In ancient Igbo villages, there was an all-knowing person who cured diseases, gave prophesies, punished transgressors and pacified the gods.
This person was the dibia.
A dibia is the priest, healer, and diviner of a traditional Igbo community. He’s the intercessor between a community and the gods. A master of reality.
A modern dibia is more concerned with forming a partnership with his chi than mediating between a community and its deities.
A modern dibia may intercede spiritually on behalf of friends, family members and even total strangers, but his major objective is to develop his power to influence reality through his chi.
To become a dibia, you need 7 basic tools:
1. Personal shrine
A personal shrine is any place you reserve for communicating with your chi.
A bedroom can serve as a personal shrine
A shrine could be your bedroom, your car, your bathroom, or a temple. Any quiet place, free from interruption, may serve as your personal shrine.
Your bedroom can serve as a personal shrine
You get better results from your rituals when you perform them in your personal shrine.
Ike, or energy, is essential for accomplishing anything in the physical and spiritual worlds.
A person with a high energy level will perform tasks faster and better than a low energy person.
The simplest form of spiritual energy is emotion. We create spiritual energy when we’re happy, joyful, sad or angry.
Your emotions generate spiritual energy
A dibia constantly replenishes his spiritual energy to maintain and increase his power to influence reality.
Words channel your thoughts and desires to your chi.
A single word could be the difference between a successful ritual and a failed ritual.
Be precise with words when speaking to your chi.
This is the highest faculty of onwe, the self.
Your imagination helps you create objects and events that don’t exist yet in the physical world.
Free your imagination
It connects you to the creative abilities of Chukwu, the Supreme Being who imagined the universe into existence.
Don’t suppress your imagination, let it roam free and it will surprise you.
Dedicate yourself to developing a relationship with your chi.
You need commitment on your spiritual journey
When things don’t happen the way you want, you will feel frustrated.
You may think that your chi has abandoned you.
You may even say harsh words against it.
But stick to your chi. In sickness and in health, till death do you part.
A dibia bears full responsibility for his spiritual growth.
You may seek spiritual advice from another person, a book, or a blog like brianewuzie.com, but you—and only you—have to decide whether to fully implement the advice, to implement parts of it, or to ignore it completely.
Spiritual growth can’t be outsourced.
An Odinala diary chronicles your progress in working with your chi to achieve your goals.
Write down the rituals you performed and the results or non-results you got.
Keep an Odinala diary
There are times when you’ll have a difficult problem and then discover the solution in your diary.
When you forget what you asked your chi to do for you, a diary quickly reminds you of your request.
Used together, these 7 tools will give you power over circumstances and the freedom to pursue your goals.
First, Odinala has no clergy. You ARE your own priest.
Second, Odinala has no holy book. There are no written rules or rituals that you must follow in Odinala. There are oral traditions, but those can be changed if you so desire, as long as you’re getting results from them.
Third, Odinala is relatively unknown compared to popular religions. This makes it even better as a tool to achieve your goals.
Many years ago, I was given an ultimatum by my city’s local government.
They gave me two weeks to pay the property taxes I owed or I would be charged to court and jailed.
I felt helpless. My bank account was almost empty. I knew I couldn’t pay the tax.
I presented the problem to a powerful friend of mine. This friend had helped me out numerous times in the past, and I was confident that he could solve my tax problem.
Deadline day reached, and I was still broke. I began to worry. My friend rarely failed me. Why hadn’t he bailed me out yet?
Depressed, I decided to go to the local government council and ask for more time. I got to the council and found the doors of the tax department locked.
A security guard approached me. I explained my mission to him.
“The tax department was disbanded yesterday,” he said.
I was stunned. “They don’t collect taxes anymore?”
“No,” he said. “It’s a routine reshuffle of staff. The department should reopen next week.”
Next week stretched to next month. By the time the new guys settled into their jobs, I had the money to pay all my taxes.
The Secret Helper
Paying tax was one of several difficult problems I’ve faced in the last ten years. I would ask my powerful friend for help, and the problem would be solved.
My friend not only solves my money problems, but
keeps me healthy
protects me from negative people
helps me recover or replace lost property
treats me like a king
and provides the inspiration I need to pursue my goals
The best part of our relationship is that my friend asks for nothing in return for helping me.
He goes with me everywhere I go, doesn’t complain about my constant requests for help, and can handle virtually any kind of problem I face.
Who is this powerful friend of mine?
Well, he has a lot of names.
Ancient Egyptians called him ka, the Romans named him genius and the ancient Greeks referred to him as daemon.
Pentecostal Christians call him ‘the Christ within’, traditional Yorubas of southwest Nigeria know him as ori, and traditional Igbos call him chi.
The symbol for chi in the ancient Igbo script, Nsibidi
Let’s stick with the Igbo name, chi.
Your chi is a very small, invisible part of Chukwu—the creator of the universe—that works for your success. It is your divine self and guardian spirit.
Every human has a chi, whether the person realizes it or not.
Your chi helps you achieve your akaraaka – mission, fate, purpose or destiny on Earth–and can assist you in solving daily problems like settling debt, paying bills, and healing broken relationships.
Your chi is genderless, but you may think of it as male or female.
How to Activate Your Chi
There is no aspect of your life that your chi cannot provide assistance. However, you have to activate it before it can help you.
First, you give it a location.
A traditional Igbo person usually locates his chi inside a statuette. I wouldn’t recommend that.
A statuette doesn’t give you the flexibility you need in the modern world.
A better strategy is to make your chi a part of you. Locate it inside you.
Imagine that you have a tiny bright star shining in your heart. That star is your chi.
Visualize your chi as a star shining in your heart
The next step is to name your chi.
Because it is a piece of the creator of the universe, your chi is connected to everything and every name. So you’re free to choose any name you want.
I would recommend using names that are intimate to you, like your middle name, or names that radiate power, like Jesus, Superman, Wonder Woman, or Rambo.
The most effective names have both power and intimacy. If you have an illustrious ancestor who performed great deeds in the past, you can name your chi after that ancestor.
You may change your chi’s name any time you wish.
The first name I gave my chi was John, my middle name. Later, I started using the name, Jupiter. Presently, I call my chi Ikenga, after a warrior-king in Igbo mythology.
Okay, you’ve located your chi and given it a name. What’s next?
You need a personal shrine.
A personal shrine is a place where you communicate regularly with your chi. It could be your room, bathroom, living room, car or a quiet section of your local library.
Don’t spend too much time picking a shrine. Any comfortable place where you’ll be free from interruptions will do. I use my bedroom as my personal shrine and it works great for me.
Challenging Your Chi
So, you’ve located your chi, given it a name, and picked a place that will serve as your personal shrine. The last step is to challenge your chi to prove its existence to you.
What’s the biggest financial problem you have right now? Is it earning an income?
Settling your utility bill? Paying rent?
Go to your personal shrine. Close your eyes and imagine that your chi is shining brightly as a star in your heart.
Talk to your chi like a friend, ask it to solve your biggest financial problem and give it a deadline—any time from twenty-four hours to one week—to solve the problem.
Challenge your chi
Your conversation with your chi may go like this:
“Hello, I just learned about you and I want to know if you really exist and if you can help me solve my problems. I’ll call you Jane.
Jane, my rent is due in a week’s time and I can’t afford it. Help me pay my rent.
Thanks for listening, Jane.”
Don’t tell your chi how to solve a problem. It knows the right solution, and nine times out of ten, the right solution isn’t the one you’re thinking about.
When I had the tax problem with the local government, I thought the solution would be a loan from a friend or relative. But my chi solved the problem by giving me more time to pay the tax.
Present your problem to your chi and let it do its thing.
So, you’ve made contact with your chi and challenged it to help you solve a problem.
Either the problem gets solved within the deadline, or it doesn’t get solved. Accept my sincere apologies if your problem wasn’t solved. Please look for an alternative spiritual system. Odinala is all about results and if you don’t get results, there’s no point in practising it.
But if the problem was solved within the deadline….congratulations!
You’re ready for more adventures and problem-solving with your chi.