Aug 31, 2023
Siquijor Star Meditation Center
Location : Siquijor Star Meditation Center, San Juan, Siquijor Island, Philippines
Siquijor's first meditation center had a ribbon-cutting high up in the mountain to celebrate its opening. Meditators of many creeds came and celebrated - Vipassana meditators included. Noel, one of the founders and a Vipassana meditator, invited me.
Siquijor being Siquijor, the center accommodates diverse meditation practices including travels into the far side of the unseen reality where fairies, elementals and deities dwell. Yes, 'enchanted' is a familiar household word in Siquijor.
The blessing of the place was conducted by shamans of different persuasions, including the Catholic way (the Philippines being predominantly Catholic) and paganism (spirituality in nature and the natural processes). Talks ranged from conventional, to kingdoms from the other side as shamans who tread both worlds narrate their other-worldly existence when on the other side.
Star Meditation Center
The place itself is modest but with a panoramic view of the water. It's breezy and even on a hot day, being under the thatched roofing of the gazebo makes it feel cool. The energy is engaging as the center is inviting.
Given the many different meditation practices and practitioners, one would think there would be many conflicting views - just like different religions where its holy men kill each other in the name of their God. NO! At the center, there is a mutual respect for the uniqueness of everyone's practice. Even Vipassana meditators who adhere strictly to their practice are comfortable in this mix. We (I speak for Vipa here) are not here to convert anyone or mix our practice with anything else. We simply do our thing and be in harmony with everyone else.
Lee Kuan Yew
Just how powerful is meditation? Don't take it from me - take it from Lee Kuan Yew. To those too young to know of him, he is the founding father of Singapore. Every US president and nearly most of the global heads of state make their pilgrimage to seek his counsel. Yes, he is a very wise, and very experienced elder statesman who is sought after for his wisdom and insight. He said something I won't forget. If he has to make an important decision that will affect the lives of millions of people, he meditates on it before making a final edict.
This talk about other dimensions, other beings and mystical capabilities might seem woo-woo to the normies (conventional/mainstream thinkers), but it's common in rural areas in the Philippines.
In Valencia, Negros Oriental where I lived for a year, the locals talk about these entities as part of their day-to-day lives (e.g., "...the Black Prince from the 'other side' came to my kitchen and his followers ate all my rice."). There seemed to be an overlap of these worlds and ours. Think of the movie Roger Rabbit where cartoon characters co-existed with humans in the human world. Well, that's the analogy. Other-worldly beings come and go to our world as gifted humans are also able to go the other realms and come back to our default world.
Even in yoga, this is talked about. In the Autobiography of a Yogi, the author, Paramahansa Yogananda, left his body (when he was ordained into the Order of Swamis) and traveled to the astral realm. His description of that world fits what these local shamans are saying. In fact, there are many other worlds - not just the astral realm.
Human perception is very limited as demonstrated by what our eyes can see - only visible light, which is a limited section of the electromagnetic spectrum. Same thing with the many layers of reality that normies don't experience (and therefore dismiss as woo-woo) because it's beyond human perception. However, some practices and teachings allow humans to breach this threshold. All these 'miracles' and supernatural phenomena are governed by the same natural laws. They are as much a part of our universe - we just don't have the means to experience (or measure them).
Meditation is one of the more established means to increase our range of perception - from gross solidity of our physical reality, to the subtle vibrations where sensations arise and dissipate in the continuing cycle of impermanence. When you experience the clarity of mind that removes the clutter and cobwebs, you also develop the sensitivity to perceive the more subtle realms of reality. And once you experience it, you can no longer un-see it. You are irreversibly transformed.
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