Step 4: Nrọ


“Mmuo na mmadu na-azu afia, mana ofeke amaroo”

(Spirit and human beings are in constant communication, but the uninitiated does not know)

Welcome back to the 13 steps. If you’re still here, I will applaud you for getting this far and not allowing yourself to be discouraged or distracted. Today I will tell you something that will blow your mind (maybe even literally).

“The Third and The Fourth Steps” by Boniface Okafor

What if I told you how to access a place where you could directly commune directly with your Chi na Eke? What if I explained that this place is not bound by the laws of physics or by those of time, and that you may even be able to visit events in the past and even get glimpses about the future. You’re feeling excited now aren’t you? 

Well before I tell you how to access this place, I want to talk about a universal human activity that we do at night (or during the day if you work night shifts). If you haven’t guessed it by now, I’m referring to sleeping. Besides the fact that most of us don’t get enough sleep, there is something else that most of us are being deprived of. And to find out what, you should answer the following question: When was the last time you had a dream? 

“Throught It All” by Addis Okoli 

Some of you will respond by saying it was the last time you slept. Others will say its been weeks, months if not years. Whatever your answer, the truth is that we all have several dreams every single night, but the difference is that most of us don’t remember our dreams. Amazing to learn isn’t it? And what’s even more amazing is that the place I told you about in the beginning is a place you go to nearly everytime you go to sleep

“Of dreams, dogans and cockpits” by Promise Onali

If you haven’t made the connection, I’m talking about the dreamscape. Whether or not you’re remembering it, you’re constantly interacting with various spirits, as well as exploring your own subconscious mind in your dreams. The Igbo word for dream is nrọ, and that is the also the name of this step. Ndi Igbo, like most people around the world, placed a very large significance to dreams. In fact, an argument could be made that the dreamland (ala nrọ) is the primary place for spiritual experiences, whether its while one is asleep or while awake (i.e a vision, known in Igbo as ihu ọhụụ).

“In My Head 1” by Adaeze Obani

In Igbo culture, it was not uncommon for people to receive a significant “calling” in their dreams. If for instance, a person who had occupied a particular office/title in life, such a traditional priest/priestess, passed away, it wasn’t uncommon for them to appear in the dreams of the person who they wanted to be their successor. I myself started this website after a visit from a spiritual being, as I described in this post.

Not only that, having literal or figurative dreams about the future is another universal human experience, and likely the way the majority of authentic prophecy happens. It’s my opinion that what most people describe as deja vu as well as premonitions are usually when something in real life that triggers a recall of a precognitive dream. And it goes without saying that bad things can be averted if warnings in from a dream are heeded. I myself have received warnings in dreams about my personal life which have proven disastrous when not acted upon.

“Spirit of Earth” by Boniface Okafor

Ala nrọ is also a source of answers, including those that come from prayer as well as questions you have yet to ask. Throughout history, there are countless accounts of people who made a discovery, invention or came up with an idea from a dream. Many of these people went on to make radical changes in their respective fields or communities as well as attain fame and fortune.  More advanced dreamers have also reported being able to overcome their fears through reoccurring dreams or attain new skills by the use of lucid ones, in which they become aware that they are dreaming.

I would like to point out that most people’s ability to recall their dreams gets worse as they go from child to adulthood, for a number of reasons. Besides the fact that a fair amount of us are indeed sleep deprived, I think it is another example of us getting out of harmony with our Chi na Eke as we get older.

“A Dreamer of Fine Things” by Johnson Uwadinma

Now my brothers and sisters, consider the following questions. How many answers are you missing out on simply by not being able to remember your dreams? What do you think could change if you simply remembered more of your dreams than you are currently doing? How would your world change if you could consciously control what happens in your dreams?

Well the good news is that there are many tools available to help you not only remember your dreams, but also decode and even direct them. One of the first things that you can do to help is to start a dream journal. In doing so, you will begin to see patterns in the dreams you’re having as well as recognize things that were prophetic that you weren’t aware of at the time. I would also suggest getting a dream dictionary, but over time, you should able to create your own personalized one, which of course will take precedence over anyone that you purchase. 

“Contemplation” by Abigail Nnaji

You also have at your disposal an abundance of literature, websites and videos that discuss various techniques, practices, herbs, teas and elixirs that will help you recall your dreams, make them more vivid, and even become a lucid dreamer. I would suggest trying different things and seeing what works for you. 

Step 4: I recognize that I’m already in constant communication with spirit, in both the waking world and the dream one. And I must learn how to recall, decode and direct my own dreams.

Action item: Create a journal of your dreams and visions and explore various tools to expand your dream experiences. And stay tuned for step 5, which is coming out on the next new moon, December 14. Yagazie (It shall be well with you).

“Expectations” by Abigail Nnaji

11 responses »

  1. Awesome
    You just spoke to me
    Cause I had a dream yesterday and I remembered
    It vividly , and guess what ,one came to pass

  2. I love this post. It’s great, and I remember many of my dreams. I find them interesting, but rarely do I pay special attention to them or look for answers in them. When I was young, I used to keep a dream journal, but I never really thought deeply of how to interpret my dreams.

    When I was in college, I used to interpret dreams playfully. Coming from Christianity, I was always skeptical about everything because everything felt like a lie people deceiving each other for manipulation and control.

    So, to me everything was a joke.

    But the more I learn about Odinani, as something that comes from me…from my ancestors, the more I am willing to throw myself fully into it. And go on the journey.

  3. I cannot explain how much this has blessed me. I have been lucid dreaming since I was in kindergarten, after my teacher explained to me how to wake myself from nightmares. Since then I have learned to create experiences in my dreams by designing the environment, directing the behaviors of people in my dreams, changing my appearance, and more. I have even completed “missions” in my dreams, after which I dove from that place back to earth and felt myself land solidly back into my body. It is truly another world in which our power is limitless and our creativity is the source. Dreaming, for me, is an art form as much as writing and painting in the mortal realm, but is also a means of engaging my spirit ways that rejuvenate me to continue this mortal journey until I return to the spirit world permanently. I also now recognize how certain things during the time that I am awake hinder my power while dreaming and prevent me from being fully rejuvenated, thus I rise with a dampened and discouraged spirit. It’s as if investing too deeply in the mortal world leads to the acquisition of baggage that adds weight to my spirit, places mortal limitations on it that prevent me from being fully present and empowered in the spirit world. At the moment, I am working on navigating my waking environment with more discernment and discipline so that I can more fully embody my agency on both sides. This post caught my eye, because I just signed up for the mailing list, but I’m starting this series from the beginning! Daalu rinne!

  4. Could you please recommend a book for someone interested in practicing and studying Odinani? I want to know rituals, libation prayers, etc..

    • My brother, Odi na Ani, is different concerning where you are from, like me now I’m From Eziagu in Enugu State, proudly onye omenani, but guide lines given her on previous page, not is done in Eziagu, like presenting A goat to deity before a hen which was guided here by the poster in one his previous post, in Eziagu is a taboo……hen first before goat if both are brought to deity. So which side are you from so as open your eyes more we are all leaning thanks

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