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Grasping the Root of Divine Power: A spiritual healer's guide to African culture, Orisha religion, OBI divination, spiritual cleanses, spiritual growth and development, ancient wisdom, and mind power Paperback – September 19, 2010


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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453782923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453782927
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Publisher's Comments: For those who long to develop a healthy bond with the celestial forces that span the cosmos, governing all realities, this manuscript is for you.
Contained within you'll find the tools and theory which will equip you in establishing your own shrine, communicating with your protector spirits, purification rituals, and effective methods of divination. If you feel the season is upon you to take ownership of your spiritual power and become acquainted with the beings that rule all of nature; venture boldly into the world of your Afrakan ancestors.
This is a down to earth no-nonsense guide to true Afrakan spiritual growth. Properly applied, this book will indisputably become one of the greatest weapons in your revolutionary spiritual arsenal.

Author Bio:
HRU Assaan is a cultural educator, empowerment lecturer, and initiated priest in the Yoruba Ogun tradition.
He's owned and operated an African centered Rite of Passage organization since 2003 and has served as a professional developer for public schools, universities, and social institutions throughout the east coast training school administrators, social workers, and educators on the finer points of curriculum development and responsible cultural inclusion.
HRU currently facilitates workshops centered on community building, Rites of Passage, African-centered curriculum implementation, and child rearing.HRU also, currently, serves as a spiritual advisor and natural healer.

Book Excerpt:
" Our Ancestors...the shoulders on which we stand.
Your Ancestors are always whispering wisdom in your ear; always calling you to advance the objectives of your bloodline.
It should be noted that regardless of what tradition you observe or have an affinity for; as an Afrakan there are certain fundamental concepts you must know when honoring those that have transcended to the next stage.
Your Ancestors are the empathic link between the corporeal realm and the spirit world as they have the compassion to have full innerstanding of what it is you are feeling and the emotions you are conveying when you commune with spirit for they have felt it and lived it themselves. Eternal spirit deities do not possess the same level of sensory access as those living in the physical realm or who have lived in the physical realm.
Being "dead" is not sufficient requisite for being a revered Egun/Lidlotis/Nananom Nsamanfo. The things you do during your physical existence will affect your standing once you transition. I do not subscribe to the notion that all beings who have transcended this life are worthy of honor or can serve as appropriate consulting sources for the purposes of divination.
Life is an upwards spiral....not a circle of redundancy. What this means is there's always opportunity for ascension, development, and growth; regardless of the plain of existence one resides.
For example, it would be foolish to imagine that one who lived a durational, unenlightened, anti-Afrakan existence while here in Aye (earth) would immediately be completely aware of the mysteries of existence because they experience the transformation of physical death. In kind, it would be equally foolish to imagine that someone of this sort would have the same wisdom to impart from the Ancestral realm as someone who manifested a life of enlightenment, knowledge, wisdom, and innerstanding and served as Jegna to their respective come-unity while on Aye."

Table of Contents:

Contents
Preface--* 7
Adimu--* 9
The One--* 11
Man and Wombmyn--* 17
Light and Lesser Light--* 21
Iwa Pele--* 29
Ase--* 33
What is Divination?--* 37
Who are we speaking to?--* 41
ORI--* 43
Egun/Lidlotis/Nananom Nsamanfo--* 46
Establishing your Gateway--* 53
Initiating the dialogue--* 65
OBI--* 77
Many faces of the OBI--* 81
Kola nut--* 85
Opening the world of the OBI Abata--* 86
"ANU OBI"--* 89
Medicinal uses for the OBI/Coconut:--* 90
5 the Hard Way--* 95
The Casting Surface--* 107
And the whole 9!--* 119
Orisa--* 135
The 7 Afrakan Powers--* 143
So Fresh and So Clean clean!--* 173
Conclusion--* 181
Glossary--* 185


More About the Author

HRU Assaan is a cultural educator, empowerment lecturer, and initiated priest in the Yoruba tradition.
He's owned and operated an African centered Rite of Passage organization since 2003 and has served as a professional developer for public schools, universities, and social institutions throughout the east coast training school administrators, social workers, and educators on the finer points of curriculum development and responsible cultural inclusion.
HRU currently facilitates workshops centered on community building, Rites of Passage, African-centered curriculum implementation, and child rearing. HRU also, currently, serves as a spiritual advisor and natural healer. HRU has also released a music project entitled "Mother's Rising Suns" under the name "YUYA" which are available on Amazon MP3 downloads.

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This book was hard to put down once I started reading it.
Olumola Adejola
The author has managed to provide a wealth of information in a compact format; this will be your go-to book as you begin or enrich your own spiritual practice.
Awo Osun
As well as leave you with enough confidence to help someone else.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Awo Osun on December 7, 2010
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about how modern Africans in the Diaspora and on the continent honor the ancient traditions of our people. I was very happy to find this book, and it has become one of my favorites!

The author provides a succinct point of entry for beginnners and the newly initiated as well. There are so many people who have come into this tradition without proper instruction, and are seeking the information they need to transcend and transform their experience. The heart of the Ifa and Orisha traditions is personal power through the development of character, and this book is an excellent guide on how to cultivate that power.

Currently, there are many books that explore the Santeria and Lukumi manifestations of the ancient Yoruba faith, but very few that provide information on how African Americans (non-Caribbeans) have translated the ancestral faith into our own modern practice. Do not be fooled by anyone who says that our culture is lost or irrelevant, or that our spirituality is limited only to the faiths of Abraham or the practice of folk-magick (Hoodoo.) We have our own cosmology, philosophy, and unique world-view that has survived the many ages of our suffering and development and is now growing and transforming at an astounding rate. The ancestors live! Read this book and you will find out what is really going on in the community- millions of Black people all over the world continue to venerate our ancestors and their deities. Author HRU Assaan will show you how.

The book is divided into several parts, dealing with modern and traditional terminology from some of our various cultural manifestations (Yoruba, Akan, Rastafarian, Vodun, etc.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daima on April 14, 2011
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"Grasping The Root of Divine Power" was much more than I anticipated upon first glance. I have tried several times to create my own spiritual altar and line up spiritually with my own ancestry and Afrikan acestors as a whole; but I hardly knew where to begin. Speaking to other people created more confusion. This book gives the reader both a beginning foundation yet also encourages liberation and following your own path.

As I read this book I asked this question, "Can I really call myself a Conscious Afrikan without awakening and embracing the spirit of the Afrikan?" The answer came back as a resounding NO! At best I can merely scratch the surface of Awareness. I was happy to be Aware because so many of us are asleep, however I believe true fulfillment of my purpose and destiny can only be achieved through Afrikan Spirituality. "Grasping The Root of Divine Power" has given me a template to begin my spiritual journey coupled with freedom and connectivity with our Divine.

I know that I will use this book as a resource and a reference guide again and again. I am extremely grateful to have this book as a part of my growing library of Afrikan Study materials.

Again I say...
Asante Saana!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. S. Thompson on October 10, 2010
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"How to BE an Afrakan" offered me step by step instructions on how to connect to the Ancestors. The information was clear, and easy to follow for a novice, like myself. More importantly, I feel that I can take the lessons I've learned and apply them to my daily life.

Thank you HRU Assaan -- what a wonderful gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ahuraa on September 27, 2010
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This is a very comprehensive guide to African spirituality as a whole, offering me a better understanding of what it is to embrace the way of my ancestral heritage on a day to day basis through character and re-examining my thinking patterns. I learned how to honor my ancestors by being still and listening to their wise council. As you can see this book has been extremely practical for me. It ignited my transition from pondering the subject and wondering about the mystical shamanic work of my people to connecting with them through practical work. This book has been a great start for me and I look forward to more thoughts from this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tehuti Koya-Temne on February 15, 2013
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I really enjoy this groundbreaking book for the reclaimation of Afrikan spirituality. It is a must have for those who are on the path to Orisha, Vodun, Kemetics, Akan, etc.. Although the author does not endorse any particular Afrikan spiritual path, the reader is left with a wealth of information to make a smooth transistion along one's journey. Hru Yuya T. Assaan-Anu covers Altars, Orisa, OBI Diviniation and so much more for the beginner. He offers tools and theory to equip the reader in establishing communication with protector spirits and purification rituals.

I read this book in its entirety, and I am now going back to STUDY the gems taught by Brother Assaan-Anu. This book is a must-have in your home library and for your spiritual growth.

E.B.O.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Olumola Adejola on November 8, 2010
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This book is a must read for all Afrikans and their descendents. We who have been disconnected from our culture and need a starting point to find our way back to our greatness; this book offers a clear and detailed guide. I am amazed by this author's knowledge and his attention to detail. This book was hard to put down once I started reading it. I liked the artwork and the recipes for spiritual cleaning. I will be giving my friends copies of this book for the holidays and eagerly waiting for the release of your next book. Thank you for sharing.
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