Ka-looban,our expanding healing community

today, i walked half a kilometer to get breakfast for ed and ayen.ayen has been reviewing for her chemistry exam and needed a good meal. our brains need a lot of protein and so i promised to get her enough food for her brain. as i walked to the the next village  i saw all the litter of friday night. urban housing sites are called villages but we live in inner city sites and walking is not as pleasant as walking in green valleys or mountain trails. i suddenly remembered what meth jimenez told ed and i last night , she had been taking photographs of  human colonies under bridges and one bridge alone had 250 people living in hanging cardboard huts. i can see them in my mind like human bats living literally upside down and out.

so i walk more and become mindful of kalooban – an expanded sense of self, inclusive of everyone. i see two mothers with their children taking some bread, dirty from sleeping rough. then as i came near my favorite acacia tree, i saw three young half naked men sleeping, cuddled up to the tree roots.they must have been drinking, to be so deep into sleep when everyone around them is busy making  their way to earn. i look at the tricycle drivers making tunganga, who obviously will have to wait later for passengers since many are walking nowadays rather then pay P18 pesos. here in matalino street, everyone struggles for a place, the homeless and the hopeful who are looking for jobs as baristas, waiters, reflexologists and security guards.. this street is teeming with small business and you can smell, hear and see a variety of walkers..  i am glad i can expand my sense of kalooban. this is what walking is all about.

i reflect on  another meaning of kalooban. ed and i called on a community to gather to heal oca  francisco last night. i had been praying for a week and i did what i could to make oca my healee. i realized that oca could be healed by a community, not just by a battery of medical procedures but by arousing, mobilizing and organizing a collective resolution to get well.  it worked and oca made that resolve to heal and work come january 2009.  ” that is the way to heal” i told ed ” when you affirm your health is your priority and you declare it to a community who loves you.” oca  thanked everyone for coming to the healing event and he told me that he was waiting for me to do my babaylan act. he thought i would go into some trance dancing to heal him. ” hoy oca ,  my act is performing tasks to raise money and i dont go into trance dancing,” i laughed and help him board the van so he can go home with pancho lara.”

the people i am referring to as a healing community whose kalooban is one with oca  is in ed’s blog .  i will thank those who planned and organized the fundraising with me :  ed, pancho lara, alex soto, deng tan and june rodriguez. they did what they volunteered to do and i will pray they remain in good health always. i also want to thank elf’s new assistant leah whose first task was to help me run the auction. she must have been exhausted because i was always giving her running orders to keep collecting and recording the money from everyone. a silent auction is a lot of work when you have more than 25 items for sale and a hundred people are bidding around three tables. i told leah that once we put the items for auction, we have to tag the winners  within the appointed time, collect the payments and wrap the items with a thank you bookmark. we collected around 120k and will collect more from those who had to bid via sms. that 120 k is a good start. i issued a call for a hundred people to give P5000 each, in kind or cash because we need 880k more to get oca on his workdesk by january. i trust kalooban will reign in the expanding community to heal oca. amen.

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