Since April 2009, our doors have been open to those seeking spiritual help through the use of spiritual and tarot readings, consultations, and healing through reiki. St. Christopher's Metaphysical Temple originally opened only practicing the Santeria Lucumi religion, but over the course of nine years, we have transitioned to followers of Ifa. We have not abandoned the sister traditions of Ifa, but instead, we have merged the two, bringing a greater understanding to the American diaspora about the Yorùbá culture, our original beginning.
What is Ifa?
Ifa expresses the words of Olódùmarè, the supreme being, presented through Orunmila, the Orisha of wisdom and knowledge. Olódùmarè commissioned not only Orunmila, but other orisha's; which are spiritual deities and energy that govern our universe, such as the oceans, rivers, earth, etc. They serve as the intermediaries for communication between humans and Olódùmarè; guiding our spirits into realization. Ifa can mend any spiritual path that needs fixing in ones' life through this complex system, directing us and our souls to a fulfilling lifestyle both mentally and spiritually, in which we could not obtain on our own.
What is it that we do?
As followers of Ifa and practices from sister religions, St. Christopher's Metaphysical offers various services which fit ones specific spiritual needs while also uncovering their past life, hidden secrets, and destiny if wanted or needed. Though this practice is not popular in the states, it is not unheard of. Our main goal is to practice our work without having to hide what it is that we do. We want to teach people how to connect with their ancestors and spirits, and their significance in our lives. Working on our spirituality allows us to see the path Ifa has paved for us, opening our minds and eyes to follow it, guiding us to our purpose here on this earth.
We will soon be having biweekly meetings at St. Christopher's Temple to discuss the true meaning of Ifa. We will hold open discussions and classes on ways to meditate and communicate with our spirits, ancestors and the orishas. As of right now, times and dates are TBA.
Chief Iya IdiAgba Olaifa, founder of St. Christopher's Metaphysical Temple, will also be starting a blog to post more information on Ifa. You will be able to follow her on her trips to Africa, learning more about initiations and visual representations of certain ceremonies. Prayers for guidance, clarity, and much more will also be posted. The blog will be updated after every meeting at the Temple, giving a brief overview of the discussions and any classes that you have missed! It will serve as a way to keep you informed, even from a distance. For now, please follow us on Facebook to stay updated and receive information on any new events coming to or sponsored by St. Christopher's Metaphysical Temple. Please contact us via email or telephone if you are interested in learning more!