September 2018

Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry23 Sep 2018 05:50 pm

THE ACUPUNCTURE NUN * Healing the poor with fingers * A True Story * eastwind

Healing the Poor with Fingers, a True Story
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by Bernie V. Lopez,
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Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur, circa 1985. In this remote village in the deep south, there were no drugstores, no Western medicines, no hospitals, no doctors. Medical people resorted to the magic and thrift of Eastern medicine to adapt to the sheer poverty of the place. 
As a roving journalist, I witnessed how Sister Josephine Derequito, MMS (Medical Mission Sister), a licensed physician and a trained acupuncturist all at once, made my hair stand as she applied acupressure on a young peasant woman with a one-year-old baby in an advanced stage of malnutrition, very frail but with a big stomach.
CONTINUE (Dialogue is reconstructed.) 
SISTER JO – Your baby is frail and sick.
WOMAN – Sister, I do not have breast milk. So I feed her yam (thin soup made from over-cooked kamoteng-kahoy, a root crop).
SISTER JO – You have to eat leafy vegetables, so you will have breast milk.
WOMAN – We don’t eat vegetables, sister, because there’s plenty of fish.
SISTER JO. It is so easy to plant kamote (a vegetable vine), which has plenty of iron. From now on, eat talbos ng kamote (the shoots), otherwise your baby will die.
The woman nodded. Sister Jo examined the baby, then applied acupressure on the woman, placing her thumb in between her breasts. Within three minutes, while she talked to the woman, the milk flowed. My hair stood on end. The woman was in tears. In the evening, the fisherman-husband of the woman brought us fresh fish from his catch. This was the magic of poverty. The poor were capable of returning the love you give them. 
Next came a young man who lost his sense of hearing when he was electrocuted. During the lean dry season, men go up the electric posts to tap electricity using two cables with rods at the end. They would apply electricity on ponds dried up into mud to kill dalag (mud fish) and hito (catfish), native delicacies. This was the cheap way to ‘fish’ if one did not have a boat. This time, Sister Jo took out her acupuncture needles and placed two each on the temples, and another two each on the sides of the nose close to the eyes. I was expecting another miracle.
ME – Sister, will he be able to hear when you’re finished?
SISTER JO – No, Bernie. It’s not instant. I have to apply acupuncture weekly for a few weeks. I am not even sure I can heal him. It’s a chance, but there is nothing to lose. Even modern hospitals may not be able to heal him. Acupuncture has a chance to do so.
ME – Sister, where do you get funds for your program?
SISTER JO – I have no funds, just a little travel and food allowance. When the peasants find out my project is funded by World Bank or ADB, they drool for handouts. This destroys the project because you make them dependent. The key in health care for the very poor is self-reliance, making them paramedics for their communities.
ME – Where do you get money for food during your health workshop?
SISTER JO – They bring their own food. Some take three-hour hikes to the seminar, bringing their babies.
ME – How do you motivate them?
SISTER JO –  No need. They see the value of being their own doctors when a child is sick. Also, they see that, when they set up their own community herbal garden, they have free medicine from their own drug store. They set up these gardens at no expense.
Sister Jo distributed copies of photos showing acupressure points on the body that would heal specific ailments. For example, S26 below the knee relieved menstrual spasm. She gave them a list of what ailments herbs can cure from a Filipino herbal medicine book. The peasants easily identified the herbs. The program without funds had tremendous reach and impact, encompassing many outlying villages. 
The rebels, the New People’s Army (NPA) adopted the program or similar prototypes. The program of health self-reliance spread like wildfire across the poverty-stricken landscape. Sister Jo said the key was to not impose but empower. She passed away decades ago, but left an imprint of love on poor rural folks, a Filipino version of Mother Teresa.
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by Bernie V. Lopez,
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eastwind journals18 Sep 2018 04:28 am

Pintig Pinoy (Filipino Pulse) * The Psychic Mechanic & Boatman * eastwind

PINTIG PINOY (Filipino Pulse)
The Psychic Mechanic and Boatman, True Stories
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By Bernie V. Lopez,
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My expat brother Resti (not his real name), who was a self-taught mechanic, was visiting me from the States. He had perfected the art of tune-up using books. We visited my friend Monching (not his real name) at his talyer (motor repair shop) in Mandaluyong. He was in the middle of tuning up a Lamborgini, a rare expensive Italian sports car. Conversation is reconstructed.
RESTI – Nice car.
MONCHING – Spark plugs alone cost 64,000 pesos. 4,000 pesos each times 16 spark plugs.
RESTI – Wow. That much.
MONCHING – There are only two to three Lamborginis in the entire Philippines. This is one of them. I bought it dirt cheap from the owner because he owed me a lot of money for repairing his fleet of cars. But I regret buying it. 
RESTI – Why?
MONCHING – Super-expenisve spare parts, not available. Takes months to get it by order. Gas consumption is crazy. Rev the car for 5 seconds and you consume half a liter of gas. It will cost me ten liters just adjusting the timing-idling. 
ME – That’s an exaggeration, of course.
RESTI – (Bragging) In the States, we have a machine which can measure exactly the optimum mix of oxygen and gas. You should get one. 
MONCHING – (Annoyed by the unsolicited advice.) I don’t need it.
RESTI – Well, how do you adjust timing-idling then?
MONCHING – Come closer under the hood. Do you hear the engine?
RESTI – Absolutely.
MONCHING – We know the proper oxygen-gas mix simply by listening. Listen.
Monching revs up and lets go, then listens. He adjusts the timing-idling. He revs up again and readjusts after listening. After a few tries, the engine is purring nicely.
RESTI – Wow. Amazing. Give me five, bro.
MONCHING – Here in the Philippines, we don’t have expensive gadgets. We learn to use our psychic. We communicate to the engine rather than watch a VU meter from a machine. We listen. It is strange that we have invented many hi-tech gadgets, but fail to realize that sometimes no machine can beat the human psychic.
I have endless stories about the Pinoy psyche, what I call Pintig Pinoy, at the grassroots level. Read the next story below.
I met Rusty (not his real name), an American tourist, in a beer pub along Burgos St. in Makati. Conversation is reconstructed. 
RUSTY – You know I have a very high regard for Filipinos after I met a boatman.
ME – Really? Tell me about it.
RUSTY – I’m a scuba diver. In Mindoro, I hired a boatman to bring me to a diving site, which he knew about like the back of his hand. 
ME – You can’t dive alone. That’s a rule. Always dive with a companion.
RUSTY – Precisely. My diving companion was the boatman.
ME – But he has no scuba gear. He can’t dive with you.
RUSTY – Yes he can. I asked him if he can dive. He said since he was a kid. I asked him where his scuba gear was. He pointed to his wooden goggles, and displayed a single plywood fin. I said to myself, this I gotta see. We went to a dive site and he told me to get in the water and he would follow. So I did, and waited curiously for him to follow. I was amazed how he could move faster in his single crude plywood fin than I with my pair of high-class rubber fins. 
ME – Let me explain. Fishermen use it everywhere. It’s shaped like a giant pingpong racket. On the ‘handle’, there are strips of rubber so you can put it on like a giant slipper.
RUSTY – Amazing ingenious but simple gadget, lo-tech Filipino versus hi-tech American. It’s a simple motion. He pulls on the fin with his leg and it easily follows. Then he pushes on it, as if ‘stepping’ on the water, transporting him forward at tremendous speed. He can do three steps per second. He can easily beat me in a race. 
ME – How about oxygen? He has no scuba tank.
RUSTY – This was a complete surprise for me. I waited for him to run out of air. I expected him to go up for air, but instead he went down to the anchor, which was an LPG tank full of oxygen. That was his oxygen tank. He gulped some air and continued his dive. Wow. Ingenious. 
ME – But he can’t go very far.
RUSTY – Whatever. Still it’s a stroke of native genius. I was wondering about his googles. If it is made of wood, water would easily leak in. He explained to me that it is carved with precision to fit his face, so no leak. It is improvised with rubber strips and rubber bands. They waterproof the transparent glass or plastic with resin. Tell me why I should not idolize the Filipino, who are poor materially but are rich spiritually. 
Deep into the night, I told him about other ingenious fisherman’s gadget from my experience in my grassroots immersion as a journalist, until we could drink beer no more. It is amazing how we Filipinos can sometimes take for granted our genius, our ability to improvise, to make something out of nothing.
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by Bernie V. Lopez,
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Healing Ministry of Srs. Raquel/Gloria, RVM * for healing inquiries send email
Eastwind inspirational verses
you are better off than many
if you are poor materially
but rich spiritually


eastwind journals12 Sep 2018 08:08 am

Pilgrimage Across the Universe * Featuring the Hubble Space Photos

Featuring NASA’s Hubble Space Photos
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by Bernie V. Lopez,
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The Hubble Space Photos of NASA were a giant leap in discovering the Universe. Before that, our puny cameras from Earth were blurred by the atmosphere. Suddenly, cameras from outer space could reveal the awesome details of God’s Creation.


eastwind Youtube Documentaries shown below deferred for later.

01 – Meditating on the universe – a tour of galaxies. Narration by Fr. James Reuter, SJ.

02 – New space discoveries – neutrinos, SDSS, cosmic void, big bang theory, blackholes, galactic superclusters.
03 – Cosmology 101. Basics Principles of the Cosmos – galaxies, nebulas.





Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry05 Sep 2018 12:15 pm

SPIRITUAL CAUSES OF CANCER * A True Story * eastwind

A True Story
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by Bernie V. Lopez,
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This story was related by Sister Raquel Reodica, RVM of the Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry. She is a renowned cancer-healer for the Lord. 
Rica (not her true name) visited Sister Raquel to be prayed over, in the hope of being healed of her Stage 2 breast cancer. She had a strong faith and was confident she would get healed. A week after the visit, she called up Sister and told her she still was not getting healed. Sister told her to visit again. Sister could discern Rica had a deeper problem. (Conversation below is reconstructed.)
SISTER – There must be a reason why you are not getting healed. Tell me, what’s wrong. 
RICA – (In tears.) My husband has a mistress. Imagine, after 30 years of marriage, he would do this, when we are old and our children are grown-ups. I hate him.
SISTER – You must forgive him. 
RICA – Never, Sister. I’d rather die than forgive him.
SISTER – Well, it might come to that. You have to forgive in order to get healed. That’s the way the Lord wants it. You must clean your spirit before He cleans your body. 
RICA – My cancer was detected two weeks after I discovered he had a mistress.
SISTER –Obviously your cancer was cause by your ill feelings. Extreme hatred can cause cancer. Rica, there is a storm inside you whick casued the cancer.
RICA – (More tears.) I am sorry, Sister, I cannot forgive him. He destroyed our family.
Rica went home dejected. She could not forgive. After a year, she called sister again. This time her breast cancer elevated to Stage 4. Her breasts hardened like stone. There were lesions with a foul smell. 
RICA – Sister, I think I am ready to forgive.
SISTER – Are you sure? 
RICA – (Tears once more.) No, sister, I am not sure. I am trying to forgive.
SISTER – Let’s pray together so the Lord can help you forgive. 
As they prayed, Rica stopped crying. She suddenly became peaceful and calm. She smiled at sister.
RICA – Thank you, sister. 
SISTER – Don’t thank me. Thank the One who healed you.
RICA – You mean I am healed? 
SISTER – I don’t know. You tell me.
RICA – Thank you, Jesus. 
After a week, Rica called up sister and told her her breast cancer was suddenly and mysteriously and completely gone, according to lab results and her doctor, who was completely shocked.
This author has written a book entitled HEALING STORIES OF SISTER RAQUEL, soon to be released. It is a compilation of stories she told the author.
In the book, Sister Raquel writes –
During the few years of my ministry as an instrument of Jesus for healing, I began to realize that, aside from physi­cal poisons and genetic defects that cause diseases and physi­cal and mental discomforts, there are also social and psycho­logical poisons in our own homes and in society that pre-dispose us to illnesses by creating certain attitudes and feelings within us.
Heart disease, suicide, mental illness, or cancer can be correlated to psychological factors. We can even be disposed to accidents psychologically. Almost all, if not all sicknesses and bodily discomforts have psychological anteced­ents.
LIFE PATTERNS and ATTITUDES can predispose us to various types of diseases.
Some doctors I have met say many of them are now beginning to regard the emotional realities in the lives of their patients. They begin to look beyond the question of chemical poisons and consider the possibility of PSYCHOLOGICAL POISONS.
To go against lifelong emotional habits can be extremely difficult for most people. This is an advice that we have to give to the sick:
By Sister Raquel Reodica, RVM
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by Bernie V. Lopez,
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Blogger/Columnist-Journalist-Broadcaster, 35 years / Healing Ministry, 27 years
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Book No. 1.
A compilation of healing stories told to the author by Sister Raquel Reodica, RVM, a renowned cancer-healer for the Lord.
Book No. 2
WINGS AND WANDERLUST – The Art of Discovering your Inner Self – Php 450
The story of the author’s soul-searching adventure through Europe and North Africa, hitchhiking for 3 years, covering 18,000 kilometers.
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Reviews by Ateneo de Manila philosophy students.
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“From one perspective, it can be said that we are doing the author a favor by giving pre-publication comments on his book. But after reading this book, it seems it is the opposite. Mr. Lopez has done me a favor.”
“The book is something you can read over and over again.”
“His ideas and concepts are so broad and deep, his advice and opinions and the lessons he wants to give.”
Book No. 3
The ‘Our Father’ explained through a collection of 50 inspirational true-to-life stories.

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