Updated: Sep 16, 2020
"Only now do I realize that I never feared water.... Only now I see that the Spirit of my forefathers was already teaching me of the sacredness of my source of life. In water I have found my life."
Thokozani MaAfrika, Camangwini, Thobela, Lesedi, Ndawe, Greetings to all.
It is Friday and the excitement cannot be contained, we are learning about African Spirituality. Welcome to the online classroom where learning is made simple. My name is Gogo Noma and welcome to the classroom where you learn with the educator. We are still unpacking Spirit, and today we take a closer look at Inzunza Spirit and Abalozi.
If this is the first time you are joining the classroom, Welcome. Please check out Part 1 and 2. Every Friday we learn something new and we grow spiritually. I share with you experiences from my own spiritual journey and the information that has guided me to be who I am today, hoping you will also share and we can grow together.
Let’s take a closer look at today’s topic.
These Water Spirits serve as guardians of the waters. They find a home in all water reserves, including dams, rivers, oceans, etc. These Ancestors are very powerful and protection of these sacred spaces is their mandate. Inzunza Spirits live in water and have different species each with its own unique personality, physical traits, various gifts and different spiritual dialect they speak.
They usually show themselves in dreams. They appear as animal mystical animals, for example, Unicorns or the half human half animal characters. The type of mystical animal you see will help your Spiritual Guider (uGobela) to identify the type of Inzunza Spirit that walk with you and the type of Mpande (Herb) they need and what trait they contribute to your gift. Most times the Inzunza Spirit will guide you to the herb needed to feed and strengthen them. They serve to protect you when you go to the waters for any ritual or cleansing.
Not everyone who dreams of water and water species have the Inzunza Spirit, context and consistence of dreams is of utmost importance.
Very little is known about this Spirits. The Abalozi Spirits reside around the waters and mountains. They communicate through whistles.
One will experience ear problems that can include ringing sound in the ears, burning ears, feeling as if there is water in your ears and not hearing people around you even when you can their lips moving, sometimes you can hear as if someone is talking directly into your ear.
These Spirits only possesses those who have gone through ukuthwasa. They are usually associated or work closely with the Ndau Spirits. Abalozi uses prayer (Isithunywa Spirit) and also helps the uMnguni and uMdau Spirits in their diagnosis and treatment.
These are the Spirits of those who have died in war or your ancestors who most of the time you never even meet, who carried the same spiritual gifts and who are now passing them down to you to continue the purpose of the work through you.
It can take anything from 1 to 10 or even more years before a Sangoma understands that they have Abalozi. The Spirits need to be fetched from the waters, cleansed and to be introduced and ahlanganiswe with your entire Spiritual guides.
Once they find a voice and start practicing through you, they cannot keep secrets; they say it as it is right there and then. When the Abalozi Spirits arrive in your space you feel them in your ears. The sound of the whistle help to soothe the ears and allows the Spirit to find a voice and start communicating in a language you understand.
This Spirits are mostly associated with birds, somehow you find yourself hypnotised by the singing of the birds. Sometimes you listen so attentively as if you will somehow understand the language spoken by these birds. Each individual will have their own sacred bird/s.
Most of the time you find that Abalozi are fetched after one has already started practicing, because they are always misunderstood and/or overlooked during process of ukuthwasa. This is because they do not make a lot noise and they are only felt and noticed by the individual they walk with. Most practicing Sangomas seek and receive help outside of their original Mpande from those who understand this unique, wonderful Spirits.
Hope that this lesson has helped you understand this beautiful Spirits better and will help you seek the relevant Spiritual guidance. This is just part 3 of the Types of Spirits. For the past 3 weeks we have been talking about Spirit. There is still so much to cover but next week let us look at something a little bit different, and we will come back with Part 4 in a few weeks.
Join me next week as I discuss the ukupahla and /vs. praying. Some might say £overrated", but for someone who started this Spiritual journey with no knowledge of this powerful way to communicate to my ancestors, I can teach about it all day, every day.
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