We have gone through the Mayan Calendar and here we are, celebrating!
Happy New Year!
Here are a few quotes from the work of three authors who have apparently found a
common ground in answering the question: “What is the meaning of life?”
“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”
“There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.”
“In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in his cosmic loneliness.
And God said, “Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see
what We have done.” And God created every living creature that now moveth,
and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man
sat, looked around, and spoke. “What is the purpose of all this?” he
“Everything must have a purpose?” asked God.
“Certainly,” said man.
“Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this,” said God.
And He went away.”
It is not difficult to agree with these perspectives as a matter of empirical fact. If life had a fixed and constant meaning for everyone, then we would have settled the issue
long ago. But ask anyone what the meaning of life is and you will get as many
answers as there are respondents.
Life’s meaning cannot be arbitrated for us by a dictionary. You cannot find life’s meaning the way you can find what a word’s meaning is by opening a dictionary. Because the meaning is intrinsic to the one who is asking the question. It is in each of us and as such, it is something that is subject to our own creativity.
Next time you feel compelled to address the issue: What is the meaning of my life? Go inward, take a look at yourself, and ask yourself: Why would I want to go on living?
Your answer to that question will also tell you what the meaning of your life is.
Samhain is a time of reflection of what had been and what will be.
On Halloween night, it is said that the separation between the physical and spiritual worlds is thin. It is time to meditate and commune with those who have passed on to the other side.
The Other Side is the future for everyone. There is no exception.
It is time to come to terms with the one phenomenon of life over which we have no control — death.
In today’s fun-filled celebration of the supernatural, may you learn to look beyond the veil and realize that whether we are Here or in the Other Side, we are living in essentially the same world.
When we realize that, then we realize that there is actually no real death.
Happy Halloween sa inyong lahat!
I am reproducing the following handout from Santo Nino Botanical Center (aka Peter Mystical Book Center) verbatim with no editing.
HOW TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR AMULET TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE
The efficacy and power of an amulet depends not only on the magical symbols or power words shown on it, etc. but also on how it is “consecrated” and how it is used.
Granting that you already have the amulet and “consecrated” it according to our instructions on “How to Consecrate” your Talisman, Amulets, etc. The following are the simple instructions to be strictly followed to get the very best out of your amulet or to be more effective.
1. HOW TO WEAR YOUR AMULET
a. Wear your amulet as a necklace or as a pendant. In this case, make a small hole in one corner of the parchment paper on which the amulet is drawn or printed. Put a golden or silver neck chain through the hole, and wear around your neck under your clothes., in order not to be seen by other.
b. The amulet may be carried, put into a locket or red flannel bag and wear it like a necklace.
c. Finally, the amulet may be carried or folded in your wallet,purse or in the pocket of your clothes. Always wear or carry your amulet wherever you go. The longer you carry it, the quicker will the expected results come.
2. BE CONSTANTLY AWARE AT THE PRESENCE OF YOUR PARTICULAR AMULET
Remind yourself always that you have the amulet in your person, and you have a “COMPANION” a force that is quietly, deligently and powerfully working to your advantage. This is necessary to complement the mystical powerof the amulet in order to obtain your desire.
3. DO NOT ALLOW OTHER PERSONS TO TOUCH YOUR AMULET
a. As much as possible, do not allow other persons to touch or otherwise handle your amulet. Why? Because whether deliberately or inadvertently, other persons might, if they touch or handle your amulet, transmit onto/into it negative psychic energies which could, unless removed, cut down the magical power invested in the amulet.
b. It is even better, in addition, that you do not make other persons see your amulet! Perhaps the best way to prevent your amulet being touched or even seen by other people is to fold it and keep it inside a locket which you then hang around your neck by chain or keep (inside a small envelope bag, if you wish) it inside your wallet, purse, handbag, briefcase, etc.
In cased your amulet is accidentally touche by other, you must consecrate it again.
4. DO NOT TELL OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT YOUR AMULET
a. You should not tell anyone about your amulet unless you are certain that they share your interest in the occult.
b. The need to keep quiet or silent about your amulet and about your occult work in general stems mainly from the fact that the majority of people are afraid of the occult and of people who are associated with it — and what people are afraid of, they tend to attack with all their might! If you did tell just anyone about your amulets, or that you practised magic, etc., they would probably not only shun your company and spread false information about you but they might also suspect you of being behind their personal problems. Of course you would be innocent of the misdeeds they suspect you of but how are you going to prove that to them?
c. Let your amulet work for you — quietly and effectively. It is not your duty to convince anyone that amulets do work when consecrated and used properly; you could, in your bid to convince, talk to someone from dawn to dusk, and they might still consider you an ass for believing “such things”, anyway! So why don’t you please let them alone? Let your amulet help you to prosperity and let other people wonder at your success and “luck”!
5. DO NOT DOUBT THE EFFICACY OF YOUR AMULET
a. If you should, even before you commence to use your magical amulet, get it into the mind that it would not work, well, then you have succeeded in cutting back drastically its magical power! This is a point you will do well to remember: in all matters spiritual, the degree of one’s faith or belief in the particular spiritual formula being used helps to determine the degree of the person’s success or failure in the use of the formula concerned. It does not matter who or what you are praying to, are asking for help from, or are using: if you strongly disbelieve its ability to work for you, well, it won’t.
b. The uninitiated are, to a large extent, puzzled by magic and other forms of the occult. How and why, they often ask themselves, do a few (usually silly-sounding) words, phrases and sentences, or some funny looking symbols drawn on parchment or embossed on metal and carried around, produce such remarkable results? They often conclude that it is illogical that such methods could produce the said effects; that the “effects”, should they occur as expected, were the results of pure coincidence!
c. It is quite likely that the person who has had no prior experience with the occult will think this way: the problem is that thoughts like that, when held long and strongly enough, tend to inhibit the effectiveness of the amulet (or other magical spiritual method) being used. The best attitude to adopt, in a situation like that, is one of open-mindedness. Amulets and other magical devices have been around since prehistoric times; they have been used throughout history by kings, queens, nobility in general, as well by common ordinary people. And they are still being used today in all corners of the world! If there was really nothing in them, it is logical to expect that they would have been out of use centuries ago!
WE HOPE FOR YOUR SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY
In posting this handout from the Santo Nino Botanical Center, I wish to give a full account of one Philippine tradition on how to properly handle amulets, talismans, or anting-antings. There have been differing accounts of this in the Forum and their is no way to settle those differences in a conclusive way. By giving at least one complete tradition, you can, if you wish, fully adopt it and erase any uncertainty you may have on how you should be handling your anting-anting.
1. You Are a Physical Extension of That Which is Non-physical.
2. You Are Here in This Body Because You Chose to Be Here.
3. The Basis of Your Life is Freedom; the Purpose of Your Life is Joy.
4. You Are a Creator; You Create With Your Every Thought.
5. Anything That You Can Imagine is Yours to Be or Do or Have.
6. As You Are Choosing Your Thoughts, Your Emotions Are Guiding You.
7. The Universe Adores You for it Knows Your Broadest Intentions.
8. Relax into Your Natural Well-Being. All is Well. (Really It Is!)
9. You Are a Creator of Thoughtways on Your Unique Path of Joy.
10. Actions to Be Taken and Possessions to Be Exchanged Are By-products of Your Focus on Joy.
11. You May Appropriately Depart Your Body Without Illness or Pain.
12. You Can Not Die; You Are Everlasting Life.
P.S. It is not necessary for even one other person to understand the Laws of the Universe in order for you to have a wonderful, happy, productive Life Experience — for you are the attractor of your experience. Just you!
From a Synopsis of Abraham-Hicks’ Teachings
This is an interesting preview of what might be in store for us in the future , more specifically,the decades following 2012. I’m quoting from The Sanctus Germanus Prophecies (Vol. 2):
We believe that in the Northern Hemisphere in the dead of winter 2012, temperatures will reach their peak as the Seven Suns momentarily line up and concentrate heat onto our solar system. Such an injection of energy will provoke even more rapid melting of the vast permafrost areas in the Northern Hemisphere and the continent of Antartica, causing a significant rise in the sea levels, which in turn will gravely impact human society.
The accelerated meltdown will cause major flooding of lowland and coastal areas worldwide resulting in a mass exodus from low-lying regions to higher ground and certain designated Spiritual Regions. Amidst this turmoil, lightbearers will be able to seize this opportunity to create a transitional society that will lay the foundation stones for a New Golden Age. (pages 64 – 65).
If you are intrigued by this prophecy, take a look at the website of the Sanctus Germanus Foundation.
This might also be a good subject to pursue in our forum. I have created the forum Prophecies for those who might be interested to pursue the subject matter.
This anting-anting is an interesting companion to Santo Niñong hubad. It is called Kambal Tuko. Tuko is the Tagalog word for the gecko lizard. The gecko lizard lives on trees and is well known for its ability to cling quite firmly onto it. This lizard’s clinging ability has found itself into the Filipinos’ language and culture through the phrase “kapit tuko.” It signifies anyone who will cling on anything at all cost — like a public official, for example, who refuses to step down even if his or her ability to perform successfully all the responsibilities of the office is already in doubt. We say he or she is “kapit tuko” with respect to the position.
The lizard’s legendary clinging ability has also found its way into the realm of anting-antings. The association is obvious. If one has the clinging power of the lizard then he or she acquires the power to stabilize and make permanent a situation — like a romantic relationship or a love affair.
Use this talisman or anting-anting to make sure that your relationship with a man or a woman will last for a long time, if not forever.
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:”
Cycles appear to be embedded in nature. The writer of that passage from Ecclesiastes was probably inspired by this observation.
From our observation of the cyclical nature of events, it has become logical to postulate the question: Do “good” and “bad” things also happen in cycles? If so, can we capture such a cycle in a system that will enable us to identify certain periods or time of the day when things might be more opportune for us than at other periods?
I have what is probably by now a rare book entitled “Self Mastery and Fate with the Cycles of Life” authored by H. Spencer Lewis, founder and former Imperator of the Rosicrucian Order (AMORC). The book purports to give precisely such a system.
I would like to share with you what I think to be an important part of the system given in the book. The author claims that we can divide a day into seven periods, labeled from “A” to “G”, during which certain things can better be done or started.
Here are the time periods according to the day as identified by Dr. H. Spencer Lewis:
PERIODS FOR EACH DAY OF THE WEEK
|12:00 AM – 3:25 AM||G||C||F||B||E||A||D|
|3:25 AM – 6:51 AM||A||D||G||C||F||B||E|
|6:51 AM – 10:17 AM||B||E||A||D||G||C||F|
|10:17 AM – 1:42 PM||C||F||B||E||A||D||G|
|1:42 PM – 5:08 PM||D||G||C||F||B||E||A|
|5:08 PM – 8:34 PM||E||A||D||G||C||F||B|
|8:34 PM – 12:00 AM||F||B||E||A||D||G||C|
DESCRIPTION OF THE PERIODS
Lucky for: Approaching people occupying high positions to ask for favors (e.g., making recommendations, proposals, etc.). Dealing with public officials. Dealing with bankers or financial institutions for the purpose of applying for credit facilities. Making public appearances for the purpose of promoting image of self or business.
Unlucky for: Starting new business or project. Signing of contracts or agreements. Starting short journeys of several days’ duration. Marrying or courting. Moving to a new location for personal or business reasons. Start the construction of a new building. Buying, selling, or renting real estate. Surgical operations.
Lucky for: Matters dealing with art or culture. Starting any new undertaking. Soliciting business from the public. Hiring of employees. Making new acquaintance in purely social way. Starting short journeys. Marriage and courting. Loaning or borrowing money. Seeking favors in social circles. Games of chance and investments of speculative nature.
Unlucky for: Hiring employees specially for menial positions. Starting long journeys.
Lucky for: Intellectual or educational matters. Dealing with legal arguments. Making contracts of short duration. Making new acquaintances. Hiring of employees. Starting short journeys. Starting an advertising campaign. Lending money (actual disbursement of amount being lent). Start construction of new buildings. Signing important papers. Writing important letters.
Unlucky for: Starting court litigation. Marrying. Asking favors or recognition from prominent persons. Buying and selling real estate. Surgical operations.
Lucky for: Especially fortunate for all matters involving business, education, farming, making new acquaintances, and hiring of new employees. Starting short journeys. Marriage and courtship. Making shipments of goods. Surgical operations. Sales or solicitations especially with women.
Unlucky for: Starting new undertakings. Making of contracts or signing legal papers. Starting lawsuits. Borrowing money. Games of chance. Writing letters to ask for favors of any kind.
Lucky for: Starting long-term plans or activities. Settling disputes before persons of authority. Advertising or sales promotion through the printed media. Starting legal actions. Starting activities involving metals. Moving to a new house. Starting scientific pursuits.
Unlucky for: Making of contracts or agreements of any kind except for purchase of homes. Collecting money. Starting farming or planting operations. Making new acquaintances. Hiring of new employees. Marriage. Starting journeys by water. Construction of new buildings. Asking favors from persons of authority. Speculating in business. Buying stock market Surgical operations. Writing important letters.
Period E is generally the unluckiest period of the day.
Lucky for: Starting practically any new undertaking, personal, social, or business.
Period “F” is the most fortunate or lucky period of the day.
Unlucky for: Hiring for any menial position. Marine affairs.
Lucky for: Matters requiring hard labor or physical energy. Material and sensual affairs. Collection of money. . Hiring of traveling salesmen, agents or collectors. Marital affairs. Marine affairs. Matters dealing with machines and working with metals. Scientific pursuits. Women seeking favors from men in business or personal matters.
Unlucky for: Receiving gifts or favor. Humanitarian affairs. Buying of cattle or livestock starting long journeys. Legal actions. Marriage or courting. Surgical operations.
Most accident prone period hence caution should be observed about being in hazardous places during this period. During illness, fever or body temperature is higher during this period.
Dr. Lewis has not really provided complete information on how he was able to derive this system. But he claims that the system is better than astrology and numerology.
Well, just try it. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. You can print a copy of this post and carry it with you. If it is practical for you to align your activities with the periods given above, then do so. That will help ensuring that you’re not leaving anything to chance whenever you embark on important activities.
One of the short stories in a high school English literature class that I remember until now is the story of two friends who were sharing an apartment. The story’s setting was somewhere in the United States. I’ve forgotten the details of the story so let me just reconstruct it and provide my own dialogue. We’ll call the two friends Susan and Mabel.
It was autumn and the weather was getting progressively colder with the approaching winter. Susan got seriously ill and Mabel took over the challenging task of nursing her back to health. However, Susan was severely depressed by the illness and believed that she would die soon.
The rented room they were sharing had a window facing a concrete wall. Framed by the window was the sight of a leafy vine that had been crawling on the wall. But it was autumn and the vine, just like the rest of the surrounding vegetation, had been losing its leaves one by one. As the sick girl contemplated the sight of the vine, she told her friend: “As soon as that vine loses all its leaves, I would be gone also.”
Every morning upon waking up, Susan would look out of the window to check on the vine — until the day when she saw only one last leaf still clinging to it. “I guess I have reached my end,” she told her friend, Mabel. “Tomorrow when that one last leaf falls, I would be gone also.”
But the next day when she looked out of the window, she was surprised to find that the leaf was still there! “Well, maybe, by tomorrow it will fall off,” she said, “and then I’ll die.”
However, just like the previous day, when the next morning came, the leaf was still there. It had somewhat miraculously clung to the vine. “Maybe it’s not your time to die after all,” Mable said. “That last leaf still clinging to the vine is sending you the message that you will survive this illness.”
And so the days wore on. Susan grew stronger as she looked out of the window each morning to see the last leaf still there. Upon her full recovery, she asked Mabel what might have been the cause or the miracle behind tenacious leaf that refused to fall. “Remember that last day when only one last leaf remained on the vine?” said Mabel. “Unknown to you, I secretly asked an artist friend to paint a leaf exactly on the same spot where that last leaf was. You have been seeing a painted leaf all along.”
I can’t help but equate that nice short story’s theme to our belief in talismans or anting-antings. It strikes a chord and that’s probably the reason the short story clings to my memory. The painted “last leaf” functioned as a talisman for the character of the story. It became the symbol through which the sick woman drew her inner strength to ultimately survive her ordeal.
Was it just imaginary and, therefore, ultimately unreal? If you go by the result, that question becomes irrelevant. In holding on to an anting-anting or talisman, I think we are tapping on an invisible source of power that in the story is symbolized by the “last leaf.” We tap the universal creative force through symbols and that, I think, is the ultimate function of the anting-anting you possess for whatever intention you decide to have it.
One of the criticisms you will most probably hear from a non-believer in talismans is – why bother to have something like that? Whatever you want, you can get from God. You just need to pray and whatever you need, God will give it to you even if you don’t carry around that piece of metal or wood you call an anting-anting.
I can adopt the same line of thinking and throw back the same logic to the critic. If you believe in God and you likewise believe that God is all-knowing, then why do you bother to pray at all? If God knows what you need, then wouldn’t it be unnecessary on your part to still pray and ask Him to give you what you need?
The act of praying and the act of keeping a talisman are essentially the same. They are symbolic behaviors we traditionally hold on to as important elements in invoking the creative energies.
We work and resonate with symbols in relating with the Divine. That’s the reason why we have temples and churches, for example. They are symbol’s of God’s presence in our midst. And so are talismans or other representations of divine or spiritual beings when they are properly consecrated for that purpose. They are symbols that can magnify and become the channel of spiritual energy that we can tap for various purposes in our lives.
Unknown to the characters in that short story, they had tapped into the same principle we have been tapping in our anting-antings or talismans. The “last leaf” had become a symbol and ultimately became the force that enabled one of the characters to survive her ordeal. In essence, it had become a talisman.
I am reproducing here verbatim and unedited the complete Tagalog instructions from the Peter’s Mystical Book Center on how to consecrate talismans or anting-antings.
ANG WASTONG PAMAMARAAN NG “PAG-KONSAGRA” NG INYONG TALISMAN, MEDALYA, KUWINTAS, LIBRITO, PANYO, MYSTICAL HERBS AT MYSTICAL NA KAGAMITAN UPANG MAGKAROON NG BISA.
Ayon sa aming pinakabagong pananaliksik, ang inyong Talisman o librito ay lalong magiging mabisa kung kayo ang siyang mag-kokonsagra nito: Kaya’t narito ang lihim na pamamaraan ng pag-kokonsagra ng mga mystical na kagamitan na galing lamang sa aming opisina.
Gawin ang pagkokonsagra sa inyong silid na walang makakakita. Ilagay sa kaliwang palad ang inyong talismang kokonsagrahin. Lumuhod na nakaharap sa silangan (EAST) at magdasal ng 1 SUMASAMPALATAYA, 3 AMA NAMIN, 3 ABA GINOONG MARIA AT 3 GLORIA PATRI. Pagkatapos, dasalin ng tatlong beses ang sumusunod na “blessing” habang nakatitig sa talisman na nasa inyong kaliwang kamay:
“IN THE NAME OF GOD THE FATHER, AND OF GOD THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, AMEN…………………………”ALMIGHTY AND ALL WISE FATHER OF ALL PEOPLE, I HUMBLY BESEECH THY DIVINE AID IN THE FURTHERANCE OF MY PRAYER, BLESS THIS ____________________________ (mention the name of your talisman, books, etc) BLESS THIS HUMBLE PENTACLE, SUPPLICANT, MAY YOU IN YOUR DIVINE WISDOM AND MERCY FIND IT ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT TO HELP ME IN MY QUEST, AMEN.”
Pagkatapos nito, ilagay and talisman sa sobre, kahon o jewelry box (huwag isasama sa ibang bagay o gamit) at ilagay sa altar, aparador o “drawer” na may susi. Huwag gagalawin o hihipuin sa loob ng 24 na oras. Pagkaraan nito puwede ng gamitin ang talisman. Makabubuti rin na habang ginagamit ang talisman ay magdasal ng 1 SUMASAMPALATAYA, 3 AMA NAMIN, 3 ABA GINOONG MARIA, AT 3 GLORIA PATRI sa loob ng sunod-sunod na 9 na gabi. Sa ika-10 araw maaari ng huwag ituloy o ituloy ang pagdadasal gabi-gabi. Huwag kalimutan na banggitin ang KAHILINGAN pagkatapos magdasal. Ang mga Talisman o libro ay dapat konsagrahan isa-isa. (Isang konsagracion bawat isang talisman). Yaong mga ‘HERBS” na ipinaiinom at ipinaliligo katulad ng Beth Root, Jinx Powder, Basil Sweet, etc., ay maari ng gamitin pagkatapos makonsagrahan. Hindi na dapat pang pagdasalan ng 9 na gabi.
I have decided to post this all purpose way to consecrate and to activate a talisman in answer to a lot of requests in the Forum for specific formulas to activate specific anting-antings like the Infinito Dios, Siete Arkangheles, Trespicu, Una Peso Sagrada, etc., that often remain unanswered because we just can’t have all possible and specific ways to activate anting-antings specially when we don’t have them.
Hopefully, this can be a patch-up solution. If you can’t have the specific formula or prayer, then do it the way the Peter’s Mystical Book Center had been doing it. For decades, the bookshop had been one of the most prominent suppliers of occult and mystical items in the Philippines. If they can activate talismans the way it is given above, then I don’t see any reason why others can’t apply the same formula or procedure in activating any other anting-anting or talisman they may have.
If you want to start a discussion on this, then please proceed to the Forum and post in the topic I have created for it.