a friend.
Ask it to solve the problem that’s nagging you. And give it a deadline.
“Hello, John (use the name you picked for your chi).
My house rent is due and I can’t afford to pay it. Help me pay the rent before the week runs out.
If the problem disappears, you’re ready to practice Odinala.If the problem wasn’t solved, Odinala is not for you. Please look for an alternative spiritual system.
IMPORTANT HINT: Don’t worry about how your chi solves a problem. The correct solution is not the one you’re thinking of.
In August 2011, I got a property tax notice from the Osisioma local government in Abia State.If I failed to pay within two weeks, I faced tax evasion charges in court.
I asked my chi for help.The tax department closed for a staff reshuffle. The deadline expired and nobody came to arrest me.
By the time the department reopened, I had enough money to pay the tax.
Your chi solves problems in unforeseen ways. State your problem, relax and let it find the best possible solution.
In the next chapter, you’ll learn the Odinala rituals that help you:
• Settle bills, taxes and debts when you’re broke
• Avoid negative people and circumstances
• Make friends when you’re lonely
• Stay healthy
An Odinala ritual is any action that puts you in contact with your chi. There are different types of rituals:
Daily rituals, which you perform daily.
Social rituals, which help you interact with other people.
Health rituals, which protect you and your loved ones.
Crisis rituals, which take care of your debts and emergencies.
Tapping Energy from the Sun
The sun is the brightest object in the sky and the centre of our solar system. Without the sun, Earth would be a frozen wasteland. No plants, animals or humans would exist.
There are many practices and rituals associated with the sun in Igboland. The most significant is
Itu Oba Anwu.
In the Itu Oba Anwu ritual, a dibia (Igbo shaman) absorbs spiritual energy from the sun. The dibia smears his body with white clay and stands in the early morning Sun.
This increases the spiritual energy and awareness of the dibia.
Here’s a simpler version of Itu Oba Anwu:
1. Sit in your personal shrine. Close your eyes and imagine the sun shining and a single sun ray going straight to your heart.
2. Take a slow, deep breath. Imagine sunlight travelling along the single ray and entering your heart.
3. Imagine the light filling up every cell in your body until your whole body glows.
4. Exhale and imagine the light in your body fading out.
Take two more deep breaths. With each breath, you imagine sunlight filling your body completely.
Your body glows as you breathe in, and the light fades when you exhale.
I was apprehensive the first time I performed this ritual. I trembled as I imagined sunlight flooding my body.
I shouldn’t have worried.
The Itu Oba Anwu ritual turned out to be a turning point on my spiritual journey. My self-confidence increased and I got better results from my rituals.
I’ve been performing the Itu Oba Anwu ritual every day without fail for five years now. It’s an indispensable part of my morning routine.
If you want to increase your spiritual energy and power, perform Itu Oba Anwu daily.
You breathe in 11, 000 litres of air every day. And if you exercise, you’ll need more air.
Breathing supplies the oxygen that breaks down food in the body. Breathing also supplies spiritual energy.
After performing a ritual, take three deep breaths to reinforce the ritual.
Inhale and hold your breath for five seconds. Visualise the outcome you want, and then exhale.
Deep breathing is power. Use it.
How to Create Your Own Bodyguard
On the 2nd of January, 2011, I was on my way home after celebrating Christmas in my village.
My driver’s license had expired two days earlier.I knew I would be in trouble if a highway police officer discovered the expired license.
I asked my bodyguard to ensure that I wasn’t stopped by the police.
On the highway, I passed all the checkpoints. The officers didn’t give me a second look as I drove past.
I was on the outskirts of Aba when I ran into a highway patrol squad. The police officers parked their jeep by the roadside.
As my car approached, an officer got out from the jeep and started raising his right arm to flag me down.
He stopped midway and seemed unsure what to do next.
I drove past him.
I checked the rearview mirror and saw him watching my vehicle. He was probably wondering why he hadn’t stopped me.
Later that night, I thanked my bodyguard for a job well done.
Who’s my bodyguard?
My bodyguard is an inner light that protects me from negative circumstances.
On my way home after Christmas, I imagined a bright yellow light shining from my chi, covering my whole body.
I imagined the light shielding me from accidents and problems with the police.
I felt completely safe in the light.
Imagine a bright light projecting from your chi and covering your whole body. Reinforce the light with deep breaths.
Feel negativity dissolving inside your body, leaving you pure, healthy and protected.
What does ‘negative circumstance’ mean to you? Is it an illness? Losing money? Losing your job? Losing your property? Bad friends?
Below is a list of negative things you may want protection from:
Distraction at work
Loss of money
Loss of property
Whenever you feel threatened by something negative, imagine the bright light protecting you.
The protective light isn’t foolproof. You’ll eventually experience a negative incident.
But the good thing is: When your protective light fails, it compensates you.
If you lose money, you regain the same amount.
If you lose your property, you get a replacement without stressing yourself.
When someone mistreats you, someone else treats you kindly.
Communion is a combination of morning rituals and takes ten minutes or less to perform.
1. Go to your personal shrine and tell your chi your plans for the day.
Example: “Good morning, John. I have an important meeting with my boss today.
Give me the right ideas to share with my boss so we can have a fruitful meeting. Thanks.”
2. Perform the Itu Oba Anwu ritual, drawing spiritual energy from the sun.
3. Reinforce your protective light with three deep breaths.
4. Visualise yourself accomplishing your plans for the day. Feel the happiness and satisfaction of completing your tasks without a hitch.
5. That’s it. You’re done.
Communion is the fast lane to a miraculous life. Use ten minutes every morning to commune with your chi. In good weather and stormy weather, bad mood or great mood.
How to Send Friend Requests Through Your Chi
What if you could send friend requests in the real world like you do on Facebook?
Since every human has a chi, you can contact almost any person through your chi.
Go to your personal shrine. Ask your chi to arrange a date between you and someone you’ve never met.
Describe the traits and tags of your prospective friend. A tag is a word, phrase, number, appearance or gesture identifying a person who got a message from your chi.
An example of a chi friend request:
“Hi, John. I want to spend twenty minutes with a pretty lady I’ve never met.She should be between the ages of twenty-four and twenty-six.
She should desire to be my friend, wear yellow top and black jeans, and say the number 5 when I ask her a question. I want to meet this lady within forty-eight hours.”
I’ve sent countless friend requests through my chi. And I always got a positive outcome.
Unless you live in a desert or a sparsely populated town, you will definitely meet the person you asked for.
It doesn’t mean that the person will jump into bed with you.
It means that your chi contacted her chi and she subconsciously accepted to meet you.
She may still change her mind and decline to be your friend when she meets you.
IMPORTANT HINT: Use three or four tags to identify your prospective friend.
If you use less than three tags, you may pick the wrong person and if you use more than four, you may get confused.
Dress tags work best.
Ask your future friend to dress in clothes with simple colors like red, yellow, blue, green, white
You may also try action tags. You can request that your future friend sits beside you, raises a hand, or approaches you with a smile.
Don’t hold back when describing the person you want to meet.
Your chi is not limited by society’s rules. It doesn’t judge you based on laws or people’s expectations.
Ask for who you want.
If you want to meet a handsome dude with bulging muscles, ask your chi to arrange a date.
If you want to meet a sexy lady with the shape of a Barbie doll, go ahead and ask.
Your chi is your friend and partner; don’t feel embarrassed to tell it your innermost desires.
How to Negotiate Heart to Heart
Probing the mind of another human has been a staple of science fiction and fantasy.
Despite films like Mel Gibson’s What Women Want, mind reading is still an impossible task.
Uche bu akpa is an Igbo proverb, which means ‘the mind is a bag of secrets.’
Most of us can’t figure out what we’re thinking from one moment to the next, much less what other people are thinking.
Your chi gives you indirect access to other people’s thoughts. It acts like an agent, sending and receiving messages from other people’s chi.
Let’s take a look at two hypothetical cases.
Amanda has been dating a Chris for four years. Although she loves him and believes he loves her too, she doesn’t know why he hasn’t proposed.
Amanda doesn’t want to look desperate by asking, “Are we getting married or not?”
She handles her confusion by instructing her chi, which she named Jane, to ask Chris if he wants to marry her. She gives her chi tags for ‘yes’ and ‘no’ and demands an answer within twenty-four
“Hello Jane, I want you to send a message to Chris. I want to know if he’s thinking of marrying me.
If the answer is yes, let him hug me and say the word ‘soon’ and the number 1. If the answer is no, let him put his hands in his pockets and say the word ‘later’ and the number 9.
I want a response from him within twenty-four hours.”
Amanda writes down the yes and no tags in her Odinala diary.
The next day, she visits Chris. She doesn’t try to force him to say the tags. As they talk, Chris gets a phone call. He tells Amanda, “Honey, I have an appointment. You stay here, I’ll be back soon.”
Amanda says she wants to leave with him.
“I’ll be back before one o’clock”, Chris replies. He hugs Amanda and hurries out of the apartment.
Amanda heaves a sigh of relief. Chris had expressed all three tags for yes. She can either wait for him to propose or find out why he’s dragging his feet.
Tim has worked at XYZ Company for six years. He’s the company’s top salesman.
The CEO promised him a raise. But a year after the promise, Tim is still earning the same salary.
ABC Company has asked Tim to work for them at a higher salary.Tim prefers working for XYZ. He had reminded the CEO of XYZ about the raise. The CEO nodded and said he’d do something about it.
And nothing happened after that.
Tim wants to know if the CEO of XYZ really wants to give him a raise. He goes to his personal shrine and asks his chi to send a message to the CEO.
“Hello John, I want to know if the CEO truly wants to raise my salary.
If the answer is yes, I want the CEO to give me a pat on the back, say the word ‘wonderful’ and the number 3 when I meet him tomorrow.
If the answer is no, I want the CEO to point to me, say the word ‘disappointed’ and the number 0 when I meet him tomorrow. I want a response from him within twenty-four hours.”
Tim goes to work the next day. He doesn’t try to force things; he works his normal schedule.
The CEO arrives and as he walks past Tim’s desk, he points to Tim and says, “That’s not how to knot a tie.”
Tim’s heart sinks. The CEO had expressed the first tag for no.
Tim has several discussions with the CEO throughout the day, but he doesn’t get the two remaining tags.
When work ends, Tim goes home confused.
He asks his chi to resend the message. He repeats the tags for yes and no.
The CEO summons Tim the next day.
“Tim, I’m disappointed that you didn’t attend the last sales meeting”, says the CEO. “You could have inspired some of the younger salesmen with zero experience.”
Tim realises that the CEO doesn’t intend to raise his salary.
He may confirm the CEO’s response by switching the yes and no tags and asking his chi to resend the message.
Or he accepts the first response, resigns to work for ABC Company or continues working for XYZ at a lower salary.
How to Settle Bills, Taxes and Debts When You’re Broke
In Nigeria, bills and taxes are as common as sunlight and traffic jams.
You pay tax to the water board authority, even though they haven’t provided water for decades.
You pay tax to state governments, even though roads and public facilities are in a permanent state of decay.
You pay property tax. Environmental sanitation tax. And the electric bill, whether you have electricity or not.
My reaction to bills and taxes follow a particular sequence. I rant and rave about the unfair system
I live in, and then I ask my chi for help.
When you’re broke and there’s a bill, tax or debt to pay, the first question that comes to your mind is, “Where do I get the money?”
In contrast, your chi sees different ways of settling the debt.
1. The utility company, government agency or creditor writes off your debt.
2. They give you the option of paying in instalments.
3. They forget to collect the debt.
4. They reduce the debt, making it affordable for you to pay.
5. They go out of business (yes, it happens, even to government agencies).
6. You earn enough money to settle the debt.
7. You receive a cash gift that takes care of the debt.
And so on.
Your chi sees more solutions and possibilities than you can imagine.
If you have a debt you need to pay, go to your personal shrine and tell your chi about the debt.
Pick up the bill, letter or paper informing you of the debt.
Close your eyes and visualise the letter floating in front of you.
Imagine the letter drifting into your heart, where it dissolves in your chi.
Smile. Believe you will settle the debt.
In the first two years that I practised Odinala, I made over seven hundred requests to my chi.
I asked my chi to solve all kinds of problems, from the life-threatening to the trivial.
In every single instance, something positive happened as a result of my request.
An Odinala diary is a record of requests to your chi, miracles and spiritual insights.
You can make your diary entries in the morning or at the end of the day. Write the date of entry and let your thoughts flow into the diary.
Don’t worry about grammar; the diary is for your consumption only.
Review your diary from time to time. Once a month or once in two weeks.
You may worry about a problem, and then discover a ritual or insight that solves it in your Odinala diary.
Below are my diary entries from April 2011 to May 2013.
I edited some entries for clarity.
April 3, 2011
Noticed an inward, persistent pull from within. The pull occurred during my morning ritual. When I drew energy from the Sun, the pull became a quivering sensation that enveloped my whole body.
April 10, 2011
Quivering still around. Now occurs when I think of spiritual matters or gain an insight.
April 18, 2011
A new ritual popped into my head this morning. I imagined white lines of energy extending from my chi in all directions, linking me with anything I needed.
May 5, 2011
Got an interesting insight this morning. I realised that I have feelings of being unworthy. That I wasn’t important enough or deserving enough to get the good things of life. I felt ordinary and unimportant.
I have to uproot this negative feeling. From now on, whenever the feeling arises, I’ll say to myself, “I’m important. I deserve the best.”
May 10, 2011
Learned today that ike (energy) onwe (the self) chi (the divine self) and uwa (the world, reality) are different aspects of Chukwu. Onwe and chi use ike to create uwa.
May 26, 2011
Woke up with a powerful feeling of assurance. Good times ahead?
July 8, 2011
Colombia will win Copa America (Wrong. Uruguay won it.)
France will win women’s world cup for the first time (Wrong. Japan won it.)
Samir Nasri will stay at Arsenal next season (Wrong. He moved to Manchester City)
July 9, 2011
Predictions for today:
I’ll surf the Internet and meet Mike, my friend, online (Wrong. Saw him online four days later.)
My sister-in-law will call (Half correct. My sister called).
July 10, 2011
I’ll buy a DVD drive for my laptop (Wrong).
I’ll finish the first draft of my short story (Wrong)
My producer will finally pay the balance of my fee (Correct)
July 12, 2011
My ex-girlfriend will call (Wrong. But a lady I met recently called)
There will be trouble somewhere in Nigeria (Half correct. Boko Haram struck in Maiduguri the next day).
I’ll get information about a school (Correct. Got invited to a school reunion)
I’ll have an intimate interaction with a woman (Didn’t happen.)
July 14, 2011
Wondering what the world would look like if we performed social and economic activities automatically.
We don’t think about walking, standing or jumping. We just do it. What if working in an office was that effortless?
What if we had conversations without thinking about impressive things to say?
July 27, 2011
Read an interesting quote from Dr J. Herman Randall: “God works in(side), man works out(side).”
July 28, 2011
Another good quote: “Faith is positive co-operation, not theoretical acceptance. It is not asking, but believing that we have that which we ask and living as if we had received it already.”
How would I behave if I believed that I already had what I wanted in life?
August 16, 2011
I was reading a film script I had written for a producer, a voice in my mind said the producer will
deceive me and hide.
I wrapped myself in the protective light. Banished negative thoughts and said to myself that I’ll
have useful discussions with the producer.
I turned up for the appointment and waited for the producer. After thirty minutes, I sent him a text message.
I called him, he didn’t pick the call.
I left an hour later. The voice was right.
October 10, 2011
Note to me: Fear of failure restricts your freedom to act.
You fear that you won’t achieve your goals, so you hesitate and analyse the plan over and over again without taking action.
BE WILLING TO FAIL.
Failure only crosses out an option or a path that won’t yield your desired outcome.
Failure is an opportunity to reassess the plan and take the right path to success.
November 12, 2011
Big surprise today. I was thinking of getting an electrician. The names Uche and Emeka came to
my mind. I finally got an electrician and his name turned out to be Uchenna.
January 29, 2012
I’ve had a tingling sensation on my forehead for about a week now. The third eye activated? Ha ha!
Switched from speaking my affirmations to visualising them. Let’s see if I’ll get better results.
February 3, 2012
A curious incident happened to me at a bank today. I sensed that a phone call was coming seconds before the phone of the elderly man sitting beside me rang.
February 15, 2012
Don Juan to Carlos Castaneda: Do it first, feel good about it later. I hope this will help me tackle procrastination.
February 19, 2012
I’ve decided to stop some of my daily affirmations. I’m tired of waiting for concrete results after a year and a half.
March 9, 2012
Don Juan to Carlos Castaneda: Knowledge can be non-verbal; separate from thoughts, symbols, words and phrases. There’s a gigantic lake of silent knowledge inside every person.
April 15, 2012
Used my navel as a concentration point today. Want to find out if it can help increase my awareness.
April 16 –June 22, 2012
Diary filled with hazy dreams. I didn’t learn much from them.
June 23, 2012
Gotcha! I attempted to predict the result of England versus Italy match at Euro 2012.
After communion, I stretched out on my bed, closed my eyes and imagined highlights of the match.
I saw the match end goalless, and Italy players celebrating after penalties. Exactly what happened.
June 29, 2012
Thinking about Matthew 6:22— “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.”
But what does light mean in the verse? Is it light similar to that of a torch? Or light as metaphor for knowledge?
July 1, 2012
Dammit! My hard disk crashed this morning. I went to a technician but he couldn’t recover my files.
July 6, 2012
Have trouble sleeping. I’ve been cursing my chi since the computer crash. How could it let this happen? Why now?
July 19, 2012
I was almost fully conscious in a dream last night, but I got scared and woke up.
July 22, 2012
Had a breakthrough in conscious dreaming. I dreamt of crossing a deserted road. Halfway across, I realised I was dreaming, became dizzy and held on to a slab. I was afraid of floating off to the sky.
July 30, 2012
I’ve been getting feelings of fighting for the past two days. Early this morning, a friend asked me to come to his shop. I saw him in the afternoon and he told me his father struck him with a walking stick during an argument. Sad story.
August 1, 2012
I can’t afford to buy a new laptop or a refurbished one, so I’ve given my chi an ultimatum: get me a laptop or I’ll go on strike. No more communion. No more requests. Another laptop or game over.
August 5, 2012
Yohan Blake will defeat Usain Bolt in the men’s 100-metre final (Wrong. Bolt cruised to victory)
Mexico will qualify for the final of Olympic soccer tournament (Correct. The Mexicans got to the final and defeated Brazil to win the gold medal)
August 10, 2012
Another conscious dream. I was walking along the corridor upstairs when I realised I was
I raised my hands as Don Juan suggested in The Fire from Within.
My arms appeared bloated like yam tubers. I floated towards the bathroom and saw a figure
standing by the door.I rotated, turned away from the figure (I couldn’t tell if it was a man or woman) and woke up.
I can’t say if it was a dream or an out-of-body experience.
August 13, 2012
Feelings of frustration and powerlessness have weighed me down since yesterday. I still don’t have enough money to replace the damaged laptop.
Maybe I worry too much. What if I stopped caring?
August 14, 2012
STRIKE. I’ve cut communion. Only the protective light, power breathing and Itu Oba Anwu remain. Until my chi provides a decent laptop, I’m not going to commune with it.
September 9, 2012
Thought a lot about the relationship between my chi and everything else. My chi is a fragment of Chukwu, the creator of the universe. Chukwu is in everything and everything is in Chukwu.
My chi is connected to everything that exists.
It is linked to me, my body, the air, my house, every person on Earth, manifested and unmanifested ideas, all the resources of the world, all the machines in the world, the entire Earth, all the planets and the Sun, every star in the Milky Way Galaxy, all the galaxies in the universe, the whole universe, all the parallel and probable universes.
So why in the world won’t it help me get a new laptop?
December 20, 2012
Finally. Five and half months after the crash, I have a refurbished Hewlett Packard 530, 1 G RAM,
80 G HDD. Not bad. The strike is over. My chi and I are back in business.
January 21, 2013
Experienced synchronicity twice in two days. I was about to apply for a Mastercard when I got a
text from my bank reminding me that I can use my VISA card for Internet transactions.
I was about to go shopping for a shirt when my cousin, Chima, gave me a new shirt.
January 24, 2013
My forehead is twitching like crazy. Third eye, where art thou?
February 23, 2013
An intruder jumped into the compound around 4 a.m. this morning, scaring the daylights out of me.
I wondered how the guy penetrated the protective beam of light I project on the compound every day. Had the light failed?
The intruder turned out to be a familiar face. He claimed that his neighbours attacked him with machetes, so he sought refuge in our compound.
I advised him to report to a police station. He waited until dawn before leaving our compound.
March 18, 2013
An anomaly occurred today. I lost money. The protective light failed.
A tenant paid me later in the day, offsetting the loss. But I still have to figure out why the light failed to protect me in the first place.
March 23, 2013
I’ve gone through dozens of profiles on Facebook, searching for a black beauty I met recently. It’s going to be difficult to find her without a surname.
Am I even sure she gave me her real first name? What if she registered with a nickname?
March 28, 2013
A crazy idea popped into my head during communion.
I imagined a colossal photocopying machine as big as a building.
Black beauty stepped inside the giant photocopier. The machine hummed for a few minutes and two black beauties stepping out.
One of them waved goodbye and walked away, the other one approached me with a smile.
I replayed the scene in my mind several times. Black beauty steps into a huge photocopier, two beauties come out. One goes away, the other comes to me.
April 2, 2013
Well, well, well. I’ve met a lot of ladies who look like black beauty. Two were from a catering school near my house.
One was a girl I had seen before. I hadn’t noticed how pretty she was until now.
She was fairer than black beauty, but about the same height and had the same killer figure. Hmm.
I’ll let these ones pass. They live too close for comfort.
April 19, 2013
On Monday, the fifteenth of April, two bombs went off in Boston. I tried to guess the identity of the perpetrator. The word ‘brotherhood’ came to my mind. The two suspects in the case turned out to be brothers.
April 28, 2013
Lucid dreams. I was aware of being in a dream state, but unlike other lucid dreams, my movement was freer.
May 12, 2013
Note to me: Anxiety is a choice. You choose to react to things, to let circumstances bother you.
Sweat trickled down the big man’s bare chest as he scooped ugba—Igbo salad—into his mouth. “Join me,” he said. His front teeth had a gap wide enough for a shovel to pass through.
I politely declined.
Ibe behaved like a laborer. But he was the owner of a factory producing twenty thousand dollars worth of roofing sheet daily.
As he munched ugba, his factory workers unrolled sheets of aluminium and fed them into pressing machines. Other members of staff hovered close, awaiting instructions.
Ibe admitted to me that he’s uneducated and can’t figure out all the buttons on the dashboard of his Lexus RX 350. “But I’m rich,” he said.
There are thousands of men and women like Ibe across south-east Nigeria.You see them in shabby clothes, depositing large sums of money in their bank accounts.
You see them yelling in upscale restaurants, not caring if other diners considered them rude.
Most of them don’t speak or write good English and don’t care about style or manners.
Yet they are rich.
In contrast, Westernized Igbos are proud of their education and command of English.They keep up with the Kardashians, tweet messages, and read Vogue and GQ.
Yet they are broke. Or barely breaking even.
How to Dance Work
The reasons behind the success of Igbos like Ibe are two Odinala concepts. The first is akaraaka, which translates as ‘mark of the hand.’
Akaraaka usually means a talent or skill. But it could also mean fate, destiny, luck or fingerprint.
Ibe discovered that he was good at selling construction goods. That was his akaraaka.
Ibe then applied the second Odinala concept, igba mbo.
Igba mbo is normally translated as ‘hard work’. But that is a misleading translation.
The word ‘igba’ means ‘to dance.’ A more accurate translation of igba mbo is ‘dance work’.
When you dance, you repeat series of steps. You don’t think, you don’t wonder how you move your body, you simply dance.
Ibe didn’t work hard. He danced work. Switching from selling bags of cement to manufacturing aluminium roofing sheets.
His dance steps were simple: Go to work by 8 p.m., work until 6 p.m., go home.
He repeated this pattern for five years until he opened his aluminium factory.
In those five years, he learned to sense what the market wanted. He learned to negotiate and
bargain with customers, and he learned to save part of his income.
He didn’t worry about the future of his cement business. Or scrutinise rival businesses. He just
showed up every day.
Igba mbo focuses your attention and energy in the present moment. And makes you forget about outcomes and consequences.
One of the drawbacks of Western education is a tendency to over analyse and over think.
Educated people worry about their jobs: “Will the boss like it? Will the customers like it? Is my salary big enough? Will they fire me?”
They worry about their family: “Will my husband like it? Will my children like it? Are we keeping up with the neighbours?”
They worry about their country: “Will the Central Bank lower the interest rate? When will things get better? ”
This leads to poor job satisfaction, strained relationships and nervous breakdowns.
Dance the present and the future will take care of itself.
Does igba mbo mean mindless work? Shouldn’t you evaluate your job performance?
Yes, you should. After the dance.
At work, you focus on the job at hand. After work, you rate the job you performed.
Focus now. Judge later.
Ancient prophecies proclaim that a new age is coming and that humans will evolve into powerful beings free from the limitations of time and space.
The next stage in our spiritual, mental and physical development will happen this century.
In Odinala, the new age is known as Oge Amamihe—the Age of Enlightenment.
Three special events will occur in Oge Amamihe.
The first is that humans will learn to harness energy directly from the stars. Itu Oba Anwu will become a widely accepted practice.
The second is that ndi ichie , the ancestors, will return to remind us of forgotten ancient wisdom. Our spiritual heritage will be revived, revitalized and made relevant in the modern world.
The third event is that advanced humans from the future, umuoku or children of light, will reincarnate to teach us knowledge we’ve never heard of.
Ancient Igbos didn’t specify when Oge Amamihe will start. However, the ancient Mayans, living three thousand miles to the west of Africa, gave a date: December 21, 2012.
Like a song that gradually fades before the next track starts playing, we are still feeling the effects of the pre-enlightenment age.
It would take a while for us to feel the ripples of Oge Amamihe. When we do feel it, unbelievable changes will sweep through the globe.
Differences between nations, races, genders and occupations will blur. Oppressive institutions will crumble. Restrictive ideas discarded.
You will remember your past lives as clearly as you remember what you did yesterday.
All these future developments will spring from the union between onwe—the conscious self—and chi, the divine self.
Once you establish a relationship with your chi and work with it every day, your place in the Age of Enlightenment is secure. You will be ready for the incredible things about to unfold.
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About Brian Ewuzie
Brian Ewuzie is a dibia— an Igbo medicine man. When he’s not writing books, screenplays or computer programs, he’s helping people create more fulfilling lives.
He teaches you how to work with your divine self, chi, to solve the nagging, can’t-sleep-at-night problems that keep you from living the kind of life you want.
More importantly, Brian prepares you for the prophesied age of superhumans.
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The Earth is One is a short introduction to Odinala, the traditional religion of Igbos in southeast Nigeria. The most beneficial teaching of Odinala is that every human has a chi, a divine assistant. Ancient Igbos believed that life is easier when you work with your chi to achieve your goals. Struggle and hardship were signs of a disconnection between an individual and her chi. The Earth is One gives you the four basic beliefs of Odinala and shows you how to co-operate with your chi to handle the difficult challenges of life.