Chango, Yemaya, Ogun And The Three-Step Program

Unfortunately, many of us have had bad experiences with alcohol. We have either experienced the dire effects of it, or we have watched loved ones struggle from a disease that seemingly has no cure. Of course, there's rehab and other programs like Alcoholics Anonymous that walks people through a twelve-step process. But sadly, many people fail. Our ancestors believed in something called a soul wound. A soul wound is inflicted during the early stages of life. We can even carry our ancestor's wounds or wounds from previous lives. We are only able to heal our soul wound by using the Orishas as means of light.

Einstein once said that we can't solve a problem from the same level of consciousness that it was created in. We have to rise above it. I know, I am not telling you anything that you didn't know. However, I can tell you something that you probably don't hear a lot. Avoidance and discipline is not going to help, especially when we are dealing with addictive personalities. The approach needs to be different, where we need to shift from trying to control our desires to overcoming them. People mistakenly believe that change is difficult, because it involves a great deal of sacrifice and struggle. But this way of thinking is a result of our programing. People have forced us to change through coercion and fear, so naturally we resist.

When we are able to connect to our soul wound, we are able to delve into the shadow side, or the repressed side of ourselves. In order to do this, we have to reach out to Chango. Chango is associated with the first chakra and represents our roots and foundation. All of our illnesses and issues are derived from this basis. In order to heal, we have to experience the pain. We have primary issues and secondary issues. Our primary issues stem from our inability to feel, to allow our emotions to show. When our emotions are repressed, they come out in distorted and perverted ways.

For example, it is very difficult to stop the flow of water, you can build barriers, but sooner or later, the water is going to break them down. It will find anyway to seep through. This is the power of Yemaya, she is very strong and virtually nothing can stop her. She can be your best friend when you decide to work with her, but your worst "energy" should you decide to work against her. Our secondary issues come from avoidance, we are afraid to face our issues. Ogun is a powerful warrior not because he was able to thrive in war, but because he possessed the courage to fight against his own inner weaknesses.

This is a three-step program that I have implemented in my life, although I currently don't and never have suffered from an addiction to alcohol or drugs. I do have major issues with food. Being a busy woman on the go, I used to indulge in fast foods. However, once I began to develop spiritually, I just lost the taste for it! Now, I would rather starve than eat a cheeseburger. I didn't break the habit; I simply rose above it, and that is the key to correcting any kind of dysfunctional behavior.

Yamaya Cruz is the author of When The Shadows Began To Dance. She writes about African spirituality, chakra healing, shamanism and much more. For more information go to

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