Archive for August 2012

A Babaylan’s Day

August 31, 2012

Every morning I ask: What will make this day joyful for me and my loving family?

Having grown wiser at 61 going 62, I devote my energies to work that will inspire others and to tasks that I allow me to remain healthy and happy. I learned life is more complicated when I became a babaylan so I decided to simplify my daily focus.

People will need to respect my space and time – if they need something from me, i need enough time to prepare especially if the requests are life-enhancing and are spiritually challenging.

At the Bantayog ng mga Bayani rites yesterday I conversed with a friend that honoring the heroes and martyrs is a good way to spend the day. It helps us reflect  with our families and communities who have their share of the spirit of heroism.

Within the same day, I had a friend asking about his nephew who passed on to the afterlife last week.I told him that contacting his nephew’s soul is a very difficult request . I need to cocoon myself for 24 hours in meditation to serve this request  and to ask permission from the sacred web. Once the permission is given, I can only receive sense data and cannot ask questions. Once the sense data is received, I have to validate it within that sacred moment. In my experience  I cannot hold that channel for more than an hour. The time inside the sacred web is different from our biological time . Being mindful, I refrain from accepting  grieving questions from the family, eg. where did he go? why did he leave so soon? did he say anything about family members who have issues with them?  Such questions are not for me to present to the soul. What I receive is what I transmit in its simplest sense. I serve when we  need to learn what life and death teaches us. These  lessons are part  of living the good  and honorable life.


Postscript. This week in October another friend wanted to know what her husband is feeling since its their 18th wedding anniversary. I asked for an hour to hydrate myself so i can make the call. The art of receiving a message from beyond is like what Virginia Woolf said of writing :  words have  weight, colours, sounds, associations from which one can do this effectively by imagining that one is not the recipient but another person who needs  the message most.”


What we need to remember in the face of death

August 22, 2012

Today, i have to write what Isabel Allende said “Write what should not be forgotten. Writing is a process, a journey into memory and the soul.”

First, I love my husband, lover, lifelong friend and co-learner – Ed dela Torre. He lives in my heart wherever he is – today he is on his way to Cagayan de Oro. Before leaving our garden, he kissed me and I said” Am not ready to be a widow so please return alive.” Smiling, Ed tenderly closed the gate after and went to his meetings. Around noon, I get his text “About to take off luv for CDO. See you tomorrow.”

Second, I love my daughter -Ayen, who is busy with her work in Nestle as an HR trainee. All of her 22 years I have nurtured her to find her own passion, create her future and be happy. Ed and I take time to share a daily meal and listen to her insights, her experiences in work and her goals.

Third, I am grateful to my family, from my parents , the 12 siblings and 10  siblings-in marriage and the 49 nieces and nephews plus my extended family members. All the challenges we shared and overcame with joy will always be part of our remembering selves.

Fourth, I am proud and thankful of all the communities I served, locally and globally  and was a part of  my growing years and to which I still belong  in my  senior years.

Life and death is one, inseparable from the moment of birth. When I die, I will live as  a remembering soul. What i breath into my life, will continue in the breath of those whom i cared for and they will breathe their love into mine. Nothing will be wasted because love is an energy that grows as one transforms into another energy.

For my soul list ( i prefer soul rather than bucket because love cannot be poured into a pail), i have the following goals:

Expand people’s compassion and make Filipinos excel in caremanship. We are caregivers par excellence.

Go to places where people nurture everything, from the ferns and moss  in the forests  to the rivers that meander in our towns and cities.

Plant  edible plants and trees  in  inner spaces, alleyways, rooftops , vacant lots, all the places where people go hungry. Stop the hunger, especially of children and mothers.

Make beautiful art with any element – soil, mud,roots, trunks, leaves, branches,stones, seeds, anything that is renewable.

Write poems, stories that gladden the hearts of those in pain and surviving injustice. Give these poems and stories  as healing gifts.

Five is enough. I invite friends who can do these five tasks with me today.

The Bourne Experiments

August 13, 2012

This week  Ed,Ayen and I with many Filipinos watched Bourne Legacy because it was partly filmed in Manila and El Nido, has Pinoy extras and actors, and has been well received in many countries. It is inspired by Robert Ludlum’s spy novels but not written by Ludlum. Ed and I are Ludlum fans and in the early 80s ,we used to read his novels in  airports in Europe. Between continental flights, I would imagine being a contact of Bourne and going through missions with lots of guts. Since then, I remember that reality is stranger than fiction so fast track to the present.

What were the Bourne novels about? It was designing agents who were super spies and later  become rebels of anti-spy networks, relying on their own brains to defeat  evil powers. All the special weapons that spies are trained to use cannot match the intelligence and physical prowess that the agents like  Jason Bourne and  Aaron Cross demonstrate when they find out they are targets for elimination by their own bosses. I particularly like the scenes where the neurologists test their brain power and sensors. These may be movies but the research on the powers of the brain/bodymind is already indicating the  advance state of biological engineering. There is a script conversation between Aaron Cross and Rachel Weiz as the neurologist  in Bourne Legacy that virus mapping is done in Manila. This  specific service of Manila got many comments from  FB friends and there is a  FB running thread  of virus-resilient Pinoys that we enjoyed. But my point is not just the viruses in our midst but the capacity to develop an immunity to life threatening challenges – that is why friends are saying ” Pinoys are water-proof ” after all the storms have unleashed its ire on us. Yes we are super-resilient and Aaron Cross is right in coming to us for his immune booster. The Pinoys are anti-virus warriors and we should know how best to enhance our immune system to resist rogue and infectious viruses. We may not win any gold medals in the Olympics, we may not win the Nobel prize, but we will , and can become the uber, special agents of anti-virus-mapping networks and win the fight against evil viruses, natural and human. How? That is for another blog while i map my way into secret networks.

Hunger Games: How to win these games?

August 13, 2012

For those who are hungry, cannot find affordable good food, ask yourself: Where ?

For those who are hungry, can buy healthy food you desire, ask yourself: Where ?

For those who never knew hunger, are willing to help those who are hungry, ask us: How?

All these questions are targetting people who can join SOAP: Support Organic Agriculture in the Philippines. SOAP is one big answer to the hunger games.

Sandy Celi and thirty more  food catalysts are running a directory for organic agriculture practitioners, suppliers, agriclients and  health advocates. It is a private volunteer initiative that needs time, energy and goodwill. People here are spending their energies for a cause: To end hunger now.

My blog is about hunger alleviation and i started with 3 questions to reach the foodies and goodies among us. Why? When you look at the rate of hunger in our country, you will discover that millions among our  landless farmers,small fishers and  coconut workers eat twice a day and it is not even a full meal.  I used to feed street children every week in our village for a decade until they grew old enough to earn their daily needs. Now i feed more  informal settlers who lose their jobs and homes to fire, floods and demolitions.

I have stopped  putting the blame on inefficient government agencies, limited church projects, civil organizations who generate more money but serve less, corporate foundations with lots of advocacies but low on impact. Since life is precious, time is my only resource, I have focused on what can help people feel good in an hour, learn in a day and make their bodyminds grow – that is food and food lessons.  But since I am not a millionaire nor  can get a sponsor billionaire, I have to get people who can run better services – that is the SOAP people. They are in Facebook and are easy to link up with.

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