This testimonial comes from a young man who spent 2 months with Vovó Anamalia
I was gracefully nurtured and guided by Vovo Anamalia. Her insights into the nature of the universe were expansive and profound, often ushering me into the experience about which she spoke. And her perception of my personal situation was quite accurate. She provided me practical guidance on how to connect with my own self, and gave me a meditation that I could use with the young leaders who will come to participate in my leadership program. I felt unconditionally loved and seen by Vovo, and I underwent a kind of initiation with her, in the wake of which I found my own powers of medium ship beginning to shine forth.
I was also graced with experiences of the Orisha’s – the cosmic entities central to the forms of Brazilian spirituality practiced here at Hayehwatha Institute. Vovo nonchalantly offered some exegesis about the nature of certain Orisha’s – three in particular who have to do with the element of water. I left feeling certainly healed and energized. But it wasn’t until the next few days unfolded that I could realize how deeply her words had actually impacted me. Within the next week, I had personal experiences of each of these Orisha’s – Yemaja, the Orisha associated with the Ocean; Nana, the Orisha associated with the place where earth and water meet; and Oxum, the Orisha associated with the River. Each of these “beings” came to me and revealed to me secrets of nature, as well as my own nature. I feel blessed to have been introduced to these Orisha’s through the ceremonies led in the Temple. Through these ceremonies, I have found a deeper connection to the Earth, and a sense of my oneness with the patterns of Consciousness that exist in Nature.