Today we’d like to introduce you to Jo’el Adifon.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I was born in Italy, into a large family of West African mystics, seers, and charismatic healers.
Not long after I was born, I was personally baptized in the Vatican by Cardinal Bernardin Gantin.
Growing up, my life was a seamless blend of Italian and Beninese culture, along with a faith experience rooted in the supernatural. It was normal for relatives to dream of the future, see visions of spirits, and even be conduits for miraculous healing. My childhood was steeped in the understanding that the Otherworld is more real and powerful than the physical reality around us.
As unique and cool as this was, this kind of experience isn’t conducive to helping a child fit in with his peers.
I spent years feeling like the ugly duckling, caught between the world of Spirit and my desire to be a “normal” kid.
At age 15, Grace upended my life. In a vivid visionary encounter, Jesus spoke to me. After being embraced by an immense sense of Love, I committed my life to God, deeply desiring to share the Grace I’d received.
A few years later, I began to experience others being miraculously healed following my prayers for them. For example, I saw people’s tumors and cysts disappear (verified by doctors) and even participated in a dear friend’s documented healing from HIV.
As a result of these and other experiences, I became a voracious seeker, a perpetual pilgrim hungry for the big picture behind my gifts. This pilgrimage – which I’m still on now, btw – led me to various deities and spirits, mentors and teachers, spiritualities and belief systems, and even a MA from Columbia University.
Eventually, through all the twists and turns, I made my way to what I’m doing now.
Today, as a professional Portafortuna (Italian for “luck bringer”), I help people ‘manifest through the Magic of Grace & Luck.’™
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There have absolutely been bumps on the road. As much as I believe in Grace and Luck and regularly experience the supernatural, I’ve also had my own share of struggles.
Learning to love myself, as a human straddled between the otherworldly and mundane, has been my biggest struggle and my greatest triumph. (Try being a late bloomer in the dating world while practicing magic for a living. Take that Tinder!)
Additionally, on a professional level, I’ve been challenged to trust myself, my gifts, and the way I run my business, and have also wrestled with carving my place as a Black man in the fields of magic, mysticism, and personal transformation.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My work focuses on the relationship between Grace and Luck.
People most often use the words “Grace” and “Luck” interchangeably. In my understanding, these are words for two distinct realities.
Grace is the Power that deals with “possibility.” Grace most corresponds to our relationship with a Higher Power, and as a result, is not bound by the laws of cause and effect. When I want to make something ‘possible’ in my life, I call on Grace.
Luck, on the other hand, is the Force that deals with “probability.” It most corresponds to one’s relationship with oneself and how that relationship interacts with and corresponds to the laws of cause and effect. When I want to make something ‘probable’ in my life, I call on Luck.
Those who are full of Grace, but not super lucky, will have the experience of all things being possible, but few things being probable.
Those who are super lucky, but not full of Grace, find that as long as they deem something possible (through first or secondhand experience), it will be probable for them. However, as soon as they attempt to manifest outside what they deem possible, their luck no longer works for them.
Those who are full of Grace AND super lucky? We write books about these folks. Their lives are unusually magical and that is the goal!
This is where I come in.
My work is to facilitate the process of ‘Grace and Luck Alignment’™ in individuals, groups, and organizations.
When this process moves forward, the results are often extraordinary – miraculous even; bodily healing. Financial abundance. Career advancement. Magical badassery. Spiritual gift awakening. Vocation and life purpose clarity.
These are just a few of the many manifestations this process can catalyze.
We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I love this question!
Every culture has its own traditions concerning ‘Luck’. The two cultures that have most shaped my core identity – Beninese and Italian – are no different.
In Italy, a “portafortuna” is an object that brings luck. Roughly translated, it means “lucky charm”.
One of the hallmarks of a portafortuna is the ability to cause observable effects in probability. These observable effects can first appear as meaningful coincidence, or as Carl Jung called this phenomenon, “Synchronicity”.
These meaningful coincidences and synchronicities (aka Luck!) that have played out in my life and in the work I do every day with others have helped me realize that essentially what I am is a (human) “lucky charm” – a portafortuna.
People see significant and measurable changes in their Luck and they directly attribute it to their work with me.
I strongly believe that Luck is a superpower. Stan Lee, the American comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer, once said:
“Every time I go to a comic-book convention, at least one fan will ask me, ‘What is the greatest superpower of all?’ I always say that luck is the greatest superpower because if you have good luck then everything goes your way.
For example, if a villain shoots you and you’ve got luck, he will miss. It’s perfect. . . Luck is something that affects everybody, and everybody can relate to it.”
Luck plays a huge role in my life, every day, in every way. It’s a part of who I am and how I do my work.
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