What is OBYAH?
Many say that Obyah is similar to other African religions such as Palo, Voodoo, Haitian Vodou, Santeria, and Hoodoo in that it includes communication with ancestors, spirits, and healing rituals. While this has become the case over many years and most definitely how Obyah has evolved, this is not true Obyah.
Let us look first at the meaning of the word itself: OBYAH. This one word is actually a combination of two words: OBI and YAH. I usually spell the word as OBEYAH to give reverence to both words contained within.
Let us understand YAH first. This word has been used for thousands of years from the word Yahweh. This was the personal name of God that was given to Moses in the Bible. The meaning of the personal name of the Israelite God has been interpreted as “Lord.” Many scholars believe that the most proper meaning may be “He Brings into Existence Whatever Exists” (Yahweh-Asher-Yahweh). The name is best understood and translated as “I AM.”
Then the word OBI in the Hebrew gives a meaning that may refer to worshipper (Obid). In Egyptian, OBI may come from the word meaning serpent (Obion). But the meaning that fits the word Obyah the best we can find from the Ashanti area of west Africa. Within that context, Obi means the Heart, Mind, and Soul. This is important because this will be a necessary precursor to knowing the true meaning and understanding the practice of Obyah.
Obyah, then, becomes the heart, mind, and soul of Yah – the heart, mind, and soul of the “I AM.” I like to refer to this as the heart, mind, and soul of the Universe or “Universal Consciousness”. Obyah is NOT a religion in the classical sense. That is to say, there are no meeting places such as churches, mosques, synagogues or other religious buildings or shrines — or any underlying infrastructure replicating such a system. Nor is there any sort of congregation or parishioners, although there are what may be called followers, or practitioners, scattered all over the world.
Obyah is neutral, neither good nor evil, with no religious backing. This reminds me of an ancient proverb, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the “I AM” do all these things.” Obyah, can then be used and mastered by ANYONE.
Obyah is a mystical, magical way of thinking that seeks to surface and mine the untapped potentials that lay dormant within us all, a way of thinking that can fit into any and all belief systems.
In order to tap into the Mind of God, this Infinite Universal Consciousness, we must learn the true magic of our own mind, and how to synchronize it in such a way that will allow the soul, heart, and mind of God to do its perfect work. The mind of God is encoded throughout all reality and is pure imagination. Learning how to grasp these esoteric realizations, teachings and practices will allow us to harness our divine nature and rights.
A practitioner of Obyah can utilize any faith or magic-based books to extract new perspectives and esoteric teachings. Unlike a church or religious entity, the stories of the Bible and other Ancient Texts are not taken literally, or even in a moral sense, but purely metaphorically. Allegory and anagoge are important tools to unlock the true secrets invested in the ancient stories and teachings passed down through the meridian of time.
Obyah is not a religious movement. It is not a replacement for churches, shrines, synagogues, temples, or places of worship. It is not a denomination. Obyah is psychological; it is the workings of the mind. Obyah needs no candle, sacrifice, or any other object, although these elements may be entertained for mental development and support. Obyah is not focused on spells, incantations, or rituals, but the mystical vibrations behind such workings that are harnessed by our thoughts and emotions.
“The true magic of a man is the power of his thoughts. And the power of his thoughts is the true magic of a man.”
Obyah utilizes products such as: Treatments, Imaginal & Energy Working, Apparel, and Spiritual literature that suggest to the mind an awakening. Obyah holds the capacity to change your perspective on how you view your world and to show you simple ways to manifest your wildest dreams.
Let us awaken the idea that there is a treasure within you that is worth fighting for.
Let us learn how to awaken the imagination so that we may no longer live as prisoners to circumstance, but as an ancient proverb says, “to be the masters of all life” and have dominion over our worlds.
Let us call to the Obyah!